• Andy Petranek

Permanence is Good, but So is Flexibility


Flexibility can be a hindrance... it can also be a savior. There are trade-offs.


This comes up for me today around a conversation with my wife about our existing fire-pit. It's a permanent fixture in our backyard. We both think it's ugly and want a change. But that is where our opinions diverge.


Since we are not creating any sort of design around the location of the fire pit, I think we should get rid of the one we have (knock it down and cap the gas line) and buy one that we like from a store... so that we have what we want, and we have the flexibility to move it if and when we want to. My wife thinks we should just cover what we have with concrete - giving it a new facade/look, but keeping it as a hard-scape fixture in the location it's currently in.


I look at it like dating. I'm wasn't willing to even consider getting married until I kept my options open long enough to know what I really wanted. There came a point where I knew that the benefit of the flexibility and freedom of dating wouldn't get me where I really wanted to go as it is limited because it's NOT permanent.


If the store-bought fire pit that we purchase ends up being one that we love, that stays in place, around which we want to build some additional hardscape or get some furniture, THEN perhaps will be the time to make it more permanent.


Right now, the flexibility of a non-permanent option serves us. Well, that's I what I believe, anyway.


Now... how to solve the impasse with Julia???

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