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vampirefan texted me this morning with the dying breath of her phone battery to say that her battery was dying. Now, stranded at a hotel in an unfamiliar city, however surrounded by Browncoats one might be, is not a situation for phonelessness.

Accordingly, I found the last battery in Portland that goes in vampirefan's phone and lo, it was in the neighborhood.

So I rode Clyde to Batteries Plus on NE Broadway and grabbed it, then went on downtown to deliver it, since vampirefan was on a Browncoats excursion to Dark Horse Comics. The Browncoats Ball is taking place at the Governor Hotel, one of those boutique hotels with the planters on the sidewalk and the doorpersons in tailcoats, right? So I ride up and whoops, no bike parking. Doorman in tailcoat comes out.

"Do you have bike parking?" inquire I.

"Well, not inside," quoth doorperson.

Well duh, think I.

Bike parking for boutique hotels, apparently, is located at a seemly distance from the planter-and-awning bedecked front door. (Which actually makes perfect sense--luggage-laden guests and bicycles do not mix--and I'm not bitching, just making a note.)

So I park across the street, and go sweating into the elegant marble lobby, where I leave the battery at reception.

"Is she expecting this?" asks the reception desk woman, clearly trying to figure out how a gray haired woman could be a bike messenger. (Also, my gloves have fingers.)

"I'm about to text her and tell her it's here."

The futility of this plan is borne in on me as soon as it's out of my mouth. Because vampirefan will not GET that message until she has inserted and charged the battery. *eyeroll*

So, Twitter to the rescue, I hope. And LJ as a backup plan. Laura: your battery is at the front desk of your hotel!

As I rode home, the sun came out. Along with whoa a lot of visitors. Dude. I actually chose to ride in car traffic because it was safer than being among untrained pedestrians in Waterfront Park.

Total distance: 9.2 miles. Time: about 90 minutes.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 3rd, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Now, stranded at a hotel in an unfamiliar city, however surrounded by Browncoats one might be, is not a situation for phonelessness.

Yea, verily! You're a thoughtful soul to get a new battery to her. My mother is notorious for traveling cross-country and leaving her phone charger. I'm trying not to follow in those footsteps. :P
Oct. 3rd, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
My phone is so much a part of me that I'm ridiculous about keeping it charged.

I read recently that the cellular phone makers have agreed to standardize on the mini-USB format for all charging, so pretty soon all the chargers will be interchangeable AND you'll be able to charge off a computer as well. That'll be a good day.
Oct. 4th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Em and Clyde to the rescue!
Oct. 4th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Feeling mighty mighty. :D
Oct. 4th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Yay for thrilling tales of great derring do!
Oct. 4th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
"Derring do" is a wonderful phrase.

I've been having fun.
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
"I'm about to text her and tell her it's here."

Loved the convo with the doorperson too.

But what, may I inquire, is the Browncoat's Ball? Might it have something to do with a delightful little show called Firefly?
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Yes! It's an annual event, a movable feast that's been held in various locations around the US since Firefly was new and shiny. I've never been to one, but it's a costumed event that kind of takes after the "Shindig" episode--there is dancing!

Firefly fans are among the most loyal and devoted in all of fandom. I think this is the sixth or seventh year they've done the BCB.

edited to use a gorram appropriate icon.

Edited at 2009-10-04 03:44 am (UTC)
Oct. 4th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
holy crap!! you rode your bike!? that is fucking awesome!

thank you so much, again! my bff also thanks you. when i was telling her about what you did, she thought it was so nice of you! now i'm gonna tell her that you rode your freaking bike to deliver it! wow!

see you soon!!
Oct. 5th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Believe me, the bike was easier than the car and way more fun!
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Oct. 5th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
That's brilliant! LOL.

vampirefan is sitting here right now in my living room (we're both checking our online lives) and she is applauding too!
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