Unique ExperienceI am Mr. Trash Wheel, I’m a trash-eatin’ googly eyed sentient machine in Baltimore’s harbor, here for an Earth Day AMA!
Apr 21st 2017 by TheMrTrashWheel • 36 Questions • 1719 Points
My short bio: I was born in 1942 in the village of Barta, then Romania, now called Plavnia in Ukraine. My father was drafted into the Romanian Army (then allied with Nazi Germany) in 1942, eventually coming home after the Battle of Stalingrad, only to be drafted again in 1944 but this time by the Red Army after the Russians took the Romanian region of Basarabia.
We were now part of the Soviet Union. I grew up in a house with my Mother and Grandparents. I had a total of 7 brothers and sisters, 3 of whom eventually succumbed to hunger and diseases around 1946, when the Soviets started taking all our food to send back to Russia. My Grandpa also died of hunger when he refused to give up his horse. Back then we relied on roots and small rations of soups as everything was for the collective.
In 1956 I finished 7th grade in the local school. I wanted to study, but everything was far away, we had no roads and no chance to reach any other schools so I started learning how to sew from my neighbor in her improvised shop. This unfortunately didn't help our condition as I couldn't earn any money with my skills.
Once Stalin died, a lot of deported men and women where allowed to go back to their homes, and in 1962 I met one of those men, who wanted us to marry. We did, but I set a condition: I would only become his wife if I we moved to his village, Cuza-Voda, since they had a high-school and I could study 3 more years.
Having finished high-school, I moved to the capital city of Moldova, Chisinau, to become a pharmacist while my husband studied in the Music Collegium. We eventually moved back Cuza-Voda, had a daughter and lived through the Soviet Union, after which our country became the independent Republic of Moldova in 1991. It is indeed weird to see all these countries named in such a small region; now imagine having 3 different identities throughout your life: Romanian, Soviet and Moldovan.
My family was always very patriotic and I'm a big History and Geography fan. It'd be my pleasure to answer any questions you might have.
Hi Mr Trash Wheel, big fan here. Now that you have your own beer, are you afraid that one day you might be cruelly forced to devour one of your own empty cans? I feel like that would be a sad moment
Also, did you spare this poor human in the kayak, or was he sent to cleanly power Maryland homes like everything else?
I became seriously depressed after some traumatic events that I don't want to talk publicly here. I am currently taking sertraline (an SSRI), which makes me feel better but at the same time I feel like I am loosing all my focus and It's hard to keep concentrated on a single task.
If instead of going directly to an SSRI, I'd have taken serious psychotherapy sessions, would I have the same problem with my focus and concentration?
Bill, what was it like collaborating with Tyler, the Creator for the theme song for the new show? What made you choose him initially? Do you have an ongoing friendship with him?
Hello! If you could go back in time and stop anything, anything at all, what would it be?
MTW: Let me make this clear, anyone buys my beer and does not recycle the cans, I have a message for you.
I did not eat that human. Like sharks, I think human flesh tastes gross.
WobblyGobbledygook is correct in pointing out that I am a psychologist, so I don't prescribe meds. I do know an awful lot about treating trauma, though. When a traumatic event occurs, there are often physical symptoms, like depression and anxiety, as well as existential issues that need to be addressed (e.g., "Why did this happen?" "How will I go on?"). If a physical symptom like depression is very serious, I think meds are indicated. However, a lot of depression (if it is a single episode and clearly the result of an event) can be resolved from simply going to talk therapy. In NO CASE should some treat depression JUST with meds. Talk therapy is ALWAYS the primary treatment for depression, especially depression stemming fro trauma.
Oh we hang out all the time. He comes by The Planetary Society; we talk about the cosmos and our place in space.
- When the Soviet Union collapsed, I would unite Moldova with Romania.
Mr. Trash Wheel! You are one of my FAVORITE Baltimore celebs!
My question is this: Is a hotdog a sandwich? Why or why not?
