I needed a tree
surgeon, one of the oak trees near the house was starting to drop branches,
there had been too many near-misses.
I called Marty, he
has a can do attitude.
that out for you. He claimed Ill be round on
Tuesday came and so
did Marty, complete with orange clothing, ropes, clips and whatnot. He quite
looked the part.
He threw a line over
the tree, pulled up a rope and started to ascend. As he gained height he seemed
to lose confidence, his rate of rise slowed, he kept looking down.
OK? I enquired.
fine. He replied, somewhat unconvincingly.
He was swinging
slowly from side to side, some twenty feet from the ground. If he was going to
achieve anything he was going to have to double that height and traverse from
the rope to the sloping trunk of the tree.
After a few minutes
I thought it best to leave him to his own devices, its unpleasant to feel
that you are being watched when you are in a difficult situation.
When I returned a
few minutes later he was still gently swinging.
youd better come down. I said.
mebbe. He admitted.
Once on the ground
he ruefully packed up his ropes and his clips and trudged back to his van.
do attitude was completely absent.
Jack to come and do it. He stated as he drove off.
Jack turned up the
following Monday. It was only when I saw his approach to the job that I
realised that Marty wasnt in the same league.
For Marty, merely
climbing the tree had been a daunting task, but for Jack it was just a
formality to be completed before the work could begin.
He was up there in a
few minutes and the strident sound of the chainsaw rang out around the
neighbourhood. Pieces of the proud old oak were dropping to the ground all
about the tree as Jack efficiently dissected it.
In less than a day
the tree was reduced to a pile of logs, fuel for the stove in a years
Marty helped me to
clear up the mess, I lost my bottle he admitted.
I told him not to
worry, the job was done and he had facilitated it by getting Jack along.
always have to do a job yourself to get it done, part of the skill is in
knowing when to call on someone to help.
Aye, I guess I
can do that.
the attitude! I said.