As mentioned in the "May 13" thread, we had a couple of problems. Got the spindle for the truck, but we had to get the trailer repaired yesterday after a guy drove into the back of it. I would never have chosen Thursday to do it, but I had put the guy off who was doing the repair for a few days already. Thinking it would be done, I went by to see the progress and he had just started on it. I knew exactly how far behind we would be, so I borrowed a 5X8 trailer, loaded up the 36 Exmark and went to work. Man, talk about culture shock...using ZTR riders for 9 years then stepping back to this Naturally the atmosphere was a little strained anyway. With the 90+ degree heat and Florida's soupy humidity, now toss in a 36" walk behind as your only mower, and it's a recipe for problems. And I know for a fact, people treat you differently when they see a smaller operation like that. First job of the day goes fairly smooth. Second job goes equally as well. Third job, right next to job two goes bad. The neighbor on the other side has always had an attitude toward us and specifically toward the former owner of that property. The new owners, only there for three weeks are not familiar with "Prince Philip" as the neighborhood refers to him as. Prince Philip stops me while I am cutting the narrow side of the lawn. There is lava rock between the two properties and had complained about it before. The previous owner had it put there to border his pvc fence. The fence was taken down when he moved, but the rock remains. Not a real problem, it is entirely on our customers property. But Prince Philip tells me he needs to see my boss about moving "this ****". I replied "the people who live here?" He says "no, the person that owns the company." He is very familiar with us, so he was just taking a cheap shot. I said "what seems to be the problem? It's on our customer's property, and they said to leave it for now." With fire in his eyes, he said "you are ruining my mower, I had to replace my blades because of the SH**." I asked why he was mowing my rocks and he claimed it was on his property. I am quite sure he knows they are not. The former owner and he had a big stink over it. I said, " I'll tell you what, Mr. XXXX (the current owner) is probably not home right now, but you talk to him, and if he agrees to take it out, you can pay me and I'll do it." I knew very well this would send him over the edge and it did He started dropping "F" bombs right and left and finally I looked at him and said I have to go back to work, you need to go back in the house, I'm tired of looking at you. Maybe not a great move on my part, but I couldn't take it anymore. He and my partner continued the "Showdown in the St. Augustine" for another ten minutes or so. Professional? No. But there is only so much you can take on a day like this. Very next job, we hit two-for-two. How we ended up there next is beyond me, but we did. While running my first pass on the right perimeter, the neighbor, we'll call him "the Admiral", stops me and asks that I not run over his sprinklers. This is not the first time this has happened, he did the same thing about 8 months ago. He has concrete donuts around his spinklers and flags on my customers side, but mysteriously we avoid all of that and run them over. Not to mention, you can clearly see the distinct line where the two are mowed on different levels. This one is a no-brainer. Any five-year-old could tell you this could not occur. Not to mention, he is suggesting the tires of the 60" mower is what is hitting them, not the blades breaking them. Now with a 60" ZTR, you would have to be cutting a fairly good swath into his yard to run them over with the tires. I am not sure what he has going on there, but it isn't our mower tires doing it. To be honest, I don't think anything is happening to them, because you can see no signs of them being repaired, strightened or altered in any way. I am pretty sure he just wants to pick a fight. He starts yelling at my partner and bows up and gets right in his face This guy is really starting to aggrevate me now. So I do it right back to him. Again, not professional...but you can only take so much The Admiral wisely goes back in the house before doing anything stupid. Amazing, in one day we have ended up with more problems with neighbors than we have in the past 10 years or more Was it the heat, humidity, and the people busting their butts with a small mower that made these guys decide it was a good day to mess with the "lawn guys?" Or was it just a coincidence?