The Tree

I don’t want to bury the lead, so here it is. A tree fell on my printing company.

There is no lesson to be learned here, other than sh%$t happens and people who can be flexible and limber in the aftermath will fare better than those who can’t think imaginatively and out of the box.

Some general observations:

  • Small tree, big problems. Huge tree, MASSIVE problems.
  • Sometimes politicians DO help (shout out to Carl Stokes’s office for getting the Baltimore City Forestry team out to quickly remove their 110 year old tree out of my parking lot and off of my building).
  • Natural disasters are a good time to meet neighbors you didn’t really know before.
  • Teams pull together when something bad happens.
  • Insurance companies work veeerrrrryyyyyy slllllooooooowwwwwwwllllllllyyyyyyy.
  • If there is ever a time you have to call Verizon for service, let me save you some time. Simply walk up to a wall and bang your head on it for several hours. At least when you stop, you’ll feel better. After having been lied to more than a dozen times in one day by at least half a dozen Verizon customer service employees, I felt for a while like I might never believe anything anyone would ever say to me. Ever again. In my life.
  • A disaster like this makes you fondly reminiscent of the days that just normally go horribly, horribly wrong.
  • No joy on Charles Street.

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