Well the scheduled powercut due at 8am yesterday to run till 6pm, didn't happen. No-one knows why, and as usual no-one really cares or bothers to find out. I enquired of my neighbours yesterday afternoon if they knew what was happening and got the usual shrugs of shoulders. The people in this village are so laid-back...they are happy to just go with the flow. Maybe it will happen today? Who knows? It's going to happen some time and I am prepared for hours without the internet. I have a list of jobs to do which don't require electricity and I have a pile of books to read.
Late yesterday afternoon two men turned up at the house. As usual I was in the bedroom on the laptop, keeping as cool as possible, with the dogs sprawled out on the floor doing likewise.
They barked and headed towards the door. I held on to Beki's collar and opened the door. I then proceeded to open the mosquito screen door (outwards)...still holding Beki, to talk to the men. As soon as one of them saw Beki he pushed the screen door shut..trapping my finger in it! Boy was I angry...and boy did it hurt! I lost my temper and shouted. I asked them what they wanted and they said they wanted to see Mr A. I replied that he wasn't here. Just as I was talking (or rather shouting) at them my mobile phone rang. It was Mr A. I explained what was happening and proceeded back to the door with the phone so he could talk to them.
As I opened the screen door ...the blasted man did the same thing again...pushed the door shut and fortunately this time I removed my hand just in time. However I let go of Beki's collar and she ran out. She sniffed at the men and the one who had pushed the door raised his hand and was about to hit her. I responded by shouting even louder "Don't you dare touch my dog!" The other guy said he was sorry but his friend was afraid of dogs. I replied "I don't care. You hit my dog, or shut my finger in my door again and you'll be sorry!"
Naturally Mr A could hear all this on the phone and I spoke to him briefly about what had happened and then passed the phone to one of the men and left them outside to talk. He passed the phone back to me and Mr A said they wanted to see him about some paperwork to do with his motorbike, so he had given them his phone number and the address of the hotel where he is working in Bodrum. He also said that the man had apologised to him about shutting my finger in the door but he had done this because he was scared of the dog. Rather a shame that he couldn't actually apologise to me! He proceeded to ask me for directions to Mr A's hotel and I said I hadn't a clue. He continued to talk but by this time I had run out of patience and just told them to go away (I actually used stronger language)...they got the message and left.
I'm left feeling a bit embarrassed and slightly ashamed at my outburst. I wouldn't normally behave like this but I guess they just caught me at a bad time. The finger was swollen for a few hours, but with the help of some ice and ibubrofen gel, it's back to normal size, but a bit tender.
I'm very honoured to have been asked recently by three people to do guest posts on their blogs. Two fellow bloggers Deniz Bevan, and Jack Scott from PerkingthePansies, will be publishing guest posts on their blogs whilst they are away so my contributions will appear towards the end of August. I'll let you know when this happens.
The third request was from a blog run by Easyjet. Ooh I thought, how wonderful, maybe I'll get free flights! I submitted a post yesterday. They are happy with it and it will be published in the next few weeks. No-one gets free flights..sadly...but I have been awarded a badge which you will see on my sidebar, which according to Easyjet makes me a "Local Expert". I'm still chuckling at the thought...Local Expert? Me? Hmmm....
To be perfectly honest I'd rather have recognition than a freebie. Of course it works for Easyjet too, because it's free publicity, but it also means that more people get to read my blog...so I'm happy.
So this is your Local Expert signing off and wishing you a happy weekend!