Let’s just state the obvious answer: Home Improvement is not a great show. Compared to its contemporaries, the series—launched as part of ABC’s move toward even more family-friendly sitcoms in the wake of its TGIF” success—lacked the ambition and innovation that made Seinfeld, Roseanne, or even Friends seem so groundbreaking. Instead, Home Improvement was almost defiantly formulaic, the only ground it broke being whatever Allen happened to fall on. I’ve always remembered a rather large amount of special effects work on this show, and the pilot is no exception. Every single episode seemed to have at least one pretty big stunt on it,and it must have worked for what audiences were looking for at the time, because it never went away.
Later my friend, who also happens to have a degree in engineering and who also builds houses, came over and looked at my roof. He said it had a few years left in it and then we went out drinking. My neighbor also told me that the last owners replaced the roof in 1999 and they typically last 20 years.
At any rate I’m not giving up blogging, but I am going to start another blog where I talk about other things. I’m keeping it under wraps for now. Maybe I’ll keep this around for old times sake, like the blind diabetic dog that you are too emotional to put down, even though you’ve already got a new puppy picked out. Or maybe I’ll use both, like a high-powered Hollywood executive with a first wife and a mistress.
Since working from the dryer port in the laundry room wasn’t resulting in much success, I decided to take the project to the roof. The photo to the right shows me trying to loosen the dryer clog from the roof. In hindsight, I could ask the same question you might be asking yourself right now: why am I the one on Rob’s roof, and not Rob? Good question.
It’s nice to kill the winter doldrums and offset my home improvement projects by bringing a stack of new hardwood into the basement. I’ve walked by the stack several times since getting it home, and each time I peer down and get excited about converting those simple boards into a thing of beauty.
I recently represented a Buyer whose survey revealed that the neighbor’s driveway came onto the property that they were buying by 3 feet. Another Buyer I represented had a survey that revealed the presence of a city storm drain that ran underneath the house they were buying. Another Buyer I represented had a survey that showed the neighbor’s fence was 5 feet over the property line onto the Buyer’s property!