Friday, 1 August 2008

An enemy invasion

"Night night, sleep tight, mind the bugs don't bite".


When we were young our parents would often say this just before bedtime.


They would also say: "Night night, sleep tight, half the bed and all the clothes".

That was apt in the days when young children shared beds (four to a bed in our home when the "boys" were younger - "two up and two down"); and homes were not heated.


But the bugs? We never saw bed bugs.


They have made a big come back. Thursday night (31st July '08) I paid for a room in a cheap motel for one of the Res. House guests. I met him this morning to drive him over to Res. House. He told me that he'd gotten into one of the beds in his motel room, only to be bitten like mad. So he moved to the other bed.


He showed me the first bed, believing it to be infested with small cockroaches. Not a bit. It was alive with bed bugs. We notified management.


Tomorrow I'll be staying in a "good hotel" in Ft. Myers, FL. But before I move anything into the room I'll check for bed bugs. They are becoming endemic in the USA. (Do a "Google" search for Bedbugs), and always check any hotel room.






Yes, I am off to Ft. Myers for the next three weekends. It's about 85 miles south of here, and I'll be doing "summer supply" at St. Hilary's Church there.


On each of the next three Saturdays (Aug 2nd, 9th, and 16th) I'll take an afternoon drive to Fort Myers, and preach and preside at their three weekend services (Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.).


St. Hilary's will foot the bill for those three Saturday night hotel stays. (They'll also pay for my car mileage and give me an honorarium!). Retirement ain't bad.


I am happy to keep my hand in, as I was when I visited a St. David's, Englewood parishioner in a Sarasota Nursing Home today.


So there will be no blog on Saturday 2nd, and on Sunday 3rd I'll post my sermon.




  1. Idle curiosity sent me to the St Hilary's website and was intrigued at the 'casual dress' statement for Saturday evening Eucharist. Is it 'de rigeur' for American Episcopalians to dress up for church? Probably the Australian lifestyle, but I am one of the few men who still wear a tie to church (and I am 64). Even on Sunday, jeans and casual shirts are more usual.

  2. Cheers to you to, & be sure to "give em hell"