Yesterday a listing pops up on the local Craigslist for a "large tree" blown over in a backyard. The usual, cut the wood, keep the wood stuff. So I called the phone number within 10 minutes of the listing going up and ask the homeowner about the tree. They tell me "maple". We talk some more and it really sounds like a large tree. Now I know Craigslist can be a crapshoot, but the last 2 times turned out to be really good (large sugar maple and a large red oak). So I check out of work early, grab the gear and drive the 30 miles. When I get there they show me the tree. Its good-sized tree, maybe 36" diameter at the waist. But, its a cottonwood. I politely tell the homeowner that it is not a maple and get the response, "oh, we don't know much about trees, but we gotta a maple for you too". Then they walk me around the house and show me a 70' tall silver maple that I can have. Only thing is, this one is still standing - ten feet from the house, limbs literally sitting on the roof of the house. Neighbor's house 20' on the other side. Tree is on a street corner so all of the power, phone and cable lines for the whole block are running right between the branches like a triangle (some on each side of the trunk, many against the trunk). I ended up cutting up some of the cottonwood and took home maybe 1/2 a cord or so (heavy stuff). I figured I made the trip, might as well take a load back. Never committed as to whether or not I was coming back for the rest. Not sure what to do, although free wood is free wood, I'm not sure it is worth the 60 miles roundtrip when I can pull another couple of cords of ash out my neighbors woods (storm blowdowns from last spring and summer), and I've got a bunch of maple in my driveway and backlot to process as well. It really think they knew what the tree was, and just played me along for the ride. I think I'm gonna pass on the rest of the cottonwood.