Most people stock up on candy, carve pumpkins, and put up a few fake spider webs as Halloween approaches.
I’m out house hunting with a spouse whose main priority (I just discovered) is far different from mine.
My list is pretty normal: open kitchen, lots of cupboard space, separate shower and soaking tub, large bedroom closet, room for an office, established landscaping. Those are all my nice-to-haves, but I’m flexible.
Capt. Mark has one priority: view facing west from the back yard. He likes sunsets.
I want to be in the middle of a neighborhood which means we find a terraced development with a view over a rooftop to hills beyond. He wants to be on the edge of an elevated undeveloped area with no obstructions.
Him: Why don’t you like open areas beyond the back yard?
Me: This is the desert. I don’t want critters climbing up to our backyard and saying, “Hey, this is nice.” I want them to crawl through several other backyards before they make it to ours. Maybe they won’t get that far.
Him: What are talking about?
Me: Tarantulas, scorpions, snakes…the usual. Can you see me outside with a shovel trying to dispatch something? Or better yet, can you see yourself walking out with your cane, trying to balance, while you deal with a critter? (He walks just fine, but since his stroke, needs the cane for balance).
Him: You’re being silly.
Me: I’m also being stubborn.
Him: (Sigh) I guess finding a house is going to take longer than I thought.
Me: (Nodding) Yup…finding your view in my neighborhood.
Him: I’ll call a realtor.
Me: I guess I’ll get out the candy, carve a pumpkin, and put up a few fake spider webs. While I’m at it I’ll buy a few Christmas decorations. We may be apartment dwellers for a long time.
Happy Halloween and may you and your significant other’s priorities always mesh.