The Abandoned Hummer H3

About 5 months ago, I watched a young woman pass by me in her grey H3 and park in front of the clubhouse at the complex I live at.

A sedan parked next to her and a young man got out. They were smiling and happy. The young woman got out, and they both got into the sedan and left.

I have no idea why I remember this. There was nothing that stood out to me about the couple. I watched them drive away, turning at the end of the street.

I never saw them again.

I thought maybe they lived in the adjacent complex and they would return later that day for the car.

Some weeks later I was walking my dog around the complex and I noticed the H3 was still there. This was odd. H3’s aren’t super common. If they were leaving the car there long term, a pretty freaking long term had already passed. Since it was during COVID, it didn’t seem likely that anyone would complain since noone was allowed into the clubhouse.

Months passed.

I explained the encounter to my wife at least 3 times – maybe more. Why was the H3 still there? Had the couple gotten into an accident? Did they forget where they parked their car? Was it stolen? Was there a stash of drugs or weapons or candy stowed away?

It’s a pretty expensive car to just leave someplace.

I thought about calling it in numerous times. I thought about trying to steal it myself, but I doubt that I could a) hotwire a car or b) do anything that stupid. Plus, these psychos could have planted some kind of incendiary device so that upon opening it I’d be blown to bits and unrecognizable from the shrapnel.

This car has tormented me since that fateful day I watched it park.

Today I was walking my dog around the block hastily because I had a meeting and I was trying to unload an air purifier that we didn’t use anymore on Facebook Marketplace – and lo and behold – the H3 WAS GONE.

Just as it had parked mysteriously so did it vanish. I don’t know if a neighbor called it in. I don’t honestly know that it was there the whole time – what if someone just parked there every day and I never noticed?

To the mysterious owners of the H3, I’ve spent long walks wondering about you. Why did you park in front of the clubhouse. Do you live here too? Did you go on a trip and not want to pay for parking? Don’t tell me – just let me wallow in the mystery.

July 19, 2021 • Back