the daily felling, 5-26-20

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Our neighborhood woke up to these gentlemen buzz-sawing away on a tree across the way. Following modern day journalistic standards, I didn’t bother to find out why they are doing this so I’ll just throw something out there. I’m guessing the tree was a danger to this home. I don’t have the appropriate angle of view to justify this proclamation but it fits my narrative that ‘humans can and will do whatever they please’. Perhaps this was meant as a message to the other trees along the street –

Settle down and don’t cause trouble. Know your place!

This is a picture of the trunk of the tree being hoisted away surely to meet an ignominious end in a chipper or as a chair for someone’s bottom.

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The fellow to the left is standing precisely where the tree was moments before. I’ll assume he was one of the workers who helped its destruction along but I will not discount the possibility that he is a replacement for the tree. If he is still in that spot a day or two from now then my suspicion will be confirmed.

This confrontation between man and nature reminded me of a film titled, “The Happening“, directed by Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan and starring Mark Wahlberg. It tells a tale of trees developing toxins which cause humans to commit suicide. That’s some nasty payback for mankind leveling innumerable hectares of woodlands for the sake of strip-malls.

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In other news, I saved my wife a $5,000 trip to Greece to see their fancy-dan ruins. This plant stand was left behind by the previous owner. My Sweet Rib and I used it to set our drinks on while we negotiated terms of a patio table. I went out the other evening to have a smoke and a cup of something when my left knee bonked it. It fell over and broke.

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Tell me this doesn’t resemble most Greek tourist traps.

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2 Samuel 18:9

Absalom ran into David’s men, but was out in front of them riding his mule, when the mule ran under the branches of a huge oak tree. Absalom’s head was caught in the oak and he was left dangling between heaven and earth, the mule running right out from under him. A solitary soldier saw him and reported it to Joab, “I just saw Absalom hanging from an oak tree!”

 

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