House from hell and a birthday present...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tx_angler, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 278

    My customer will turn 84 next Tuesday. He’s a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel F-105 driver from Viet Nam and 100% disabled. This is also my “house from hell” just over 1 acre and it takes my crew (2 guys) about 2:20 to cut, edge, trim and blow the lawn every two weeks. The back yard has two fences (inner & outer) and 96 objects that need to be trimmed. The back yard looks like a miniature golf course with the obstacles in the lawn and every week we expect the windmill obstacle to be there

    These folks pay off like a slot machine-check arrives like five days after I send the invoice but I seriously underbid the job and will cut the lawn until the contract expires in November. They are really nice folks living on a fixed income and I want to give him a birthday present. What do you folks think would be appropriate?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    4 1/2 man hours to take care of a 1 acre prop??? That's nuts IMO. Job like that around me would run around 300 for a birthday present, I wouldn't have a clue.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Seems like that about sums it up then...saved him lots of money on his prop. Happy birthday.
  4. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    buy him a lawn nome
  5. steve122

    steve122 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 208

    Ask his wife? She may have an idea what he would appreciate.
  6. Ursushorribilus

    Ursushorribilus LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    Either something of a patriotic nature, or, in light of his fondness for objects on his lawn - one of those concrete lawn ornaments. A concrete eagle or something like that. Tony
  7. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    The windmill! 8)
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    see if you can get an autographed photograph of john KKKerry at a VIETNAM VETS AGAINST THE WAR rally.

    the one with KKKerry and jane fonda is also a good one.

  9. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 983

    For his birthday, rent a dump trailer and go over there and remove 90 of the 96 objects from his yard. Will be a present for BOTH of you!

  10. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Posts: 1,063

    tx anlger, I would suggest a sweatshirt or jacket with your company name & logo on it. Or the other thing I'd consider would be a gift certificate to a nice resturant.

    Or...a goat to help with some of that trimming!!! :D


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