Last July (2007) ABC's Extreme Home Makeover worked on a house in the neighboring town. It was huge news to our local economy. We thought about taking the bus tour to see the progress, but were too busy getting ready for our family vacation to Disneyland. The episode aired in October 2007.
We watched the episode and wondered where the house was located. We knew the general area and figured the home was on a side street. But, I hadn't paid close attention to the local news so never heard the exact address.
Sadly, on December 29, 2007, the little girl, Janessa, for whom the home was built, lost her battle to cancer. And to top this off, the family may lose their home. What a horrible ending. But, this information isn't what this post is really about.
A couple of months ago, we were driving to town on one of our back-road routes (quite close to the mysterious airport) when the subject of the Make-over House came up. Dave turned his head and said - "Hey, is that the house right there?"
My jaw dropped and eyes literally popped from their sockets. Yes, it was the house. A house that I drive by TWICE A WEEK or more. A house I drive by on the way to my favorite grocery store. A house I drive by on the way to Piano Lessons. A house I drive by on the way to my OB/GYN. Let me repeat myself: A house I drive by TWICE A WEEK or more.
Let me just say "I was shocked". Why was this never noticed before? Why had I failed to see it? Upon looking around at the general vicinity, I noticed two reasons as to why I've never seen the Extreme Makeover Home.
A - It sits back a little from the road and B - HORSES.
I am not a big horse fan, but directly across the street is a muddy horse pasture. And, of course, whenever I see it, I start wondering about those poor horses standing there in the mud; no grass, just mud. The horses look sad. I worry about them and the dismal land they occupy.
Did I take a picture of the muddy horse pasture? No - too chicken. Because the house next to the muddy horse pasture is even SCARIER than the mysterious airport. It is a shotgun-carrying-shoot-and-ask-questions-later-I'm-a pissed-off-back woods-maniac-whose-got-a-muddy-horse pasture-and-fifty cars-plus-parts-in my yard-and-I-probably-make-meth-in-my-bathroom-sink kind of place.
I was nervous enough taking a picture of the Extreme Makeover House. (Privacy for the family was running through my mind at the time). But take a picture of the freaky muddy horse pasture and scary house? BAWK BAWK BAWK
Where is Vicki when a chicken girl really needs her?