Monday, 5 December 2011
Dropping like Flies
Wouldn't you think that after the recent spate of almost all of my electrical appliances dying on me, that there couldn't be anything else left to go wrong?
Yesterday my laptop died. I've had a feeling that the battery was pretty much useless, but as long as I kept the charger plugged in, it worked fine.
But yesterday it just would not switch on. The battery light was flashing but that's about all.
I learned something new from Mr A. I expect everyone else but me already knows this, but I didn't realise you could use a laptop without the battery. Mr A removed the battery from his laptop, plugged in his charger and showed me that this was indeed true. We tried it with mine...still nothing. He reckoned my laptop had a virus. I thought it had to be either the battery or the charger that was at fault.
We went to a computer shop in Milas where Mr A and the assistant discussed viruses at length. I kept trying to interrupt to suggest they tried my laptop with either a new battery or new charger. But no...they wouldn't listen...Turkish men always think they know best and that women are stupid. The assistant wanted to keep my laptop for the rest of the day and try to establish what the problem was. Hang on...I've been here before...this is when they completely wipe your hard drive, and at the same time create other problems that previously didn't exist.
So I kind of stamped my feet a bit and insisted they try plugging in a new charger. Well...surprise surprise...it worked. The laptop came to life. Problem solved. Although the assistant wasn't really prepared to accept immediately that I was right, so he insisted on leaving it plugged in for an hour because he was certain there must be another problem. I'm sure he hoped there was. Not only to prove me wrong and have the last word...but of course he would make more money than the cost of a new charger if he took my laptop to bits.
An hour later...laptop working...new charger purchased....and a slightly smug Ayak leaves the shop.
Talking of flies. Although it's now winter and the flies should have disappeared, there are still lots about. We are having unusually mild weather during the day with temperatures at times reaching 19 or 20 degrees and even though I have screens on all windows and the front door, they still manage to find their way into the house. I'm hoping the drop in temperatures at night...down to -1 yesterday, will gradually kill them off. It doesn't help that Beki has a way of opening the screen door from either side by forcefully pushing her nose against it, and then leaving it open to let the flies in. I'll have to try and train her to shut it behind her.
Finally, and sadly, people in our village are dropping like flies. I think the cold nights have something to do with it. I've mentioned before that we have a lot of elderly people living here, so I guess it's inevitable. It seems like almost every day there is a call from the mosque to announce another death. Mr A has attended two funerals in the past four days. I'm sure he will have more to attend before the end of winter.