Money, Whiskey and Donuts

Monday, June 27th, 2022 – Safeway

Starting out a new walking week was a warm one at 63°F (17°C) at 5:30 am and was close to 70°F (21°C) by the time we reached home. We didn’t find any money on our journey and removed yet another crow from the road. This is the fifth crow in the last few weeks. We’re not proud of it, it’s nothing to crow about.

We did find a couple of tools, though.

A bungee cord with a missing hook. It was in good condition except that it was missing a hook on one end. We did add it to our collection of bungee cords. It can be used as an extension, after all. Also, a crescent wrench. We have found several of these wrenches, but this one is actually manufactured by the Crescent Manufacturing Company. The marketing copy available on the Home Depot Site states that the adjuster is a “Quick Adjust” that “Won’t Bind Up.” This one has been run over a few times and still seems to work, so we believe them. It also states, “Lifetime Warranty – Crescent® Tools offers a lifetime warranty on products to be free of defects in material and workmanship.” We think being run over qualifies as a defect in workmanship.

After the spinning car episode a few weeks ago,

we should probably start wearing this.

“There’s room for more.”

To whoever wrote the note, if you are reading this, let us know. We can always use some more room to store our stuff.

Someone left us two donuts, Old Fashioned Glazed, one of our favorites.

Chuck was ahead of Janet at the time and found them first. Chuck’s story was there was only one, but she saw the donut holes in his story.

Yes, another McLitterer mess.

We really liked it better when they were using the heavy plastic bags. Today, their trash was scattered about a block up the hill and we did not find all of it.

“Lemon-Ade. Look Slow.”

It was a warm morning and lemonade would have been nice, especially after Chuck’s donuts. However, we didn’t see any lemonade stand. We did look slow. We were walking uphill, for goodness sakes. Anyway, we don’t carry any money with us, so it’s a moot point.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 – Park-and-Ride

Another day, another crow. And no money. It was cooler this morning by a few degrees and the high for the day dropped nearly 30°F (16°C) from yesterday as summer keeps skirting us.

We removed a pair of glasses from the road.

They were in remarkably good condition for being on the freeway onramp. The lenses were gone, but they didn’t appear to be reading glasses and were too light to be prescription. Perhaps they were used as a disguise like for Superman. Put on pair of glasses and suddenly he’s Clark Kent.

Yesterday it was donuts, today it was Fireball.

Too bad we didn’t still have the donuts; this would have been tasty as a syrup.

Great, someone lost an air conditioner housing.

Carrier Transicold are cooling systems for tractor trailers. It was too heavy to carry home, so we left it at a convenient location and picked it up later with the car. It got recycled.

We found a stash behind a tree.

A pair of slippers and a cheap shaving kit. The kit had some wipes, several Q-Tips and some corn cushions. Also, an unopened bottle of Magnesium pills, an opened bottle of laxative pills and a jar of “SoftSheen-Carson Let’s Jam! Shining and Conditioning Hair Gel.” Guess you need to look good while limping to the toilet.

A few weeks ago, a tree fell on a homemade zip line and there has been no activity since.

Today, the ground looks to have been disturbed, but everything else remains the same. The tree that the zip line is attached to seems to be leaning slightly, but it is hard to tell. Updates to come.

Today, another hint to the lemonade.

This is on a driveway, but still no lemonade in sight. And, as we said, the temperature will be much cooler today. They need more timely advertising.

Finally, today marks week six of the Moth Hotel.

Still no guests. Perhaps they need to move it to a seedier part of town and rent by the hour? Just saying.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 – Safeway and 100th Ave NE

Okay, we found no crows today or any other roadkill. We did find money, though.

Eleven cents. Call us crazy, but we’ll take money over dead crows any day.

We found a free piece of paper.

It looked like litter to us but was evidently left here for someone who needed it. We really didn’t need it but took it anyway. You never know when a piece of paper might come in handy.

Another bucket with a hole in it!

