It's been a pretty heavy week around here, what with some personal turmoil related to my last entry and the health problems of some people near and dear to Mrs. Geek and myself. I've been feeling the need to escape the seriousness, even only for an hour. Fortunately, our local cable company has decided to pick up the DIY Network and that network has picked up the rights to reruns of the Masterpiece Theater of do-it-yourself programs This Old House (TOH). That has provided some of the relief I've been looking for.
Both of my parents are veteran do-it-yourself-ers. They put up a two story addition to their house that included my bedroom back in the 1960s. Then they bought a plot of land by a lack, had a contractor do all the rough framing, and finished it themselves. So, it's only natural that I've been fixing or helping to fix plumbing, electrical, and carpentry problems of one kind or another most of my life.
It is also only natural that I am a fan of TOH. My Dad and I started watching it together on the local PBS station back in the early 1980s during the later Bob Vila era of the show. That lasted all the way through high school. I started watching on my own through college and grad school during the Steve Thomas years, and now into Kevin O'Connor's tenure on the show. The show has sentimental roots that reach back over 20 years with me.
That kind reach is exactly what I've been looking for. With DIY Network, I am able to get a full hour of TOH every evening in prime time if I want it. I am glad to get it.
on 2007-04-22 at 8:20 p.m.
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