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Monday, December 15, 2008

On Top of the World

Neil atop the blue spruce, looking down at his dadThis is how the top of the world looks from my neighborhood.

Every year, Ed decorates the giant blue spruce in our front yard, wrapping it around and around with strings of white Christmas lights. Here is how it always ends up looking. This year, he's running late because he's working the night shift at—sigh—Walmart because of the poor economy, so on most days, he has only a few hours of daylight in which to do his home maintenance stuff, not to mention Christmas decorating. So Neil, who'll turn 14 on Friday, is helping him a lot this year. It seems that Neil is as much a monkey as his father is, willing to climb absolutely anything. Neil took that photo from about two-thirds the way up the spruce, which after all of these years is probably about 50 feet tall. The person on the ground is Ed.

Monkey that Neil is, one still shot wasn't enough for him. So he shot a short video of our neighborhood as seen from up in the spruce. (Sorry for the poor quality; it was shot with a phone camera and I don't know how to edit video.) Note the ladder at the end—it's 40 feet tall. You don't want to know how the guys get to the very top to add a light-up star.


Anonymous said...

What a great experience for Neil! I bet he'll be editing video before I will. Well, I'm still at the stage of trying to fit a person's head in the picture.

Anonymous said...

Oh, no, I'm lightheaded just looking at that.

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