Chuck remembers an off-color version of this song at a USO show a long time ago and far, far away.

We found not one, but two empty bottles of The Bitter Housewife Lime Coriander Bitters about two blocks apart.

We do not recall ever finding any of these bottles, let alone two on the same day. Normally bitters are used in cocktails in very small amounts. According to this website,

“It is not possible to describe bitters as an alcoholic beverage unless they contain alcohol; although they may have it in them. According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), bitters in the United States are non-beverages and require to be classified as food item containing alcohol, which makes them eligible for tax incentives.”

So, they probably do not require an ID to purchase. However according to the label, this contains 34% alcohol by volume which makes it fairly potent. We are guessing someone underage purchased these for the alcohol content. It would be like purchasing orange juice and orange extract to drink. Or so we’ve heard.

Then, another piece of paper.

It’s a good example run-on sentence, but we applaud their ambition and aspirations. We don’t get the Yes/No tear-off tabs, though. Shouldn’t there be a Maybe in there as well?

Thursday, June 30th, 2022 – 160th to 124th Street

Today, again we found no roadkill, crows or otherwise. However, we blew yesterday out of the water with our money finds.

We found two random pennies. Then, at the northbound onramp bus stop, two quarters and another penny. We figure someone dropped the change while getting on the bus and just left it. Then, on the other side of the onramp, there were several coins scattered in the left lane. It took about twenty minutes to retrieve all the coins totaling $1.57. A relative jackpot. So, in total, today we netted $2.10. That is more than we’ve found in a whole week since September of last year. That is pretty pathetic when you think about it.

We found a tool.

Ok, only a bungie cord, but it was in perfect condition.

Another nondescript wheel cover.

Broken up and not fit for Good Will. Recycled.

On 116th Ave NE along the freeway offramp, we picked up a total of 16 cans and one bottle of 14 Hands wine along with other trash.

These were found in three separate locations along the road, so probably not a single binge.

Also, along this stretch of street, a pair of men’s underwear.

It’s unknown if these are related to the wine containers.

We picked up a set of keys.

They were found on both sides of NE 160th Street. We doubt anyone would want these back, though the Mitsubishi key might be able to be unbent. There was a Plenti rewards card, a rewards program by American Express that went defunct in 2018. The guy probably did not own the Mitsubishi anymore either.

A Happy New Year card, probably from the University of Washington from “Your friends at Creative Communications.”

It doesn’t seem very creative to us, but it’s probably not their fault. The masks probably deprived their brains of oxygen.

In addition to all the money we found on the onramp, we found a pair of kid’s shoes.

If the shoe fits, wear it. They didn’t so we didn’t. That’s fine, the way things seem to be going, I wouldn’t want to be in this kid’s shoes.

Some commuter appears to have lost their coffee cup.

It must have been very strong coffee.

Friday, July 1st, 2022 – 100th Ave NE

Another nice day for our walk and we removed a small bird from the road. Well, also another desiccated rabbit, but that doesn’t count. And we found more money in four different places!

Two pennies and a dime, then another penny and a nickel. Well, a Canadian nickel, but it counts.

Near Starbucks someone emptied their car.

A skirt, a hat, a bike lock cable, and a golf club. It looks like someone gave up a hobby. Either golf or perhaps some sort of bondage practice. Anyway, we didn’t find a golf ball today.

We found three hats including the one above.

The one on the left is from the Oriental Trading Company, twelve hats for fourteen bucks. We only found this one, though. The middle one is a fishing hat from Walmart, seven bucks. The right one is a Seattle Seahawks hat with the Old Navy price tag still on it, sixteen bucks.

We also found three keys.

A chevy key fob a little worse for wear. A house key with about the simplest pin pattern we have seen. Finally, a strange key at the top of the Tolt Pipeline. After some research, it’s a key for a forklift. A few weeks ago, there was a forklift parked here, but we needn’t worry about finding someone to return it to. They can buy a fifty-pack for fifty-five dollars on Amazon.

