Wednesday, June 5, 2013
still-sound 173. Mirror
Someone stole the piece of plastic that covers the back of my side view mirror. I noticed that it was missing when I drove home from the swimming pool last week. There was no sign of damage, no apparent grazes or cracks. Someone deliberately and cleanly removed it. I guessed that it had happened the night before when I was enjoying a drink at 1642. I returned to the scene of the crime to look for clues.
I thought that maybe a drunk dude with a great sense of humor removed the mirror cap and perhaps threw it on to the sidewalk a few paces later when the plastic no longer amused him. This did not seem to be the case in the light of the bright Southern California daytime however. There was no glossy black shell on the sidewalk. I crossed the street and continued my inspection.
There was another black Mini Cooper very similar to mine, parked in front of a house. I had noticed it in the past. My eyes wandered to the side view mirror to remind myself of the glossy plastic cap that was so abruptly taken from me. Only this car didn't appear to have the cap either. The wires controlling the automatic mirrors were as naked as mine. "What a weird coincidence. Perhaps someone on this street has a Mini Cooper passenger-side-rearview-mirror-cap fetish" I thought.
I know that my Mini Cooper brother stole the cap. It's hard to understand why he would think to do that rather than to order another one. It was probably easier to take my cap than to arrange for a $153.78 replacement. For a second I considered stealing it back (if it, in fact, appears on his car. I haven't returned to that street since last week). Or maybe scratch the pristine surface with my key. Or leave a note asking him for $153.78. I won't do any of these though. I'll just not park on that street again.
This morning I picked up the replacement mirror cap. My car looked so complete. Even more complete than back before I realized that such a thing could even be missing. I drove directly to the carwash and scrubbed off the entire incident. But before washing I walked over to Ms Donuts to get change. And to eat a doughnut.