Not in a bad way, but with an eye to avoid future trouble. The chiders have a point when they ask, "So, you can't afford to take the tree out now, but you will once it has destroyed someone's home?"
A point, yes; but it is already too late: I bicycled to the market for some last-minute brunch items and on my return, I met a very morose-looking opossum in our stub of a driveway, ambling away from the tree, where Tree Guy was buzzing busily. Poor thing looked depressed even for a possum, which is saying a lot. I believe it has found itself evicted.
In terms of removing the tree vs. trimming it, I'm making a bet with the tree and one I might lose: I'm betting that a few hundred invested now will get it through another winter and after that -- we'll see. I'd rather prune it back a little at a time than take on a huge tree all at once. Our tree expert works alone; if we had him take this tree out, it'd be his full time job for the next month! (And that's not gonna happen; aside from me not bein' able to pay for 160+ hours of tree work, his dance card is already crowded. He was slow getting around to this one 'cos of a couple of tree-on-house, tree-on-power-drop disasters).
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