I have to laugh sometimes at the excuses the Turks make for not doing something, or not turning up for an appointment when they should.
The usual one is that they are very sick...or mother or father is very sick and they have taken them to the hospital. OK I don't want to seem unsympathetic here, because of course it's sometimes true. However I do recall hearing this particular one so many times, that I'm surprised the hospitals aren't over-flowing with patients.
Another one..."he/she is in Istanbul" ...that's it...no expansion on this, as if being in Istanbul is explanation enough for letting someone down. Others..."my car/tractor/motorbike/telephone is out of order".
Somehow they just can't tell it as it is. Another example: As a nation they really hate to be the bearers of bad news. They will always try to gloss over something terrible....or delay reporting it. I have heard several accounts of someone dying and the one who's duty it is to pass on the news, first says they are very ill...then waits a while before actually telling the truth...that they have sadly passed away.
Over a week ago, Mr Ayak got a man from the village to come and measure up an area to erect a fence and gate, to enable me to keep Milly and Monty in one place. A price was agreed and he said he would do it as soon as he received the money. The money was paid. But it's now Wednesday afternoon and no sign of him. Several phone calls have resulted in him saying "I'll be there this morning/this afternoon/tomorrow/etc".
When Mr Ayak phoned him yesterday he was informed that the man has to work on his land when the weather is dry, so he would build the fence as soon as it starts to rain. OK...fair enough. But it rained yesterday afternoon and he didn't arrive. It's been raining since the crack of dawn today and still he isn't here. I have just been informed by Mr Ayak that it's raining too much for him to start....so he is waiting for it to rain a little less. But I have a feeling that it won't rain "a little less" it will just stop...and he will be back on his land again.
You might think it would be better to find someone else to carry out the work? The problem is the cost. This man is doing it incredibly cheaply so I will have to be patient and wait until he's ready. But I just wish he would be honest...stop telling us he will be here when he has no intention of showing...stop making excuses about the rain....and just say "Look you're getting a cheap job...I'll do it when it suits me".
I can accept that far better than excuses.