Friday, 26 February 2010
Struck by Lightning
I ran into the sitting room and it was full of black smoke. My modem had exploded into thousands of pieces and there were three big scorch marks on the carpet.
The telephone cable had been directly hit. Where it came through the wall, there was a gaping hole and black scorch marks surrounding it.
The power lines were also down at our end of the village, and we had no electricity until about 11pm last night. Until that time I had absolutely no idea how many other electrical appliances had been affected. We have since discovered that our Digiturk TV box is completely dead, so we think that the satellite dish was probably also hit...but other than that, everything else is working.
Turk Telekom promised to be out to us in the afternoon to repair the cable, but in the meantime we needed to do something about getting a new modem. Mr Ayak phoned around and the cheapest modem we could find would cost us 150 lira. Why is there always unexpected expense when you really can't afford it?
I recalled that TTNet had a campaign running recently where if you signed up to their unlimited package, they gave you a free modem. Mr Ayak telephoned them and asked if we could do this. Unfortunately I am locked into my present contract for another 15 months, so it wasn't possible.
HOWEVER...there are times when I actually welcome corruption and backhanders. Mr Ayak spoke to the manager who said that he could change my contract and give me a free modem...in exchange for 50 lira for his back pocket!
Actually...I'm not sure if the modem is actually free..even if you sign up legitimately for the package...reading the small print, I think you pay for it in small instalments starting after six months use. But it has solved the immediate problem...so for that I'm grateful.
So we set off for Milas, in torrential rain...me on the back of the motorbike. I would rather not have gone but it is my name on the contract so I had to sign for it. I was also concerned about how this bumpy ride would affect my back...but touch wood I had no ill effects...apart from being soaked to the skin by the time we returned.
The telephone cable was fixed in the afternoon, so at least the telephone was working. However as power wasn't restored till late last night, I wasn't able to test my new modem. Finally, around midnight I was connected to the internet. Ten minutes later I lost my connection.
Mr Ayak and I were up until 4'o'clock this morning, whilst he was on the phone to the TTNet 24-hour helpline trying to sort out the problem. Finally we gave up and got some sleep. I phoned them again at 9.00am...and half an hour later my connection to the internet was restored. But I'm not holding my breath...I'm typing my blog now, and will answer some emails, as quickly as I can, in case I lose my connection again.
Today, we need to fill in the hole in the sitting room wall, try to clean up the damage to the carpet, and attempt to get a Digiturk engineer out to repair or replace the box.
I'm also willing the sun to come out so that I can deal with all the washing that has piled up over the last few rainy days.
Who says village life is boring?