A Real Sap For Christmas Trees

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - January 25, 2006
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Here it is, almost Valentine’s Day 2006, and I’m still talking about Christmas trees, 2005. That’s because I only took ours down this past week. The task of removing the Christmas tree in the Nagasawa house is almost as gut-wrenching as removing a splinter from under your fingernail.

It’s kind of like cooking a fabulous meal - after everyone has enjoyed eating it, someone has to clean the kitchen. Of course, we didn’t have a regular tree, it rivaled the one at Honolulu Hale, except ours was flocked.

It also had one of those stands that has a spike which is driven into the bottom of the trunk. This renders it nearly impossible to take off. Given that, in order for me to remove the tree from our home, I have to get all the water out of the stand.

My wife did it the year before so I asked how she accomplished it. She said that she used a turkey baster to suck the water out, adding that she threw it away and never replaced it. I ran to Foodland to buy a new one as well as an additional baster to use if we ever cooked a turkey.

When I got up to the register, I laid the two turkey basters on the counter. The cashier knew me and said, “Hi, Mr. Nagasawa, you folks roasting a turkey?” Not really thinking, I replied, “No, my wife said to buy these so I can suck up the water at the base of my tree trunk.”

I looked up at the cashier and she was frozen, just staring at me. The other customers behind me in line had looks on their faces as though they were trying to figure out a Sudoku puzzle. Sensing the need for clarification, I elaborated, “You know, the water in the Christmas tree stand.”

The cashier replied a few decibels louder than necessary, “I knew that!”

I better watch out how I say things or before you know it, they’ll be keeping the turkey basters behind the counter in the manager’s booth.




Pam Smith sent in what is probably the cutest website I’ve ever run. It’s a chronicle of her “little Westie’s” journey home to Hawaii. Check it out to see who Westie/Kalli is.

My daughter is going to love that one. Send in your favorite sites to me at:

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