As we approach the season of celebrations, a cautionary tale if I may. It has to do with drinking and driving at this time of year as I know that some of you, like me, have had unfortunate brushes with the authorities in this respect over the years.
The other night I was out for dinner at a very posh central Jakarta hotel with a few mates to celebrate the true meaning of Xmas. After consuming ludicrous amounts of wine, with liqueurs and brandies to follow of course, and knowing full well that I was completely wasted, I did something I’ve never done before.
Believe it or not, I took a bus home. Yes, a bus. I arrived home safely and without incident, something which came as a great surprise and relief to me. Mainly because I have never driven a bus before.
A kind reader was to send us a snap of the very bus I drove and, as you will see, I was very possibly not the first expat to have been on that particular vehicle.
On the way home I was to pick up a significant number of fare paying passengers and even got a very loud cheer and several Rp.1,000 tips when I chucked off a couple of guitar playing vagabonds. Sobered up enough on the way back to leave the bus in the next street rather than outside my own front door so, if you live on Jl. Adhiaksa and found a Metro Mini outside your door this morning, then at least you know where it came from.
Happy Xmas! ….. ED