TORRANCE, Calif. It is a nibble weird that a guy who describes his relationship to Christmas as "hostile" runs around greater Los Angeles in a floppy red Santa hat and answers his iPhone, "Merry Christmas, this is Scotty Claus!"
But bummed as false merriment and gift obligations render him, Scott Martin -- landscape architect and tree hugger in a literal sense -- was unnerved by the sight of post-Christmas trees lying about like so much discarded sausage casing.
What people really ought to do, he reasoned, was rent a Christmas tree, and return it, alive, to the nursery after the season.
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