Where Has Springboard Gone?

It would seem that eventually each one of us who participates in this little community called HubPages, must one day write at least one hub telling his readers why he has been away. I've read many of them, actually, in the short time I've been here. For those who follow me, and for those whose hubs I frequently comment on, you may have noticed that I have not been in to share my thoughts as frequently as is usually the case for me. That's saying quite a lot if you think about it, considering I'm a man of many opinions. Anyone who knows me can surely attest to that.

This is my turn at writing a hub explaining my whereabouts, and coming clean about my recent absence from the site.

Essentially it comes down to work. I have recently decided to enter into an entirely different career field, and this choice requires me to have a particular certification which I have to study for, and for which I am scheduled to take a test on in Madison in early November. I've had to spend time on the job learning the ropes with a field trainer, and of course I have quite a bit of material to read through and in turn, comprehend. It's nothing fancy, mind you. If you want to know, I've chosen pest management services as my new line of work. Yes. You heard me right. Pest management.

It seems to me to be a direction that will prove to have a bit more sustainability in the coming years than the manufacturing industry has. And believe it or not, pest management has a lot more information to decipher and digest than I ever could have imagined. And of course, it's not just simply a matter of learning about the ins and outs of pest management, but it's also a matter of learning how they (the company I work for) conduct their business. There's a ton of paperwork. And there's a ton more guidelines.

All of this simply means that I will be in an out of HubPages for a little while. I will want to catch up whenever and whereever I can. But it will be difficult to be as involved with the community here, in the near term, as I was before I took on this new, and exciting challenge. But I will be back, that you can bet money on. Just as soon as life begins to once again slow down, and my mind can once more return its core focus on all of the many issues, political or otherwise, which usually have a tendency to cause me to jump out of my seat and rush to the computer to tap out an opinionated rant.

In the meantime, wish me luck. Considering a few tales I've heard so far in this business, I may well need a lot of it. Perhaps at some point I can share an anecdote or two—I am certain this line of work will present more than its fair share of stories. I'm even thinking of maybe starting a series of hubs I may title, "The Bug Man Chronicles."

Maybe. That is, if I'm not eaten alive before I can make it that far.

P.S. I should mention that the company is not Orkin. I just like the commericals.

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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

We wish you well with your studies. Certs are a great addition to the resume these days... employers sometimes prefer a focused area of study rather than a college degree. Let us know how it goes!

PS> Watch the Orkin video with a critical eye. The Orkin rep didn't actually kill the bug, just scared it away. Hmm...


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msorensson 5 years ago

Oh, of course we wish you all the best. We will be here when you come back, so come back and write when you have time.

Thank you for telling us!!


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SheriSapp 5 years ago from West Virginia

Springboard,

I checked your profile and hubtivity just the other day because I DID notice your absence. Congrats on the new career, and I hope it goes well when you take your test. I have missed your thoughts and opinions, but you are doing what you have to do in order to support yourself and your family. I only wish the lazy bloodsuckers who do all they can to AVOID work could have a bit of YOUR work ethic!! Just don't let the new job keep you from voting in a few weeks...LOL!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

THREE CHEERS FOR THE MANY OPINION HAVING ONES!!!!!!!!!

Hey, I've considered pest management before too-it's weird, I know of some folks who've used the services of the person who I KNOW that they'd prefer to use. . . .and they just weren't having any luck.

Another guy. . solved their problem(cockroaches), I dunno if the chemical used was the thing, or what.

Good luck!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Good luck. I have had to learn new jobs several times in my life. Sometimes it is rewarding.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

I wish you success in your new line of work, Jim. To help you in the field, just operate with this strategy: if the bugs are smaller than you, KILL them! If they are larger, RUN!!! :)


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Nicomp, very observant. lol. Yes. The particular company I work for likes to call what we do as "pest solutions" rather than simply "pest control." According to the company I am with, the other guys simply treat the problem. Our company provides solutions to keep the pests from coming back...

