Category Archives: Tales from the route

Stories from the years I spent servicing homes and businesses. Some you most likely won’t believe but all are true.

A synopsis of my career; The death (not forever) of my pest control route

I loved the commercial route, I truly did. It wasn’t long ago, (maybe 3 or 4 years?) that I saw an ad in my pest control associations magazine for a commercial tech to work for one of the fastest growing … Continue reading

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Chapter 3- A synopsis of my career & my commercial chronicles

There was one route in the branch that just EVERYBODY envied, coveted and would give their eye teeth to have…the commercial route. First off the truck was the coolest set up in our little fleet. Truck bed length fiberglass tool … Continue reading

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Dodged a bullet

The day started out simple enough, mostly routine stops, nothing out of the ordinary… or so I thought. The office calls and says they have a customer that needs someone out soon, today if at all possible. I say, “sure, I’ll … Continue reading

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The Shrill of Defeat, The Saga Continues

Although I didn’t get off to a great start instilling any real confidence in the man of the house, the fact that the mouse was gone & the screaming had for now stopped, gave me just enough wiggle room with … Continue reading

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The Thrill in Victory & the Shrill & Agony of Defeat

A beautiful fall day in Baltimore that in my mind couldn’t get any better. Not quite a chill in the air but gone was the sweltering summer heat that my bug trucks ‘360’ air couldn’t relieve even with both windows … Continue reading

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Setting The Tone

Since beginning as a licensed applicator and technician in 1976, I’ve been doing pest work a long time. Pest pros see all sorts of things when working in customer’s homes but it was when working as a pest management consultant … Continue reading

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A Night in the Life of an Entrepreneur

It’s three am. I can’t sleep. My mind is racing. I stare at the ceiling. I count sheep. I listen to the crickets outside my window. For the last two hours my cell phone display has illuminated the bedroom walls … Continue reading

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The Find

bucket list noun informal a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime: making this trip is the first thing on my bucket list. A bit morbid to think about but let’s … Continue reading

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A War I Could Not Win Part II

As my feet grudgingly take me to my last stair downward, an over powering feeling of helplessness comes over me like a cold wave. In front of me is just the first part of an all but impossible task that … Continue reading

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A War I Could Not Win Part 1

It’s Tuesday, 2:30 am: It is my first stop. A weekly account that is the crown jewel of my branch, indeed the envy of the region and one that rivals any in the entire company. The company, that is at … Continue reading

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A Tiger By The Tail

Long before I donned a suit and tie and hit the road as a wildly successful, –eh hem – cough cough,—-Commercial Salesman later to become a National Accounts rep, I was a simple and happy residential pest control salesman. (money … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Mouse Of St. Agnes

It’s 4:15 am on Wednesday and just like last week and the week before, I’m running late. With my defrost blasting and my windshield wipers doing what an ice scraper should have done, I careen down Reisterstown road heading for … Continue reading

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The Living Eulogy Of A Single Operator Whose Taken The Next Step

As the truck rounds the corner a wave of familiarity gently flows across his mind. It’s been 10 years since he’s been on this street. Ten years. Although he doesn’t see the old broken down basketball hoop precariously anchored to … Continue reading

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Route # 9- In The Beginning

Jerry 1:1 In the beginning was route #9 and it was without form, void and a complete and utter mess.

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Route #9 Coming Out Of The Closet

To this day I remember exactly how I was introduced to this gig. At the time I was working two jobs, an upscale deli making sandwiches by day and a low life greasy Greek pizza place moping floors and doing … Continue reading

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