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My First house was a Shack! Really!
Back in the old days, before McMansions, the first home young people could afford was pretty much just a little shack.  Sometimes, they were barely, just barely, livable, but the banks didn't care.  Banks were local and small and they knew that you had family with hammers, nails, and saws who would show up to help make your shack sweeeet and very comfortable.  
The shack was so cheap, you could afford to buy furniture and, if you were lucky, you even had enough left over to have a date night once in a while.  A really nice one might have had 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, maybe an unfinished basement and a front porch with a swing.  Yards with sheds were common, fences were not. 
My first shack had a coal burning stove.  I am not sure why I'm still living, but we were too stupid to know that that kind of heat might not have been the healthiest way to go.  But, it kept us warm and, believe me, we needed all the help we could get.  You could see through the walls.  If it snowed during the night , we would wake up to the comforter covered with an inch or ... more

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