Eric just found that email.
This episode was entitled "The pillaging continues...".
Wednesday, August 19th, 1998.
Still hacking our way through the jungle. Sometimes I think I can see the end of it, but then I realize that it's probably delirium induced by the long hours of hacking, slashing and slogging through the muck. One day I hope to raze this jungle to the ground! until it's just a nice rolling plain. Fit only for growing vegetable crops or becoming a rest area for weary travelers. Instead of the murky vermin infested pit that it is now.
Until then, I can only continue onwards, hoping that we are drawing closer to the end of this back-breaking labor.
I remain -
Yes, I really did garden using a hatchet. My weeds really were six feet tall. That area of the yard that I was working on is now the vegetable garden with raised beds.
Another missive dated March 10th, 1999.
I've been whipped, beaten, burned and deafened. I've also got a bloody nose and broken fingernails. I'm a bit shaken, but I'm OK.
There's nothing like a little yardwork to make you appreciate life.
Those trees aren't laughing anymore...now that they're MULCH!
Hatchet - Mistress of Woodchippers and Tree Dominatrix
Apparently I've been battling trees forever.