My name is Suzanne Yeagley.

I grew up in a town called Mountain Top, though I’m pretty sure it was in a valley.

I lived in the same house until I was eight.

My first home

Proudly built by Yeagley Homes, our house was featured in Good Housekeeping magazine, Feb, 1974.

From the time I was eight until I was eighteen, we moved seven times. My parents moved a few additional times while I was away at college, giving me the new address each time, allowing me to continue to come visit.

All of this moving was within the same small town, where my dad was one of the primary home builders. One of the houses they built for us had no carpet, no paint, no outlet covers, a yard full of rocks, and we stored most of our furniture in the garage. Another house had an indoor pool with a diving board and we threw parties all winter long. The quality of our house depended on the economy and its current effect on the housing industry.

TRS-80

One of my dad’s first automated ways of estimating how much a home would cost. Made on the TRS-80 computer.

I worked for my dad’s company while I was growing up. I learned that I liked to get paid, and I have always been willing to work anywhere I could. Over the years I’ve worked at a variety of places, including a donut shop, opthamologist office, pizza place, ski lodge, marina store, the Circle K, a barbeque joint, the JCPenney call center, and a titanium plant, just to name a few.

In most of these places I embarrassed myself, like at the titanium plant when I sent the French Navy to Taco Bell with unfortunate results. Or I watched other people do embarrassing things–I had to bust a guy stealing “adult” magazines at the Circle K.

Pizza place

Selling pizza in college with my friend Diego

I love to hear other people’s ridiculous, painful, or otherwise unique stories too.

Here are some other pictures from that issue of Good Housekeeping. I find them fascinating…

The living room

My childhood family room. I used to act out the weather report by pointing to stones above the fireplace.

The living room, where I played with the tea set and my Smurf figurines.

A pad

One of the first pads where you didn’t have to wear a sumo belt!

Zip code ad

Use the zip code you dummies.