Am I just paranoid, or am I stoned?
Are you a collector of anything? Baseball cards, vintage guns, Star Wars toys, anything? Surfboards? Oh I think I would like to be a collector of first-edition Camus books but am easily duped by frauds and don’t speak French. Also, I think I would like to collect 1974 Porsche 914 Targas and will start as soon as BeachGrit does a multi-year, multi-million dollar content deal with WSL Studios.
While you’re here, and I know you didn’t ask, but I think you should start collecting lightly used vehicles previously owned by lead singers and/or guitarists for Bay Area-based 90s revival punk bands including, but not limited to, Operation Ivy, Rancid, the Offspring and Green Day.
And, right now, there is a great opportunity to purchase Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day’s 1961 Chevrolet Greenbrier surf van as it is being auctioned off by one Mr. Van de Laar with a starting price of $37,995 in New Zealand.
According to the music website NME:
The surf van boasts a customised GRNDAY number plate alongside Armstrong’s signature on the glove box. It also features a State of California Certificate of Title to prove that it was once owned by the frontman.
Van de Laar explained that the van has attracted huge attention in New Zealand, where he’s seen people “waving from the side of the road” after it was imported from California.
“It was Billie Joe’s personal surf van he used in California,” Graham said.
“It is very unique as it is likely to be the only one on the road in New Zealand, and the only one in the world that was once owned by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong!”
I’m going to be honest, Negatron. If you are aren’t all over this then I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to completely forgive you. Imagine surf hunting on your island’s bountiful coasts and having everyone wave as you pass.
You’d be the most popular surfer in New Zealand and that is a dream, I imagine, that you never imagined fulfilling.