An interesting dynamic comes into play when a project of any magnitude is embarked upon, in my humble opinion and experience. Almost as interesting as the commission of the project is the planning stage and many a feisty verbal interchange has taken place leading up to commencement of an undertaking of the construction variety in our back yard. The latest is literally in our back yard. I refer to the refurbishment, reinvention and enlargement of the existing deck leading from our back door. The same deck has previously undergone transformation in the form of enlargement but the currently planned iteration is of truly memorable proportions.
It all began when the Director of Operations, General Lee Speaking, hitherto referred to as GLS, suggested some alterations to the proposed extension of said deck. Himself, modestly referred to henceforth as Hiss, was prognosticating upon the subject of size and scope when interrupted, somewhat in the manner set forth here:
GLS No, it really needs to be much bigger. I think it should subsume the paved area in front of the pizza oven. In fact, I think it should replace the pizza oven.
Hiss But I spent a lot of time and effort building that pizza oven.
GLS Don’t be silly. We hardly use it. It needs to go.
Hiss But what about the beautiful tree fern next to it? Shall we build the deck around it?
GLS Don’t be silly. We can live without it. It needs to go.
Hiss I like that tree fern. It was here when we arrived nearly 30 years ago and has grown up with us.
GLS Don’t be sentimental. It needs to go.
GLS Actually, I think the deck needs to go right over to the pool.
Hiss But what about the fence that is there? It gives us privacy and protection from the wind when we are using the deck.
GLS Don’t be silly. We need to open the whole thing up. You are always going on about the wind.
Hiss But I’ll need to pour a concrete footing for the new fence because we still need a pool fence.
GLS Don’t be silly. Just sit the fence on top of the new deck that is going to extend right over to the pool.
GLS And while you are about it, extend the deck along the back of the pool.
Hiss Do you know how expensive kwila decking is?
GLS Well, clad it in plastic then.
Hiss (You guessed it – sigh.) Are you sure you don’t just want me to keep building out the back until I get to the next property? We could paint a big circle with an H in the middle and see who drops in.
GLS (Silence) Now you are being silly.
The project continues with occasional interchanges of opinion and fact although sometimes it is a little hard to distinguish opinion from fact. One such is the ‘proper’ way to lay out the decking, particularly around the border. I have been advised there is only one way to do it and it better be done in that fashion. The ‘or else’ is implied.
Suffice to say I’m looking forward to the completion of this one. It has been quite some time to this point and the framing is not yet complete. It has been somewhat enervating, not to mention the potential disruption to my ordered routine as a professional cyclist. I was rather glad of a rainy day today which afforded opportunity to mount the new tele on its fancy bracket that swings out from the wall in the lounge. Well, that was a real doozy of a discussion leading up to that . . . but that’s another story.