Took all the side brances off the papaya tree with a hand saw, then topped it. The top dropped with a considerable thud, breaking in half on the way down. Apparently it would not have been long, or taken much of a wind, for it to have snapped on its own. The main part of the trunk is still standing -- that will have to wait for another day. The difficult, and dangerous, part is finished.
Curiously, the telephone service is out this afternoon, and has nothing to do with the tree, or downed wires, or anything that I have done. I called the phone company, and they indicated that it's service related to the recent heavy rains, and service should be restored before Thursday evening.
Hey, wait a minute. Thursday?? But today's only, like, Monday!