They’re nasty. But, just like fleas, lice, ticks, chiggers, and all other manner of disgusting creepy crawlies, nigh unavoidable if you’re taking into account the whole of your life. End remarks.

Lucky for us there is a site called the Bedbug Registry. It is a place for consumers to report any place they stay where they found/acquired bedbugs. Needless to say, it’s getting to be quite a list. Maybe you can save yourself some heartache and nightmares by checking before you book.

If you find that a hotel you wanted to stay at has been reported, for the love of pete, be kind. Call and see if/what they’ve done about it. No need to punish a business for something they couldn’t much help in the first place…remember, it’s people like you and I that brought them there. If they’ve exterminated and you like the place, go forth. If not, find another place to stay. Simple.

Remember to report it if you stay in a place with bedbugs. Save someone else the hassle! But don’t forget to tell management so they have the opportunity to do something about it!

Also, if you want to know how to ID them, here is a brief and hilarious post from the House of Lemay. Enjoy, and don’t let’em bitecha!

With my car aging rapidly from a long work commute, I am less and less likely to take it on long road trips these days. Whenever I do, she punishes me with hugely expensive parts replacements. I am forever lamenting the steep increases in the prices of the train and bus, both of which I enjoy for different reasons. I have basically abandoned the bus because there are few deals and it takes so much longer than the train for about the same price. Ten years ago the difference in price made up for it. Try to remember back when fondly and move on.

So, I needed to book a bunch train tickets for New York Comic Con and, as is my custom, just before I clicked the submit button on the payment I did a search for promo codes. All I can say is “Who knew?!?!” There was a 20% discount for Vermonter line travelers…each way! So our tickets went from $100.00 round trip to $80.00. That’s no small change when rolled into a trip budget, and totally beats the bus price, so no need to justify!

Of course, it’s not like Amtrak makes it easy for you to figure this stuff out, but does! It breaks promos down in a number of ways, but the most useful is by region. Most of their promos totally beat the AAA discount of 10% or the Student Advantage discount of 15%.

When I made the Vermont Cataloging Cooperative wiki with WikiMedia, it was because I wanted to try something new, and I already had experience with PBwiki. Well, now that I’ve had that experience with WikiMedia, I have moved my VCC wiki on over to PBwiki and forget that WikiMedia ever happened. Perhaps it is because it’s not as intuitive, perhaps because I didn’t read the instructions. Who knows, but the fact remains, I just like PBwiki better. So there.

Today I created a new wiki because, evidently, I am full of wiki ideas. This one is called the VLA Travel Wiki and is intended to serve as a meeting place for VLA members to coordinate carpooling and roommates for events. I’d link to it, but I made it private and invite only for the VLA membership so that folks would feel comfortable putting up contact information. I am really excited about it because it fills a need. I remember longing for something like this when I didn’t have a car and couldn’t afford to stay in hotel rooms by myself (heh, still can’t). And lo, do unto others, etc.