Friday, March 16, 2018

The Crawley McPherson Stories

On January 1, 2018, I began a fiction series in Pest Management Professional Magazine entitled, "The Adventures of Crawley McPherson, Bug Man."  It was a crazy idea and I'm grateful to Marty Whitford and Heather Gooch at the magazine for giving these off-beat stories a chance to see the light of day.  If you haven't heard of it and would like to take a look, here's the link to the first one (January).

Due to some reader confusion about the purpose and intent of the Crawley stories, let me provide the backstory.  Crawley isn't a normal pest control technician; in fact, he's different -- disabled in some ways, socially off.  He's extremely smart and loves bugs and pest control, but he might be considered a little on the autism spectrum.  He has little or no social skills, and thus, has a difficult time expressing himself to his customers.  He's really very kind-hearted, but sometimes comes across as blunt or rude (he doesn't mean to be). That's why in most of the stories, the lovely and socially well-balanced MJ O'Donnell accompanies him on the investigations. The boss of the company, Jack Blackwell, wanted to embrace diversity and hired Crawley as a technician many years back, but sometimes wonders if he made the right decision. Please don't misunderstand the meaning of these stories -- I'm not saying Crawley is how a pest technician should be, only that that's how he actually is.  I intended Crawley to be a teaching tool and point of discussion for pest control companies to use in safety or technical training meetings. Often, the way Crawley approaches a pest infestation and solves it is brilliant and "outside the box."  We can all learn from him, even me. Think about it -- if Crawley were a perfect, unflawed pest technician that always did and said exactly the right thing, who would want to read about that?