Chron H&G this weekend took a look at quirky gardeners and quirky boat buliders, two groups we'd certainly qualify as apartment therapists -- of different stripes. • It's only a house: Citing our coverage of Unhappy with Eichler, Lynette defends the article and levels the charge that we blogged it with "vitriol."
• TIKI TAKEOFF : Quirky gardener #1, Napa landscaper Jose Mendez, got bored of Tuscan and went tiki.
• Gardening can restore lost sense of nature: Quirky gardener #2 is Jim Musselman, a back-to-nature-in-the-city purist. For Jim, growing his own food has become a spiritual practice.
• Building boats the way they used to : Quirky boatbuilder #1, Sausalito's North Bay Boat Works, designs and builds wooden boats without so much as a CAD program instruction manual.
• Plying the bay waters: Quirky boatbuilder #2 is Derek Van Loan. In Paul Kilduff profile, Van Loan explains how being out on the water sheds light on life on land: "It's almost like sleeping enables you to learn about life."