It turns out you are a woodpecker going about your daily routine. That mostly involves checking out the local trees to find tasty bugs. If they are hidden away, you pound a hole in the tree to dig them out.
In the course of your day, you end up on a telephone pole. This is a bit more unusual since the bark has all been cleared off so you have a clear view of the wood. You pull a few bugs out of the large cracks – life is good.
Eventually you come face to face with that interesting moment. You have enough experience to know that the knot is harder than the rest of the wood. There really isn’t any good reason to pound away on it, but still it sits there. Inviting. Taunting.
So if you are that woodpecker, do you do it … or knot?