here was only a matter of a couple of weeks ago, when you may recall him exchanging the motorbike for a car. This was a different car to that which he had exchanged for the motorbike some weeks earlier. Still with me?
It was a good idea to have exchanged the FIRST car for a motorbike because it enabled us to get rid of the 1000 lira still owing on the car. However, selling by motorbike was proving to be difficult, so he changed the motorbike for the second car, which meant he still owed money but this wasn't due for payment until March. Always optmistic, Mr A was certain he could earn enough money selling fish to be able to pay this when it became due. Keeping up?
He has worked very hard with the fish. Up at 4am most mornings to collect the fish from the boats, then out all day till late evening selling it. It has provided us with enough money for food, but very little else. The weather is getting warmer and it seems there isn't as much demand for fish, and it has to be sold quickly. Naturally there is some wastage, so even though this is good news for the local cats, it hasn't helped us too much.
After almost 13 years of living with Mr A, I am quite used to his impulsive ways. I used to get quite anxious about his rash decisions but surprisingly I just seem to take it all in my stride nowadays.
I phoned him earlier to ask him to bring some coffee home with him later. He informed me that he has just taken the car back and exchanged it for a motorbike! He was getting really worried about the fact that the fish isn't selling as well, and won't unless he goes further afield...which will cost more in petrol, which means less profit, and no guarantees that he will shift all the stock before it goes off anyway. He's well aware that apart from having to save for the money still owed for the car, we also have bills to pay. No doubt he has another idea for earning money, which will be possible to do with the use of a motorbike...I've no idea what as yet, but I'll soon find out. But of course he no longer owes any money on the car, because he now has a motorbike...again....still with me? (Please feel free to stop reading at this point..or maybe you already have)
So he told me this on the phone and I just replied "Oh OK"...I am just so used to it now that I just let him get on with it. We have no choice. Winter here is always like this...just doing whatever we can to survive. And I've had 12 winters here, and we've always got through them somehow. He wheels and deals, ducks and dives, does whatever he thinks necessary at the time...sometimes with a good outcome, sometimes bad. He reminds me of Delboy in Only Fools and Horses.....but without the Reliant Robin...although I'm sure if he could find one here to swop for the motorbike...he would.
So I do try to keep up with his adventures...but mostly I don't bother. What's the point? It will all change again in no time at all!