Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Shotgun House

On our recent vacation trip I carried in my shirt pocket a small notebook in which I wrote various things. Four pages are covered with things I came across or read about that piqued my interest. They were to remind me to look further into these subjects when I returned home. One of the things that I ran across while reading Jolie Blon’s Bounce by James Lee Burke was the term "shotgun house." I didn’t know what was meant. I’ve just now looked it up on the internet. It’s a house typical of certain areas of New Orleans in which the rooms are one behind the other. Supposedly you could fire a shotgun through the front door and it would exit at the back door. This is not quite true since the doorways in each room were usually not at the same place. But the idea is clear. A long narrow house just a single room wide and many rooms deep. The pictures I found were of quite attractive houses. Apparently they came about because of very narrow building lots in N.O. Let’s hope Katrina and Rita did not damage these houses irreparably.

On another note, the flu season is upon us. I got my flu shot today. Have you gotten yours yet?


Blogger Bill said...

Got my flu shot a few weeks ago, Frank. In Texas, the phrase "shotgun house" is usually derogatory.

4:54 AM  
Blogger Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I've also heard of shotgun apartments, but I'm not sure they always had back doors.

11:12 PM  

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