Monday, May 06, 2013

Money Tree

This old mulberry tree in our backyard has been ravaged twice by storms in the past few years - most recently by the post-Sandy snowstorm. It's time for it to go.

I do have that new chainsaw (16 in?) and have thought about felling it myself.

But do you see all those wires behind it?

Plus I've never done anything like that before.

AND it is technically illegal to cut down a tree in your yard (yes!) in our town.

In fact one family begged to cut down a tree in their yard, for years, but the town wouldn't let them

Guess what, it crushed their house during hurricane Sandy! They are suing, naturally.

I imagine if I tried to do it myself and took out the power lines for the whole neighborhood....I'd be in a heap of $hit - or possibly dead in a non-figurative sense!

Question for y'all - how much do you think they charge to cut down a tree like that in a Wall Street town? In a town where math tutors make $100 an hour and plumbers charge $150...


jaynews said...

Speaking of Wall Street...Are you buying the breakout above SPX 1600? I have a feeling you're not going long the market...but it's hard to believe they actually succeeded in manipulating it all the way up above the 2007 all-time highs? Is it even still a secular bear if it's above the 2007 highs (inflation notwithstanding)

CaptiousNut said...

Hi Jay,

Not buying nothin'...

You saw AAPL fall, no?

That's a premonition for the overall market. Anything could set it off. A bomb in Israel, etc. Or "nothing" could start the inevitable decline, a la AAPL.

I'm just nervous that somehow I'm going to get royally screwed when it all falls apart - even though I'm not long anything.

It's hard to believe they succeeded in manipulating it up for even 12 months, no less 5 years.

I've moved on, for the time being.

Things are working out for me despite the bum-ripping I took from shorting the bounce. Failure, at a young age, is healthy - it's seed for a more fertile future really.

kevin said...

prune the smaller branches with an extension saw. get the branches 10-20 feet off the ground that will fall safely onto your yard ... after that you might be able to figure out a way to cut the main timber down in sections w/o hitting the wires

Anonymous said...

in Missouri, $700-900, with stump grinding. For you, look at $1500-2K.

But if you look like the guy in the picture, and assuming the other half of you isn't horribly burned, you can do it! Youtube shows how. Good luck


CaptiousNut said...

No grinding...and they only took away the lower third (thickest part) of the tree.


For these parts, it's a pretty good deal. Believe me.

I do feel like my coefficient of masculinity has jumped since I bought my chainsaw...but I still haven't felled a tree with it.