It’s been well-documented that the Tivo has a mind of its own. My father, for instance, is convinced that it plots against him in some apocalyptic struggle for robotic dominance. For a time I was inclined to agree — my Tivo insisted on recording Ask This Old House over and over, sure that I would dig it no matter how much I told it not to do that. As it turns out, it was correct.
After watching a few of them this weekend I find the new crew of the show is easy to watch. They don’t get in the way of the contractors and don’t pretend to know everything in the hopes that they’ll appear like gods of construction. If they don’t know about something, like plaster-casting for instance, they say, “I haven’t done this before. How does this work?” That goes a long way with me.
The few episodes that I caught up on this weekend centered on a New York brownstone that’s getting a complete makeover. It’s actually entertaining, and I plan to check more of it out in the future.
My Tivo is obviously off the hook for now, as it does appear to know me better than I thought. But if it starts asking if I’ve seen John Conner lately, I’ll seek shelter immediately.
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Ask This Old House [Website]