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Please Try to be Nice!

Be nice!!

Is it just me? Or are people really grumpy and not so nice these days?

Man, I tell you, when we’re out driving, folks are driving faster and more aggressive than ever!

Grocery store experiences

Folks at the grocery store seem to be very impatient. Patrons and employees alike. Our check out lady a couple weeks ago was so rude you could just tell she didn’t even want to be there! I’m not going to mention any store names (Fred Meyer in Gig Harbor) but seriously, if you’re going to be that mean and nasty why work there? In fairness, this was one individual compared to the rest of the staff that are very helpful and mostly cheery. Just goes to show——“one bad apple”.

Other Businesses

I know a corporate person who works high up in a popular food chain. They say there’s been a real problem with customers getting mean and verbally abusive to the workers (some of them kids really) for very trivial things. This is “fast food” folks, how bad can it be?

We’ve had a couple of instances of folks calling in to complain, and even get ugly, because they’ve seen one spider or ant in their home! Giving them a $50.00 COVID-19 discount out of the box (this has been a legitimate offer we have had on the table since April 1 to help with folks’ budgets) apparently doesn’t seem to phase them. They want all of their money back!!  We always do a great , professional job, but even we cannot promise complete pest EXTINCTION – never to surface again for the life of the home!!! Nor can any other company out there.

Apples to Apples

We were all doing so well coming together in the first phase of this ordeal. I get it! I know it’s been tough on all of us. Folks are losing their jobs, they’re getting little to no help from the government, we’re under this boring “stay at home” order, our lives have been turned upside down. But it’s here to stay for a while and we need to realize that it could resurface it’s ugly head after it “dies down”. It doesn’t do any of us any good to be so anxious, impatient, and downright rude to one another. We all pretty much can be guilty of these traits to some degree. I just hope most of us are holding it to a tolerable and respectable level.

Most of us are “good apples” who have been tossed through a ringer and have been bruised up a bit. But let’s not let it get the best of us.

So I ask you?

  • What nice things can we do for somebody to make their day better?
  • What can we do in our day to day lives (such as it is right now) to make us calmer and feel better and more in control? 
  • Is it worth tailgating the car in front of you (that’s already going 70 in a 60 mph zone) to get ahead of them only to be backed up by the next car in your way just to get to your destination 5 minutes earlier than if you would have calmly had a peaceful drive?
  • What is the point of rushing around a grocery store and cutting in front of people, completely ignoring social distancing (let alone good manners)? 
  • Are the folks that go into these stores without face masks better than us that obey the order to wear them to protect us and others? How are their systems miraculously immune from contracting or spreading this disease?
  • When the grocery stores were telling us to not bring our grocery totes in, how is it that they charged us for our paper bags (Fred Meyer)?
  • Once it was determined that we could, again, bring our grocery totes in, isn’t it better we have to bag them ourselves and assure the eggs and other fragile edible items aren’t on the bottom and mixed with the shampoo and deodorant?
  • Is anyone excited to watch baseball with no fans in the seats?
  • Is there going to be a football season? If so, what should we expect?

Whatever the outcome…………please try to be nice!!!!!

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A Special Pest Control Offer to Help Families

Wow!!  What a difference a couple of weeks makes!

We’ve seen our lives turned upside down in many, many ways.  My heart truly goes out to all of those who have been seriously affected by this virus.  Especially for the families of loved ones who have passed from it.  I think it’s taken a while for everyone to really understand just how serious this pandemic is.  We’ve gone from not worrying too much about it, when it was over in China, to casual acceptance when it reached our shores (maybe a little more than casual around here, since we were one of the first states to report that the virus had reared it’s ugly head here), to lockdown or stay at home mode in many states.


These times are indeed very difficult.

I thought I might shed light on some of the wonderfully positive things going on out there while our great country works on uniting itself, once again, in the face of crisis.

