It's getting too expensive to pay those guys that come once a year to
trim my hedge. My first session this month finished one side of one of the
pair of hedges, and finished my arms, too. Now, two sessions later,
recovered and getting stronger, I have finished two thirds of one half of
one top, perched at the end of a ladder the whole time.
Aside from all the schemes of hedge trimming robots and trimmer swinging
gantries, I'm up there thinking, "Could this eight foot wide (min.) flat top
support me and a sheet of plywood while I sit up there trimming the next
landing spot for the sheet?" Also, "Could I cut four feet off the top of
each tree and expect the top to ever fill in again?" Some of the branches
are already beginning to exceed the capacity of my trimmer (a "Hedge Hog").
BTW, I live in Ottawa, Ontario, if that makes any difference. Thanks
for letting me vent, if nothing else.
- Owen -
I managed to find the Ojida reference. Apologies for being slow. Although
he wasn't killed, others were. Here it is;
People Weekly Magazine
5 April 1993
Vol. 39 No. 13
Pages 45 and 46
By William Plummer and Don Sider
with additional reporting by Cindy Dampier, Johnny Dodd, and Ken Myers
In the gathering gloom, Bob Feller, the greatest pitcher Cleveland has ever
known, stood by the Florida lake and stared out at the long pier, as if
trying to commit it to memory. "I'll have to tell people back home about
where these young men ended their lives," said Feller, 74. "I wand to have
the correct answers."
Everybody in the game was searching for those answers last week in the wake
of major league baseball's first fatalities since 1979, when Yankees'
Thurman Munson crashed his Cessna Citation in Akron. On March 22, Cleveland
pitchers Steve Olin, Tim Crews, and Bob Ojeda, out after dark on Clermont's
Little Lake Nellie in Crews's 18-foot bass boat, hurled into the wooden pier
at as much as 60 m.p.h. Olin, 27, the Indians top reliever, was killed
instantly, Crews, 31, died of injuries the next morning at Orlando Regional
Medical Center, Ojeda, 35, who suffered lacerations on the head, was spared
and may soon be released from the hospital. Baseball's spring training, a
time of hope and renewal for fans everywhere, was suddenly blighted with
Ojeda lived under a black cloud it seems. That wasn't the accident I
was referring to.
"He came back strong in 1988, but pitched with poor support and
finished 10-13 despite a 2.88 ERA. In a well-documented freak accident,
he missed the last three weeks of the season after severing his left
middle finger while trimming the hedge at his home. The tip of the
finger was deliberately re-attached crookedly; he lost feeling and
strength in it, but the different angle was designed to help him
continue to throw his curveball."
May sound strange but I use my pickup, had my son move it slowly as we went
along the hedge I did that for the 9 years we lived at that place.. Made
it easy and quick to heck with ladders.. lol tie a rope to ya and the truck
lean over the side and there ya go! (everyone has a little redneck in
them!) Ofcoarse I had the room on both sides of the hedge to do this.
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