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Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 9:36 PM


The show is doing a home here next week. Actually, it is about 3-4 minutes from my house.

I am going to be driving bus for them during the makeover. Sounds like fun.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 9:47 PM

That does sound like fun! Be sure to edge into some crowd shots, Steve. That would be awesome! Love the show.


Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 10:46 PM

That is so cool! I LOVE that show! Have fun, and fill us in on the scuttlebutt!

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 11:19 PM

That sounds awesome! As the others have suggested, wiggle into some of the shots and tell us beforehand how to find you.

I keep hoping Clean House will come to my place but I doubt if they would tackle this job.

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 5:49 AM

I've always enjoyed that show, Steve! Sounds like it will be really interesting.


Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 6:03 AM

As you sneak into the camera site, be sure to give the Sploofus secret sign so we'll know it's you.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 6:09 AM

My wife is a big fan of those home improvement shows. I'm not exactly Bob Villa but they blow a lot of money on this remodeling. When I see a $40,000 kitchen do-over, I have one four letter word to say------"MOVE !!"

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 6:33 AM

Never mind the secret sign Steve....
wear your Sploofus T-shirt !!!!
Hope you have a good time.
and tell us when you'll be on

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 9:43 AM

Love those shows I'll be watching.


Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 10:33 AM

They did one down here after Katrina. Went to the final day and was amazed how different it is watching how it is really done vs how it looks on TV. For example, the "move that bus" stuff is all done hours before the family gets home with this crazy cowboy fellow pretending to be the bus. Ty is just as crazy in real life and Michael really does cry real tears and yes, they are still moving furniture in and out to the last second.
It was interesting to see what happens on the block. Families are paid to allow cameras on their roofs; leftover furniture and other stuff is given away to the neighbors and everyone packs a picnic. Really neat!

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 11:03 AM

What I know, so far...

The home, which is a fairly modest home, belongs to a young doctor. He has a wife and 3 children. Unfortunately, the doctor accidentally was poked with a needle infected with hepatitis. I believe type C. Anyway, he died, leaving her with the children and a lot of bills.

When they say makeover, they meant it. The house was razed to the foundation and a completely new shell is being framed in, today. It is utter chaos down here. I see if I can work you in on Tuesday.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 11:08 AM

I'll bet Rowlanda wears her Sploofus gear all over town.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 12:03 PM

I've always wondered what happens after the filming is done. Can the family afford to pay the taxes? Do they ever sell the house and move to a more modest home, giving them some extra cash? Does the house stick out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood that may not be nearly as nice? Do people resent those who receive the new homes?

Sorry, it's the reporter in me wanting to hear the follow-up story.

On a more modest scale, Habitat for Humanity is doing this same thing every day not only in the United States but around the world.

The other day I was watching HGTV and this couple was going through a very expensive and very beautiful home. They found fault with something in every room: The bathroom countertop was the wrong color, the kitchen cabinets were "dated," the carpeting wasn't a neutral color, there were too many steps to the upstairs, and on and on. I got so disgusted with them I finally shut it off. I know it's just a show and they were probably told to do what they were doing, but darn, there are a lot of people who would have been grateful to have just had ONE floor of that house.

OK, down off my soapbox.

Please let us know when the show airs if you know, as I don't always get to watch that show, even though I really enjoy it.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 10:37 PM

Pat, I so agree about HGTV. And sometimes the changes are massively expensive and it's just one of their summer or winter homes.

And way too often, I liked the way it was BEFORE they changed it much more than the remodel. Then again, I'm not exactly known for my exquisite taste, so I'm definitely not their target audience.

Then you see the shows where they actually do improvements for people who need iprovements. God bless 'em!

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Thu, 2nd Oct '08 6:46 PM

Whatta mansion they are building. Wait until you see it on 12/2. The place is a beehive of activity 24/7. The unveiling is scheduled for Friday at 2pm. Go to on Saturday and I suspect there will be exteriors. No one except the family is allowed inside until the show is broadcast.

When I went on duty at 9pm last night they were pouring the driveway. By 11p it was done, the lawn was sodded and the were hauling solid wood flooring inside. Tons of other activities were also occurring. Out back they built a huge playground/playhouse/treehouse complex for the kids. It is, dare I say, plush. It is air conditioned and has a big screen with all the toys. EGAD!

Considering this replaced a 100+ year old house with a fair amount of work needed, it is hard to just call this a makeover. It is more like the place was nuked and a whole new civilization evolved on the site.

I have to be on duty at 9 tonight. I can hardly wait to see where it is at. The furniture should be going in and the finish work finished.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Thu, 2nd Oct '08 8:14 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention that the first reports were slightly off. The man was an RN and his wife was also a nurse at the same hospital.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 7:57 PM

The house is finished. I was on a casino bus tour of Michigan, so I didn't finish up posting. Anyway, the place looks fantastic. 3400 sq. ft. of nice. I cannot believe the volume of stuff that was donated by local area merchants. And also the dedication of the volunteers from around the area. Truth is there would not be a house without the stars, but 99.9% of the work is done by local contractors who volunteer their services, and an army of volunteers who do everything imaginable with the supervision of the designers. When you see the stars on camera, that may be the only moments they are on the site. They pop in, pop out to do other things...all important in the grand scheme of things. At the end, it is all beautiful.

Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2707)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 8:49 PM

I really enjoy that show. I read somewhere that Extreme Makeover producers and crew film the makeover but do not pay for it. The materials and labor are donated. and skilled and unskilled volunteers assist in the rapid construction of the house. There's no mortgage for the people.

Per Wiki: Five children filed a lawsuit against ABC after they were evicted by a family that had taken them in before the show came to renovate the family's house. The five kids "say that the producers took advantage of the family’s hard-luck story and promised them new cars and other prizes to persuade them to participate in the program," according to the LA Times The Judge ruled against the siblings stating that the plaintiffs failed to prove their case

Also: Atlanta Extreme Makeover home in foreclosure after owners used it as collateral for a loan

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Sun, 19th Oct '08 4:59 PM

It was VERY impressive to see the level of volunteerism that sprung up out of our community...a community where house values have plummeted 30% in the past 2 years because of our robust economy with its sound fundamentals. From what I can gather, the show pops in and arranges things, the stars occasionally pop in for a quickie photo op, but seldom stay more than a few moments. The room designers spend a lot of time supervising the space. ALL of the real work is done by volunteers from the community, with skilled workers doing the technical work and volunteers working their tails off for hours on end. The goal is to build the house in 106 hours. I think they made 98-99% on that goal. One of the more amazing aspects is the logistics of getting it down. Local restaurants and stores like Meijer donated a mountain of food, and often staff to cook and or deliver it. Our company donated buses to drive from the staging area for volunteer teams to the site in endless circles. The sheriff's department had deputies manning security check points on each end of the road 24/7 for the duration of the event. The neighbor's on the 1-mile stretch of road, bless them and others on the bus loop put up with heavy vehicles rolling past their houses 24/7 for the duration. In all, it was very heartening to see the best of a community in action making a difference. At 6:30am, when I was finishing my 9 hours shifts of driving, I felt good about things, not whipped or burned out.

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