Went shopping on the way home from work for paper towels (yes, they aren't very eco-friendly but we get the select-a-size so maybe kill fewer trees than we might) and spotted a wild battery. Sometimes it is the little victories over a vindicative world that help get you through the day.
This little kipper is now in the bag, waiting for a trip back to the material feed stream.
It's an AA battery; by coincidence I was looking for AAA rechargeables. Seems like the big box story may be cutting back on inventory of the NiMH models. Perhaps they sold out, but I think the red tag on the one I bought is a pointer to discontinuance.