A direct quote from a book I am reading on making strip-plank kayaks (hilarious – a whole new meaning to watching paint dry…) – "There are some parallels between varnishing and human relationships that are worth noting. Both begin with the definition of perfection, a definition that is, one would hope, somewhat flexible. Between people, or varnish, and your expectations, are many variables that are not easy to control. There will be flaws that you will have to decide what to do with. you must, at some stage, realize whether or not there is enough beauty yet to be revealed that is worth your effort. Ultimately, you will have to accept…imperfections, but this doesn’t mean you have to lower your standards. BOATS AND RELATIONSHIPS WORK BEST WHEN YOU CAN LOOK PAST THE THINGS YOU WISH WERE DIFFERENT, AND APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY AND INTEGRITY THAT FIRST ATTRACTED YOU. The odds of success for either improve with patience and thoughtful preparation. In spite of this, BOTH RELATIONSHIPS AND VARNISH CAN BE MORE SATISFYING THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!" Can’t say I agree with all the details, but I enjoy the analogy!