Well, if people don't like stripes, just re-adjust your deck. That's easy enough. Or maybe do a pattern besides a checkerboard.
I understand about that point. Someone gets some huge or very specialized equipment to handle some project quickly and carefully, so some expect 'Walmart' like pricing. Probably being around huge Agr. tractors that cover acres in minutes isn't helping much either. Happens with snow removal all the time, particularly in deep snow and long driveways...
Quinter was alright. Getting pulled over on the interstate and having my car completely searched was not. Was headed to CO for a project, when I came back I went through Neb., I stopped at some relatives in Il, so not really out of the way.