This Space for Rent

Jun 24, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Cozy Mite

Dust Mite at dinner

Jun 22, 2016

Trolley picture of the day


A northbound S/N train at the pedestrian crossing on 11th Ave

Jun 21, 2016

Clothing optional kit bike

Clothing optional kit bike

At the north end of Collins Beach

Jun 20, 2016

Railroad (and trolley) picture of the day

A northbound Coast Starlight pulls out of Union Station while a trolley passes overhead

The Coast Starlight, a Cascades & a streetcar at Union Station (the Portland section of the Empire builder is on the track between the Coast Starlight & the Cascades, but it’s far enough back to be hidden in this picture.)

Jun 19, 2016

Railroad picture of the day

Coast Starlight coming

A southbound Coast Starlight approaches the Springwater Trail bridge at the southern edge of Portland, Oregon.

Jun 18, 2016

Emergency shopping

A very important shopping trip

Running out of kitty litter results in a shopping trip that cannot under any circumstances be put off.

Jun 17, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Menu mite

Dust Mite goes out for dinner

Jun 12, 2016

Here I go again

Ripplebrook, round 2

Back to Ripplebrook, this time at a somewhat more sprightly pace, and on a sunny day which wasn’t so hot it melted me into a puddle while I was doing it.

Jun 10, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Gold Star Mite

Dust Mite inspects a decorative star that’s going on the front of a practice porteur bag

Jun 07, 2016

Out on the line

Authorized kit bike

Sitting at one of my traditional photo stops on the Estacada 100

Jun 04, 2016

Out on the line

The kit bike & the Springdale dragon

It may not have been the smartest decision to ride a populaire on a day where it went up to 100+°F, but it (marginally) beats sitting at home second-guessing a decision not to ride.

Jun 03, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Super-sized mite, un-super-sized bag

Has Dust Mite been taking steroids?

Jun 02, 2016

Chomp chomp!

An overly successful bread pudding

This was a vegan bread pudding that used stale bagels as the base stock. It was, um, kind of successful; it vanished before I could even think of taking a picture of the final product.

Jun 01, 2016

Idle hands at play

Idle hands at play

Two spec racks – one cut down from an 8x15 platform, the other one custom made to fit the green experimental rando bag I built earlier this year – that I assembled during my spare time while building a rack and a bag over the past few weeks. I’m going to check powdercoating prices and try to see if it’s worth my while to have someone else powdercoat my racks (or if I have to bite the bullet and buy a pocket powdercoating rig.)

May 30, 2016


Shopsacks (and clones) don't fit very well onto drop-bar machines with slammed stems

Rivendell Shopsacks seem to be a popular way of carrying around shopping (when combined with a Wald basket), but they don’t work very well with a machine set up the way I do. (The porteur bag I’d sewn for the GT started to fall apart yesterday evening, so it’s off the bike pending replacement. Fortunately I had a prototype from a Shopsack-clone bag I made for a local rider. Unfortunately it’s wider than the handlebars. Fortunately, though, I can set it on the GT’s front rack at 45° so it only slightly fouls the right handlebar, which isn’t as important on a fixie as it would be on a machine with a freewheel.)

But it is nicely green, which makes up for a host of other deficiencies.

May 29, 2016

Railroad picture of the day

A northbound P&W freight crosses my path

The P&W train I photographed yesterday heads north on Espee rails in Canby.

May 28, 2016

Railroad picture of the day

The lead engine of a southbound P&W freight at 17th & Pershing

A P&W freight went by while I was waiting for a trolley to cross the street at 17th & Pershing yesterday afternoon.

May 27, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Sin Mite

Dust Mite helps me load up some rando fud.

May 26, 2016

Flux flux baby

Magnetic flux

Magnetic field lines on the wooden clamp I’m using to hold a tube while I’m filing a miter into it.

May 25, 2016

Domestic vermin picture of the day

Cat (and distant kit bike)

Mavis naps while the kit bike (and a small heap of rando fud) lurks in the background

May 23, 2016


Mangled clavicle(2)

Unless I have surgery this clavicle will never glue itself back together. Sigh. I do seem to have full strength in that shoulder, I do have full range of motion (and don’t need physical therapy), and the annoying low-level ache isn’t severe enough to worry about, so the prospect of taking myself offline for a few months with surgery is even less appealing than it was right after I was hit, but it’s kind of annoying that I’m now stuck with two mangled – but still fully functional as long as I don’t try to sleep on my side – shoulders.