Tim hates the way Detroit looks now. Everything's empty and falling apart. Sometimes he regrets leaving the city, like if he had stayed, maybe he could have stopped it all. But he knows the problems are too big for one man to solve. Besides, it's not like things were that much better in Indiana.
They stayed in Indiana for three years while his wife Jill worked at her dream job. Then, someone offered her an even better job and they moved to Chicago.
Tim loves Chicago. There's always a sports game to watch. Like Detroit, Chicago has Greek and Polish populations so he doesn't miss his favorite foods, and he goes to the Museum of Science and Industry so often even the janitors know him by name.
But even though he likes his life in Chicago, he still misses work. After leaving Binford and Tool Time, he could never quite find a new career for himself. He tried to get a new show off the ground in Indiana but it only lasted a few weeks. He considered buying a hardware store, but Jill got the job offer in Chicago so he had to back out of the purchase. He tried to get back into selling tools, but no one hires traveling tool salesmen any more. Everyone sells their tools online. That's something Tim just can't get used to.
"You don't have to work," Jill tells him over and over. "You supported me through grad school. Now I'm making enough for us to live on. Why don't you take a break?"
It's a an echo of a conversation they had years ago, when the boys where young and Jill wanted to go back to work.
"It's not the money," he tells her. "I need a purpose."
When she asks, "What purpose?" he can never come up with one.
Tim decides to visit Detroit. He'll visit Wilson, his old neighbor and friend who was always on hand to offer friendly advice.
Driving through Detroit wouldn't be easy. A few years back, Binford closed the doors on its Detroit Plant and moved all of its precision machining to offshore facilities. The plant is still empty. Tim doesn't want to see it. Binford Tools gave him his first job out of college and a great career as a TV host that let him spend a lot of time with his family. He cannot count how many times he walked through the doors at the Binford plant to meet with John Binford and talk about sales strategies or new ideas for the TV show.
The idea of the plant crumbling makes Tim sick to his stomach.
"Maybe I could buy the Binford plant and renovate it," he thinks. But what will he put in it? Could he start his own tool manufacturing plant? Or should he hack it up into condos? Tim took a deep breath and felt confident as he merged onto the highway. He'll soon be in Detroit and have the answers he's searching for.
Wilson will know the answer. Wilson will know what to do.
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