Long day yesterday knocking on doors. A bunch of different neighborhoods. Patton Township is kind of odd, one set of blocks looks like rural Florida, the next Gaithersburg, Maryland, and the next Park Forest, which is ironic, because the neighborhood is about two miles from, well, Park Forest. ^_^
One thing I encountered, which I haven't seen before, is two townhouse developments with enclosed courtyards and the "front door" hidden behind closed gates. Like a dozen or two dozen one-family gated communities. Like gated communities for hostile, suspicious loners and misanthropes. Your front door is your window on the world, on the rest of humanity. Hiding it behind a six-and-a-half-foot-tall gate is just... secretive and repellant. One guy invited me into his courtyard, and I swear to god, sat me down with a pair of axes buried in a stump sitting behind me. Very unnerving, and he was one of the more welcoming denizens of those particular streets.
Bad morning, better afternoon, fairly good evening as far as the fruits of my local corner of the campaign. Ended up talking to one retiree for twenty minutes, which was interesting and all, but I was trying to beat the sun for the end of that particular neighborhood's strike-list.