Yesterday morning one of our guests walked into the office, and asked if we had a compost pile because she had some apple and pear peelings that she'd like to add to it.
The Cap'n responded that although we would love to have one, it would attract bears and other critters, which is a bad idea for them and for us. They just aren't a good idea out here in the mountains.
"But it's good for them!" She responds. "If you have it far enough away from your buildings it should be fine! It's really something that you should do!" And this is a summary. She went on and on and on, at least four rounds with the Cap'n's impressively polite responses.
Wait a minute. You sat in your cottage this morning, and after you peeled your solitary apple and pear you decided you'd march on over here and make a couple of compost converts out of us? Over an apple and a pear?
It annoys me to no end when city people (listen to me! those goddamn city people!) arrive in the country and decide they're going to do some educating for these poor, simple, country folk. Guess what!!! We have heard of this radical concept called "composting" and have made an educated decision about it. Luring bears, raccoons, skunks and any number of other critters out out of their natural habitat with the smell of food, even composting food, is not recommended. We've checked. They should be eating their natural diet, and not learning that people equals food. Even if you think they could honestly use the roughage. It's not like throwing apples to the pigs at the animal sanctuary. For christs sake there's a highway not fifty feet from us.
She responded that she'd be taking her peelings home with her to compost there. You go girl. I told the Cap'n that we should have told her that if composting is really that important to her, then she should eat her goddman peelings, crap them out, and then we'd be happy to compost them in our septic tank.
Arrogance coupled with ignorance equals arrogance times twelve.