The Malaise Who Came to Dinner

Did you ever see The Man Who Came to Dinner? It's about houseguest who overstays his welcome. He connives to stay in the house as long as possible. If I recall correctly, there's even a bit of blackmail involved. Why do I bring this up? Because I have my own houseguest who refuses to vacate the premises.

My guest's name is Malaise, and I honestly don't remember inviting him in. He showed up about three weeks ago. Now I can't get him to leave. I thought I shook him off on Monday, but then Tuesday, zhoop! He leeched right back on, like a pair of static-cling-infested polyester pants. Wednesday and Thursday, he snuggled comfortably into my sofa with his feet up.

I don't know what's feeding my unwelcome guest, but something must be. Strays don't stay where they're not fed. Problem is, whatever is feeding my guest is feeding me too. It seems Malaise has blackmailed my willpower into becoming a collaborator.

Maybe it's the heat. Maybe my routine has gotten stale. Maybe I just need a swift kick in the rear. Whatever "may be," I'm quite ready for my houseguest to leave now.