Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Professional Porch Sitters Union: Crooked Road Local 1895

Welcome to the Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast Porch!
Sit a spell, that can wait!
"I believe all that is wrong with the world can be attributed to the shortage of front porches and the talks we had on them. Somewhere around 1950, builders left off the front porch to save money, and we've had nothing but problems ever since." Philip Gulley from Porch Talk 
The time to relax is when there isn't time
  Professional Porch Sitters (PPS) is an informal organization with a large and growing grassroots membership. To become a member you simply need to say you are a member and agree to sit around with friends and neighbors shooting the breeze as often as possible or practical.
   Preferably on a porch but that's not critical. There are no dues, no membership requirements, no mailings, no agenda, no committees, no worries. PPS believes that the radical act of sitting around sharing stories with no specific agenda is critical to building sustainable communities.

   Television and air-conditioning have moved far too many people off their porches and into their homes where they quickly become isolated from their communities. We believe that sometimes the most effective course of action is to sit down and relax while sipping iced tea and sharing stories.

   PPS only has one rule but it's more like a suggestion:
"Sit down a spell. That can wait."
  Starting your own chapter of PPS is simple. You simply declare yourself a local chapter, pick a number to represent your Local Chapter identity and then sit back with friends and neighbors to celebrate with an interesting story or two. Meetings can be called at any time by any member and attendance is optional. You are invited to communicate with PPS Headquarters but that is voluntary since no records are kept. PPS was founded on a porch in Louisville, Kentucky in 1999 but many additional chapters have been founded since then.
  By staying at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast, and spending some time on our 130 foot wrap around porch you will automatically become a member of Professional Porch Sitters Union: Crooked Road Local 1895. The Claiborne House was built in 1895, so it sounded like a good figure!

    After staying with us, and becoming a member, if you start up a chapter, but don't sweat it if you don't, inquiries can be addressed to:  PPS Local 1339, 1339 Hull Street Louisville KY, 40204 Or email

The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, Virginia
Professional Porch Sitters Union: Crooked Road Local 1895