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goobster  ·  345 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 31, 2019

My next door neighbor is a lovely single mom from South Africa, and we have suddenly become quite good friends. Her daughter is older now, and less shouty. Her dog is lovely. And our yards adjoin and plants mingle a bit, so we have actually seen each other outside and chatted on several occasions.

Then we invited her to a Seattle Seawolves rugby game. She brought her (also a Saffa) mom, and they both had a lovely time.

While chatting the other day in the front yard, loving on her dog, and enjoying the outdoors, she asked if I knew a handyman, because she has some things she needs done around the house.

I said, "What kinds of things...?"

And so now I am fixing a rotting beam, replacing some gutters, repairing a wall in the garage, and removing an old arbor before it falls down.

Not for payment, or anything. Just to help out. To have fun projects to do. And to be the change you wanna see in the world. Crazy, huh?

At the same time, I have pulled the engine from my Mid-Life Crisis Motorcycle, built an engine stand for it, gotten a better service manual (with better pictures and descriptions), and am actually moving forward with rebuilding this beast!

Of course, I need to tear it down, and see how bad the pistons and cylinders are... and then stop.

Because I don't actually OWN the bike. Yet. The title was lost. So I need to apply for a new one. But that is A Process, and I haven't begun it yet. I do have the piece of paper with the instructions on it. Somewhere. Just need to locate it, and plan that part of the project.

But for now, I am stripping the bike, as assessing how bad it is. Before I put any money into it, I will take care of the registration/title issues. But I am getting closer.

Optimistically, I might have something running by my birthday (October). More likely March of next year.

We shall see...

ilex  ·  344 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I sued for a title once! If your state's policies are anything like mine, the process is mostly file the right paperwork at the courthouse and pay ~$50, wait a while, show up to your court date and re-state everything on the paperwork under oath, wait a while, get the paperwork in the mail, take it to the DMV and wait while they call the statewide DMV office to figure out what to do with it.

FWIW my local DMV did not know anything about this process; I had to call the state one to figure out what paperwork I needed.

goobster  ·  344 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's super easy in WA State. Send a registered letter to the last known address. Wait for it to be returned unopened. Go to the police station and show them the bike, so they can certify it exists, or whatever. Go to the Dept of Licensing and get an interim title.

This makes me the owner of the bike, with all the rights of the owner, for 2 years. If the ownership is not contested in that time, then I get the full title. If the ownership is contested, the "rightful" owner has to go through a dizzying array of hoops to prove that the bike is stolen... like filing a police report back in 2015 when it was last registered. (Its had 3 interim owners, two who have started the title-petition process, but never completed it.)

So it is safe to say the last title-holder has no interest in the vehicle, and it'll be uncontested.

But before I spend $600 powder coating the engine cases, and building a new under-seat gas tank, and boring out the cylinders and getting new pistons... well, I'm gonna do the due diligence first.

.... but paperwork just isn't as fun as wrenching on a motor! So I keep putting it off...

ilex  ·  344 days ago  ·  link  ·  

100% agreed on the entertainment value of paperwork!