All is Right with the World Again

November 26th, 2018 – Safeway Route.

Today’s walk was cool and rainy.  It was the first workday after Thanksgiving and the trash was fairly light.  After being a no-show for several days, we got a honk from Mr. Handyman.

With the weather turning cold, our flashlights and trash picker tend to suck the heat out of our fingers.   20181126-3We made some Styrofoam cozies for them.

We found a half-full bottle of Imodium.20181126-2Someone probably over-ate during Thanksgiving.

We came across a large rock in the street that had fallen of a nearby retaining wall.20181126-4We pulled it out of the street and put it back on the wall.  It would have caused some major tire damage if someone had hit it.

We found a plastic French fry.20181126-5It didn’t taste very good.

A considerate irresponsible pet owner.20181126-6We didn’t need to stoop to pick it up.

In the bushes near a bus stop, we found a bicycle. 20181126-1It was probably stolen and abandoned.  We pulled it out of the bushes and left it.  We posted this picture of it on the Next Door neighborhood website, but nobody has claimed it yet.

November 27th, 2018 – Park and Ride Route.

This morning was warmer, but still rainy.  We got a honk from Mr. Handyman and waved to Salinas Construction.  All is right with the world again.

As we approach the Park and Ride, two busses, one headed to Bellevue and one to Seattle, normally exit the freeway to pick up passengers.  Between them, they clear out the Park and Ride for us.  This morning, the Bellevue bus arrived and picked up a few passengers.  We waited for the Seattle bus, but another Bellevue bus came by.  We finally went to the bus stop and waded through the passengers.  20181127-8We never saw the Seattle bus.

We passed a couple of chairs.20181127-1Maybe someone likes watching traffic?  These look like they should be in a dentist’s office.

We also picked up a cluster of trash.20181127-2This is probably a record for a single-handed litter toss.  We need to check with Guinness World Records.

We found some tape. 20181127-3But it was not in good shape and ended up in the trash.

All along 145th, we picked up several pieces-parts of cars. 20181127-7They seemed to be from different fender-benders.  The street becomes very congested with stop-and-go traffic during rush hours.  There’s probably a lot of inattentive driving along it.

This was a sad scene.  20181127-4Mr. Potato Head never made it across the street.  Toy Story 4 will not be the same without him.

We found a shoe with a sock in it and a little farther along, another sock.20181127-6We’re waiting for the other shoe to drop.


November 28th, 2018 – Safeway Route.

We had another wet walk this morning.  We had an appointment early this morning so  left the house a little earlier than normal and walked fast.  As a result, we didn’t see any of our usual honkers.  The bicycle we found on Monday has disappeared.  Hopefully, the rightful owner got it.

Uh oh.20181128-3We found this piece of pipe at the Tolt Pipeline.  We didn’t see any leaks, but it was raining.

This is where we toss toys back into the KinderCare playground. 20181128-1Now the kiddies are tossing their beer cans over the fence?

Another rubber glove.20181128-2Who invented these anyway?

We found half a can of Electronics cleaner. 20181128-4 Now we have something to clean all the smashed ear buds and cell phones we find.


November 29th, 2018 – Park and Ride Route.

This was a cool, slightly foggy morningWe got honks from Mr. Handyman and Steve the Dentist, waved to Salinas Construction and got a couple of random headlight blinks.  Traffic was very heavy, but the trash was very light.  Janet came back with a single plastic cup to recycle.  I had a reasonable amount.  I think she’s slacking.

At the bus stop, we found a broken pencil. 20181129-1Crossword puzzle too difficult?

Most of the walk was foggy, but at the top of Norway Hill we got above the fog and were rewarded with the beginnings of a sunrise.  20181129-2As we continued down the hill toward home, we again descended into the fog.

November 30th, 2018 – Safeway Route.

This morning was cooler and dry which made for a nice walk.  Traffic was moderate and we got a honk from Mr. Handyman.  But the trash was back to normal, mostly fast-food trash and cigarette butts.

Starting off our walk, we found a Gatorade Butt-Bottle. 20181130-4But is was a rare, butt-less one.

A broken mirror. 20181130-5Someone is in for seven years of bad luck.  It probably has shattered their dreams.

We found a 12-inch piece of metal. 20181130-6It was neatly folded and ironed by the traffic.

More stolen items. 20181130-1An empty Amazon envelope and some junk mail and magazines.  Nothing worth returning.

Another doggy poo bag. 20181130-8This time the person bypassed the middle-dog and just tossed the bag.

We found an empty Christmas light package. 20181130-2It was decorating the side of the road.

Drug activity.20181130-9We found these syringes next to each other along Juanita Woodinville Way NE.  There was evidence of a third, but we only found part of the plunger.  Fortunately, we had the Gatorade bottle and used it to transport these home.

We added them to the collection we’ve picked up on our walks.20181130-3It’s probably time to take these somewhere for disposal.


December 1st, 2018 – Riverside Drive.

This morning’s weather was much like yesterday’s and traffic was Saturday-light.  We flung a rabbit and a mouse along the way.

Toward the end of our walk, we got a very nice Thank-You from a Lady who introduced herself as Tracy.  We had picked up an ID of a teacher at Cedar Park School across the street and Tracy ended up volunteering to return it for us.

On Saturday’s we walk down the hill toward Riverside Drive and one of the first things we found was a bag from the McLitterers.20181201-6We have found these for over six months now.  With one exception, they always have the same contents.  Two plastic platters, two cups with lids, two used tea bags and a smaller paper bag containing two sets of plastic utensils, several pats of butter, two syrup containers, salt, pepper.  All of these are always unopened.  Sometimes we don’t find the cups and once, there was one syrup and three packets of strawberry jam, like “I’m tired of tossing out my syrup, I am going to try some jam.”

Someone purchased a refillable cup from Starbucks. 20181201-5Then they tossed it at a bus stop in downtown Bothell.  Go Figure.

We found more gloves. 20181201-7One work glove and one plastic one.  Sorry, we can’t help reporting these.

We found a LimeBike in the ditch.20181201-12We carefully pulled it out and placed it by the side of the road.  These bikes will threaten you, as we’ve found about before.

We found someone’s Wendy’s apron.20181201-10Yes, that’s Wendy peeking at you.  Turn your head to the right.

We found a deflated congratulations balloon. 20181201-9Janet walked right by it and picked up a cigarette butt.  This is what we call the shiny object effect.  As we are walking, we sometimes focus on something ahead and miss something else along the way.  But this is pretty big and shiny to miss.

Last week we talked about some louvered doors leaning against a tree.  Today, we found this. 20181201-8What’s the point?  Test: Here’s my chance to demonstrate my [choose one]

  1. Creativity
  2. Community responsibility
  3. Woodworking skills
  4. Career goal of making license plates for the government.

Don’t worry, there is no wrong answer here.

We came across a box. 20181201-3It had a dead rabbit in it.  After some discussion, we decided to fling the rabbit into the bushes (remember, we wear rubber gloves) and wrapped the box up into a new bag which was disposed of in a nearby trash bin.  A word to the wise, don’t discard your dead rabbits in an amazon box with your name and address on it, Cankiz T.

We have a neighbor who does a lot of work each Christmas decorating his yard and has become a local celebrity.20181201-1Each year, it seems to get bigger, brighter and better.

At night, it looks like this.20181201-2

But when we walk by in the morning, the same scenes are:20181201-11This is exactly how we feel at the seven-mile point of our Saturday walk.

Only 23 shopping days left.  Merry Christmas!








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