May 27, 2008

Bed Bugs, Bathtub & Beyond

Several years ago, I had back-to-back Cher impersonator gigs in Las Vegas, so I booked a room at a well-known hotel just off the Strip.

At around 1:00 AM, I awoke to something crawling across my neck.  I turned on the light thinking it was just a spider, but was surprised to find several little black dots the size of pinheads.  OK, these are funny looking spiders.  I sqwished one and it left a crimson stain on the sheet.  OMIGOD, what are these things?

I moved to the other bed and tried to go back to sleep, but again felt something scurrying across my neck.  The hotel room came furnished with a sofa, so I next moved there to try to sleep.  Well, that wasn’t going to happen - more crawly things.

By now it is 3:00 AM and I had to start doing makeup in about three hours.  I thought about getting another room, but by the time I arranged it with the front desk and moved all my stuff, I would have had no sleep at all.  So I opted for the only apparent bed bug-free zone in the room - the bathtub - where I actually slept for a few hours.

It took me six months to not jump every time I felt a tickle on my skin.  This was a creepy crawly experience I hope I never go through again, but if I do, I will be looking for the nearest bathtub.