Wow. Via Bedbugger, which is a blog where people tell their tales of woe: this Craig’s list add (see a screenshot here):

I had bedbugs, you had herpes
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Date: 2007-11-29, 7:27PM EST

Damn, I wish I had that converstation to do over again. We met at Boulevard Tavern where people were wishing Harold a happy birthday. We both had a little too much to drink, and began discussing “deal breakers”. It just so happened that this was a day or so after I awoke with what felt like mosquito bites on my arms and shoulders, and I told you that I thought those might be bedbug bits. You told me that you would never sleep in a bed that had bedbugs or with a man who slept with bedbugs and I, offended, told you that I would never sleep with a woman who ever had an outbreak of herpes. So then you stalked off, leaving me with my PBR to wonder how an evening that began with such promise could go so badly.

…..It’s been six days since I last got bit, and if there were bedbugs there, I’d have been bitten every night since. Didn’t happen, so maybe it was a spider or a mosquito. No matter, the place has been cleaned and sprayed, so there is less chance of bedbugs here than wherever else you might choose to end up. As far as the herpes crack goes, I don’t know if you have it or not, but I use condoms, and you could use valtrex, so why should this stop us? I felt a connection with you, a real one, a surprising one. It isn’t often that a man like me, living in SoHo with all those pretentious artist types, managing a mutual fund, gets to meet a girl with your look and sensitivities. I think there is something there between us worth pursuing, and we should not let the false possibility of bedbugs or blisters get between us. Write back. I want a mulligan.”

If she wrote back, she is a very stupid woman.

In case you missed it: The best of Craig’s List List, including An open letter to the roaches in my apartment 

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  1. I am not going to sleep well tonight lol!

  2. What are you talking about? He sounds totally hot! Don’t you wished you lived in New York?

  3. I live in New York. I don’t have bedbugs.

    But I’m already spoken for.

  4. wow. bedbugs and herpes. sounds like a perfect couple to me.

  5. Thanks for the mention, Bug Girl!

    Cool, another buggy blog. :-)

  6. Oh, and the roach letter is good, but another Best of Craigslist post, An Open Letter to My Bed Bugs, predates it by a year (& was written by Jessinchicago, an erstwhile contributer to, before that blog started):

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