Sunday, May 18, 2008

Did I miss something?

Isn't there supposed to be something in between freezing your hiney off and roasting it off? Like maybe a chance to get completely dried out after torrents of rains and before sopping with  sweat?  Wasn't there a season used as justification for three-quarter length sleeves and capris?  (If there can be such a thing at all.) I think it's called Spring.  

Now I know I don't get out much these days, I'm pretty much a homebody.  But I think I would've noticed that.  And if we were skipping it this year?  I gotta say - I didn't get the memo.  So, could we discuss this? I mean, is there any room for negotiation here or is it basically a done deal?  I'm just wondering.

Something else almost slipped by me. During last winter's storms a friend called me because they were off the island and heard there might be a mudslide at their property.  Since I live sort of across the canyon, they thought I might be able to see what was going on. Unfortunately, I really couldn't see much.

Not just because of the heavy rainfall, but mostly because of that great big whompin' grandaddy tree!  I know it's hard to tell from the photo and if you are unfamiliar with the layout of the town the houses are stacked up along the side of the canyon at different levels.  But trust me, that sucker is humongous!

The other day after spending the hottest part of the day inside in front of a fan with my good friends Ben and Jerry, I emerged out onto my balcony to see this:

Apparently that tree will no longer be blocking my view, or anyone else's for that matter. Sheesh!  I'd heard the sound of a chainsaw in the distance pretty much throughout the day so I think this bad boy took the entire day to cut down and remove.  And the guy doing the work? Okay, he cannot possibly be paid enough 'cause seriously, that is scary high.  Can you see him? Little blue speck near the top? No?  Here, let me give you a closeup:

Yes, that's right.  One guy, one chainsaw, and a bunch of ropes.  A helper down on the ground but still.  This guy basically spent his whole day working his way up the tree, sawing off branch after branch, and then worked his way down, sawing off sections of the trunk.  And I did mention that it was a hot day? Wow.

One thing I did not miss - the deadline today for the little "contest" that I posted a couple weeks ago.  Truly, I never intended to offer up an unwinnable contest, I just didn't plan too far ahead.  I think it was a blog post born from frustration that grew into a rant, and morphed into a contest that no one really wanted to win!  So bear with me, I'll come up with a better idea next time.  I've got an interesting anniversary coming up soon, if I can get an idea worked up by then and round up a desirable prize, I'll give it a go.


sea mystery said...

About 3 years ago, my landlord had the humongous tree taken out from behind our apartment building. I've lived here almost 30 years and let me tell you, that was one big tree. It took four mexican guys with ropes to take it down. My landlord and some others took out the pieces and they were bigger around than any of them. And heavy ... OMG! I saw my landlord heft one into the trash truck and it splashed dirty water right up his nose. Yuck!

Sheepish Annie said...

One guy, a chainsaw and a bunch of ropes...that is the definition of optimism!

Logan said...

Really? Because it's still FREEZING here. I wish I hadn't put my winter clothes away. This is when it's supposed to start getting hot. Now it's just cold and wet.

jenniferocious said...

Same thing happens here in Toronto - it's coat weather cold, then two days go by and you're sweating in the sun. We've had odd weather this year thought - it's rained each day for the past two weeks. We need it though. Re sock madness - odd isn't it? Just a couple months ago I though, knit a sock? What a curious thing to do? Now, all my wip's are socks and I'm collecting patterns like they're going to be removed from the planet tomorrow. Isn't Nutkin good? Another goodie - Vinnland, by Becca Compton, on Rav orginally published in Anticraft. Very pretty. Happy knittin'

Anonymous said...

trees dont block views,,,trees are the views,, phoenixlullaby's friend