I don't consider myself a geek. My hands are soft but inside I'm all man. And that's why I own a hammer, a drill, a skill-saw, lots of knick knacks and of course also a chainsaw.

Two days ago during some stormy weather a dead tree split in half, missed my house by only a couple of feet and landed in the branches of some other tree towering over the house aiming to harm. Now, *I* own a chainsaw. So, I tell my wife to take care of them kids because I have some real man-business to do. My plan is to cut the tree a little so that the dead branch could get safely dropped on the ground. I'm cutting here and there and lo-and-behold I get the dead branch to the ground without killing myself, my 15 year old son who is helping me and without scratching the house.

Having just proven that I am the man (as usual) I get too full of myself and think I should tackle what's leftover from the dead tree so that during the next storm I could sleep safely.

So examining the situation I quickly decide where to drop it and see that there's a medium sized tree blocking the path. "That tree needs to go" I exclaim and pull the starter on the chainsaw.

3 heart wrenching hours later

That tree, the one I quickly wanted to drop so that I could tackle the dead tree behind it - is now towering over my house hanging on a string (actually 3 strings) keeping it from crashing full blast through my bedroom window.

Around 6pm I finally gave up and called a tree guy. I didn't even have any pride or honor left - I was very humble and told him straight up that I have a tree falling on the house due to me being an allknowing wise*ss.

Tomorrow he'll cut down that tree, the dead one behind it, and trim another one in probably 20 minutes and charge me $600.00 for it. :shock:

Gosh, I'm so done with chainsaws :sad:
Posted on 2006-10-22 20:27:12 by JimmyClif
well , give him the chainsaw and ask for a discount on the $600 then :) .. problem optimised heheheh
Posted on 2006-10-23 01:02:59 by evlncrn8
I would say, take up photography, but that doesn't look like a good idea either. :lol:
Posted on 2006-10-23 07:55:12 by drhowarddrfine
LOL, I took those pictures at night before going to bed as this morning the tree wouldn't be there anymore. It's as good as I possibly could it get through the glass/screen.

I wish I hadn't been that lazy that moment.. I should have gone out and taken some better pictures :( Stupidity needs to be documented.
Posted on 2006-10-23 08:05:59 by JimmyClif
Poor Jimmy :)

All that work, only to be ridiculed :/
Posted on 2006-10-23 08:16:31 by f0dder
I think it's funny.. Today as I walked into work my brother in law asked all casually how my weekend was and we both started laughing. (I immediately knew that my wife already gossiped)

One has to have a thick skin :)
Posted on 2006-10-23 14:10:03 by JimmyClif