Dreams do come true.

Since I was 14 years old, I've always wanted to crawl through the netting of a tree baler. I was working at a small Christmas tree lot by the Tiverton "Four Corners" (currently a Sip N' Dip), and would cut down the trees and bale them through the netting before loading them on the customer's car.

There was just something about that baler that enticed me and made me want to dive through it. Now, 17 years later, I would have never expected for that dream to come true—but lo and behold, mission accomplished.

I had some help from a friend, Wendy D'Abrosca, who got me in contact with Jeremy Holden, who owns a small Christmas tree lot in the parking lot of Westport Auto and RV Center. I explained my longing desire to be baled in tree netting, and without and hesitation, he told me to head on down to 1058 State Road in Westport.

Jeremy wasn't available at the time, but some guy with a beard named Junior would be waiting for me. It was now or never, and I wasn't missing out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

My Digital Managing Editor, Tim, joined me on my adventure and the moment we drove onto the tree lot, we were greeted by a man who bore an eerie resemblance to the scary shovel guy from Home Alone.

Tim Weisberg/Townsquare Media
Tim Weisberg/Townsquare Media

"Are you Junior?" I rolled down the window and asked.

"Yeah, but people call me 'Uncle,'" Junior replied.

We parked the car and got to work.

I'll be honest, it wasn't as thrilling as I thought it would be and I kind of felt bad for Junior, who had to pull my large torso through the baler single-handed. Still, it was a solid goal to check off.

To paraphrase Ice Cube, today was most certainly a good day.

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