Sorry...although the guy is obviously talented mechanically, he is a self absorbed, spoiled, arrested adolescent. But then, most of us older guys who ride probably fit in that last category.
When I saw that special they had on him, with Kid Rock (two of a kind) he came off badly, I thought. That over-the-top Macho deal usually is an over compensation for some self-esteem/masculinity insecurity issues.
My new take on remodeling is, if you can't afford to have someone do it, you can probably live without the changes. Thats 40 years of frustration and aggravation trying to be Joe Handyman. The pro's do it every day...they can do it better, faster...maybe not cheaper. Life is short...why go looking for misery?
The only way 60 Minuets could make this interesting is if it's an ambush. Bring him in and confront him on not actually doing d!ck on the shows, and how they treat the people who actually do the work. Maybe ask him why he brought Hot-Rod culture down to the WWF level of public perception. And when their done, bring in the Teutles and make it an hour special.
He might be a self-absorbed wrench-monkey but he is a brand name and has a national show. What made this guy different from all the other builders who never make it big ? Hopefully THAT is the angle 60 Minutes is going to explore, not just his latest tattoo.
Maybe they will uncover that the JJ on TV is sort of a fictional caricaturized cartoon of the actual JJ, who is, or at one time was, a pretty normal, actually nicer guy than most, who's really talented at building stuff. Not his fault all the media attention has probably caused a few changes in the way he now has to interface the rest of the world, is it?
If my profession or hobby was remodeling I'd do lots of it around our house. But, everytime I try to repair or rebuild something I run into cheap materials thrown together by someone who couldn't care less about their work. I found that one should only buy the absolute best quality fixtures etc. There is so much cheap junk out there it isn't worth the effort or money to haul it home. The part of the job that I can do the best ends up being the cheapest part anyway. And never, ever dig your own ditch for sprinklers, spas or whatever. That is the hardest work to do and usually costs only a few dollars by someone who does it for a living - God bless them.
I agree MO - "a must see". Having rebuilt motorcycles, ground up and fabricated parts from "weldable steel" using MAPP gas from OSH, drilling holes with a hand drill when I should've just bought a drill press - like years ago. I can appreciate the skill and effort Jesse James puts into his business. He is a very talented guy and worked hard to be the successful, independent a$$hole he has made himself out to be. What else can I say - here I am writing to an on-line magazine from my boring job imagining what a real life might be like!
I'm with you on the Monster Garage thing noknee. I love tinkering, and even enjoy watching other's making something better, but I just don't get why anyone would enjoy watching a group of otherwise talented men making a weed whacker out of a Sikorsky sky crane. VWW