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If this self-centered property flipper seems normal to me, have I lived in California too long?

JeffI quite enjoyed watching Jeff Lewis, the narcissistic host of Bravo’s new home improvement show, Flipping Out. Sure, he’s obsessive compulsive. And self-important. And a jerk. But I felt for the guy. He’s going to therapy for goodness sake. He does scream therapy. He’s trying! That’s how I think. But I’ve lived in California my whole life.

Not everyone is so forgiving. Look at these comments on the Flipping Out message board:

• “This guy is a TWIT. . . . He seriously embodies EVERYTHING that is wrong with California. Me, me, me, blah, blah, blah.”

• “This guy does not have one ounce of likeability. He is just rude . . . and inconsiderate.”

• “He makes a mockery about everything that is good about real estate investing and house flipping. The very idea that he has some kind of a pagan ‘prayer’ spoken at a home is blasphemous!”

OK, so I don’t get it. All this guy’s habits sound normal to me. I’ve been to house blessings. I’ve had therapists. I encounter self-centered people all the time.

Watch the first episode online and tell me: If I find this guy tolerable, even sympathetic, have I lived in California too long?

6 Comments on If this self-centered property flipper seems normal to me, have I lived in California too long?

  1. I love Tori on Bravo’s “Flipping Out”! Before my husband and I got married, I consulted a psychic and like Tori she was right! Now, I visit psychics regularly. The show is so interesting!

  2. lil_gaucha // August 2, 2007 at 6:42 pm // Reply

    You can never live in California too long.
    - an expat in Vegas.

  3. Ah, Lil Gaucha, you miss California! How’s Las Vegas different? Just hotter? And no beach? I hear the schools are great. Still, do you think we who still live here should be counting our blessings? Thanks for writing!

  4. I’m a contractor with 25 years as a Grip behind me. Although this person is an acceptable designer, his skills as a human being are deplorable. If a client heaped abuse on me like he does, they would get their deposit cheque returned minus the materials and labor expended on the spot. If he so much as whimpered I would see him in court where he would be taken to task for his demonstrated indecision, and abuse. He is such a “stress queen” I would recommend keeping a defibulator on set. Please do not use this man as an example of how to interact with your contractors!

  5. This guy needs the “trashboy” to give him in good a$$ whoopin” and all would be right. Either that or knock everything he has perfectly put in line…askew! This dude makes Monk look like a piker.

  6. On one episode of Top Chef, one contest referred to another as “a tool and a douchebag.” I think this is a perfect description of Jeff Lewis. Not to say that I don’t enjoy watching the show … which probably means I’ve lived in California too long as well.

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