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  1. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Home Town

    Scripted unscripted reality not-exactly-reality!! The mind reels. LOL i was really down on HT for awhile but feel like I’m back. Like someone said upthread, it’s good to see small-town downtowns making comebacks and HT probably is spurring some folks to action. Where I live, there’s a downtown renaissance in a former standalone city which has become an exurb of the sprawling metropolitan area. I haven’t visited Laurel so can’t compare yet, but I just enjoyed a “taste of” night where we restaurant-crawled from one cafe to another, and shops stayed open late to let people get acquainted with what they sell or provide There’s a similar city-now-suburb closer in, where the downtown has never really been deserted, and it’s really diversifying now. I try to buy what I can (usually gifts) from stores in those areas. I’m old enough to well remember life before Walmart and enjoy the personal nature of doing business with *neighbors* from clerk to store owner, again. I value it, too. Funny that as a kid, I took “downtown” and “local ownership” for granted.
  2. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Home Town

    I love heights so yes, we can live in the same building and I’ll visit you on the ground floor!!! Instagram Failure here but I will try to find the photos. Thanks for advising! @Gam2, I’m sure she was jesting and quite a few of the ones that impressed me were from when she was carrying Hellen. Pregnant in the summer in the South = good reason for irritability. 😉
  3. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Home Town

    @suebee12 isn’t life great? There was so little about that house redo that I liked, and yet I enjoyed the episode very much. For one, really valued seeing Jonathan and hoping for the very best for him & his family in Florida. For another, at this point I just smile and shake my head at how Erin & Ben CLING to each other on the interviews — and yet when they unclinched, they were darned good at dancing! Ben is one of those big guys who’s light on his feet. Fun to see. I think also in this one, Erin eased up on the snips at her husband. As good as he is to her, she really needs to learn patience dealing with him. Just MHO of course.
  4. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Home Town

    Jonathan's always struck me as a real salt of the earth guy, and not surprised to know he and his wife lost a child—he has a certain quietness that might be explained by that. I’m trying to say he seems very kind, and knows much. Anyhoo I’m watching the most recent one on-demand and loving the exterminators comprehensive & yet casual knowledge of all things buggy.
  5. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Maine Cabin Masters

    Indeed. But good news - today they began shooting S4!
  6. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Maine Cabin Masters

    I’m sure being the boss’s sister and married to the boss's “Voice of reason” helps her survival chances. Heh! And this is just my opinion, but as cranky as she can get, she’s not really high-maintenance. Home Town’s Erin Napier, with her stated need to be touching or st least close to her husband Ben as much as possible — that’s the kind of femaleness that, in my experience, wears on a crew of guys.
  7. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Home Town

    I noticed that as well. And I really appreciated Erin saying that. Somebody somewhere fussed about how Ben & Erin are almost always touching each other, and someone else explained that they were that way because of Erin’s Introversion and Ben’s protectiveness. And I realized the source of my disenchantment with the duo. I followed her daily blog from the time I learned about it pre-S1. She frequently wrote of how Ben cooked for her, drew her bath every single night, was there for her 1,000%. She lauded his “servant’s heart” and deep devotion. The same themes run through their memoir book. So — when she’s snippy or dismissive or snide with him — yuck! My ex- expected to be served. His needs were always primary, always. I know we only see carefully edited interactions between them and that those times are an infinitesimally small portion of their life together. But the examples we do see, really bug me. Anyhow, TL;dr — I discovered the source of my disillusionment w HT & the Napiers. I still watch the reveals, though!! 😋
  8. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Home Town

    This must have been a mid-century option. A friend’s parents built their otherwise gorgeous split-level about 1960 and it still has the wrought-iron fence along the roofline. Not as ornate as the docs’ house but still “Wait, what? Why?” distracting. Adds nothing to the place.
  9. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Home Town

    The whole “remove the screens!” trope makes me think (a) these people wear a crap-ton if bug repellent and/or (b) they entertain indoors at least as much. LOL When I see the finished places I always wonder how they look after the staging bunnies come in and carry off all the stuff that looks so great but which the homeowners don’t want or can’t afford. It’d be fun to have a quiet little site somewhere to see how HT contributors actually live in their reno’s.
  10. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Maine Cabin Masters

    I do, sometimes. But I still like her so much! Mammy and her lack of filter gave me hope for all my friends who are similarly ... blessed. Some times I wonder if they’re gonna survive another day. But Mammy’s gotten to 92! (Possibly living out in near-nowhere has helped.) I never don’t laugh, several times, every episode. And none of it seems staged. Looking forward to S4 but praying TPTB don’t mess with the formula!
  11. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Maine Cabin Masters

    I’m hoping some time they’ll have before & after photos and layouts somewhere. Their solutions seriously do seem creative.
  12. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Home Town

    I’m intrigued! Can you tell us a little more??
  13. BckpckFullaNinjas

    Maine Cabin Masters

    I love the exterior colors!! LOL - as they say, that’s why there’s more than one kind of car for people to choose. Have only seen the very beginning & end. Really anticipating watching every scene.
  14. Right - she has them now - but she implied that while in the tie house she had to take (or send) her laundry out. Wonder if tge $32k/month tenant got a W/D provided? What a world. LOL
  15. I said I was over the NY crew & I am, but couldn’t resist a peek at the pied-a-terre and now I have a question: did Sawnja realky schlep her laundry to a washateria? I know she did her things in the bidet but figured that was the Morgan version of delicates inbrge bathroom sink The townhouse lacks a washer & dryer? I’m seriously astounded.
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