It’s Mario Time!

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Hello, reader, grab a box of Kleenex and read this sad tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. (But it’s a great way to blow off steam.) I’m an old dog and I remember doing pest control from the 80s. Back then, before today’s great pest products, the most challenging… Read more »

I Was a Teenage Narcissist

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This week I’m reviewing Riot in Juvenile Prison, a 1959 film warning of the dangers of teenage “sex maniacs.” The action takes place in Ditman Hall, a reform institution for boys, where the no-nonsense warden offers a potpourri of therapies against anti-social behavior, including: a) solitary confinement in a cell affectionately called “The Jug”; b)… Read more »

Effervescent Energy

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“Those darn mice!” I thought, looking over the dead mice in my mousetraps. “Don’t they ever give up?” Though I was glad to be catching mice and keeping my customer happy, I was one frustrated pest professional. Not only was I crawling on my belly in a dark, soggy crawlspace, but to get to my… Read more »

King Dirt

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I love dirt paths. As a rookie bug guy, every three months I would perform a pest service at a vacation cabin where the parking spot was over a hundred feet from the front door. To get to the cabin, you had to walk a dirt path. I loved walking that path, Hudson sprayer in… Read more »

Avoiding the Bull

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By the age of twelve I felt I had mastered most of life’s important do’s and don’ts and I mostly stopped listening to adults giving out warnings. I did, however, make exceptions. I remember the day on our grandparent’s Illinois farm when my brother Dave and I told Grandpa we were going back to Bear… Read more »