In your professional opinion if said depression is often severe and recurring...if the trauma had not be present is there a chance the person would have never dealt with depression? Out of curiosity because I am a survivor of childhood abuse and someone who has been dealing with recurrent depression (some of the episodes severe) for the past eighteen years.
Thanks so much for being here. Any chance of working with Disney again on the Energy pavilion at EPCOT? Lots of people would love to see an update based on everything we know about the subject now as opposed to twenty years ago - especially if you had something to say.
What life advice do you have to give to a young person?
MTW: I go with Judge John Hodgman's rulings on all matters. A hotdog is not a sandwich.
Depression can be a product of nature or nurture. Some people who have recurring depression are genetically predisposed to the disorder. That's nature. On the nurture side, there is a direct link between childhood trauma and depression. (Indeed there is a direct link between childhood trauma and a laundry list of mental illnesses.) Therefore, unfortunately, it is absolutely possible that your depression is directly related to the abuse, and that you may not have suffered from it otherwise. There is a great deal of research to support the fact that children who are abused suffer permanent damage to parts of their brains as a result. I believe I am one of those people. The abuse I suffered permanently left me susceptible to depression and anxiety. As a result, I take medication every day to keep my mood stable.
Not my choice. Please ask the Disneynians to refresh the ride. It was a fun job. It was sponsored by Exxon, while they still owned a division that made bearings for wind turbine generators, and before their climate denial documents from 1977 were discovered and published in the New York Times. I'd love to do a new show though.
Have a strong will. Don't want to much. Go ahead and study and take the best from life. I had a goal my whole life: to work and have a family and a good education.
Hi Wheelium! I traveled from IL to Baltimore last summer to see you and the city and you and Baltimore did not dissappoint. I would love it if there was a way for IL to get a Trash Wheel in our waterways. Is there any hope of us getting our own Trash Wheel? What would need to be done?
ps. We have plenty of snek and duck here who need a Trash Wheel friend
Thanks! I've always been curious.
You see my father also suffers from depression but my grandfather probably also treated him poorly. It's interesting to me that it did seem to take some time for the depression to set in (I was fifteen when I was diagnosed) but I definitely dealt with some anxiety problems even prior to that. I was told at around age 25 or so that these would probably be lifelong problems for me that I'd just have to learn to manage....and so far that's true (I'm nearly 34). I'm in therapy and getting ready to restart the medication that I thought I'd be ok without (which I was wrong about).
Bill, What are your thoughts on Elon Musk and what he is doing for the scientific world through Tesla and SpaceX?
What is the best thing about living in Moldova?
MTW: Thanks for visiting me. One day I hope my kind will visit all of the duck and snek of the world! You can support my quest for global domination by purchasing this awesome new t-shirt!
I think it is human nature not to want to admit that we need meds permanently. Personally, I have gone off my meds several times--always with disastrous results! It's sad for me to accept that the abuse I suffered caused some damaged that cannot be fixed. Thank goodness there are meds now that really do help.
He and is companies are shaking things up in a great way. Some disclosure, he served on the Board of The Planetary Society for a while, but has had to recuse himself as SpaceX became Yuge. (I gave him a ride to the airport once.) The Tesla outperforms conventional gas-powered cars (as does my new all-electric Chevy Bolt). If the reused lower stage of the Falcon rockets proves profitable, it will change space exploration in great way. Go Elon! (He's an immigrant to the U.S., bt-dubs.)
We have very good climate, good soil and very welcoming people. Come and visit!
Hi Bill, thanks for doing this - I've got a question, I know that maybe it's not specifically in your field, but I would still appreciate your thoughts as someone trying to "save the world".
To what extent do you envisage automation replacing common jobs anytime soon, on a large scale? If this is accomplished do you think it will be a current player (amazon/google/tesla), something completely left-field no one expected, or a community effort from thousands of small to medium sized enterprises working together?
do you want the union with romania?