  1. Everyday I am hearing of fast food chains, coffee shops donut shops, restaurants, etc. offering their products and services, for free, to folks in need and/or first-responders and healthcare workers.
  2. How about our own Russell Wilson who donated a million meals to the local Seattle community via Food Lifeline.
  3. Drew Breeze donated 5 million dollars to his Louisiana community!!!!  Did you happen to catch his interview with Hoda Kotb on the Today Show?
  4. How about Elton John’s The iHeart Living Room Concert for America?  It was a fundraiser on Fox last night.  There were a lot of  performers who donated their time and talent to the cause.  It was quite interesting to see celebrities scaled down, by themselves, with little to no background music nor other aids.  I applaud them for putting themselves out there like that.
  5. Personally, my wife and I have been grocery shopping and doing pharmacy runs etc. for family and friends whom are in need of our assistance.  A phone call to them, email, Facebook, or Facetime has helped to lift all of our spirits.
  6. There are countless more heartwarming stories of generosity and pay it forward acts.  Please practice these, if you are able, and share your stories on our Facebook page.


Here’s What LIND PEST CONTROL Is Doing to Help Families:

As a state and federally recognized essential industry, we are continuing to work hard keeping disease ridden pests from infiltrating your homes and compromising your families’ health.  Through the continual use of our PPE (personal protective equipment) we are bound and determined to continue our important work while keeping ourselves, and you and your families’ safe from exposure.




No gimmicks, no corners cut.  You will get the exact same excellent, devoted service that our customers have come to know.  Although it is a hard time for us, we feel it is important to pass on as much savings as we can and contribute in our own way to this cause.  Keeping commerce going is an integral part of fighting this thing and not letting it get the best of us.  We believe this offer will help families get the very best in pest control while receiving a break on the price.

Until this passes, our family and our employees and their families are taking part in all of the guidelines set forth to battle this virus.  Staying at home, social distancing, washing our hands frequently, and sanitizing our homes and workplace regularly are all steps in the right direction.


Please stay safe and healthy, and thank you for your support and God bless.

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During Trying Times, Small Businesses Depend on your Support

Hi folks,

I’m sure you’ve all had it up to here with COVID 19 Coronavirus messages, but I would like to put in my two cents about it as it relates to the small local businesses that depend on our support.

First of all it is of the UTMOST importance, for us here at LIND PEST CONTROL, to be sure that our clients are safe as well as our technicians and staff.  We are practicing all of the responsible steps of social distancing, hygiene, and the use of common sense, as I’m sure other local small businesses are doing.  We didn’t get where we are by not using our heads and having a plan for whatever may come our way, although we couldn’t have predicted anything like this.  Our industry, by nature, has always been one of safety.  We use PPE (personal protective equipment) each and every day.  Respirators, nitrile and neoprene gloves, etc. have always been the norm for protection, and we will continue to practice these habits.

The bulk of our services revolves around treatment of the exterior of your home, eliminating the need for social contact what so ever.  Specialized treatments, that require interior treatment, can be arranged prior to our service.  Our respirator, gloves, and other PPE eliminates any exposure to you and our technicians.


We are a small business that absolutely depends on all of you for your support.

We understand that small businesses are what this country was made of and we are bound and determined to keep it that way!!  My wife and I are personally supporting all of the businesses we are accustomed to supporting and more.  This weekend we went up to the mountain.  On the way home, we stopped at the “Copper Creek Inn” restaurant.  We had brought a picnic lunch along, but felt we should stop in there, instead, to help support them.  They have been in business for as long as I remember.

The first time I went there, I was about 16.  I worked on the trails of Mt. Rainier all summer for the Youth Conservation Corps.  At the end of the season, our trail leader took our crew there for dinner as a reward for the hard work we put in all summer.  Anyway, while we were there, we saw another couple come in.  They said they lived in Eatonville, which is a ways away, but they came in just to support their business.  I realize times have changed quite a bit since last weekend. We are continuing to transition to a different way of going about living our lives safely. We’re doing this while still doing our part to keep the circle of life and commerce revolving.


Some things we are doing, and encourage others to do, to help small businesses and people who depend on our support to make ends meet:

Order to go from your local restaurants

One of our favorite local establishments in Gig Harbor is JP’s HY IU HEE HEE.  It’s a great place, with great folks and great food.  JP, the owner, has done such a fabulous job re-inventing the place since he took it over from the previous owner a few years ago.  He has worked so hard to “rebuild” it.  He’s completely changed the menu and brought the establishment to be “the place to go in our community”.  They are currently open for food pick up 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are working on possible delivery.  There is a link on the website.  I’m sure he could use our help more than ever right now.  I’d hate to see this place “change” or even go away and not be able to go back to it, as we know it, once this thing is over with.  Now is the time to support it any way and any time we can!

