Today will get no prizes for efficiency. The sun was out, I didn’t have any client commitments, and it feels like ages since I got in a good bike ride. I had a productive morning and when lunch time came around I tromped merrily to my bike, ready to go look at some property.
I’m officially convinced that my front tire is cursed. I thought it was fixed. The very friendly folk at the bike shop assured me that everything was fine and diagnosed my series of flats as “bad luck.” It must be very persistent bad luck because it struck again! So, no bike ride for me.
But the sun was still out, I still had a few hours I could comfortably spare, and there was still property I wanted to tour. So I changed plans, hopped on the bus, and set off.
My original plan had been to take a look at properties in Laurelhurst and Ravenna. The new plan required me to scale back and I only made it to Ravenna. Bus service through those areas is not awesome in the middle of the day, and my feet are only so fleet. I only made it to half the properties I wanted to.
I’m not going to put this one in the fail column, though. I didn’t realize it until today, but I’ve never walked up 55th through Ravenna. You get a different feel for a commercial street on foot than you do driving, and I’d been missing that for this neighborhood. So I may have seen less of what’s on the market, but I got a better feel for a neighborhood and that, especially in a market moving as quickly as this one, has much more value.
Also, I may or may not have spent some time at the Queen Mary Tea room. If I did, it was entirely because I am that dedicated to knowing the gritty details of neighborhoods.
Time: 2.5 hr
Transit modes: Feet, Bus
Cats petted: 0
Tea consumed: Queen Mary Tea Room
Properties Viewed: 3
Yesterday was supposed to be my tour day. That didn’t happen. I had the properties I wanted to see picked out, packed everything up, gloried in a rain-free sky, and went to fetch my bike for rolling around Belltown.
My front tire was flat. Again.
This is the third time I’ve replaced the tube, gone for a ride, and found it flat when I planned to go out again. There will be some heavy diagnostics done on that wheel this weekend because I suspect there’s something systemic at play.
I could have done a bus/walking combo, but had so many things squeezed into my agenda anyway that I skipped tour. Instead, I toured Kirkland today. I was meeting a client out there, so snagged a car for the tour. Alas, a failure. But I saw just about everything to see in Kirkland today, so there’s a silver lining.
I’m counting the portion of the car time spent on touring, but not the bridge tolls.
Time: 3 hr
Transit modes: Car
Cats petted: 0 (8 properties and no cats?!)
Tea consumed: Medium “The Subway to Venus,” from Tea Republik, iced.
Properties Viewed: 8
There were four properties in Fremont and Ballard I wanted to see today. The weather was okay and I was pretty excited because today was the day I was going to try biking to showings. I was so excited, in fact, that I went rushing out of the office and left my helmet in the office. I didn’t notice until I’d gone far enough that I did not want to turn around. My office is on Capitol Hill – leaving is a much more pleasant experience than coming back by bike. So I chased down a bus and still made it to Fremont in time for the first property I wanted to see on tour.
Half way between property one and property two, I noticed that my front tire was going flat. I had just changed the tube in my front tire, so this was rather inconvenient. I was already sticking to low traffic residential streets because I like my brains to stay securely inside my skull, but even I am not so stubborn as to try being a bicycle rider with one tire and no helmet. I walked to the second showing, then hopped a bus back to the office. My first great catastrophe of the experiment, but I still made it to half the tour, so I’m feeling more put out about missing a chance to get in a daylight bike ride when it wasn’t pouring down rain.
I’m counting the cost of the new tube against this tour, though.
Location: Ballard, Fremont
Time: 1.75 hr
Transit modes: Feet, Bus, Bike
Cats petted: 0
Tea consumed: One bottle water, no tea
Properties Viewed: 2