Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Sitting here ready an article on passive solar homes. Strange how they make it sound like a new idea. House with southern facing windows with overhangs or porches to help block sun as it rises and gets hot. open flow plan so if you open windows it cools the house. New idea they say except every older home around here was built that way, but anyway it made me think about front porches.
I remember when I first brought my wife to small town America. She used to laugh because you always waved to everyone. somebody drove by, you waved, they waved back. She would say who was that, you respond, I don't know. Then why did you wave she would ask. Just being neighborly.
But aside from waving to everyone I remember sitting on the front porch talking to your neighbors. You see all this new construction with no porches. They have fenced in back yards for entertaining. I know if you ask a lot of people who their neighbors are they don't have a clue.
So as I look at what they call new ideas I think to myself that maybe our forefathers knew what they were doing, plus they knew their neighbors.