We Want a Wedgie

Monday, February 14th, 2022 – Safeway

Okay, the start of a new week and nothing much exciting, no money and no roadkill.

Not related to today’s walk, but two weeks ago, we found a lapel pen that was too runover to identify.

This weekend, we were cleaning up our workbench and decided to investigate further. We were able to remove the label under the plastic.

This looks like a good cause to us.

In their infinite wisdom, the Washington State Legislature banned the use of nonreusable plastic bags. That will help, NOT.

Most bags we now find are thicker “reusable” bags which are lawful. More plastic into the landfill. Great ecological job Washington State.

It was Superbowl Sunday and evidently, they threw a party at the bus stop, but their team did not win.

They left their TV in disgust. We are not Ram or Cleveland fans, but we would not leave a TV at the bus stop. Sore losers.

My, how time flies.

Especially when it is tossed from a passing car. This is sad. It is known as a banjo clock and has no manufacturing markings on it. However, it is a wind-up clock, made of wood with a hinged, glass bezel, now broken. Some of these are for sale for thousands of dollars, but not this one. Yes, it was old by today’s standards, but of particularly high quality. Well, we guess its time had come. It happens.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 – Park-and-Ride

Today, we needed to hurry because of an early appointment, so we may have missed some stuff along the way. There was plenty of minor trash, but no money and no roadkill.

We found a parked car from a very unthoughtful person.

A monkey hanging from their trailer hitch. What if some three-year-old fan of Curious George saw this? They could be traumatized for life. But then, we do not know anything about Curious George’s private life. Maybe he deserved it?

West Coast Choppers hub cap.

Not in bad condition, but we were in a hurry and left it in a bus stop trash container. Whoops. $80 on eBay, and with a broken tab. We will check the bin on our next pass.

Finally, we found some paper towels rolled up and secured with a rubber band.

No, we did not open it up. Generally, these types of packages do not contain folding money or anything else we would want. Or would want to touch with rubber gloves, either.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 – Safeway and 100th Ave NE

This morning started out with rain but ended up rather nice. At the ends of our walks, it is light, and we turn off our flashlights. We can also see folks waving back to us rather than the glare of their headlights.

With the warmer weather, the outside activities are increasing. Outside a school very near our house, we picked up four errant baseballs and returned them to the playfield.

Then, at the KinderCare, three more balls.

Okay, one was already behind the fence, so only two balls. But still, we were going balls to the walls this morning.

We found the original air wedge.

We did not know what this was, but it appeared to be an industrial strength whoopie cushion. However, it looks to be quite a handy device. Well, not this one as it is missing a part.

We may need to get one of these wedgies. 

Our beer drinking bus rider is letting us down.

Today, only three cans for the week. Ah, we remember the days of the eight-to-ten cans.

Off the street behind a tree, we found a blanket.

A University of Washington blanket. This is a place where we have found signs of homeless people and needles. So, what did this person major in? 

On the way back, we witnessed another accident.

At the 7-Eleven, a car was exiting the store driveway while a car was approaching the intersection in their right-hand turn lane, shown in the left frame. The right frame is just after the cars collided with an audible bang. Both cars ended up in the 7-Eleven parking lot where, we presume things were sorted out.

Thursday, February 17th, 2022 – 160th to 124th Street

The first parts of our week are tense until we find some money and today, we did.

A single penny on the sidewalk, but we will take it. As we know, a penny in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Luke’s lightsaber fell off.

We hate it when that happens.

The guy trying to seduce his partner with the romantic dinner from McDonalds and 14-Hands wine is still at it.

A McDonald’s meal, six-wine cans and a Bodhizafa carton with four empties in it, probably the Hors D’oeuvres. But again, no sign of condoms. This guy should rethink his tactics. Perhaps he should up the ante to Red Robin?

We found a cap atop a white fire hydrant. It had white paint on it.

Perhaps lost by the fire hydrant painting crew?

Again, some kind soul left us a snack.

A meat stick. And, yes, we mean a “Werner Smoked Meat Stick”. Not “Beef Stick” or “Pork Stick”, a “Meat Stick.” It reminds us of the old M*A*S*H episode where they had the loudspeaker in the background, “And the answer to last night’s meal is some kind of meat.” We passed.

