There are some types of waste that are unavoidable. . . . but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to put them into your bin. There are, after all, rules to this here project.
The reason I bring this up is that Grant had a little waste extravaganza this weekend at the Richmond General hospital.
He was kite landboarding and being fancy and jumping around and ended up taking a dive directly onto his tailbone from about 10 feet in the air. I only speak about it nonchalantly because he’s ok, and nothing is broken, and he just has to lay down for a bit and be doped up on pain killers. And for the record I was earnestly concerned when I got the original call from the hospital and Grant’s sister-in-law kindly rushed me over there (just in case you think I’m entirely without compassion)
Anyway, I guess when the ambulance picked him up, they had to put one of those plastic neck braces on him and strap him to a gurney, and guess what. Those neck braces are one time use.
They also peeled off his clothes and double bagged them (in plastic bags) and slapped a plastic ID tag to his wrist and made him take some pills out of a little disposable cup. By the time I showed up, he nearly seemed more upset about the amount of garbage he was generating than the pain.
There’s more. It turns out that as he was hurling towards earth and trying to decide which body part he should land on, he actually chose not to land on his land board for fear of breaking a wheel from that height. He was afraid if it broke he wouldn’t be able to replace it because of the Clean Bin Project.
So ironically, he put his material possessions before his own self which is exactly opposite to what this project is supposed to be about. (He did later say that he had a very short amount of time in which to be making decisions, and that he didn’t think he’d actually made the right one.)
Now he’s getting desperate because I am definitely pulling ahead in the competition. He’s trying to convince me that the neck brace shouldn’t be considered waste as it would make an excellent addition to our tickle trunk of costumes.
Well, in that case, I guess I could just remove that windshield wiper from my bin by fashioning it into a lapel pendant and putting it in the tickle trunk “for future use” (I’m kidding of course – I’m all for both reuse and costumes).