I heard them sliding between the front console and the drivers seat. I was driving each time they hid. I pulled over as soon as I could. But the time that passed was the equivalent of counting to 100 with your eyes closed at home base. And each time I searched for them, they refused to be found. They are wily like that.
Desperate to find them I performed "blind sweeps." Blind sweeps are never a Best Practice. Not in a litter-strewn under seat floorboard, and most especially not when performing The Heimlich Remover.
Yes, I know it's technically the Heimlich Maneuver--but in Nursing School a fellow student called it the Heimlich Remover and that's all it took--even now, over a quarter of a century later, I have to concentrate to say the term correctly. It takes so much effort, most days I just let it slide.
I've never performed a blind sweep during the Heimlich Remover--but, placing my hand and arm in great peril, I have performed an under seat blind sweep in my SUV. Luckily I've managed to avoid injury to my hand. It was a minor miracle in my old SUV. In the current SUV it's probably because its not yet litter-strewn. It didn't matter. The blind sweep was ineffective and I came up empty.
In addition to the blind sweep, I've also moved the seat forward and backward. In the past this has yielded good results. Even when I had hidden under seat litter in the old SUV, I could find things--like my keys and iPhone--when I moved the seats. Even when I was in the rental car for the month of November, I found the hidden keys when I moved the seats. Moving the seats is easy and my "go-to" move when I search for the lost.
But I'm not having any luck this rodeo.
I think the bottle caps have talked with the keys--or Bandit's leash. Whatever the case may be, the caps are on to me.