I already know I'm going to catch some flak with this post, as there will be some who will think I'm in the wrong, but it was just too "funny" not to post. I was working outside yesterday morning, getting ready to head out mowing, when my wife brought me the phone. A guy, Jeff, asked who he was speaking to, and I told him my name. He said he saw my "mowing" sign in my yard, and that his mower was in the shop, and he needed someone to mow for "two or three times", until his mower was fixed. I told him I really appreciated him calling, but that I simply don't do temporary work like that anymore, and only take on regular maintenance accounts, but there are several here who probably would. Thanking him again, I bid him adieu. When we loaded up to leave, my wife was laughing, telling me the phone rang about 5 minutes after I went back out, and that the caller asked for Neill. My wife said he is outside, but I'll go get him. He said to not bother, but tell him this is Jeff, and that if he isn't going to mow, he needs to take his "mowing" sign out of the yard. Now, I'm sure a bunch are going to jump on this, but I decided last season to no longer do "one time" or "my mower is in the shop" mows for anyone I don't know. For me, they just haven't worked out. I spend my time and fuel to go bid, get the job maybe 30% of the time, then have to work it into my schedule, knowing I'm only going to get a mowing or two. It just isn't worth it, for me. I was amused that someone I've never met, apparently thinks I should immediately begin jumping through hoops just because his mower is broken down. For those who will say, "well, you are advertising", it would have been exactly the same if the caller had lived outside my service area, or required a service I don't provide, such as bush hogging. I get several calls a year from people needing someone to bush hog. There are probably a dozen auto repair shops listed locally in our phone book. If the transmission in my Jeep were to go out today, and I started calling them in order, I'm guessing more than half will tell me they don't do transmission work. I took Jeff's attitude to be one of "Hey, you are the lawn boy, and I need you here pronto because I've got a problem, and it is your duty to fix it". But, that is just me.