We knocked out 16 leaf jobs today (8 for each team at avg $175 each)--perfect conditions, wish I had more days like that! Got home, checked my email a few minutes ago and the day just got a whole lot better. Three years ago when I ventured out on my own and started my company, a somewhat big player in the area and I had a confrontation. I knew who they were and thought they were who I wanted to be someday. One day I was mowing by myself and went over to introduce myself to the crew. The one worker said hi and said the owner is actually here with us and you can talk to him. I went up and said hello and wanted to ask him a few equipment questions, etc. He immediately walked over to my trailer and started making fun of my Dixie Chopper (meanwhile I mowed a house faster with that by myself than the three of them just had). Anyways, the guy told me I was wasting my time in this business and in the area we work, and that he was getting out of it and landscaping more, etc. He continued to talk down to me and went out of his way to tell me how great they are and how guys like me are clueless. I vowed to never forget. I have always been friendly towards other companies and wave, say hello, etc. But this guy has always snubbed us. Well today my email reads "Congrats to you and your company, we are awarding you the bid for 2007-2009 at our park for $42k for our 7 buildings. Guess who I took it away from? and at a 2k increase to boot? We already took six places from that company during the summer as they slacked and we rolled. He picked the wrong guy to talk down to, and revenge is very sweet. His company used to be about 400k, and now is down under 300k. Our third year (this year) puts us at about 275k gross, and next year I am projected a bit over 400k. How the tables have turned. Think I should call him and ask if any of that equipment is for sale! haha! Sorry I know some of you won't like that story, but I have been disgusted with that guy for a few years now, and it just feels good!