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The Discovery Channel aired a show called "Ultimate Treehouse" and I'm not sure if it is a series or just a one episode special, but it was interesting. Interesting in that their "experts" were complete idiots and I wondered if it was to give them obstacles to conquer and personalities to argue over.

First of all, the sketch that the owner's son came up with was a fabulous idea, both classy and architecturally interesting. Their "expert" came up with--a box with a deck about 6 feet up a tree. He had no plans or drawings for the workers to go by (it was all "in his head," which is always a big help when you're, you know, not there.) At one point they sent him off to the hardware store so they could work without his disruptive influence. I swear that guy was on drugs.

Then they had the required perky "interior decorator" who drew a couple of rectangles with some crayons and announced a Gilligan's Island theme for what was supposed to be this guy's cigar smoking haven. She wanted bamboo all over the place and kept pushing it even as the guy's wife kept insisting no way.

The local workers, however, were fabulous, especially considering that they had to deal with those loonies. They worked through a huge snow storm under a tight time frame (the guy being surprised was away on a trip and, fortunately, he was delayed because of the storm.)

Personally, I think the owners would have been better off having the local people work something out from the son's drawing and avoiding the "experts" entirely. If it is a series, I hope they don't have those two doofuses as regulars, because this could be a really fun show without the forced drama.

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