Before New Yankee Workshop came on today, an episode of This Old House had
the crew in Bermuda working on a project. Norm took a tour of a local
general contractor's home, and for some strange reason, they had him dressed
in pale yellow shorts, knee high dark socks, and dress shoes. He looked
like an idiot. Maybe typical for Bermuda, but I bet he was glad when that
segment was over.
Norm doesn't have that many outfits so when something
new shows up, most of us are pleasantly amused. My wife
always comments on his attire. When TOH did the project
in England, he always seemed to be wearing a gray sweater - this
overlapped with several NYW shows when he introduced the project
by touring a local English antique shop - in that same
sweater. That sweater showed up again & again...
We are grateful when Norm "busts out" - not to metion
Tommy & the guys.
L-Rod could add a fashion category to his extensive Norm site:
You have never worked as a TV presenter it appears.
It is very common for presenters of programs to _always_ wear
the exact same outfit, particularly when they film 'insert'
Like most shows the NYW is not filmed in the order it is shown.
Ever seen him standing outside the workshop introducing the
show in the middle of a snowstorm? They film in New England
during the winter. It is dark here when they stop working.
It would look kinda odd if Norm kept changing outfits in
the middle of a show. If he always wears a red check shirt
he can do the intros and endings for all the shows in a
season at the same time.
If you watch any Richard Attenborogh wildlife documentaries
he is always wearing the same blue shirt and kahkis. If you
watch carefully you can see him lose or gain 10 years from
shot to shot.
Yea...the opening segment of the NYW episodes (shot in
conjunction with the TOH project) was something to see. He is
sitting in, I believe, Trafalgar square, in full, format suit
and bowler hat. Alas, he did bail out of them for the usual
shop attire though.
THere was one episode of NYW I recall (and I am sure that
others can name the date and title) where he has build a number
of closet organizers. At the close of the show, the camera is
inside the closet, looking down a row of identical, red flannel
shirts. Norm pops into the closet, fingers through them, and
with a sigh of satisfaction, picks out the "perfect" one.
One of the things I *like* about TOH and NYW are those
bits of self-mocking humor that pick up. I still think that
there would be big bucks in rentals of a set of "blooper"
reels for the show. I suspect there are quite a few moments
where giddiness overtakes everyone.
If that is the one I saw it was when he wanted to build an English garden
bench, which he found in a public place in a London square. Big Ben was in
the background so the square would have been Parliment Square, outside of
the Palace of Westminster or in other words the Houses of Parliment (House
of Lords and House of Commons - me being the latter). It is not far from
Scotland Yard, Downing Street and so on. If you are really interested see
the map: http://tinyurl.com/23kqq
Man...I have been programming computers TOO long. I
apparently so programmed to type "format" that I cannot type "formal"!
There you go....I had a feeling, just after I fired that note
off that it was Parliment Square. Since I live in the backwood hills
of Tennessee (in what seems like a feudal Citystate at times), my
bits of exposure to the great City of London have only come from brief
glimpses on the "magic picture box". Not had the pleasure of
traipsing about and exploring as of yet.
I'm curious, too. I have to go to Powermatic (Nashville) this coming week and
the delightful flight schedules out of Parkersburg leave me with all of Tuesday
afternoon to slowly strangle.
"In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence
is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of
office." Ambrose Bierce
Greetings and salutations....
On 15 May 2004 17:53:33 GMT, email@example.com (Charlie Self)
I live in Knoxville, which is about 3 hours EAST of Nashville.
Depending on what one is looking for, there are a number of
interesting places to kill time in the city. There are a few decent
bookstores, including a really nice one (Elder's) at Elliston Place
(and by the by, the Elliston Place soda shop has some of the best
milkshakes in the state).
Also, down on Broadway is an eclectic little place catering
mainly to graphic novel collectors (ok...comic books), Magazines and
SF folks. It is called "The Great Escape" and tends to have better
prices than Elder's.
Here are more useful "book related" links.
Now...I don't know if it is still there, but, there was a
great surplus junk place called "Javanco" down on 8th ave. It
is a SLIGHTLY scary part of town, but, it is really cheap floor space
for the warehouse full of wierd stuff that they have accumulated. It
was there a couple of years ago, so I expect it still is there.
For poking about in used tools, there is a place called
"ReTool", on Old Hickory Blvd (not that this narrows it down, because
at times, it seems that half the blasted pavement in Nashville is
called Old Hickory <something>). There is one of these shops down
in Marietta Ga, and, that one has had some really good deals.
At least the one in Marietta HAS been willing to negotiate a bit
too...which I like.
Of course, there are the usual "touristy" things to do,
but, frankly, I am not really up on that. I tend to avoid
that sort of thing when I roll into town.
I hope this helps fill the hours a bit, and, that
some of the FINE, friendly folks that read this group that
LIVE in Nashville will chime in with more suggestions *smile*.
Now some of that seems like fun. I'll cart your list along and do some
wandering if I do get all the extra time I predict.
Funny. One of the more famous Old Tool Shops is in Marietta--Ohio. John
"Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen." Ambrose Bierce, The
Where can I buy socks like that? I've looked around the Delta site and I
can't find anything like them. I hope they aren't discontinued like the
laser guide on his miter saw. And does anyone know where I can get his
shoes as well? (I've already acquired enough flannel that I can do some
|> Before New Yankee Workshop came on today, an episode of This Old House had|> the crew in Bermuda working on a project. Norm took a tour of a local|> general contractor's home, and for some strange reason, they had him dressed|> in pale yellow shorts, knee high dark socks, and dress shoes. He looked|> like an idiot. Maybe typical for Bermuda, but I bet he was glad when that|> segment was over.|> O.|> |>
|Where can I buy socks like that?
Years ago an idle rich acquaintance of mine, for want of something to
do, would drive to Canada to buy knee high socks to complement his
shorts. Check with Lee-Valley. [g]
I remember Norm from an early Bob Villa episode as a gangling young
fella with his butt-crack showing...I thought he was the plumber.
But, seriously folks, I shook hands with Norm at a woodworking show a
few years back, and he didn't have the callous edge to his hand.
Obvious to me, he doesn't work much wood with those soft paws.
But then, the point of NYW is the sale of plate joiners and plastic
paints, neither of which a real woodworker would use.
Yet, I am a faithful proponent of Norm. Even though one member of my
past wive's club would say I only watch the show to ridicule, Norm is
a true propagator of the Living Trade. I always learn something, even
if it is how not to do something.
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