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- Off The Wall
There appears to some confusion around my GBA, (Great Bobble-Head Adventure,) as (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-17T17:38:36+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Off The Wall There appears to some confusion around my GBA, (Great Bobble-Head Adventure,) as well as some consternation. Lots of comments like these are on The Wall. Michael Burman - "Well! This is most unfortunate, as the only bidders who will eventually lay claim to your American made Bobble-head, will be those fortunate enough to have a substantial amount of renumeration!" 11:34 AM, 10/14/14 Robert Slayton - "Since most of us blue collar American fans of yours out here cannot afford to put out the kind of coin it is going to take to obtain one of these....maybe you should give a few away!!!" 11:38 AM, 10/14/14 Jasper Umetsu - "Mike, I am incredibly sad that I will never have your likeness in bobblehead format informing me that "somebody's gotta do it!", "safety third", "proudly made in the USA", or "is this thing on?" My favorite observation came from from Dave Chandler, whose thoughts were accompanied by the charming visual aid pictured above. While I appreciate the fact that Dave successfully cut and pasted the words from my original post, I’m afraid he didn’t actually read them. Nowhere did I say that I have found a US company that’s capable of mass producing a high-quality Bobble-Head at a competitive price. I merely said that I’ve been looking for one. To my knowledge, no such company exists. What I have found, is a company in Georgia called Royal Bobbles that’s willing and able to manufacture a very limited run of my giant noggin. They can NOT however, mass-produce the version I want at a competitive price. The actual cost to manufacture a custom made, high-quality, hand-painted, Bobble-Head is nearly $200. This is indeed, unfortunate. But I’m moving forward anyway, and hoping to accomplish two things in the process. 1. Raise some money for The mikeroweWORKS Foundation. 2. Examine the challenges of domestic manufacturing by illustrating the difficulty of delivering a high-quality, mass produced, competitively priced facsimile of my enormous head, and turning the whole thing into content for SGDI. Here’s what I hope will happen. I hope that those 100 custom pieces that Royal Bobble produces will generate so much interest and so much money for The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, that somebody will sit up and say “Wait a second - we can do this here! Let’s retool the factories! Lets mass produce Mike Rowe’s vast cranium and sell it at retail for a truly affordable price!” But honestly, I don’t think that can happen. China has entire factories filled with really talented artists that do excellent work for a fraction of the cost. That’s important to understand. The stuff coming out of China is not all crap. In fact, it’s pretty much identical to the piece that will be made in Georgia. That means Royal Bobble can outsource a version of my vast cranium of equal quality for roughly one tenth the cost. The question is this - should I care? Should I worry that Michael, Robert, Jasper, and many others can’t afford to buy an American made Bobble Head? Or should I provide a more affordable Chinese-made alternative of equal quality? MikeComments:
jon selzer - You just get beat up about everything, even when you're trying to do good. Sorry to hear that. Keep your head and the job up. Thanks for what you do.
dave peterson - Mike Rowe, I am a manufacturing sourcing expert with 25 years experience. Would you give me the opportunity to locate a suitable US manufacturer for this project? I am convinced we (the USA) can get this right. All I need is the opportunity. Please allow me the chance to PROVE America can still COMPETE!
rich bilney - Tell them to stop bellyaching. Its for charity and there is 100. Its not going to be cheap.
keith baxter - It's actually a Freddie statue with his human bobblehead sidekick.
donna wohltman kennedy - Dear Mr. Michael Burman - "Well! This is most unfortunate, as the only bidders who will eventually lay claim to your American made Bobble-head, will be those fortunate enough to have a substantial amount of renumeration!" 11:34 AM, 10/14/14
I think the word you were looking for, which doesn't really fit well in this sentence is "remuneration". Renumeration means to renumber. :/
Actually, my bad, it's not even a word.
leann wolford - It would be really awesome if you could take this idea to Shark Tank...and oh so ironic if this item ended up on QVC. Do it, do, it, do it! C'mon, Mike Rowe! ;D
michael tallman - Mike - haters gonna hate - 'nuff said. Besides, point #1 is the most important one. No, I can't afford one, but I'm not going to get my knickers in a twist because of it.
chris dowdy - Mike, on behalf of ORCA Coolers, I would love to donate a cooler to raise money for the MikeroweWORKS Foundation. Our coolers are 100% Made in The United States. And come with a Lifetime Warranty. www.orcacoolers.com contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
jonathon a just - I'll pay more for a quality, American-made item any day of the week.
frank folds phive - Why do idiots feel so entitled to stuff?? This is what's wrong with America!!
Michael / Jasber / Robert are real whiners. You can't afford something you really want for $200? When the poor are walking around with iPhone 6's and iPhone 6 Pluses? Really?
The people just don't deserve someone like Mike Rowe for president, because some of the people are so darn stupid.
millie smedley mchugh - I think it's a wonderful idea to raise funds. You're doing a limited run and those fortunate enough to get them will be proud of them. Raising funds for your Foundation is a good thing, not a "fail". Go for it and stand by it. Everyone reads something into everything! Can't make 'em all happy all of the time. Just keep doing what you're doing!!
denyele kovac - Mike your initial communication was not a fail, it was completely clear. Currently buying USA made products is very expensive because we (AMERICA) have sold our manufacturing to the lowest bidder which is always someone outside of the good ole USA. Keep up the fight Mike Rowe, we stand with you!
richard arnold - I suggest you keep it limited, don't bow to China crap. Let this 2014 model be the beginning of an annual Mike Rowe Bobble Head doll fundraising event (different each year) and I suspect you will break each year's previous record. Also, by making a plan and commitment to do this every year, the GA company can be better prepared to assist you. And who knows, maybe several other quality USA Bobble Head doll companies will want to get a piece of the action. Ergo, it's a WIN-WIN-WIN. Be Prepared as we Scouts like to say ;-)
kimberly smith - Why do people feel so damn entitled? It's too expensive for the average guy to buy? Newsflash cry-babies: LOTS of things are too expensive for the average guy. I'm sure as heck not whining about the fact that I drive an eight year old Honda instead of a Mercedes. So what if you can't pay $200+ for a cute little toy that's just going to collect dust until after you're dead and your grandkids find it and say, "Mike who?", then toss it in the trash...
