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I didn't think about it until about 1pm, when Peaches and I got into the car and headed out for the store. We share a driveway with 3 other houses, and on the steep slope of our driveway just before our nearest neighbor's house, a medium-sized tree had come down in the rain, falling square across our driveway. Initially I told Peaches to get out and help me drag it over to one side of the road, but upon looking further I realized that the upper branches were so big and twisted around the stuff at the back of my neighbor's house that we'd never be able to move it.

Peaches ran to get the Pirate, who came bearing an axe. He started chopping some of the larger branches away from the trunk in preparation for attacking the trunk itself, but the neighbors came out with their chainsaw, making the work go even more quickly. Clearing away the 12"-diameter tree (which had a smaller, 3"-diameter tree twined around it) away took less than 15 minutes. The man wielding the Chainsaw of Salvation is the one whose dog had eaten my chickens, and he said that he was going to get me new ones, but I told him there was no need. He's a nice man, and I know that he feels bad, but any debt that he owed me has been paid with the removal of that tree. Another neighbor invited us to the candlelight vigil being held in town to protest the racist events that have recently taken place. We said we'd surely be there (although I will be out of town). It was nice to stand and talk to our neighbors while we all cleared away this tree.

I lost some chickens but gained some love and respect for my neighbors. A small price to pay, surely.



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Dec. 19th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
What racist events have been happening? Was this in Santa Cruz or one of the SC Mountain towns?
Dec. 19th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
There've been some graffiti and.... protests? happening in Boulder Creek recently, mainly in the "they took our jobs!" kind of way.

Junglemonkee: when are the vigils?
Dec. 19th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Tuesday (tomorrow) at 4:45 p.m. folks are gathering in front of ... I can't remember now whether it's New Leaf or Johnnies Super in Boulder Creek.
Dec. 19th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
More than protests or graffiti. There have been actual attacks on the guys hanging out by Johnny's Super (the local market) looking for day work. I've seen both the victims and the attackers around town. There are a lot of skinheads in the mountains, mostly young guys who've grown up in the San Lorenzo Valley.

It's both creepy and tragic. That kind of hate is corrosive, especially if they think that they've got community support simply because people are afraid to speak out against them. And so, we're publicly speaking out.
Dec. 19th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Good luck and strength to you. Creepy and tragic indeed.
Dec. 19th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
That's horrible, and I'm really glad the community is getting together to speak out like that. It's so important to make people feel safe enough to speak up when they see nasty things like that happening.

Good luck to you, and all of Boulder Creek is in my thoughts. It's a beautiful town.
Dec. 19th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
That's really nice. I'm glad you got to interact with your neighbors like that, like mutual members of a community. It's too rare these days.
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