So, a guy I met in a bar is a tree surgeon. He was lamenting his bachelor life and accompanying lack of home cooked meals, so my gf offered to make an oxtail stew in exchange for his advice on our ornamental trees. We really just expected his suggestions on what we should do.
So he showed up Sunday with all his supplies; climbing rig,chainsaw, handsaws, lopers, etc and proceeded to spend three hours working on our trees. He insisted he needed to do all this to work up an appetite, and indeed the stew was incredible. He also pointed out that the timing was perfect for the work he did (sap related). The trees look fantastic and we learned a lot as well.
But I’m wondering what it would have cost us if we had hired someone to do three hours worth of work, mostly so I know how many beers I should buy for the guy the next time I see him.