Originally Posted by Polwart
I'm not sure that's what I meant - if you don't want to give him the boat you just say no (easy enough to make up an excuse if you don't want to offend - but after this I'd say sorry you mucked us about last time)
Ah, no, I meant lotsa wee fish in the same commercial pond. Who do you wanna fall out with, when you might need a boat/skipper/whatever in short order next week?
I'm very self sufficient in my business dealings but wary of falling out with my local competitors over pure hubris. They often ask for unreasonable favours and I try to dodge 'em, but you have to look to the day that you might need them. Anyways, real life enemies aren't worth the candle. I'd softsoap them every time...