Self-driving vehicles seem to me to be the next Big Thing. Think of all the drivers, who will be able to do something more challenging and productive with their work day. They could be erecting wind turbines, installing photovoltaic panels, and running distributed grid power lines. Woo hoo!
Bill, Should I continue being a paramedic or just go for it and try to become an emergency department physician?
Edit: spelling. The ambulance gets bouncy and I got a 911 call as soon as I typed this.
Of all the years you've lived through, which has been your favorite, and why?
Go for it! People seldom regret what they do; they, or we, regret what we don't do!
Good years were when I had my grandchildren, when I had goats, sheep and turkeys and I made cheese. I had land and worked it but now I'm old things are harder for me, but still I'm happy because I'm proud of my grandchildren who are studying.
All by way of saying, NO ONE can know what other people suffer privately. And while abusive backgrounds almost certainly do some damage (usually a lot of damage), it is possible to become a "balanced and productive person." I certainly have.
That is very impressive and inspirational; I can sense your life mission in this, and applaud it unreservedly.
First, thanks for making science class so great in middle school. I still have that theme song stuck in my head.
What is our worst case scenario assuming nothing gets done to save the world and what does the timeline look like? How much is my life going to be affected? My kids? I know we need to do something, but what if it doesn't work out?
Thank you for your answer! Two more questions, if you have time.
- What is your favorite kind of cheese, both to eat and to make?
- What are your grandchildren studying?
(also, greetings from Colorado!)
The quality of life for people everywhere will go down. There will be less food and less clean water available in the developed and the developing world. It's reasonable that this will lead to conflict: more violence, more war. Here in the super-developed US, people will have to abandon homes in Miami, Galveston, Norfolk, and other coastal towns. It will lead to defaulted mortgages and people looking for jobs inland. Where will those jobs come from? Sooner we get to work the better.
After slaughtering a lamb, we take the gall and let it ferment. We use it afterwards for making goat and sheep cheese. That's my favorite. Do you know how to milk a sheep? You have to milk it from behind, under their tails. We often mix goat and sheep milk.
My granddaughter is in Germany and my grandson is in the USA.
Welcome back Mr. Trash Wheel!
I see you're having a beer released soon, but it's an IPA and I don't really care for those - too bitter/hoppy for my tastes. Any chance you could talk the nice beer folks into making a Professor Trash Wheel Porter? Or a Snek Stout?
Do you think the sadism part of it was a result of his own mental illness, or that "evil people exist"?
If mental illness caused sadism which caused trauma which caused mental illness, but every decade we grow much, much better at treating these issues and breaking down stigma (even if it is too slow and we have many miles to go), is there hope that as we fray the knot of illness/abuse that it will become exponentially better, as fewer cycles continue?
Hey Bill, what's your take on our chances of becoming a multi-planetary civilization in the foreseeable future?
Hi! Do you have any regrets? Or anything you would have done if you had the chance?
MTW: If you see a single of the Lost Python Ale somewhere you should give it a try! It's a Session IPA so it's not as bitter/hoppy as you might think.
Professor Trash Wheel Porter and Snek Stout sound amazing! If this first one is successful maybe Peabody Heights Brewery will want to collaborate with us again!
I cannot say for certain what made my stepfather a sadist. I don't believe anyone can. As a psychologist, I know that early childhood trauma (especially physical abuse and bullying at home) can make some boys sadistic. But others just seem to be born that way; it can sometimes be the result of problems in the cerebral cortex. For those who become sociopaths as a result of childhood abuse, I think it is sometimes possible to help them--especially if the intervention is done in the prepubescent or adolescent years. Unfortunately, it is the nature of both sociopathy and narcissism that the sufferers DO NOT BELIEVE THEY HAVE A PROBLEM. If a person doesn't believe they have a problem, they have no motivation to change.
