Greenpoint’s Boulevard Tavern was the site of a special meeting, recorded in this “missed connections” ad on Craigslist:
I had bedbugs, you had herpes – m4w – 29
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
OK, first of all, I got rid of most of my bedding, washed the rest in very hot water, encased the mattresses in vinyl encasements, and brought in an exterminator. He is convinced from the pattern and number of bites that it was a SPIDER that got me, not bedbugs. 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.
* Location: Williamsboard/Greenpoint
* it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
While it does not sound like she actually had herpes, I do think you may still have bed bugs. I don’t think it was a spider. But you should know in a month or so, Mr. m4w.
Thanks to the anonymous Bedbugger who provided the screenshot. Click the image and select the largest size to read it in all its glory, if you missed your connection with seeing the original, live. Oh, and you bet we voted it “best of Craigslist.”
Originally uploaded by nobugsonme