Service for Goodies car crash


In what might seem like a bizarre ritual, the Indonesian staff today held a short prayer service regarding the car crash into Goodies Restaurant we had two days ago. The car came down Smiling Hill, going the wrong way on a one-way street, and crashed into the Goodies entranceway. No one was hurt and our construction staff has the damage almost repaired. The car in question was towed away, looking very much like it was totaled, and a second car, parked at the entrance also suffered substantial damage. Fortunately, no one was injured; the driver was taken to the hospital but didn’t show any signs of injury. The area of the accident often is a playground for local kids and the accident happened before lunch time so no customers were coming and going. Of course, here in Indonesia, the accident will be considered no-fault and no insurance will be used, if anyone even had any.

The staff wanted to hold a Muslim service to thank for the good fortune of no one being hurt and to also pray for it to not happen again. At the end of the service, the restaurant provided everyone with a hot meal and drinks.

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Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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One Response to Service for Goodies car crash

  1. I think we can all learn from the reminder here — to look at the glass as half-full. I’m glad no one was hurt.

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