As a Western NY farm boy, life was full of work. We lived near a ski area, and as a teen, began to enjoy that sport, working for a seasons pass, and race fees. So when it was college time, I picked a ski school a couple hours away. One of the first guys I met there was a joker/ party monster named Jeff. We were friendly for the first year, Beers etc. but after the second year started, we hung out more. His Dad had a small outfit on the Connecticut border, and he was taking Landscape Design. I met his Dad, a great guy, very likable, who was also a top notch ski instructor. He told me his yearly plan. Work hard in the summer/ski hard in the winter. Sounds kind of appealing huh? Jeff and I are still great friends, his Dad just finished his 40th year of ski teaching too. Well back to the tale. After college, my Dad hooked me up with a construction job near West Point, and fortunately for me they ran out of material for a couple of weeks (steel framing) So I went to help Jeff. It was so much easier, and more fun doing that kind of work, that I ended up buying a old 48 bobcat from them a couple seasons later. My starting setup was: 82 Toyota diesel p/u bobcat wb redmax blower and trimmer I had about 3500 in the bunch. I put ads in a couple small publications in Rochester NY then made some flyers, cruised the neighborhoods I thought I could handle and talked to a couple real estate agents. Before I knew it, I was busy! I made plenty of mistakes in those days, (and still pull a bonehead move occasionally) but was/is it ever fun! I have worked in Rochester and it's suburbs, Lake George Saratoga region, and now am comfortable back at the farm, working locally. I sometimes think it would be fun to work a more ritzy area, but then you have to pay to live there. So here I am in my local niche. What do I have now? 81 F350 dump (mint, new cab fresh paint etc.) 12 foot trailer, ramps on both ends various trimmers, saws edgers and blowers bobcat hydro wb Walker ghs w/ 52 sd Billy goat loader hand tools galore House and Garage in a great country setting family to come home to With just me working, I support my self, wife and 3 kids. Thats all I want!