The whole point is to drum up money for Mike's foundation. So instead of bitchin and moanin, take what you WOULD be willing to pay for this trinket and donate it to mrW.
sonja phillips - When I read Mike's original post about the bobble head, I thought, "Aww, that's so cool!" Do I have even the slightest chance of getting one? No. My doctors won't allow me to work (it's been 14 years) yet I was denied disability. My husband just lost his job. My son is working full time at a minimum wage job and going to school (a trade school!) full time as well. We aren't even sure how we are going to keep the bills paid at this time. However, none of that even entered my mind when I saw Mike's bobble head post. I was excited for him and for the potential winners of the auctions. I was happy for the company to get exposure for their good work on US soil. I was glad Mike was going to get more funding for his great foundation... the very foundation that, if founded a couple of decades ago, my husband could have possibly learned a trade like he so desperately wanted to (but couldn't afford) and not be job hunting at this very moment. Keep up the good work, Mike. The people complaining have their heads up their asses so far, they aren't able to see anything other than their own selfish greed.
margaret moritz - Mike take one or two of them and let people buy $10 tickets. Have a drawing for winners. That way we can all help the foundation and maybe win a Mike Rowe noggin to boot.
sean williams - Mike, I love that you bring up challenging topics *and* that you tackle them head on. You could just lament that American products are not available at a competitive price. Instead you *purchased* American made products to prove the point and raise some money for your foundation at the same time. Point made... even if some missed it. Keep up the good work.
stephen reeves - Totally agree with Mike on this one. As much as i would love to have a desktop Bobble-head, this particular run is more of a collectible than a toy. Sure they are expensive, but that was stated right from the beginning and the intent is to raise money for a great cause that gets people to work here in America. Hopefully it does raise a good chunk of change and the money goes to good use. Love the new show Mike!!!
mick bodine - You know what we should mass produce? Giant sticks with just enough girth and smoothness, to fit up the backsides of a large portion of our permanently aggrieved society. We would make a fortune and possibly improve many moods, since so many people in this country seem to have giant uncomfortable sticks up their asses.
mackenzie case - I thought the whole point was to generate funding for the foundation; therefore, a limited number of BobbleMikes makes the most sense. I think it is awesome.
medea carter - Stick to American Made. Many years ago, just after Sam of WallyWorld passed, I acquired a job with one of his stores. I was there for the transformation from mostly American Made products to rarely found American Made products. It was saddening, disheartening; &, ultimately, a major part of my decision to seek work elsewhere. I have made a point to point out to my children products that are American Made & to teach them that to build our economy, we MUST support producers who live around the corner, rather than around the world. I've often found myself in a store, shopping for this or that (especially clothes), found nothing that was American Made, & walked away, to shop elsewhere. The truth is that by buying a product made overseas, I will save a dollar today; but, the sad result is an eventual lack of jobs, employers, & the increase in unemployed members of society - which results in an increase in taxes to support those who don't, or won't, work.
The Bare Bones truth is, the societal sacrifice we all NEED to make is to pay that little bit more for an American Made product - not always because it is better made; but, because it is better for ALL of us.
- Fridays With Freddy
Not much to report today. Went for a drive and stopped by a mountain lake (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-18T00:58:27+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Fridays With Freddy Not much to report today. Went for a drive and stopped by a mountain lake. Ate a pinecone, took in the vapors, crashed a private beach. Pretty basic stuff. One interesting note - apparently, I know how to swim. This was a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. I found the mountain water to be positively intoxicating, and feel a bit foolish about my initial reticence. I hate to say it, but once again, the biped knows best. I’ve also determined that life is too short not to smell the pines or hear the breeze sigh through the mighty Redwoods whenever possible. If you’re able, get yourself to the mountains with all due speed, and ye shall be restored. FreddyComments:
gabrielle ringmacher - Love Freddie on top of the sign that says no dogs.
chris linley - Should we look forward to an update on that pine cone that you consumed, Freddy? This too, shall pass.
karen desrochers zelano - " I have a room all to myself; it is nature."
~ Henry David Thoreau
chris compton - How old is Freddy?
krista graham - Do u know what breed Freddy is?
christine kalmey - I had the worst day. Everything went wrong that could have gone wrong. Just miserable. But on my drive home tonight, I smiled because I knew there would be a "Fridays with Freddy" post. You did not disappoint, little pooch and biped!
brian hayes - I pine for the life of Freddy. Sigh.
nancy hilchey bates - "No dogs"? Ur such a rebel! ;)
alex perez - Mr. Mike Rowe,
I know you've probably read and heard this millions of times but as a public figure, celebrity, and icon, the simplicity of your life that you share on Facebook is amazing. Normally many celebrities on here come to brag about things that they do or have which is in much contrast to your page. You understand what it means to live the American dream and to work for the best of not only yourself but the society in general. I've seen your videos about the importance of blue collared workers and how this is a major contributor to the American economy. America was built by hard blue collard workers with blood, sweat, and tears but it's mainly because of the pride we have for this great country. This might be all over the place but I've had a few beers before I have to get to bed, I guess really what I want to say is, thank you for being an American patriot in your own way. The definition of a true American starts with all of us that struggle to make ends meet and do what we have to do to make our country better, or at least try to, and enjoy the small things in life. Thank you for being a representative of us and being the voice.
