Saturday, March 23, 2019
6. Waste disposal systems at Dancing Rabbit shall reclaim organic and recyclable materials.
Dancing Rabbits agree to abide by 6 ecological covenants upon becoming official Residents and Members. The covenants are short and sweet and cover many areas of daily life to assure more sustainable living. It is the bedevilment of the details, as with many things, that scuppered my peppers this week.
The implementation of Covenant 6 especially challenged me this week. On first glance, Covenant 6 seems straightforward enough; it succinctly directs me to “reclaim and recycle.” Easy. I wouldn’t expect anything less. I already helped build a new compost bin for kitchen scraps that sits right outside the SkyHouse Kitchen door where I eat, and it is working wonderfully for reclaiming kitchen scraps. I usually take out and sort the recycling from the kitchen as well. Easy. So what’s my problem?
This week, for the 3rd time since I moved to DR, I hauled six 5-gallon buckets of people poo and pee to a huge pile of people poo and pee (PPP), dumped the buckets, cleaned the buckets, and hauled the buckets back to be reused ad nauseum - haul, dump, clean, haul. You see “humanure” as PPP is euphemistically referred to is undeniably organic. Since it is organic, per the innocuous sounding Covenant 6, it is reclaimable and “Rabbits Shall Reclaim Organic Materials.”
I don’t know if it’s because I’m still a novice when it comes to “doing a Humey Shift” as it’s called, or if I was just having an off week, but it did not go very smoothly for me. In the interest of helping the next new person that comes along and finds themselves doing a Humey Shift, I’ve decided to put together a list of Do-s and Don’t-s. If you’re telling yourself this will never be relevant in your life, I’m happy for you. A year ago, I did not think I would need this information, but look what happened. You never know! Forewarned is forearmed.
When hauling, dumping, cleaning, and hauling 5-gallon buckets of human shit:
DO be careful the lids do not bounce off when going over a narrow bridge
DO NOT get too close to the sides of the narrow bridge (you will have 2 inches of clearance on each side FYI)
DO NOT remove the buckets from the front of the cart first. If you DO, you will create a Humey Cart Catapult as the weight shifts faster than you cans say, “Who flung poo?”
DO NOT step into the large bin thinking it is still frozen so you can more evenly distribute the deposit even though you were explicitly directed to evenly distribute the deposit
DO use the shovel that is sitting right next to the bin for deposit distribution (provided you see it before stepping into the bin)
DO wear your tall, rubber boots like you knew you should have instead of your tennis shoes
DO NOT believe the voice in your head as you prepare for your Humey Shift that says “tennis shoes will be fine. Wear the tennis shoes.”
DO wear the big rubber gloves provided at the bin
DO NOT be disappointed when you find the gloves to be wet inside
DO keep your mouth closed when dumping water from one bucket to another during cleaning
DO keep your mouth shut when using the bristle brush to scrub the buckets of Klingons
DO throw out the water you just cleaned the buckets with downwind NOT into the wind
I hope this helps.
At some point in the future, I’d be happy to answer your questions about the how-s and why-s of this Humanure System, but for now, I’m really just open to receiving hugs and gentle words of encouragement that everything is going to be okay again some day.