Hi, all. Hope everyone and their families are well. I've actually been trying to post for days. But for some reason none of my Gmail accounts were receiving the confirmation emails and I reached out to the contact us on multiple occasions but never got a response. So I would truly appreciate you guys and girls' opinions. I was hurt a year and a half ago in a really bad fall. I ended up having to get 5 surgeries, something I'm still in the process of completing. Among them, an acdf fusion, a lumbar discectomy, and arthroscopic surgeries on my shoulder, knee, and heel. I'm getting the fusion next. So this has been a really rough time. A ton of pain, doctor's appointments etc. You guys can imagine. So anyway my lawyers and I are anticipating a nice settlement. And I'm here for some advice. I have a friend who owns two routes and has been suggesting that I buy a few once I get my money. I've done a lot of research. And it seemed like a great idea. But then I found this site, and it seems like so many of you--real route owners and employees--have so many reservations with these routes. I would love some advice to know if perhaps my friend is trying to save face and not seem like he made the wrong decision or if it really was a great investment. The only other business that I found that would be a good investment was car washes. So we live in NY where there are a ton of apartment buildings. I will most likely be able to afford various routes. I plan on shadowing my friend for 3-6 months before I go in and try to buy my own it I do go the fedex routes. He says that with three to six months shadowing him, I should be prepared to handle 3 or 4 or maybe even 5 routes. Alternatively, I would only be able to buy two really good car washes and hold a note for a little extra to make a bit more money out of the car washes. That is, if I was to buy 4 good FedEx routes it would cost me just about equal to the amount that I'm expecting to ultimately receive. If I buy two really good car washes I would be making more money but I would also owe money on top of what I ultimately expect to get. Now many things can happen, amounts can change. But please give me your advice assuming this case works out in this particular way. Thanks so so much and I appreciate you taking the time to read this. God bless. I would just like honest, unbiased options. Thanks again!