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Now it's not there, now it is.

Came home from work on Friday to find my bike gone. Even though I live a stone's throw away from the station, sometimes - when I'm particularly late - I do grab my bike to get to the station in the mornings. But not always - so when I didn't see it on Friday, I started to seriously doubt myself. I stood there like an idiot trying to retrace my steps of that morning, but yes, I had taken my bike. And it wasn't where I left it.


Now, the area around the station is being "redeveloped" - that is to say, the square's being repaved, only someone is getting paid for making it sound more expensive. And well, due to this repaving, excuse me, redeveloping, they occassionally have to move some bikes that are in the way. And indeed, there was a sign up saying  "bikes have been moved to the bicycle park across the street".  So, even though I could see no reason why my bike would've been in the way, I went across the street, hoping very hard I'd find it there. But you know what? On a rainy evening in the dark it's very nearly impossible to distinguish one bicycle from another, and after searching (and getting wetter and colder) for 15 minutes, I gave up.

On Saturday morning, I went back to search by daylight. But the bike wasn't there.

* more censored, censored, censored*

So, hoping against hope, I decided to not only look in the area where removed bikes were supposedly repositioned, but I searched the entire bike park. (For those readers living in non-bikey countries: bicycle parks near Dutch railway stations look like this:)

I found it. Somewhere in between 10,000 other bikes, I found my trusted and reliable means of transportation. Someone had moved it to a different position altogether!!! Grr, grr, grrr. But, at least it wasn't stolen. So, all in all, this was a non-event, but it turns out you can fill an entire LJ-post with saying "my bike was not stolen on Friday."  This amuses me.

Something else that amuses me is the Jane Austen-course I'm taking this semester. We'll be discussing nothing but Jane, Jane, Jane for 13 glorious weeks.  I've been wanting to take this course since I first started my studies at Leiden. Whoo! Join in the fun:

Prof T (teaching Jane Austen course): The last time I taught an evening course was around the time that Jane Austen was still alive.

Prof T: My voice is gone, and so will I be, soon. (He's not that old, so it was funny, not morbid.)

And, in fashion shopping:
Me: *tries on red coat with black buttons*
Friend I: *frowning* Do you really like that?
Me: It reminds me of a ladybug!
Friend I: Yes, well. A very large ladybug...

I didn't buy the coat... 'Nuff said.



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Feb. 7th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Wow - thats a lot of bikes!

Well done on finding your bike in that little lot!

Find a picture of said coat... Friend I doesnt sound like they know what they are talking about...

Edited at 2010-02-07 07:24 pm (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Bahahaha well unfortunately, she was very right about me looking like a huge bug. It was a very big coat, with very big buttons, and I'm a big girl, and well, the overall effect was... big. But somehow, even though I saw it wasn't for me, I still loved it because it was so pretty... It's good I didn't buy it though. And I've got red shoes now (and purple shoes) so I'm satisfied.
Feb. 7th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
red shoes for the win! :)
Feb. 7th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
They're SO hot. Bright, bright red in patent leather with mile high heels. I think I'll wear them tomorrow when I see ex-boyfriend R for a "let's be nice to eachother and stay friends' - dinner. Nobody says I can't look good, right?
Feb. 7th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Lol! I hear you with bike parking space nearby the station. I stopped riding the bike to the station no matter how late I am to prevent those "events". There's never enough parking space for the thousands of bikes there and parking anywhere else leads to immediate "removal" of your bike. Glad you found yours, though!

LMAO at the large ladybug.
Feb. 7th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think part of the "redevelopment" is creating more bike parking... so that problem SHOULD be solved soon.
And well, the coat... it just wasn't for me. But it was so cute!! *wails*
Feb. 7th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Hm, we have a large multi-storey parking garage for bikes at the station and there's still not enough space for all the bikes. I've got the feeling that for every new parking space provided there are twice as much new bikes as well. ;)

Pfft, ladybugs are overrated! ;)

Feb. 7th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Whoo, Titanic-ladybugs! I'd seen that before somewhere but I'd forgotten all about it, it's fabulous! If only my relationships were that exciting... LOL
Feb. 7th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Well, maybe our problem is that we ride bikes instead of driving cars? Just a guess! ;)
Feb. 7th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Ah. Yes. I hadn't thought of that, but a ladybug-experience while on a bike seems rather impossible.
Feb. 7th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Bahaaah, but an entire post on "my bike was not stolen on Friday" is very amusing too. Coat trouble is recognisable. Also, T sounds hilarious. Do I know him?
Feb. 7th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure you know Tigges, he's been sort of unofficially semi-retired for ages. I've been around for 5 years and this is the first time I've been taugt a class by him.

And I'm so glad my bike was not stolen! After buying three more pairs of shoes (red&black, bright red, and grey) I couldn't afford a new bike...
Feb. 7th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Sort of unofficially semi-retired... bahaah. Then no, I don't know him. xD
Feb. 7th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
He supposedly only teaches specialiaty courses for the discerning connaisseur...
(Mmm. That sounds like he's serving goat's balls in chili sauce with whipped cream, or something. He's not. He's serving Austen.)
Feb. 20th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Ik weet niet waarom maar ik moet echt zo lachen om die foto van die fietsenstalling.
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