Their Broad Arms

We managed to sneak another good day out of October and I hope they continue to appear. There were several others who felt the same way I did with those seemingly never-ending days of rain, and wouldn’t you know it, the weekends were the days they felt worse.

Since I wasn’t able to get my little project finished up yesterday morning, I went to the office earlier than normally, changed my clothes, and went back out to finish up what I’d started yesterday. The end result pleased me so much, I had to take a photo of it with my cell phone, just as a reminder that I can still do a pretty good job of clean-up.

As I’ve mentioned before, I do read BBC News online when I have time, and as chance would have it, I found an article today which impressed me immensely. It was all about why the Japanese are such clean people. If you have time, click on the link I’ve added so you can give it a good read. I’m sure you’ll be as equally moved as I was after reading it. I thought it a bit creepy/cool finding it today when just last night I spoke about how we can blame parents of those people who live in near squalor just about as much.

Here’s the link to that article: What Japan can teach us about cleanliness

After I read it, I began thinking about other groups of people who’re very much about keeping themselves and their living quarters clean. If I’m not mistaken, I’m pretty sure the Orthodox Jews are also very demanding about keeping things clean. Of all the European countries I’ve visited, I’d say Germany, Austria, Finland, and Switzerland were the most impressive. I do know there are some municipalities in Germany and Switzerland that actually fine people for not keeping their properties presentable, and especially the ones that are historic. Keep in mind, it has been a number of years since I’ve been to Europe, so things may have changed since I was there last.

Speaking of keeping things tidy, I’m getting all the more annoyed with those Locust trees that our “planners” so thoughtlessly planted on Federal Ave. in the area of our Historic Downtown. During this time of year, those tiny leaves and leaf stems mysteriously find their way into my office. I have to sweep and vacuum them every day the wind is blowing. I was exceptionally disgusted yesterday after cleaning up my front office, and when I went outdoors, the wind blew another handful of them in. Ugh! It’s no wonder the State of Missouri considers them “trash” trees. Even though the ones in our Downtown don’t have those long seed pods, I find their leaves and stems to be equally annoying. I’m pretty sure Osage got rid of theirs after multiple complaints from business owners regarding their leaves getting into their offices and shops. Another thing I don’t like about them is that they’re not wind resistant. I’ve already seen enough limbs snapped off by those gusts in our Downtown. There’s one of them that was completely broken in half some months ago, and now there’s a clump of suckers starting to grow from the bottom. That tree needs to go bye-bye.

As chance would have it, I was out at a property today that has a massive Red Elm growing which impressed me to the point where I had to take the above photo of its upper branches. I’ve always loved Red Elms because of the way in which they create a wide reaching canopy with their broad arms. The owner was delighted I took a photo of it, and told a recent story about how it took the reaching of arms and hands of three people to get around it. The owner insisted it being at least 150 years old, and if true, that big old hardwood gal could sure tell some tales if she could only speak.

The rest of my afternoon was spent doing research and preparing for the busy day I have planned for tomorrow. I’m hoping this week is going to be a productive one because I’ve got some serious buyers I’ve been working with who’ll likely be making a decision in the next day or two. Before I sign off, please take a few minutes and read that BBC article regarding the things we can learn and share with others about cleanliness from the Japanese. I loved the part about the duties of school children.

Tonight’s one-liner is: Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Joe Chodur

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