We did the Browncroft sale Sunday, a huge neighborhood garage sale held every other year, in a very nice neighborhood of the city (though lacking the pedestrian amenities ours has). I didn't buy a thing. The only things on my want list were good books, DS lite or gameboy advance cartridges, wargames and a hammock, none of which showed up.
Last night was nice, Mrs Ha got out early and picked up the girls, so I didn't have the race against the clock thing going on. Five year old and I transplanted some seedlings (two pots of cilantro/coriander and two of parsley), then the four year old next door came over, and they played while I transplanted and planted more into my tiny garden (three cherry tomatoes, two cucumbers and lettuce). Newspaper_dad and his flock came by on their bikes, and offered to take ten year old up to the corner to get icecream. This was in reciprocity for taking newspaper girl for a ride Monday evening, when we went all over, stopping at the Porsche's too, and crossing over the expressway a few times.
We even rode on the sidewalks a bit, I'm not in favor of it generally, preferring to risk our lives (my usual ride is my $5 Huffy mountain bike with a malfunctioning front deraillleuer and a heavy hitchhiker attached for five year old to ride on) but we live in a world with cars and ten year old should learn how to ride in traffic safely. But, sometimes with younger kids along and protective parents do the sidewalk thing, or, if it's a very busy street I'll do the sidewalk thing.
I'm thinking of fixing up my garage sale road bike, a 27 incher, for general solo riding. I forgot the name of it, but it was probably a decent roadbike in the 80's. It just needs a new chain, as the existing one kept falling off. Maybe I can fix it with my chain tool.
The bigger problem is my astronautical stature, at 5' 8" a 27 inch bike is just a little too big, I have to tippy toe it when I'm stopped. I could replace the wheels with the wheels from my 26 inch Sears Free Spirit, but I imagine the 17 inch wheels are much better. OTOH, a bike rack would then fit. Maybe I'll hack an inch off the seat post. Maybe I could just duct tape the seat to the cross bar. The Freespirit isn't a real option, the front crank is loose and wobbles every rotation.
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