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Mark Atwood
My apartment is as clean as it's been since I moved in, and ...

... the manager and owners never showed.

I should have just left it as is, I mean, all they would really have been interested in was actual safety, damage, and major hygiene issues, not whether my carpet was vacuumed and my windows clean.

TLC's "Clean Sweep" is my current transcendental vegetation content of choice. And it's infecting me with visions of putting up artwork, and putting some shelves up in the closet and bathroom, and replacing the wrecked sliding door vertical blinds with a dowel curtain rod and curtains.

TLC is running so many shows like "Trading Spaces", "Clean Sweep", "Fix Up", "Makeover", "Monster Home" and so forth, all in the same genre. Does the genre even have a name? It's not exactly "reality tv", like "Survivor" or that one on MTV.

Annoyance at work. The current tip of tree builds, but it crashes on startup. People are supposed build and test this sort of thing before they check their changes into the repository!
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simonb From: simonb Date: February 20th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
We've had the whole "DIY is easy!" programmes in the UK for a while now... we even have a programme called "DIY SOS" for people who have tried to do DIY and have got it horribly wrong. Apparently builders love the DIY programmes - they've create lots of work for them as people try the stuff they see on TV and then find that its a lot harder than it looks :)
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 20th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
We've got that one too. It's called "Fix Up", and that's exactly what they do, they pick a pair of homeowners who've gotten in over their heads on a remodelling project, and bail them out.

I come at the whole thing from a strange POV, my grandfather was a Master carpenter, cabinetmaker, and boatbuilder, and my father was a Journeyman carpenter (before changing careers). My grandfather built with his hands the house that my father grew up in, and that I grew up knowing as "Grandma and Grandpa's House".

While I was growing up, my parents moved to a new house every couple of years, and my Dad would proceed to strip the interior back to the loadbearing beams, and completely rebuild it, piecemeal. For the longest time, I thought everyone extensively modified, customized, and upgraded their house, and that everyone was as good as it as my dad.
jatg From: jatg Date: February 20th, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)


No kidding.

I've seen a few of the shows and find myself laughing at their incompetence... and then I think if I ever had projects that big the first thing I would do would be to call dad.

I think Suzanne said somewhat the same thing though about assuming everybody can do stuff like that and then discovering they can't after she got married.
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