Well Im finally irritated enough to write and vent about this topic. Ive discovered how to find all of your friends you havent talked to in forever. Buy a piece of equipment. Im in the commercial facility maintenance business, and for that I have accumulated over the years a large amount of somewhat specialized equipment. Most of it I dont use very often but Im the type that I like just having it there for when I need it. My bucket truck for example. Im not in the tree business and not in the bucket truck business. I had a tree that I needed down at my house. So being the type of person I am, I went and bought a bucket truck. Its old, its big, but runs, operates and looks great. I dont use it often but its a handy sucker to have. On the rare occasion that I have a job to use it on, I bill it out at $250 per hour with an operator. Yes, thats a high rate, especially for an old truck....But I don't care...I have the truck to help me, not to try and put it to work everyday. Well I guess with the holiday, everyone I know is working around their yards. Since Thursday I have had 7 people call to "BORROW" my bucket truck. I now also have 7 "friends" that are ticked off at me because I said no. "But you dont use it" "It just sits there" "Ill put gas in it" "Dude, thats messed up...I got trees to cut and you got a truck and you wont let me use it?" "It will only take an hour" "A tree service wants a fortune" You see...Over the years, especially toward the end of my lawn service, I have become more and more distant with other people and other contractors. Other contractors that meet me probably think Im arrogant. And Ive heard I have that reputation, because Im not so quick to be buddy buddy with everyone. Lately it seems every time my phone rings its someone, who talks like we;re best friends, asking for a favor. They dont want to hire my truck, or hire my sealcoating service, or hire any of the work we do. They want it all for nothing. And on top of it you would be amazed how pizzed people get when you wont loan out your equipment or perform your services for free. Im not in the lawn business anymore but I still have tons of lawn equipment. I have enough equipment to fully equip 3 crews. Out of that I use 3 machines for the 1 day a week i have a crew mow the couple of contracts that I am stuck with. Well since I have all that equipment laying around, I am supposed to feel obligated to lend it all out to everyone I have ever met in the lawn business with a broken machine. There is not a piece of equipment I own that people don't ask to borrow. I spend tens of thousands on it, bill it out at hundreds per hour and because I have met them once at a dinner party, Im supposed to just give it to them, In the past, for some reason, most of the time I would lend something out, it would come back broken. NEVER ONCE was there an offer to fix it or pay to have it fixed. And as a matter of fact whoever I lent it to would be mad at me for lending them a machine that broke. I just cant believe the nerve of people. I have a friends in all kinds of businesses and it would never cross my mind to ask them for free services or to borrow equipment that they use for their livelihood. When a truck needs towing, I call my friend in the towing business and pay him to tow it. I dont expect him to work for free or lend me his tow truck. He bills me at a discount..yes....but still bills me Would you expect a mechanic to work on your stuff for free? Should my roofer friend put a roof on my house for free? Why not? I offered to pay for the shingles....He must be a scumbag for wanting to charge me. What the heck is with people?