I will be the first admit that neatness it not a trait I have embraced with much fervor. Not only am I not the most well organized person in the world, one of my flaws is that I have always had the problem of not realizing when it's time to let go of something. This situation was made quite apparent when I decided it was time to clean out the trunk of my Beetle.
I realized my trunk was in desperate need of cleaning out last fall when I suffered a blowout while driving down the east bound 91 freeway in Cerritos. Not only did I have to pull out my spare, I had to go through a number of layers of junk just to reach it. I must admit I felt a sense of personal embarrassment when I compared my junk filled trunk to that of my friend Meta's. Meta has a 2002 New Beetle (mine is a 2001), and when I looked in her trunk, you would think she never used it, it's so pristine.
I also felt stupid when I finally bought new tires recently. I told the service garage guy at Costco to just throw the spare on top of my junk, since it was proving to be very difficult to get tire back into its rightful place underneath the trunk area.
But it wasn't until this past week when I decided I might get rid of the Beetle that I really became motivated to purge a few items. Quite a few items. While it didn't surprise me to find old newspapers, brochures, and trinkets, I am still perplexed that I found not one, not even two, but three boxes of unused gelatin. Who carries boxes of gelatin around in their trunk? I must have been holding on to that gelatin for a reason, right? I also found a pack of unused batteries, but unfortunately for me, they expired last March - actually last March.
Who knows, maybe the batteries, newspapers, and gelatin were all a part of an emergency preparedness kit that somehow got out of hand? Yeah, that explains it.
Well, I gotta scoot!