Swinging on the Outhouse DoorPosted Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 11:26 PM
A few old relics of days gone by.
You certainly didn't fight over the right to use the bathroom with a two or three-seater outhouse! The art of recycling began when the Sears & Roebuck catalog was used in a more thoughtful fashion. You could read one part of the catalog and tear out a page at a time for a more sanitary purpose.
The fresh air of the great outdoors eliminated the need to install a bathroom fan. No electricity or water was ever wasted in an outhouse.
In the 6th Grade, I went to a junior church camp. They had at the campsite, a nice sturdily built "outdoor" bathroom. We called her "Mrs. Murphy It was much more genteel to say that we had to visit "Mrs. Murphy" in mixed company.
A few years ago, on a trip back to Idaho, we had to stop at one of those dingy gas stations; you know the ones that people have been known to vanish from in the movies. They didn't have an indoor bathroom, just an old outhouse.
Now, I have experienced "roughing it" with my dad growing up, but this "outhouse" cannot be described with any sense of delicacy. Needless to say, I opted to hold out for the next exit off of the freeway.
Sprinting to the outhouse on a dark night in the dead of winter was both character building and provided aerobic exercise to boot!
I invite you to share your own experiences with the "enclosed" throne of the great outdoors. Healthy humor only please.
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.