Since leaving America in 2013, I had been renting my house a year at a time, thinking I was going to move back in. I had my office, clothes and bed in the basement. I’m here now to sell everything I own, except a few personal possessions like art, clothes and my priceless rock collection. From Slovenia it seemed like I could do it in a month, wrong, so wrong. I called Natasa and told her if I could do it in 2 months, I’d be doing good. It took me 5 weeks working 10 hour days to sort out 35 years worth of living in America. I had tools from several business’s, I had my grandfathers woodworking tools and all my household goods.
So this blog is about that 2 month process. I hope you find it a revealing as I did about America and it’s stuff.
After cleaning up the rat mess, I set up the tent from the Bike Helmet events in my driveway, to be used for the Estate Sale.
After the first day I started to realize the HUGE job I was about to try and tackle.
CLEARING OUT THE BASEMENT WAS MY MAIN GOAL. STARTING THE SLOVENIAN PILE
It wasn’t all Estate Sale work that needed to be done while I was here. In between jobs included house maintenance and apartment stuff.
Last year, at the apartments, two giant trees died so I had them removed, this year the third one died. The yard was looking pretty bare.
WE PLANTED GRASS WHERE THE OLD TREES WERE AND PLANTED 3 NEW TREES.
It wasn’t all 100% work, my neighbor Handsel, was an NBA fan too.
Handsel is renting the little cottage behind my house. He became such a good friend and really gave me a helping hand when I needed it. There were times I didn’t think he would answer his door!
HANDSEL INSPECTING THE TOOLS BEFORE THE SALE. THE MOST POPULAR TOOL.
I thought I could have the sale in a month and then go to the apartments and replace rotten sidding and paint too. No way. In college I learned the key to success is to delegate authority (trust people to help you). I met Jonathan of ANFIELD PAINTING at the Adidas Store. He became a true hero and helped me accomplish the multiple tasks I had.
My business sometimes involved cleaning out houses, so some of this stuff came from those jobs, I didn’t buy everything you see.
I had a all my Grandfathers woodworking tools, this was probably the hardest part of the sale. I loved my Grandparents, they did so much for me. I used the tools for a business and to make my furniture.
I had some personnel stuff that I didn’t want to just sell to the public, I wanted my friends to basically have a piece of me. So I had a Pre-Sale for friends and friends of friends, only 4 people showed up. I was really disappointed, but I will cover this in my next blog post, “What about your Friends?”
This post is getting too long so there’s going to be Part III (b) The sale and who bought what?
I “invented” my first bike BackPack from an old hiking pack when I was 16. When all my friends were getting their driving licenses, I was learning to bike tour. Biking gave me the freedom to go where I wanted-when I wanted. The car keys in my house, came with so many stipulations, biking was a better option.
I moved to Portland in 1974 by train and brought my bike with me. It wasn’t much of a bike city back then,.The city hired a full time Bike Program Manger in 1993 and since then bicycling has been given some budget priority.
I started a free bike lights program called Get Lit, for which I received a BTA Alice Award. I was also volunteer of the year at the Community Cycling Center. Bicycling has been in my blood for a long time and Portland was the perfect bike city for me.
In 2002 Portland hosted “Bike Summer” which helped kick start Portland’s love affair with Bike Fun. Everyone had so much fun that SHIFT and PEDALPALOOZA were created. Then in 2005, Jonathan Maus started the “BIKE PORTLAND” website. He did a story on the history of what helped Portland to create it’s Bike Culture.
I was lucky enough to be in Portland for this years PedalPalooza bike events. In the past I hosted, Bike to Skate, the Oxbow Campout (an introduction to bike touring) and co-hosted with Jill, The Dandy Warhol’s tour of Portland.
PedalPalooza culminated with the Multnomah County Bike Fair, Which really celebrated Portland’s Culture of BIKE FUN.
Some photos ofThe Sprockettes performing before hundreds of spectators. I always thought the bike jousting was a little dangerous, but always a crowd pleaser.
I received a grant to offer low cost helmets and lights and had a booth at the event, promoting what I thought was important-Bike Safety.
Portland’s best bike event by far is SUNDAY PARKWAYS and I was lucky enough to participate in 2 of them, while in Portland. It’s an opportunity to walk, run or bike Portland’s streets without cars. It’s a great event too, because it’s the one event in Portland that doesn’t have beer as the main ingredient., it’s all for the love of walking and biking.
These are some photos from this years Pedalpalooza kick-off ride.
Portland’s bike community wants you to do “everything” by bike.
Pedalpaloozaz’s most attended event for riders and spectators is the WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE. Why ride Naked? The worldwide bike ride highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport. It’s also a lot of fun and it’s free for all!. I rode the first WNBR in 2004 and hadn’t ridden one since, Why? I have no idea. But since I’m moving, I thought this would be a great event to participate in.
My camera lens was dirty and I didn’t have a T-shirt to clean it, so my photos were poor to bad. They estimated there were 10,000 riders.
The streets were lined with spectators and their cameras
if you want some more WNBR photos try HERE
Pealpalozza ends again with the Multnomah County Bike Fair, but it doesn’t quite match the effort from years past. But I had a windup bike toy I’ve wanted to give to Dingo the Clown for 5 years and I thought he would be there.