This Space for Rent

Dec 08, 2019

A clutter of cycles

A clutter of cycles in front of Henry Higgins + The Rose & Dagger

A bit of parking congestion in front of Henry Higgins; I had to move the motorscooter a little bit to the right before I could fit the disco travel bike in between it and the big Yamaha.

Dec 06, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Banana mite

A little evening snack

The majestic floof

Ozy and the sewing machine

King of kings

Dec 05, 2019

Trash panda

Trash panda

Under our front steps last night.

Dec 03, 2019

A basketful of floof

A basket of floof

Thor naps in one of her favorite spots

Dec 02, 2019

Bicycle picture of the day

The official warranty voiding location is about 20 feet down from here

At one of the new observation points on the extensively relandscaped Johnson Creek meander just southwest of the intersection of Luther St & the Portland Traction ROW. Apparently a sewer main goes under this area, and flooding a few years ago deepened Johnson Creek so the point where it exposed the main (I have pictures of various bicycles at more-or-less this location – 20 feet down – that shows Johnson Creek falling over what I thought was a ledge but turned out to be a sewer main) and the sewer department chose to rip the existing landscaping out and raise everything as part of their sewer main repair/relocation(?) effort.

So my old scenic point for voiding warranties is now buried under 20 feet of fill, and instead of scrub brush and grass it’s a vast field of dirt with geotextile , saplings, and industrial buildings. Oh well, sic transit gloria mundi; after a few years, and modulo destructive flooding, everything will grow up and start to look better.

Nov 30, 2019

Railroad photo of the day

4449 works up the hill towards Tacoma Ave

ex-Southern Pacific GS-4 #4449 pulls a Holiday Express up the hill towards Spokane St. Sadly, that’s as far as it goes (tbh, it can’t go much further; the mainline becomes a switching lead at 17th Ave, but still) and it will soon stop, then reverse down the hill and head back to the north end of the Springwater Trail.

A new version of a spam classic

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It’s just the regular old “I’m a l33t haxor who broke into your machine and am going to blackmail you over your kinky porn” spam, but the new twist is that instead of a dunning-krugerrand address they give a regular old gmail address for you to send your payments to. Now, I know that google doesn’t care if their machines are being used for blackmail, but boy it would be a pain if automated address harvesters came along and scooped up and then started sending spam to it until the food riots take out google’s datacenters.

So this is a note to all of the address harvesters out there; don’t scoop up because it’s just a spammer like yourself.

Nov 29, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Sorting the tube pile

Dust Mite helps me organize my pile of inner tubes

A platter of cat

Platter of cat

I made the horrible mistake of setting the turkey platter down, then walking out of the room to get something else to put away. Thor seized the opportunity to plant herself right in the middle for a while.

Nov 28, 2019

The watcher

Newel post Mavis

Mavis hopped up on the newel post to watch us load all of the thankgiving supplies into the car for the long arduous (2 miles) trip down to my parents for a late lunch.

Nov 25, 2019

Conspicuous consumption is conspicuous

Conspicuous consumption is conspicuous

A lovely midcentury modern sectional sofa, in shaped wood & oxblood vinyl, that we bought (but haven’t yet picked up) from What’s New Furniture last Sunday.

Nov 22, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Popcorn Mite

A late night snack

Nov 21, 2019

Not a stealthy season for this bicycle

Another test ride

Fall foliage doesn’t match the bright green paint on this frame. It will be stealthier in the spring.

Nov 20, 2019

Out wandering

Paul Bunyan & the disco travel bike

I went up to the Lombard Walgreens to have a vet prescription filled, and in the 2.5 hours it took to fill it (it’s an opiate, so it couldn’t be called in ahead?) I wandered around North Portland and couldn’t resist saying hello to the Paul Bunyan statue.

Nov 15, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Photocopy mite

Dust Mite hangs out in the printer/scanner/copier.

Nov 11, 2019

Watching the squirrel channel

66.67% of the household cats watch the squirrel channel

Ozymandias & Thor are very interested in the comings and goings of the local squirrels.

Nov 10, 2019


<The festival of the enormous kludges

I tossed a bunch of parts onto frame #11.5, then took it out for a test ride. I didn’t die, which was good, and the frame didn’t explode on me, which is also good. However, the build is, um, not good and I have to at least fix the rear wheel (the hub – a White Ti – was rebuilt at least once before it came into my hands and ended up with the axle being a little too long/ds axle spacer a little too short, so the rear hub majestically drifts to one side or another, which does horrible things to shifting) before I take it out on a second test ride.

Nov 08, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Studying the blade(s)

I took apart a pair of broken scissors and we’re planning out how to make a new pair of handles for it.

Nov 05, 2019


3-speed shopping

Dragging the 3-speed out for a late evening shopping trip

Nov 03, 2019



There wasn’t quite enough room to fit a carton of eggs into my rando bag, so I had to improvise.


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