A Pickle-eating Pet

Monday, March 7th, 2022 – Safeway

Starting out a new week, the weather has turned clear, meaning told. It was 34°F (1.1°C) which was a bit uncomfortable, but not too bad. To make up for it, we did not need to remove any roadkill and found money. Along Juanita-Woodinville Way, on the way back from Safeway, we found seventy-six cents.

We first saw a penny in the crack of a driveway. Then as we were putting it away, we saw a dime about ten feet away. The hunt was on. Fifteen minutes later, after searching both sides of the street, we added up fifty-one cents. However, we remembered picking up two quarters instead of one. When we got home, we sorted through our garbage bag, not a pleasant thing to do, and found the other quarter in the bottom of the bag. So, seventy-six cents today. Nice.

One of the first things we found this morning was part of a flashlight.

The head was gone which may be why it was discarded. We found it on Amazon for Seventeen bucks. It is powered by four LR-44 batteries. Real flashlights use 18650 rechargeable batteries.

We did find a tool in the middle of the street.

A set of Stanley Allen wrenches, a little too much worse for wear and got recycled.

A shoe.

Yes, yes, we know, “Walk a mile in another man’s shoes” and all that. But there was only one and a bit moldy. We’ll wait for another man, thank you.

At Safeway, someone abandoned a cart that you see people pushing pets around in.

In the seat was an opened jar of pickles, but what kind of animal eats pickles? Perhaps that’s why they dumped their cart. No animal.

Farther done the road, we went down a small embankment and found two dog chew toys.

The dog must not like fake bones to chew on. How about some real bones with some real bone marrow? Oh. Perhaps the owners are vegetarians. Is it animal cruelty to allow vegetarians to own carnivore pets? Think about it.

We found a hubcap.

One Amazon, it is worth forty bucks. In our recycle bin it is worth nothing.

On Norway Hill, we found two condom wrappers but only one condom.

Perhaps the guy is still wearing one as a fashion statement? Bragging rights? Who knows?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 – Park-and-Ride

Well, this was a boring day. We found very little of interest, except for a quarter on Simonds Road.

Wow, two days of money finds in a row. Are we in some kind of Twilight Zone episode?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 – Safeway and 100th Ave NE

Today was cool, dry and clear. As we passed the location on Juanita-Woodinville Way where we found all the change on Monday, we kept a sharp eye out.

And were rewarded with twenty-two cents. So far this week, we found ninety-eight cents at this location. We must have missed two pennies.

Wednesday is when we clean up the beer-drinking-bus-rider bus stop.

We found no Bud Light cans. We did find one water bottle and half a bag of gummi blue sharks. We hope the beer drinker was off this week and hasn’t switched to gummi blue sharks. What is the difference between gummi bears and gummi blue sharks anyway?


As we turned onto NE 145th St, we found someone had dropped a large amount of trash that covered both sides of the street for about a block. It took about fifteen minutes to clean up.

Last week we reported the dumped plasma TV behind the bus stop on Juanita-Woodinville Way to the City of Kirkland.

Today, we saw they had removed the TV but left the power cord. Next time we report something like this we will be more specific: “Plasma TV and power cord.”

We’ve found a couple of these before.

A push-pop fidget toy, but they are pretty worthless. We don’t get it, they only entertain us for two or three hours at a time.

Thursday, March 10th, 2022 – 160th to 124th Street

And abruptly, we end the week. This morning the weather was too cold to walk at 27 °F (-2.8°C). And we will be travelling for a few days but hope to get a story together for the next week.

And it’s too bad. We were actually on a money roll. Our take on this three-day week:

  • $1.23! A spectacular week compared to the last few.
  • 6 Mike’s Lemonade cans on Norway Hill, down from last week.
  • 1 Pickle-eating pet cart.
  • 1 Abandoned TV power cord.
  • 1-half bag of gummi blue sharks.

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