What Tree Did You Fall From?

Willow Tree at the Poorfarm
Ok, this was a forward I received, so instead of forwarding it to ya’ll, I figured why not put it on the blog. Though most of ya’ll know, I fall into the September 7th category.

Find your birthday and then find your tree. This is really cool and somewhat accurate. Then send it to your friends, so they can find out what tree they fell from, including the one that sent it to you but don’t forget to change the subject line to your tree.

Dec 23 to Jan 01 – Apple Tree
Jan 01 to Jan 11 – Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 – Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 – Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08 – Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 – Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 – Pine Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 – Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 – Lime Tree
Mar 21 (only) -Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 – Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 – Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 – Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 – Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14 – Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 – Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 – Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 – Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 – Fig Tree
Jun 24 (only) – Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 – Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 – Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 -Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 – Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 – Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 – Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 – Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 – Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 – Lime Tree
Sep 23 (only) – Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 – Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 – Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 – Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 – Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 – Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 – Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 – Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 – Fig Tree
Dec 22 (only) – Beech Tree

TREES (in alphabetical order)

Apple Tree (Love) — quiet and shy at times, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant attitude, flirtatious smile, adventurous, sensitive, loyal in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, many talents, loves children, needs affectionate partner.

Ash Tree (Ambition) — extremely attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be very egotistic, reliable, restless lover, sometimes money rules over the heart, demands attention, needs love andmuch emotional support.

Beech Tree (Creative) — has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.).

Birch Tree (Inspiration) — vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

Cedar Tree (Confidence) — of rare strength, knows how to adapt, likes unexpected presents, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, a great speaker, determined, often impatient, likes to impress others, has many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waits for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

Chestnut Tree (Honesty) — of unusual stature, impressive, well-developed sense of justice, fun to be around, a planner, born diplomat, can be irritated easily, sensitive of others feelings, hard worker, sometimes acts superior, feels not understood at times,fiercely family oriented, very loyal in love, physically fit.

Cypress Tree (Faithfulness) — strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give but doesn’t necessarily like it, strives to be content, optimistic, wants to be financially independent, wants love and affection, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered at times, can be unruly and careless, loves to gain knowledge, needs to be needed.

Elm Tree (Noble-mindedness) — pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

Fig Tree (Sensibility) — very strong minded, a bit self-willed, honest, loyal, independent, hates contradiction or arguments, hard worker when wants to be, loves life and friends, enjoys children and animals, few sexual relationships, great sense of humor, has artistic talent and great intelligence.

Fir tree (Mysterious) — extraordinary taste, handles stress well, loves anything beautiful, stubborn, tends to care for those close to them, hard to trust others,yet a social butterfly, likes idleness and laziness after long demanding hours at work, rather modest, talented, unselfish, many friends, very reliable.

Hazelnut Tree (Extraordinary) — charming, sense of humor, very demanding but can also be very understanding, knows how to make a lasting impression, active fighter for social causes and politics, popular, quite moody, sexually oriented, honest, a perfectionist, has a precise sense of judgment and expects complete fairness.

Hornbeam Tree (Good Taste) — of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

Lime Tree (Doubt) – intelligent, hard working, accepts what life dishes out, but not before trying to change bad circumstances into good ones, hates fighting and stress, enjoys getaway vacations, may appear tough, but is actually soft and relenting, always willing to make sacrifices for family and friends, has many talents but not always enough time to use them, can become a complainer, great leadership qualities, is jealous at times but extremely loyal.

Maple Tree (Independence of Mind) — no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

Oak Tree (Brave) — robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

Olive Tree (Wisdom) — loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

Pine Tree (Peacemaker) — loves agreeable company, craves peace and harmony, loves to help others, active imagination, likes to write poetry, nostalgic.

Chestnut Tree (Honesty) — fashion conscious, great compassion, friendly to all, falls strongly in love but will leave if betrayed or lied to, emotionally soft, low self esteem, needs affection and reassurance.

Poplar Tree (Uncertainty) — looks very decorative, talented, not > very self-confident, extremely courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, great artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

Rowan Tree (Sensitivity) — full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive easily.

Walnut Tree (Passion) — unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

Weeping Willow (Melancholy) – likes to be stress free, loves family life, full of hopes and dreams, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful, musically inclined, loves to travel to exotic places, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with when pressured, sometimes demanding, good intuition, suffers in love until they find that one loyal, steadfast partner; loves to make others laugh.

I Knew I Should Have Brought the Crampons

A.T. Around Newfound Gap
Today was a wonderful day for a hike. I had thought about bringing crampons, but decided against it… It turns out I should have brought them. Michele and I set out for the Smokey Mountains looking for snow. We didn’t really have a trail in mind, so we just headed off for the Smokey Mountains.