P.S. Sorry for it being all unorganized.
brittany hethcock - Call me crazy... But Fridays with Freddy are one of the highlights of my week.
resha oliphant - Mike , I found out two weeks ago today that my Doxie Joshua has cancer & has very little time left. They said 2-3 wks. Today came & went & he's still here but my heart is still breaking. Reading about you & Freddie today gave me a smile that I desperately needed. Joshua says "you go Freddie! Live life to the fullest bc one day God will want you back & he'll want to know all about what you Thot of your biped & your world." Thanks for cheering me up Mike.
anne van benschoten - How many 'celebs' write their own statuses, take their own selfies, and reply to comments??! Your page is one of the most entertaining on FB and you're awfully cute. You should tell your biped to let you post more than once a week...
nathan moeller - Hi Mike. With Veterans Day approaching maybe you can spend Freddy's Friday's with veterans. 23 veterans are committing suicide a day Dealing with my own struggles as a veteran I know how easy it is to loose hope. Take care.
heidi sipes - Freddy, please tell me, what was the deciding factor when you adopted Mike Rowe?
gloria joan fatzinger travis - So, Freddie, he threw you in the lake, huh? Well, he has to sleep sometime.
jhenna shelton conway - Love Fridays because I get to read these and am inspired to do our Fridays on the Farm :)
ted schaeffer - Freddy, you need your own spot on the show. It could be called "The View from Down Under - Life from the Furry Perspective"
daniel boyd - Fridays with Freddie. Best read of the week
jeanne merritt kurtz - Why isn't Mike Rowe on Good Morning America or the Today show? He is more entertaining than any of the 'personalities' on those shows!
dee donndelinger hoffman - ...breakin' the law, breakin' the law...
paul thompson - I want a Freddy bobble head.
- Time to thank a few of the “Somebody’s” from Episode 1.
First of all - Dale Hurt - a La (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-15T19:18:15+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Time to thank a few of the “Somebody’s” from Episode 1. First of all - Dale Hurt - a Las Vegas stagehand without equal. Dale is exactly the kind of person we’re looking to highlight - hard-working, modest, and absolutely driven to do what he does. He’s got the brain of an engineer, the heart of an artist, and the balls of a crab boat Captain. I’ve been around the theater all my life, and I’ve never met a stagehand with so much responsibility, and such a tireless passion for entertaining people. He’s extraordinary. No less important though, was a character no one expected to meet - a PR guy named Richard. I won’t say that Richard stole the show, but his presence made the segment a whole lot more interesting. Why? Because never before in my career has a publicist made a TV show better. Here’s the thing about PR - if I want to shoot behind the scenes at a show like Le Reve, I need access. If that access is granted, it’s because the PR person wants some free publicity. That’s the basic bargain that allows shows like mine to work. But when it comes time to actually shoot the segment, it’s always a little tense, because the kind of access I want is the “unlimited” kind, and the kind that’s usually offered is the “controlled” kind. Thus, the eternal struggle between guys like me, and guys like Richard. On the day of the shoot, Richard was understandably anxious. He hovered behind the cameras, clearly concerned that I was going to trip, fall, drown, or worse - say something irreverent about Le Reve, (The Dream, in French.) Consequently, I had no choice but to ask Dale how often his performers urinated in the pool. This caused Richard to swoon, and quietly vomit into his hands. He then did what any good PR guy would do. He interrupted the scene and suggested I embark upon a new line of questioning. This is where things got interesting. Taylor operates what I call The Truth Cam, and his job is simple - never stop rolling. At this point, The Truth Cam was focused on Richard, so I walked over and made him an offer - I promised to avoid all future references to peeing in the pool, if he agreed to stop running for cover every time we pointed the camera at him. This put Richard in a very unusual position. PR people don’t like to be on camera. Their job is to manage the situation from behind the scenes, and keep their client squarely in the spotlight. But on Somebody’s Gotta Do It, there are no scenes to hide behind. On this show, the spotlight swings all over the place. I told Richard that if he was going to be with us all day, he was going to be on camera. There was no way around it. He demurred, courteously. I insisted, politely. I argued that SGDI relied upon transparency, and Le Reve depended on publicity. In that regard, isn’t Richard another guy whose “gotta do it?” In the end, he didn’t have much of a choice. Taylor stayed with him like gum on your shoe. But as the day wore on, a funny thing happened - Richard lightened up. I think he actually started to trust me, which I appreciate. In the end, Le Reve got some great press, we got a great segment, and the viewer saw firsthand that Richard loves his job as much as Dale loves his. And without both of them being great at what they do, Le Reve really would be nothing but a dream. Finally, Leila Cohoon, sole proprietor of the one and only Hair Museum. There just aren’t enough nice things to say about this most unusual lady. So I’ll just say this - the premise for SGDI is based on my belief that our country is full of anonymous people that are interesting enough to occupy three acts of totally unscripted television. Leila Cohoon confirms that theory in spades. Like many of the people you’ll meet this season, Leila was brought to my attention by a friend of this page. I love that. No casting company in the country could have produced a better custodian of human genealogy through dead people’s hair than Leila. Magnificent. Anyway, a big thanks to all, including the entire cast of Le Reve and Leila's extended family, who artfully wiggled their way into a few frames. You were all delightful. Episode 2 is on tonight. It looks nothing like Episode 1. Among other things, this one involves burkas and neon... Check it out. CNN, 9ish.Comments:
dale hurt - Mike Rowe, having you at Le Reve was a highlight that I, and my 150 person team, will remember forever. Thank you for shedding light on the impactful and important work my team does every day and thank you for being you. I share many of your values, I love getting my hands dirty and avoid being behind my desk whenever possible. You encourage guys like me to do what we do.
an'gel ducote molpus - Richard's horrified reactions to your phone's unread texts, unanswered emails and missed calls were the best!
daniel dale - I actually laughed out loud when he said he was stooping so he wouldn't intimidate you.
amy van riper - SGDI... every time I see that I think of an organization I volunteer for... Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. They raise and train guide dogs for the blind, as well as other uses like therapy dogs, dogs for military vets, etc ... completely non-profit and without charge to the individuals who receive the dogs. All the pups are raised by volunteers like myself who keep and train them for 12-18 months before giving them up for further training and placement. This organization would be a great subject for you to cover on your show... and the title could be "SGDI: SGDI Edition"! :-) www.guidedogs.org
lynette harper cortez - We watched Episode 1 as a family over dinner the other night and were totally entertained. I'm so glad you clarified that La Reve was not a Cirque du Soleil show cuz I thought it was. Ten years ago I was the company mgr for a professional ballet company for four years (now I'm in medical technology sales... no - there is no correlation...) and this segment brought back a ton of memories. I always said that the show going on BEHIND the curtain was WAY more varied and interesting than what was on stage.
