I’m one of those weird people who gets their TV without a cable or dish. What can I say? I like my TV free.
However, when I have had the opportunity to check out cable home improvement channels when staying at a hotel I get hooked quickly. From decorating tips to construction ideas, these programs have a lot to offer home improvement buffs.
So what’s a cheapskate like me to do?
Lately I’ve begun borrowing home improvement videos from the library to watch while I use the treadmill in the morning. My first pick was a VHS furniture refinishing video from 1985. After that, I’m looking at sister programs on wiring and plumbing. Sure, the production values are as low as you’d expect, but that’s part of the fun.
Once I’ve gone through everything I can borrow from the city and county libraries, I’ll consider looking at the video stores to see if they have any home improvement DVDs. But that would require paying for my home improvement TV, and once I do that I might just as well get cable so I can watch the real HGTV, plus Jon Stewart and Battlestar Galactica.
More likely, I’ll just do what everyone else does and watch the morning news while I workout. If only I had CNN.