I was in the process of bidding on a large HOA. The total package was $17K+. While I was at a lawn dealer open house I was talking to a friend of mine who said that he was also contacted about the same HOA and he wasn't interested in it at all and turned it down. He said that the HOA had 15 bids and they had narrowed it down to 2 companies. I told him that I was one of the 2. He ask me what my bid was and I told him ( hind sights 20/20). After the open house I gave him 4 new 2x25 ratcheting tie down staps. My son saved them from the dumpster at work. I just found out the bid was awarded to my so-called friend. I haven't spoke to him yet, but surely I will.