I can see the attraction…

January 17, 2010

Cheap, Home 'Improvement', Lloyd, Prototype

Last week I finally got a chance to devalue something in our house my own self. You might recall that we had to get a new TV, because Brad was coming to visit. That led directly (think minutes) to having to get a new DVD player, and within two days to having to get digital cable.

That led, or so I’m told, to needing some new furniture in the living room to house said purchases. Fortunately, this was accomplished with some re-purposing rather than purchasing. Unfortunately, the bookshelf didn’t have holes for cables, so we just put the cable box and DVD player on the floor under the shelf. This worked, but we had to aim the remote over the trunk, and that became annoying quickly.

Lauren had an extra shelf in the basement (I know, don’t ask me) and rather than drill holes for supports we managed to find some of those yellow cylindrical blocks to hold one shelf above the other. I took a Dremel to the back on the bookcase. It was literally like cutting through cardboard; mostly because it was literally cutting through cardboard. Nothing but the best for us.

Guess which hold I dremeled first.

I remember telling someone five or six years ago that I never wanted to be the kind of person who spends $2,500.00 on a television. It turns out that I don’t mind being the kind of person who spends $550.00 on a television. That’s probably about what we spent on our last one 15 years ago. Hmmm, we might have spent less on this one after adjusting for inflation (which I like to do in my spare time).

How many items in this picture can you identify?


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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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11 Responses to “I can see the attraction…”

  1. Amy Said on:

    That looks wonderful!!!!


  2. Brad Said on:

    Excellent devaluation work, my good man.


  3. Lauren Said on:

    I’m so impressed that he devalued without hesitation! See how easy it is, Lloyd? Bravo! Bravo!


  4. Beth Said on:

    I, too, can see the attraction, Danielson. Wax on, wax off…


  5. Peggy Said on:

    You two AMAZE me!!! Great job…it looks wonderful! If I send you snapshots of my house, will you help me think of fabulous ways to devalue it?


  6. Kristi Said on:

    Sheer genius. You need your own reality tv show.


  7. Lloyd Said on:

    I can’t seem to take a decent picture with my phone anymore. I think it’s the lens. It’s seen a fair amount of abuse living in my pocket for 2.5 years.


  8. Christina Said on:

    Is that Karen sitting in the green bowl??


  9. Lloyd's Mom Said on:

    Excellent. You did well.


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