My wife and I were scrambling to salvage our annual Halloween party. Remember how crazy we are about Halloween, and the bounce house we had bought as an "investment?" The snow wiped out our hopes of a backyard party. So we were frantically preparing our basement. This was our backup plan. Jamming a hundred people (half of them children) into our hastily-decorated, unfinished basement.
I went upstairs to get something. That's when I looked out the window over the kitchen sink and saw this:
|This was scary. And then...|
Not good. Doubt is starting to creep in. This storm is obviously a lot worse than anyone anticipated. That's when I heard cracking, rustling, and crashing from the front yard that ended up being this:
|Goodbye, old friend|
|A very close call|
But I wasn't sure how that giant branch (heck, it was a pretty good-sized tree is what it was) would be removed from our driveway. I assumed the town would come since that tree is technically its jurisdiction. Then, the cynical journalist in me thought, "Am I really going to wait for my local government to clear a path for my family to get out of our home?" That's when the doorbell rang and there appeared the aforementioned chainsaw hero. My neighbor from down the street whom I hadn't even met yet. (They just moved in last month.) His wife had received the cancellation email and told him it sounded like we needed help. In a half hour, the two giant trees and a third smaller one that had fallen on our property were cut up and piled on the curb.
|One of several piles|
What was there? Relief. Happiness. Fun. The kids played in the playroom. They gorged on candy, juice boxes wrapped up like mummies, and pumpkin-shaped cheese sandwiches. The parents traded chainsaw tales over Sam Adams Octoberfest and Yuengling Lager. We even did the pinata... in the basement (which incidentally would not have come close to fitting all those people).
|The Peanut in the middle of the post-pinata candy scrum|
We are lucky to have a lot of awesome neighbors who will go to great lengths - and heights - to help us.