I live sort of out in the country, no sewer so all lots have to be large enough for septic lateral fields--about an acre is smallest. Got this call about 3 years ago from neighbor who I had only talked to once-she is elderly unmarried lady with no close family. She had asked someone else we both know to mow her lawn as she can't handle it anymore. I used to go by and see her doing this acre yard with an ordinary high-wheel push 22". So this mutual acquaintance--who works as parts manager at one of the local equip. dealerships--sicced her on me. Because she is elderly and a neighbor, kind me cut her a deal. $30 a cut, and it takes every bit of an hour to mow-trim-blow, plus she insists I have to come inside to visit everytime I'm there. She wants it done weekly. Well, I discover that's not the end of it. It's either do hers first thing in the morning, or last thing as I'm going home, and no way am I mowing 1 acre of wet grass, so it gets done late. She fusses about that. The best possible day for me to mow it is Tues, but she wants it done Friday, my hardest day. She fusses about that. I cut everything no shorter than 3" in the summer, and she fusses about that. But worst of all, she can see when my truck leaves my drive (and she spends a lot of time siting in the front room looking out the window), so she knows when I leave home and when I get back, and she assumes if I am home, I don't have anything to do. So she calls and tries to get me to come over and do some little favor for her, but what she really wants is someone to visit with. She won't believe I am doing billing, or equip maint, or working in my own yard (rare) or just relaxing. Thank goodness I have caller ID. I just can't be real mean to her, because my own mother didn't get much of my time before she was gone--she lived 2 1/2 hrs. away--and I think about how she would feel if I act like a jerk about all the little-old-lady-isms. So I just suck it up. But no more work for neighbors. Nuh-uh!