The best answer I've been able to find is an anecdotal one that the word comes from the Latin, "historia," meaning history. Roman buildings had decorations of carvings or murals on the exterior walls on each floor level they called historia, depicting myths or historical battles. Multilevel buildings were marked by levels of historia. The word was shortened to stories and, today, a building is so many stories tall. Or, this explanation is just someone's tall story. The rest is history, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
Now that we've got THAT out of the way, let's look at what made me think about it in the first place...our second story! Here is how the house looked just before the weekend. The framing of the second story external walls is now complete.
AND...you can now access the second story with this nifty set of STAIRS (with temporary treads).
Can't resist...THE MAN and his stairs:
And lastly...Mark reflecting on life as he gazes wistfully out the window of the loft:
OK...not really. That's REALLY Mark doing what I tell him to do while I take his picture. But you knew that.