Friday, July 30, 2004

Heat, Dilemmas and Such

I think I jinxed myself. Or maybe I am just psychic. In a bad way. Today I got home, and the loft had an oddly stinky aroma. I looked around, and there was no obvious dead mouse or rotten bag of vegetables I forgot about. I took a look in the bin and the poor little Worms were sad and limp. It's like a million degrees today, and they must have been too hot. I moved them into the bedroom, which has our one AC unit, and I'm trying to cool them off a bit.

Now I have a little dilemma. I have been trying not to use the AC really, unless it's a heat wave and I can't sleep. My tolerance has greatly increased, it's neat. I do use a fan if it's a really hot night, and that is normally sufficient. I like open windows and fresh air (ahhhhh....that fresh Brooklyn air!!) If I am required to keep these Worms cool, it's going to take lots of electricity. Does composting justify the increased usage of power? I really don't know. If I had a bigger refrigerator, I could put them in there maybe, because that's already on anyway. But, for some reason, my landlord, let's call him "Buttman", installed the tiniest refrigerators ever. So, it's not an option. Where would the beer go? Hee hee.

Speaking of dilemmas, and this is off topic slightly, but related to beer (and sustainable living): I am living in an illegal loft. This means it's not zoned for residential use. It's supposed to be a factory or something. New York City only provides trash/recycling pickup for residential buildings. Buttman (the landlord) pays a private company to pick up the garbage. They are supposed to do a separate pick up for recycling, but since Buttman is shady he picks shady companies to deal with and they cut corners. I asked the city if I could take my recycling to a drop off point, but there is none. I am in the middle of a fun email correspondence with Robert Lange, the Director of the NYC Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse & Recycling. He is being resistant but has never encountered such a formidable and persistant force as Brooklyn Worm Girl. If you see him, tell him to watch out! He should just give in now, really. I'd hate to have to embarrass him in front of his friends!


At July 30, 2004 at 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there, my name is georgia and I am a raleigh squirll dog. it is so interesting how you have kept up with your pet worms. you are so industrious, one could say "there are no flies on you" this means you are not sitting around lazy, but the "ironic" thing is there are flies on you from your compost! I wish I could keep a bunch of squirrles in a box until I was ready to use them. by use them I mean chase them. you could say there are no flies on me either. can't wait to see you next weekend, love georgia... bark!

At July 31, 2004 at 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found your blog addresss on the Worm Digest site and have been following your progress.

Heat might be a problem for your worms. I keep mine inside in the winter and in the garage in the summer and that has worked just great. According to The Worm Book by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor, Red Wigglers do best at temperataures between 59 and 77 degrees. Running the fan with it directed toward your bin might help and would not be as expensive as running the air conditioning or you could set the air conditioning at a higher temperature than you would if you were cooling it for yourself but still keep it within the range that the worms need which would provide some savings.

Hope they have come around for you with the cooling that you have provided.

Hope you get a cheaper rent by living in Buttman's apartments----sounds as though there are downsides to living there which should be balanced out by some positives such as lower rents.

Victoria in Indiana

At August 17, 2004 at 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dearest worm girl,
haven't hear from you in a while. i hope those little wormies are doing well chomping away and pooping beautiful dirt for you to use in the future. hopefully we will hear from you this week.

your friend in san francisco

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