10 years ago I acquired a mortgage and, potentially, this house. Now there’s $56,601.27 left on the note. And I still think this is a crazy cool structure, and I still enjoy working on it. Though there’s been an awful lot less of that this year—working on it. I didn’t even succeed in hiring someone to paint the eaves! But it has been a good year in lots of other ways, and the house is still here helping me as I help it. And that’s a good trade-off.