Saturday, July 24, 2010

My Son Alex Finds An (Allegedly) Interesting Book About Mortgages (Summer Visitation 2010)

Photos and blog post by John Hoff

During my recent summer visitation with my son, Alex, age 13, one thing we did was to pick up lots of books which had been set out on the sidewalk with a sign marked FREE. Some of the books we wanted for ourselves, and others we figured we'd sell. It's all part of our NoMi lifestyle which is...

1.) Green. Super Green.

2.) Frugal. Super Frugal.

3.) Artsy, free spirited, creative.

4.) Meaningful. We are part of an epic and historic struggle to take this neighborhood back from thugs and no accounts, and create a safe, diverse, and beautiful urban utopia.

Therefore...when we see books or furniture on the sidewalk, we start scrounging goodies for our NoMi homes!

Out of all the books, my son--who is a notorious math geek--eagerly snatched up a book showing (dear lord!) mortgage tables.

As we drove along--past numerous North Minneapolis houses hit hard by the mortgage crisis, some boarded up and many for sale--my son Alex ignored the scenery and pored over amortization figures with rapt interest.

This is what I get for letting my son Alex spend too much time hanging out with a mortgage geek like Hawthorne Housing Director Jeff Skrenes.

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Anonymous said...

Are you sure Jeff is not his father?

Johnny Northside said...

My ex-wife used to play Beethoven music for him all the time before he was born, because she read how doing this will supposedly create babies that are good at math.

I'm here to tell you that REALLY REALLY WORKS.