Copper Clappers

Monday, November 30th, 2020 – Safeway

Rain, rain, go away… Oh, never mind. We got rained on the whole walk. So, well, yes, it did rain on our parade, if you can call the two of us a parade. We will call it that because Janet says “I love a parade!”

This McMess was on 112th Ave NE near the apartments.

We actually saw this Saturday afternoon after our morning walk. We discussed walking down to clean it up on Sunday afternoon, but didn’t. We paid for it today. There was a receipt in the mess from a McDonalds in Snohomish. They travel all the way here to dump their trash on Norway Hill?

We found a sock.

But was a small kid’s sock, so we couldn’t even make a sock puppet out of it.

Like our COVID mask puppet.

Here’s a helpful hint.

When you’re driving and it’s raining and your windshield wipers are not working, don’t grab the squeegee and try to clear the windshield. It gets your arm wet and you’ll lose your the grip on the squeegee. You’re welcome.

On our way down the hill toward home, we saw bunches of grapes.

“Too much good food. FREE. Take as much as you like.” We liked one pack of them.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 – Park-and-Ride

These guys are beginning to irritate us.

At least the McLitterers use plastic bags and tie them up. These litterers appear to try to scatter their litter. This was down a moderately-steep embankment.

Last week, we found a lock hasp at the 7-Eleven intersection and tossed it into our recycle pile.

Today, at the same location, we found the body of the lock. The lock is very sturdy and looks to be expensive. If we put it back together, we have no way to open it. That’s the key to the problem.

Near the apartments, we found these.

A condom. A cigarette. A cliché.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 – Safeway

Although the temperature was slightly above freezing and there was no rain, both of us encountered slippery spots where dew had frozen on the pavement. Pretty spooky at our age. We don’t walk when it it obviously slippery out, but this caught us by surprise.

Arrgh! They did it again.

Another McDonalds bag full of trash at exactly the same place as the Snohomish litterers on Monday. But there was no receipt, so we cannot link these two litterers.

We’ll see if the trend continues.

Another MiracleZen Pill wrapper.

These are about $16 apiece. For that price, they should work. If they didn’t we hope someone would stand erect and say something. No, we’re not going to explain it.

We found a bicycle ditched behind a tree.

We moved it out in the open so folks on Juanita-Woodinville Way could see it. It disappeared by the end of the day. Hopefully the rightful owner got it. Otherwise, it was stolen for the second time.

At the top of the Tolt Pipeline Line, we picked up a McDonalds cup and a piece of foil used to cook dope.

An adult McDonalds Happy Meal?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 – 160th Street

We found a sleigh bell today.

It still had the clapper inside, but since we were holding it, it sounded more like a clicker, but it is called a clapper.

Someone took out the one way sign at the I-405 offramp.

We never noticed the “No Loitering” sign. We guess it was added to discourage panhandling at the offramps. Loitering is defined as, “standing or waiting around idly or without apparent purpose.” On Saturdays we walk down the offramps picking up trash, but we have a purpose so it shouldn’t pertain to us. Wait, is begging considered a purpose?

At the top of Norway Hill we picked up a piece of plastic with a small plastic bag with something inside attached to it.

When we got it home, we opened the bag and found a very wet folded piece of paper with some writing on the outside, “9/29/18 Two Cyclists.” We carefully unfolded the paper and found it was the log from a Geocache micro cache.

Geocaching is like a treasure hunt using GPS coordinates. The log was difficult to read but based on where it was found, we were able to match some of the entries with a nearby cache’s online log. We sent a message to the owner to notify him that his cache had been compromised. He got back to us saying what we found was an old cache that the real owner had removed. So it wasn’t a micro cache after all. It was a piece of trash.

Friday, December 4rd, 2020 – Safeway

This morning was another crisp, dry morning but a bit uncomfortable due to a slight breeze. We peeled a very flat squirrel from the pavement of Juanita-Woodinville Way and found some money!

This was near the Juanita end of Juanita-Woodinville Way. Come to think of it, the other end of Juanita-Woodinville Way is not in Woodinville. It’s in the Brickyard area, short of Woodinville. What’s the sense in that? Anyway, we found some money.

At the bus stop across from the 7-Eleven, we picked up a littered 7-Eleven cup.

So what’s in this guy’s head? He buys a coffee from the 7-Eleven and crosses the street to enjoy his coffee and await the bus. The bus arrives. “Should I take the cup on the bus? Nah, I can’t finish the coffee with a mask on the bus. I’ll leave it here. I’m sure the 7-Eleven folks will clean it up.” NOT.

More balls.

We found a dog ball(?) that bears an uncanny resemblance to the COVID-19 virus. We also found two tennis balls outside the KinderCare. We each picked one up to toss over the fence. Chuck’s went further. She throws like a girl. I know, not PC, but get over it.

Scattered along the top of Norway Hill, we found five, 50ml Platinum 7x bottles.

These come in a ten-pack for about $11.

Okay, we need to find five more.

Saturday, December 5th, 2020 – Riverside Drive

Another uncomfortably cold morning. Again, even though the air temperature was above freezing, we encountered some slippery spots and frozen items. There are several reasons why things can freeze even though the air temperature is above freezing. The main cause on clear nights is thermal radiation to the night sky. This site does a good job of explaining it. So this is what it is like being married to a mechanical engineer with an emphasis in thermodynamics (Janet).

We didn’t find any money but did remove a frozen crow from the road.

We seldom find a dead crow. We had nothing to do with its death, and fortunately, there were no other crows around to witness it. Really, all we did was give it a decent burial. Ok, the eulogy may not have been the best, but we tried.

We did find a tool.

This matches the style of last week’s socket. This week is a 3/8th-inch socket and last week’s was a 7/16th. We may really be starting to build our lost tools socket set.

Clothes by the apartments on Woodinville Drive.

A large skirt and a pair of pants. They were wet, frozen and heavy. We left them hanging on a nearby sign.

We found Luke’s nametag.

He’s the Opal Manager at a senior living facility. Opal Manager? Does this entail taking care of the residents’ jewelry? No, it appears to be the name of their memory-care program. Chuck should look into it.

This is a typical find at the park and ride.

Five empty Coors cans and a smoked sausage wrapper. After all, you can’t drink five beers on an empty stomach. We figure the sixth beer is for the ride home. We’ll probably find it along the road somewhere.

Now, here’s something we can use.

“Insight Pest Solutions.” We know a couple of pests. Oh, they mean pests as in ants and rats. Never mind.

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