Had an interesting conversation at gas station this AM. Was fueling truck and 3 guys in a dually with 2 mowers on trailer got to pump next to me. The one mower looked HUGE. It was a new Hustler, 6ft deck, diesel. Had a 25hp, 5ft Skag behind it that looked like a toy next to the Hustler. I got to talking to the driver and asked what it weighed, it looked so massive. He said 'alot'. I asked if it had a 6ft deck, he said 'no, it's 72inches'. I asked what they cut with that big rig and he said 'a lot of grass'. I thought, this is a real smartazz. He finally started bragging about the contract they had, they had won the bid for the East St. Louis School district grass cutting. I had seen it in the paper, but for various reasons, trash and neighborhood being two of them, didn't even inquire. He said it was 23 grade schools, 1 high school, numerous athletic fields and odd lots. Then he floored me. He said, 'yeah we beat out the big boys real good, got it for $150,000 for the year, when they were bidding $250,000 and up'. And he was dead serious. When he went in to pay I asked one of the other 2 guys if it took all week for the 3 of them, he said they usually had several friends help out a day or 2 to get it done in the week. No weed control, just mowing grass and trimming sidewalk cracks and spraying parking lots. Will he be around long if he is happy he beat the big buys by $100,000 on one job for 1 year? Its like the guys who bid 32000, 54000, and 65000 on a job that the 2 high bidders put at 85000 and 92000(mine). You got to wonder about their experience at bidding and how they plan on making a profit on top of wages and expenses.