published Friday, October 18th, 2013

Things I wish my kids would ask me


Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.

Q: Dad, would you buy an old house again, or would you buy something new?

A: Depends on which day it is. I have a real love/hate relationship with our 1926 Craftsman-style bungalow. Some days I appreciate the house’s “character” — the squeaky floors, the hairline cracks in the plaster walls, and the doors and windows that don’t match up just right. I love its beautiful lines and the craftsmanship that went building into the house. Other days, the amount of upkeep and the expense of maintaining it can be overwhelming, and all I see are chores to be done. The idea of doing something other than home repairs does have its appeal.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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