The Unbearable Banishment: It came THISCLOSE

Saturday, February 26, 2011


We had a big-ass wind storm and it took down a huge pine tree in the neighbor's yard. Here's the view from our side.

It just happened to fall in the right direction (meaning, away from us). It wiped out his fence and fell against the garage. It's currently resting along the length of his driveway.

The Daughters had to climb on and examine the damage. They thought it was "cool." It wouldn't have been so cool if it had fallen in the opposite direction. In that case, it would have crashed right into our dining room.

A branch raked a big hole into the wall of his garage. The gash looks like the hull of the Titanic, post iceberg.

The backstory is that less than six days prior to this, a construction company finished putting new siding on our house. It cost many x $1,000 and it really made me wonder about the science of chance and probability. All this tree had to do was fall in a different direction and we'd have had a major calamity on our hands.


Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Wow! Good thing the tree gods were in your favour. Had that happen once when I lived in San Diego, when a giant branch dropped off the eucalyptus tree by the drive way... landed along side our Suburban. The branch had a curve that just fit the length of the Burb - not a scratch on it. My bodybuilder husband couldn't move the branch at all, that's how big it was. (And he was major muscles.)

And what the hell happened to all that snow you had! It's gone already?!? *pouts* That's just not fair...

February 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

At least your neighbors have a christmas tree for next year... coulda been yours!

February 26, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Anonymous SpilledInkGuy said...

It's amazing how much weight there is in a tree (and what force they can come down with)... I've been close enough to one falling to feel the ground shake... it's pretty crazy! :)

February 26, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger The Elder said...

There were two tornados in these parts Thursday night (within 20 miles) and I slept through it all. Friday morning, low and behold, there was a tree down in our front yard. But it was only a tacky Bradford pear someone else planted. I'm putting in a dogwood. Didn't you HATE spending all that $$ on siding?

February 26, 2011 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Ponita: No snow, thanks! I saw that you're still in the belly of the beast. Hang in there. The big thaw is just around the corner.

Nic: I should go out at night and put a bunch of tinsel on it. And a few bulbs.

SIG: Welcome! We were home when it fell. I heard a big pop but I thought it was my grill falling over (which it did).

Elder: The $$$ for siding KILLED me but I have to admit, the house looks great. They were pros. Had some stone work done on the entrance, as well. It's fancy. That tree could have wrecked the whole back of my house.

February 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

You must have a guardian angel. Look after him - they are worth their weight in gold.

February 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM  
Anonymous daisyfae said...

i love big trees, and have long lived with big trees around my homes. those moments of terror during the giant windstorms? a small price to pay for that love of big trees. and a paid up homeowners policy helps...

February 26, 2011 at 6:33 PM  
Anonymous nursemyra said...

whoah! that's scary

February 27, 2011 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Pat: But that begs the question, does my neighbor NOT have a guardian angel? His property is a mess! What did he do wrong?

daisy: Big trees are great except 1) when they clobber your house or 2) during fall leaf pick-up.

nurse: Thank Bog nobody was hurt. I'm sitting at the dining room table right now and could have been taken out.

February 27, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Nimpipi said...

Hmmph. Close shaves happen when you delete posts on tips from the Buddha that get under your skin. Storm = mother nature (and Nimpipi) warning you to not. (I liked it, ok).

February 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Nimpipi: That post will be back, you little minx. I posted it inadvertently instead of this one. Thanks for pointing out my gaffe.

February 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

Glad that you were safe, but shame for your neighbour. But at least you can have plenty of firewood.

February 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Tim Keen said...

As I read this a storm system with tornado warnings is moving through the area. I am glad no one was hurt in your episode.

February 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

M DeF: Fortunately, it only wrecked his garage. Nobody was hurt. LOVE the firewood quip.

Tim: We don't get this type of violence very often, but when a Nor'easter comes in off the Atlantic, all bets are off.

February 27, 2011 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Sausage said...

Bloody hell, you musta sed yer prayers afore this....

February 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Sid said...

Shit. Damn. I hope he has insurance and that it will cover the damages.

February 28, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sausage: Not before, but I sure as hell said one after!

Sid: I was wondering that myself. Insurance companies always find a rationale to weasel their way out of issuing a check.

February 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was probably a warning from the tree underworld: no more christmas trees from now on, capiche?

February 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It all depends on the insurance company one of them was terrible and the other went above and beyond during our fire. Glad your safe mom must have been visiting!

February 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Nance said...

Glad to have followed the breadcrumb trail to TUB!

Not to diminish your good luck or your neighbor's ill luck (his luck got sick!), but I've about had it with surprises in general lately: Middle East upheaval, budget battle insanity, James Franco's odd behavior at the Oscar's (was he stoned, dya think?). I do not want to live in interesting times anymore. I want mind-numbing boredom in the externals so I can drum up my own inner windstorm.

February 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

kykn: They took out one of their own to for the good of all. That's high drama!

MT: Shame on me for reducing all insurers to a stereotype. No doubt there are good guys out there.

Nancy: Hello, there! Yeah, you say that now. But when things grind down to a slower pace, you'll be the first one bitchin' for some action.

February 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

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