On the way home from the dentist I got a wild hair. No, not one growing out of my clean(ish)-shaved scalp, but one of those ideas to do something seemingly out of the blue. I decided it was time to clean my car. No, it would be better to call it "detailing" because this was the most deep-cleaning my car has seen since ... well ... ever !
I'll spare you the details of the experience of cleaning every nook and cranny in my car. What I wanted to share was the interesting paperwork and assorted items I found. Among those things I located as I cleaned out everything in my car were the following (with what I found the most interesting saved for last):
- A roll of Ace Bandage wrap (about 5 feet long).
- A presidential dollar coin.
- A green, size medium Fender guitar pick.
- Three pencils (two unsharpened).
- A pencil box filled with dry erase markers.
- Three pens (all without caps).
- A Snickers bar (which I delivered today to my sister Jaimee ... don't worry little sis, I got it brand new last Friday at work so it's not that old or anything!)
- My cigarette lighter for the car (it's a 1997 Mercury Tracer so they still had those instead of auxiliary ports).
- A bicycle owner's manual from
- Directions to the Father's and Son's campout for Stetson Hills ward ... from August of 2006!
- The original insurance ID cards for my car ... and one for the Trans Am !
- A receipt for a burger at Conway's Red Top ... from May of 2005 !
- Colorado Registration papers from random years, including 1998 (when I first registered my car!)
- Two umbrellas.
- Two window ice scrapers (one big, one very small).
- A replacement light bulb for any of my four turn signals.
- A business card for the guy who has moved my pool table ... twice.
- And finally ... the most incredible find ...
every ... single ... oil change receipt ... since I bought my car!
I have no idea how it happened that I kept all of them. It certainly wasn't planned. Each time they change the oil (at Jiffy Lube, in case you were wondering) they present you with a pink sheet (carbon copy) with dot matrix printing that shows what you had done at the "shop" that day. I just take them and fold them in fourths and place them in the lower compartment on the front passenger side door. And there they have been collected every 3-4 months for the past 13+ years. I know it's not like finding buried treasure or the Titanic or anything, but it was very interesting for me.
Maybe I should "deep clean" my car more often! :)