Things have been very convoluted here for the past few weeks, and all the more so now, what with going out of town to CES on one end, and an upcoming trip to Chicago on the other, mixed in between with deadlines about CES and other appointments. And it's played havoc with my schedule. But as swirling as that is, it's not what has made things so hectic --
Long story, but a couple months ago my apartment got bed bugs. Ack. Fortunately, I’m one of the rare few who don’t get bitten, so that’s not a problem, but it’s still a logistical and expensive mess. Finally, I have an exterminator coming in on Thursday. But I have to wash my entire wardrobe the day before and get sweaters, coats and blankets drycleaned, and I’m getting a new bed and sofa. (They were both old, but still…) In fact, that's where I was for much of the day, out-and-about finalizing the purchases of the bed and sofa.
As one might imagine, being a guy, purchasing such things is not my strong point, but I think I got things settled pretty well and reasonably conveniently. Of all the places I looked, I ended up finding a mattress store about a mile from me, and most oddly of all, found a small furniture place that had a perfectly fine sofa (that fit the space) at a surprisingly livable price that's walking distance from me, about three-quarters of a mile.
So, mixing all those other things, my trips and this all together, that's why I've been pulled in several directions lately.
I'm told (and have read) that there has actually been a growing problem with bed bugs in the U.S. the last few years -- and worldwide, as well. Oddly enough, my dad was hit by them a month ago, as well. And he has been bitten, poor fellow. So, there's comfort in numbers. I'm not alone. But it's small comfort. Especially when one is sleeping on the floor in the living room. That's where I've been the last couple of days -- the bed is okay-ish, but I ultimately got fed up with it and figured what-the-heck...
This is oh-so annoying, but it will pass. And then I'll have a nice, new bed and (most especially, because it was in worse condition) a comfortable sofa.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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