Well, Mike appeared at our local home show yesterday. We got there half an hour before the show opened, an hour and a half before Mike was to go on stage. Somewhat surprisingly, we weren't first ones there however were early enough to get a third row centre seat. There was an even mix (I thought) of men and women. I guess, in spite of my skewed view of Mike as a sex symbol the majority of his audience were there for his building expertise. Although - come to think of it there was a great commotion from the audience when he removed his jacket to reveal a skin-tight t-shirt/undershirt, that while covering his skin did nothing to conceal his muscular upper body.
My general impression was that yes, as everyone has said he really is that nice. He's (believe it or not) better looking in person. Seemed a bit taller than I expected, less stocky than the camera makes him appear on the show. Piercing eyes. He spoke comfortably in front of a standing-room-only crowd wandering down the middle aisle (inches away, swoon) to have a little chat with some of the folks in the back. Mike asked a few Holmes on Homes trivia questions for give-aways of t-shirts but since they weren't the official HOH shirts I didn't try too hard. (While not shy about meeting him, I was shy about meeting him in front of a thousand people - gods only know what I might blurt out and probably have the mic pick up).
Mike did remind us a couple of times that he was "just a contractor" (his air quotes) but after his initial blush from the crowd reaction to his taking the jacket off, it seemed to me that he has come to rather enjoy the attention. He loves that kids know who he is. He repeated his oft-said "I love my job" a couple of times when attractive women threw themselves into a hug - and once when a lady gave him flowers.
In spite of sitting quietly (more or less - there were a few squee moments), my companion K and I behaved ourselves. That is until we got into back to the car when the conversation took a quick left into the gutter. I wonder how many other women (and possibly gay men) were like us and after sitting in the audience as attentive fans of home renovation left with fantasies of getting Mike in a compromising situation in the middle of a half-finished kitchen?
I realize I haven't done much to keep this journal active but do me a favour and if you feel the same way please post or just leave a comment to say "me too".