I eventually get to the point. And Aquaman.
Many years ago, I interviewed a couple of custom builders. Super-house custom guys.
This was in the days of the rampant McMansion-ing of the American suburb and foyered entries were growing like farm-raised Douglas fir on Elm Streets and Greenwood Lanes cheek-by-jowl with their cousins, the snout houses.
These guys, however, didn’t get the memo. And they must’ve been building in the womb because they were young men with what I’d call an unhurried build cycle. While Brand X Builders were slinging up 2x4 temples and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was mastering the 105-hour cycle time, these guys were checking their stud walls with—wait for it—thread.
Their cycle time was 5 years, give or take. On a single house.
Radiused hallway with crown? Yup. No caulk and nary a gap to be found.
Three-quarter AdvanTech across the joists? Check. Two layers. On a diagonal.
It’s there that I learned that craftsmanship isn’t dead, you just can’t afford it.
I was reminded of that while I was checking out Earthroamer.
I was checking out Earthroamer because I saw a thumbnail on Facebook and thought it might lead to something cool about trucks.
And it did, but not exactly about trucks. It was more about us than anything.
While I drooled over the F-950 (or whatever, they’re big rigs) bases for what amounts to campers, the video on the website appeared. And Aquaman’s Jason Mamoa is in it.
OK, what the heck, I’ve got a few minutes.
Well, if the entire video didn’t encapsulate just about everything the Mike Rowe’s and This Old House’s of the world are trying to encapsulate, then I don’t know what. It’s a good ad that raises more questions than gives answers.
Back to the trucks.
Don’t worry. You can’t afford an Earthroamer. If we all pitched in, WE couldn’t afford an earth roamer—the used XV-LTS 194 clocks in at a modest $537,000—but I bet dollars to donuts you as a craftsperson or leader thereof get something out of this excellent video. Even if it just makes the 12-year-old inside you dream about what you could do with that truck.