Infinitesimal. If you think you want to live on Mars, try living in the dry valleys of Antarctica for a few years. And to play fair, you have to bring your own air to breathe. Inhaling the local atmosphere on Mars would kill you in an instant. You'd never go outside, not really. You'd live in some dome, and when you go out, you have to be in a spacesuit, which is just another dome, only really tight fitting. Oh, and there is absolutely nothing to eat.
I would've liked to study further. For now, I would like to have more work, have a better sight, sew more! laughs and take care of my great grandchildren. (Comment from granddaughter: she can never stay still!)
Edit: I would've liked more children.
Hey there Bill!
Was curious, what was your favorite episode of the old Bill Nye the Science Guy show? There must have been one episode you did that stood out to you more than others.
What has been the most difficult time in your life? Especially since you have lived through so much.
Nope. When you get your job as a dancer on broadway, don't ever tell people who your favorite dance partner is. Otherwise, you won't get a chance to dance with anyone else. There is something in every episode that I just love. The spit take in Ocean Life cracks me up as does the screaming skull I'm holding in Bones & Muscles. And, who doesn't love passing out in a fighter plane pulling 7.5 g's?
When I finished school and I didn't have where to continue with my studies. I was too young to go anywhere, we where 'naked' (didn't have any clothes) and bad food. I started to go to another village but coming back hungry through the snow was too difficult. Everything felt hopeless then.
In your opinion, why are so many eager to discredit climate change brought about by human activities? What are the most obvious signs that they are ignoring?
Thank you for doing this AMA. What is your sweetest memory?
The fossil fuel industry has successfully introduced the idea that ±2% is somehow the same as ±100%. Just as the cigarette/cancer deniers, did, only global and affecting billions rather than millions. Sooner we embrace renewable energy sources, the sooner we can bring the military home and be energy independent. Let's go!
Sweetest memories are with my grandchildren. Seeing them singing and playing music with my husband. I've always really enjoyed sewing, so every time I've finished a piece, I feel a lot of satisfaction.
The Bay was just given a C- health rating, the highest rating in a while. How concerned are you about EPA cuts after it seems like we're finally making progress, and what are some local non-profits that we can donate to to help combat the cuts?
Thank You for sharing your knowledge.
Are you familiar with re-evaulation counseling? And if so, what are your impressions of it?
We've heard the chant of your name even wayyy over here in New Zealand. :) Just a small question. Favourite astronomy point in the night sky?
In those tough times, was there anything that brought you happiness? Some moments that was enjoyable?
MTW: If you're an experienced paddler you could join the Baltimore Floatilla to show support for continuing to clean up the Harbor! And on a larger scale you could also support the Chesapeake Bay Trust!
It is my understanding that re-evaluation counseling is a repackaging of Scientology. While I am not hear to judge anyone's beliefs, I will say this: I believe that it is best to seek treatments that have been empirically shown to be effective. That means they have been studied in double-blind experiments and published in peer-reviewed journals. As much as talk therapy with a psychologist may look like "just talking" (as one would with a co-counselor in re-evaluation counseling), psychologists actually have YEARS of training in psychological issues and the empirically-validated best ways to treat them. Mental health professionals must have a master's or doctorate degree, get years of training in the field as interns, pass difficult state and national tests, get licensed, and maintain those licensed through continued learning. So, needless to say, I think a licensed professional is in a better position to help than re-evaluation counseling.
Thanks for your support. I don't have a favorite (favourite). Saturn is beautiful. And, I am fond of the Earth's Moon.
I didn't know what happiness was. I was happy when I had a little bit of bread.
What was the worst thing you experienced and what was the best thing you experienced in life?
Hunger and cold was the worst that's ever happened. We didn't know about candies like now, there was nothing to buy. The best thing was when my daughter was born after seven years of trying to get pregnant.
