Here is an old trick that we used to do when hunting and our boots got wet. New dry socks and then put a bread sack over them before putting them in your boots. yeah your feet can't breathe right but hey my feet were dry.
Now if you really want to have a good pair of boots, gets some xtratuff and also get the liner and your feet will stay dry. They are the same boots that you see them use on Deadliest Catch and when I was in Alaska I used them all the time. With the liner they are warm and toasty.
I put bags over my socks before putting my boots on, but one bag seemed to absorb the water LOL. I ended up having a ball of ice under my foot.
I swear, I feel like I was on a journey for 10 years, coming home like a beat up dog. $150 spent on gas...
The feeling of being finished was truly emotional. Seeing the day and night cycle twice + 1, while being extremely exhausted and in pain. Damn I'm dedicated.. or stupid. Sure the physical aspect of it sucks, but the mental destruction is just brutal.
Unfortunately, it's as though I am traumatized. Every time I blink, I feel as though I may appear back in my truck... as if being done is a dream.
So Scott do you think you will do this again next year ??
or do you think you will try to get a smaller group of clients of your own to do??
I'm really not sure anymore. LOL.
I'll most likely continue to provide walkway shoveling service, but maybe set a limit for myself.
If I do have the same amount of clients next year, I will maybe split my route in half, and have someone else take the truck/helper and finish it while I rest.
I suppose I have three options, if I were to maintain the same amount of clients;
1. Create shifts, to allow myself a break while someone else finishes off the route.
2. Try a 3 or more person crew. Maybe even make it so that I don't ever have to leave the truck! ... Either way, normal people need sleep and are less productive when they are tired from working long hours..
3. Buy another truck = NOT happening any time soon! $$$$
Honestly, I can't wait to cut grass again. I want to see the grass, I miss it very much.
Do you like the way the company you are sub-contracting for is operating the business? Would you like to operate like that in the future?
To be honest, the company and myself have been through a lot together and see eye to eye on just about everything. The way we work, think, and even complain is extremely similar. We both share the same issues, the ones even all of you think I'm crazy for .... The burden living in my town comes with wacky clients, I promise you that.
We both understand our competition very well, and we have an alliance with each other, as we both have an understanding that we are better off fighting together than on our own, due to our similarities. (we used to be 'family').
In short, we have been involved with each other for several years now in a positive way. We both have the power to hurt each other, but we have no reason to. I used to work for them.before I went rogue... lol
SO ANYWAYS, I suppose I would like to be able to maintain the growth of my company like they are able to. They are pretty good at finding the right staff where as I get stuck with a bunch of crackheads.
I still remember the day they hired me over the phone several years ago, I had never met them before in my life. "Hello? Wanna come cut some grass?". lolololol
I sometimes feel as if I should go back with them, as I could be a very huge asset towards them and together we can take on the world. I know they feel the same way, and were very upset when I had left. We were the A-Team, it was beautiful.
Last edited by CHEESE2009; 01-16-2012 at 08:22 PM.