I hope this is a temporary hiccup. Yesterday, David had to fill the tank on one peice of equipment by siphering fuel from another. He's going to start losing that Pepsi belly soon, because he can't afford to buy soda. We're down to one employee. One truck looks like it's heading toward voluntary repo, and maybe a mower. Two mowers in the shop and out of commission. Customers are going the way of the cheap new competition flooding in because two or three plants did major lay-offs. And the customers we are hanging on to...well, I had to finally hire a collection agency to bully them into paying because no one takes me seriously when I try to collect. The cycle is spiraling: David works, doesn't get paid, can't pay the bills, things break down, David misses out on more work. I know it's not just us. David says that the tension can be cut with a knife. He can't wave to or even look at another lawn care without feeling it. He says it's like everyone is just waiting for someone else to go under so they can pounce on the accounts. Anyway...just thought I'd bring the discussion up. If your like us, your not alone. For the last few weeks I have felt less like a manager and more like the one being managed.