Don’t forgo important appointments

I went to my regular cleaning last week.  In the back of my mind, I thought about canceling it.  But then I thought better of it.  Is there a cleaner, more sterile place than the dentist?  I think not.  That’s where the common sense comes in.

Order a movie

I saw on the news today, as theaters are closing down, we can order some movies that were previously slated to play in the theaters.  I think I heard they’re running about $20.00 for rental.   I’m certain more and more will be added to the list as long as the theaters are closed.  I know the movie going experience is fun, but watching a movie at home can be the next best thing.  I also know there are cheaper options for home movies, but why not spend a few extra bucks to keep the movie thing keep revolving without missing much of a beat.

Go to the mountain

It’s a big place with a lot of room!  You can have a lot of fun and you can easily practice your “social distancing” skills.  It costs $30.00 per carload for the day.  This helps the national parks revenue and helps preserve our mountain from the many natural challenges that continually threaten it.

Support your local shops and small businesses

We can’t be so caught up in this thing that we shut our lives down.  Most places I see are aware of the virus and are taking measures to protect us and themselves.  It seems a bit odd to see all of these signs, cones, directions, etc. advising us where to stand and how to go about things, but it is an effective way to remind us to use more caution and common sense than we are accustomed to.  These folks depend on us and need the commerce to stay afloat.

A final thought

These are only a few observations, suggestions, recommendations.  I feel so bad for the small businesses being affected, and the folks that work for them. I wanted to give a shout out and remind us all that even though it has changed (temporarily) we can transition it to a working formula where people don’t have to lose out and sacrifice their very essence.  With everyone’s help, we can hold on to our lives, as we know them, until this tumultuous time is over.  Our business has not experienced too much of a drop off during this ordeal, so far.  If you are one of our regular clients, thank you for your continued support.  We hope your life and working situation is stable as a result of people helping people, so you can continue to support us while keeping your home and family pest free.

For those of you who don’t know us and are experiencing pest problems, but are on the fence about receiving professional help right now, I ask for your support.  I assure you that our company highly regards your safety and the safety of our employees and will not, and has never, sacrificed the importance of it.  We always have, and will continue to, practice safety by using proper PPE to keep everyone from harm’s way.  Our impeccable record through 19 years of business speaks for itself.  As a reminder, much of our effective treatments are, or can be, limited to the exterior and substructure crawl space of your home.

Randy Lind

Top 10 Covid 19 Coronavirus observations that make you go hmmmmm

 Top 10 Covid 19 Coronavirus observations that make you go hmmmmm


I don’t want to make light of the Covid 19 Coronavirus, but at this point, what else can we do but chuckle at some of the ridiculous things that are going on. Come on folks!

  1. We received a phone call from a man wanting to purchase foggers from us to set off and kill any viruses that may be lingering in his home! First of all, we do not, and cannot, sell pesticide products to the general public. Of course, pesticide products cannot kill viruses!!
  2. How about the one where people are using Titos Vodka as a hand sanitizer! Titos had to put out a “bulletin” stating their product is 40% alcohol content which is not strong enough to disinfect.
  3. Some folks are actually not drinking beer because they think that the virus is connected to Corona beer!
  4. My brother and sister-in-law had tickets for a cruise. She bought insurance and everything. Well, there is no way in heck they wanted to get on one of those incubators right now (how about the ship that’s stranded out there off the coast of San Francisco?) Well, they won’t refund their money! The best they can do is transfer it to another date that has to be used within a year’s time! I thought that was why we paid a ridiculous insurance fee?
  5. I heard on the news today that British Airways is not refunding money unless the flight has been officially cancelled. Kudos for Alaska Airlines who allows cancellations without penalty during these difficult times!!!!
  6. Did you know folks are mixing up there own hand sanitizer?  I guess it’s a combination of rubbing alcohol and aloe.  Tricky part is, you have to do it just right or your hands will dry out or it won’t be potent enough.
  7. My wife and I went out to a popular restaurant in Gig Harbor, last night, and the place was almost empty. Came to work today and there were hardly any cars going over the Narrows Bridge or on the freeway.
  8. Are masks really protecting us? There are several different types of masks out there. I have heard opinions on both sides of whether they do any good or if it can actually do you more harm. Selecting the correct type is important. I think if you have a cold or cough, etc. you should definitely be wearing one (out in public) to aid in the prevention of spreading  your virus to others.
  9. I’m seeing signs everywhere I go about how menus are being sanitized, instead of shaking hands, at a greeting, we’re now bumping elbows, our airplanes are being sanitized better between flights.  Which begs the question….Why weren’t we doing this before???  And are we going to continue doing this after this is over?
  10. The first thing I ever heard about the coronavirus is that it was related to snakes over in China somehow. I heard it from several sources.  I haven’t heard anything about it since the first few days of the outbreak and I am assuming it is not true????

