When I turned on the TV a few minutes ago, a commercial for Bayer aspirin came on with Ty Pennington (the whack-job from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition). I was about to switch channels when I realized something was familiar–it was the house across the street from me. Several months ago our block was all balled up with a commercial shoot, and the house opposite us was the staging area. And now there’s our little Brooklyn idyll representing the best that Middle America has to offer. Funny.

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