A Bad Week for Birds

Monday, May 30th, 2022 – Safeway

We started our walking week with a bit of a regression. We wore our rain jackets again. Yes, there was a hint of rain, but the temperature also dropped back into the forties. We removed a large bird and a snake from the road.

But we were rewarded with some money.

A nickel, two pennies, and a quarter, all found in different areas. A nice way to start the week.

We have found several of these snapper pins during our walks.

But this is the only one that had not been run over. We feel like we should buy a trailer or something else to use it on.

Someone put a sofa in the bushes near Safeway.

What were they thinking? Sure, it’s convenient for buying beer and chips, but how can you watch the baseball game with all the traffic noise? And where would you plug in the TV?

We saw another car down the road bank.

But someone obviously parked it there on purpose. We’ll see what happens next.

Another audio CD, this time in the bushes. So, it was not run over and was playable.

A 1994 CD, “A Mission into Drums.” To us, it sounded like new age music with a lot of drums. It is described as “Trance-Ambient Excursions.” We probably should have moved it into the street.

A wheel by the side of the road.

We thought we heard someone racing their barbeque pit around the neighborhood last night.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 – Park-and-Ride

This morning was chilly, but we had a great walk. We did remove a roadkill rabbit but found money.

Only one penny, but we’ve found money every day this week. Okay, it is only the second day of the week, but we’re on a streak!

We found a glove in the street.

The nearest we can tell, it’s a water-skiing glove, and it was wet. Surely, they were not attempting to ski down the street.

We picked up a couple of tools.

A short, heavy-duty extension cord. It had been run over and broken. The other tool was a flexible drill extension with a Torx bit in it, all in great condition. If it had been run over, it would have torxed us off.

Someone lost their ears in the park-and-ride.

Bluetooth headphones. We charged and tested them, and they work. Off to Goodwill.

Week number 2.

No guests at the Moth Inn, or Trap yet. But we will keep you updated. Maybe we should install a MothCam?

A new sign was put up.

We can see it but don’t have the heart to tell them.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 – Safeway and 100th Ave NE

Today was another good day to walk but was a bad day for birds. We came across a roadkill duck and small bird. Then, ahead, we saw a small bird appear to fly under a passing car and needed to remove it from the road. Fortunately, it was out of its misery by that time. Alas, and for all this, we found no money today breaking our 2-day streak.

We didn’t find much of interest. There is a home-made crossing on 145th Ave NE that had a few crossing flags in it. Today they were gone, and we found them in a ditch about a quarter mile away on Norway Hill.

What were they thinking? You don’t need flags to cross a ditch.

Also on Norway Hill, the McLitterers made another appearance.

Or at least their trash did. We much preferred it when McDonalds provided the white plastic bags that the McLitterers would neatly wrap up.

And yet again, on Norway Hill, several months ago someone put up a zip line. One end was around a tree near the road and the other end ended up somewhere in the person’s yard.

Sometime overnight a tree fell on the zip line. The zip line and tree held, but this looks like a big slingshot to us. We want to be here when they remove it. Hmm. Where to start cutting?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 – 160th to 124th Street

The bad week for birds continues. We removed another bird from the road, but if it’s any consolation, we also removed a rabbit. However, we did find another penny.

So, why couldn’t we have found another penny yesterday to keep the streak alive. It only takes a single penny from you folks paying $5.50 per gallon for gasoline. A penny saved is worth very little these days, so you wouldn’t even miss it. Remember what Benjamin Franklin said. “A penny saved is worth a 0.6 rubles.” We’re paraphrasing.

Other than that, we found a lot of trash, but little of interest. We did find a tool.

A used Sawzall blade that someone tossed. Yes, it’s weak, but we don’t have much else today.

Well, okay there was the golf ball at the bottom of Norway Hill.

We gave it a golf clap.

Okay, this is more like it. At the park-and-ride, we found this.

It looked interesting and with the help of Google Lens, we were able to track it down. It is a “Teisco / Silvertone / Univox / Matsumoku MIJ Lawsuit-Era Bass Bridge (70s/80s, Chrome).” Okay, we don’t know what that is, but the cost is, $46.21 + $39.61 Shipping. This one is a bit run over, but still usable. We’ll let it go for $46 and we will pay for half the shipping. Okay, its site is in Canadian Dollars. Well take $20 and pay for the shipping. Yes, we will drive it over the border.

Friday, June 3rd, 2022 – 100th Ave NE

This morning, we did not find any money or roadkill. The weather was warm, but rain was predicted, so we had a discussion as to whether to wear our rain jackets. For once, we chose correctly and wore our jackets. Later in our walk, a thunderstorm came through and we took refuge under car repair overhang.

We stood waiting and staring at the Shell service station, thinking that things could have been worse. We could have selected the car wash to wait in. The rain appeared to subside, and we continued on our walk for about 100 feet when the rain doubled down, so to speak. We now took refuge on one of the Shell Station islands. Eventually the rain subsided, and we continued on our walk.

We did pick up a tool.

