This Space for Rent

Dec 31, 2019


Pizza delivery

Picking up a new years eve pizza for Silas

Dec 30, 2019

Trolley picture of the day

A southbound train approaches Washington Street in downtown Milwaukie

An Oak Grove-bound train passes though downtown Milwaukie.

Dec 28, 2019

Groping through the fog

Foggy morning

I went out early to run over to Henry Higgins, and I managed to catch the morning fog (mainly down by Johnson Creek, but there was still fog in the streets in Sellwood & the southern reaches of 72nd.)

Dec 27, 2019

Railroad photo of the day

Trainspotting at Sushi Takahashi

The minimum-gauge railroad at Sushi Takahashi 2 grinds out the miles during its last week of service (the strip mall that Sushi Takahashi lives in is going to be scraped and replaced with an apartment block, so the railroad will be lifted and, hopefully, relocated to a new venue.)

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite basks on the keyboard

If Mavis can use the computer as a warm spot, then so can Dust Mite!

Dec 25, 2019

Maybe it’s time to get a heated catbed?

Mavis warms herself by the CPU fan

Mavis warms herself on the keyboard. It turns out if she sits on the keyboard just right, the keys repeat indefinitely and the macbook becomes a little oven because the cpu cranks up to 400% doing I’m not sure what. This time I had to reset the machine after I extracted her, because it would not respond to any input but just sat there and whirred at me.

Dec 24, 2019

Drag freight

Heavy cargo

Bringing almost 120 pounds of groceries back home.

Dec 20, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Tree Mite

Dust Mite climbs the tree

Dec 17, 2019

Sending off another (modified) frame, plus a fork and a rack


After spending about a month forgotten in the basement, I finally got this pile of bike components into the mail for the cyclist who wanted them. Fortunately it was not too windy, because this big old box only weighs about 17 pounds and makes an excellent sail.

Dec 16, 2019

Time for delivery


A finished bespoke fop chariot™ for someone else, painted, set up with random parts from my basement, and ready to deliver. The gory details:

  • 650b (Pari-Motos, room for 42s if you’re nasty)
  • 7/4/7 DT, 8/5/8 TT, 8/6 ST, pencil stays
  • 22 pounds, I think?
  • Approximately 73/73 HTA/STA, 585 TT, 415mm chainstays
  • di2, with a 11-42 pieplate in back and a 48t narrow/wide ring in front
  • internal wiring for di2 & lights
  • Honjo fenders (I bought a pair of the years ago and never found a machine of mine that they would fit, but this machine was made with generous clearances so yay I can get rid of them.)

Note that I’m using a regular old GS cage 6870 dangler; I might be able to get away with a SS cage, but it’s nice to have more cage to wrap the chain with.

Dec 14, 2019

Railroad photo of the day

The holiday express works up the ramp to Spokane St

A Holiday Express works up the ramp towards Spokane St.

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Inspecting the fender line

Checking the alignment on a recently installed fender.

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.


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