Monday, July 20, 2015

We Interrupt 'Moving to Silicon Valley' For This Spec...Well, For This Bulletin

Moving things from the garage to the house and back again on one of the swirl of days I was doing so I noticed something peculiar on the street. 

Wow, I thought. I didn’t realize a Toyota Prius could tow such a heavy load. 

Back and forth in the house throughout the day I took a closer look and realized that what I was looking at wasn’t a tow package for a Smugmobile, but an abandoned bicycle trailer. 

Not my problem. Or so I thought.

Later, leaving the house to get dinner with my wife, she said there was a sign attached that read ‘Free.’ 

In my defense, she happily turned to me and enabled me - specifically asking if I wanted to stop and get it. Next thing I knew it was in my still unfinished and still crowded workshop.

Even though I appreciated the artistic touches in the sign, I was annoyed. Who gives away a bike trailer on my street when my workshop isn’t ready? Honestly. How insensitive can someone be? They were probably watching from their living room with binoculars laughing me.

“Look, Walter. He’s going for it. LOL.”

Now as you know I did give away my bike mover trailer to Domus, left the Bikeducken in Stamford, and was still looking for the rest of my DIYBIKING.COM trailer made from a Bike Friday suitcase trailer frame. I didn’t not need a trailer, but taking unwanted items and making something kinda useful out of them is…well…it’s kind of My Thing. 

With much grumbling, I dismantled the trailer…and on doing so I discovered three unopened bottles of water inside. I poured them on my plants (I’m living in Silicon Valley now. There’s a drought on).  

Everything else went away and now I’m left with a trailer frame I do not yet know what I am going to do with, but it’ll be something. And I’m taking it as a good sign that I’m still following my instincts even though I’m on a new coast. We’ll come back to this trailer later. Thanks for reading and thanks for riding. 

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