A Lot of Balls

Monday, November 9th, 2020 – Safeway

Well, the week started out with a temperature of 30°F (-1.1°C) which is below our limit. So we slept in. And we still didn’t find any money, not even in our dreams. A bad start to the week.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 – Park-and-Ride

Today, we had no rain and no money for that matter. The temperature was a relatively warm 38°F (3.3°C). We left our hand warmers behind, but someone left some for us anyway.

Thanks. We’ll save these for a later walk.

Oh, no. The puppy smuggling ring is at it again.

At least they could spell ‘Basset’ correctly.

At the Park and Ride, was a mask wrapper.

The ‘Community Mask’ caught our eye. So a year ago, would a “Community Mask” make sense to you? Or a sign, “You must wear a mask to enter” at a bank entrance?

We also found some eyeliner.

“Melted Chrome.” This site allows customers to upload photos using the product. Perhaps they shouldn’t.

Someone’s really trying to quit smoking.

Or perhaps they are just addicted to these.

We picked up a kid’s glove.

Ok, we didn’t find the matching glove but we didn’t deserve that finger.

We also found a kid’s purple paper horse.

Unfortunately when we moved it from the street, we broke its leg and had to shoot it.

We found a tool.

Well, almost. It was a utility knife that was too run over to be claimed as a tool. Recycled.

At the top of the Told Pipeline, we found another condom and some Q-Tips.

“Well, okay, but only if you clean your ears first.”

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 – Safeway

Today we had no rain on our walk, but it was 36°F (2.2°C) so we used the Little Hotties we found yesterday.

On 112th Ave NE, we found a wrapper for a male enhancement capsule.

We have reported on these before. According to the FDA warning, it contains the active ingredient in Viagra. Wonder if it also came with Q-Tips to clean his ears?

We found another Toyota hubcap.

It was in very good condition, so we left it in case the owner passes by again. We’ll give it a couple of days.

We did find a real tool today.

An Allen wrench socket. It was rusty and had been run over several times, but still an acceptable tool.

A dropped banana baby teething brush.

So will this help the baby learn to brush his teeth or trigger a deep-seated fear-of-bananas when he turns 40 years old? Actually neither because we have it now.

We found a full bottle of body wash targeted for odor.

Guess it didn’t work.

A really ugly doll.

Oh, wait. It is a dog toy. A really ugly dog toy.

Weeks ago, there was a collection point at a location on 100th Ave NE.

It had the usual pile of trash around it. The collection point has since been removed.

Today, we found that, even though the bins were gone, someone left their refuse.

You need to wonder about this person. “Oh, they must have removed the bins to be emptied. I’ll leave the outdated baby seat for them. And I can write it off as a donation.”

The highlight of the day was a surprise appearance of the McLitterers.

They’ve been very sporadic lately. The bag had the typical contents.

Thursday, November 12th, 2020 – Park-and-Ride

Today was a comfortable 40°F (4.4°C) with no rain. Light traffic and light trash.

Speaking of light, we found two, six-foot pieces of pipe insulation.

They were cumbersome, but light.

We came across a small soccer ball in some ivy.

We tossed it back over the fence it had obviously come from. Yes, we should have kicked it over, but we didn’t have time for the ten or twelve attempts it would have taken us.

And, at the Park-and-Ride,

someone was parking and riding.

Friday, November 13th, 2020 – Safeway

The temperature this morning was again 40°F (4.4°C) but there was a moderate rain for most of our walk. Still no money; it’s been a long dry spell, except it was raining, of course. We removed a roadkill rabbit, but there was only about a quarter of it left, so it didn’t count according to the TrashWalking rules committee. She said there needed to be over half of the animal to count.

This person is slowly emptying his house.

At this location there has been a computer desk, some shelves, a portable air conditioner, a heater, a speaker and now this table.

We found more balls today.

This one was outside the KinderCare so we tossed it back.

And we found four golf balls scattered along Juanita-Woodinville Way.

We didn’t pay for them. Does that make these Free Range Balls?

Another dark blue flag neck gaiter.

In June, we found a similar one but without the snake skin background.

Saturday, November 14th, 2020 – Riverside Drive

This morning was about 40°F (4.4°C) again, but partly-cloudy and dry. Overall it was a pleasant walk. Plus, we found money!

Sixteen cents in two different places. The nickel was on the freeway offramp and the dime and penny were on Juanita-Woodinville Way near the Park-and-Ride. Maybe our luck is changing. Or it could be it was not raining and it was relatively bright this morning.

The first thing we found on our way down to Riverside Drive was another soccer ball about eight feet down the bank.

We retrieved it and set it by the nearest mailbox. That makes seven balls we picked up this week.

Speaking of balls, this guy showed up this week.

Very detailed.

Autumn Blessings.

When we walk by in another month when it is 33°F (0.6°C) and sleeting, they better not have a Winter Wonderland display.

At the Sammamish River Park, an abandoned bicycle.

They probably got rid of it because of the bumpy ride.

Just Great.

It’s cold and someone left us a hot pot holder. And we don’t even use pot.

But we do drink and we found some vodka.

But Red Berry Vodka? It got dumped.

Another lost/tossed mask.

This one was hand painted. Perhaps it has to do with the 1949 novel by George Orwell, “1984.” From Wikipedia, “The novel examines the role of truth and facts within politics and the ways in which they are manipulated.” Now, why would anybody worry about that in this day and age?

Another lost or tossed cell phone.

This one is a Motorola Android phone. When we got home, we put the battery back in and it booted up. However, it is locked with no emergency contact info. So we charged it up and are waiting to see if someone calls, otherwise it’s toast.

We found Ronald’s BECU credit card.

Unfortunately neither we nor he will be able to use it. Given our recent lack of money finds and this broken card, Christmas is looking a bit bleak this year. Not to mention the pandemic.

More unauthorized riding at the Park-and-Ride.

Okay, we understand. The weather is getting colder and people are trying to keep warm but, jeez, you don’t need to litter.

Also at the Park-and-Ride, another gas cap.

We normally find gas caps on the road in various smashed conditions. This one is still attached to the car. We can see someone accidently leaving the gas cap hanging out when leaving a service station, but parking your car and not noticing it? Kind of like leaving your fly unzipped. Yes, Chuck checked his.

Here is a Washington State Oxymoron. A permanent disabilities parking permit.

It expired in 2016.

We found a fork in the road at a fork in the road.

This was where the offramp splits from the freeway. The tool is called a refuse/potato fork. We do pick up a lot of refuse, but this is too big for us to carry on our walks.

We found a Red Robin gift card.

When we checked it on line, we found it has $6.76 left on it. So, we can buy half a hamburger. Gee thanks.

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