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Tree Guys Rule

September 6, 2007

This morning, The Girlie and I have been watching a crew of men remove the giant hickory from the front yard. Sure, I’m sad to see it go, but I have it on good authority that ailing hickories never get better– they just keep dropping their huge limbs until they’re completely dead. Plus, it’ll save me from having to rake all of those leaves in a couple of months.

Deep in my bones, I love watching other people work: seeing how they solve problems, how they sequence the elements of the job, how they divide up the work, how they communicate with one another, and how they find a safe yet productive pace. Such observation is not without its cost, however. I’ve never been so acutely aware that I do not own a chain saw, and I never even realized that I need a scabbard to hold it.

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3 Responses to “Tree Guys Rule”

  1. davestavlund@aol.com says:

    Tree watchers

    Hickory is the preferred wood to smoke ribs and other fine meats !

    Dad

  2. Steve says:

    I hope this doesn’t hold true for humans – cutting them down because they are never going to get better. They say that by age 33 things in our body start to break and we will never be better physically than we were before 33, or at least our potential will never be better. If this is true, then cut me down now. I say this with a stiff muscle in my back that has lingered for 4 days now instead of the normal 2. But I don’t want to be cut down. I wonder if the old hickory was saying the same thing, “Don’t cut me down!” in a frequency too low for the human ear. That being said, I will be smoking some meat this weekend and could use som hickory chips.

  3. emmegab says:

    ask your relatives in Chattanooga about the enormous beautiful hickory tree that used to give their front yard shade in the afternoon that we had to cut down. It still makes me sad.

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