Got a little embarassing story to tell. Two years ago I worked for a LCO. Ill say this now IM TERRIFIED OF SNAKES, well I got dropped off one day at a housing development by myself for 8 hours to wackdown 5 big water retention ponds. I went into the first one not even thinkin about snakes, boss gave me the privelage of getting to use his new HONDA WEEDEATER, woo hoo god I came outa there with some new arms. I went in there and started clearing I glance down and see a snakes slithering. Im not joking I almost had a heart attack at the age of 17. Heat wave came over me and I was outta there, I also dropped the damn HONDA. I stood there on the road for 15 min thinking of what to do, I couldnt call my boss and tell him this he had three guys with him that I barely Knew. By now your probably picturing this, but it gets better. Im standing there thinking of how I can overcome this fear of snakes by the way their all Garner snakes, So I call my PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND. We'll what the hell am I supposed to do not do the work and get fired from a great job. Girlfriend rolls up, all she did for the first 5mins was make fun, so I geared her up with safety glasses, ear plugs and the spare homelite trimmer they left just incase. We go in I sprint through the pond grab my honda and started goin crazy wackin every thing down and also trying not to look down LOL. I honestly could not of done this without her, but shes holdin me up and makin me stop every 2 mins my plan was to keep movin and not to look down, this homelite trimmer is getting wrapped up in grass every 1-2 minutes. Making me having to stand still, not a good thing I had momentum going. If he would have left me 2 sthil FS 85's I wouldnt have to stop, but I have to say thank god for that Homelite trimmer. Girlfriend is not afraid of snakes at all, every time she got clogged I would try to unwind as fast as I could, she would yell snake at me almost every time. Ya real funny!! I did see more snakes outa the corner of my eye and I would jump, scream like a girl and move to another spot clearing as fast as I could. If you lived in this place and were watching me out of your window (and I bet some people were) you would think I was SYCO and keep your kids inside. We knocked out three they were pretty big, but I think boss expected more than that. I could have done more if I were normal. I told him that I forgot that I had a dentist appointment the next day for fillings, so wasnt able to come to work the next day. Luckily they finished the ponds off the next day. I think a good point in this story is that my pregnant bitchy girfriend would really come do that for me. We were over at my old bosses house the other day and this popped into my head. I told him what I did he laughed and thought nothing else. Now Im 18 shes 17 and he Alex my son is 10 months. Were living on our own in our own house running a legit buisness. Last year our first year infact we maintained 35 residental and 3 small commercial and alot of side jobs we net around 26K. I am still waiting for my back to recover from a posterior fusion that was done on DEC 10 2001 all due to a car accident that was not my fault (her dads a laywer too ) I just bought a new 6.5 x 12 tandem axle and am very excited to get out ther, after taking it easy and staying home bla bla bla. I WANT TO WORK. Just dropped off my scag for repairs and buying a new exmark viking very soon....... Well im goin to bed, man that was alot of typin for me.