But it was well run over and flattened. Ideal for framing, but not for our tool collection.

Magic Wand “Sour candy powder that changes color in your mouth.”

And on Chuck’s shoe.

This is getting old, more toys to toss back into the KinderCare.

We are thinking that we may start charging them. Is five cents an item fair?

We did find some pairs today.

Two pairs of gloves and a pair of socks. One pair of gloves was too big, and the other was too small. The socks, though, were just right. But wet.

We stumbled upon someone’s stash.

Near a bridge, there is a short path we periodically walk down to clean up. Behind a tree was a bag with marijuana in it. We’ve found very small amounts of dope on our walks, but this is like the motherlode. It is about the size of a softball and weighs two-and-a-half ounces. We feel like we should figure out how to use one of the several bongs we have found.

In a parking lot, we found a piece of electronics and spent way too much time with Google trying to find out what it is.

It is an electric scooter controller with the GPS system. During our research, we found there are sites dedicated to hacks to turn rental scooters into personal ones. This looks like a hack job gone bad.

Now, this looks like your typical water bottle, but it isn’t.

It’s a blender bottle designed to mix vitamin shakes. It includes a mixer ball to help mixing the concoction. The one we found was missing the ball, so it is just a water bottle. Leg Day is a day set aside especially for exercising your legs so you can enjoy a drumstick. For us, every day is a leg day.

We passed this sign on Norway Hill.

Guess we’ll need to be careful where we fart for the next few weeks.

Here we are again, at the fork in the road.

We were coming down the hill and this fork was pointing up, so we didn’t take it. Actually, we did take it, we just didn’t follow its directions.

It is Friday, time to check out what’s in Chuck’s vest pocket.

A clip that was holding a bag of soggy cookies closed. It obviously had failed its duty. Another nondescript letter opener just like the one we found last week. Two very small dime bags. Inflation must have hit the drug industry. A photograph of two kids with their micro scooters. It is unknown whether they hacked them or not. Lawrence’s Snoqualmie Casino gambling credit card. It expires this month, so it’s probably too late for us to check our luck at the casino. Another 9-mm shell casing found on the freeway onramp. Hopefully it was not road rage.

Finally, another piece of electronics still in the sealed wrapper.

This time Google didn’t help, and the only identifier was 3985. A search on Google for “3985” produced about 14,800,000 results. As we said, Google was not helpful.

Saturday, June 4th, 2022 – Riverside Drive

We checked our weather apps this morning and it showed a possibility of rain. Based on our drenching yesterday, we wore our rain jackets and, of course, had no rain. We removed a roadkill snake and found money.

A quarter and a penny at the Sammamish River Trail parking lot then two more pennies along the way for a total of twenty-eight cents. Not bad for four hours’ work.

On the way down the hill toward Riverside Drive, the zombie cans that had been buried below the mown weeds have begun to rise. Along that short stretch of road, we picked up seventeen cans, mostly filled with ditch water and mud. Also along that stretch, we found $20 worth of Washington State Lottery scratch-and-lose cards.

“Treasure Hunt.” Sure, all losers. We were the winners digging up buried beer cans.

We came across some tools today.

A pair of wire crimper-strippers in fair condition, a socket for our socket jar, and a nice combination tool. It is in perfect condition and small. We may start carrying it with us on our walks.

After all, you never know when you might need to open a bottle of beer or file your nails.

Under the freeway, we found the King of the Butt Bottles.

It was probably tossed over the rail of the freeway above. One of these days we will probably be on the receiving end of something like this.

Last week on Woodinville Drive, we noticed several cars had been tagged for parking violations. This week, we found a couple of the tags on the ground.

The car for the one on the left was gone, but the tag on the right is behind the matching car. While we were there a man was working on starting a truck that has not moved in months. He got it started and drove it away. A few minutes later he returned, parked in the same place. Well, that should buy him another 45 days.

Last week, we took a picture of a camper that was being lived in and a pile of trash behind it.

This week it was gone, but not the mess. Scrap wood, cardboard, an old suitcase and other random trash. We picked up some of it, but this is a job for the city again.

On the freeway offramp, we found a laminated sign.

Hopefully, this isn’t the spa they are talking about.

At the park-and-ride, we found a pile of items.

We got it home and sorted everything out. A 5×7 foot backpacking tent, a dozen condoms, seventeen snack bars, five Stella Artois beer bottles, four unopened. Three carabiners, two waterproof bags for smart phones, one empty bag for liquids that had some kind of liquor in it, and a water gun. We could spin a story of seduction on a camping trip, but we don’t know what to say about the water gun. We will leave this to the reader’s imagination.

Thus ends our walking week. Our take this week is,

  • 62 cents.
  • 15 Mike’s Lemonade cans on Norway Hill.
  • 12 unused condoms.
  • 7 tools.
  • 2.5 ounces of marijuana.
  • 1 tent.
  • 1 CD of New Age Drum songs.
  • 1 Fender Guitar Bass Bridge.
  • 1 blender bottle turned water bottle.
  • 1 3985 electronic part.

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