More than two thousand years ago, awnings were used by the Syrians and the ancient Egyptians. Made of woven reeds, the awnings were sometimes free-standing on poles to shade market stalls, to create shaded areas on river boats plying their trade on the Nile, and built out from doorways and portals. The Romans designed large retractable linen awnings to shelter huge public seating areas.
The first thing you notice about Sara is that she’s lovely. It can take a minute to reconcile the knowledgeable, business-like voice on the phone with this pretty young woman who makes jeans and a t-shirt look like a statement, even though they’re not. But the next thing you realize about her is that she’s very smart and very aware of everything around her.