We picked up a decal.

Dose. We don’t know what this means, but we assume, based on the design, it is pot related. Washington is proud. The state, not the president.

At the park-and-ride, someone dumped a box of mostly clothes and bedding.

We used our car to get it home and sorted out. In the box, we picked out more money.

Four dollars and forty-one cents. This is turning into a banner money week.

We will wash the clothing and bedding and send it to Good Will.

We are not sure what to do with these. In the box were several bottles of “essential oils.” Well, there was this.

Andrea Hair Growth Essence. Maybe Chuck will give it a try.

It’s Friday, time to check out the accumulation in Chuck’s vest pocket.

A druggie’s bag of cotton balls to filter the residue out of their melted product. A Smashbox Photo Finish Minimize Pores cosmetic, forty dollars an ounce. At that price, it better work really well. A red tool for which we do not know the purpose. Maybe to apply the Photo Finish? A Beauty Secrets nail file. ‘N is for necklace’ and ‘J is for pumpkin’ cards. A vaping device made to look like a cigarette. Two-and-a-half unexpired credit cards. A menagerie of animals including a black T-Rex, a purple pig, a green shark, and a red gecko. Or is that a space man? A rusty pair of tweezers and a fortune cookie fortune stating that we have an active mind and keen imagination. That’s probably better than having a keen mind and active imagination.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 – Riverside Drive

Today was a bit overcast but still comfortable. We removed a rabbit, a crow, and a squirrel from the road, but also found money.

Thirty cents. The quarter is dated 1965, the same year Chuck graduated from high school. We think Washington was president then also.

Anti-Diarrhea Liquid for dogs.

When anti-diarrhea commercials show humans in distress, they look miserable. This dog doesn’t look unhappy at all. They need to work on their marketing. Maybe get a dog that can method act.

We found two balls.

Another tennis ball that didn’t quite make it down Brickyard Road and a golf ball. And we didn’t have our golf club with us. Go figure.

We also found two tools.

A pair of scissors that were serviceable and a tire gauge that was not.

We could count this as another tool.

A CO2 bicycle tire inflator, twenty bucks on Amazon. No CO2 with it, though.

This sign was under the freeway.

It looks like someone decided the sign did not belong there either.

Brickyard Road was a mess.

Someone lit off some early fireworks in the street. Debris was scattered about 200 feet along the road. We spent about fifteen minutes picking up and still didn’t get it all. We shudder to think what next Tuesday, July 5th, will have waiting for us.

What if they gave a parade and nobody came?

Main Street of Bothell with chairs lining the Independence Day parade route in two days.

We found a “THEY” pin.

This must belong to the great oracles. This is the group that is referred to in statements like “They say it will rain tomorrow” or “They say that Top Gun Maverick is really good.” We’re sure that is what the pin means, and we are honored to accept it.

We found a Samsung cell phone at the park-and-ride.

This is the seventeenth cell phone we’ve found. It was in rough condition but was still partly working. The screen was shattered, but still lit up with random graphics. Someone was trying to call it about every ten minutes, but we could not see how to answer it. We checked the Internet and it stated to answer the phone, slide the white circle to the top of the screen. Good luck with that. We couldn’t see any circle and we would have received glass slivers in our fingers. So, we sat there helplessly listening to it ring. It reminded us of one of our favorite Gary Larson cartoons:

We removed the SIM card and were able to determine it was a T-Mobil Phone. We dropped by a nearby store and let them deal with it.

Another walking week is gone. Here is this week’s take.

  • $7.15 This is the biggest weekly haul since we found the fifty-dollar bill last September.
  • 16, 14 Hands wine cans.
  • 5 Keys in various states of disrepair.
  • 3 Roadkill crows.
  • 2 Old fashion glazed donuts
  • 1 Pair of slippers
  • 1 Golf club with no ball.
  • 1 Golf ball with no club.

Have a great week.

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