I envy the gift you have of getting paid to do something you obviously love and are extremely good at doing. Your passion for people, creativity, hard work and quality entertainment shines through. Thank you for making a show that our 5-year old can watch without being filtered and yet be vividly entertaining for us adults!
dave liske - Loved Richard, his transformation was amazing. You showed him what a "people person" he really is, regardless of how much of a hard-ass he wants to be. Good on ya', Mike.
sharon roadman ardrey - Favorite line "Mike Rowe Hashtag...Diva!"
luke hess - I'll say this: Seeing the La Reve segment honestly did make me WANT to go see the show, especially since I, myself am a show technician.
beverly crawford - Mike, do you ever stay in touch with people you meet on your shows?
carey knapp - That hair lady was.....interesting.
sharon baker elsberry - Everybody has a story--it's a tragedy that the majority of the ones we hear are about vacuous people who seek notoriety.
I love stories about those who just go about their lives, doing the business of living. Real people. Beautiful people experiencing real life, as messy and odd as it is.
That's truly the stuff of legend.
gail harrison holt - Mike, The best part about both segments was the "goofs" such as a backward water suit and the honest conversation with Leila... I actually made my husband come downstairs and watch it and said... "Doesn't he just seem like someone you would want to be friends with.
christa vicknair - Maybe u'll see this or not. I teach a high school course called Education for Careers. It's required for Juniors/Seniors who have opted out of the 4-year college path. Instead these kids are going to trade/technical school, Junior College, etc. I can't thank u enough for what u are doing. I will be working the Le Reve episode into my class. There's so many unique career paths out there for these kids that don't require a 4 year degree, yet these jobs remain "unknown" to so many. From reading ur posts, blogs, watching interviews, I have gained a great deal of info for my students. Thank u for being a public voice for trades & craftsman. I only wish we could get more apprenticeship programs into gear.
cristie broderick - Haha! You were killing me in that wig! I couldn't look at you without laughing! :)
cheryl dobbs - Excellent show! Made me want to go to Vegas to see the real thing!
sarah dedonatis - It takes a great person who finds interest in many things and who respects people to disarm those around him. You, Mike Rowe, are a master at disarming those around you. Look at all the people on your Facebook page! They feel they have the ability to "talk" to you on here. Coolest thing ever is you respond to us mere mortals.
rebecca roady pennington - Instead of trying to draft Mike for President, I think the next President should appoint him as Secretary of the Labor or Secretary of Commerce - or other cabinet position.
lily hodge wagner - Can you please go to the White House to do a show? WE NEED transparency there too.
sandra crowther combs - Mike, I work for a very interesting man. First he is the largest collector of yoyos and has an amazing collection in a beautiful museum in his home. He ownes the worlds largest yoyo and the oldest and most expensive antique yoyo. I know alot about yoyos now because I helped type is book " Luckys Collectors Guide to Yoyos". This book is a bible to collectors. He lives in Orlando and collectors from around the world visit him. He also is a swimmer and has a cult following for his morning lake swims. Again people from all over include his swims in their vacation stays. On Saturday mornings he can have close to 100 swimmers of all ages and of course a few dogs. One dog in particular swims with his 80 year old owner every weekend. Lucky also ownes a duck who swims with everybody. He also is producing his own Zombie movie and has his own character Doc Ruger. I have worked with him as his nurse and manager for 27 years and can say absolutely he is a character and you would not be dissapointed. Its been a fun and crazy job for me. His name is Lucky Meisenheimer. Check out his website for yoyos,movies,swimming and of course our dermatology practice. Thanks,Sandee
mike harris - Love the new show. It's like an old friend has come back to town.
adam wood - The only thing I don't like about this show is it's on cnn. I hate giving them ratings but I do love me some Mike Rowe so I suppose I'll compromise for now!
- C.R.A.P. is Back! (Sort of)
As some of you know, I sell the crap in my garage to raise money f (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-16T16:37:46+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: C.R.A.P. is Back! (Sort of) As some of you know, I sell the crap in my garage to raise money for mikeroweWORKS. I’ve been negligent of late, not due to a dearth of C.R.A.P., (Collectibles, Rare And Precious,) but rather, a lack of time. By the end of the year, I hope to resurrect my weekly offerings, and reinvigorate the coffers of the mrW scholarship fund. In the meantime, wanna buy a watch? Last week in NY, while shamelessly plugging SGDI, I found myself on the set of CNN’s New Day. After the interview, Chris Cuomo said he liked my watch, so I gave it to him. (I read once that Frank Sinatra used to do the same thing with his hats.) Unlike Frank’s hats however, my watch was cheap to make and cheap to buy. It was originally sold as a fundraiser. It bears the mikeroweWORKS logo, and sold for $30 at retail. It’s only real value is sentimental. I wore this particular watch everyday for the last two years, and used it on many occasions to confirm my chronic tardiness. Now, they’re out of production, and I’m out of time, as it were. I just learned that Chris is auctioning off my watch and pledging the money back to my foundation. Very nice. Nicer still - the current bid is $500. To my knowledge, this is the first time a $30 time piece, formerly worn by a guy in a sewer and currently worn by a nice man in a respectable suit has been made available for the betterment of mankind. The auction ends tomorrow, and the cause is just. So please consider yourself officially invited to overbid dramatically. http://profoundlydisconnected.com/shop/ Thanks, Mike PS. Normally, I sign all my C.R.A.P., and provide a dubious certificate of authenticity. That didn’t happen here because I didn’t know that Chris was going to get all philanthropic on me. However, if you’re the high bidder, and you desire my John Hancock on the watchband, I’m sure we can make that happen with a little help from Fed Ex.Comments:
elizabeth cooper - You ought to sell Dinner with Mike Rowe for fundraisers...
dusty korbel - Mike Rowe - Frank Sinatra gave his lighter to my dad during a performance at Caesars from the stage. The lady sitting to my dad's left gasped and nearly fainted. My dad lit his cigarette and gave it to her. My stepmother hit him.
sarah dedonatis - Soooo, are socks and other worn items up for bid?
