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Old 08-09-16, 06:09 PM   #426
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On my way into work I found a USO Care Package pack with bicycle parts in it. Suspect it belonged to one of the homeless that camp out along Campbell Creek. The city has been cracking down on the camps and I have seen several "moving" with all their belongings along the MUP.
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In Anchorage? Where do they go in the winter?
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Old 08-10-16, 05:50 AM   #427
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Didn't stop to pick them up but saw a pair of kitchen shears on the side of a road next to horse farm...go figure
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Old 08-10-16, 06:44 AM   #428
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Rode the Mississippi River bike trail through Minnesota this summer. Crossed paths with quite the assortment of road kill. Plenty of hand tools, scissors, life jackets, cooler lids, fishing rod covers and a California raisin saxophone player figurine, minus the saxophone. He's now mounted on my handlebars. Came to realize Minnesotans love their bananas. Must have rode by 10-20 banana peels every day. They where everywhere.
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Old 08-10-16, 01:06 PM   #429
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Today, I spied a dead rat and a dead mouse on the trail. Ick.
What? you passed up on a high protein meal like that? What's the matter with you?
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Old 08-11-16, 01:11 AM   #430
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Today, I took ninth avenue home instead of the Hudson River Greenway so I could meet a friend for a while before I got home. I saw in the street a d-i-l-d-o that had been run over by vehicles. I elected not to pick it up.
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Old 08-11-16, 06:05 AM   #431
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In Anchorage? Where do they go in the winter?
Some probably move into one of the shelters, others just continue to camp out and when it gets cold out I think they spend more time wandering around to keep some warmth going. And as one would expect several don't make it through the winter either because of exposure or violence.
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Just this morning i found a pair of flip flops and some roadkill (bunnies)
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Old 08-12-16, 01:41 PM   #433
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For the last couple of weeks I have been passing a pacifier. It hasn't moved even with the heavy rain. Poor baby.
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Something I've never quite figured out. I've lived up here for 18 years, and I've never seen a dead skunk. Parts of skunks, often, and one trundling through a field early one morning, but never a whole dead one. Weird.
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Old 08-12-16, 05:08 PM   #435
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found an unopened bottle of 5-Hour Energy and an unused 16g CO2 cartridge last nite...

prolly won't use the liquid crack stuff...hate the jittery feeling they induce.

the CO2 will get used eventually.
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Old 08-13-16, 07:35 AM   #436
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Not exactly on topic, but while driving last night during a wicked rainstorm, I saw a blinky flashing away on the side of the flooded road. All I kept thinking was "some cyclist is trying to get through this safely, in the dark, and he/she is probably not even aware that the bike is invisible." I felt like I should stop, pick up the light, and go find the cyclist, but it would have been way too dangerous for me and for the other vehicles around me.

I hope the cyclist made it home OK, and I wonder if that blinkie is still blinking out there on the road, especially after all that flooding. If so, I want to know the brand so I can go out and buy one today.
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A canister of Sabre pepper spray.
Due to its pink color, I assume it was lost by a woman.
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In just the past two weeks, I've found an iPhone 5s, a combination lock, a bungee cord, and a Stanley box cutter knife.

The iPhone screen wouldn't light up. That's probably because it had been out after a couple of days of rain and there was moisture inside it. Water droplets were visible in the camera. I just handed it in at a nearby Verizon store, since it had a SIM card with Verizon's name on it.
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Old 04-19-17, 11:26 PM   #439
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Items Found

Just since I've moved to Tucson, AZ I've found 2 bike headlights, 1 bike taillight, 1 bike seat, a few hex keys, 10-12 bike glove (one matched set), wrench, screwdriver, and a bike frame bag.

I was using a fanny pack to hold my bike toolkit until I found the frame bike bag. It's manufactured by Kangaroo Baggs and fits beautifully inside the frame.

Finding stuff on my rides is half the fun of going for a ride.
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Old 04-19-17, 11:38 PM   #440
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Once in a while, I find myself on the street.
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Found a working Ipad mini sitting in the gutter along side the road recently. Went into the person's contacts and called "Mom". She notified her daughter so we could meet at a close-by Panda Express. She showed up with a $20 reward while I was eating my dinner. What I didn't get, that I really wanted, was the story as to how the Ipad ended up on the road in the first place. She was with her husband and judging by body language and facial expressions, things weren't going too well.
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Old 04-20-17, 09:46 AM   #442
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A folded $20 bill someone must have dropped out of their pocket. No one was around so....
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a rubber snake which almost gave me a heart attack
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I see lots of tools but most are probably crap like in the pic above so why bother stopping? The only thing that would cause me to break my rhythm would be a large denomination bank note, thankfully in Australia they are all different colours so a $20 or a $100 stand out
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I've found some decent tools, including a Cat3 electrician's screwdriver that costs about $35 new. Besides, I'm not picky. cheap wrenches go into the junk emergency toolboxes.
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Having a crappy 12" channel lock wrench is better than not having any channel lock wrench.

The vise grips with the rubber grips are probably nicer than the vise grips I had before.

The pruning shears were NOB (New Out of Box, sprawled in the gutter at the first left turn after Home Despot).

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I've found some decent tools, including a Cat3 electrician's screwdriver that costs about $35 new. Besides, I'm not picky. cheap wrenches go into the junk emergency toolboxes.
I saw a small spanner once and doubled back but it was an elcheapo. I have more tools than I know what to do with. 4 socket sets as an example and that doesnt include the 3/8 and 1/4 drive ones. I suppose the main reason I don't stop though is I only do 1 decent ride a week and I'm scopelocked on doing it to the best of my ability.
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I find that the most commonly used socket sizes, 7/16, 1/2 and 9/16, are the ones I lose most often, and they're also the ones that I find on the road most often (I assume for the same reason). It balances out.
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Today, I took ninth avenue home instead of the Hudson River Greenway so I could meet a friend for a while before I got home. I saw in the street a d-i-l-d-o that had been run over by vehicles. I elected not to pick it up.
Is that a new type of road kill?
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I find that the most commonly used socket sizes, 7/16, 1/2 and 9/16, are the ones I lose most often, and they're also the ones that I find on the road most often (I assume for the same reason). It balances out.
Oh God, the search for a 1/2" socket
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