June 05, 2005
When I was a young child in the 60's, I seem to remember that there was an epidemic of dutch elm disease that was killing off all the dutch elm trees in the country. Every summer the city would send out its chemical-laden spray trucks. We had two massive trees on either side of our driveway. We would hide in the house watching as the large truck slowly made its way down our street. Unlike the stock photo you see here, our city truck had a man on top of it controlling what looked like a giant fan that blew the chemicals into the trees. Leaves would flutter everywhere in its wake. What sort of horrid stuff was in that blast of droplets? Considering it was the early 60's, I'm sure it contained some very nasty stuff. I can still remember what it smelled like. A sickeningly sweet, throat wrenching feeling. How many people came down with different cancers from it? Or worse yet? Voted Republican!