Bah Humbug!

Monday-Wednesday, November 22nd– 24th, 2021 – Travel

During the first part of the week, we went on a short road trip to Eugene, Oregon to have a nice dinner with close cousins. It was good to get out of town albeit with masks and vaccine cards in hand. We did go on a walk in Eugene and saw a lot of interesting trash including a shoe and a pair of underwear, but because we were walking with company, we restrained ourselves. Chuck did find a tool that he surreptitiously put in his pocket.

Yes, only an Allen wrench, but it still counts as a tool. It would have been a bit awkward if we put the shoe or the underwear in our pocket.

After our visit in Eugene, we headed for Hood River, Oregon on the Columbia River Gorge. We like Hood River, especially in the summer months but it can be very crowded. It was cold, but we did take a walk and found money!

On our way to the Pfriem Brewery, on the freeway overpass over I-84, we found a penny. We are counting it. We were together and on a walk. The beer was good too.

Wednesday, we got up early, had breakfast at our favorite Hood River breakfast place, the Egg River Cafe, and headed north to home.


Thursday, November 25th, 2021 – 160th to 124th Street

Back in Bothell, we decided to do our Tuesday Park-and-Ride walk. It was wet and drizzling and we found no money or roadkill.

Near the start of our walk on 112th Ave NE, we found what looked like the contents of someone’s car.

On the sidewalk were several items including trash, toothpicks, a mask, and a tub of red “licorice”. Also, in the bushes about thirty feet from the trash was a bag with some items and a sweatshirt. We didn’t investigate these. We picked up the trash by the curb and placed the red licorice with the bag. If it is still there in a few days, we will pick it up with the car.

“Liquorice (British English) or licorice (American English) (/ˈlɪkərɪʃ, -ɪs/ LIK-ər-is(h))[1] is a confection usually flavoured and coloured black with the extract of the roots of the liquorice plant Glycyrrhiza glabra. A wide variety of liquorice sweets are produced around the world. In North America, black liquorice is distinguished from similar confectionery varieties that are not flavoured and coloured black with liquorice extract but commonly manufactured in the form of chewy ropes or tubes. So called “black liquorice” together with anise extract is also a widespread flavour in other forms of confectionery such as jellybeans”


“…red liquorice (red licorice), which is extruded in a way to resemble liquorice strings but made with main flavourings other than liquorice, such as strawberry, cherry, raspberry, or cinnamon.”

So, neither red nor black “licorice” is licorice. Chuck can tolerate the red candy but not the black stuff. Janet likes both. There is no accounting for taste.

Some woman lost her top.

Okay, perhaps she meant to. It was dirty and stained with paint or perhaps bird doo. She may have meant to toss it.

Yes, we understand, this is also how we solve Rubik’s cubes.

But the problem is losing the individual pieces. You also need enough glue to put the cube together again.

Pizza time!

Okay, perhaps not. It didn’t look that good, which is perhaps why someone tossed it. We’ll never know.

As you know, we find a lot of lost bungee cords. Today, we found an empty jar.

A six-pack of bungee cords. Great. More for us to pick up.

We found a pin.

It was a participant pin for the 2021 Snohomish United Bigfoot Tournament. We did not check the results.


Friday, November 26th, 100th Ave NE

We walked our normal Friday route today. No money and no roadkill, though we did find a couple of tools.

A tire gauge and an Allen wrench. The pressure gauge seemed to be cheap, and the wrench was a little rusty, but they count as tools.

We found some sunglasses that were in very good shape.

They didn’t have any brand information on them, so they are probably cheap. If they had been $80-dollar Ray-Bans, they would have been scratched, run-over with an earpiece missing.

Someone dropped his drawers in the middle of the street.

We didn’t see him do it and we are glad.


Saturday, November 27th, 2021 – Riverside Drive & Brickyard Road

Yes, it is Saturday, but instead of our normal route, we decided to do our Thursday route because Thursday, we did our Tuesday route because we were travelling on Tuesday. We may do our Saturday route next Tuesday. Or not.

Now, this is sad.

This couple decorates their entire house and yard for Christmas. Every year it got bigger and more elaborate. Last year, probably due to the pandemic, the traffic was a big problem.

Evidently too many people complained, and they decided to forego it this year. Bah Humbug!

Someone lost their head covering.

A nice knit cap. And this.

Guess you could call this a head covering also. We doubt it was lost, though, probably tossed.

We found some car parts today.

Another Toyota wheel cover. This looked to be in good condition, so we hauled it home. Of course, it was damaged, and we recycled it. We also found a Kenwood car radio faceplate. We think the idea is that you take the faceplate with you, so thieves decide the stereo is not worth taking. But what if you lose the faceplate?

We don’t know what this is about.

Four beer cans duck-taped together. And yes, it is duck tape. At first, we thought it was meant to be a tennis ball cannon.

But the cans didn’t have the ends removed. They were opened and empty with the tabs still on them. We took the tabs. We untaped them and ended up with four normal littered beer cans. We don’t know.

The big rivalry in Washington State is between the University of Washington Huskies in Seattle and the Washington State Cougars in Pullman. We found a medal from a 5K-10K race.

This looks to be a fun, fundraising race. However, it is hard to take the race seriously when the medal is a beer bottle opener. A friend of ours went to WSU and likes taking potshots at the Huskies. We will give him this so he can pretend that he won the race. Yeah, like he could even compete in it.

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