Turkey 2013

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Report 6. Day 6.  Thursday, October 3, 2013. Easy Day. Radiator Leak. Sunset. Salmon for Dinner.


The family directly below Tara and Cihan phoned to say that water was dripping into their apartment, emanating from where the radiator piping penetrates their ceiling/our floor. Tara checks it out and can see where water is indeed leaking from a joint in the corner. She calls Cihan, and they call the maintenance guy in charge of repairs of such things. He comes over and after checking, says he needs a replacement part. He will get that part, and come back tomorrow to fix it.

We later learn that this has come about because they just pressurized the entire system in the apartment buiding to uncover such leaks (system has been off all summer) before it starts getting cold. Sharon snaps off a nice sunset photo later that evening.


Cihan gets home from work and prepares salmon over fetuccini for everybody but Tara, who has salmon over rice. Nice. And delicioso.You gotta hand it to Cihan, man of many talents.


Later that night Cihan makes a call, and invites a neighbor boy, about 11, over. Cihan says that he, Cihan, is teaching the neighbor kids moves in the inline skating world, and this boy, named Murat, is an eager student and is lots of fun. The doorbell rings, and it's Murat. He sits on the couch with Cihan, but introduces himself in English which he is learning at school: "Hello. My name is Murat. What is your name?", looking at me. I say my name is Robert. He does the same with Sharon. {Murat is a twin but we have not met his brother. Tara tells me that "Murat" is Turkish for "wish" as he is a son they wished for.}

Cihan starts telling stories about him, and Murat clearly loves Cihan. He has come over so Cihan can teach him how to make a frog out of paper. More about this later. Cihan keeps telling him to talk with us in English. He is hesitant at each word, and Cihan tosses the correct word in sometimes to help him. His brother is bigger than he is, and is jealous of Murat's relationship with Cihan, it sounds like to me. Cihan usually translates long things Murat says, and some of them are amazing. After visiting for perhaps 45 minutes, Murat asks Cihan, "When are we going to make the frogs?" Cihan gets two pieces of stiff paper, and over the next twenty minutes or so they produce two frogs. They are bent, I'd say across the "waist", if frogs had a waist. When you push downward and back on their back, they actually jump forward. Amazing. Cihan gives both frogs to Murat, who says goodbye and off he goes. {Cihan visited Mom one time at her Assisted Living home and the residents were doing crafts. He made her one of these jumping frogs to the amusement of her friends and I found it when we were cleaning out her room. I'll have to see if I still have it.}

We play some '31', a card game, also called Scat, as Sharon learns when she googles '31'. {Because we couldn't remember the exact rules when we started playing. We're getting too old to play cards anymore without a "cheat sheet". Ha, Ha.}

And then it's time for bed. I stay up, working on reports, but turn in about 1 or 2.

I continue my recovery from the intestinal thing I had, having a couple of naps during the day. It's gonna be all right, folks.

I wish I'd taken a photo or video of those frogs...


Wherever you are, whoever you are, get as happy as you can as fast as you can, because nobody else can do that for you.


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