When I was a child I was terrified of almost everything- strange people, especially strange men, cops, other kids (because left to their own devices they generally beat the hell out of me,) strange places, being shoved and locked in closets, and I had an obsessive fear of being shot to death through the window, which considering the neighborhood we lived in until I was about 7 years old, wasn’t as irrational as it sounds. People in that little slice of redneck heaven liked to get drunk and shoot off their shotguns in the middle of the night, so who’s to say? But my most overwhelming childhood fear by far was of flying, stinging insects.
I still have a pretty hearty dislike for these bastards.
It didn’t help that my sisters (especially the oldest one, who was sadistic as hell) liked to toss live wasps in my hair. There’s a number of reasons why I wear my hair very short today. It is cooler, easier to color, and much easier to style, granted. It is also easier to keep it insect-free. It was bad enough to have live wasps tossed in one’s hair, but far worse when you have insanely thick hair that goes down to your waist. I still really hate anyone or anything- besides me- touching my hair. I’m weird about any kind of touching anyway. Going to the hairdresser every month or so for a simple cut (I color my hair myself) is a necessary evil, but I can’t say I enjoy it.
Anyway, I found it most distressing to be informed that the insect apocalypse has arrived in what was my grandparents’ house. Dad had rented Grandma’s old house out to a dude for the past two years who paid his rent and lived there without incident, but said dude died about three days after Dad landed in the hospital. The dude’s girlfriend had been keeping a dog there and for some reason the electric had been turned off. So she left the place- rotten food in the fridge, dog shit all over the floors, and unauthorized insect life- just as it was. Poor Spencer went in to examine the disaster and ended up completely covered in flea bites. God only knows, but I’m sure in that neighborhood that the roaches are living high off the hog in there, and possibly bed bugs too. There’s no way in hell I’m going anywhere near that.
Just call the exterminator, or the crime scene clean up people. It’s not worth it to try cleaning up that nightmare without having the Extreme Prejudice to do it.
So, I hope, when Dad is able to deal with his rentals, that he just gets the exterminator in there and lets them de-bug the place. I do not envy anyone the task of cleaning out a rotten fridge in high summer, but I would want the bugs annihilated first. Again, I think the crime-scene people are the way to go.
I did attempt- with little success- to get some quality leave-me-alone-dammit time in over the weekend. Mom calling me at 7:30 on Saturday just after I’d fed the dogs, let them out, got them back in, and then got Jerry out the door was a nice, annoying touch, since she usually never gets up any time before 10AM. I was hoping to be left alone Saturday at least between 8AM and noon but that wasn’t happening. It’s my own fault for forgetting to turn the damned phone off. It would be one thing had she been calling me for emergency purposes, but she was pretty much only calling me to bitch at me because Steve-o was rude to her and it was a rant that could have waited until later in the day, or even a rant she could have saved for one of her nosy friends.
To make it worse, when she got off the phone with me, no sooner than I’d hung up, and before I had the sentience of mind to turn the damned thing off, Steve-o called me with his own 37 minute rant on why he’s pissed that I’m not paying for his emergency room visit back in April. I listened to him vent, but pretty much responded with, “It’s called ‘you’re an adult now,’ so now you have to pay for your own shit.” It sucks enough that he’s still on my farking health insurance so my deductible and my weekly premiums are even higher. Needless to say, the cougar nap was out of the question Saturday morning, because I was so pissed by the time I got off the phone with him- after both his and Mom’s tirades- that I figured I might as well screw attempting to nap or read or even to put in a Journey DVD. I decided I might as well work off some of my aggravation and start the day’s business early.
Admittedly since Dad’s surgery and stay at the rehab I have been loathe to turn the phone off just in case there is some sort of emergency. The sad thing is that I have no way of knowing the difference between a bullshit/nuisance call and an emergency call. Mom will call me for the most banally stupid things- usually when I am not in a good position to waste an hour listening to her vent about how she’s pissed that the WalMart messed up her scripts, or how much Dad whines about the food at the rehab place. Believe me, she is going to hear his whining about the quality and quantity of food available to him even worse when he gets home. He knows how to cook. I would suggest to him that as part of his rehab and recovery that he get really good at preparing his own meals.
Steve-o will whine and cry to me about virtually everything from how much he can’t stand how hot it gets at work, to how much he doesn’t like having to get up with his daughter in the middle of the night when he’s home, to how torqued he is that he can’t spend every dime of what he earns on playing with his cars. That gets old too. I feel for him as he does have a grueling schedule right now, but he sort of brought a lot of that on himself.
There’s no rest for the wicked. I ended up most of Saturday in WalMart with Mom (I don’t believe in purgatory, but dammit, that comes close- she’s slow and she knows everyone she sees) though I did get about half an hour in the Cougar Pool when I got home. Sunday I ended up going back up there and spending most of the day with Dad at the rehab. I hope he gets out this week, because I am going to stay home and in bed at least for a little while this weekend. Unless I have to bring him food he can actually eat.
I think we all know how to prevent these- but I love antique posters and such. This one is from WWI.
Not very politically correct, but it sure gets the message across.