Anyway, I had just returned from a trip to some other country and left my passport in the glove box of my car. A couple days later I took the car into a shop for some service, completely forgetting about the passport. Got the car back the next day and of course the passport was gone. Reported it to the police and went to the consulate in Frankfort for a new passport, which was issued to me without much problem.
Several months later, I flew back to the states and was stopped at customs in the Philadelphia airport. The customs folks wanted to make sure it was me, for which I was actually quite grateful. Moral of the story: Keep your passport on you at all times when you are traveling!