Happy 100th birthday, Pete!
It helped that Pete was pretty handy. He often fixed hand tools that others had discarded, fashioning new handles or reattaching the tools to their original handles. He always painted the handles light blue—a paint color that was created from a variety of salvaged paint cans. Turns out the color is pretty useful: it's easy to find a rake or a scythe in the grass when it is painted blue. It is also useful in spotting loaned tools on your neighbor’s workbench!
As a culture, I think we have become pretty sanitized about our waste. We tie it up tightly in plastic and remove it from our homes quickly. Every week, a truck hauls it to a landfill—not a dump—where we don’t have to see it or think about it ever again. In an era of mass consumerism, it never matters how much packaging surrounds your new shiny item, because it just disappears.
I like to think that we are returning to a culture of less consumerism. Some of that has to do with the economy, and some of it has to do with our growing awareness of the damage to the planet that our actions cause.
So, in honor of Pete, reconnect with your garbage.