With reference to your April issue: Susan, it turns out, does appreciate that Scott often uses the editorial page to confess home-improvement mistakes. This entertaining page is one of the main reasons I enjoy This Old House. If I were to read William's desires of "respectable people's" examples of improvements I would more than likely feel that the improvements were too complicated for my feeble and all-too-human attempts. Don't change this page, Scott. I'll betcha got more letters like mine than your regular bills, bills, bills!
Susan Gray

Where to begin with William? At first I'm screaming at William that you are the editor and want to tell him to find a Merriam-Webster dictionary to look up the words "editor" and "carpenter." Then again, instead of going on the defense, I'd rather exploit your many positive attributes. Your page is always the first I read when my new issue comes. You're my hero, the Tim Taylor of home improvement. I read of your many attempts, trials, and foibles and laugh my head off. But even better, of all of your attempts—that's what you do best—attempt. You have proven to me that I can complete projects—in eight years or less—as well. You are living the dream of the little engine that could—I think I can. I think I can. And isn't that the core of what the magazine is all about? Your real-life scenarios are the stuff that life and memories are made of—how wonderful to have a magazine to record for public view all the mistakes and laughter of life. Yes, your wife has got to be a saint (behind every great man...). Aren't all of us women behind the men who "think they can"? You may not be Norm of the carpentry world, but Norm isn't the Scott of the magazine layout/deadline/editor world either.
Jennifer Jarrett
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