This Space for Rent

Apr 09, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mite Cakes

Dust Mite-sized sweets

Apr 07, 2021

domestic vermin photo of the day

Two cats

Thor just happened to be sitting on the arm of the sofa right next to where Mavis was napping. Purely a coincidence! Not that Thor wants to pester her very best friend of the day or anything.

Apr 05, 2021

RSC2m picture of the day

579 & an unidentified F9 sit on the ready track in North La Crosse

It took three attempts, but I finally got a scan of this slide that wasn’t covered in cat hair.

(579 & a F9 in North La Crosse, the year before I got into trains and started spending much of my spare time on the north side)

Apr 04, 2021

Words of wisdom

Once one side is unclipped, things get a touch easier - work gradually around the perimeter gently levering with the spudger until the base eventually pops off with a sound like a warranty vaporising.

One of the steps of an ifixit guide to replacing the hard drive in an Airport Time Capsule.

Apr 02, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Kettle Mite

Great A, little a, this is new electric kettle day!

Apr 01, 2021

It’s advisory

ROAD CLOSED ... but not for me

Agnes Avenue, in Oregon City, is closed to automobile traffic, but the roadway is still there and I can use it to bridge between Main St & Washington St without having to loop through downtown Oregon City, then ride along 213 to cross i205 (which sucks dead bunnies through a straw; there’s a cycle lane along 213, but people whip through the interchange with i205 as if it was a race track.)

Mar 30, 2021

Test ride

New rear wheel test ride

I laced up a new rear wheel for the disco travel bike, so had to take it out for a test ride ASAP. 28h instead of my traditional 32h or 36h, and the rim matches the front rim (not accidentially; the front wheel is a SON SL'ed one, and I had a spare that I could disassemble to get a matching (OEM) rim + black spokes that were – happily! – the length I needed to lace up the new hub) so the machine drifts a little closer to being matchy-matchy.

Mar 27, 2021

Trolley photo of the day

A northbound train sails overhead

A pair of S70’s on a northbound train at the north end of the Johnson Creek Blvd viaduct, photographed from the i205 path under the north end of the aforementioned viaduct.

Mar 26, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Wheelbuilder

The wheelbuilder


Intermission

My flat magnets demanded a sacrifice this afternoon

One of the patches on my rear inner tube gave way when I was on the return leg of a short 25 mile loop, so I had to take a rest stop on the Springwater Trail to disassemble the rear end of the bicycle, hunt down the leak, reinflate the tire, and then take this picture before finishing the ride home.

Mar 22, 2021

The helpful cat

Mavis naps on her heated clicky platform

She’s helping keep the macbook from going into hibernation while I was away from the console. Helpful! (modulo the cat fur which will inevitably work its way into the air ducts and start clogging up the processor fan)

Mar 19, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite lurks in the bedclothes

Dust Mite was lurking in the bedclothes tonight. Perhaps they were looking for a friend?

Mar 18, 2021

RSC2m picture of the day

578 in Wabasha

578 sits in the now-vanished Wabasha yard

Mar 17, 2021

Shopping

Acetylene refill

My acetylene tank ran empty today just as I was starting to glue together a couple of racks, so out to Airgas went I to swap it for one that actually contains acetylene.

Mar 13, 2021

Railroad photo of the day

The train goes by

A P&W freight zips past me at the Stark St crossing in SE Portland. This is a capture from a short film that I accidentially took when I toggled the iphone from camera to movie mode, so it’s lower resolution and maybe a bit sharper than it would have been as an actual photo?

Mar 12, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite soup

Dust Mite soup is much more nutritious than stone soup.

Mar 06, 2021

Not an accurate railroad crossing sign

The railroad crossing sign is a lie

I’m not going to look for a train at this particular sign

Mar 05, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Glitter Blast Mite

I went to the hardware store to pick up some spray paint and I could not resist.


Trolley freight

An Indiana Railroad motor delivers coal to a power plant

An Indiana Railroad motor hauls a short coal train somewhere in Indiana. Post WW2, maybe? It’s an eBay photo, so there is very little information about it (and there’s pitifully little indexed information about the freight remnants of the IRR on the web, so that’s no help) but the bus sailing jauntily on by makes me assume it’s after the last passenger trains ran.

Mar 04, 2021

A pile of groceries

Pile of groceries

Looks can be deceptive, because there are a lot of canned & jarred goods in this stack of grocery bags. Maybe 100 pounds? The bicycle certainly handled like it was pulling that much weight.

Mar 03, 2021

York

York

Stopping at the summit of Mount Tabor to see (and photograph) the new statue commemorating York, which was placed up there fairly recently to replace the Harvey Scott statue that was demolished last year.

—30—

Obéir c'est trahir, Désobéir c'est servir
orc@pell.portland.or.us

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