So, I decided to cut off some of the smaller branches to prune it down. But then some of the bigger branches annoyed me. So, I got out the hand saw. And I started hacking.
Suddenly, I was taking down entire branches and swinging at the tree with an axe. Oh, note to self - DO NOT USE THE AXE. YOU DON'T KNOW HOW.
In the end, I cut off as much as was humanly possible and threw the remains over the fence into the back alley to be disposed of later. (Or to be set on fire by local hoodlums.) I would have finished dealing with it, but I forgot about my tendinitis and by the time I was done sawing, I now can't lift my arm.
And, I forgot to rake the leaves.