alicia duval - Are you for sale? Rent?
rick graham - You're an American icon, Mike. A good man in a sea of idiots.
corrine brandon - I seriously tell EVERYONE to Like your FB page because reading your posts are the highlights of my day!! (OK....I live a very boring life, but Somebody's Got To Do It!!)
james baldwin - $500 to $3,450 in 44 minutes... Who said Facebook isn't a worthy place to market one self! Or talk about their bowel movements across the Golden Gate... Well played!
mary jane burnett - Mike thank you! My son is 26 and a heavy equipment operator. I must admit when he didn't want to go to college I was disappointed. BUT I am so happy that you have shown me the error of my ways. He is very happy working out doors as he told me being stuck in an office is not the life he wants to lead..
rebecca wade - Wow that guy could be your brother
ladena moss - I thought you lived in an apartment. Whose garage are you pilfering through? ;)
cristi thorne-king - I don't get it. It's like drooling women everywhere in your comments. No offense as you are a decent looking gentleman, but I liken you to a female on a construction site (me). All this whooping and cat calling. Really? A chick up there wants your underwear? I'm sure at times it's flattering for you. But just so you know, I'm a reader and supporter because of your intellect, values, and moral compass. Please don't offer up your underwear or I will be forced to reconsider ;)
ben johnson - Mike, sir, will you please run for president already? You would get votes from republicans and Democrats alike and most likely win. Seriously. We (america) could use the help. Seriously.
tiffany humes - HOLY CRAP!!! It's up to $3,450.00 So far!! YAY for mikeroweWorks!!!
shawn dotseth - Has it finally hit you what a juggernaut you've become? You have the platform and the personality to really be a game changer in this country. Anyone that can turn a $30 watch into an education for someone in a matter of minutes has some real good things going on. Keep up the good work, and please keep using that power wisely.
michelle a utzinger - Now THIS is the type of thing I love seeing on FB! Not politics, not thinly veiled online threats to the "ho that hit on mah boo", not false stories about larvae photoshopped from a flower, not false claims of medications that save lives killing people! Give me things that make me smile! Give me cat videos, funny t-shirts, and stories such as this that display the positive spirits and kindness that is in every single one of us. <3 mike Rowe
ellen bemben - Does Freddie have anything to auction off?
nicole hill - Mike u should auction a date with you!
bobbi olson - I would overbid dramatically, but my pockets are empty and my first born child has yet to be born, or even conceived to give you in lieu of cash. I'll just have to stick with, "Atta boy Mike. Keep up the good work!"
loyd stringer - John Hancock....
It's HERBIE Hancock.... pffff
melissa dooley - Mike you are a blessing in disguise!
Our son, who at the ripe old age of 8, got really upset when he heard his sister (10) talking about going to college to become a veterinarian. He didn't like the idea of having to go to school even longer in order to have a "good" job. He has learning disabilities and several aspects of school are genuinely hard for him. He is brilliant in others, let's just say I'm Not smarter then a 3rd Grader at math and science!
Any who.... We explained to him that he doesn't HAVE to go to college. He can go into the military or follow in Daddy's and Uncle's footsteps and become a Union tradesmen. We explained that the very backbone of this country was made up of men and women who do the back breaking work to build the cities and protect its people. He lit up and the sadness disappeared.
Your mikeroweWORKS creates respect for those people who are the very back bone of this country. After all, without tradesman how will the techies have places to work?
Thank you from a proud Union wife and one day mother.
richard j finch - Speaking of hats mike you own a ton of them got one from every dirty job you were on right ? Auction them !! With your autograph of course then the authenticity is proven as the buyer can refer back to the episode on DVD or Netflix .
Two birds one stone . And a reply to this would be awesome !! Thanks !
- A couple months ago, I suggested that America’s manufacturing challenges were becoming increa (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-14T17:57:59+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: A couple months ago, I suggested that America’s manufacturing challenges were becoming increasingly dire. This observation was not prompted by any new government data, but rather, the sad realization that our manufacturing sector seemed incapable of capturing my likeness in a high-quality, mass-produced, competitively-priced Bobble-Head. Well, I have some news. A company in Alpharetta, GA called Royal Bobbles has agreed to produce a very limited run of my giant cranium, along with a shockingly accurate reproduction of my dog. Each one is handmade, hand-painted, and constructed of the very best materials, right here in the USA. I know this, because I helped make a few last month with a very talented artist named Rachael, who will personally sign and number each creation. We can only do a hundred - all of which will be auctioned for the benefit of mikeroweWORKS. (Obviously, this one is not yet painted. I’m not that gray in real life.) Also - it just occurred to me that since I make a living running my mouth, my bobble-head should probably talk. Happily, the people at Royal Bobbles can have a chip shoved up my butt, and install a button that when pressed, will result in the exclamation of various sayings and/or proclamations. So - to those of you who might wish to possess one of these things - tell me, what would you like to hear when you press my button? I’ll record the most clever and tasteful submissions tomorrow, and hopefully have the finished product available in time for Christmas. As always, thank you for participating in the weirdness of my life. MikeComments:
solomon may - "I, Mike Rowe, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God."
linda fenske - "I don't see what could possibly go wrong"
jeanne richards - Oh - if only we could shove a chip up every mans butt to say what we want to hear, the world would be a better place.
derek rupp - "So the main objective here is to get the poo from there, to here. And that's where I come in."
ken priest - "375 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor..."
sarah connelly - What fresh hell is this?
heather kinsman - "It might not be the best job, but somebody's gotta do it"
kurt byfield - "I don't see what can possibly go wrong. "
sean mccoy - "That's gonna leave a mark..."
barbara pearlman wells - I'm Mike Rowe..and THIS...is my bobblehead.
jenny cabotage - One of your lines from the beginning of the job where you say something like "Well I am here to get in the way and generally slow everyone down."
mel white - Anyone else hearing every reply here in Mikes voice? Lol
nancy sutton scott - My favorite line of yours is "I'm a dirty, dirty boy!"
ginette greene - "Ah yes, I can already see this isn't going to end well."
carla price - We need way more than just 100 of these available.
jessica bradley hester - "Get ready....to get dirty"
karen isaacks chovanec - "What fresh hell is this ?" , "What could possibly go wrong? " and "I think some got in my mouth !"
karen province - "proudly made in the USA"
paul mccool - "I'm Mike Rowe, and this is my Job..."
dustin moore - "And there you have it".
mark congdon - I like the line from the new show that pays hommage to the old show, "It may not be a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it".
