I am an old-house nut. I'm in a 1908 Arts & Crafts bungalow, and have owned a 1919 Foursquare and an 1883 Queen Anne. Muncie is ripe with fine old homes, though many have suffered from urban blight, poor planning and the fact that fewer and fewer old house people have survived. Kids want a cracker-box McMansion out in a cornfield.
I began working at Da's chassis repair shop in 1970, managed it after his death (heart attack/age 52), bought it off my Mom, and sold it in 1988.
I went back to BSU, got a degree in journalism (almost a master's), then wrote for East Central Indiana newspapers for about 18 years.
If I could do it over, I would keep the shop.
No grandkids, but four steps who still call me Papaw Mike.