mid-semester check in

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Registered: 10-26-1999
mid-semester check in
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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 2:34pm

This board has been awfully quiet so thought I'd start some conversation!  How are the CS's doing, now that they are well into the semester (or quarter...)?  By this time, I recall when my girls were in school, the "honeymoon" of getting back on campus was over.   I'd start to hear about roommate problems, professors they didn't care for, stress in balancing work loads, etc.  What's going on with your CS?  Any of the above?

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Registered: 12-16-2003
Tue, 11-05-2013 - 12:54pm

Dd got herself a small mototcycle, sigh, instead of a bike.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sat, 11-02-2013 - 11:21am

What the kids did at my kids' university was to have a few cheap, second-hand bikes. They would take the front wheel off and either take it with them or lock it to the back wheel.They also left their bikes in the bike racks with the other bikes;locked in such a way that the bike cannot be removed (lock and all).

Sure, they would get "good" locks but locks will not stop a determined thief. They will and do find a way.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 11-01-2013 - 9:45am

Her bike WAS a crappy old bike. She'd had it for years. The campus police told her that the bikes most frequently stolen aren't the high-end ones, but the run of the mill ones, because they're easier to sell or to take apart for parts. In any case, they don't think it's another student who is doing this, but a ring of bike thieves. The local high schools have had the same problem this year, too.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 8:44pm

My dd is stressing big time, as they are on trimesters and this is the final week before finals.   Lots of papers due As well.  She  was gone all weekend with the equestrian club, 

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 6:55pm
Arryl, I agree w/Marie (ITea). Cheap, older bike. Easy to repair. Bikes are stolen CONSTANTLY, if they are even half-way decent. Older dd had the best lock and chain available, chained it to her deck, the thieves sawed the railing off the deck! I also agree about the laptop lock. Lock it to the table WHENEVER you walk away. One of ODD's old bfs left his on a table under a window, in his garden apt, while he went to the can. Heard a crash, came out to find someone broke the window, reached thru, grabbed the laptop and ran. Never leave anything valuable where anybody looking in can see it. Live on the second floor, especially if you live alone.
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 3:52pm

I remember my ds telling me that sometimes bikes were "borrowed" on his campus, meaning the thief used it briefly and abandoned it in a bike rack on another part of campus. So your dd's might want to keep their eyes open for their bikes to show up somewhere else. 

His school also recommended using an old/used/cheap bike because it would be less attractive to thieves. While it may break down, repairing it would probably be cheaper than replacing a more expensive bike that gets stolen. 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 1:04pm

mom_iteadrinker wrote:
<p>Bikes stolen... stronger locks are not to do it.</p><p>Better idea.. get your kids crappy second-hand bikes that you do not care if they are stolen.  </p>

While I can understand that reasoning and thought, I know my brother bought 2 different mid-grade, cheaper bikes to exercise on at home and both of them had several break downs in the first several months he had them.  For a college student, who's only main transporttaiton on campus is a bike, having them breaking down or things going wrong with them constantly, just to have a cheaper bike that doesn't matter if it gets stolen, is not IMO a good idea.  But that's just me, maybe I am being naive...

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 12:43pm

Bikes stolen... stronger locks are not to do it.

Better idea.. get your kids crappy second-hand bikes that you do not care if they are stolen. 

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 11:21am

Just a friendly PSA:  Remind your college students to invest in a lock for their laptops if they haven't done so already and if they are likely to leave them on tables in the library while they search for materials.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 11:04am

calmama54 wrote:
Sorry about the bike being stolen. I think it's pretty common but it stinks. My dh and I gave our older bikes to my dd and s-i-l when they moved into their new place in Portland, in a much nicer neighborhood than they were living in before. They left them outside in their backyard for a day while they were moving in and the next day they were both gone. I just don't understand the mentally of thieves. Has your dd discovered Valley River Center yet for shopping? We always liked going there when we visited Eugene - and loved not having to pay sales tax! Are the city buses still free for students there? I thought that was the case when my dd was there.

MY mistake, I was thinking you meant for groceries, but that's a mall/shopping center.  All I know is she mentioned there is a "good mall" and a "bad mall", the good mall has a victoria's secret and other good stores, and the bad mall has no real good stores, but has a target next to it...  I am slowly collecting gift cards for her for christmas at the moment, and I see there is a Regal Cinemas in that Shopping Center, I had googled and saw there was one on or just off campus also that she could use it at.  Its harder that they don't have many chain places to get gift cards at for food to supplement meal points, but maybe that's a good thing in a different way.

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