Or something like that. Since sales is part of my new line of work, are you buying my line? :)

Msorensson, You can bet I'll be back, and post-haste. I thought it was important to at least give some indication as to my absense...I think we're still all hoping to hear from GreatAmerican. When you follow someone and they just one day disappear, because we are also a bit of a community, we begin to worry that their absense may be more than just a lack of time to spend here. Great to hear from you as always, by the way.


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

"Or something like that. Since sales is part of my new line of work, are you buying my line? :)"

Absolutely. Now quit bugging me. ;)


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

lol. Ahem. Thanks Nicomp. :)


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Sheri, first off thanks for noticing my absense. As for the voting, you can BET I'll be there...

The mid-terms present an interesting opportunity to exterminate some very pesky pests we've been dealing with for the last 4 years. ;)


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eovery 5 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Nice to see you back.

Keep on hubbing!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Springboard, Congrats on your new career and I hope it meets your needs. I would think it is a solid industry for your future, but I hope you will be around Hugpages when time permits. Good luck.


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wandererh 5 years ago from Singapore

Looking forward to your pest control hubs as I have many uninvited guests which I would like to permanently uninvite. All the best in your new career.


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Pass it on--all the information you can. Will be looking for you in the future. Remember wherever you are there you are!


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Jim,

Good luck in your new career path. From the stories in the national media you should study the bed bug as they are making a huge comeback all over the nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Wesman, I think the career choice will certainly pose some pretty interesting situations. As for the cockroach thing, hmmm, not sure. The way I'm seeing it so far, there seems to a number of factors that contribute to a successful eradication of pests. In the cases of cockroaches, in particular, you can chemically treat the house or establishment all you want with insecticides and insect growth regulators which affect the young and reduce their ability to reproduce...but at the end of the day good sanitation must be practiced which eliminates or greatly reduces the food source the cockroaches are really after.

Dahoglund, I am hoping I find it rewarding. :) Thanks for stopping in.

Drbj, lol. I think that sounds like a fairly sound strategy to me. I keep thinking of that Merrie Melodies cartoon when Sylvestor told his nephew to 'go in there and get that mouse.' Only it turned out to be a boxing kangaroo instead. :)

Tom, interestingly enough, we did a bedbug job last Wednesday in an apartment building. The company I work for is creating a separate division just for that...so it does seem that business might be booming on that one.


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Eovery, thanks for the welcome. :)

Pamela, thanks for the well wishes. I'm hoping once I get into the swing of things I can get knee deep back into HubPages again.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Good luck Springboard. I think your choice of career is perfect considering that bedbugs are back in force and stink bugs have invaded the U.S. thanks to China!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

That was veyr nice of your to give us the time and tell us where you are and what you are doing. Thank you. I wish you luck to pass your test and in your new job. Hope to hear from you now and then. All my best wishes.


Whikat 5 years ago

Awe snap, I thought you finally won the lottery jackpot, and came to tell us where the lucky terminal was that spits out winning numbers. Oh well, I guess I will just wish you the best in your new career and keep waiting for the news that you won the lottery. :)


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Wish you all the best. I will check back to see if you are around.


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Wanderer, thanks...I have a few of my own I'm looking forward to eradicating.

Lady, so true. Makes me think of my GPS, however unrelated that may well be. :)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Thanks SB...that will keep us from wondering and worrying. Good luck on your new venture. Getting started on something new is always challenging and time-consuming but it also can be very inspiring. We'll keep an eye out for your return soon! WB


pcoach 5 years ago

I did notice your absence and I wish you a speedy and retentive academia. Don't get too busy to vote on or before November 2! Good luck with the studies. Look forward to seeing you back.


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

POP, funny you mention stink bugs. Just saw one today. Yes, the company I'm working for is actually beginning to consider creating a bed bugs division. It's a booming industry...sadly considering they nearly eradicated the problem in the 40s. They're back.

Hello, I expect to be back in full force once I can use my brain more expansively again. :) Just didn't want anyone to think I'd dropped off the face of the planet or anything.

