For me it started with Ty Pennington and Trading Places. He was cute, funny, and the man could build a bookshelf in an hour. My husband is an accountant. My checkbook is immaculate, but he needs instructions to install a doorstop. No wonder I dreamed about him Trading Places with Ty for an afternoon. Sadly, I'd probably put him to work on the house.
Ty moved on to my boys favorite show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and so Trading Places has come up with a steady stream of men who make me sigh. Carter Oosterhouse. Brandon Russell... this show seems to be a great launch point for these guys. Not only has Ty moved up, Carter has his own show on HGTV, Carter Can.
While You Were Out is a show about fixing up a room while your loved one is out and returns home for the big surprise. It's no surprise TLC found more gorgeous men to get things done quickly. Andrew Dan Jumbo is my favorite, but Jason Cameron is fabulous too. My favorite episode has them both...I wonder why... Andrew now has his own show, Take Home Handyman. Does it get any better than that?
I think it is the idea that they are smart, funny, gorgeous, and capable of fixing my baseboards without nagging. Of course that is part of the fantasy. On TV they get the job done quickly and well. At home...I'm holding onto the idea they keep up the good work!
Who are your favorite blue collar guys?