Kids don’t try this at home
Tuesday April 05th 2022, 9:28 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Life

Sara and Matt used to live fairly close to us; he was at Stanford and she taught dance at San Jose State and was advisor to one of my girls at church. When they moved away, Matt sold his most excellent bike to my then-teenage older son, who was grateful to have one from a fellow tall person and bike enthusiast.

Not long after that, we discovered that the man we all instantly adored whom my cousin was marrying was Sara’s brother. Small world. So the connection continues.

Sara was running an errand yesterday, the kids were in school, and Matt just happened to be in the one place in their house where he didn’t know he needed to be.

The next door neighbor hadn’t wanted to pay an arborist $4k to take out that 140′ pine and so decided to let some random guy with a chainsaw who was offering to help in exchange for the wood have at it. Video here. No license, and apparently no insurance nor bond.

We had a neighbor’s major tree limb take out a line of the fence and punch a branch through our roof years ago and that was LOUD. Even to my ears. I can’t imagine….

Last fall, due to the supply and labor issues and lumber prices of the pandemic, while we were changing insurance policies we were told that the estimated cost to rebuild our house from scratch just then–and it’s certainly no mansion–would be a cool million dollars.

I think forking over that four grand just might have been the better idea to go with.

There’s a reason we have regulations. They protect both sides.

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Oh my goodness! So thankful they are OK. I hope they get into safe housing soon.

Comment by DebbieR 04.05.22 @ 10:11 pm

Oh!! I, just, wow. And why on earth that neighbor thought a tree that size could be handled by one random man with a chainsaw… It’s a miracle no one was hurt.

Comment by ccr in MA 04.06.22 @ 5:13 am

Wow! Just Wow!

Comment by LauraN 04.06.22 @ 10:43 pm

We’ve got an arborist. We hired him first when our oak tree out back was very sickly. Loved him at first visit when he said, ‘We can save this tree.’ Rather than CUT IT DOWN. (Oak trees in Oklahoma of that size take YEARS to grow. And shade is a valuable commodity.) He did save the tree through specific root feeding which we have maintained since. And from time to time we’ve had them do some ‘pruning’. In the situation like this one, a true professional would have been worth the money.

Comment by Helen Mathey-Horn 04.07.22 @ 3:45 pm

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