Whikat, the good news is that being that I'll be on the road a lot I'll have many more terminals to buy my tickets...I'm bound to find one that spits out the correct numbers. Hubbers will be the first to know when that happens. :)


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

spring, You were gone, I must have missed you, just realized that. Seriously, glad to have you back, and writing.

My book did finally come out, and the comments have been wonderful. Eyes Of Emerald: From The Dustbin of History Comes The Greatest Romantic Tragedy Of Our Time ... http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos... or https://www.createspace.com/3490120 I hope you enjoy.

I would not say this without the comments I've received, it really is very good. Be well, H


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Sandy, thanks. I look forward to making my way back ASAP.

Wayne, this is definitely something entirely new for me, so an adventure it is.

Pcoach, the midterms will mark an official extermination application. ;)

Harvey, I'll certainly be looking that up, and many congrats on getting it done. It's never an easy task to write anything, let alone a book—and especially to get it to market.


pcoach 5 years ago

Pcoach, the midterms will mark an official extermination application. ;)

Buddy you made my morning. I'm crackin' up!


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Pcoach, always happy to provide a little bit of laughter for the day. :)


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I have found that with roaches personally that first of course is cleanliness but mostly climate. I have only seen what we call water roaches, don't know if that is correct or not but like just one big one now and then? When we lived outside Charleston, SC, there was no getting rid of those things and we had the house sprayed once a month, a have to and I hated that horrible smell and it didn't get rid of them ever and I hated eating at home, everything just turned me off in the food department, I think roaches are the nastiest things ever! I guess in some places it never gets cold enough to freeze them out, but no where else have they been a problem, thank God! That would be a good way for me to lose weight I can tell you! Most of all, look out for stress and don't let it get you down. If that stuff still stinks I bet having an idea to leave their house smelling nice would get you a promotion!

Best of luck! Polly


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BJBenson 5 years ago from USA

With my family making a new start in our lives I understand. I am just getting back to reading. Trying to get my writing going!

Good luck and maybe you can get all these bed bugs and wild animals that like to break into houses.

I hope that you enjoy and like your new job. My hubby loves his. Good Luck!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

When we lived in Wisconsin we never saw a roach. In the South they are endemic as are many other bugs. Pest control workers are kept really busy down this way! Good luck with your new job. There should always be a need for good pest control...especially the bed bugs that are once again getting to be a major problem.

Can't wait to read some of your fun stories. Bet this job will provide you with many!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

HI, Good Luck! Make sure you wear big boots! ha ha you gotta squash them, not the other way around! hee hee


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago

I miss you telling me I am full of it or whatever occurs to you at the time lol but I would be a cur to not wish you well with your new endeavorer as I will be shortly doing something similar.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wishing you all the best in your new job. But please take my advice as a friend: Do not let anyone over expose you to chemicals. Pesticides are usually harmful to humans. Chemical exposures that damage humans can be long lasting, even for a life time. Your lungs are delicate. I know because mine are damaged from working emergency situations in a refinery. Some chemicals are so dangerous they can destroy your lungs from a single breath of them. I know all about the horrors of chemicals. I worked a strike for seventy two days by protecting vital areas of a refinery. I worked where birds were often found dead. When vapors can kill, they can destroy your lungs just as easily. I am disabled. Part of my disabilities involve lung damage. The other parts involve kidney damage. Seventy percent of my kidneys are gone. Most of my good breathing ability is gone. It all effects your ability to be productive. Everything makes me tired.

All I am suggesting is: Be very careful when your jobs involve chemicals. Try to avoid any job that most people would not want to have. People avoid dangerous jobs for good reasons, because they have to last long enough in their lives to support their families for long times to come. At least some folks do.

Maybe I should mind my own bussiness and just wish you well, but your a fine young man, and I am willing to bet a nickle you have a wife and young children. Take some advice from a man who has made some foolish mistakes in the past. Never look agift horse in the mouth when it comes to work. I lived my life working jobs no one else wanted, and I regret that. Also big pay checks can be as inviting as grapes hung on a vine. But make sure they want injure your body too much.

