My friend and colleague Emily Blistein, ED of The Hicks Foundation, and author of the Sophie and Eleanor blog included this image in her recap of her Cape Cod vacation.

In addition to my positive response to the typography, I love this image for what it tells us.

“Haven’t had much need for emergency services here. ”

That beach grass grows quickly, so it is possible that trucks were pouring down that path just last season, rescuing homes and businesses from all kinds of disaster, but I think not. I think this access was built because of town regs, and has sat unused for ages.

I appreciate that the road itself is not over-engineered. Even though the sand won’t be a solid road bed for the heavy trucks, they have allowed it to naturally blend into the landscape. In the town of Shelburne VT, where I sit on the Development Review Board we have recently disallowed pervious pavers from being used for emergency access routes. It seemed necessary to defer to the judgment of the Fire Chief in this case, but I lament the unneccessary lot coverage, where grass could have grown.

It is a difficult balance, providing security v. leaving things undisturbed and elegantly simple.

winwinapps handles money, so security trumps elegance with us. Our migration to a framework (symfony v. Zend cast your vote below) is motivated in part by a desire to provide the most simple and powerful solution to potential security problems. The draw of the open source community is strong, and intertwined with the increased security, and improved features that we will be able to tap into when our move is complete.

As we migrate the app we build in solutions for problems which we may never encounter. Our own fireroads. Sometimes built over sandy dunes and others impervious pavement.

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Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble,, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at

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