We showed the apartment to half a dozen people yesterday. There was one person who wanted to sign a lease and pay a deposit on the spot. Not so fast, said we. The brother in law of the newly arrived student from abroad offered to co-sign the lease. Whoa, just hang on. See, we've been burned by the "I'll sign and pay right now" people and also burned by the father who cosigned for his son. That still burns me up. But chasing after $500 involved spending time and energy with no guarantee of payoff, so we let it drop. (I don't care what's right or wrong, I just analyze the cost vs benefit and go that way. Hmm, maybe I'm more capitalist than I thought.) Anyway, I told them that I would love to trust them and take their words at face value, but the world has taught me that that is folly. They understood. We may end up renting to them anyway, we shall see after we check their story.
Spouse and I are trying to learn Spanish. We got this box from Costco called Immersion Spanish. It's pretty cool with interactive lessons and games on the computer. We especially like the record and listen feature so you can see how well you remember/pronounce the words. I took a couple videos of us yesterday during cocktail hour which is when we sit down to practice. The better of the two is unfortunately blurry. I guess it focused when I stood in front of the camera to push the button, so when I went to sit down we are out of focus. Still it's kinda cute:
If you want to see the long version, in focus, but boring, you can just click here.