Monday, April 27, 2009

Damage Report

Well, another set of guests have come and gone and Tina's luxury travel services are starting to show signs of wear.... Actually that''s not fully true, Barb and Nancy did enjoy their time (or so they told us) and we were able to take advantage of them coming to get Tina back up to Beijing for some sightseeing and I tagged along with them to see the canals of Tongli and the warriors in Xi'an.

But our apartment took a hit with these guests, as well as the loss of Tina's much loved new cellphone. Tina get's a little harried trying to ensure that everyone is having a great time, and while in Shanghai at the knock-off market she was paying more attention to helping the girls with their haggling for pricing and someone did the accidental bump and pulled her phone right out of her pocket. I'll give it to Tina though, she got over the loss fairly quickly (I'd have been pissed for 2-3 weeks) and by day two sans phone she no longer get upset when I'd kid her about it.

As for the apartment, I don't even know where to begin. Nancy fell when out on the balcony doing laundry and used our bucket and dust bin to cushion her fall. Tina immediately threw the dustbin out, but the broken bucket is still out there as a silent reminder.
The balcony and Nancy did not get along, as she also managed to break our 70 RMB (10USD) fold up chair while we sat out there one evening enjoying some wine and music. Yesterday we also noticed a new dent in the balcony railing, you can kind of see in in the photo -
So, we aren't really sure what Nancy did, but in retrospect we think that a dented railing and some broken items are better then if the railing had given out and our friend took the quick way down 20 floors....

But all of that was Nancy, and we think that she was just trying to catch up with the damage that Barb inflicted on the apartment on night one. As she wrote in her first post, we learnt a little about how toilets are plumbed in over here.
Our small bathroom before guests and then after -
Yep, we are down one bathroom. The toilet was just caulked to the floor so when a jet-lagged Barb bumped into it on their first night here, a little harder then the toilet expected, the toilet just slid back and bumped the corer of the wall and shattered.

Four people for a full 8 days with only one bathroom does get a bit tough. We will have the toilet repaired before our next guests arrive in the latter part of May.

Barb and Nancy will be getting invoices from Tina's Travel for repairs.

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