Getting rid of garbage…

…is kind of a problem if you live by yourself in the boonies, are vehicle-impaired, and don’t want to just dig a series of holes and bury things that won’t rot in the desert surrounding your place. After seventeen years in the boonies that last solution would become a problem, though when Ian’s big backhoe still worked I do confess the thought of one huge midden pit did occasionally come to mind. Almost certain to cause more problems than it’s worth.

Anyway, I have worked to reduce my actual garbage accumulation to necessary minimum, but there’s always some. Happily, for the past few years my garbage production and that of D&L have reached a sort of equilibrium…


The time it takes me to fill one of these big plastic trashcans that I inherited eight years ago when J&H moved away is more or less exactly the time it takes D&L to reach max capacity on their half-dozen barrels. So I help them load their truck, and in return they leave room for my one can. It has worked amazingly well for years now.

For the foreseeable future we’re going to be doing the water run on Friday rather than Monday, for reasons having to do with when the local food market gets its produce delivery. While in town today I picked up a care package from Generous Reader MM:


A nice new pair of cargo pants. I generally purchase one of these every other year or so just so I have one pair that’s presentable when I leave the Gulch, and it was time. Thanks, MM!

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3 Responses to Getting rid of garbage…

  1. Mark Matis says:

    You’re welcome!

  2. Spud says:

    Don’t you have a burn barrel ?

  3. Joel says:

    Sure. That’s one way I reduce my garbage.

To the stake with the heretic!