That's interesting to me. I was younger (15) when it really hit me but the abuse had been going on before then. I was a pretty anxious kid but then things snowballed in high school...it was really bad for me (multiple suicide attempts, bulimia, self-harm) until I was 22 and a housemate confronted me about my depression (which beyond post suicide attempt I'd had zero treatment for...my parents didn't put a lot of stock in medicine period much less mental healthcare ) and found out I was contemplating suicide and drove me to the ER....I actually told the truth and was admitted for five days and then given a plan for outpatient care...which I followed. I was good about treatment until a few years ago...and I regret dropping it because dealing with restarting on my own WHILE depressed has been very difficult.
What are your thoughts on animal agriculture and the promotion of a vegan diet as to reduce our impact on climate change?
Please share with us a nice wholesome Moldovan recipe? :)
Please don't beat yourself up for stopping treatment. There is no perfect way to approach mental healthcare. I went in and out of therapy and on and off meds many times before I figured things out. I hear what you're saying about how hard it is to find a good therapist when you're already in the throws of depression. If the depression is very bad, perhaps you should consult with your regular doctor right away about getting on anti-depressants. While they are no replacement for talk therapy, they can help take the bottom out of depression very quickly. Also, if you have a good friend that you can trust, enlist them to help you find treatment. When we are feeling weak, it is sometimes best to lean on someone stronger for support. Please, please, please take care of yourself and DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to get yourself some help. YOU DESERVE TO FEEL BETTER.
Plant-based diets are the future. I look forward to food preparations that are not "derivative bits," as we say in comedy writing. Instead of "coconut bacon," for example, I hope there is just delicious stand-alone coconut preparations. Cooking is a competitive business. I look forward to the emergence of new plant-based dishes.
Take a three month-old chicken that you raise yourself, you fry onions, put some carrots and then the pieces of the chicken. Take some home-made red pepper paste and two or three spoons of flour. Add some water just to cover the meat and let it simmer. At the end add some parsley and some dill. Serve it with mamaliga (polenta), salt and pepper. Serve with kompot.
Do other trash devices get jealous of your wheel, or gorgeous eyes?
I've actually reconnected with a doctor at the psychiatrists office I'd been to before. I started therapy again last month but it's pretty clear that I'm still doing really bad at this point. I have an appointment with the psychiatrist on the 28th.
Where do you shop for ties? I grew up in a bow tie family. I want a Bill Nye Science Guy Signature Bow tie!
QUESTION: If there was one thing you could say to the youth of today, what would it be?
Thanks for taking the time out of your day to do this. Much love from California.
MTW: Considering that I myself get a little jealous when I see my reflection in the water, I can only imagine they're overflowing with envy.
Good. Please hang in there. When you're in the pit, it's hard to remember that it can and does get better. Be very kind and gentle and patient with yourself until the treatment starts to help.
(This is her granddaughter now. She couldn't believe she got greetings from California, thanks a lot!)
Do you think your TV show has helped or hurt the messages you're trying to spend? Does your reputation make people listen or tune out?
Greetings from Florida! The Australia of the United States.
I hope people coming of age have a respect for the process of science in part because of my show(s). If not, I guess I've failed, but I did and continue to do my best. Checkout Bill Nye Saves The World, which starts on Friday on Netflix. There are 13 episodes. Binge 'em, and turn it up loud!
I know Texas but I've never heard of Florida. Is it Trump's? I know he has a lot of money somewhere.
Edit: I have a map of the United States, I wish I was closer and further from Russia.
Mr. and Prof. Trash Wheel! Hi! thanks for all you do. My questions are:
1) What humans would you say you look up to the most?
2) I've noticed you've been featured on some pretty fancy-schmancy online sites and blogs. How have you been celebrating your newfound celebrity status? How will you stay humble as your popularity grows?
Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully the awareness you are spreading and that other sources are starting to produce more support and understanding for victims, and lead to harsher laws for offenders.
Hi Bill!! You're doing great work.
My questions for you are:
What is your favourite element and favourite subatomic particle?
What scientific mystery do you most want to solve?
What are your feelings towards Romania ?
MTW: Favorite people – Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Joey Chestnut. One time I ate a can of cham-paggin, does that count as celebrating?
