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08:29 am: Believe it or not...
...I'm walking on air tatami...specifically, the tatami of my living room, which hasn't been visible for the past two months or so. I finally managed to clean the room this weekend. The difference is quite remarkable. (Now if only I could get the rest of the apartment as clean...)

The school had the fall Exhibition last Friday, and it was really amazing. Four of the study abroad students from my class gave a Powerpoint presentation about their experiences, and they did a good job. (They had been working on it in my classes during the week, which they weren't supposed to do, but since they are all advanced students I let it slide. They know the material anyway.) The baton twirling club put on a stunning rendition of Disney's Little Mermaid.

There's one more thing I can report on that I found startling. Whenever I go to the bike shed, I always glance over at my two guest bikes, just in case someone posts a note asking "is anyone using these?" on them. When I got my bike to go shopping yesterday, I noticed that one of my bikes (the one with two flat tires) was missing. I shrugged it off, figuring that if the landlord decided it had been abandoned and disposed of it, there wasn't much I could do. I haven't used it in at least two years anyway.

However, this morning when I got my bike to go to work, I looked over and saw that the bike was back...with two fixed tires and a new chain. (I had left my chain on the bike--I still have the key.) I can only assume that one of the other residents figured it was abandoned and fixed it up to use it. They must have cut the chain off it or something. I'm not sure what to do...on the one hand, I haven't used it in a long time, but on the other, I'm having three guests visit over the winter holiday and it would have been nice to have the extra bike available if needed. At the moment, I'm considering putting a note on it saying, "I don't know who's using this, but it's my guest bike. I don't have guests often, which is why it looked abandoned." But then, I feel guilty because they obviously put some money into fixing it up, which is more than I've done. Hmm...

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From:finabair
Date:November 19th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
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It's still yours, and they were taking a chance being opportunistic.

I'd think a note where you are willing to let them use it when you don't have guests (which is, after all, most of the time) would be reasonable, from my point of view.
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From:megory
Date:November 20th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
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It sounds reasonable to me, too.
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