This Space for Rent

Nov 28, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Just hanging around

Dust Mite inspects my rack perimeter storage hook.


The 700 pushes a passenger train towards OMSI

It’s Holiday Express time again!

Nov 26, 2014

Stratovolcano picture of the day

Mount Hood from Mount Tabor

Mount Hood from the park road that runs around the east side of Mount Tabor.

brine shrimp girl

Mavis does her brine shrimp imitation

Mavis naps on the loveseat.

Nov 23, 2014

Autant en emporte le shopping

Avec baguette

650b, porteur, and a baguette. Time to shop!

Oh dear

Essence of Portland

Kale, chocolate, pepperment – three great tastes that DO NOT go together.

Nov 22, 2014

Kludging our way to House Beautiful

Additional uses for my rackbuilding supplies

One of our interior doorknobs fell apart and the bolt that held it together vanished into the mists. So I fixed it by tapping the spindle for a m5 bolt, which I then lifted from my rackbuilding supplies. I should really walk all the doorknobs and do this, because I’m much happier using a hex driver to fasten things together than trying to do it with a flat-bladed screwdriver.

Nov 21, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mavis and Mite

Cat and Mite

Test Track

Test Track

The United Streetcar test track in north Clackamas County

Nov 18, 2014

Not open yet, but looking pretty close to it

The new trolley bridge, #2

The new trolley+bus bridge under cloudyish skies.

Nov 16, 2014


Bike Friday xtracycle!!!

Yes, it’s a Bike Friday xtracycle. I’m in love.

Nov 14, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & toy rack

Dust Mite and a conventionally tiny rando rack.

Nov 13, 2014


Ice-encrusted mlcm

The winter storm wasn’t nearly as severe as predicted, so I ended up going out for a bike ride this afternoon despite it. Not being severe doesn’t mean that there wasn’t anything going on, though; it was sleety and freezing rainily all afternoon, and by the time I got home the midlifecrisismobile was encrusted with an ⅛th-inch layer of ice.

Nov 12, 2014

A dead furnace, and its consequences

Bucketloads of firewood

Our furnace has joined the choir invisible, and NW Oregon is getting swatted with a winter storm (in November! In almost-coastal Oregon!) tonight and tomorrow. We can’t get a service for the furnace until Friday, and if the forecast of snow+sleet+freezing rain is true, the roads will be in no condition for me to carry firewood tomorrow or friday. So, instead of making a couple of pallet runs I instead went to the local store and picked up a few bundles of firewood. Heavy bundles of firewood, but at least they’re low-hanging heavy bundles which kept the xtracycle shimmy down to a dull roar. Hopefully they’ll be enough to keep the house not-cold until the furnace clanks back to life.

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Nov 09, 2014

Well, I think I have a new personal best in the “most awkward load carried by an xtracycle” category

I hunted the mammoth(tm)

Scavenging pallets by bike.

Nov 08, 2014

Trolley (station) picture of the day

Waiting for a train?

Less than a year until I can wait for a train here.

Nov 07, 2014

Domestic vermin picture of the day

Green-eyed cat

The flash reflection from Buckeley’s eyes is almost exactly the same color as the blanket he’s reclining on.

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite rides the bike

The randonneur


Nov 05, 2014

I didn’t go vegan for my health

sweet bean paste balls

I won’t eat fish at the sushi joint, but I will happily eat sweet bean paste balls until I puff up like Violet Beauregarde.

Nov 03, 2014

Quote(s) of the day


Nov 02, 2014

Accidental self-portrait

Under the canopy at Trader Joe's

I was taking a photo of the fully-laden Trek after finishing up my afternoon’s shopping, but didn’t realize the glass behind it was acting as a mirror.

Nov 01, 2014

It’s the rainy season

The MLCM at Kobos

… so it’s time to switch from the born-again Trek to the midlifecrisismobile for my wanderings around NW Oregon.