i was trying to think positive about my first year doing fall clean ups, i was actually excited about it. I knew this would happen! Yesterday my Dodgeram almost went up into flames as my leaf laoder caught on fire when some leaves landed on the exhaust. i'm telling you it was close! i smelled smoke turned around and fire! i started beating the leaves with my rake, the fire was only inhes from my truckbox full of dry leaves, i was parked in a load of leaves also, burning leaves were falling onto the pile of leaves, OH SNAP! i smothered them out mostly but it wasn't until i remembered my friends 20oz Pepsi on the front seat that i shook up and sprayed on the engine did it go out. Then after 5 minutes of heavy breathing i look over and it stated again from an ember but went out a bit easier. BRING A FIRE EXTINGUISHER!!! The day before i was loading leaves at some stupid job that i think i made a buck an hour at and i could smell doggy poo, hmmm yeah great i just went to pick up some leave to put into the hose and yup! doggy pudding all over my hands, AWESOME!!! I LOVE THIS!!! i then washed my hands with gasoline and thought to myself, this is normal. I remember raking leaves behind some bushes with my friend/worker saying we're doing all of this for $300??? "We should put on some clown suits" It ridiculous! any jobs that i bid higher i didn't get because now one wants to pay big bucks to have their lawn raked. When i first started this business, i vowed never to mow lawns. I couldn't see how it was worth driving all around town hauling so much equipment with two guys to mow a lawn for $45 in an hour. I am concidering it because i want to have some steady work for my workers all season and there must be some money to be made right? I figure i may make crap at mowing lawns but i'll make money doing all those little other things they may want. Is it worth it? what esle can i do?