The entry to your house is the first thing that people see when they come for a visit, so it's your house's first impression. That's why I think that it's important to have the entry be well-kept and tidy looking -- it sets the tone or something. By the time you get people inside, they are busy thinking about when they can get a beer and where the bathroom is, so flaws/messes/broken things are less noticeable. But while they are waiting for you to come to the door, there's really nothing to do but look around. Which is why, for months, the sorry state of our front entry has been so annoying to me.
Kathy is blissfully unaware of all of this. She has an amazing capacity to look right over things that need repair without noticing them. So it was only me that was twisting myself into knots over the fact that the railing leading up to our front porch looked like this:
What's kind of funny, though, is that the red car is sitting in front of the house, so the black looks a little like the Rustoleum brown primer. But I assure you, it's black. And here's a shot with our new black mailbox: