General Tso’s Elephant

Monday, April 4th, 2022 – Safeway

We are at the start of a new week and today’s weather was a bit blustery, but no rain to speak of. We didn’t find any money or need to deal with any roadkill. Well, we thought we’d found a dime.

But it had “Energizer” stamped on it.

Okay, it’s not money, but we found a tool.

By sheer luck, we stumbled on a nice pair of garden shears. We should be able to say something more about these, but our thinking has been cut short.

At the bottom of the Tolt Pipeline, we found a beachball that was difficult to herd with the strong wind.

We finally got it into a sheltered place to take a picture. It was a graduation celebratory ball, but for 2021. Perhaps the person failed to actually graduate and finally made it this year. Or not. Either way, we discussed whether to pop it or let the air out of it to carry home. In the end, we tossed over an unsuspecting fence to let someone else take care of. What are the odds we will find it at the Tolt Pipeline tomorrow?

Sorry, Out of Order.

Janet thought it would be funny to tape this to Chuck’s back. Chuck didn’t think so and right now, he can outrun Janet. It got recycled.

We found a pair of cool rocks sitting on some rocks.

Somehow, they should have made us think of rock-and-roll, but they did not. More like a dance like the tango, maybe? We don’t know, we are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

If you read last week’s blog, remember we vowed to report the two piles of trash on Woodinville Drive. We submitted a trouble ticket on Sunday. At about 8:30am on Monday morning, we received a voicemail from a Bothell City employee that the trash had been located and taken care of and thanking us for contacting them. They continue to amaze us. Try that in New York City.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 – Park-and-Ride

Today was cool and calmer than yesterday with no rain. We found no money and no roadkill, in fact it was basically a boring walk. We did find two balls.

The first one was in a ditch near the 7-Eleven. The tennis ball was on Simonds Road. We had seen it in the gutter while we were running errands in the car. Today we walked farther up the road to pick up the ball. We also picked up a bunch of trash that has been accumulating over the months and, probably years.

One thing we found on this new patch of Simonds was a purse.

It was half buried and was empty, or at least is now. There may have been some items in the bag, but if so, they have long rotted away. The purse did come in handy to carry some of the trash that we picked up along the way.

We did find this contraption.

It was engraved with “Tech 4 Kids, Inc.” It appears to be a flashlight of some sort but was missing some parts. We were hoping that the Internet would shine some light on this, but it was not much help, and we were left in the dark. Literally.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 – Safeway and 100th Ave NE

We were on a roll this week, having found three balls. Plus, today, we found four more balls, another baseball and three wiffle balls. We tossed them back over a nearby fence before thinking about taking a photo of them. So, this week, we found seven balls. Really.

Otherwise, today was very mundane. The only things out of the ordinary were six plastic bags along Juanita-Woodinville Way.

Five of them had Chinese writing on them.

They may have been bags from a Chinese restaurant. We don’t know what they said, but the Google Translate picked out the last few symbols as the word ‘Bad’. Not good. Literally.

One of the bags had a QR code on it.

It did not lead to anywhere interesting, but it was an “ELEPHAS VERIFICATION CODE.” Elephas is a nearly extinct Asian elephant.

Oh, no. A Chinese restaurant selling rare elephant dishes? Well, that would explain the need for so many bags.

Thursday, April 7th, 2022 – 160th to 124th Street

Today started out clear and chilly at 37°F (2.8°C), but by the end of the day, the temperature reached a very nice 75°F (24°C). Unfortunately, we found no money, but we found some clothing. First, at the bus stop at the freeway entrance, a shirt.

It was in very good condition and will be sent to Goodwill, unless it fits one of us.

We also found a rather mundane hat.

It wasn’t until later when we saw the washing instructions that we took notice.

“REMOVE BATTERY PACK BEFORE WASHING?” We found that there was a wire plug in the sweatband, no battery pack, though, and three LEDs in the brim of the hat. After some investigation, these are available on Amazon and other places, and sound like a good idea if you need light in the dark, like us. Right now, we have a chest light, a back light and a flashlight. These do the trick for us. However, a hat brim light might help at the times where we need to hold the flashlight in our mouth. Okay, that does not happen often, plus it uses CR2032, non-rechargeable batteries. If we wore this hat, we would use more CR2032 batteries than money we find. Speaking of which…

Friday, April 8th, 2022 – 100th Ave NE

Okay, things are looking up today. We found some money.

Yes, only a penny, but it is the first money we have found all week. Many charities say that every penny counts, but we mean it. And, no, we are not a charity. We are purely for profit.

We also found a couple of tools, kind of.

A very usable tie-down strap that was in good condition but was obviously not very good as a tie-down strap. We also found another socket. Yes, it is a weak tool argument, but we think it will hold up with the panel of TrashWalking Judges. It should for the money we pay them.

Someone left us a snack.

An unopened Clif Bar. It is interesting that their package has a picture of a rock climber attempting to remove a bar from the bottom of a cliff. Anyway, we did not trust it and it got tossed.

Outside the KinderCare, we found a waterlogged tablet.

“My Dad is going to buy me a codebook binder.” It looks like KinderCare needs to work on their Spycraft classes.

Okay, this is just plain weird.

It looks like some B-Movie backwoods slasher mask. We left it alone, we did not want to be one of the extras.

Okay, it is Friday and time to check what is in Chuck’s meager vest pocket.

Damn! One card short of a flush, and not even a straight flush. We found the cards on three separate walks. We should go out again to check for another heart.

A hypodermic needle that we found today. Ordinarily it would be placed in a recycled bottle, but we did not have any at the time, and it was still capped, so it got placed in the vest pocket.

The pink plastic thing puzzled us for a while until we discovered that it opened.

It was a stamp pad with little footprints. This is great. We can use this. No, we are just kidding, we have no use for this.

A one-day Disneyland Park Hopper Tier 5 pass.

It’s worth $219 and good through 2023. But we don’t know if it has been used and is not worth travelling 1,200 miles to Disneyland to find out.

But wait, a gift card from a 76 Gas Station game called Tank5.

But it ended in 2017 and the website to check the value has been disabled.

It’s a good thing we found the penny today.

Saturday, April 9th, 2022 – Riverside Drive

The last walk of the week was partly cloudy and a cool 40°F (4.4°C). The forecast called for rain, but it held off until we returned home. Overall, it was a nice walk and we found more money.

At the park-and-ride, someone dropped twenty-two cents.

The person taking the photo missed one of the pennies, but there were two, or so she says.

Another VW emblem.

This is at least the fourth one we have found, but BMWs still have the record for lost emblems.

We picked up another University of Washington knit cap today.

We will wash it and give it to some UW graduate friends of ours.

We found two tools today.

On Brickyard Road, a six-lobe screwdriver in the middle of the road, relatively unscathed, but relatively useless. Then, at the park-and-ride, a 12mm Craftsman combination wrench in great condition and mildly useful. Both will be added to our found tool collection.

We were out on our walk for about three-and-a-half hours.

During that time, someone dumped a coke can next to our house. The nerve of some people.

As you may be aware, we have a jar full of wheel lug nuts we have found. We keep talking about the dangers of not keeping lug nuts tight. Today, we came across this.

A car lost a wheel and was abandoned by the side of the road. We were about a mile from home and would have offered to bring our jar of lug nuts down to find matches, but nobody was around. We also looked for the lug nut that “broke the camel’s back” but were not able to find it. Too bad, it would have made a good addition to our collection.

That wraps up the week, so what was our take?

  • Twenty-three cents, if Janet is to be believed.
  • A very grody purse.
  • Five bags for Chinese elephant dishes.
  • A notepad that daddy did not buy a binder for.
  • An unopened Clif Bar (Raspberry Crisp.)
  • Almost a poker flush.

Okay, not very good, but there is always next week.

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