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On a cold snowy night an outhouse still beats the alternative. No wasting time reading catologs in those temperatures.
"There's nothing more fun than trudging through three feet of snow to use a freezing cold outhouse on a brisk winter morning."
Hey! I've shat there!
I'd never forget it because it looked just like my deer blind at home (well at home back then.) No joke-- someone had left an OL in there for me--had to keep my foot in the door to have though light to read it though. (This wasn't in the winter.)
Takes way too long to look at the photo's , whole page loads each time not just new photo. Bad site design needs to be fixed.
I'm afraid I have to agree with Bo, in that I've seen plenty of these structures, as well...#38 is indeed VERY impressive, and #3 is SO well camouflaged, if you weren't sure where it was (except for the aroma), it would be possible to just walk right on by...I'm reminded of the harmless prank my cousins, brother, and I would pull...We'd wait until one of the others was inside, then start lobbing rocks onto the roof...
vette, looking back to my teenage days of using the neighbors outhouse at my buddies cabin I can understand why some people would lock theirs especially if they were as nice as the one in # 38. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and kick my own a$$. lol!
I'm a fan of outhouses. I'm sure everyone's heard the joke about so-&so's version of "roughing it" is the Holiday Inn. My idea of luxury is a place to hunt with a real outhouse. I usually go where the bears go and try real hard to avoid situations like the one the Captain didn't get himself into. There was this one incident involving red ants, but I refuse to talk about it.
WHY DOES # 38 HAVE A LOCK ON THE DOOR?
BEING THAT WELL KEPT IS A VIRTUE BUT BEING LOCKED IS GOING TO CAUSE UNAUTHORIZED DEPOSITS OUTSIDE OF THE 'VAULT'.
MAYBE IT'S THE EXECUTIVE SUITE!
We recently painted my 50 year-old outhoue. For being that old i thin its in good shape
I have a friend who is the dept. head of Civil engineering at the local college, and he is the poop professor. He loves pictures of outhouses. He even has a rather large photo album of them. He also loves pictures of Waste Water Treatment Facilities.
Wow, Number 4 looks like one of my spray-paint jobs... might need someone handier to come along to apply some paint.
I am all for outhouses, though. It's not cool when you are doing your business in the woods, fall over in the middle of said "business" and roll 30 feet downhill... not that it has ever happened to me... in the dark... with my friends laughing at me. Yeah, never happened.
Mrs Elk thinks she used some these along the roads less traveled by with charlie.
Most of them have a crescent moon on the door meaning they are for the ladies. A star on the door would be for the gentlemen. These symbols date back to colonial times when few folks could read.
Man there are some realy nice outhouses in here.At the outhouse at my hunting camp I'm happy if snow dont come in through the cracks in the door in the winter and if I don get bitten by a spider where you dont want to get bit in the summer. I bet the people the have number 38 dont have that happen to them.
Having grown up very poor and not living in a house with indoor plumbing until I was 12, I have seen more outhouses than I care to. In the summer we would have to check to be sure that there were no wasps or spiders close when you were busy. There were black widows down there. There were also mud daubers, yellow jackets and hornets that would take exception to anyone disturbing them as they did whatever they were doing down there.
No one needs a meeting with the business end of a wasp, particularly when it is your business end they are after when you are using an outhouse. Especially if you are allergic to wasps and other stinging insects of the hymenoptra variety as I am.
I would rather go in the trees than use an outhouse. That is why I carry a small trowel and other essentials for that purpose in my fanny pack.
Outhouses come in all colors, shapes and sizes. But red and square seem to be pretty safe choices.
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