It will be that time of year soon when the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Center starts its annual tree-cycling program. This means that there will be lots of people with a Christmas tree strapped to the top of their car attempting to get to the recycling spot. As in the past, you need to be on the lookout for flyaway trees.
In addition to bracing yourself for this problem, you might also need to know what to do if you see an accident. Sometimes, it’s something easy like a flyaway tree that went through the windshield of a parked car. If you have the time, you might want to stay near by until the owner is found. This way, anything inside is not stolen or compromised. Of course, you would call police on their behalf.
Something more serious would be an injury. Depending on the speed that the Christmas tree was launched, the worse the injury will be. No matter what the person says, if they appeared to have been bonked on the head, an ambulance will need to be called to the scene.
Of course, there will be lots of people pulled over on the side of the road that need help strapping down a tree that has gotten away. For this reason, many Haight Ashbury residents will be working off the extra holiday weight gain and making a little bit of spending cash.
Instead of telling the person where to get more rope or bungee cords for their failing tree recycling project, suggest that they let you drag it the rest of the way for a price. I bet they will say yes. It will only take you about 20 minutes from anywhere in the neighborhood. Plus, think of all the flyaway tree injuries you just prevented!
In the end, the only thing that will get the Haight Ashbury through the annual Christmas tree recycling program is a little bit of humor and whole lot of being on the lookout.