- Off The Wall
I see that you are now publicly supporting the annual nightmare of San (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-12T17:08:13+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Off The Wall Hey Mike I see that you are now publicly supporting the annual nightmare of San Francisco’s Fleet Week. http://allthingsaero.com/airshows/events/video-mike-rowe-talks-about-san-francisco-fleet-week Ugh. Once again, the Blue Angels will destroy an otherwise peaceful Sunday. They’ll buzz our homes, shake our windows, terrorize our pets and children, and put the city at needless risk. Once again, I’ll look out my window and see a Navy Destroyer parked in the Bay. For what purpose? I can’t believe San Francisco tolerates this annual chest-thumping propaganda. Very disappointed you see you supporting this. Frances in San Francisco Hi Frances As I’ve said before, I love San Francisco. I really do. But I worry sometimes that our little town has managed to get its head so far up its own ass that we’re now in danger of vanishing altogether. Every year, protesters gather to bemoan the very things you mention, and every year, they miss the point entirely. Fleet Week is more than a festival or a parade. It's more than a personal assault on your view of the Bay. Fleet Week is about Humanitarian Relief, and a reminder that the US Military is our best hope of surviving the next natural disaster. It's also a chance to say thanks to the people that make these very protests possible. Question - did you actually watch the video? Over the years and all over the world, our military has saved more lives than all the other first responders in every humanitarian organization combined. San Francisco Fleet Week is all about pioneering a new way to combine military and civilian assistance, and what’s going on here is serving as a model for Fleet Weeks all over the country. As I type this, our military is training local firemen in the latest search and rescue techniques. Hundreds of local doctors and nurses are observing peer to peer exercises that demonstrate a variety of medical breakthroughs. Today, over a million residents will have a chance to tour a state of the art Humanitarian Village set up in Marina Green. How cool is that? If you deemed it important Frances, you and your kids could tour a realistic shock trauma expeditionary hospital. You could drink water pumped out of the bay and purified by reverse osmosis, or see firsthand various demonstrations of solar power and other kinds of practical energy we’ll need when the next quake hits. Or, you could bitch about the noise and reduce the whole event to parade for the Industrial Military Complex. Obviously, I’m biased. I’ve flown with the Blue Angels and toured many of those destroyers. I’ve worked with every branch of the US Armed Forces, and met thousands of soldiers along the way. I like them. Spending time with them makes me feel good about our country. That’s why I speak on behalf of the Post 9-11 GI Bill. That’s why I attend the Marine Corps Ball every year. That’s why I’m doing what I can to help connect more of our troops into careers in the skilled trades. But as for Fleet Week, I support this event because I'd like to see us survive the next big quake. And believe me Frances - it's coming. That’s why I’m involved. My question is - why aren’t you? Come on down to the Marina Green around 3 this afternoon. It’ll be fun. If you're nice, I’ll buy you a cup of purified water, and let you put a tourniquet on my neck. MikeComments:
karen mason wiesen - The more posts I read from Mike Rowe, the more convinced I am that he should be our next President; problem is, he's too intelligent to ever want that job.
mona dodge stout - Dear Frances: That "buzzing of planes" is the sound of freedom, including your freedom to bitch about it. Sincerely, wife of an Air Force veteran.
amy owens breshears - You always pen the best responses. Well informed and slightly snarky, just the way I like it.
alison guinn - Seattle is the same way. I am a tree hugging, recycling, compost turning, pro choice nerd but I freakin' love the Blue Angels, have since my grandfather used to take me to see them at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine.
john costello - Frances, just keep your douche helmet on, and suck it up. If it wasn't for that noise, we would be reading this commentary in German. A simple thank you for your service would have been more appropriate.
jack maher - Mike Rowe seems to be the lone voice of reason in a world of haters and unbelievable ignorance.
michael orlowski - Frances fails to realize that the right to complain, protest and oppose fleet week is because of the US Military and the folks that fly for the Blue Angels. It's a shame that people like this fail to understand the true meaning of fleet week or our entire military. Without it we would be speaking German.
sarah coburn-rühling - Mike Rowe -1. Complainer-0. GO Mike!!! Thank you for your ardent support of our troops.
joe deardeuff - Mike Rowe, I love you.
rori barnes - Well said. Someone always has to complain and try and ruin it for everyone. Maybe one day people will stop using their asses for a hat.
maureen k. persico - I live in San Francisco and also unhappy about Fleet Week. Mike's response has given me cause to reconsider. I think I will take my kid to the Marina Green.
michael riley - A simple "like" on Facebook doesn't even come close to expressing my support of not only what Mike Rowe has stated here, but my support for those who serve our country in times of war, and just as importantly serve the country and world in times of need. Bravo to them, and bravo to you too sir. Thank you.
douglas snow - Mr Rowe, you are what is right in this country. As a veteran, I thank you for your support of our military. To quote one of my favorite movies, "Lighten up Frances"
cindy palmer fisher - Hey Mike Rowe and Frances in San Francisco - I live right next to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas NV. If San Francisco doesn't appreciate the value of the 'Fleet Week' come on over here. I welcome the 'buzzing of the planes' it gives me comfort knowing those Airmen are willing to put it all on the line for me! Thanks for featuring them Mike.
marylou hall - If you dont like it.... leave town for the week.. go on vacation.....oh.. one more thing.. Its not about YOU !!!!!!!!!
michael pier - Nothing makes my day like reading an intelligent, well written, fact filled smack down to a such a whiny tirade.
robert todd smith - Dear Frances,
IS2(EXW) Robert Smith
Veteran, US Navy
tracy buck - Great response Mike! Thanks for supporting our military! My dad was in the Navy & I grew up hearing people bitch about the noise of the jets & the bombing ranges. As the sign in front of Cherry Point MCAS says, "Pardon our noise. It's the sound of freedom."
paul edward kahl - Mike Rowe - As an Ex-Air Force man, I am greatly heartened (I assume 'heartened is a thing, as there is 'disheartened') to see your support of our troops. I've always stated that I can support our troops, but not necessarily the way our government chooses to [ab]use them. The military is indeed a necessary component of our country, and defends the country both from threats foreign and domestic, be they of a human nature, or a natural.
