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Misplaced Car Found After Seven Months!


Perhaps you have never lost your car, but Jerry and I have (really, it has been Jerry, but since we are “one flesh”…). On one occasion I was with him. We were in Pittsburg, (northern California) and we were taking BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to San Francisco to spend the day. Jerry dropped several of us off at the station and parked the car. We had a wonderful, exhausting day in San Francisco, and then in the deepening night, when we had returned to the Pittsburg station, we stood forlorn and nervous…because…we could not locate our car. Finally, an attendant came to our rescue, and in a vehicle with a rotating flashing light, took Jerry riding around the gigantic parking lot…and found the missing car. Jerry was astounded, being absolutely sure he had parked it on the other side of the property.. I won’t even tell you about the other time, (except that he was so positive his car had been stolen, he was ready to call the police, but the proprietor of the place talked him out of it until they searched again!) but neither of them compares to this hilarious story. I read it yesterday, and when I saw it again today I grew weak with laughter as I tried to tell Jerry about it. I emailed it to him, and am blogging it here for you.

September 16, 2006

MOTORIST Eric King has been reunited with his car — seven months after FORGETTING where he parked it.Absent-minded Eric, 57, left his black X-reg Ford Focus in a space in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, last February so he could walk into the town centre.But when he had finished his sightseeing trip he couldn’t remember the name of the residential road he had parked the car in or where it was.

Eric searched for the £3,000 motor for four hours before catching a coach back to his home over 60 miles away in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

He reported the Focus missing to police but could not make an insurance claim as it had not been stolen.

He returned to Bury St Edmunds TEN TIMES to look for his motor, often booking himself into bed and breakfasts overnight — and lost two stone tramping the streets in his quest.

He finally got the car back this week after it was reported abandoned where he had left it — in Blackbird Drive on the Moreton Hall estate.

Two neighbours both assumed the car left outside their homes belonged to the other, eventually alerting the local council when they realised neither was the owner.

St Edmundsbury Council officials notified a delighted Eric, who caught a coach back to the town and was taken to his car.

Location ... town's Blackbird Drive
Location … town’s Blackbird Drive

Its road tax had expired but the car was undamaged apart from a flat battery — and started first time with jump leads.

Planes enthusiast Eric had only stopped in the town on the way back from a show at nearby Rougham Airfield.

Last night he said: “I had almost given up hope of finding the car again but I knew it must be there somewhere. In future I’ll make sure I park in places I know I can find.”

Council officer Andrew Harvey said: “We got an e-mail about this abandoned car.

“I remembered Mr King had been in contact in February to report he had lost one. We were delighted to reunite him with it rather than towing it away to be crushed.”

Back in Focus … Eric consults street map after being reunited with motor
Back in Focus ... Eric consults street map after being reunited with motor

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

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