The house I live in was built around 1770; indoor plumbing was not even an option when this house was planned. The Roman Empire had the oldest advanced plumbing technology, which did not make it to the new world. This high tech indoor plumbing brought a certain degree of water and sanitation to the masses, or at least the upper middle classes. The New Englanders who build my house had no such recorded aspiration. An Out House in close proximity of the back door to better accommodate those New England winters. No reading lamp or comfortable seat was needed; the biological function was direct, to the point. Around the 1880’s the outdoor Out House found its way into the attached wing with a first floor horse stable, where the livestock’s warmth contributed to the entire winter experience.
Last Saturday night while on vacation in Virginia, this blogger received a frantic phone call from one of my offspring is who grew up with modern indoor plumbing. The mere act of using the second floor bathroom resulted in a noticeable water leak coming from the family room ceiling. My first question during this family alert, was it leaking on my flat screen TV? A safe bet, the Roman’s and early New Englanders did not have that concern. Luckily, our vintage dwelling has two fully functional water closets, and redundancy today has won out against the perils of modern plumbing. During this same period the cable networks headlined the monstrous destructive tornadoes that scattered the South and Southeast over the last week of April 2011.Tornadoes up to a mile wide that traveled over 100 miles from Tuscaloosa, Ala., Cullman, Ala., Birmingham, Ala., Hackleburg, Ala., Smithville, Miss., Ringgold, Ga., Cleveland, Tenn. and Glade Spring, Va. Friends of mine in Alabama were safely tucked away in their basement closet with their three dogs awaiting the passing of another tornado. Weather events such as those sure make leaky pipes unimportant. Those of us who live in the northeast tornados are rare and we have much to be thankful for, an occasional leaky pipe becomes a welcomed alternative.
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