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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

xmas treeLast weekend Rachelle put me in charge of getting a Christmas tree. She didn't want to go with me because she needed to study for her final in her java class. The fact that she was on the couch under a blanket probably didn't help either.

We saw a group of boy scouts or something selling trees in the parking lot of Pittsford Plaza earlier in the week so I decided to give them a shot. I wasn't looking for anything monstrous, rather something between that and a Charlie Brown tree. When I got to the sale there really weren't that many trees there at all, maybe 10 or 15. Even with the slim pickings I was able to find the perfect tree! It's between 5 and 6 feet tall, green, not too sparse and very tree-like. I told the dude I'd take it and paid him $35. I'm pretty sure I made that groaning noise I make when I feel like I'm being robbed. Then it took 10 minutes for the 12 year old assistant to figure out how to cut the last inch of the tree off so it'll drink water while in the stand. If he got blood on my tree would have had to ask for a discount.

Once the kid figured out how to cut the bottom of the tree, he carried it over to my car (maybe 10 feet away) and threw it on the roof. He then proceeded to stand there looking at me like a puppy on Thanksgiving. Is customary to tip boy scouts who carry Christmas trees to your car? If I had known it was, I would have told him to beat it and carried the damned thing myself. Oh well. He eventually got the point when I started strapping the tree down with ratchet straps instead of digging for singles in my wallet.

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JR
#1 - Dec 13, 2006 at 6:52 PM
We were never allowed to take tips when we did stuff like that. If we got a tip we were told we had to refuse it or add it to the donations.
Joe
#2 - Dec 13, 2006 at 7:34 PM
Yeah I was supposed to refuse tips when working at burger king but I always took them. Granted the only guy that ever tipped at BK would give you like $0.50. We used to play a game in the kitchen where you'd role a quarter toward a wall and the guy that got closest kept all the quarters. The tipper usually gave me a good start.
Kelly
#3 - Dec 14, 2006 at 7:30 AM
Haha very tree like. Dont feel robbed. Cliff and I were robbed we paid 45 for a wonky tree its very charlie brownish.
Joe
#4 - Dec 14, 2006 at 8:59 AM
Sorry to hear that, post a picture!
Cheryl
#5 - Dec 14, 2006 at 4:56 PM
I did you one better! We decided not to do the traditional cut down the tree and cart it home thing. Since after we get it up, I was left to put on the decorations. I put LED lights on the 2 silk palm trees I have in the living room. The tallest one at 6 ft already had rope lighting going up it, so I strung 2 strands of lights on the top and one strand on a smaller 4 ft tree. Wrapped the bottoms with garland and placed them on the old tree skirt. After placing a few decorations on the big one...it is Feliz Navidad! Cost: whatever it was for the LED lights. I'll have to email the pic to you from my home computer.
Robert was happy about that. Since I am working nights this month, and he is working weekends, there was no sense to get a real tree and really no time.

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