The Covid 19 Coronavirus is a very serious matter.

I feel, and pray, for all of the people who have had any interaction with this virus and for those who have lost family and friends to this virus. More power to you for whatever helps you feel safer and more secure WITHIN REASON. Some of these crazy things I’m hearing can actually be of more harm than good despite people’s intentions.

I say be smart about it. Listen to what they say about washing your hands, touching your face, and general sanitation practices. It’s kind of scary knowing this thing is out there and can affect any one of us at any time, but we still have to live our lives. Just a little bit different and use a little more caution and common sense.

Merry Christmas from Lind Pest Control

Merry Christmas

As the eve of Christmas day approaches,
And we’ve taken care of a million roaches,
We turn to more important things,
Like the joy this special season brings.

Family first, the good lord too,
Are things we treasure the whole year through.
So here at Lind from ours to yours,
We thank you all, your support endures.

We try so hard, and do our best,
To rid your home of every pest,
To our clientele, we tip our hats,
And save you all from mice and rats.

To us there is no greater deed,
Than helping folks with a greater need,
So every time does our phone ring
I’m reminded why we do this thing.

Here’s to this year, and one’s to come,
We raise a toast and put up our thumb,
Family, friends, community too,
The very Happiest of holidays to you!

To all of you from all of us here at Lind Pest Control,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!!!!!

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Experience the Feeling and Joy of Christmas

It seems like the holidays come and go so quickly, with so much to do, we often forget to take the time to enjoy the fun events that are out there this time of year.  As I write this, we have already missed out on a few events we usually catch.  We didn’t see The Trans Siberian Orchestra show this year.  I highly recommend this show.  This should be on your bucket list if you are a fan of Good ol’ Rock-n-Roll with great guitar playing and singing.  The special effects are out of this world!!!  The Christmas theme makes it a no-brainer must-see holiday event!

With that in mind, I am going to make a concerted effort to take the time to see some of the wonderful things out there this time of year.  Below is a small compilation of holiday events.


Visit Santa

Watson’s nursery – Puyallup: Friday Dec 6th and Dec 13

Wright park conservatory – Tacoma: Sat Dec 7th 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Old town Tacoma – Job Carr cabin museum: Dec 14th

Lemay car museum – Tacoma: Dec 14,15,20,21

Skansie Brothers park – Gig Harbor: Dec 7th  5-6 p.m.

Fox Island museum – Fox Island: Dec 7th  1-4 p.m.

Log cabin museum – Port Orchard: Dec 7/8 & 13/14


Other Fun Stuff

See the Reindeer at Watson’s Nursery – Puyallup: Dec 6th & 13th

Santa’s wonderland at Bass Pro Shop – Tacoma

Zoolights Point Defiance – Tacoma: ‘til Jan 5th

Ice skating at Point Ruston: ‘til Jan 5th

University Place Tree lighting: Dec 6th 4-7 p.m.

Multicare/Mary Bridge Children’s Festival of trees Tacoma convention center

Puyallup main street Santa Parade – Puyallup: Sat Dec 7th

Light Plantasia at Seymour conservatory at Wright park – Tacoma : Dec 10-15th

Gig Harbor tree lighting – Skansie brother’s park: Dec 7th  5-6:30 p.m.

Lighted boat parade – Gig harbor marina/waterfront: Dec 14 5 p.m.


