In the recent heat-wave, my respiratory problems have acted up, limiting some strenuous outdoor activities. There is a teenager living really close to here, and I asked him if he would like to stack firewood for me. I offered to pay him minimum wage, cash, so there would be no deductions. He seemingly jumped at the chance, saying he needed to earn $400 for his driver-ed training. That was 2 weeks ago, and I have gotten exactly 7 hours of not-so-speedy work out of him, despite giving him work in a well-ventilated shed on the hotter days. If I call him and ask him when he's going to come put in a few hours, he seems to always have an excuse or something else he "has to do". It's bugging the hell out of me. If someone offered me minimum wage (in cash) for doing odd jobs for them when I was his age, I would have been on them like a tick. We live miles from town, and he has no transportation (except his mountain bike) and no way to transport tools to do odd jobs for others. Seems like my offer of work would be a perfect fit for him, since he lives a couple of minutes' walk from here. Is anybody else having problems finding a responsible teen who wants to make some money doing chores or yard-work?