Chewey's Peace Corps Blog

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    May 12, 2008 8:41 PM GMT
    For those of you who have requested a way to stay in touch with me while I'm in the Peace Corps, I've finally got my blog up and live, and even with a first post. I've got just about two weeks before I leave, so I figured it was high time I got it going.

    Peace Out: A volunteer's life from the Armenian closet

    When I get time I'll be updating it, and probably bump this thread on occasion to let people know I've updated. Feel free to leave comments on my blog or this thread. If you happen to leave a comment on my blog, please use a screen name that I'll recognize--preferably the one you use here.
  • ShawnTX

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    May 12, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    That's awesome Chewey. You must be excited.
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    May 12, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    I'm gonna miss you, Chewey!

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    May 12, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    Bookmarked AND RSSed!!! Godspeed, CD!
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    May 13, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
    Got it in my feed reader.

    I knew this day would come but I just... just... ;_;
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    May 14, 2008 4:23 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie said
    I knew this day would come but I just... just... ;_;


    Don't you start on me! You'll make me e-weep too! ;_;

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    May 14, 2008 11:56 AM GMT
    Dang. Can't you still post on RJ too? icon_cry.gif
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    Jun 10, 2008 1:20 PM GMT
    Bumping my thread.

    Just wanted to let anyone know I've got a new post. It's short, as internet access is slow and far between use.

    www.cheweydelt.blogspot.com
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    Jun 10, 2008 1:57 PM GMT
    It's alive! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 14, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    Even that first post from Armenia was a thrill to read.

    Keep us posted, Chewey! I look forward to your next entry.
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    Jun 14, 2008 11:27 PM GMT
    what an adventure! it is very noble for you to dedicate 2 years of your life to a cause like this!
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    Jun 15, 2008 12:45 AM GMT
    I wonder how gay friendly Armenia is? My suspicions are it is not. Hopefully Chewey_Delt will not have any issues (besides sexual frustration).

    I have to commend him on doing something like that. I never would have gone to a place like Armenia at 24.
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    Jun 20, 2008 11:32 AM GMT
    JB,

    You're quite right, in that Armenia is not gay friendly at all. That being said, I'm also not publicly out to anyone but PC volunteers and staff (of whom, I'm out to all). That would significantly hinder my work.

    Also, new blog post. I've actually included some detail in this one. Hopefully my next post will have pictures.

    cheweydelt.blogspot.com
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    Jun 20, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    I read your blog Chewey_Delt and it was really interesting (and well-written). I went to Wikipedia to learn more about the Armenian language. Supposedly it has 38 letters and dates back to 405 AD.

    Actually the living conditions don't seem as primitive as imagined. How is their drinking water though? When I hear stories of a washroom that consists of a hole then I think there is no sewer or septic system.

    Best of luck learning the new language, hopefully you will not get homesick. We at RJ miss you though. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 21, 2008 11:56 AM GMT
    The letters thing is in a bit of flux. Technically there are only 38 letters, but that's only because the government is phasing out one letter (the letter "yev," which literally means "and" when used alone and is sometimes used in other words).

    All volunteers are given a water filter that we're highly encouraged to use. There is no septic or sewage system, nor a water treatment system. So I just drink filtered water the entire time. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean I don't, on occasion, end up with GI issues, as we all do. Gross, but true.
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    Jun 21, 2008 1:13 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt saidThe letters thing is in a bit of flux. Technically there are only 38 letters, but that's only because the government is phasing out one letter (the letter "yev," which literally means "and" when used alone and is sometimes used in other words).

    All volunteers are given a water filter that we're highly encouraged to use. There is no septic or sewage system, nor a water treatment system. So I just drink filtered water the entire time. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean I don't, on occasion, end up with GI issues, as we all do. Gross, but true.


    That is gross. Stay safe, that is not a great way to maintain a certain weight!icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 19, 2008 9:40 AM GMT
    New blog post. Check it y'all.

    http://cheweydelt.blogspot.com/
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    Jul 19, 2008 11:29 AM GMT
    Hi Chewy that was great the Blog. I know what you mean about the Cement floor and the Bucket shower job? I did that many years ago out in the country here as I stayed with a young guy and his family on the Farm? The outhouse loo I could not cope with as it was a hole in the floor and a wooden small shed with gaps in the wood? His sisters kids would come and peep while I was in there so I did not go to the loo for 3 days? In the end we left to stay in Antalya a real city and real loo's!

    Good luck and hey I am across the border you know?
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    Jul 19, 2008 2:16 PM GMT
    I loved the new blog entry, Chewey. Glad to hear the PST will be over soon.
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    Jul 19, 2008 2:31 PM GMT
    Very interesting, Chewey. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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    Jul 22, 2008 1:20 PM GMT
    TurkishDelight said

    Good luck and hey I am across the border you know?


    Well then I'll have to visit sometime. It's a damned shame that the border between Armenia and Turkey is closed, but I can get there through Georgia.
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    Jul 22, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    Well my month is made, Chewey_Delt has posted another blog from Armenia. Sounds like the job is going to be very interesting. If you don't appreciate kids Chewey_Delt you are in for a real treat with the challenged ones! I am sure you will do fine, you seem like a guy that wants to do the best he can.

    After reading about the Armenian language I can understand your stress level. It looks kind of complicated!

    Best of luck and keep bringing the blogs.

    Jonathan
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    Aug 02, 2008 11:29 AM GMT
    New blog post. Not really a happy post, but they weren't all going to be.

    cheweydelt.blogspot.com
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    Aug 02, 2008 1:03 PM GMT
    Thanks for the update Chewey, and sorry things are so crazy right now. I'm glad you ended the post on a somewhat hopeful note; things will get better.

    CheweyEvery single day for about a week now I've just wanted to punch someone, or yell at them, or just scream at the top of my lungs.


    IS there anywhere you can go to just scream at the top of your lungs? Hey, it might just help a little.

    Hope things improve for you. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 06, 2008 1:29 PM GMT
    New blog post. Much happier than the last one.

    http://cheweydelt.blogspot.com/