Do I have any idea what a "gig" is? No. Do I struggle to answer when the phone rings? Yes. If one was to ask me the difference between 3G and 4G, my answer would be, "1G." I am an unabashed late adopter. My pride, however, is boundless after I was able to take photographs with my phone and upload/download(?) those photos onto my computer - without help. Sadly, the new phone/camera has done nothing for my photography skills as you will see. The only reason I carry on about my personal technological advancement is simply because I must now familiarize myself with "apps."
Thus far in my investigation of apps, the only solid conclusion to which I have come is that as far as apps are concerned, I prefer free to paid. The exception to that rule is the app that I found called "Roadside Attractions;" I figured this might help in my attempt to serve up a major piece of the wacky tacky pie - Roadside Americana.
I decided to start relatively close to home and find out what is waiting to be discovered in my own neighborhood. When I saw a destination called "The World's Skinniest House," I was at once intrigued, hopeful, skeptical and afraid. I should have taken a picture of myself by the front door. Can you imagine the dramatic tension of the world's not-skinniest man in front of the world's skinniest house? Really, the world's skinniest house? I have seen television programs about apartments in New York City that were once linen closets. Perhaps there is a separate category for detached, single-family dwellings. Nevertheless, I had to see it to believe it.
|Peek-a-boo! While not a tree house, it is skinny |
enough to easily hide behind a tree.
I tried my best to used forced perspective
by cropping the photo tall and narrow.
Now that I have seen it, I'm not so sure I do believe it. According to the app, the house was built in the 1930's on a bet - details of the bet were undisclosed. In doing internet research, the only further detail I could find was that the 10x50' plot was used as repayment on a loan; the owner was determined to build a livable space on the land when someone bet him that it was impossible. I testify that it is possible; there are people currently living in the house - which only made the photography session slightly awkward.
While the car is in the foreground, it does give an idea of the scale of 10-foot-wide dwelling.
Here are some links to other "skinniest houses in the world."
The "World's" Skinniest House
708 Gladys Ave.
Long Beach, CA