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Treasure Hunting

April 2nd, 2011

I walk my dog at least once a day and I take him through a park right next to the house. We go past two practice baseball fields and a sand volleyball court to a gazebo where we loop around and make our way back home. The whole trip is just half a mile.

But I don’t think I’ve ever gone for a walk and not found SOME little treasure during my walk. Generally speaking, I’m not a collector of things, nor a hoarder by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, one of my faults is throwing away valuable things to avoid clutter.

But I’ve started a collection of sport goods based on all the loot I’ve found in the park. In less than a year I’ve added to the collection:

  • 3 basketballs
  • 2 footballs (one foam “Nerf” style, one leather)
  • 7 baseballs
  • 5 regulation golf balls
  • 2 practice golf balls (“woofle” balls)
  • 1 child’s wooden baseball bat
  • 20+ tennis balls
  • 2 Frisbee disks
  • 1 boomarang

In addition to the sport goods, I’ve also found:

  • 6 brand-new (in the box) tea light candles
  • 18 slightly used tea light candles
  • 6 emergency candles (someone apparently likes to spend time in the gazebo by candle light, but never cleans up their mess when they leave!)
  • A medium pepperoni and Canadian bacon pizza with only 1 slice missing (I threw it away after letting my dog eat some of the meat)
  • Countless aluminum cans and plastic drinking bottles that I take home and add to our recycling bins
  • Hundreds of pounds of paper litter that I drop into one of the dozens of trash bins located all over the park (why do people throw trash on the ground RIGHT NEXT to the trash can anyway?!)

All this discovered without any metal detectors of course. I wonder what I might find if I take the metal detector out. Hmmm.

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  1. April 21st, 2011 at 20:46 | #1

    Yesterday I found two hardbound books on the table in the gazebo. So now I have to add them to my list because I just can’t throw away a book, even if I’m sure I’ll never read it.

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