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…It seems we no longer have what others seem to get. A long-term plan; The BIG picture. Now before some of my readers threaten to have my ‘ghetto pass’ revoked, hear me out.

While growing up in New York; Long Island, the Bronx, taking the train over to my moms old Green Ave stomping ground in Brooklyn… Although there were brownstones as far as the eye could see, there weren’t many houses in the city. I also remember adults yelling out of windows, cooking and coming home from work and sitting on the stoop complaining about their bosses, the day, the landlord… The landlord. Banging on the radiator for the rent man/lady to send up the heat; sigh…

But you know one thing us kids (at the time) always did during the summer for AT LEAST ONE MONTH? We visited relatives across the country, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts, uncles, and cousins for days on end. All of our relatives had homes and not just a place to rest their heads, they had HOUSE NOTES.

The homey kitchens where we ate, laughed and talked in, the living rooms where we wrestled and got yelled at for knocking over some lamp from some years ago, the backyard with the big brick grill, were all ours. Well, our relatives anyway. They bought it and it was there’s to paint, fix, attach, etc.


Now, when I drive to meet my students for their weekly salsa lessons here in Madison, I notice things. Sounds, smells and visions of this place called Madison WI…

I see people in older model cars with rims that cost more than the frame they are riding in. I see Cadillac Escalades, Chrysler 300’s and Lexus’ parked in some shady residential complexes and who can stroll through East Towne without seeing scruffy clothes and bright white sneakers?

The people who’ve done everything I’ve listed in this past paragraph over the age of 40. Forty! How do I know? Because I ask! The squeaky wheel gets the oil and I would hate to assume anything.

Now, in saying that, there is nothing wrong with having an old car or a new car, old clothes or new clothes and the like. But, why would you constantly spend your hard earned money on rent when you plan on being in the same area for an extended period of time?

Home Ownership is just smart. What will that tricked out SUV and those custom made sneakers be doing for you in 10 years?


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Ava Anderson
A-Z Atlanta Realty - Snellville, GA
Selling Atlanta from A-Z!
Good Post!  I have a lot of those same pet peeves.  It's brave of you to post on this subject.
Jan 31, 2007 12:56 PM #1
Krissy Jones
Real Living Northwest Realtors - Renton, WA
Your story brings back a feeling of nostalgia. It feels like I just read a professionally written story/biography. I grew up on the west coast and lived in an apartment for the first 15 years of my life. I'll never forget the life before 'our house'. The apartment with the mildew scented walls and carpets! haha There were houses around me, but we didn't have one. I really appreciate 'learning' about the East Coast and the way your life is/was over there. Thank you for sharing. Have you ever thought of writing something and having it published?
Feb 06, 2007 05:04 PM #2
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