Our neighbours, Long John and Bingin Mick, put together a container full of stuff and shipped it from Bali. When the truck arrived, half the village turned out to see the perplexing array of goodies offloaded: an ancient concrete mixer, a weights bench, aluminium dinghy, motorbike, outboard motor, umbrellas, furniture, mattresses,tiles, a toilet, fridge, boatbuilding form, and the kitchen sink. We took the opportunity to add two huge floor cushions for the “reading room”.
Indonesian cargo handlers are a careless bunch, and many items suffered a crack, dent or scratch. Mick had sent bags of polystyrene bean-bag balls in thin plastic bags, which unsurprisingly busted and settled like snow in the truck. A gust of wind and it was half way around the yard. It looked suspiciously like Indonesia's largest ever drug bust.
Long John had bought a large amount of groceries from Carrefore Supermarket, along with plastic boxes to pack and ship the load. The boxes arrived – empty! The groceries are still sitting in the loading bay.