It was 17 years ago this week that the house plant/tree in the photo on the left arrived at our front door. (Click to enlarge.)
So this morning, my wife Robbie and I hauled it down to First National Bank Northfield and posed with bank president Dave Shumway.
The bank gave the tree to us as a house-warming gift in 1990 because we got our mortgage (our second) through them. We’d also gotten a business loan from them — and managed to pay it off, even though the business failed. I think they were relieved since we were on the edge financially at the time. Becky Behrens was the bank’s mortgage specialist back then and still is, so if you’re in need of a mortgage, visit her personal real estate loans page. Just don’t ask her to toss a tree into the deal or I’ll get into trouble.
We put our house up for sale (using a weblog to sell it FSBO) this week. We’re downsizing and planning to move downtown.
So all of this is to justify this shameless house-for-sale promotion: the ‘Locally Grown’ tree, the bank, the people, the downtown business (I have to keep Ross happy). It’s quite a cool thing to be living in Northfield for 33 years and doing our banking with one bank the whole time. And no, they’re not clients of mine either, although that reminds me…