Experience the feeling and joy of Christmas

These are but a few ideas for fun holiday events.

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My wife, Beth, and I will again be choosing a few charities, this year, for donation.   The Galaxy theater in Gig Harbor has a wonderful idea of donating to kids that do not receive anything for Christmas.  They have a tree in the lobby with tags on it.  The tags have a boy or girl with their age and what they would like for Christmas.  You pick a tag, purchase the gift, and bring the tag and gift back to the theater.  We did this when we saw the Christmas movie “Last Christmas” a couple of weeks ago.  If you are able, please consider donating to those in need this holiday season.  No matter how big, or small, every bit counts.  Your generosity goes a long way to help folks in need and it feels good to help others.

From the Lind family to all of yours, Have a happy Holiday season!

Tacoma Narrows bridge and fall colors from the stairs at Salmon Beach - image credit Robert Nissenbaum

Fall Facts and Fun for Folks

Labor Day - reflecting back on past work leading to Lind Pest Comtrol

The Meaning of Labor Day

How could you be more productive with an extra hour of time?

Time to Spare?

Time to Spare?

Daylight Savings

How are we all feeling this Monday morning after losing an hour and having our schedules screwed up due to daylight savings time?

Every year I tell myself I’m going to go to bed an hour earlier in order to stay up with this change.  But does it happen?  No.  It just seems too difficult to get everything done in the day, live life, and still have an hour to spare.  I got to thinking of some productive things I could do with 1 hour of free time. Time to do the things I never seem to have the time to do these days:


Read a book.  I currently have 3 books that I am reading.  One is a heavy duty (big) book from Ken Follett.  It is a great book, and I have read several of his series (beginning with Pillars of the Earth) but it takes me a while to read them due to their depth, storylines, etc. Therefore, I read other books in between with lighter fare.  The other is an autobiography from William Shatner.  I really liked the original Star Trek series, when I was a kid, and he’s pretty hilarious in the reality series “Better late than never”.  The third one is a book about World war II which goes against my rule of reading 2 “heavy” books at the same time, but it fell into my lap and I am really enjoying the factual insight as told by Bill O’Reilly.

Clean the garage.  It’s actually quite therapeutic for me when I get around to doing this.  I crank up some classic rock, pop open a beer, and get to work.

Figure out how to get all of my pics off of all of my old phones and store them on a flash drive/thumb drive.

Figure out how to get more songs on my old iPod.  I still love that thing.  I know, I now have an Iphone that has countless music options.  But years ago, I put a lot of good music onto my Ipod.  I still have a lot of room on it, and if I were a techy (or had the time to research it) I could figure out how to put more songs from my cd’s on it.

Wash the car.  I actually did do this on Sunday but we kind of cheated and took it to The Rave Car Wash on the corner of Orchard and Center street.  I’m just saying I could do this more often with an extra hour.

Go for a walk.  My mother in law walks the “trail” at Chambers Bay on a regular basis.  My wife and I have done it a couple of times.  It’s a really good “workout” and the scenery is more beautiful than I can put into words.

Go golfing.  I can never seem to find the time.  Of course, an hour isn’t enough time to put in 18 holes at a large course, but maybe 9 holes at “The Highlands” or even hitting a bucket of balls at the Gig Harbor driving range.

Clean the barbecue.  Yes, it’s getting close to that time!  (I hope). I know a lot of folks BBQ year round, but it’s not the same as having your whole patio or deck open with the sun shining and family and friends around.

Add up all of the sales tax on receipts for the year for income tax purposes.  ‘nuff said!

Clean the home office.  I just don’t understand how that thing can get so messy and cluttered in such a short time!  Sometimes it looks like a mess even after I’ve cleaned it!

Paint a picture.  Once in a while, I used to watch Bob Ross on TV.  He’s the guy with the afro who does paintings of landscapes.  He takes you through the painting from beginning to end, making it look so easy that you’re convinced you can do it.  I’m fairly artistic, so I was inspired to take it up several years ago.  I did a few paintings (mostly water colors) but now there my easel sits, along with all of the supplies.  Just can’t seem to find the time for that anymore.

Call an old friend or a family member you haven’t talked to in a while.

