Too Deceased to Resist

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This week I have one of those “you won’t believe how they treat small business owners” stories that is all too common in today’s world. Just another day in paradise. Every year a county inspector comes to our office and performs a thorough inspection of our operations. This year a rookie showed up and you… Read more »

Reverse Psychology for Rodents

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I give up. After thirty-five years of pleading with homeowners to block rodents out of their cabins, I’m throwing in the towel. No, I’m not retiring from pest management—I’ll battle pests til I drop dead—I’m just giving up my role as “adviser-in-chief.” Why? Because—other than the houses us Home Defenders have professionally sealed—almost every mountain… Read more »

The Wisdom of Stupidity

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Get ready for a shock, because, after weighing the pros and cons, I am determined to go ahead with my annual vacation in India this January. (If travel restrictions are lifted.) Sure, flying across the planet while travel rules are changing day by day is risky, but, what’s wrong with doing something a little brainless… Read more »

Weave Goodbye to Webs

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What is happening on this mountain? Are bugs still invading homes? Are rodents still running rampant? Or have we done something to offend all critters? Like the nutty old guy in the original Dracula movie says: “If this is true, it’s the most fantastic thing in the world!”  But, no, it’s not true—pests are running all… Read more »

The Pre-Atomic Experience

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I recently completed a one-month personal experiment where I avoided forms of entertainment that were created after 1945—that benchmark year when our nervous, frenetic world was born in a mushroom cloud. I came up with the idea after reading a 1950s essay by E.B. White (Stuart Little) decrying modern media and entertainment. (Ironically, Sid Vicious… Read more »