Friday, 10 December 2010
Our internet connection has been playing up again. OK we have a new modem...very nice... but our connection is frankly just crap! TTNet don't care. Why should they? They have the monopoly on internet in Turkey and they can just ignore your complaints and carry on charging exorbitant prices for a diabolical service.
And for two days the telephone line has been dead. We rang Turk Telekom from my mobile phone. They gave us a number to ring to report it (and why on earth couldn't they just deal with it?). The number is 121. You dial it then get automated options and you just keep pressing the keys. It takes 2 minutes to complete the procedure (without talking to an actual human being) and you are charged 2.5 ytl for the privilege. But what's the point? That was yesterday morning and nothing has happened.
It's warm again today but not sunny, so we have no hot water. I would normally just heat up water on the gas hob but yesterday the gas bottle ran out. I no longer have an electric kettle because the last one died some weeks ago and even though it was still under guarantee I can't get it replaced. Don't ask me why. It's a whole other story concerning Turkish guarantees...not worth the paper they're written on.
It's a bloody pain having to heat up water in the microwave. In fact it's pretty much impossible to cook everything in the microwave. But we can't get a new gas bottle because we've run out of money. Why? Because Mr A is waiting to be paid for orders he obtained for the company fitting tracking devices to vehicles. It should have arrived yesterday...but it didn't. Nothing new there of course...we're pretty much used to waiting for money.
I have toothache...I need to see a dentist. Poppy has problems with her teeth...she needs to see a vet. We need a new gas bottle. We need to pay bills. It all takes money...and we just wait.
Well I feel so much better for getting this all off my chest....and I will end on a more positive note.
The sun has just come out......and best of all...Stella had her 20 week scan yesterday and the pregnancy is progressing well and we now know that she will be having a brother for Billy. She and my son-in-law are delighted, and so are we. Billy is just going to love being a big brother!
Update: The phone line is now working..Just as well as I planned to tell them today that I wouldn't be paying my phone bill this month. Now I just have to tackle TTNet and try to get them to improve on their service!