Couple of weeks ago, a gentleman got pretty ticked off at me because I told him I just didn't have time to do any shrub trimming for him. I mow his lawn, and he told me I could pick up some easy extra money next time by trimming a bunch of shrubs. He said he figured the work is worth about $15 an hour (!!!!) but he would pay a premium price up to $20 an hour, and I should be delighted to get it as there wouldn't be any expense (guess he meant mower wear and tear, fuel, etc.) Well, I tried to just tell him my mowing schedule was too full to allow any time for his shrubs in the next few months, and let it go at that, without any prolonged discussion about it. But then he got mad and told me I obviously have too many customers, since I am too busy to provide the level of service he requires. You guys who operate in areas where you can charge a decent price for this type of work need to count your blessings. In the past I have priced MANY landscape maintenance jobs like shrub trimming, basing my price on an expected hourly rate of $20 or $25, and been turned down. That's just the way it is here. Naturally, I no longer bother with any work that has to be bid so cheap to get the job. When I started in '96 I had contempt for all the local lco's who refused to take care of ALL of the customer's lawn maintenance needs. But in this area, the guys who survive are what some of you sarcastically refer to as "mow-and-blow." So back to this customer: He finally got me a little hot, and I told him that I would be a fool to trim his shrubs for $20 an hour and let my mowers sit on the trailer, when mowing brings in $40 or 45 an hour. He looked very shocked, and all but straight out called me a liar, and said something like, Get real man, nobody makes that kind of money. Well, I guess he is lacking in basic math skills, because he's home sometimes when I mow his lawn, I get $30 for it, and it takes 42 minutes on average by my log. From opening the truck door and stepping out, to closing the truck door and pulling away. And again, I know some of you guys look down on that level of income for that amount of time, but that's the way it is here. And this particular bozo, by the look of his home and cars, does indeed make considerably more than $40 an hour himself, if you broke down his salary by the hour. But he obviously thinks no one in the lawn business really deserves a good living. And that's just the way it is in this area.