I live in an apartment. I'm not particularly proud or happy about this. I live in an urban area, and where I live a home that doesn't require bars on the windows and land mines in the front yard is so expensive I wonder how anyone is able to afford one. I imagine most people that bought them actually couldn't, and we can all thank them for driving the economy (and my chances of ever owning a home) right into the toilet. Anyway one nice thing about an apartment is that I have to spend a limited amount of my time fixing shit. This weekend was a fixit weekend for me, where I got everything cleaned up, scrubbed the bathroom, went to Home Depot to get parts so I could Jerry-rig a standard lampshade on my busted nonstandard lamp, found the kilogram of hair that was causing a slow drain in my shower (the girlfriend claims it was from the people who lived here before, but when I moved in the shower drained just fine), and so on. People who live in houses, on the other hand, talk incessantly about how much of their time is spend maintaining the homestead. It's second only to "guess what amazing thing my child did this weekend?" as the most annoying thing you can talk about. FOCUS: What are your greatest triumphs (or defeats) of home repair and improvement? Is your house six months away from being red-tagged, or have you sold your soul to Home Depot?