Saturday, July 01, 2023

A Rollercoaster of Events: Car Theft, Recovery, and another Epic Road Trip

The past couple of weeks have been nothing short of eventful for me. It all started with the shocking theft of my beloved Honda Accord, a car I've cherished since 2009. Little did I know that the decision to install LoJack, a vehicle tracking system, would play a crucial role in the eventual recovery of my stolen car. As fate would have it, amidst this turmoil, my nephew Iram arrived from Toronto, and together we embarked on an unforgettable 2000-mile road trip along the captivating West Coast. Additionally, we celebrated Eid Ul Adha by participating in Qurbani rituals both at home in Dhaka and here in the Bay Area. Join me as I recount this rollercoaster of events.

With a heavy heart, I discovered that my Honda Accord had been stolen from right in front of my house. A recent similar incident involving my neighbor's car heightened our suspicions. I promptly reported the theft to the police, harboring little hope of ever seeing my car again. However, the memory of the LoJack device installed at Fremont Autowest Honda came to mind. Determined to explore all options, I visited the dealership, where I was directed to contact LoJack's customer service. The police added my car to the national stolen car database and remotely activated the LoJack device, which emitted signals within a 3 to 5-mile radius.

Against all odds, just past midnight, I received a phone call from the police informing me that my stolen car had been located. Accompanied by my wife, Shusmita, and armed with the spare key, I rushed to the scene. To my relief, my car was unharmed, parked on a dimly lit street surrounded by other vehicles, some bearing the scars of previous thefts. Grateful and humbled by this fortunate turn of events, I extended my thanks to both the higher powers and the Fremont Police Department for their swift and efficient work in recovering my car within 24 hours.

Coinciding with the turbulent car theft incident, my nephew Iram arrived from Toronto, infusing the atmosphere with excitement and adventure. Undeterred by recent events, we embarked on a breathtaking 2000-mile road trip along the West Coast. Our journey took us through iconic destinations such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon West Rim with its awe-inspiring Skywalk, the magnificent Hoover Dam, and the mesmerizing Death Valley's Badwater Basin. The trip offered us unforgettable sights, experiences, and quality time together, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

While immersed in the whirlwind of events, we were also fortunate to celebrate Eid Ul Adha, an important religious occasion, both at home in Dhaka and in the Bay Area. Demonstrating our commitment to tradition and community, we arranged for Qurbani, the ritual sacrifice of a cow in Dhaka, and two goats in the Bay Area. These acts of devotion and charity allowed us to connect with our cultural roots and share in the joy of the festival. On the other hand. Suhaila is performing in Ohlone college the musical show "Madagaskar" for 3 days. And it turns out to be by birthday today.

These past few weeks have been a true testament to the unpredictable nature of life. From the shocking theft of my car to its miraculous recovery with the help of the LoJack device, it was a time of intense emotions and gratitude. Amidst these events, my nephew Iram's visit and the subsequent road trip added a much-needed dose of adventure and joy. Furthermore, the celebration of Eid Ul Adha allowed us to embrace our cultural traditions and foster a sense of community. 

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