Bottles, Cans, and Nails, Oh No!

Monday, December 20th, 2021 – Safeway

This morning was cold, but dry and was a comfortable walk relative to last Saturday. This being the week before Christmas, traffic was very light, but we still got a few honks and headlight blinks.

The trash was light and the most exciting thing we found was an unmatching pair of socks.

We wonder what knocked their socks off.

We thought we found another Toyota hubcap.

But we don’t recognize the emblem. If anybody recognizes this, don’t bother telling us. We recycled it.

More tires.

A couple of months ago, about fifteen tires were put here with a “free” sign. Eventually, they disappeared. These look a bit more used, or should we say tired, so we will see if they disappear. We should point out that they make wonderful Christmas presents. Ideal for tire swings hanging from a tree branch. However, don’t try hanging it from the Christmas tree branch.

Speaking of trees, here is the Christmas Decorations first-prize winner for the category, “Minimalist Tree Decoration.”

Yes, the beauty takes our breath away also.

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021 – Park-and-Ride

Today was about the same weather as yesterday, cold, and dry. We can live with that. We did pick up a lot of trash, but again little to expand on. Probably a lot of folks are taking the week off.

At the corner by the park-and-ride, we spotted an earring.

It had been stepped on and was slightly bent and we couldn’t figure out how it was supposed to hang. It was like one of those ring puzzles, except this was an earring puzzle.

Also, near the park-and-ride, someone lost their cold-weather hood.

Maybe we should look into getting a couple of these, we already have one. We are currently using a couple of neck gaiters we’ve found.

Yes, and this is exactly how Chuck looks. Except he does not have that cool hat. Nor those intense eyes. But the neck gaiter is the same. We think we will stick with the gaiters. They look less sinister. Except for this guy.

We picked up a wheel cov.

Not quite a wheel cover.

Okay, another water bottle with yellow liquid in it.

See the list of why we wear gloves.

But then, we found another bottle with yellow fluid in it.

Okay, we carefully checked it. Orange juice. No, really, it was orange juice.

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 – Safeway and 100th Ave NE

This morning was a full 10°F (5.6°C) warmer than yesterday. However, it was raining for most of the walk. Such is life.

At a bus stop, we came across a disassembled box.

“Here’s a little something from your friends at amazon hub.” Gee, thanks. Something to litter.

Today was all about cans and water bottles. At the visit to our newly adopted bus stop, the bus stop beer drinker didn’t disappoint.

Ten, count them, ten beer cans. Could be the buses ran late all week? Who knows?

As we passed the Safeway store on the way to the bus stop, we started finding flattened water bottles.

On our return trip, we found more bottles including a wrapper, plus coke and root beer cans. Someone leaving Safeway purchased a bunch of refreshments and lost them on the street. This is becoming a regular event here. We returned with twenty-five pop tabs from the cans, and some of them were crushed in such a way that the tabs could not be harvested.

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 – 160th to 124th Street

Today was back again to cooler temperatures and no rain. We picked up the normal amount of trash but nowhere near the number of cans we picked up yesterday.

We found a red glove.

Could it be?

Nah, probably not. But we did find MacGyver‘s water bong.

If he had used some Duck Tape, the straw would still be attached to the bottle. And, yes, we did mean “Duck” and not “Duct”.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

Okay, in this case, the gas cap does not fall far from the 7Eleven. But it got recycled anyway.

This is getting a bit old.

For the second time this week, a bottle of yellow liquid. We wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. But we did with our three-foot picker.

Friday, December 24th, 100th Ave NE

This morning was cold and breezy. It had been raining off and on through the night, so everything was wet, but the rain held off during our walk. We did remove a roadkill rabbit but found no money.

We did a good deed today. At the busy corner of Juanita-Woodinville Way and 108th Ave. NE, we found some nails and the plastic tray that had contained them. Looking around, we found more loose nails scattered across the intersection. We spent fourteen minutes gathering the nails as timed by our body camera.

When we got home, we emptied them from our bag. There are a lot of flat tires there.

Then, another good deed.

At the bus stop at Safeway, a cart left by a bus rider. It had some random trash in it that we left. But we did drag the cart into the Safeway parking lot.

Someone dumped some coat hangers in the bushes.

The tag reads “Try Me On.” We don’t think they meant the hangers.

We found a tool.

A socket extension. It was usable but had a rough time during its life in the streets. It will be added to our lost tool collection.

We picked up a nondescript wheel cover in bad shape.

We were already carrying a waterlogged box, mechanic’s rag and towel making a heavy load. Fortunately, today is trash collection day on Norway Hill and we were able to unload the wheel cover and heavy objects about halfway up the hill.

Friday, time to check out Chuck’s vest pocket.

A nice gel pen, empty of course. Another hotel room card, Marriot, this time. Two empty dime bags. No, Chuck found them, really.

Tomorrow is Christmas Day, and the weather is not looking good for walking. In fact, the weather is not looking good all next week.

We don’t walk if it is too windy, slippery or below 30°F (-1°C). Yes, we are wimps.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Great New Year. It can only be better than the last two.

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