Al Borland, typically on the receiving end of Tim Taylor’s insults during Tool Time segments, always manages to handle Tim’s equipment gaffes and his corresponding painful grunts with a measure of grace. He maintains his poise with a reserved, stoic pride that is unflappable. Al is indeed an admirable character on the now syndicated Home Improvement (1991-1999), and the chemistry that he has with is co-host Tim is side-splitting at every encounter. In watching old episodes once again, I’ve noticed that Al has a tendency to bring two fingers to his head as he and Tim salute various tools or rooms of the house (e.g. chainsaws, magnets, the bathroom, and the kitchen).
In the enduring words of acclaimed novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Penned as part of a poem to describe Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, this phrase still transcends the most magnificent English literature about Middle-earth. As a distance runner, I am prone to wandering and getting lost, though the former doesn’t always cause the latter. In fact, like other like-minded runners, I tend to consistently revisit the same routes time and again for the sake of convenience and familiarity. But as familiarity tends to breed contempt, returning to the same loop or out-and-back course is surely a precursor to boredom and stagnation.