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A long-running personal blog shared by two authors with completely different approaches to life. And a lot of large, beautiful photographs of dogs and nature and places we've traveled to. Rich in commentary and irreverant in style. 


We started blogging a long time ago. Our work hours never aligned with recommended psychotherapists and we needed to get our thoughts out. We are great friends, total opposites and long-time housemates. This was a way to communicate. With each other. With strangers. With consumer marketers. With sub-par meteorologists. With distant friends who wanted to see pictures of stuff we were up to.

This is the place. Our bucket of thoughts to share. You are welcome. 
(We realize that most of you are here for the dog pictures.)

Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite


Bed Bugs.  Who knew all those stories in the news were true and such a problem.  

My Friday night and Saturday turned into one crazy work day because of these critters.  I was at work minding my own business clicking the flashing buttons as usual on a Friday afternoon when my boss comes in and said "Hey,  Big Boss has requested that you come back at 5AM for emergency work."

Me - "Ok.  Why?"

Boss - "NYC building has a bed bug problem and needs to be fugimated."

Me -"HAHA sure.  They watch too much TV and all those Fox News stories. What are we really doing? It's because I waved at him on my way back from taking a break, right?"

Boss -"No, I'm serious.  They have to clear the building of everybody including operations because they are using a cyanide based formula that is lethal to humans."

Me -"Uhhhhh... sure...." Still skeptical but since Big Boss  and Almost Big Boss came in after my Boss, I figured it was probably a legit story or a very elaborate trick to play on me for a Friday evening when they should be on their way home.

So, I go and prepare and do some pre-tests for transitioning in the morning before heading home at 10:30PM to come back at 5AM. A more than sufficient time span for sleep for most people I would think. But since I was paranoid I would over sleep and because who goes to bed before midnight,  I spent most of the night surfing the net for fun science experiments with electricity and trying to pull up all my microelectronics projects from high school and when I made my own circuit boards.  A story for another time

Napped for about 45 minutes, got up showered and headed back to work. Grabbed a coffee and some donuts for the rest of the suffering crew and was back in my chair at 4:45AM, do the transition.  No major roadblocks and got permission to leave at 8AM in exchange for bringing donuts. Always thinking. Although the fact I had to come back at 6PM might have been enough. :-) Too bad I grabbed a coffee from Dunkin' Donuts with their Turbo Shot at 4AM on the way in because now I was wide awake.  I haven't "slept" since 9AM Friday morning..... Finally found the pillow at 10AM.  Slept till 2PM and in and out till 3PM.  That's plenty for today.  Scrounged some "breakfast" and headed back to work hoping things were back to normal and I would have a quiet night.

Silly me. I find the most coordinated and exciting game of musical studios.  Every on-air sports event was being run out of DC because NYC was still evacuated. We not only don't have enough studios but also qualified personnel to do all the broadcasts, so it's a huge game of musical chairs.  When one game ends, another starts, but not necessarily in the same studio or with the same person.  So, there were miscues and mistimings along with user errors of people who don't normally do this as their normal jobs.

Then there were live concerts and talk shows to go on the air but their normal producers were moved to different locations so more connections that needed to be made and coordinated.  I've seen less complicated schematics for airplanes.  All worked out as well as it could.

So, back to the original problem. Bed bugs.  They fumigated the building, but not the WHOLE building, just certain floors.  Doesn't that seem like a bad idea?  If it's on Floor 2 why not Floor 3?  Also, if the poison is lethal to humans at the time of application, does 12 hours seem like enough time before going back into the building?

Oh, on an ironic note, when I was listening to some shows we broadcast, they ran a commercial for a bed bug spray that prevents and kills bed bugs but not lethal to humans or pets.  I wonder if we should have just gotten some of that and prevented this whole fiasco?