Most hard working men are luckly if they can make it to sixty five without something in the system trying to screw them up the glory hole in the form of bodily abuse. My advice is to work in safe jobs, and create a bussiness of your own on the side. Write five thousand hubs for extra change, and always take the family out on Sunday rides to taste ice cream, and avoid chemicals for a lifetime. GBY


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GeneralHowitzer 5 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Good luck my friend...


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I wish you all the luck possible!


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zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

Hang in there brother, I have had to write a couple of hubs like this myself. Good luck buddy. Hope your back soon.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

All the best in the world- !!!! Also big thank you for this., because, yes it can be a bit disconcerting when someone who regularly writes and comments seemigly disappears. Hope you are happy too.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

spring- merry christmas- You go be smart-

me stay here start fire with rocks mmmm fire good...

TH


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Pollyanna, actually climate only determines the breed of roach. Probably in your area the most common roach is the American cockroach, also known as a Palmetto bug. In Wisconsin our most common cockroach is the German cockroach, which is considerably smaller in size than the American. Though we do have those here as well, epsecially in downtown Milwaukee and the Wauwatosa areas where there are steam-fed systems in the sewer lines.

BJBenson, a new start is always a welcome one, especially when you find yourself ready for one. I've been in manufacturing ever since I left the Navy in 1996, and I just don't find the work that appealing anymore. So far I am finding this new line of work interesting, and I enjoy the freedom of just getting my work done and not having someone breathing down my neck constantly. :)

Peggy, I'd have to say I didn't see many roaches here in Wisconsin either. Thankfully I have never seen one in my house, and I hope I never do. Though interestingly enough, roaches are as common in this state as they are in any other state. It just depends on where you live, and in what conditions you live.


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Nell, if I see any cockroaches big enough to squash ME, I'm out! lol

Jaggedfrost, I would love to return, post-haste, to remind you that you are full of it. It's what I do best. :) BTW, I don't think you are ALWAYS full of it...do I?


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Stars, all good and sound advice and duly noted. For the record my endeavors in life are not to work for someone else. Hopefully that goal will be accomplished one day. Until then...

I must be beholden to the beast. Hopefully I can survive the interim. :)

General, thank you.

Micky, there is the possibility of having no luck at all...lol. Thanks for the encouragement.


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Zzron, as I write this now, and after writing my first new hub in some time, which is an attempt to get back to things here, I want to cite the lyrics to that song, wherein it they sing, "I'm working my way back to you, babe..."

But that just comes out ALL WRONG. So, I'll just say I'm trying to do the 'tween stuff before the next "Where's Springboard" hub is needed, and let's just keep it at that, shall we? :)

Dim, happy as a lark. At least happy as a lark that's not on my pest control radar...

Just kidding. I don't think we go after larks. Come to think of it, I don't even know what a lark is. It's a bird, isn't it? lol

Tom, me will. You too. Good day.


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TINA V 5 years ago

I was able to watch the TV show, Billy the Terminator last year. It seems that Pest Management Control is quite a difficult but exciting job. Anyway, I still hope you’ll continue to write for Hubpages and share your adventures with your new career.

Good luck!


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

I watched that show once or twice, and I probably should watch it more regularly now that I'm "in the biz." :) As for the excitement, I'd say there have been moments so far, but nothing like what Billy has encountered. Of course, being a TV reality show I fully expect that. As for HubPages, I'm slowly trying to get back into the groove of things. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

Good luck in your new field. It sounds like it will have some interesting challenges. I will be looking forward to reading some of your hubs on "How to exterminate roadkill." (Just kidding!) I don't think I could handle a job dealing with pest control. I would have more fun writing about it.

Again good luck, and I am looking forward to reading more!


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Interesting challenges indeed, at least that's my take so far. It's actually not as bad as I pictured it when I first took the venture on. I'm looking forward to sharing stories soon...I've been so removed from HubPages lately I honestly feel like I'm going through withdrawals. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

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