As a part-timer in the mowing business, I'm trying to increase the number of jobs I have. I teach full-time, so last couple of years I have had anywhere from 7-10 jobs. This year I thought I would double, so the first place I approached is my school. I am very good friends with the baseball coach, so I told him I would like to help him out and make the baseball field look better than ever. As of right now, they have a tractor that uses a large finishing mower to do the outfield. Every spring piles of grass lay on the field. After talking it over with the baseball coach, he said if administration would go for it, he would like to have it mowed every 5 or 6 days. Basically, I said I would do it 6 times/month. I thought: good friends with the coach and have been a teacher in the school for 12 years, I don't want to really make any money off this job, but maybe get some jobs from those who come to the games and see my work. So, I told our athletic director $25/mowing...how rediculously low is that!? I figured since the coach was going to help, I could do this. I told the a.d. he could, if interested, pay me at the end of the season...two months (April and May). There would probably be 12 mowings. I threw in the first two for free, so actually 14 mowings. His response was a typical school administrator political one: "I just don't think it is doable. I don't want to step on our custodians toes who gets paid hourly to do stuff like this. I'll think about it. Maybe when the custodian gets behind you can come in and do it." Can you believe that...$300 is not doable from our athletic department! Like I said, I just had to get that off my chest.