While the kids and I were walking the wife went to a car auction at the dealership where we bought our latest van. Not that she wanted to buy but because a personality from the radio station she listens to was going to be there.
We had a minor leak problem in the van just after we bought it. When I had taken it back in the service manager recognized me from the day of the sale and asked why I was there. I explained, he apoligized for the problem and they got to fixing it. Why is that important? Well when the wife got out of the van at the dealership the service manager recoginzed her and offered to introduce her to the radio guy. He's friends with the dealership's owner and seems to know everyone there. The wife took him up on the offer and they got to talk for a few minutes. He even knew the story of the leak in the van (guess it was really unusual). The wife ended up with a autographed picture, some station swag and a picture with the dj.
The auction, according to the wife, was impressive. A number of 1 to 2 year old cars went for 1/4 of their original price. Some older classics, including a 1950-something Thunderbird went for under 5K each. Some cars went for a couple of hundred. All were pretty decent. I may have to go to one and see whats really there. Might be fun.