Monday, November 05, 2007

roam, if you want to

According to a local CBC report, bedbugs are making a comeback in Calgary. Probably in your city, as well.

While these pests were thought to be all but eradicated decades ago (are insects ever really eradicated?), apparently our habit of jetting willy nilly around the globe is to blame for their resurgence. People are bringing them back in their clothes from various hotel rooms around the world. And they are damned hard to get rid of, I'm told.

Suddenly I am a little less excited to be going away and staying in a hotel this weekend. In fact, I am itchy already. And I sure as hell will not place my suitcase on the bed, any more than I will sleep with the bedspread on.

I will miss:
- Chad VanGaalen concert at the Grand Theatre (my favourite venue)
- the opening night of Control (although Eva suggested that maybe we could take Baba to see it. Yeah, no.)
- Cuff the Duke concert (again!)
- Brook (I cannot believe she picked that weekend to leave town! Brooooook, don't go!)
- my cat
- my bedbug-free bed

I am excited about:
- having 8 hours of plane flight in which to read
- catching up with some old friends (albeit briefly)
- ridding myself of the guilt that comes from never visiting Jerry's mom

And now:
Something for the completionists. The USB sticks are pretty cool, I have to admit.


Beth said...

I'm just eleven hours away from an across-the-country flight. Where are you going?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Have a safe trip!

Deb said...

ew, bed bugs.

I never travel anywhere so, no worries.

Is that a good thing? I think not.


Take care.

Allison said...

You are just never going to see Cuff the Duke, eh?

I am excited the Control is coming to your town though, that will be most excellent to see when you return!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm jetting off to the Forest City, Beth - London, Ontario. Where are you heading?

Thanks, Dr M, I shall not make any shoe bomb jokes.

In terms of bedbug avoidedness, it is a very good thing, Deb, unless of course someone else brings them to your house. But it's easy to make one's self paranoid.

Control better still be showing here when we get back, Al, or I will be going apeshit on somebody. It's opening at a small indie theatre, so one never knows how long it will be running.
Yes, it would appear that I am doomed to forever miss Cuff the Duke when they play my fair city.

JustRun said...

Bedbugs? Oh my, I think I have to throw up now.

Safe travels!

justacoolcat said...

I may have to get that Radiohead complete set. Some of my old disks are showing use.

Have a great trip with the outlaws!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Are they just adorable, Justrun? Those cute little flat brown bodies sucking your blood, just gives me the warm and fuzzies.

I know, Just A! My OK Computer is completely worn out; I had to burn another copy for the car. Too bad you already got all your birthday presents.
I do love that clever little USB stick.

Joe said...

Bedbugs...another thing, along with tuberculosis, that we can thank globalism for.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They should make a scary movie of the week about bedbugs, Bubs.

Anonymous said...

several yrs ago we stayed in a place that seemed pretty cool... kitchenette, 2 bdrms, you know, it was alright.

then one morning GOB 'n i woke up to hilarious laughter from the girls' "room"... so we checked it out.

dude, they were PLAYING with fleas in their beds. and we don't have pets... so...

we left that morning. :D

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh my word, Michelle! That is too much! I love that your girls are so easily amused and have such a healthy attitude toward insectivora, but that is just too funny and too creepy!

They'll be able to tell that story to their grandkids: "We were so poor, we didn't have any pets, so we had to play with fleas".

phlegmfatale said...

a friend told me her bed on a cruise ship had bedbugs.

Have a nice trip! :P

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Cruise ships are one of those places of which I would be highly suspicious for many many reasons, PF. This adds to the lists and cements the likelihood that I will never go on a cruise.