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Former U.S. Army, SPC E-4, Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. If you are or have ever been a soldier, you have friends in my house.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Good People: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

Those of us who used to watch Trading Spaces on TLC already know who Ty Pennington is.....the energetic-to-the-point-of-attaining-escape-velocity house carpenter and all-around handyman responsible for building all those MDF-ing shelves and cabinets the designers wanted.
I liked watching him on that show. He threw himself head-first into pretty much any project they tossed at him, made the end result work right to spec (and better, more often than not), and actually looked like he was enjoying himself in the process.

Thus, when "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" debuted, I found myself in a quandary of sorts.
I was glad that he had moved up to his own show, but at the same time, I was quite fearful that he would get a big head because of it.

Having said all that, I will now say this:
This show is NOT about Ty Pennington....and, thankfully, he damn well knows it.

This show is about people getting together and giving their fellow man a break when he really needs one.

This show is about rewarding good and faithful servants who make sacrifices for the good of others.

And, in this season's final episode, it was about giving something back to the family of a single mother...who made the greatest sacrifice of all.

Some might say that the Piestewa family has already received their fair share of aid, from organizations like the Southwest Indian Foundation (who set up a fund for the children's education) and others. (Heck, even some of the local jailbirds put their two cents in.)
But gifts like these were mostly for the benefit of the children down the road. They still needed to do something about how the family would keep going as Lori's parents got closer and closer to retirement age.

That's where Jessica Lynch, Lori's former battle-buddy and roommate, came in. It was she who nominated the family for the Makeover treatment, as her part of a pact she and Lori had made together before Iraq: that if one did not return, the other would help take care of those left behind.

And on top of all that, they did a little something extra---and LOOONG overdue---for those of her people who came before her.

Folks, I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Finally---something on TV that you can watch with your kids (and actually enjoy), and maybe even use to teach them something good about themselves, without the fear of having to change the channel in a hurry.

Ladies and gentlemen...the entire cast and crew of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", where new lives are built from the ashes of the old right where it's needed the home.

If that ain't "Good People", I don't know what is.