Hurricane Matthew came by for a visit this weekend. Friday, actually. I was out of town anyway, and had events in Perry on Saturday and Millen on Sunday, so it was Sunday night before I got a chance to see what all Matthew had wrought.
I did know that the power went off at 8:36 Friday night, because, well, I have it tell me things like that. And here it is Monday afternoon, and the power isn't back on yet. Georgia Power says I'll have service by 10:00 tonight. They, as well as the local EMC, have had workers out all day and all night working on things. I have no complaints. Sure, I wish my power was one of the first back on, but I can understand them focusing on nursing homes, restaurants, grocery stores, and such. Or so it seems.
Now, we've had hurricanes before. When David came through in 1979, it hit closer, but it had already weakened by then (thanks, Florida). When Hugo came through in 1989, it was more powerful than David, but further away. We even managed to get in some football during that Thursday night strike.
Matthew, though, was more of a problem than either of those. At least, it seemed to put down more trees and tree parts in very inconvenient locations. Driving out of Millen, for instance, there were several traffic lights out on U.S. 25 in Statesboro. Most people knew to treat such circumstances as a four-way stop. But some didn't. You know what you call dumbasses like that? Dumbasses.
Anyway, same was true for Claxton (the place famous for fruitcakes -- the kind you have at Christmas), Glennville, Ludowici, and Jesup. Yes, those are all real places. Brunswick, where my son lives, is in pretty good shape. They have power, at least.
Me? No power. But I do have a tree in a tree. The tree that's in the ground is actually the neighbor's. It just hangs over into my yard. Free shade!
The tree in that tree is my tree. Well, actually, it's part of my tree. A good chunk of it, at least. And, I need to get it out of the neighbor's tree. The neighbor isn't there, so the neighbor doesn't know my tree is in their tree. I'd kinda like to keep it that way.
So, any tips on getting a tree out of a tree? I've tried offering it treats, but it just won't ... leave.