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Life for Sale...

March 18, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
Once in a while an odd news piece will catch my eye. Whether it’s about a naked man that went on a rampage at a hotel and grocery store in Pennsylvania or Santa being knocked unconcious while on a parade float in Spokane, Wash. last December, I’ll want to read more.

This morning, I saw on Yahoo news that a man in Australia was putting his life for sale on e-Bay. No, he’s not selling his soul to the devil. He just wants a fresh outlook after a painful divorce a year ago.

Ian Usher, 44, of Perth, Australia, is putting his house, car, motorcycle, jet ski, parachuting gear, job at a local rug store and even a little hang time with his friends up on the e-Bay auction block, starting June 22. Once he sells his possessions, the trial run at his job and a one-time introduction to his friends, the British immigrant wants to just walk out the front door with “his wallet in one pocket and his passport in the other.”

The reason he wants to sell his life? Usher said that most of the items in his current life remind him of his former wife, Laura. They were married for five years.

Usher expects bidders to pay more than $390,000 for his house and stuff. He even got the support from his employer, Joy Jones, co-owner of the rug store. The successful bidder would receive a two-week trial at the rug shop which could turn into a permanent job.

Hmm....would I want to work at a rug shop in Australia? Would I want to pay almost $400,000 for Usher’s life? Heck, I’m lucky I have $400 to spend. On the other hand, would I want to put my life on the auction block? I’m lucky I can get $40 for my stuff. I hardly think people will be gunning for my collection of obscure VHS tapes, mismatched used furniture and dragon figurines. An introduction to my friends...OK, throw in another $40 (maybe more, friends are valuable).

So what does Usher plan on doing once a lucky someone shells out almost 400 grand for his life?

"My current thoughts are to then head to the airport, and ask at the flight desk where the next flight with an available seat goes to, and to get on that and see where life takes me from there," he wrote online.

To see more about the man behind the online auction for his life, visit the Web site:


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