town names

Wisdom, Montana 1942

(Photo by John Vachon. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

I don’t know why this town did not grow and thrive. They were clearly years ahead of their time.  Putting your town’s name for air travellers to see is, in my opinion, the most important thing a town government can do.  How many times have you looked out the window of an airplane,  noting a beautiful vista, only to never find out what city you were flying over ?

European Observations

The picture at right represents some of the contrasts that  we observed on our recent trip to Europe. Outside of the room, you can see a building that is anywhere from 100 to 300 years old. Every window has shutters which have been used for years to keep noise and light out.

In contrast our hotel room (and every hotel room we stayed in) was equipped with modern windows that make North American models look primitive. As expected, the windows open along the vertical hinge, but the cool feature is that with the twist of the handle, they can be made to tilt open leaving a secure ventilation gap at the top.  When closed, the window seals like an airplane door, which makes for almost zero air leakage.  The good seal was further appreciated, considering that the street is about 2 feet from the window.