THIRD HOUSE --- As the legislative session ends, the most crowded spot in the Capitol is always the hallway at the rear-entrance to the Assembly and Senate floors. This is the domain of the so-called Third House. Jammed with lobbyists hoping to turn a vote or two at the last minute, looking up at closed circuit TVs of the proceedings inside or scribbling notes on the back of business cards to send to legislators via the sergeants-at-arms, the corridor takes on a life of its own. I remember the area having the humidity of a sauna: too many bodies in too small space working much too hard. August 31, 2006.