(Editor’s note: Stacey English was Insider Louisville’s insider volunteer on the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” work site last October.)
Don’t be disappointed by ABC’s lame “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” tonight and how little it makes of the extreme efforts and dedication of Louisville’s finest volunteers.
We may pale in comparison to Louisville benefactors such the Binghams or the Browns.
But those of us Insiders who worked at the Lampe family project last October remember the extreme efforts of hundreds of subcontractors and everyday folks who banded together during extreme deadlines and some of the most extreme weather 2010 had to offer.
Even the Pusateris, who own “Extreme Makeover” builder Elite Homes, seemed disappointed at the lack of “reality” in this reality show.
It has been shared by Insiders that Rocky and Joe Pusateri wore microphones during Sunday night’s show and they had the same sentiment: “They missed the rain that everyone worked through!”
During the build, a violent storm erupted.
A worker remained on the roof during the lightening and subsequent deluge, completing the job even though he was ordered by Joe Pusateri to get off the roof. (See accompanying video.)
After the storm, the worker was asked if he heard the order. His response was, “Your drywall would have been ruined!” And it would have had he not – at real personal risk – completed the all-important roof’s ridge cap.
This is only one example of thousands of selfless gestures that Louisville’s finest volunteers invested in this build.
As a reminder, take a look at this Insider’s video from her vantage point.
I said it before and I’ll say it again: After working on “Extreme Makeover,” I believe Louisvillians have the guts, brawn and brains to do anything they are inspired to do.