An e-mail comes from a friend who has been MIA–moved to Orange County with wife and kids:
"I don't know what you're up to these days..." he writes, "but this may be of interest to you."
Attached are two PDF-format files that I struggle to open as they don't give any indication of their subject, and my friend may have been crazy to move to OC, but he's unusually reliable.
I open the attachment that describes, via a press release, the national audition schedule for a new reality TV show with remodeling as the theme. Very up my alley ...