Thursday, May 5, 2011

Home Comforts

Traveling helps us get out of our comfort zone and pushes us to experience new places and meeting new friends.  It is exciting and fun.  But, it is stressful.  Unfamiliar roads.  Untested restaurants.  Is this a good part of town or a dangerous place? 

Coming back to our home town allows us to ignore using the GPS, visit familiar friends and family, take care of errands quickly and efficiently.  We will be ready to leave again at the end of the month.  But, coming home is always nice.

A-Z_housesSome interesting facts about our hometown….Richland's unique "alphabet houses" were designed by Spokane, Washington, architect G. Albin Pherson to accommodate the tremendous growth in population at the Hanford site during World War II. He was given less than 90 days to completely design the entire new Richland community, including streets, utilities, and commercial and residential building plans. Each housing design was assigned an alphabet letter designation and included single-family homes, duplexes, apartments, and dormitories. [Our first home was an “H” house.]  As Richland was a "company town" until 1958, these homes maintained a distinct uniformity for many years. [My parents purchased their first home in 1958—a “V” house or precut.] One neighborhood of 162 alphabet houses that have largely maintained their original appearance, designated the "Gold Coast Historic District," was named to the National Register of Historic Places in April 2005.


  1. Familiarity is a nice change but John is so use to me being the navigator that he forgets that he knows where he is going and if I don't point out the next turn he doesn't take it. Then it is "why didn't you tell me to turn?" Well lets see, you lived here for 35 years I thought you knew where you were going.

  2. It seems we have a lot in common Janie! LOL


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