Friday, February 18th, 2022 – 100th Ave NE

Okay, but not on our walk today, but yesterday evening we saw a book beside the road, so we stopped and picked it up.

It looks interesting, but it is a King County Library book, and we will return it to them. But it will probably be overdue since we are slow readers.

This may be a first to us, a baby bottle.

We have found a lot of discarded baby diapers, but this is the first bottle. We much prefer the bottle.

At one point on Norway Hill, we wandered into the thickets and found a ball.

We don’t get it. Most of the golf balls we find are not near any golf courses. In fact, since there are no golf courses near our walking routes, we have never found golf ball near a golf course. So, why do we keep finding golf balls. It is an enigma. Or perhaps very bad golfers.

This is Friday and time to see what is in Chuck’s vest pocket.

We have Robert’s Venmo debit card with a common name, so got shredded. Dan’s Orca bus card also got shredded. A girl’s hair clasp, only slightly runover. Also, a heart-shaped charm for a bracelet with the inscription “Soul Sister”. Then there is the pack of unopened “Magic” cards. They are a set booster like a covid booster. We didn’t open them, we’ve seen “Ghost Busters”.

There was a card from France, “Maricela Extensiones De Pestanas”, which Google translated for us as Eyelash Extensions. Those crazy French people having a specialty shop for eyelash extensions. Wait, what?

The other side of the card indicates it is in Lynnwood. Those crazy Lynnwood people having a specialty shop for eyelash extensions.

Saturday, February 19th, 2022 – Riverside Drive

Today was a bit cooler at 42 °F (5.5°C) and dropped to 38°F (3.3°C) during our walk. There was a slight mist at times, but no serious precipitation.

We found some sets of items today. We found three tools.

A funnel that was a little dirty, but otherwise in good condition. Then we found a Stanley Fatmax 1/8th inch punch and a Heyco 12-13mm open-end wrench. Nice additions to our found tool collection.

We found two balls.

Another golf ball, our second for the week, but this one was made of foam rubber. So, do you play with Nerf clubs when you use it? Also, a softball in a ditch. It probably rolled across the street from some houses up a hill. We put it on the corner so the owner might see it.

We found two car parts under the freeway.

The first was a flying saucer. It literally flew off a car on the freeway above and sailed down here and landed in a bush. The second was an MG wheel spinner. This could be worth something. But, upon closer inspection, it was a fake, made in Taiwan. Guess we still need to keep walking for money which is pretty scarce these days.

Finally, we found a pair of shoes.

Well, not really a pair. The one on the left was an old Nike sports shoe of some type and on the right a flip-flop with “This is the way” written on it. They both went into the garbage. You can’t effectively play football with one lace-up shoe and a flip-flop. Also, they were both left-footed.

This isn’t good.

Someone tossed a sample bag with a biohazard symbol stamped on it. It had been sealed and opened. We handled it carefully with our pickers. We’ve seen many movies where people find something like this, and then bad things happen.

Somebody went radio silent.

They lost their car antenna.

This was frustrating.

We really tried to pick this up, but the truck had parked directly on it. We left a note on the windshield letting the driver know there is a better way to dry his washcloth.

What the…

The city limits sign has moved! It used to be at the location of the photo on the left. Today it has been moved two-hundred feet down the road to the next telephone pole. We have been turning around at the city limits, so if this is a correction, we have been picking up trash in two-hundred feet of Woodinville for five years. There’s going to be hell to pay. We are talking pain, suffering, and hundreds of pounds of trash. We need to get to the bottom of this. We are serious, heads will roll. We should make both Bothell and Woodinville pay. We will contact our lawyer. Wait, we don’t have a lawyer.

On that note, we wrap up another week. We didn’t find any money today, so adding up the money for the entire week brings us to one penny. Of course, we are rounding to the nearest cent.

Our take for the week is,

  • 1 cent.
  • 15 Mike’s Lemonade cans on Norway Hill.
  • 1 Flying clock
  • 1 Car collision
  • 7 Balls
  • 1 Meat stick
  • 1 Lightsaber

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