Slowly I will show the house who is master. The challenge is that the house has so many tricks. It has hidden plumbing, dummy sockets, spiders, splinters, dead pilot lights, stuck windows, a dog-smelling garage, lack of cabinet space, loose locks, but, happily, no ghosts. So far.
Every day we fight the house with our teams of mercenary contractors, cleaners, plumbers, servicepeople, retrofitters, shinglers, painters, cable guys, gardeners, and Sears delivery men. But we know our goal and always keep it in sight. One day we will sit down in the dining room with the house, a band will play an ironic tune, and the house will sign official papers of surrender.
Much treasure and blood will be lost before that day but I am sure -- pretty sure -- that it will all have been worth it.
West Pakistan surrendering to East Pakistan (Bangladesh) in 1971