Tenmile asked awhile back about the July 19th storm debris removal. I waited to report because I wanted to get the photos back. I am happy to say that a couple of Sundays ago the city crews were on our block and removed 3 dump truck loads. Not 3 dumpers from the street, or the block. 3 dumpers full out of our yard. This doesn't include the 2 yard waste dumpsters I filled with debris out of the backyard.The Sycamore tree we lost was about 70-80 years old. Yes that is my little boy standing next to the cross section of our former tree. The process was quite entertaining for the little one (okay, for Dad and Grandpa too). The crew worked their way down the street. There was one guy with an endloader who scooped everything up. The dump trucks waited to get filled in assembly line fashion. The guy driving the endloader should take up video games as a profession. He had a sweet touch. From our vantage point we could see right into the cab. Getting paid overtime to drive these dump trucks is a sweet gig. 90% of the time is spent parked waiting to get filled. I don't begrudge them a penny because I also know that they were working several weeks straight without a day off. Overtime only carries so much weight when you don't have power at home and your own trees are down in the yard. Besides that if they are like other city employees I know the shot in the paycheck from FEMA was needed.
We still need to get our porch repaired. The problem at this point is that there are so many big jobs due to the storm that a piddly job like ours has trouble getting someone out to take a look. Many thanks go out to my neighbors John and Bill that helped with the final bit of tree cutting and getting my chain saw unstuck out of the trunk of the tree. Paul Bunyan I am not.