Chapter 25

July 2nd, 2010

Sweltering Weather

It was so frigging hot and humid in York on Sunday – 96°F/ Heat Index 105°F – after work, that I decided to go to The Cabin at 15:45hrs (3:45pm), turn on the AC, and just sleep the day away. At least Jenny would be happy to see me.

I drove into the long gravel drive, parked in the circle turnaround by the right-side of The Cabin, large deck & picnic table, disarmed the building, went in and Jenny was all over me, once again, like "white-on-rice". I refilled her food

and water dishes, brought my weapons in, and unpacked a single change of clothes. While taking a long cool shower, I decided to make some calls to local loggers about taking down 20-30 trees, and just letting them have half of the wood, just for the cutting; the rest I'd store in Firewood Storage Shed in the Backyard. Since I'm an Authorized Distributor of the Princeton American Elm tree, I could truck-up 15-20 replacements in the 15gal pots to replace the cut trees, very quickly. They grow 4-6ft/ year and are Elm Beetle resistant. Within 7-10 years, they'd provide the shade that the other dying trees weren't providing anymore. I could also rent a small backhoe, install & stake them myself in 2-4 days.

I took my Beowulf® .50cal, with its EoTech® Red Dot Scope, and 2 extra 11-round mags of .50cal 335gr .50cal rounds (causing massive damage to whatever it hits inside of 200yds), and a tablet out to stream below the 4-acre meadow, and made some rough sketches/diagrams for its 20-30 tree removal, as well as for 15 extra "Princeton"® American Elms (Ulmus Americana) to alternately-line the 1,000ft gravel drive to The Cabin, for visual effect, shade and Fall color. It looked like I'd need "a few more" than the original 15-20 trees, now; probably closer to 30-35 15gal Elms. I could easily handle that, but would need some help. I'd call my long-time Friend, Tim Swanson, down in Maryland, to see if he'd be available to help me, for a weekend. I had the equipment – 2000 John Deere 675B Skid-Loader & Backhoe – so all we'd need would be the trees, stakes, rope and mulch, some of which we'd get locally at Midlands' Garden Center.

It was getting on to 17:00hrs (5pm) and I was soaked with sweat, so I called it quits and went inside The Cabin to take another long cool shower,

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change clothes, and get us both some dinner. I watered & fed Jenny her favorite Canned Iams®, and made myself a cool BLT Pasta Salad, cold Garden Bean Salad with some Ocean Spray® Diet Blueberry Juice to wash it down. I was exhausted from the heat/humidity combination, and decided to stay-inside in the AC, and refine my sketches for the Elms on the property. I made a list of all materials and equipment we'd need to do it in 2 days. Actually, this increased project might take 3-4 days, or 2 weekends for Tim and me.

By 20:00hrs (8pm), it was time to pack-up and get back to York, since I had to be at The GC&N Complex by 06:15hrs (6:15am) to open-up. My Condo Cat, Murphy, would be needing feeding and watering, and I had some items to get on to my week's "list" for the GC&N Staff Meeting, on Friday, at 15:00hrs (3pm). We had some hardscape-patio work to begin, and a nice, shade garden, medium-sized landscaping job to finish-up. Large jobs, like we'd been accustomed-to over the years, were becoming more and more difficult to find, as the economy began to suffer from the shit-for-brains, racist, commie, lowlife scumbag president, Barry "F•ck America!" ∅bummer (TRAITOR-IL) administration's incompetent "handling" and bungling. I knew that I'd have to make some tough decisions, soon, about my Business and employees.

I checked the windows and doors, said goodbye to Jenny, turned-down the AC, armed the building and left for York. The July 4th Weekend was just ahead.

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