This being my birthday, I was prepared to embrace a day of sloth. I actually made some headway with an email backlog, read some course material, updated software and made bread. With some of the afternoon still ahead, I was preparing to go out into the garden when I noticed the hydro crew clearing trees from the pole on the corner of our front yard. I had been expecting them for months since the advance man came around to let us know what would be done. After a brief conversation with the friendly crew, I arranged for their buddies coming along behind with the chipper truck to leave me a great birthday present — a whole truckload of wood chips! Bob was not quite as thrilled as I was, but joined in anyway to start shifting them to the back yard, where they are already becoming a path around the pond.