I still say #MikeRoweForPresident. :)
chris moren - Mike - as a Navy Veteran and Navy Dad - I cannot be prouder of your response. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your ongoing support. It means the world to those of us who wore or continue to wear the uniform. This is among one of the best things I've ever read. Well done sir!
wendy wheatley - Way to go Mike!!!!
- Good Morning.
Robin Meade is a very perky person. She gets up every day around 3 am, and hosts (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-08T11:05:49+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Good Morning. Robin Meade is a very perky person. She gets up every day around 3 am, and hosts a show called Morning Express on HLN from six to noon. Conversely, I am rarely perky, and never at that hour. When my alarm fails, I wake up around nine, and achieve full consciousness by lunch, which is why my eyes are still closed in this photo. Technically, I’m awake, but as you can see I’m hugging myself in an attempt to keep from tumbling out of my chair and sliding to the floor. Anyway, I’m told that Robin and I sang the SGDI song. I have no recollection of this, but understand the results can be heard this morning around 7:50 on HLN and again around 9:45, 10:45, and 11:45. AM. If you’re a morning person, check it out. If not, Somebody’s Gotta Do It premieres tonight a more civilized hour. 9PM, to be precise, pending breaking news. Assuming I make my flight, I’ll be watching in Kentucky. Also - yesterday’s FB Q&A was officially a CNN record breaker. Thanks again for your help. If I make it Louisville in time, I’ll try another live Q&A on THIS page during the premier tonight. It would be fun to watch with you guys, since you pretty much programmed the show. More later. I’m pounding coffee and going on New Day in an hour or so. Or so I’m told....Comments:
jackie martin maloney - Tonight will be the first time in years that CNN has more than three people watching at 9pm. You may single handedly save that failure of a network.
jamie johnson cameron - Enjoy Kentucky...state of fast horses and beautiful women. Or, maybe that's beautiful horses and fast women. Either way, we are fun here.
sean michael vogt - Mike Rowe for President.
erin yost basile - How are you single?
joanne griffin - Perky people who patter before proper parameters for normal consciousness are a plague on polite proles who only wake up after their third cuppa joe.
a.j. burlingham - I'm not as impressed by Robin's perkiness as I am that you can sing a song...with words...and notes...and have no memory of doing so.
jodee nicholas - I don't know what's worse mornings or perky morning people.
molly j. orman - Does anyone know, is it 9pm in all timezones?
frank carr - Instant human just add coffee!
eric hanson - Dude...if you weren't awake sitting next to Robin...I don't think anything will wake you up. LOL! jk Oh, btw: Good Morning, Mike! :)
christopher lee - I used to suffer from zombie morning syndrome, but the 3 year old female dictator in our house demands that you respond with cheery glee when she says it's time to get up. She allows us to have Dunkin Turbo coffee, which really helps the situation. Failure to respond to the demands of the tiny tyrant result in horribly noisy punishment. You cannot win. Resistance is futile. And that's how we became morning people.
dan powers - In the Bluegrass we wake up with coffee and BOURBON........ok, it doesn't wake you up, but makes those around you far more tolerable.
elisa m stevens chesser - You were in my husbands shop last week in Dallas Holt Cat, I for one appreciate your message to our younger generation and admire you as a person. We will continue to support your message as well as your foundation, Job Well Done.
nick hart - Catch the eclipse, and get some rest.
margaret diaz - I just adore you and how every single thing u have to say is so eloquently executed. You permeate such a rare and intoxicating charisma that I find irresistible. And while it is easy to become enamored with the idea of a public figure in which we only see what is public display, you are also humble and not afraid to get down and dirty to bring attention to the rest of the working class. I applaud you, dear sir👏🙌💋 Ultimately this is a very long and overly flattering way to say, "Marry me?!" 😂😂😂
valerie belk leslie - Looking forward to your show tonight. I still watch reruns of Dirty Jobs because the reruns are still better than most other shows on TV! If Somebody's Gotta Do It is as good as Dirty Jobs, I'm all in!
laura borders connock - You know, I'm not a feminist, atleast not in the burn your bra, demand women and men are SAME sense...
And, if I had legs like hers I'd certainly show them off, but...at some point it becomes annoying to see a news lineup where the guys are all sitting around comfy in their trousers, socks and shoes, and a lady is sitting there in a skirt so short she has no option but to either sit with her knees sewn together, or DARE cross them in front of cameras, hoping she doesn't accidentally give a crotch shot. Why can't the girls wear a pair of trousers once in awhile too?
debbie callsitlikeiseeit - im pretty sure mornings are the work of the devil........
gina vesco fox - Ok now I am compelled to have CNN on my DVR lineup...it will be for this program only. Everything Mike Rowe is in or narrates is pretty interesting, so I'll make the sacrifice.
mike scott - Mike....In all honesty in this age of media attention whores and such....you seem genuinely different ....real....straight up....which is why I think people gravitate to you and respect you and follow you with real interest.....way to go Mike you are a great man whose act is going to be next to impossible to follow or duplicate
kimberly chilvers yates - So I am reading this in your voice in my head as usual and I have a kind of weird thing happen where I think I REALLY hear your voice, but saying different words. Turns out hubs left CNN news on when he went to work and while I am reading your post, you are on tv doing a commercial for SGDI. WAY too early for the mind to process this experience!
