The man who mistook his truck for a house

(If you don’t immediately recognize the reference in the title of this post, it comes from a well-known Oliver Sacks book.)

My trip to the cottage involves driving down some back roads … as any cottage worthy of the name should!


Sometimes, along such an infrequently travelled road, you will see an unusual sight. Earlier this year I managed to snap a photo of a deer through the car windshield.


But that’s not so unusual. This, on the other hand …

half house, half truck

Now that’s unusual! There must be a perfectly logical explanation:

  1. This was the homeowner’s first truck. When the engine died, he couldn’t bear the thought that he would never sit behind the steering wheel again.
  2. The homeowner is a big game hunter, and this is the biggest thing he ever bagged. He decided to mount it on the outside of the house for maximum exposure.
  3. When the homeowner divorced his wife, she demanded half the house and half the truck. After hard negotiations, she settled for one fifth of the house and four fifths of the truck.

The wagon wheel in front seemed a little incongruous, but eventually I got it: we have a little transportation theme going here.



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 49erDweet
    Oct 30, 2006 @ 09:44:15

    OK, I admit it. Both of these folks stump me! I don’t know which is weirder, he or she. But I do understand why they were originally attracted to each other. Great pics and story, Bill


  2. 49erDweet
    Oct 30, 2006 @ 09:51:28

    STEPHEN. I meant. Ps: The wagon wheel, a remnant of the method of identifying the few from the many the tracks leading to remote ranches in the old southwest (and probably elsewhere) from those leading “nowhere”, was used by your countrymen to remind themselves during the bleakest of winters that somewhere south of them kinder weather still prevailed. A symbol of hope!



  3. aaron
    Oct 30, 2006 @ 19:30:04

    4. You’re looking at the house of an environmentalist — why use new materials when perfectly good, albeit unusual, used materials are available?

    5. There’s gotta be an explanation that involves a witch and a curse, but I haven’t worked out the details yet.

    6. There have to be many explanations that involve alcohol and a bet, but you can figure out most of those for yourself.


  4. Stephen
    Oct 30, 2006 @ 21:23:43

    • 49er:
    Thanks for that information about the wagon wheel. I wasn’t familiar with its significance, either in the south (with its trails that lead to nowhere) or in the north (with its inhospitable climate).

    I doubt this homeowner had any deep symbolism in mind, though. For some reason I think his guiding principle is, “Whatever strikes my fancy”.

    • Aaron:
    Very good! Explanation #4 actually makes this approach to homebuilding appear laudable.


  5. Mary P
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 13:18:45

    This house? Rural central-to-northern Ontario? Put those together, and I think Aaron’s closest with his number 6.


  6. Ozymandias
    Nov 02, 2006 @ 02:00:35

    A barbarian has to live somewhere. yawp.


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