Lee Reich said that old trees will have long branches that are reaching up to the sky (and apples up there can't be harvested because they're too high). He said to take one or two of those big, tall pieces down in thinning cuts, to make the tree shorter and open up the center.
After the first branch was removed, the tree looked like this.
My evaluation at work is tomorrow. I've been a mediocre employee this past year, so I'm expecting a mediocre review. I hope it's that good. Of course I'm completely nervous.