Re: Latrine privacy
don newcomb (newcomb@US1.NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Mon, 18 Jul 1994 14:52:40 -0500
>From: David Weintraub <dhw@HPTELE24.TELERATE.COM>
>I guess your latrines were better ventilated.
I remember reading about the back-country practice of building a
"squat log" for summer use. As described, mind you, I've never
seen one, this was a low bench made from a split log which was
plained and sanded to be smooth and splinter-free. In the summer
when the outhouse became too rank. The men would place the "squat
log" out of sight of traffic and dig a shallow trench just behind it.
This was said to be a social gathering point for the men-folk who
would discuss the problems troubling the world while working out
issues of a more personal nature. This was a "man thing"; the
women, being more civilized, would continue to use the outhouse
or chamber pot.
Our ancestors lived in long-houses, teepees and other communal
structures for thousands of years, without anything of what
we now consider "normal personal privacy." Not that I'm suggesting
we go back, mind you. I'd just like to put this all into perspective.
Donald R. Newcomb * email@example.com
Naval Oceanographic Office * firstname.lastname@example.org
Stennis Space Center, MS 39522 * Voice: (601) 688-5998
FAX: (601) 688-5485 * DSN: 485-5998
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City