PTW: Favorite people – Bill Nye, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Thelma Estrin, Grace Hopper, Wangari Maathai and Holtzmann. I like to celebrate by doing my job and doing it well.
That is my life's work: to educate the public and inspire survivors. To that end, I provide a lot of good information on my website: MichelleStevensPhD.com and on my charity's website: Post-TraumaticSuccess.com
Favorite element? Don't have one, but I am fond of the compound water. In fact, now that I've sipped it, I don't think I could live without it. Subatomic particle? Not sure, but I'd sure like to know if there are particles associated with dark matter. Darkons?
It's my home country. I've always wanted us to be one whole country, I grew up with Romanian radio and even during Soviet times I was dedicated and aware of everything that was happening in Romania, educated my children and grandchildren with a love towards the Romanian Nation and they've now regained their romanian citizenship.
Bill Nye! My AAAS membership led me to the IDP Career Test at ScienceCareers.org. I am 27 years old and am finally considering a college education. My top result is "Science Education for non-scientists" of which I believe you have ample experience. How would you suggest entering this career field? Would any specific college major help or will any science based major suffice? Would you ever consider letting an individual, such as myself, job shadow you for a couple days? Lastly, do you plan to attend this year's StarTalk Saturnalia party? I'm also a member of the Planetary Society and have to thank you and your team for your science advocacy! I look forward to watching "Bill Nye Saves the World"; keep up the great work!
Bonus Question: Have you heard of "The Show About Science" Podcast run by 6 year old (Yes only 6!) Nate Butkus? I would love to hear you interviewed on his show! You have been an inspiration since my youth; I know you'd inspire him also.
Grandma, where is one place in the world you have always dreamed of visiting?
Be sure you can do algebra. It is a key to success in a technical field. I work in a writers room these days. If you want to do what I do now, look for a job as a television writer. Thanks for being a member of The Planetary Society. We advance space science and exploration. Let's know the cosmos and our place within it!
I've always felt weird about people here who just wanted to go to Russia or France but I want to know Romania, such a beautiful country with lakes and forests. My husband died, with his dream unfulfilled of seeing his country from the other side of the river Prut.
Hey Mr. Trash Wheel and Snek, have either of you considered sporting a hat? You're both stylistic icons and throwing a ball cap/top hat into the mix would really be somethin' else.
Also, how 'bout dem O's baby?
Hi Dr. Stevens, I have another question (if you have time to answer). According to WHO, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. What's your take on why depression is so widespread these days? It can't all be from chemical-imbalances can it? In cases where childhood trauma is a factor, I believe depression is a symptom of the trauma. How do you think societies should address this growing phenomena - clearly the conventional methods aren't enough. Personally, I am a huge supporter of therapy but sometimes even combined with medication, it doesn't seem to be enough for the severity of trauma that many of us have gone through.
imagine having 3 different identities throughout your life: Romanian, Soviet and Moldovan.
That's interesting. Do you identify with any particular one of these identities more than the others?
As the area you are from seems to have changed hands many times in your life, which country/ethnic or cultural background do you most identify with?
And also, what were some of the repercussions and effects of these territorial changes?
Are you planning on having children? And if so, where would you like them to live? (We'd love a baby Trash Wheel in Seattle!)
How would you accurately describe "PTSD" versus other combat related issues, and do you feel "PTSD" is overused to a problematic affect.
I feel like I hear people toss the term around too easily, because they keep hearing the phrase on TV. I find myself constantly trying to point out to people that (correct me if I am wrong) PTSD is still different from say "combat stress" or "battle fatigue" (ex: the cumulative mental effect of being in a state of high stress or hyper awareness for days, weeks, months on end).
It seems like too many people just go "Acts weird now" + "was in the military" = "That guy must have PTSD".
Is there a example or list, cause or symptom wise that you might use to explain the idea to someone of something that IS PTSD, vs something that affects people including veterans but IS something else? Thanks.
