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Pablo The New York Tornado Speaks In The NY Times

by | 20th, September 2010

THE storm struck New York last week. The New York Times reacted with a spot of a pros Adrian Mole would have considered it too flowery.

Tim Blair spots it and writes on the Tree-Mageddon. It wasn’t the arboreal 9/11 – but the Times has 1,000 words to deliver so it might come close:

Some were more than a century old but still sturdy and doing their jobs.

Their “jobs”? In Obama’s America? Not likely.

Many others were young and willowy, just getting going. Some of them were inscrutable; no one truly knew them or how they got there. But others felt like old friends.

If your friends are covered in bark and have birds in them, sure. By the way, it’s nice that only some of NYC’s trees are inscrutable. I prefer an open, chatty tree myself.

The tragedy of the storm, which meteorologists said Friday included two tornadoes, was Aline Levakis, 30, from Mechanicsburg, Pa., the sole person to die, when a tree, as it happened, hit her car …

Kind of ruins the whole “kind, gentle trees” concept, but the Times barges on:

Every single time? That must have been fun. Still, it’s not as though there’s anything else in New York to talk about. Except maybe the child with a companion stick:

Reuben Slater had his own tree-loss story. He is 13 and lives in Park Slope. When he walks to school, he passes a massive ash tree with a trunk that gives way to branches that form a V. When he was younger, he thought of it as the tree of life.

The storm carved off half the V. The tree is expected to survive, but to no longer resemble its old self. That saddens Reuben. He sees a tree “with a broken arm.”

He snatched a small branch off the ground. He said he would keep it in his room. “I’m going to name it Pablo,” he said. “I’ve always loved that name.”

Pablo doubles as a splint…

Posted: 20th, September 2010 | In: Reviews Comment | TrackBack | Permalink