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  1. I feel very parental towards Ashley and Michael and sincerely root for them to do well. They have three businesses now that we've seen -- their real estate office, the Kettle B&B, and now the ice cream/sandwich shop. It's a lot. The reno turned out nice and I hope it's successful, but any kind of restaurant is a big gamble at the best of times, never mind during a pandemic. I don't have kids and am having a hard time seeing the appeal of a fairly small party space that doesn't include some kind of crafts or activities. People can easily have cake and ice cream for 8-10 kids in their own apartments or back yards, no? I hope at some point A&M installed a big wall mural of a castle or dragon or whatnot. The featured selfie wall of dots made me chuckle a bit. But anybody in Galveston, please stop by and give us a report! If I was visiting I'd go for sure.
  2. It's more realistic, I suppose, but I'm always surprised at how long these renos take -- several months in many cases. I mean, I assume Brett has reliable contractors and subs he regularly works with, not like me scrambling through review sites and getting estimates, then workers not showing up, making mistakes, etc.
  3. Ashley's a loud talker for sure. Part of her charm. ☺️ I'm sure being on the show means they need to buy more homes at once than they normally would, but the most recent flip in that "up and coming" neighborhood was probably not the best financial decision. It was right next to that shifty looking cement block building, and that's only what they showed us. The house turned out beautifully, as always, but my guess is that they didn't make anywhere near their $15K profit guesstimate. The saying isn't bad location, bad location, bed location.
  4. The worst thing about the bathroom floor is that the words weren't freaking centered in the room! They were squished off to the right and would be partially covered up by a bath mat, anyway. But I love Ashley and the way she adds extra touches like the stenciled kitchen runner and the copper stair risers from last season. Sometimes her ideas make me squinch up my face a bit, but I appreciate her exuberance and hard work. She and Michael are fun to watch even when she's have a mini pregnancy breakdown, and I love how sweet he is to her. I'm very happy for them, especially when Ashley said they'd been trying to have a baby for five years.
  5. I echo many of your sentiments. The staging on the Barrymore house was the worst I've seen on any of the thousands of real estate shows I obsessively watch. This season was a small boon during a craptastic year because everyone was getting along, even Flagg and Altman. Their odd couple dynamic as co-listing agents was fun. Tracy and Flagg being pop-in neighbors also amused me. Lovely to see Edith's joie de vivre and connections still working for her grandson from the grave. "I will be introduced to my children when they're five." Not enough Bobby!
  6. I think Jimmy is a genuine, upbeat, outgoing person as a rule. He's doing well at home even though it's evident he'd rather be back in the studio. Technically speaking, his video and audio are pretty good. I saw a British comedy/current events show called The Ranganation that was extremely well done from home. The studio was set up in the host's garage with professional graphics and sound, and with remote camera operators and a director. The panelists and guests were on nice large monitors. I enjoy Seth but he's the worst technically as far as just sitting directly in front of a fixed (cell phone?) camera, plus bad acoustics.
  7. I'm enjoying seeing the 8G band members in their homes and appreciate them moving around! There's an amusingTwitter account that's been rating the backgrounds of newspeople and others broadcasting from home -- what else do we have to do?
  8. I've been rewatching the previous seasons, mostly to track Patrick's varying facial hair. I really want a special of him modeling all the garments he said he'd like to wear: glittering harem pants, silk robes, beach shorts with pom poms. The progression since 2013 from pattern pinning to pattern weights is very noticeable. Esme is more enjoyable to me than May, just because she has more personality. Patrick seems to defer to her more than he did to May. I only vaguely recalled the contestants and who won except for season 3, where I even remembered some of the specific garments. That was a nice group of sewers. I miss Claudia. And Patrick calling her Winkleman.
  9. Not free, but it's available to buy it on Amazon!
  10. I was most looking forward to seeing Bob, Trixie and Monet but ended up being thoroughly entertained. The celebs, whoever they were, ended up being adorable. I love the "put regular people in drag" challenges anyway so this was made for me. Insights, tears, oats-feeling!
  11. Yay! I'm stupidly excited. Joe is back as host. I like him but Claudia will always have my heart.
  12. I'm glad none of the queens pulled out the I don't know Madonna very well excuse. When it comes to foundational drag icons, I don't care how young or "not from here" they are, the careless ignorance is annoying. Now, if that moment happened and the editors hid it from us, my blood pressure thanks them. If that moment happened and I missed it, don't tell me!
  13. Wearing masks is the herd immunity debate again, right? We've been told from the beginning that their use was encouraged only by symptomatic people in order to protect others, but if enough of us wear them, protection extends that much further. Even disposable paper and homemade washable masks help prevent droplets from being sprayed when people sneeze or cough. Why not be extra cautious? I just don't understand the reasoning behind health authorities recommending against wearing simple masks from the start. Schwans is another option for anyone struggling with food delivery. It's all frozen but includes vegetables and fruit. They seem to be well stocked so far; deliveries are every two weeks in my area. (My preference for milk and other quick items is a 3am run to an empty Circle K > gloves and mask > disinfect afterwards.) Speaking of that, my hands are so chapped and dry! I lotion them as frequently as I wash but the alcohol-based sanitizer is winning.
  14. Robocalls -- The entire article isn't worth linking, but the gist is: "The volume of robocalls nationwide has plunged as overseas call centers have closed for lockdowns and social distancing, according to YouMail, an Irvine tech company that tracks robocall volume on a monthly basis." Faint silver lining, I suppose!
  15. Yes, price gouging is wrong and my actions are encouraging it. Still, I was willing to pay $18 for two bottles of Lysol spray except that eBay removed that seller before they were able to ship. I tried again and the same thing happened but that person worked faster and at least got the order mailed before eBay shut them down. I'm old with diabetes and an autoimmune disease that affects my lungs ... pretty much a sitting duck! I saw that San Francisco has banned shoppers from bringing their own reusable bags, cups, etc. into stores. Six of one, half dozen of the other, seems like.
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