1984, spring, a typical hot and muggy louisiana afternoon. It does indeed seem like yesterday when my late father came home with a cheap push mower, an electric blower, and a crook shaft trimmer in the back of his car. The entire family and im sure his friends as well had thought he'd lost his mind. He'd been running a very large nursery/garden center for a few years and said he simply got tired of being inside so much. ( he left his CPA practice to run the nurseries for the same reason) Within a week or two he had a trailer, some decent equipment, and me as labor. I was certainly not happy about spending my summer doing yard work and even less happy at being 14 and having to tell the girls i was "just a yardman". Of course daddy knew better and smiled all the way to the bank. The business grew as fast as the st. augustine grass we were cutting and seemingly in no time we had three crews (one of which was mine). After a two year stint in the army i came back and once again i was running a crew- dealing mainly with the high-dollar maintenance accounts on "doctor drive". Working for family can be tough, so i decided i would venture out on my own and began running an 18-wheeler cross country. Chad's mistake number 1,285. hahaha I'd work a day or few on my home time to help out but stayed on the road. When father got cancer he asked me if i wanted the business but i declined (another mistake) and stayed on the road. I did however retain the rights to the company name which a few years later i sold to my brother for a dollar. He took it and has built up a very impressive company for himself with a payroll of about 15 people. His landscape construction company is where he devotes most of his time and let the maintenance end of things slow down to about 50 accounts. Long story short- I'd had enough of the road so I came home and am running the maintenance side of it for him. We discussed things a bit and looks like ill stay till next year when ill either buy the mainenance end out from him or start my own company. At least ive got that long to get all my own licenses. Am NOT looking forward to the pesticide applicators license, that test is a bear. Researching the license requirements is how i found lawnsite.com and of course i promptly signed up. What a wonderful resource this is! Looking forward to further discussions and meeting some of you.