A Travel Photo

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(Photo credit: Anna LaRue)

During the holidays, I spent a couple weeks traveling in Cameroon. It is dry season there, and it is especially dry in the northern part of the country. The riverbeds are bone-dry sand.

Water is so precious that every single leaking water meter I saw had a bucket under it to catch the extra drops. The photo above was taken near a main road in the city of Ngaoundéré. While someone else is paying for the water, none of it is wasted.

Tiny “Spite” Houses

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Continuing my interest in tiny houses, here’s a post about tiny “spite” houses.

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I came across this blog post about spite houses, which are

A building constructed or modified to irritate neighbors or other parties with land stakes. Spite houses often serve as obstructions, blocking out light or access to neighboring buildings, or as flamboyant symbols of defiance. Because long-term occupation is at best a secondary consideration, spite houses frequently sport strange and impractical structures.

A couple of the highlighted spite houses are tiny!

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The Hollensbury Spite House:
John Hollensbury vs Horse-drawn Wagons in Alexandria, Virginia 1830

More info here.

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The Skinny House: Sibling Rivalry in Boston, Massachusetts 1874

More info here.

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The Alameda Spite House:
Charles Froling vs Neighbour & the City of Alameda, California 1900s

More info here.

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The O’Reilly Spite House:
Francis O’Reilly vs Neighbour West Cambridge, Massachusetts 1908

More info here.

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The Montlake Spite House:
Typical Neighbourly Clash in Seattle, Washington 1925

More info here.

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Photo – A Geyser in Downtown Berkeley

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A huge geyser was caused when a car hit a fire hydrant in the center of Shattuck Ave on April 16th.

(And apparently, it’s not the first time this has happened in Berkeley, CA.)