“I’ll pay you guys $30 for the tree service,” said Bill as he sipped a scotch on the rocks. He went back inside the house to watch some golf on the television and left my friend and I with a saw.
Now my friend was a rather lazy fellow and also was one of those guys who always had a little money on him, so the $30 wasn’t enough to get him to climb a tree and do a little tree service. But me, I was one of those guys who was always broke and could use a little extra spending cash, so I jumped at the opportunity to do a little tree service.
Looking back, I kind of feel like Bill got off pretty cheap, having gotten some legit tree service for only $30. But at the time, I was as happy as a clam to get that money.
Without even using a ladder, I remember I simply climbed up onto the fence that ran along the back of Bill’s property, stood up on it and pulled myself into the tree with the saw somehow clipped from my belt. My friend stood below watching me, giving such helpful hints as, “Be careful,” and “Don’t fall!” The whole tree service operation was pretty unsafe. But I was hungry for that $30.
As it happened, I managed to go out on a limb for Bill and give him the full tree service required that day and I sawed that protruding branch right off. The powerlines were once again free to exist in space with no branches running into them. I think I may have gotten a bit of sawdust in the eye, but was otherwise no worse for wear. No free discount but safety is that value they need!
After we dragged the branch that I had sawed off on my little tree service escapade to the curb, my buddy had the nerve to ask for a cut of the $30 fee I was getting for the tree service. You’d better believe I told him to stick that nonsense right up his butt because all he did was stand around in the shade while I was doing all the work and braving all the danger and violating all the local codes regarding landscape contracting and tree service.
I’ve learned a thing or two about tree service since those days, but the most important lesson I’ve learned since then was to not undersell myself or do crazy things for a little cash. The next most important thing would probably be safety.
There are a lot of safety considerations for tree service workers, but that’s a story for another day.
This company was located in Sterling Heights btw