Friday, April 16, 2010

Free with Purchase - Items Found in Cars That Find You

The other day, I was given an E30 by my friend 'sailboat' Steve, who has sworn off land living and is trying to get rid of all possessions that keep him anchored. But what did he leave in his car?

Here's the short list:

Latex gloves
Ski mask
Duck tape
Rosemont Riesling
Snap-on ratchet
Rugby shirt
Jacket with his name on it
Spherical bearings x2
Mismatched 'O.J.' gloves
Boogie board
~450 Forint (Hungarian currency)

This is quite an interesting assortment. If I didn't know who this car belonged to in the past, I'd be reluctant to keep it because I would have believed it to be haunted by the ghosts of dead craigslist strippers.

But I've come up with a new theory that, now that I think about it, seems to hold true for almost every car that I have taken delivery of. The cheaper the car, the more interesting (and potentially dangerous) the findings inside and the better the fictitious story they can piece together.

I can think of quite a few examples. In an abandoned '72 XJ6 owned by an insurance salesman, about 500lbs of cat memorabilia was discovered in the trunk along with a love letter stapled to some very racy pictures. In a free '83 Camry, an entire family home video archive was found buried in old clothes and calendars from law offices. I know that Steve bought a stolen and wrecked E36 at auction that contained a stash of drug paraphernalia and hotel room pictures that he'll likely never forget.

So scrounge on, fellow beaterbloggers, and post your findings for all to see!

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