A couple nights ago, I woke up in the middle of the night. That's not exactly irregular for me - occasionally I need to use the bathroom (getting older sucks), or I'm just uncomfortable and need to turn over in bed. Neither circumstance had awoken me, however. Instead, my ankle was itchy, and my body's reaction to whatever had bitten me was strong enough to disrupt my sleep and keep me up for a good 15-30 minutes afterward.
It wasn't until I got up in the morning that I realized I had been bit by... something. Instead of a normal bite, I had along red mark that looked like a scratch. It was itchy like a bug bite, so I just assumed that I had been bitten at night by some rogue agent (mosquitoes in freezing cold weather?!).
Fast forward to this morning. I'm picking up my futon, as I usually do, and out from under my sheet crawls a spider. Needless to say, that life has ended thanks to a nearby tissue and a large amount of pressure. And the rogue agent was discovered.
Mosquito bites in Japan affect me bad enough, but this isn't my first spider bite, either. In fact, when I first moved into the apartment I live in now, I must have let in a few spiders, because I ended up killing four of them over a weekend last summer.
My only guess as to how it got in (other than squeezing through a crack somewhere) was that it jumped onto the sheet while it was drying outside last weekend and remained hidden for a few days before finally attacking me.
I guess it's time to get some anti-spider spray for the windows and doors, just in case.
So what does that have to do with baseball cards? Well, returning to blogging has resulted in being bitten by another bug - the complete-all-of-your-goals bug. I'm a better collector when I'm actively blogging, there's no doubt about that. I've completed six of my twenty collecting goals already, and I'm working hard toward finishing the others.
While I didn't have an explicit goal to get minor league cards, a seller on YJA listed a bunch of singles from a variety of sets and I couldn't resist. Minor league type cards are the most-neglected part of my collection because they're difficult to find at a decent price. So here are the latest additions to that dark, dusty alley.
Until next time... avoiding the spiders.