about his house-sitting history: in one, he got cucked by the son of a friend who said "This is my house, Jonathan"; delayed mowing the lawn until hornets started nesting and he almost blew himself up trying to get rid of them. now he lives within his means.
Franzen, J. (2012). Hornets. In Franzen, J. Farther Away. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, pp. 67-72