Saturday, January 5, 2013
Based on no scientific research whatsoever, I am convinced that the most frequently abandoned property in the United States is exercise equipment -- and the king of abandoned excercise equipment is the Nordic Track. Moreover, I am convinced that abandoned Nordic Tracks begin sprouting like crocuses, curbside, every Fall -- just as my 1Ls are learning about abandoned property. I consider them a godsend. In September, I can always count on a quick search of free stuff on Craigslist to provide me with ready examples.
My surmise is that people buy them right about now, after they have made New Year's resolutions to exercise FOR-REAL-THIS-YEAR-I-MEAN-IT. They try it out once or twice, keep meaning to use it again, start covering it with clothes, and about nine months later realize they bought a very expensive and unwieldy clothes rack. Come Fall, it's time to face the truth and get rid of the thing.
The students always get a kick out of it and so do I -- until the day, that is, one of my students approached me after class and told me her grandfather was the inventor of the Nordic Track.
But, at least I was able to tell her I spoke from experience. I've got a Nordic Track in my garage if anyone wants it -- FREE -- to help with that New Year's resolution!
Mark A. Edwards