Car Parts with a Bang

Monday, January 10th, 2022 – Safeway

This morning was cool but dry. That was until the skies opened up about 7:45am. Then it was very wet.

We have done this route since the snow, so we did not have an extreme amount of trash unless we count the ten, count them, ten Mike’s Hard Lemonade cans by the side of the road on Norway Hill, all new except for perhaps one. Really? In two days? This guy should get his liver checked.

We did find an escaped Storm Trooper.

He was only three inches high, so not very scary.

However, this was concerning. This could be a rocket thruster from a Storm Trooper Transport.

Or perhaps it is only his tailpipe. He should check his catalytic converter. It may be missing.

Across the street from a small sledding hill was a wheel. Not an innertube, mind you, a whole wheel.

They probably got banned from the hill during the snowstorm last week. Spoilsports. It is a racing wheel, afterall.

A Minnie Mouse make-up kit?

We can see her as a makeup artist. “Wow, your makeup is great, and those ears!”

Yeah, you look cool, don’t let anyone tell you different.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 – Park-and-Ride

Today was a warm 48°F (9°C) but with rain, heavy at times. We can live with the rain when it is warm.

Over Norway Hill, another five Mike’s Hard Lemonade cans. We may need to get an extra recycle bin just for the Mike’s. After the snow-out, we picked up 44 Mike’s cans last week and fifteen more this week, so far. A total of 59 cans. We will start keeping score.

Current Mike’s Count = 15 this week.

Okay, yesterday we joked about the tire at the sledding hill and the Storm Trooper Transport tailpipe. Today we found another wheel.

And another tailpipe.

Evidentially you guys think this is funny, but we do not, these are heavy. Stop.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 – Safeway and 100th Ave NE

Yet another warm morning but with rain. Rain is ok if it is warm. Without rain it is better, but rain is okay. We removed a roadkill rabbit from the street and picked up a four more Mike’s.

Current Mike’s Count = 19 this week. We feel like we missed one somewhere.

But this is the day we cover the beer-drinker’s bus stop.

Six beer cans. Like us, he probably takes Sunday off.

This was a nice find.

A double wire snap safety pin. We don’t know what we would use it for. We used safety pins on our kid’s diapers, but they grew out of them years ago. Oh, wait, we are aging. It may come in handy.

Thursday, January 13th, 2022 – 160th to 124th Street

Today, we got heavily rained on for most of our walk. But it was again warm, so ok. Our normal walk today takes us the opposite direction toward 124th Street including our newly adopted 116th Ave NE. We normally return to the 7Eleven, down NE 145 Street and over Norway Hill. However, for reasons known shortly we got delayed, so short-circuited our route and returned down 112th Ave NE. The downside of this is we did not go over Norway Hill.

So, our current Mike’s Count remains at 19 this week.

But on with our story. We set out and soon found a fork.

Okay, we have run the “fork in the road” into the ground. Besides, this was found in the park-and-ride, so we came to a “fork in the park-and-ride” makes no sense. A spoon, perhaps but a fork?

Yet another lost lock.

It was unlocked, but, as usual, no key. Recycled.

Another butt bottle.

We used to find a lot of “Gatorade-Butt Bottles”. Somehow, “Powerade Butt Bottles” does not have the same ring to it.

We found an animal skull across from the apartments on NE 116th Ave.

We are not sure what it was, but it may be a raccoon as displayed on the right. They wanted $45 on EBAY for it. Dang, we recycled it, and it was not even recyclable.

So, on with our story. We get honked to and flashed at a lot, and we appreciate it greatly. However, we have a few honkers that are very enthusiastic. For the past several weeks, an SUV has passed by with one of these honks. At one point, we spotted a decal in the back window that appeared to be a set of wings that looked familiar.

Today, we picked up an old election sign and passed a school that has a nice recycle bin. We tossed the sign in the bin and started out of the parking lot. An SUV pulled in and did a quick honk. The driver then got out and shouted “hello.”

She introduced herself as Erin and said she has been honking at us. Sure enough, there was a decal in the rear window from Eastern Washington University.

We chatted for a few minutes then continued our walk.

We found a lot of car parts today. Another lost gas cap.

This was between a Shell and a Chevron Station. It is unknown which it came from. However, since it was lost, it doesn’t matter anyway.

As we approached Brickyard Road, we heard a collision ahead.

Nobody was hurt and the cars pulled into a Gas Station to wait for the police to show up. When we reached the intersection, we found a mess of car parts.

We spent ten minutes picking up the pieces while keeping a watchful eye on the traffic. We were able to place them in a nearby waste can.

As we crossed the freeway overpass, we found even more car parts.

A headlight assembly left over from another accident, a nondescript hubcap, and yet another exhaust pipe. This is the third exhaust pipe this week, and they keep getting bigger. This one seems to belong to a semi.

Friday, January 14th, 2022 – 100th Ave NE

Today, we did not get rained on. However, everything was still wet, so our feet were wet when we returned home. We did find three more Mike’s today and we do not walk over Norway Hill on Saturday.

So, the total Mike’s Count for this week is 22.

We finally found some money today keeping us from being shut out.

Three pennies, though one was Canadian. Those wacky Canadians printing their money upside-down.

We picked up a nice cover.

We didn’t know what it was for, but Google may have found it.

Body & Bath Works 3-wick candle. But what was it doing at a busy intersection? Bet she stopped traffic.

Another useless lock with no key.

Ack! And more car parts.

Another Toyota wheel cover and a ring also for a wheel of some type. At least we didn’t find another tailpipe.

It’s Friday. Time to see what is in Chuck’s vest pocket.

A dropped doggie bag, unused, of course. A nice working pen, and a shopping list. Seriously? You need a shopping list for a single item?

Saturday, January 15th, 2022 – Riverside Drive

Today was foggy with no rain, so made for a comfortable walk.

We did find another two pennies.

That brings our total take this week to five cents. Oh, but someone left us some food.

These go for $21 at Walmart, so there’s that. But, no, we cannot count that as found money. The TrashWalking judges are clear on that point.

In a rock wall near the apartments on Woodinville Drive we found a total of five doggie bags in the crevasses.

We dropped them in a waste can at a dog park.

We found a tennis ball that somehow stopped from rolling down the hill.

We almost gave it a nudge, but we would only end up picking it out of the bushes next week at the bottom of the hill.

Finally, on the freeway onramp, a needle.

Think about this next time you are on the freeway.

That wraps up our walking week with,

  • 9 car parts,
  • 2 locks,
  • 1 raccoon skull,
  • A nice chat with a fan, and
  • A car accident.

On to next week.