Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Friday, January 26, 2007

Bedbugs: I Got Them From a Toilet Seat, I Swear

Fuck. I have bedbugs. While I doubt they've made it to my room yet (I have no bites), my roommate has had a steady stream of 7-12 bites (that she's convinced are bedbug bites) for the past month or so. Yesterday, she found what she thought was a baby bedbug on the shower curtain.

I spent the morning in Inspector Gadget mode, using magnifying glasses and flashlights to inspect every nook and cranny in my room, ready to attack with a product called "Kills Bedbugs." Luckily, nothing... yet.

I spent the remainder of my day on the phone trying to get someone at my management company to understand the urgency of this situation. "Don't worry, I have it under control," said the woman who minutes before told me she'd call an exterminator on Monday. Monday?!?

Then I tried calling 311 and after a series of transfers, I finally made it to the housing court of Kings County, where a woman told me they won't tell me my tenant rights over the phone. "We only give legal advice in person."

I called the management company back. Still "under control." What's been done? "I'll call the super." Great.

The worst part? The guy who lived in my apartment before me--who I happen to know--never told me he'd had bedbugs. Three fucking times. When we went to look at the place we specifically asked if they had bug problems. "Nope."

Here's how my conversation went down with him today:
me: quick question... did you guys ever have a bed bug problem?
him: oh yeah
I'm pretty sure that they come in through the front window
people drop bedbug infested matresses [sic] out there all the time
they are horrendous little fuckers
me: seriously, you guys had bed bugs?
him: 3 separate times
me: wow, i wish i would have known that
him: we got rid of them each time
shit, they're everywhere in the hood [greenpoint]
it's impossible to avoid them anymore
...
me: i have to admit, had i known you guys had had a problem, i wouldn't have taken this apartment
him: well...
it's not a problem in the apartment
it's a problem in the neighborhood
I guess I figured it was everywhere by now
Obviously, I'm disturbed on many levels. And obviously, I was way too nice to "him."

UPDATE: False alarm! Whew. We did a thorough investigation and extermination, and have been doing regular maintenance exterminations. I have yet to get a bite or see one. I'm not letting those fuckers in here. Ever.

UPDATE Again: We had them. Bad.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

It's What's For Dinner

Did they feed Pelosi and Cheney steak before the State of the Union? They're definitely digging in there for something. Get those tongues a pumpin!

The Way Forward: The Neighborhood Watch

Friends don't let friends watch alone--the State of the Union Address, that is. Sure it's depressing, but if you skip it, what will you talk about at the water cooler tomorrow? Because this shit preempts all of your regularly scheduled programming, eefers has taken the liberty of rounding up a few of tonight's State of the Union watch parties for you. I know there will be beer at at least two, and solidarity at all three. Note that the parties start at different times but the address begins at 9.

BROOKLYN


Park Slope Drinking Liberally & Commonwealth Bar invite you to their Third Annual State of the Union Watch Party
8:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Bar
5th Avenue at 12th Street, Brooklyn
Take the R or F to 4th Ave/9th Street

MANHATTAN

Democracy for NYC, ACT NOW and Drinking Liberally host a night of cheers, jeers, and beers (and other drinks)
8PM - 11PM
The Irish Rogue, private room upstairs
346 W 44th St (b/w 8th and 9th Aves)
RSVP

Demos, GenerationEngage and Metro New York invite you to
THE STATE OF OUR UNION, 2007 A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION & SCREENING OF THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH
with discussion led by Mr. Ted Sorensen, Speechwriter and Special Counsel to President Kennedy and Mr. Bill Safire, Speechwriter to Presidents Nixon, Columnist
7:00 PM: Doors open; food and refreshments served
7:30 PM: Community Q&A with Mr. Sorensen and Mr. Safire
9:00 PM: Live screening of the President’s State of the Union Address
Marble Collegiate Church, Fifth Avenue at 29th Street
NOTE: There is no fee to attend this event. All are welcome, but RSVP is required to Jason@GenerationEngage.org with names and e-mail addresses for you and all your guests.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Don't Adjust Your Monitor

Turn and face the strain. eefers is going through even more ch-ch-ch-changes. And if you navigated here through blogspot or blogger, as opposed to plain old eefers.com, it's even more whack. Navigate through eefers.com, and maybe you'll get it. And I promise to start blogging more soon.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year!


Resolution? Don't take pictures after three glasses of wine, two vodka cocktails and the better half of a bottle of cheap champagne.