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If don't have anything to watch turn on ABC's Extreem Homemakeover tonight at 8PST it's a 2hr special. I spent the longest week of my life on this project but it was one of the best also! I am the one in the blue tee shirt and the hard hat.

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If don't have anything to watch turn on ABC's Extreem Homemakeover tonight at 8PST it's a 2hr special. I spent the longest week of my life on this project but it was one of the best also! I am the one in the blue tee shirt and the hard hat.
I watch that show fairly often, so will tune in tonight. At least you will be easy to spot! Any identifying scars, missing teeth, etc.?

edited: I have often wondered it they REALLY accomplish all that in one week, Guess it's true? Probably not an actual work issue with all the people, but LOGISTICS have to be a bear!

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If don't have anything to watch turn on ABC's Extreem Homemakeover tonight at 8PST it's a 2hr special. I spent the longest week of my life on this project but it was one of the best also! I am the one in the blue tee shirt and the hard hat.
Excellant show. Must be fantastic to participate in one of those shows.

Can you provide any insight into the project? Like Dave said, the logistics must be crazy. What was your role?

Thanks for the viewing tip.

And yes, I still kept an eye on the Saints trouncing Dallas.

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What a great show, Doug. It must have been neat to be a part of that.

I think I saw you. Eighteenth guy from the right?

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Doug,

Being a retired L.E.O. that was one of the hardest EHMO's to watch, but damn glad I did. Seeing the brotherhood of the LAPD helping one of their own was very touching and most wouldn't realize how true to life it is. In case no one else said it, THANK YOU for what you and all the others did to help a Brother & Sister in need. Thanks for the heads up about the show.

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Great show, and I know you must be proud to have been a part of that experience.

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Thanks for the replys. Yes it was done in a week, the show at least. The house we built in 106 hrs and if any of you have built anything you will know how unbelievable this is. We had a very hard build and lots of problems to deal with. Rain and lightning, lack of skilled workers at the right time, ect.
The builder Vic is a great guy, tough as nails cigar smoking type of guy but with a hart of pure gold. The house was basically built in a large warehouse and brought to the site and assembled. When the house was demo'ed they brought in 300 yrds of dirt that had to be compacted to level the lot. My friend who did the low voltage wiring used 60k ft of wire! The concrete they used is what is used in high rises so you can pour it and frame on it in 4 hrs, you should have seen that crete smoke! My part was the Head of Safety Division, I basically lived there in my motorhome the whole week. I also was also on the Photo Team and took care of the six motorhomes that housed the builder, marketing team and subs. At the end of the build when we were scrambling I did a little bit of everything. It is funny how things are put togather for the TV show, when they talk about the build/design team and how they did this and that it made me laugh! They were great people and were there alot except for Ty, but they really didn't make anything happen or build hardly anything. Ty is a great guy but he is there the first two days then off to another location then another then back for the final day. Michael is probably the best with greating people and Paige is very nice. We had a special catered dinner at my motorhome one night and they all expressed how great the meal was and they acted just like normal people! The water feature in the front yard was designed in my motorhome, Ed... (the big guy) and one of our landscape people got on a laptop and put it togather. There were so many things that happened that week it's tough to figure out which to tell about. That week changed a lot of peoples lives at the work site. What happened to Kristina is tough but part of the risk of a job that gives you great joy and sometimes incredible sadness, being a firefighter for 30 yrs you become especially close to your PD brothers, she is a great gal and a real fighter and I wouldn't be supprised to see her walking! If you ever get a chance to do something like this don't pass it up!
Here are a few pic's, the guy with the stars is one of our team who lined up the food.


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Sounds like a great show - we should get it here in the next year - I shall try and remember (unless you know it's on the interweb somewhere ?)

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I watched it.

The Rigatti family was well served by all of you.....It was hard to watch no matter what you do for a living. Some families have it tough. I kept thinking that she was lucky to be alive considering the injury she suffered.

Thanks for sharing that. People need this kind of support and the show encourages that to the viewers.



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Sounds like a great show - we should get it here in the next year - I shall try and remember (unless you know it's on the interweb somewhere ?)

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