Had a college friend of my son visiting for a weekend and our discussions drifted over to chamber pots .
Doug-"What was the point?"
Me- "You used it in the middle of the night."
Doug-"Why not just build a bathroom?"
Me-"Indoor plumbing wasn't common. Outhouses were."
Doug-"Why not just go to the outhouse?"
Me-"Outhouses were usually built away from the house for a reason."
Doug-"People didn't want to walk a few feet to the outhouse?"
Me-"Not in the dark no. Remember, no electricity, no flashlights."
Doug-"I would have walked."
Me-"How about in January? How about if you were a woman or child?
What would you do about bears and wolves?"
Doug-"I wouldn't keep a pot and pitcher in my room with pee or poop in it."
Me- "You carried it outside in the morning."
Doug-"I would have dumped it out of the window that night."
I laughed at his solution and we moved on to a class they were both taking on Fluid Dynamics.
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