Monday, June 28, 2010

South Main - Scissor Jack

Okay,  sometimes I involve others in my madness.  Case in point.  Yesterday while driving to work my carpool buddy and I were caught in stop and go traffic on South Main Street.  Traffic was really slow.  I was driving and was in the right outside lane next to the retaining wall when I spotted this scissor jack.  I threw the car into park and excitedly asked my buddy to hop out and grab the jack.  Being a good sport he quickly jumped out of the car and was back in with the jack in less than 10 seconds. Traffic was not slowed or stopped due to our brief stoppage and there was no danger of being run over due to the stop and go traffic.

This is a really nice jack.  It looks new.  With the exception of a few scraped spots there is nothing wrong with this jack.  I cranked it up and down with no problems.  At the moment I am unable to determine the brand.  I suspect the jack is from an Asian manufacturing plant, but until I have more time to examine it the mystery will remain.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hwy 59 - 8 Foot Aluminum Ladder Sighting

It's rare when a ladder is found on the side of the interstate Houston any any usable shape, but today that string of disappointment could have been broken.  On the way home from picking blueberries at Oakview Orchard near Cold Springs/Cleveland, Texas, I spotted a 6 to 8 foot aluminum ladder lying by the side of the road.  It appeared to be in great shape.  Traffic was light, but I was in the RAV4 and didn't want to tie it to the roof.  Besides, a strict interpretation of the rules and an inventory of my garage shows I have three ladders including a 6 foot aluminum ladder.  Someone else will get the opportunity to pick up this treasure.

The ladder was lying on the inside shoulder of the interstate around 10 miles outside of Beltway 8.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pierce Elevated Claw Hammer Sighting.

I spotted a claw hammer head on the way home from work.  It was a notable day.  I was giving a ride to a coworker.  He was riding home with me because he was buying my wife's car.  The 1994 Mazda 626 was a great car, but it had over 100,000 miles on it and it was rarely driven so it was time to get it off the insurance and let it go. 

The claw hammer head was lying on the inside shoulder (if you can call 6 inches a shoulder) on the south bound lanes of the Pierce Elevated section of I45 abount 400 feet north of the off ramp to Hwy 59 south.  The handle was nowhere to be seen, but at over 60 MPH the chances of spotting the handle separately we small.  This is one of the busiest sections of freeway in Houston.  Good luck to anyone stopping to pick up this tool head.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

South Post Oak Scoop Shovel Sighting

Today on my way home from work I spotted a scoop shovel (aka barn shovel or grain shovel) on the side of the road. I was riding in my car pool and happened to see it lying on the side of the road.  My carpool buddy was driving.  We were in the center lane and the shovel was on the inside shoulder one lane over.  My buddy tried everything possible to find a way over, but traffic was too heavy and the light changed preventing any opportunity to pick up the shovel safely.

The shovel was located about 500 feet north of the South Post Oak Willowbend intersection on the southbound inner shoulder.  The shovel appeared to be in good shape.  The shovel had yellow fiberglass  handle with a D style grip.  The pan of the shovel appeared to be gray metal and had little or no rust.  Someone delivering compost or gardening soil probably lost this shovel. 

My buddy really wanted to stop and pick up this shovel.  Maybe next time...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

610 South/288 North Ball-Pien Hammer Sighting

I car pool 4 days each week. I drive on Monday and Tuesdays. My buddy drives on Wednesday and Thursday. I enjoy car pooling with my buddy, we solve the worlds problems, a few work problems and generally have a good time going back and forth to work. It makes the ride more bearable.

Today I saw a ball-pien hammer lying on the shoulder (if you can really call it that) of the on ramp from 610 Loop south to Hwy 288 North. Traffic was flowing nicely.  We have been fortunate.  Traffic has been light since school stopped two weeks ago.

The hammer had a wooden handle and appeared to be in good shape.  The head of the hammer was used but appeared to be in serviceable condition.  The handle was at least 12 inches long and appeared to be unbroken.  I have several ball-pien hammers and at least one ballpien- hammer head.  Stopping was not an option.  Someone else will need to claim this tool.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Main Street Screw Driver Sighting

I spotted a screwdriver on the way to work yesterday and again today.  The screw driver is lying on the inside shoulder of the east bound lane of Main Street about 2 tenths of a mile from the Holmes Road off ramp.

The screwdriver appears to be a six  inch Phillips head screwdriver with a black plastic handle.   Both times I've seen it I was passing by at around 55 MPH so I didn't get a good look, but I'm left with the distinct impression that the handle is in rough shape. I won't be stopping for this due to the inaccessible location and the rules.