January 22, 2007

About That Tree

As I mentioned below, we had to take down a very large, very rotten tree. It wasn't a particularly nice tree -- just a hackberry, but it was huge. We got the best price on taking it down from a guy known to some as "Crazy Billy."

Crazy Billy might not be what you'd call an educated man and looking at him just might make you think of Deliverance, but he knows trees and he knows how to cut them down safely.

So Crazy Billy and his guys were roping up and cutting the large limbs off the giant hackberry when one of our neighbors to be came running up, demanding they stop immediately and come down. Apparently the neighbor started demanding their license and taking photos of their trucks to document what was going on and when words were exchanged, they went inside and complained to our carpenters about the incident.

Then the neighbors called Justin, saying that it was a "historic" tree and would irreparably change the skyline. They wanted to know who diagnosed that the tree was rotten and noted that "the tree guys didn't seem very educated."

We hate to make enemies with neighbors we haven't even met yet. The other three neighbors we've met have all been extremely nice and neighborly. At least this couple doesn't live right next door. Of course, since they aren't even right next door, one wonders even more at their extreme concern over our tree.

We took pictures of the rot just in case we ever hear any more about it. But I'd rather have angry neighbors than a rotten tree in a yard I hope to let my kids run around.


Unk hunh.

I say let them plant they own hackberry.

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 22, 2007 10:15 PM

You should have Justin show up in his coal miner "ensemble" and meet with these neighbors - let 'em know that you're represented by the Adams law firm and you MEAN BUSINESS.

Then you can make them a nice huckleberry pie.
[Just substitute blackberries - they won't know the difference.]

Posted by: Marc V at January 23, 2007 11:22 AM

Hope you see this comment - here's an interesting post with comments about "loving" trees:
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Posted by: Marc V at January 30, 2007 07:18 AM