Sunday, June 23, 2013


Years ago, an older gentleman told me that long before the war, maybe in the 1920s, not everybody had indoor plumbing in Hagåtña.

As a matter of fact, in the 1920s, the majority didn't.

There were even public latrines and outhouses along the reef in Hagåtña, which you could access by walking on long slender bridges from the beach out to the reef.

According to this gentleman, some families could be seen sending their sons each morning with buckets of their bodily wastes from the night before out to these reef-side outhouses to dump the buckets.

Locals gave these a pretty-sounding name in English : honeydew buckets.

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