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Date Posted: 11:55:46 10/08/15 Thu
Author: Donna Prosser Britton
Subject: Re: Collateral Damage
In reply to: Denny Whalen 's message, "Collateral Damage" on 15:08:31 09/29/15 Tue

>It's inconvenient enough when the long awaited rains
>load the leaves so heavily as to cause huge limbs to
>separate from the main trunk of our big trees and
>fall. Ite doubly inconvenient when those limbs come to
>rest on neighbors' properties.
>I don't have that many neighbors whose land isn't as
>wooded as ours, but the one who would be bothered by a
>downed limb phoned me late this evening to tell me
>that if I didn't care he'd cut the limb into three
>sections and put them over on me.
>I didn't know there was a limb down on his propeety to
>begin with, and he's had a stroke and doesn't get
>about that well. To further make me feel guilty about
>the limb, the man is in his mid 80s.
>I told him if I wasn't called into school tomorrow, I
>go up and take care of it in the morning. If I get the
>call to sub, I'll take care of it in the afternoon
>when I get home. He seemed satisfied with those
>arrangements. The issue goes deeper, however. He's
>been after me to sell him the strip that adjoins his
>land ever since I bought the larger tract of which the
>piece he is desiring is a part. Every time he finds an
>excuse to call me about windfalls or too high grass,
>he asks if I'm ready to sell yet, to keep him from
>I wouldn't sell to him if I were on the verge of
>Is that vindictive?

You are such a good writer, Denny! I followed the story with great interest, visualizing his land and yours as you described it, and then laughed Out Loud at the punch line. You need to write a book. Do it today! -D. P.S. Now we have another use for The Forum, venting at things that irk us in our own personal lives!

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