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Fast food napkin mystery .. ??

Prior to heading out of town on a 4 day fishing deal in Kissimmee I changed my lower gear oil. No big deal  ,needed doing.

I used a Mickey D napkin out of my truck to wipe some oil off the fill and vent holes and the screws. Cleaned my fingers and wadded it up setting it on top of my starboard trim tab. Finished putting in screws .  Left town Thursday morning to Richardson's fish camp on Toho. 

Got there driving 65 on the turnpike and loaded stuff in the trailer I was staying in. Went to boat to get ready to start prefishing for sat/sun tournament. 
While putting in the drain plug what do I see ?
The SAME wadded up napkin sitting on the starboard trim tab !!   It wasn't sticky , I checked. It was just sitting there..

This isn't the first time something had been left on bumper or trailer and miraculously is still there.  Odd.?

BTW , tough tournament,  I came in 4th over all .  Anything like this happed to you ?
"You'll get your weather"


  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Posts: 16,813 AG
    I set a small box of tools on my bumper while working on my trailer one day.  just a socket set.   put the boat back in storage and i was on my way to somewhere on Hwy 50, stopped at a light and the guy behind me honked and flashed his lights.   I knew instantly what was going on so I jumped out and grabbed it and waved thank you to him.   That could have been a Farmer's commercial had those sockets gone bouncing all over the road.  
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • Doc StressorDoc Stressor Posts: 2,790 Captain
    A flat surface like the back of a boat has an aerodynamic known as the Station Wagon effect.  As forward speed increases, an area of low-pressure forms behind the transom.  This cause anything on a swim platform or trim tab to be blown forward during the trip.

    I'm always finding things I left on the rear bumper of my truck still there after a trip.  Except or important stuff like trailer locks that always fall off from vibration  :#
  • conchydongconchydong Posts: 15,415 AG
    I changed the battery in my truck and left a 10mm wrench on top of the new one.  I searched for months for that wrench. I ended up purchasing a exact duplicate so my tool set was complete. About two or three months later, I opened the hood to check fluids and it was still sitting there on top of the battery. Now I have two wrenches.
     I did see a lady driving down the road with her purse on the car roof. Like Soda's incident, I was able to get her attention so all ended well.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Posts: 16,813 AG
    Was it someone on here who said they had a pipe wrench welded to their bumper and it was to keep people from tailgating?   Genius.   
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • HammerheadTedHammerheadTed Posts: 1,284 Officer
    Opposite! My friend Robby stopped in Homosassa on his way home from the Keys. To put some things in the Suburban, he moved his rod bag containing 8 rods/reels to the boat, setting it down in on the lower floor of his 22 Shearwater. It blew out! Somebody told him about it in Crystal River. He went back, but they were gone. It cost him $2200 to replace, but when you lose those favorite rods.... Insurance paid some. 
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,937 Moderator
    I drove home with a beer can on my tailgate. Bummer about those rods ^^
    "You'll get your weather"
  • conchydongconchydong Posts: 15,415 AG
    Capt. Louie, Do you remember the dog that used to stand on the roof  of a pick up truck while underway in Key West? I think it was late 70's or early 80's. He had amazing balance. Dangerous, but it was Key West so anything was expected.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Posts: 1,741 Captain
    edited October 2020 #9
    Many years ago i would drive down the T;urnpike on a Sunday afternoon and then do a U turn and head north from where it starts in.Fla City. Some  of the stuff i would find: on the shoulder of the Turnpike:  Several throwable cushions, several PFD's, dive flags, complete first aid kit in a water proof box. and one push pole. Unfortunately no fishing equipment, but did find a complete full tackle box on a residential street once. When i worked in Coconut Grove i was at a building that also had a very small boat ramp. On my coffee breaks i would take a walk to the small dock on the ramp and over the years i kept a list of the stuff left behind. The total came to over $400 of fishing equipment over a couple/three years.. I would post a notice with my work phone number on the dock's single piling that read "If you can describe what you forgot on this dock i will return it to you". Never got one response. (This was before the world wide web.)
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,937 Moderator
    Capt. Louie, Do you remember the dog that used to stand on the roof  of a pick up truck while underway in Key West? I think it was late 70's or early 80's. He had amazing balance. Dangerous, but it was Key West so anything was expected.
    You know , I think I do. I had a drunk friend surf the roof of a pick up on South Roosevelt once. Not sure why we all didn't go to jail that day. Whew.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • jadman69jadman69 Posts: 200 Deckhand
    I had a brain fart one day leaving Cedar Key.  I had two sets of keys with me one that had all my car keys on it and one that had all my other keys that went to everything else that had doors, shed, gate, anything that mattered to me that needed a lock was on there.  I had a nice big lanyard on both sets to not leave them anywhere.  Well....I managed to leave the set of keys that I didn't need to start the car on top of the live well in the back of the boat when I left the boat ramp.  I drove all the way home to Gainesville and didn't realize they were gone, lost somewhere on the road back from Cedar Key.   I knew that there was no way I was going to find them but tried anyway with no luck.  With very little hope of finding them I walked into Cedar Key Marina and told them what happened earlier that afternoon and the young girl said that some local found a bunch of keys all over SR 24 that had been run over a few times and turned them in thinking someone would need them because there were so  Lucky to say they were all there and I never thought that I would find them again especially since they flew off the boat somewhere on a 60 mile road.  I never got to thank who actually found them but when I say LUCKY that's what it was.  I would have had to change at least 15 to 20 different locks out.  That brings me to another very lucky situation that I had happen last week.  I'll make a new post about it.
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,937 Moderator
    ^^ WOW , that was lucky !!
    "You'll get your weather"
  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,712 Captain
    It's a **** to get old.  I left my wallet on the bumper after getting gas several years ago.  Got home and got a phone call from the finder.  He wouldn't take anything for a reward.
  • billybob11billybob11 Posts: 1,674 Captain
    Anybody remember a guy that had a fox or coyote or a dog mounted to his bumper hanging onto tailgat?
  • deerflydeerfly Posts: 818 Officer
    speaking of animals, back when I lived in S Fl I took a friend to Islamorada tarpon fishing for the day. We launched my skiff in lower matecumbe at a friends place that had a ramp behind the house, We fished all day, pulled the skiff and headed north as my friend had to work the next day. It was a weekday so there wasn't much traffic. I don't think we ever came to a complete stop until we hit the bird road toll plaza in west miami. This was early 90's before sunpass so we had to stop in a cash lane to pay the extra axle fee, I think I handed the attendant a few ones or something and while making change she asked if I had a cat in the back of the pickup. I said no, I don't own a cat, why. She said she could her one meowing behind the cab. It was tarpon season and hot and we were roasted from being on the water all day. So we had the windows up and A/C blasting and couldn't hear anything. Since I was too close to the attendant to open my door my friend gets out to look. Sure enough there was a very young cat on the frame at the front of the rear passenger wheel well. That would have been about a 70 mile ride.

    Best we could figure is the cat had to have climbed up under the truck after we pulled the boat out of the water and were securing everything for the ride back. Once we started moving it must have been too scared to jump down and when we did finally stop after an hour and half of driving it was too traumatized to move. I called my buddy that owned the house in the keys and he just laughed and said don't dare bring that **** thing back with me next time down, too many feral cats around already. My friend held it in a towel for the rest of the way home and ended up keeping it. He named it something clever about being intrepid or something, I can't remember now. But he still had the cat 8 years or so later when I moved to the tampa area.
    "impossibility cannot be concluded from a sample of failed efforts" - Edsger W. Dijkstra
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,937 Moderator
    Wow , that's amazing. 8 lives left.
    "You'll get your weather"
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