Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bugs 'n Critters 'n Varmints

I've found a show on the Discovery Channel that's quickly becoming one of my favorites! "Verminators"--have you seen it? In the "Dirty Jobs/Deadliest Catch/Ice Truckers/Cops" style of reality TV, we get to follow the guys from Isotech (geez, there's even a slow-motion, "Armageddon"-style clip of them walking up the street), a "pest management" company. Narrator, cameramen, interview with the guys, and the latest in state-of-the-art extermination equipment (and kick-ass toxic chemicals!).

If you haven't seen this show, you're missing a great treat. If nothing else, you will grow to appreciate exactly how well off you really are. Rats, pigeons, spiders, roaches, ants, termites, skunks--you name it, the grossness is beyond real. And this is all in L.A.! And the worst part--it's not all white trash ghetto houses. Many of these places are nice homes! But geez, some of these others... One cannot fathom that anyone could possibly live in such squalor.

And perhaps the best part are the tenants of these places. Not thinking that the pulsating mass behind the refrigerator is dangerous. Or that the rodent droppings falling into their little baby's crib might make her sick. Or that waiting 8 months before calling someone about the hole in the ceiling that's letting in the pigeon poo is normal. Trust me, if you ever need a boost in your own self-esteem and giving you a sense of superiority, you can't miss this show!

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