At first things were looking pretty bleak. We looked around the mountain tops, but not much snow was seen. We headed up Newfound Gap Road a bit and things started to look better. As we got around the Chimney Tops picnic area, there were signs that snow was going to be on the ground at higher elevations. We headed our way up to Newfound Gap and got on the Appalachian Trail. Since we had already gone up to Charlies Bunion earlier this year, we headed the other way towards Clingman’s Dome. We had planned on hiking the 1.7 miles to Indian Gap and then back. Hiking in 7 to 9 inches of snow is a little more difficult than your regular hiking. This is why I wish I had brought the crampons. It was very slick and slow going. Probably a little more than a mile into it, someone came to the realization that she had bitten off more than they could chew in this hike, so we turned around and headed back.

Since it was still pretty early to head back, we spent some time at the place were President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smokey Mountains National Park on September 2, 1940. As you can imagine, there is only so much you can do there, so we started to head back up the Appalachian Trail, this time towards Charlies Bunion. We just did the beginning climb. It was VERY icy, so I’m almost kind of surprised that none of us slipped and busted ourselves. For those of you that can remember the last trip here (although it was much further down the trail), the flasher girl took a spill.

So we really didn’t do a whole lot of hiking today, but it was so beautiful out today and I wouldn’t have seen it if I had stayed home. Ok, now for those of you that haven’t gone with us yet, this next semester, I hope there are plenty of opportunities for you to go. Now for all the scrooges out there…

Merry Christmas and God Bless Us All, Everyone! Have Happy New Year too.


The following account is from one of the four people crazy enough to go camping….

Friday, December 10th – This was the day. Bryan, Meredith, and I were taking Robert backpacking because he really wanted to do this for his birthday. For those of you that don’t know, Bryan and Meredith are AGAPE Big Brothers and Sisters to Robert. It had rained all day on Thursday and was raining a good portion of the day on Friday. Rain’s not enough to stop us crazy people though. So the plan was to meet up and my house. Bryan was going to drive Meredith’s car and I was going to drive. It was storming really badly when we left my house around 6:00. To buy some time, we stopped at Burger King in Maryville (or was it Alcoa?). Anyways, most of us had Chicken at Burger King. To buy a little more time we each decided to have a pie. We sat around Burger King for a while, kinda waiting for the rain to die down. We eventually left Burger King and headed out for The Great Smokey Mountains.

The plan was for me to park my car at the Great Smoke Mountains Institute at Tremont. This is where the trailhead for the Lumber Ridge Trail is located at. After parking my car, I got into Meredith’s car and we drove to Elkmont to the Jakes Creek Trailhead were we would get on the Meigs Mountain Trail. Once we got there, it was still pouring down rain so we ended up staying in her car for a while. Around 9:30 we figured the rain had died down about as much as it was going to, so we proceeded to put on our packs and head for the campsite. The trail was real wet and muddy. There were a few stream crossings (a couple of rock hoppers, one bridged, and a few that you had to get a little wet) along the way to the campsite. The bridged one was the first one we encountered. We get to this swift moving stream that would have been too much to try and rock hop, but we didn’t see the footbridge at first. Bryan and I usually read up on the trails and neither of us remembers this point with a square, so we figured there had to be a bridge somewhere. After looking for about 5 minutes, we found it and proceeded on our way. It was very difficult for all of us to see anything because our bodies and breath were condensing in the pathway of our lights because it was pretty cold outside (and still raining). After a few near falls, (I almost wiped out real good), we arrived at the campsite.

Campsite 20 is a large site that has many creeks that surround it and run through it. We began looking for a good place to setup our three tents (Meredith in one, Robert in one, and Bryan and me in one). We also began looking for the bear lines. The bear lines are there so you can hang you pack (i.e. get your food away from you incase it attracts bears or other animals). It was crazy. We arrived at the campsite around 10:45. After looking around for the bear lines for 15 minutes, we decided we’d go ahead and setup the tents and look for the bear lines. So while Bryan is setting up Robert’s and Meredith’s tents, I was looking for the bear lines. It was probably another 30 minutes of looking for them before I found them. What’s really pathetic is that they were only 40 yards from where we ended up setting camp. Meredith’s tent was setup first and she got in her’s. Then Robert’s tent was setup and he got in his. At this time, Bryan and I are setting up our tent, it starts to snow. We hang the packs on bear line and get in the tent to try and get some sleep. It would end up snowing the whole night and for the rest of the day on Saturday.

