Today the Times tantalizes us with a blind item about bedbugs. Apparently a crack bedbug-investigative team found the vermin in the home of "a couple of well-known television personalities and a famous actor." Ooh, who do you think they are? We love it when the Gray Lady indulges in a little gossip in spite of herself. This comes from an adorable story about dogs Ruby and Pasha, a beagle and a basenji (it's like a geisha, we think), who are trained to sniff out bedbugs:
“Our dogs have found bedbugs in suitcases in the lobby as people were coming in” in hotels, [owner] Mr. Frey said. Nosing around in guest rooms, Ruby and Pasha have discovered them in items every hotel room has — Bibles and telephone books.
Every item? Forget the Bibles and telephone books — who uses those? What about the things you take home from the hotel with you, into your own home? Are there bedbugs in those? Like the mini-lotions and travel toothbrushes? And the slippers? And the fancy silk coat hangers? And the monogrammed washcloths? And the cellophane shower caps??? Is nothing safe at all?