Friday, May 11, 2007
oh boo moment #472 or happy mother's day
we have some close, personal, rel...er...friends who move full grown trees as a business.
believe it or not - it is BIG business in californistan.
when spoiled people build their empire, they DO NOT like starting from a seedling - ANYTHING! that is for us lowlier sorts.
recently, they were commissioned to move a clump of palms from point "a" to point "b". from what i remember of the conversation, the clump of trees (60' tall) weighed nearly 60,000 pounds!
it takes special equipment and much knowledge to get the root wad out of the ground without damaging them. these people have been doing this for years and have yet to lose a tree.
first, the spoiled person must eyeball the tree or trees they want, go to the owner and ply them with dollars and generally the owner of the tree(s) will succumb to the dollar signs. the spoiled person then contacts the tree mover, who says "yea" or "nay".
in this case everybody said, "yea." whoopee! it was the dreamjob of any tree mover and the original owner didn't think it too shabby either - the spoiled person gave them $75,000 for the clump of trees - that's SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND SMACKAROOS!
the cost to move the trees was equal to the price of the trees - i ain't lyin'.
when talking to one of the tree movers what would possess someone to spend this kind of money on trees for crying out loud - his response (paraphrased), "well, apparently, her husband is having an affair with another woman, she won't stand for a divorce, so she's making his life miserable by spending his wealth!"
people - be good to the mothers in your life, not just on mother's day, but everyday - you just never know...