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Tuesday, November 15, 2005


If You Build It, They Will Come

Last week we heard the news that ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition crew was coming to North Idaho to build somebody a dream house. The lucky family is in Sandpoint, about 45 miles north of where I live. This afternoon we decided to go check it out because this show is the only over-the-air program that we actually sit down and watch. Yes, I hooked up the antenna just for Ty Pennington. The kids enjoy it, and they like that the show helps people in need.

It was dark by the time we arrived at the building site, but the place was lit up like mid-day. As we stood there, the roof trusses were being put into place. It took them mere minutes to finish that and move on to the next step. A security guard told me, "Each time I make my rounds, walking around the perimeter, when I get back here there's something new." Imagine that, constructing a house in seven days. Our new house took seven months from foundation to finish.

My son said it was cool to see a TV show in person. Even though we didn't see any members of the design team, he was right, it was really cool. The entire town of Sandpoint, it seems, has rallied around the show and the family. I talked with one volunteer carpenter who said they had to turn away people who wanted to help. He told me that everyone had their own little piece of construction to focus on, and it all fit together in a perfectly timed process. It's amazing what can be accomplished when everybody's working toward the same goal. My daughter was equally impressed by the souvenir passes that were handed out to spectators.


Anonymous brettdl said...

Very cool. They kept the sites secret in Los Angeles because too many people would show up.

6:01 AM  
Anonymous SillyDad said...

Extreme Makeover is 1 of 3 shows I actually watch on television. Last show was about a man who lost his arm fishing off the coast of Maine and they built the first log cabin. The place was enormous. I wanted to go see them when they came but it was still like 2 hours from here. I plan on taking a drive down anyway and checking out the finished product. I wonder if I should knock on the door and say hi... haha

7:39 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I've been trying to lose a limb or contact a deadly disease for over a year and a half just to get on that show.
So far, no luck.
It would appear just being an at home dad to only 2 kids isn't enough to score a new home in 7 days.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous SillyDad said...

I have thought about the exact same thing Jeff and I wonder how many kids I would need before they came running. A stay at home dad with 12 kids maybe. Or would I need the wife to leave me first?? hmmmm

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Well I'm a work fulltime and fulltime custody dad of 3 and I'd settle for a new lawn shed. OK, maybe a rec room upgrade, I'm thinking a well stocked wet bar. That's enough.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous stebbijo said...

I wonder if it will snow on them in time for the show? I would kind of like to see that part when they show up for their new house. Nice photos -Phil.

6:48 AM  

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