In front of our house is a tree older than either of us. I grew up with that tree. It's a huge maple, about 80 feet tall, but the poor old thing has been dying. Its highest branches have been bare of leaves, and it has dropped some large chunks of itself in the yard and street. It has other issues, as well, so we called the town and asked them to take a look at it. They did, and they confirmed that it's diseased. Today, a town contractor began the process of taking it down.
It has to go. Better this way than to have a storm bring it down on our house (or a neighbor's house). Still, I'm sad to see it go. It has been a fixture here--and in my life. I'll certainly get over its demise, but it's sad.
Okay, enough of that. On to happier things... rugby! Time to share some photos (as always, click on them for larger versions)...
Parts of the pitch were wet. That's why you'll see some splashing in a few photos.
Think maybe he got hurt when he was tacked? You'd be right.
Fortunately, he was able to get back up, so it appears he wasn't badly injured.
One of the new guys on our team
That will do for now. Besides, I have to get ready to go back to work. I came home early today, so I can change into my tuxedo. Tonight starts our annual Employee Appreciation Day. We start with the evening shift and run festivities around the clock, so that everyone can enjoy it.
This year, we're doing a sort of Oscars-themed event, recognizing our employees as the "stars" of the hospital. We even have a red carpet. So, as the head of HR, I not only have to be there, but I'm going to don my tuxedo and greet our "stars" as the come down the red carpet. It should be fun, but I started my day at the usual time today and may have to stay there until midnight! This is a long day!