Hi guys, I'm very impressed with how much you all obviously care about your chosen line of work and improving in any area you can. I love to sign on and read about your trials, escapades and funny stories. Let me tell you this real quickly: When I grew up, like most kids, I cut some grass in my neighborhood outside Chicago. I remember one huge lawn Mrs. Dietz paid me $2.50 for each and every week from the time I was 9 until I went off to college. Understand, also, that these were the same customers that my mom would send me to shovel their walks for free with any major snow storm. It was good for my character. I ended up trimming a lot of bushes, etc., and loved it. In no way was I a professional in knowledge or quality of work. Anyway, I cut their grass, walked up to the door, and they paid. I might get a bottle of pop, but usually not. I loved it. I have always loved cutting grass. I love the smell, I love the sounds, I love the outdoors. I love the lines, I love the sharp edges. I love to trim bushes, to shape them and see them change. I stand back and admire them. You get the idea. I moved to South Carolina two years ago into a home with 1.3 acres, a large house, pool, and a large drive. I figured that now, my 21" Honda mower would be inadequate unless I wanted to cut grass many, many hours a week. I figured I would get some estimates from companies to cut my grass. I can (and love) taking care of the bushes and all. It gives me a good excuse to be outside, by myself, nobody bothering me. The guy that cut it for the homeowner that sold me the house did it for the previous owner for $225.00 per month. He came out, looked at the property with which he was quite familiar, and followed up his visit with a lengthy contract in the mail, the likes of which I had never seen except at a closing on a home. I'm not kidding. But what really was strange to me was the "set-up": (And this may not be odd to anyone else in the world but me...) I was to sign a contract for $350.00 per month. For this, they would , well, basically, "mow, blow and go". And, oh yea...the contract was for twelve months, whether they come out or not. Now here, we go months without cutting the grass. Now, I'm just wondering - - instead of the $4,200. per year to have my grass cut, I embarked on a long search for a good ZTR, learned a lot from your site, and bought a Hustler Z 60". I got a demo with 13 hours for $6,800. I cut the grass whenever it needs it, there is little to no blowing or edging because of the way I have changed beds, etc., and I'm tickled pink to do it. I mean, if I could have paid to have it done WHEN IT IS DONE then I maybe would rather not have the mower taking up so much room in my garage, etc. Anyway, from my perspective, the twelve months each and every month contract was the deal breaker. It seemed that all LCL's required that. I've just always wanted to ask you what you thought. Thanks.