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Diary Entry 1981-28 : Insect Disturbance

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#Insect Disturbance

Autumn leaves season in Toronto is beautiful.

And yet, for me, a new kind of torment began. My landlady Mrs Liang had some old lumber brought into the house and the house was soon crawling with insects or bedbugs or whatever that was. She wanted to get the repair cost for the kitchen reduced in this way.

I suffered a bite after a bite till my whole body was a complete mess. I don’t know if it was because the bugs like soft spots, but people who saw the bite marks on my chest had to avert their eyes. At first, I thought it was allergy so I refrained from saying anything. Also, the landlady claimed I got the bites in the church.

However, after a while other people in the house started to get insect bites as well, so the landlady got serious about the problem and apologized to me.
I always get the short end of the stick, though. I counted 40 bug bites in just one of nasty areas on my body. Even though there was a 4-month baby in the house as well. It was the baby who should have been bitten worst.
The insects start biting from the weakest person.
Which meant I had lower resistance than a baby!

At the pharmacy I got a medicine that should be diluted and applied to the whole body. This medicine was effective for the skin that was already scratched off. However, the bugs were still a problem.
Money solves many troubles. Had the hose owners invested more into buying a new building material, the bugs wouldn’t have been brought in at all.

The couple who owned the house were thrifty people.
Once they asked me to help them with the purchase of a piano. I went with Mrs Liang to examining the piano at the seller’s place. My landlord was late for the appointment, and when he finally showed up the first thing that came out of his mouth was, “Are you friends with the seller?”
“No, we just met today,” I replied.

I was relieved because I think he believed they might get cheated in the transaction if the seller were my friend.


Translated by Saiko


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