This past weekend Andrea and I were supposed to go on a weekend vacation. We are having some additional work done in the house and planned to leave our contractor a key. Unfortunately he couldn't meet us on Friday so we had to postpone the trip.
Instead we decided to cruise Gwinnett County and look at houses for sale to get an idea of property values and the potential growth in that area. One of the things we like to do while on the road is talk about business ideas, opportunities we see and determine if the idea is feasible. We started doing this years ago on the weekends when Andrea had a load to run to Alabama. I would hop in the rig with her and just ride and talk.
We planned to cruise Gwinnett but somehow wound up in Dekalb and Stone Mountain and I have to tell you, a lot has changed. We saw how the area had been gentrified or simply built out in places that used to be wooded. We marveled at the change that has occurred and talked about how we could get our piece of this pie. We did wind up in Gwinnett and the next thing I know we are on our way to Albany Ga. I had to turn around, un un. That’s outta the way. LOL
Andrea asked me, “If you wanted to develop a community to your specs what would you do?” When I told her my idea she was surprised because it had nothing to do with music. Granted music is my passion but not the primary one.
We worked out how I would handle a certain piece of the design but I would defer to her for the other points of the design. What I have learned about myself when it comes to color choices and flooring is I have no design taste, I suck at it. My mantra, white paint and carpet. Andrea sees different textures and shades. Most of all she insists on no carpet due to allergies. Our house looks so much better with her designing it. Can you imagine the prison look if I had done it, yeah not a very comfy feeling huh?
We drove around Atlanta for well over 8 hours and maybe put a 100 miles on the truck. We drove so slow it just seemed like we traveled a great distance. In that time we came up with four new businesses to develop plans for and that, I think, is the key to a great relationship. We talk all of the time. We dream and plan. We think of things to do to keep the relationship fresh. We could have gone out of town for a weekend getaway but we spent more time together using Atlanta as a visual canvas to paint our dreams that the weekend trip may have paled in comparison.
Every Friday I look forward to the weekend just to see what we are going to do or think of. Try it sometimes, just turn off the radio, GPS and ride the backroads of your city to see things you would not otherwise see. At the same time just spit ideas out and watch how your spouse picks up on them and expands or expounds. I think you would have a blast…and learn something in the process.