Craigslist, Florida and Goodwill



Craigslist Florida and Goodwill? Can any other combination of words seems so disassociated and meaningless. Perhaps, but when you consider that the online forum, Craigslist is a key factor in this story, then it makes perfect sense. Since I had relocated to Florida, the culture shock was very apparent and the available time of observation afforded me a unique opportunity to experiment online with my new perspectives. After all, sometimes you can get a good feel for the overall vibe of a place by using an uncommon method, in the unlikeliest manner.

Craigslist is one such source, a peculiar mishmash of ads, offering vast troves of classified treasures to be discovered or interesting anecdotes in the community based sections which offer a quick glimpse into that collectivist mind of a certain locale. Quite often it simply it provides a free jovial pastime hobby. The missed connections section provides a unique opportunity for creative souls with a bit of writing skills to extrapolate these new found observations.

So I decided to partake in the silliness of the “missed connections” fervor with this innocent minuscule ad titled:


At Goodwill, you were missing some teeth and I, one shoe

Craigslist Florida and Goodwill

Clicking on this innocuous sounding ad, provided the following textual content:

Oh my we ran into each other by chance….Goodwill of all places. You said you need a new ensemble and I was just browsing. I noticed your teeth through the skewed attempt at a smile. I think you saw my missing shoe…You had one less tooth and I one less shoe….possibly a match pair?

Craigslist Florida and Goodwill

I really did not expect any kind of response whatsoever. After all, this was done in jest and of course, no seriousness was ever implied. You would figure everyone, especially in this location of Flori-duh would get it. Like this individual, who did obviously didget it….

Craigslist Florida and Goodwill

But alas, this is Flor-duh! Hence the story would not be complete, without the complimentary response from the usual village idiot:

Craigslist Florida and Goodwill