The World’s Oneliest House July 29, 2009Posted by Onely in Dating, Food for Thought, Great Onely Activities, I want to..., single and happy, solo travel.
Tags: couple living arrangements, creapy, independent couple, paranormal investigation, point lookout lighthouse
Point Lookout Lighthouse in Maryland is the world’s oneliest house. It sits on a rocky outcropping that juts into the confluence of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. I went there with my paranormal investigations group (a story for another blog at another time), and it’s a truly spooky, isolated location. But that’s not why it’s a onely place. What struck me about the lighthouse was that it had been modified so that two keepers’ families could live there together. A wall was built down the center of the house. The wall turned into a railing that crossed the front porch and went right down the middle of the short staircase leading from the lawn to the front of the house. The house had two front doors on the porch, one on each side of the railing. The two families could walk up their respective sides of the steps and enter their respective mirror-image houses, dine in their mirror-image dining rooms and sleep in their respective bedrooms, and never cross paths except in one shared alcove to which they each had lockable doors. That alcove accessed the spiral staircase leading to the light tower.
As I walked around the lighthouse with my EMF reader and digital voice recorder (again, a different story for a different day), I thought about what an ideal setup the lighthouse would make for a couple. Well, for any couple of which I was a part, anyway. I could live in one side and he could live in the other, and whenever we wanted to hang out we could meet in the alcove or on the porch. If I wanted to sit and write, I wouldn’t have to worry about him walking around in another room and bothering me (I have trouble writing with another person in the same house, even if they’re in a different room). I would have my own hairs in my own bathtub and own dishes in the sink. But if either of us wanted or needed the other’s company, we’d be right there.
Copious Readers, do you agree? Would this be the ideal living arrangement for a pair of CREAPs (committed romantic ever-after partners)? If not, what would your ideal CREAPy living arrangement be?