Hey all. I just wanted to point out an opportunity that is coming up that I greet with a vast ambivalence. Loyola requires a registration to park and keep bikes on campus, and at the end of every year, the University Police clips those bikes that are not claimed from the bike racks around campus and throws them into a big cage in one of the parking garages. The bad thing is that your bike disappears if you're not careful. The good thing is that they auction all of these bikes off for cheap to the community. And the bad thing again is that this money goes to the police, who can nary lend you a patch for your bike, nor even a bike pump or a wrench if you're ever having trouble. Ya dig?
Here's the info, straight from UP:
UNIVERSITY POLICE BIKE AUCTION
University Police will hold a bike auction on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Freret Street garage. Viewing of the bicycles will take place from 4:30 p.m. until auction time. Bid opening will range between $20.00 and $50.00 depending on the condition of the bicycle. All bikes will be sold in an AS IS CONDITION and ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Checks will only be accepted from Loyola University community members. All other must pay CASH. Bikes must be removed immediately upon purchase.
Check it out if you've got a few bucks and want to look for some buried treasure. Skip it if you'd feel awkward buying some random kid's bike from a cop.
ALSO. This Friday is everyone's favorite day of the month!! Critical Mass meets at Jackson Square at 6 p.m. on Friday! Come and we'll have fun.