I’m thought of as a bit of an unusual duck in our family because I’m not a fan of modern things, and I love the older version because I find they last for more years and they often serve many different purposes. New tech are often built to accomplish only 1 work, and they’re built to fall apart eventually so that the business can make more money off of you buying a replacement. Take our parent’s gas fireplace to start. When every one of us moved into this condo decades ago, I realized why it was loved although I didn’t care about it. No doubt, the gas fireplace was really pretty with its wood and marble mantle and frame. Plus, you could turn it on the with the flick of a switch instead of having to set up a fire with old school wood and a match! However, the light switch always meant something else to me-. It requires some power to run. Along with that, the gas fireplace has to operate in a closed system, meaning there’s no door to open while its operating. That also means you can’t cook over it. What is the point of a fireplace if you can’t cook or keep warm by it in a storm or blizzard? Well, last Thanksgiving I got stranded at the condo while a blizzard blasted in during the middle of the night. It got so terrible that before long, the power went out. Well, our dad was smirking when he walked up to the gas fireplace and flipped the switch, only for it to flip to life. I was shocked! Apparently if you keep the pilot light on, you can start a gas fireplace in the storm. I care about it a little more now, however every one of us still needed the seasoned camp stove to cook our steak.