This is your life

Ever wished you could start your life fresh? Some guy in Raleigh has decided he wants to reboot his existence, so he put up his entire life’s possessions on Ebay for $300,000:

I’m starting from scratch. Mid-life change in philosophy. I’m selling everything I own and starting over again: house, vehicles, all furnishings, antiques, specialty construction tools and supplies from my former life as a general (utility)contractor … Determined to redirect the second half of my life and live in quiet simplicity with the woman and love I have finally found. After 40 years racing to acquire more stuff, I’m going to get rid of it all as quickly as I can and take a more deliberate approach to life.

As you can imagine, there’s a sort of existential problem here: If you’ve decided your life sucks and you want to get rid of it — that’s not really the most enticing sell line, is it? After one week, the auction ended, with nary a single bid.

(Thanks to Rummaging for this one!)

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