Living Christmas trees don’t always survive, but this one did, growing to a height of 76 feet with a trunk about 4 feet in diameter. Noah wrote in his school newspaper: Many Frisbees and remote-controlled helicopters got stuck in that tree. […] the task of easing the tree onto the truck took the riggers hours — and even more time to tie back unruly branches for the trip to Gotham. After the tree was cut and hoisted onto the truck, workers carefully harvested two slabs from the trunk. About 120 neighbors, relatives and the curious turned out for the tree-cutting operation, joined by dozens of staffers from Rockefeller Center who set up a table of assorted breakfast treats. Several United Illuminating trucks flanked the operation because power had to be cut for a time on the street, and utility lines had to be dropped to the pavement so the tree could be eased from the Vargoshe front yard to the truck. The job of hoisting the 12-ton Christmas decoration from its natural site onto the bed of the flatbed truck was handled by Bay Crane Service. Last year, it placed the space shuttle Enterprise on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. The tradition of erecting a Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center can be traced back to when the skyscraper was under construction in 1931. […] there’s been at least one tree on display, sometimes three.
Gloomy and gross Thursday. Heading to Miami tomorrow for a wedding where it is also expected to rain. Just to clarify, the main reason I made “also” in the last sentence italicized was because I just learned how to do italics on my keyboard without using my mouse. Small wins.