This house was the object of many a humorous passage in Halpern's fieldnotes. Despite its charm, nothing worked at first, and Barbara Kerewsky-Halpern notes how ill-suited the house was for the climate. However, the house turned out to be great for entertaining guests, which was a large part of Halpern's duties in his post with USOM. USOM rented this house from a Lao army colonel. He had rather traditional views and so the toilet and shower, which had their own water supply, were located in a cement building at the rear of the structure. The house did, however, have electricity but there was no indoor running water. Of course, at that time air conditioners were not used in the provinces.