My Dirty Little Secret To Getting What You Want and Avoid Settling for Less

Dre Baldwin
3 min readDec 18, 2020

We don’t cook at home.

For us, events like Thanksgiving mean either going to someone else’s home, or to a restaurant that’s open for the holiday.

We went to a popular place this most recent Thanksgiving. The place has an outdoor patio with a great view of the evening city skyline that prompts everyone to get photos of themselves taken against the scenic backdrop of Miami.

Anna made our reservation, but we were disappointed to find out upon arrival that no outdoor tables were available. The wait for outside would be at least an hour, we were told, but we could be seated inside with no wait time at all.

We’d been to this place on Thanksgiving before, and got seated outside with no delay. Maybe the place had become a more popular Thanksgiving destination. Who knows.

I didn’t really care where we sat. I was much more concerned with eating than seating. I look at things rather practically: if there’s an hour wait for an outside table, then we can A) wait an hour or B) sit inside. One or the other.

But Anna really wanted the outside table, and apparently had a plan C).

We accepted the indoor table while still discussing whether the hour-long wait would be worth it. After…



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