I spent last night in a hotel room. I got in relatively early, due to limited flights from Philadelphia to my destination. So I had high hopes of getting a lot of work done, or at least reading the book I brought along. But for whatever reason, flying takes a lot out of me. I made it out to dinner…and then spent a ton of time watching Property Brothers on HGTV.
I don’t watch much TV (my long-term average tends to be less than an hour a week, per my time logs). Most of what I do watch is live sports. So when I do, it’s an interesting, almost anthropological experience.
First, it really does fill the time. I don’t know why I marvel at that, but I do. I had about four hours of time in my room, and I watched almost four hours of Property Brothers and I was entertained the whole time. Renovation shows really do have a pleasant arc, at least for the viewer. Having lived through a massive home renovation last year, I know it’s stressful and disruptive. The characters on the show talk about it being stressful, but you don’t really see the stress in the sense of them cooking on a hot plate or sharing a bathroom with relatives when they leave their homes completely. So it’s all light and fun. The houses really do look better afterwards!
I did find myself wondering, sometimes, about the people on these shows. They clearly chose to be on this show because they thought the Scott brothers did good work. Yet people will need to be convinced that the brothers’ ideas for where the cabinets should be are wise. I guess some people really like control. Or maybe the show’s producers tell them to create conflict. Who knows.
In any case, it’s amazing how much good staging and design will add to the value of a house. I assume some is branding too (this is a Property Brothers’ work!) But one that stood out in particular was a $600k home that they put $85k of work into. They listed for $815k and sold at list price. The right throw pillows do a lot!
So that’s how I spent my evening. I guess fun as it goes. I can’t imagine spending every evening this way. But I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. I’m working through Dune, which is exciting, but I’m never really been a science fiction sort. So I don’t automatically think to pick it up.
Do you manage to stay productive while traveling? Or what’s your low-energy activity of choice?
Photo: TV at home, not in hotel room.