I have a 20º bag and Bryan made sure that everyone else had either a 15º or 20º bag. Still, that doesn’t stop you from getting a little cold. Throwing hot hands in the bags really help. Bryan and I were discussing in the tent, should we stick with the original plan or alter it. The original plan would have us hiking 4 miles on Meigs Mountain to Lumber Ridge and doing 4.1 back to Tremont. Everybody would have wet feet, the trails would be real wet, and we’d be carrying a bit more weight due to the water. We decided it was best for us to head back to Meredith’s car. This was only 2.4 miles away.

Saturday, December 11th – Despite Robert saying he was going to sleep in, he was the first one to get out of the tents. He was walking around and started talking to me and Bryan. He said there was snow all over the ground. We eventually all got up. Well, I get my pack off the bear lines and go for my food, when I see something very strange. While it was hanging during the night, some critter (not Mer, but an actually critter, probably a mouse) got into my pack, crewed its way through to zip lock bags and proceed to chew on every one of my granola bars and PB&Js, so I didn’t have any of my own food. We packed up and headed back to Meredith’s car.

Instead of going back to my car, Bryan needed to get some books (to give as gifts) at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Now for those of you that know your way around the park, Elkmont -> Sugarlands -> Tremont is not a small drive. Anyways, it turns out there was some Christmas festival at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. It’s one of those things it would have been neat to stay for except were all wet, muddy, and probably smell a little bad, so we didn’t stay long. We talked about going for lunch after I picked up my car. Well, I picked up my car and began driving. We had talked that Bryan would do one of two things… either go to a drive through for Robert or we’d stop at Waffle House and eat. It would all depend on how Meredith was feeling. Well the strangest thing happened after we picked up my car at Tremont. I had already disabled the car alarm and had been driving for like 5 minutes, when all of a sudden as I’m driving down the road, my car alarm starts to go off. I’m sure Bryan and they were thinking, WHY HE IS INCESSANTLY HONKING HIS HORN!!!!??!?? Well I pull over and it took a couple of tries before my car alarm would enable and disable itself. I’m not sure what caused it, so that’s something I’ll be keeping an eye on.

Well Bryan pulls into McDonalds. He said he would do this if Meredith wasn’t feeling good, so I hope you get to feeling better Mer. I was ready to get back home into some DRY clothes, so I make sure Bryan was going to head straight back after McDonalds and I wouldn’t be ditching if I left while they were in the McDonalds drive through. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but after seeing the film Super Size Me, its gonna be a long time before I eat McDonalds.

Ok, so I’ve left out a little of details from the trusty barometer and thermometer, but regardless of what it said, the weather was bad, and it was cold.

Injections, Drills, and 2×4’s

If I had to pick one word to sum of each day of this past weekend starting with Friday, those would be the words. It all started out at the Christmas party. Many people had heard that they didn’t want to get my gift but most people didn’t know why they didn’t want to get it. For those few people that did know what the gift was, they didn’t know how it was going to be wrapped. I came early enough, so that only David Russell and a few others would have seen what I brought. Thanks to David, some people got the notion that it was in a bag, so I didn’t have to lie to everyone. In fact, I didn’t even wrap it at all. I placed it in a UPS Next Day Air box and sealed it up. The only problem was, I couldn’t find a box big enough for the handle, so I had to keep it seperate. In the box was a “Super Dooper Reindeer Pooper” jellybean dispenser, a toilet plunger, and an enema solution. I’m glad the person that received this wonderful gift actually deserved to get it. I was worried someone like Melody would get it and it would just seem like a mean gift. The lucky recepient of the gift was….


Saturday started out very early. Several of us meet at the CSC to go remove seatbacks from Neyland Stadium. We went from about 8:00-12:00. I have two drills so I brought them, just in case. I’m glad I did. Anyways, while walking down there, I let Nicoll carry one of my smaller drills. My hands were too full to carry everything. So we thought this would be a good chance to test out Mer’s Power Tools theory. Nicoll didn’t really try, so I guess it just goes to show that a guy with a dog will get more attention than a girl with a drill. Of course later that evening was the SEC championship game. Since many of you know where my allegiance was during that game, I won’t have to tell you that I was happy with the results. UT did better this season than anyone thought they would have, so it still turned out good for UT.

Finally, the thing that would sum up Sunday is a 2×4. I won’t say anything more about this until after the 2×4 is presented to someone.

Looking for a new roommate

You heard it here first.

In an effort to save some money before the wedding, Dan will be moving in with his parents. This will free up the small room in our house. We are looking for someone to start renting in January. The rent is $230 + 1/4th of the utilities. We are definitely looking for a Christian guy. Since our house is more of an older more disciplined house, someone of a similar nature would fit in better.

So if you know of someone that is looking for a place to move in to, we might just have the space for him.