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Sun, Feb. 27th, 2005, 08:32 am
dougandlynn: Up close and in person

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".

Sun, Feb. 27th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)

Hubba Hubba! :) I would definitely be at the Home Show if Mike were to come! :) And I know that my Mom or sister-in-law would gladly go with me. I bet alot of the women were there for him and not his building expertise :) Hee! I'm surprised that there hasn't been more of a buzz on him - he's a possible marketing genius. They should really promote him in the US - I'm sure he'd take off :) He's awesome :)

Thanks for telling me all about this! Was it in Toronto?


Sun, Feb. 27th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the comment. I'm in BC actually. Mike seemed to like the idea of no snow :)
Check out http://www.nationalhomeshow.com/visitors/index.html for his show in TO.

Sun, May. 1st, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)

hi, i just found this community and am contemplating joining =]
i LOVE holmes on homes, but my big crush is on shawn morren, the trusty sidekick. mmm, drool-worthy, too bad he's married with a baby on the way!
crush aside, it's a dream of mine to meet mike... i think of him as a real-life superhero, and he was here in bc? and i didn't know! i'm kicking myself!

Mon, Dec. 26th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)

Just got cable and nnow I know what all the fuss is about!
Oh yes.
Yes, yes, yes!

I also have a soft spot for Benji Green.


Mon, Oct. 30th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)

Hi! Just found your lj and it made me smile!

I've recently really gotten into this show, and am mad that it's been on for five seasons without my knowledge!!! Hunky Mike with those arms has been arond for that long and I've been missing it!! lol.

Just wanted to comment "ME TOO"! And am super jealous that you got to see him in person..mmm mmm good :)

Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): A man and his screwdriver

He can come over here and do me right the first time anyday.

Sun, Dec. 20th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): mike

Me too!
He's incredibly hot!