Toilet Paper – Coffee Wars and Pest Control

December 22, 2011

If you have followed my pest control company, Hearts Pest Management, you already know that I love Starbucks. I based my employee model on Starbucks.

Recently I discovered some of the really nutritious and delicious meals at Jamba Juice in 4S Ranch. So I admit to taking my sandwich over to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf next door for a latte. Again, despite my claimed loyalty to Starbucks, my wife (to whom I also profess loyalty) loves the Expressos at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. So we sometimes drive over to the “CBTL” in Carmel Mountain, San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rigans Just Want To Have Fun

August 20, 2011

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During my spring trip to The Baltics, we stopped in Riga, the “Paris of the East.” The city lived up to my expectations. The old city was beautiful. The cafes were alive. The food was outragiously delicious.

Oldtown Riga

Oldtown Riga cafe scene

In a part of the world known for political drama, oppression and economic distress, what I found most profound, was the humor and joy with which the people go about life. Certainly, Latvians have had much to be happy about. Since the demise of the former Soviet Union, Latvia has experienced remarkable economic growth and political freedom. Still, when the United States suffers a cold, the world catches the flu. That was true in Latvia as well, where huge numbers of people lost there jobs in the last few years. Nevertheless, in Riga, people were out in the streets having fun, funny fun, downright silly fun.
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Outragiously Funny Pest Control Skit

July 26, 2011

Time for a break from the serious talk? Check out this outragiously funny pest control video!

Do you have crissantulas in your bathroom?
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Shaking it off

May 9, 2011

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Did you have a bad weekend? Do you feel bluesy?

People who know me know that I’m an aware optimist. What does that mean? Well, I know the world sometimes really s**ks. Bad things happen to good people – a lot! There are times I get bluesy, but even then I try my best to turn it around. That’s why I totally love this video “You Had a Bad Day” by Daniel Powter. I can’t play it enough.
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I’m So Good, I’m Bad

April 13, 2011

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Now, as I ponder Michael Jackson’s, “I’m Bad” video, I’m not thinking about New York gang leaders. Feel free to listen to one of the best song/dance videos ever. While listening, ask yourself if it reminds you of anyone or any type of person you’ve known in the business world.
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The Oblivious Customer Service Error

January 21, 2011

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Yesterday I headed up the coast of Israel on my vacation in the north. Before talking about bad customer service, I am obligued to say that I loved two restaurants located side by side in the town of Nahariyah, on the northern coast.
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Japanese Ants

January 9, 2010

Yesterday I was enjoying the most marvelous sushi at a local Japanese restaurant near my offfice, when suddenly from the side of my sushi plate came a lone scout ant. Other people might have been furious, but I just rubbed it off and went on eating. It really didn’t bother me. I’ve eaten ants before so why not now. But I did pass up this high protein delicacy. As any pest control professional would, my thoughts moved to dreams of a heavy ant season this spring. Perhaps this was a good omen of infestations to come?
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