Luckily, I have a few people to remind me.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that I reblogged this, but I needed to read it again due to my hurt feelings which, ultimately, have nothing to do with me, the kind of person I am or what I have to offer.
I figure this post will be the go-to affirmation I need to see, hear, and take in to confirm that it’s only circumstances which are making me feel less-than.
I’m embarrassed that I can’t find a photo (or even a sketch) of the worst of the worst, but maybe it’s because he was so ashamed of his invention - the Popcorn Ceiling - that he didn’t want to be recognized. I actually can’t even confirm that this - the father of a guy named Kurt Hamilton - was the guy responsible. After
much fifteen minutes of research, I found a quote on the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and I ran with it. By the way, it’s officially called an “acoustic spray finish.” Whatever. It’s still damn ugly.
It wasn’t even a good idea at the time….the Electric Stove, that is. A Canadian named Thomas Ahearn filed a patent in 1892 for an Electric Oven (the first of his bad ideas) and the Electric Stove was introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. It was slow to catch on because towns needed to be electrified. Although by the 1930s it slowly started replacing the gas stove in household kitchens. People must have thought, “Electricity! Neat!” Little did they know that future homebuyers would be turned off by this modern invention and shun an entire house because of it.
In 1926, Waldo Semon was working for BF Goodrich as a researcher and invented plasticized polyvinyl chloride, aka Vinyl. Nowadays, homebuyers will give the stink-eye to anything made with Vinyl, flooring and countertops the two primary culprits. Did I mention the guy’s name was Semon? Enough said.
“It’s a split-level? That changes everything!” People just don’t care for split-level homes. They don’t hate them as much as they despise popcorn ceilings, but it’s certainly not a home style on anybody’s Wish List. Blame John Lanterman for designing this gem. Couldn’t find a photo of this bastard.
You may recognize him from HGTV’s (popular?) show “Love it or List It” and you can tell just by looking at him that David Visentin appears to be a smarmy, selfish type. He will take you to see the most awful homes on the market to make you feel hopeless, and then pull out the big stops just as his competitor - the lovely and extremely patient Hilary Farr - incurs the wrath of the current homeowners for simply trying to make safe and beautiful their dangerous, shithole of a home. David just cares about winning. You can almost hear his evil laugh, can’t you?