Well, he didn’t say it but I could tell by the way he looked at me. This all started yesterday while I was at work. My wife called and said a guy with the power company was at our house and was going to shut off the power for about 8 hours so the new neighbor could cut down some trees. He said it was a safety measure. Despite my wife protests, she is stuck at home recovering from hernia surgery and can’t go out, the power was shut off. When I came home from work the power had just been restored. That is when I found out the new neighbor planned to cut down all the tree on his property including 8 Douglas firs, each about 75 feet tall.
The guys cutting down the trees asked if it was alright to take down a tree on my property right next to the property line to make their job easier. I declined, it is the only shade in my front yard in the summertime.
This morning my wife called and told me a guy climbed the tree in our front yard with a chainsaw. I told her to go tell him to get out of our tree, he claimed he was just going to clear some dead branches. When I got home from work, he had remove 75% of the branches on the tree. I was not impressed. I was looking forward to playing with my new computer and decided to deal with the tree later. About an hour later, one of the tree cutters comes to my door and wants to know if he can dig up a weeping crab apple tree in my front yard and he wanted to know how to take down my flag pole. Both are in the center of my front yard, at least 30 feet from the property line. When I asked why, he told me they needed the room to drop the trees in the neighbors back yard.
I told him no, he could not dig up my tree or remove my flag pole, and I also told him that he was not to drop any trees on my property period. He left complaining how I was making his job a lot harder, I don’t think I should have to risk my house and property so someone can cut down some trees.
10 minutes later the new neighbor comes over and makes the same plea. I tell him no, I am not going to risk anything so he can take down trees. I also expressed my displeasure about mostly naked tree and the destroyed lilac bush in my front yard. I started that lilac with a cutting I took from a lilac at my mom’s old house. My mom planted that lilac many years ago and I took the cutting after she died.
The new neighbor does not sound impressed and he turned to leave. He turned back for one more quick glance and I could tell by the look in his eyes. “Your a butthead.”
Am I really being a butthead for not wanting 75 foot tall Douglas fir trees landing in my yard?