He was late because he went to the hospital because he had caught scabies sleeping on the floor in the house of someone who was willing to host campaign workers.
I am not willing to host campaign workers - I think Primo mentioned it once in the last campaign and I just gave him the dead eye. He gets all stressed when people we know and like stay in our guest room. And here he was suggesting that we let CAMPAIGN PEOPLE stay with us?
I don't think so.
So this kid had caught scabies from somewhere - I think it was scabies. It was something you get from sleeping on the floor in a place that is not very clean - apparently, the hostess did not maintain a clean house. As in, her dog had pooped on the floor. And she had not cleaned it up. But you know - THE CAMPAIGN! How can you be expected to be at home to walk the dog when there is A CAMPAIGN?
The kid goes to the hospital - let's not even discuss the idea of going to the hospital for a non-emergency, for something that you see a doctor in her office for, or, if you do not have a doctor, for something you go to an urgent care clinic. But just walking into the hospital because you have scabies -
what IS scabies? Hang on.
Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease caused by an infestation by the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei. Mites are small eight-legged parasites (in contrast to insects, which have six legs). They are tiny, just 1/3 millimeter long, and burrow into the skin to produce intense itching, which tends to be worse at night. The mites that infest humans are female and are 0.3 mm-0.4 mm long; the males are about half this size. Scabies mites can be seen with a magnifying glass or microscope. The scabies mites crawl but are unable to fly or jump. They are immobile at temperatures below 20 C, although they may survive for prolonged periods at these temperatures.
OK. Highly contagious. But still not emergency level. However, keep in mind that I am the person who did not want to go to the ER after falling off my bike, slashing my eyebrow with my prescription bifocal sunglasses that broke in the fall, and losing consciousness for a very little while. As in, I thought my doctor should have been able to stitch me up in his office AND I STILL THINK THAT.
Now I have a $4,000 scar on my eyebrow.
Anyhow, he went to the hospital to deal with his scabies, which I gather arise from highly unsanitary conditions, and missed work, so they fired him.
So I was able to mock the party to Primo and tell him that this was their tolerance and their sick pay in action.