It’s been that kind of week. :) Honestly, not one specific “chainsaw” moment, but several individual “fishpan worthy” moments that taken together, would certainly qualify for the newly minted “chainsaw category” on marketmanila.com… We were having some trees on our Cebu property trimmed recently, particularly branches or trunks of trees that were clearly being eaten up by termites, so I took the opportunity to have this photo snapped of me with a chainsaw for future use on posts with rants. These chainsaws are pretty heavy, and I can only imagine the kick it would have against a tough tree trunk!
I am told that I may have violated a law by having some branches lopped off our trees without a DENR permit (other folks say trimming is fine, cutting down trees is not). Frankly, I think it’s a bit absurd that a government agency would have any business telling me what I can or cannot do with respect to the branches of trees on our personal property. Trees that we planted ourselves, cared for over the years, and trim for the overall health of each tree and those surrounding it? I can understand if I were to kill a significant tree or cut down valuable, ancient, hardwood, historical, etc. trees, but really, to trim off dead or dying branches? I need a permit? Seriously? Where does that stop, when is the pruning of large unwieldy bush or out of control bougainvilla different from trimming a tiny branch off of a small tree? On a trip to farmland in Bicol once, our lawyer gave me this added heretofore unknown tidbit. Unless I misunderstood, it is a CRIMINAL OFFENSE to cut down a coconut tree without a permit. CRIMINAL. Yipes. Harks back to the days when revenue from coconut products was such a key agricultural product and export. Our small nuclear family endeavors to plant several dozen (if not hundred(s)) of trees every single year. Our way of making up for the carbon footprint that we leave from our own existence, and primarily due to vehicle usage and local and international flights, so I have no doubt we are “good” on the “tree scale” of things. But if you don’t actively trim and care for large trees on your property, you may just have this happen in a small storm… At any rate, take note of the chainsaw visual, it will be the photo that appears at the start of a major rant. And don’t go further to read the post if you don’t like rants.
This “fishpan visual” will be used for more common or milder rants in future. I accidentally thwacked myself lightly on the head while practicing my backswing for this photo and I can say this is not a cartoon like move… If you were to get smacked with a hefty copper fishpan straight on, it could actually be deadly. But a chainsaw would be far more gruesome. This fishpan visual would have been used if I had bothered to write a lengthy post on the irritating real estate agent claiming to be representing “Versace Residences” or the snazzy condominium “Milano” of Century Properties, Inc. that called my cell phone well after 10pm one evening this week, and started her sales pitch with more personal details of mine than I would have liked some random sales agent to be in possession of. When I asked her where she got my number, that it may have been illegally obtained and that I didn’t think the Antonios who own much of Century Properties would approve of such aggressive sales tactics after normal bedtime, she hung up! That after she gave me her name, or at least a name, that can’t be traced anywhere on the net. So I called her some 20 times after that and she ignored all calls or turned her phone off. Instead of reporting her to CPI, I decided to let it go. Not worth it. But since I have her number, unless she changes it, I intend to call her at 3am in the morning the next time I get up for a wee in the wee hours of the morning — maybe she’ll be up for a lechon sales pitch at that time. She hasn’t seen aggressive phone tactics yet. Fishpan! :)
Both photos by Chief of Stuff (CoS). :)