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Brother can You Spare a Dime?

This morning I walked out to my car at 9:45am to drive to church. As I walked across the parking lot I noticed the cover for the fuel tank on my car was popped open. Did someone siphon the gas from my car? I wondered. I opened the door, and saw that the inside was in disarray. Most of my loose change was gone (I estimate  about $7.00), my pack of Extra Polar Ice gum was missing , a few CDs were lifted (though I really don’t remember which ones I had in my car), and two of my pens were taken.

Here is what was not taken: the E-Free softball team equipment from the trunk, a flashlight, my insurance/registration cards, a pencil, 27 cents, one lone piece of gum, two CDs (Caedman’s Call and PFR Great lengths), a screwdriver, a wrench, and a case for Oakley sunglasses. I don’t think any gas was removed from the car.

When I discovered this I had two immediate responses.

I laughed. About ten days ago I was doing laundry and I ran low on quarters. I ran out to my car and removed about $10.00 worth of quarters from the change I had accumulated in it. I thought to myself: this would be a bad time to steal the change from this car, because all you’d get is pennies, nickels, and dimes. That thought came back to me as soon as I saw my change missing. I might be prophetic.

I said to myself: “We’ve been robbed!” In a John Candy voice. Then: “Do you think so?” In a Steve Martin Voice. A wonderful bit of dialogue from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Life is funny.


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