Is there anything you dislike about the present society, something that wasn't present in your younger days?
PTW: Trash wheels have a rather strange reproduction cycle so who knows if or when I'll have children. I'd love to trash wheels all over the globe, especially in the Emerald City.
My russian grandmother (who you sort of look like btw) lived in Russia during the blockade and had to eat glue and the soles of her shoes to survive, what is the most ridiculous thing you remember eating to satiate hunger? Also she is your age and wouldn't even understand Reddit let alone how to type a paragraph so props to you.
Snek: Sssssssssssssssssssssss sss ssssssss; sssssssss ssss.
Hey MTW, what's it going to take to get you on a forced breeding program and start spreading some little BTWs around the country? As someone who lives surrounded by the greatest concentration of fresh water on the planet, I would think the Great Lakes could use some of your progeny!
When did your hunger "break"? Do you remember the first big, satisfying meal you had after being in hunger for so long? What was it and how did it feel in detail?
MTW: I don't know how I feel about the whole Handmaid's Tale thing. Maybe in a post-apocalyptic world where there aren't enough people left to solve the litter problem without the help of sentient trash interceptors.
A week after easter, we go to the cemetery to remember the dead. My grandma baked a turkey and we all ate it there and we even had enough to share with other people. Smiles
Hi Mr. Trash Wheel, another big fan here. I try to raise awareness of your project wherever I go, from Seattle to San Sebastian. People love the shirt, and are genuinely interested if they have the time for me to tell them about you. However, sometimes I just don't have the time to get your story across. What's the quickest/best way to engage potential supporters to your cause?
I am a Welshman coming to possibly visit for the Moldova vs Wales football match in the World Cup Qualification in September. What should I look out for? And convince me to book flights 😊
MTW: I think the easiest and best way to get people engaged is to have them talk to me! I love chatting with people on Twitter!
Thanks for all the support!
I am far from sports. What if you don't like Moldova? Should I take such a responsibility? If you have enough money and don't know what to do with it, you can come. Come!
Hi Mr. Trash Wheel. Since you are doing a great job cleaning the Baltimore harbor has there been any talk about a Mrs. Trash Wheel. Maybe even if she goes to a neighboring river?
Have you ever travelled to North America? Is there any place you would like to visit, in Canada, the USA, or Mexico?
I would like to, but it's late. I would like to visit my grandson who lives in Boston.
Hello! Great work you're doing.
Does that weight include the weight of water the trash has taken on, or is it an estimated weight pre waterlogged?
MTW: I stay pretty hydrated, so the weight does include whatever water is present in the trash or debris I pick up!
Hey Mr. Trash Wheel, some dude i met at Patterson Park Pond said he caught a carp on the fly near you. Seems like a hell of a feat considering the difficulty of sight fishing at that part of the Jones/Harbor. Do you have any fly recommendations for the fish that hang around your under carriage ?
MTW: The carp are so annoying. They swim too close to and tickle my dumpster barge, so I'm going to recommend a good carp tickler.
I got 2!
How does this wonderful device pick up garbage that has sunk to the bottom of a body of water?
Any plans for expansion?
MTW: 1 – I don't! I am strictly a surface dweller. 2 – The best way to help keep me and Professor Trash Wheel floating is by supporting Healthy Harbor!
It's where my all time hero the Trashman is from so it's pretty wonderful in my book.
MTW: Very carefully.
Where do you think trash wheels will expand to once the word spreads outside of Baltimore? Rio? The Philippines? India? I know we're very excited about the idea up in Narragansett Bay.
Hawaii seems like it will be the first place to get a new trash wheel. We have interest from around the globe, so who knows there might be one popping up in your hometown too.
I heard you may be a big brother soon. Any thoughts on being a big brother? Some life advice for him/her?
MTW: While there's no plans for me to be a big brother anytime soon, I would be pretty adamant about making sure they knew they could grow up to be whatever they wanted to be