Clean/organize the closet.  Something I really don’t want to do at all,  I’m just saying….with an extra hour……

Go for a drive.  The mountain, the ocean, Point Defiance………

Some Things to Think About

As I was resetting our clocks on the microwave, alarm clock, vehicles, watches, outdoor yard clock (actually it is a 2- sided clock so every daylight savings time I just rotate it to the other side) I thought about what I could do with an extra hour of time.  Now, I know there are much more profound things I could do with my time, but I thought if I put some real things down in black and white it would be a start.  As we bring ourselves out of the “dark ages”  (pardon the pun), and consider abolishing this silly rule, perhaps we can all think about setting aside an hour, and what we will do with it, when this day rolls around again. Except for this time,  we won’t have to reset our time clocks- figuratively and literally.

The Snowstorm of '19

The Snowstorm of ’19

The Snowstorm of ’19

It’s CRAZY out there!!!

Round 1 of snow came and went without much hype.  Small amounts of snow and ice remain, as of today, but besides a little inconvenience, there wasn’t really much effect.  I shoveled all of our sidewalks at our office that day and sprinkled out some Zero Ice (which is a product for melting ice and snow on concrete surfaces etc.)  I had gone to McLendon Hardware and purchased a “shaker” jug, but in hindsight, I should have purchased one of the large bags that they had out front in large bins.  When I came back with the jug, at the time, my wife asked me why I did not purchase one of the large bags?  “ this will be plenty, I’ve had half a jug in the garage, for 2 years, from when I purchased it last time”.

When reports of the upcoming snowstorm came out on Thursday morning, I decided that I’d better go pick up one or two of those large bags. I was out in Puyallup, doing some pest control services, and I was going right by McLendon, so I stopped in to pick some up.   Nope “we don’t have any, we may be getting a shipment later today or tomorrow”.  Darn!  Okay, I’ll do my thing out here in Puyallup, and then stop at McLendon Hardware in Tacoma, by our office.

Went in ……“do you have any Zero Ice/Ice Melt”? “Nope shipment is coming in early tomorrow morning.  Be an early bird because it will go fast”.  Off to Lowes.  Any Zero Ice/Ice Melt?  Nope.  Darn.  Over to Home Depot.  Any Zero Ice/Ice melt?  Nope!  Darn!!!  I called my wife who was doing a Quality Assurance Inspection (She is a certified pest control operator too) at one of our restaurant franchises.  I asked if she could stop by Sarco Supply and see if they had any.  Nope!  None!  Nothing else to do but wait until tomorrow morning (Friday) and see if I can hit the jackpot.


A Costco run

On our way home from work last evening (Thursday) My wife, Beth, and I decided that we had better stop at Costco to get gas for our vehicle and for our generator. We also needed to stock up on a few things that we’ve been running low on.  It seems that we may be stranded for a couple of days or so and wanted to make sure we had everything we need.  What a madhouse!!!!!  The gas lines looked like something out of the “70’s and the entire parking lot was FULL!

But we had a brilliant plan!

I’ll drop her off so she can do the shopping and I’ll swing back around and wait in the gas line!  It worked to perfection.  At almost the exact time I was finished gassing up, she was calling me to say she was waiting out in front of the store.  We made our way out of the ridiculously backed up round-a-bouts, on Borgen Blvd,  towards home.  It looked like something out of a movie, one of those where the world is coming to an end.


It really is amazing how we fall into all of the hype.

I sometimes watch the news and wonder what the heck everyone’s doing.  Aren’t we all getting a little carried away with this “snowstorm of 2019”?  But I look at myself and see that I am doing the very same thing.  I guess if you really think about it that it’s better to be safe than sorry.  It goes back to my cub scout days of our motto “Be Prepared”.

I never did get any Zero Ice/Ice melt.  I went to McLendon today and they still didn’t have any.  There was a line I could wait in if I wanted to wait for one to two hours though.  I decided against it and instead drove over to the coffee stand and got myself a mocha and my wife a tea.  Here I sit, at work, writing this blog not knowing what’s in store in the upcoming days, but knowing We’re prepared.

I hope everyone is prepared for whatever comes in the next few days and stays safe.  Be courteous and patient, with others, as we are all in this together.

Happy snow days and please send us your pics and stories.