"Ok...were the trees pretty picked over?"
"No, they had a ton of them."
"And this is the best you could find?"
"Really? Can you see that it is shaped like the moon?"
"It's fine, just turn that side toward the window."
"I don't think that is going to help, but I'll try..."
In the end we got the tree standing up straight with only two bricks on the stand to help balance it. And when we cut the netting off there were no big bare stops. The tree only took a day to grow on me and now I think that it is one of the best ones we've had.