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PHOTOS FROM LITTER PICKUPS IN 2017

Along with the trash (mostly paper and plastic), we always find a few treasures, tidbits and oddities.

Below are samples from the most recent litter pickups.I have been cataloguing these finds since 2008.

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June 2017

            
*Both* front and rear license plates. We usually find one or the other. We'll turn them in to the DMV.   Diana's Mexican flag - appropriate for a Spanish teacher to find.   Diana found a $2 bill and a $1 bill. I also found a $2 about 50 yards from hers. It's unusual to find $2 bills in the first place, but two bills in the same area -- what are the chances?
   
An Ikea pillow, still in the plastic bag.   A cozy next of empty coffee pods tucked into the dry grass on the hillside by the Meridian off-ramp.   An unused decal. The Appomatox River Company is in Virginia.
   
Men behaving badly: Another bottle full of pee.   A plum tree full of plums. They are still too hard to eat, but I'm tempted to assign myself to this section next month and see if they are edible.

 

  Scroll down to the April photos and you'll see the mini-bottles of wine. This month, in the same location, we found four empty cartons and 12 empty bottles scattered in the same location. I stil have to ask - who goes out on a freeway interchange to drink?
 
A large clock. All it needed was cleaning and a new battery.   Not a real bill. It's the wrong color and laminated. Got Jerry's attention, though!

 

 

 

May 2017

       
Those are 20 plastic cones and some plastic fencing used for small-scale soccer games.    And the nets and cones organized and ready to go to charity.
    
A full can of juice.      A tiny toy elephone with magnets in the feet.      A bank statement from 1989 for the Bank of California which merged with Union Bank in 1996.
   
A sand dollar!   These looked like Christmas tree ornaments.   A lock WITH the key! We often find keys and locks separately, but never together and therefore useful.
   
A toy car.   A interesting, tiny photo frame - (4"x5") designed to hold two portraits.   That's Pam with her $20 bill and Charlie with his $100 bill!
   
A tiny stuffed toy - missing an arm. We have a collection of these little guys that are missing an eye or a foot or an arm...   A tiny cloth gift bag.

  John brought his two girls to help with the street clean-up. They are waaay to young to be allowed on the freeway, but the three of them filled bags with trash as well as cleaning up the treacherous 'dingle ball' seed pods that drop from the Liquid Amber trees in that area.

 

 

On the right:

BEFORE and AFTER

photos of the same stretch of Moorpark. I wish San Jose City College would send over one of their maintenance people once in a while. This is a de facto parking lot for the campus and it is always a mess!

   

April 2017

       
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer's badge. We have contacted the local office to see if we need to return it.    A silly yellow ball. Our cats love it!    Three $10 gifts cards from St. Vincent de Paul for groceries. We will mail them back.
   
A slice of 7-11 pepperoni pizza. The box was nearby.   Nine four-pack cartons that held Gallo Chardonnay   17 of the empties from the cartons. Who goes out onto a freeway interchange to party?
     
    A unopened jar of "Squash Blossom" air freshner   Oh, the irony. A slip of paper announcing School Beautification Day, when participants would be picking up litter around their school.
   
A PlayStation game -- CD inside.   A bottle of strawberry flavored warming massage lotion - woo-hoo! Not found anywhere near the empty Gallo bottles and pizza.   A tiny glass Grey Goose vodka bottle (penny shows relative size).
 

 

We actually don't know what this is. It's made of a medium-stiff plastic - flexible, but not easily torn.

5/15/17: Someone noticed this photo and comment and took the time to tell me what this was:

"It looks like a high-voltage insulator: http://sc01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1cGt3OpXXXXaMXpXXq6xXFXXXK/Hot-sale-24kv-high-voltage-MT-IP02.jpg"

Thanks, Roland!

 

 

 

March 2017

Most of our crew (one member had left and one was taking the photo) at The Alameda with the 10 bags we filled. Kelly is in front with her foot on the roll of building material that she said had "mocked me for months" by the side of the on-ramp that she takes to work every day. It won't be there to mock her any longer!

   
A teensy figurine (see the penny next to it). It's amazing that Sabine even saw it with all the litter around it.    A sun hat in great condition. And I need a new one!
 
A few of the many hundreds of business cards (along with the box they came in).   Two photo keychain souvenirs. There is a teensy photograph inside the white lid and, if you look through the lens on the other end, you see the photo magnified. These were distributed by Walden West Outdoor School to some of their students.

Beautiful blue glass bottles. There is evidently a big Blue Solar Bottle craze that claims oodles of health benefits from putting water in blue glass bottles out in the sun for a few hours and then drinking the water. Interesting websites here and here. According to one site: "The blue glass and UV light will change the vibration of the water and clear your 5th chakra, the one associated with your throat." Who knew!? These bottles sell for $8.95 for a 16 oz bottle (a case of 12 is $67.80)! You can also use them if you home brew your own beer. And we found them, unbroken, on the highway!

A clearly
fake
$100 bill.

 

 
I was mystified by the number of these Arrowhead water jugs we found. We typically find 5-6 similar jugs on a morning pick-up. This time we collected 26 of them!   See the close up of the jugs? Almost all of them had a number (54B, 56B, 59A) and a date in October or November of 2016. More mysteries!

 

This was Crista's really hilarious find. It was a Peppermint Bark box with $1.78 in change, a small statue of a donkey, and a child's letter to Santa. Below is a close-up of the letter.

At left is Toby's addendum to his letter!

  And the tiny statue of a donkey, probably from a Christmas creche, that was in the Peppermint Bark box.

February 2017

   
A jar of Marie's Cream Caesar salad dressing, opened, but very little used.    A Disney character doll?    A silicone mold for making a teddy bear cake
   
A green polka dot bow tie   A yellow Chevy Camaro toy car   A soup mug (one small chip)
     
A power strip   A Spider Man toy    

 

 

January 2017 (no pickup - we were rained out!)

 

I have been cataloguing these finds since 2008. If you want to see even MORE of them....

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