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Posted: Aug 25, 2007 5:24 am | Edited by: Memphis Weirdo
 
Wind is blowing, blowing, blowing.
Big old midtown trees are violently thrashed.
Trunks bending to their limits.
Gnarled roots desperately cling to the dirt and clay.
I'm scared.
Where is Santa?


There is a tree close to my house that concerns me. Does anyone know of someone who cuts down trees, without charging a fortune? It sure would be nice to get this thing removed before it's too late. I thought I could maybe save some money by offering the job to some of the guys who hang out in the alley behind the Buccaneer, but I suddenly got hit with the mental image of insane drunks with chainsaws, dangling high above my roof.
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 5:39 am
 
insane drunks with chainsaws, dangling high above my roof.

That was pretty much everywhere in my neighborhood after Hurricane Elvis.
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 2:15 pm
 
insane drunks with chainsaws, dangling high above my roof.

Not a good idea...not a good idea at all.
And, whatever you do, don't call Harrison Tree Service. Guy screwed me out of a lot of money (didn't do what was promised). His workers dropped a limb on my line that blew out all of my appliances and my neighbor's appliances. Wouldn't replace them...just had them "fixed" and it took weeks. Plus, I was out of power for three more days after going 13 days without it in the first place.

My backyard still looks like holy hell.
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 3:27 pm
 
jerryd says that depending on what kind of tree it is, you could call Scott Banbury on Chelsea. If it's a type that they would like for furniture manufacture, they'll come take it down. Failing that, they may know who else could do it.
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 3:45 pm
 
I have the remains of a huge 80 year old chestnut just laying around in my way back that I paid Harrison to remove, but Scott Banbury talked me into saving it for him. I contacted him many times about coming to get the tree as he promised, but he never did.
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 4:01 pm
 
Lynoid McLean...365-3455...cell 355-4434.
He ain't cheap but he does incredible work and is honest as the day is long...in the long run, cheapest ain't always the best.
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 4:24 pm
 
Well, every time I try to bring up this subject (usually at a bar, where I always go for good advise), people tell me about these mythical mexican crews who will do it for next to nothing. I mean, this particular tree doesn't need fine surgery. It could easily be clipped from top to bottom, and all branches allowed to drop straight down. I would do it myself, but the tree is pretty tall and I have a bit of a fear of heights. I would prefer not to die, but I might end up risking it, if it'll save me two grand.
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 4:26 pm
 
daddy, i'm sick of you not answering the phone when i call. you know i dont take well to rejection. you can take just a fuggin minute away from internet porn to come have some wine. geesh.
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 4:37 pm
 
daddy daddy... if you got the beer i got the time...rember i used to fell trees for entergy
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 4:48 pm
 
Britney - You know I will never use your name and the word "rejection" in the same sentence, but I don't drink wine... just wine coolers, preferably berry flavored. John Stivers has been ruining my life of late by making me wake up ungodly too early 7 days a week, but I'm going out tonight. What's there to do?

Terry Parkway - Forgive me, my brain is foggy, but I'm not sure I recognize who you are. Felling trees for Entergy? ...in New Orleans?
Posted: Aug 25, 2007 5:00 pm
 
Daddy -- my roofer cut some branches for me for $50. he's super-nice and if he's working in midtown (he lives in N MS) he'll probably be happy to swing by and do it. call me for his number.
Posted: Aug 26, 2007 5:11 pm
 
rember i used to fell trees for entergy
Call TP for sure, but don't go get unqualified people to do tree work. It's super-dangerous and you don't want some inexperienced numbskull falling out of your tree and getting smushed by a large piece of truck in your backyard.

Andria's roofer is a thought as well. Super nice guy. Very professional.
Posted: Aug 26, 2007 7:41 pm
 
that's ok Jay. they dont sell wine on sundays anyway. so you can just go down to the circle k and pick us up some coolers. personally, i like the pomegranite bluberry coolers.
Posted: Aug 27, 2007 11:02 pm
 
Well, every time I try to bring up this subject (usually at a bar, where I always go for good advise), people tell me about these mythical mexican crews who will do it for next to nothing.

They exist! But they were from Guatemala.. they cut down a dead tree for $400 for me. Not the best job (left too large of stump).

I found the guys by asking an MLGW tree trimming crew if they do work on the side, and they each gave me business cards.
Posted: Aug 28, 2007 4:46 am
 
OK, Terry Parkway the Meter Reader, you're ON. If you don't come through for me, I'm gonna try to find Hemant's Mexicans from Guatemala. If that fails, I guess it's the Branbury guy, or Andria's roofer, or the McLean guy. If nothing works, then I'm just gonna get drunk on wine coolers with Britney and wait until the damn tree cuts my house in two. Thanks for the input everybody.
Posted: Aug 28, 2007 5:46 am
 
dude, if you stand on your sidewalk and look forlornly at your looming tree, someone in a pickup truck with 5 guys crammed in the cab will show up and ask if they can trim your trees. offer them half what they say they'll do it for, and you're gold.
Posted: Aug 28, 2007 6:42 am
 
I thought that only happened in cartoons.
Posted: Aug 28, 2007 7:21 am
 
Happens everywhere...you just gotta hold yer mouth just right....
Posted: Mar 27, 2008 3:40 pm
 
hey there miss andria - will you send me your roofer's number please? i've got some out-of-control trees in my back yard...michelemg@gmail.com

big daddy, did you ever end up using anyone? thanks guys!
Posted: Mar 27, 2008 4:02 pm
 
Believe it or not, I still haven't yet gotten the situation taken care of. BUT, I recently got a Mexican guy from an MGLW crew to give me a price for doing it on the side. It's cheap, but I assume he has zero insurance. Also, Stivers recently had an insured American guy with a small family crew do some work on the trees that threaten his house. Stivers said that they were informal and relatively cheap. I'm gonna have that guy come over next week and give me a quote.

I gotta get this taken care of before the springtime tornado season arrives. Also, I need to get it done before the damn tree grows new leaves.
Posted: Mar 27, 2008 5:24 pm
 
It's cheap, but I assume he has zero insurance.

Also probably won't be able to fix your appliances when he drops a limb on the line and blows out every damned appliance in your house out.
Just give that a thought...
Posted: Mar 27, 2008 6:26 pm
 
big dad! i just saw you in traffic! hooray!
Posted: Mar 27, 2008 8:03 pm
 
No "Hooray". I was on my way to the fucking dentist... all xanaxed up to the hilt. I'm glad you didn't catch my eye and wave, 'cause I probably would have flipped you off, not knowing what I was doing... and I've heard what happens to people who flip you off. I feel like I lucked out, even though I'm sitting here dribbling coca-cola down my chin right now.
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