- So I’m down here on the Ohio river, standing on a garbage barge and preparing to speak with A (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-09T00:41:02+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: So I’m down here on the Ohio river, standing on a garbage barge and preparing to speak with Anderson Cooper via satellite. (To my knowledge, the preceeding sentence has never before been read or written on Facebook. So...you’re welcome.) In a few moments, I’m going to bludgeon you once again with another shameless plug for Somebody’s Gotta Do It, which as you may have heard, premieres tonight at 9pm tonight on CNN. The bludgeoning will occur at exactly 8:50pm, ET, and involve me trying to persuade Anderson’s legion of loyal viewers to stick around and watch my show. Then, from 9 to 10 pm, I’m going to find a quiet place on this garbage barge and watch the show myself. During this time, I shall open a frosty beverage, and answer whatever show-related questions you might have. It’s the least I can do, since much of the programs content is a result of your suggestions. When the show ends, I’m going to jump back on the satellite and talk to CNN once again - this time, to see what Don Lemon thought of Somebody’s Gotta Do It, and perhaps persuade his loyal viewers to watch it again later in the week. Anyway, that’s the plan, (pending breaking news.) Please join me if you’re able, and thanks again for tolerating my smorgasbord of shameless plugs. I promise, it’ll stop soon. Probably. Mike PS. A word about this barge. Seven years ago, I read about a guy named Chad Pregracke. Chad grew up on The Mississippi. He loved the river, but hated all the litter and pollution. Moreover, he was pissed off by the fact that no one was cleaning it up. One day, Chad realized that bitching accomplished nothing. So he decided to spend the rest of his life doing what had to be done. He got his hands on a barge, shanghaied a few friends, and began to pull the garbage out of America’s rivers, one piece at a time. I’ve wanted to get him on TV ever since. Today, Chad and his merry band of garbagemen are still at it, and tomorrow, we’ll spend the day filming his operation and telling his story. It’s been a long time coming.Tonight, I’m using his barge as a set, a cooler, and a place to chat with you guys. Minutes before the premiere of a show called “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” I can think of no place I’d rather be. Back in 20 minutes. MikeComments:
vicki shumate vendramin - Well at least you're not standing on Anderson Cooper preparing to speak to a garbage barge...because that would be weird.
sara chianese - Thank you for being you
julia xander - Mr Mike, I hope you realize how thoroughly enjoyable you are to watch. You offer insight into things that most people have no clue about. You do it in a way that is humorous and might I say... educational! You have earned every one of your fans, thank you for being original, slightly sarcastic, and taking the time to respond to us!
kevin profitt - First time I have on purpose tuned into CNN since Nightline debuted. Just so you know.
rusty douthitt - It's killing me to watch this on CNN. Only for you, Mike.
charles phillips - Mike your the only fella in the tv industry I would ever want an autograph from. A true American icon and Patron Saint of us folks that are still out here working for a living. You ever make it down to the Everglades and have time to go fishing, my charter boat is available.
tracy simpson - Haha all the shows you've done involving wearing a wet suit and still you put it on backwards.
emily melching michels - Mike, CNN has you listed as being in Lexington, KY. Um, I believe someone at CNN is geographically challenged. Lexington is not on the Ohio River.
steve yannotti - Where is Barsky?
leland fogle - So glad your are back mike. you are the most blue collar, white collar american out there. thank you for being real.
frank ficken - I'll bet that's the first time CNN has run a show wherein peeing in a pool onstage was discussed as well as the importance of enunciating the "L" in caulk! Loving it!
ala' nolan - DVR set woooo hooooooo! finally.What the stinkin heck were those fools thinking when they cancelled your show anyway?Frickin morons
john wajdowicz - Never watch CNN, but I am right now. Love SGDI so far. Welcome back Mike. I have missed you.
jessica noelle - From what we see of you, on your website, your Facebook page, your shows, etc., you have always been a down-to-earth, humble dude. I can't recall ever seeing you "behaving badly" in the media. TMZ found you at an airport and you gave them this hilarious bit about how you hurt your ankle. You acknowledge the paparazzi, give them a bit of attention, always humorously, and are then on your merry way. How have you kept a good head on your shoulders all these years?
jessica bonassera - Thank you for coming back to TV!!
terri faulkner demasellis - Thank you, Mr Rowe, for bringing these everyday heroes into the spotlight! People we would never know, in our whole lives, making a difference in their little corner of the world! Congrats on your new show, sir. Carry on! <3
andrew pruitt - Nice to hear some good news for a change
erin elizabeth hainline - Mike! Congrats on your new show! Maybe I will have better luck with my question on here instead of CNN the other day! wow! that was crazy! Okay so here it is.. Have you found that the majority of people applying for your scholarship fund are fresh out of high school or people further along in life trying to start a new career path? Just curious, because my husband decided to go to welding school a little later in life and finishes in 2 weeks and we couldn't be more proud of him! And if your ever in Eastern PA with all of your traveling stop by and I'll make ya a home cooked meal! Thanks for your time!
autumn montgomery spencer - Aw, looks like animal planet is trying to give your new show a run for it's money! Playing reruns of dirty jobs at the same time!
john leiva - You are the bees knees
jeff thomas - Where is Barsky?
- Thanks guys. Really appreciate the support. Going to find some BBQ. Talk soon. (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-09T02:25:56+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Thanks guys. Really appreciate the support. Going to find some BBQ. Talk soon.Comments:
wendy yates - Hey Mike, where should we send ideas for your show? Gotta good one in San Diego area! Self made man, was not able to attend college due to ADHD but didn't let that stop him, super knowledgeable about his field of expertise, and highly regarded in the zoological world. I often call him our walking animal encyclopedia because it is incredibly rare to ask an animal related question that he doesn't know the answer. He has two successful businesses that we are very proud of and continue to grow. One of these businesses provides interactive exotic animal encounters to children that visit from Make-A-Wish Foundation. People visit from all over the country to hop with kangaroos, hang out with sloth, dig with armadillos, and swim with otters! You use what you know and make it work!
joan guerrero - Mike
krista moll brennan - "When does the Boy Scouts count as military?"- 2nd best quote
"Mike Rowe #Diva" - best quote tonight
kathleen fulton - "How could you get to be this age and not know these things?" loved it :)
dave sutter - I wish I could of seen the show unfortunately I was at work because well.... Somebody's got to do it!!!!
beth lee meredith - No! Not BBQ! You need a hot brown and bourbon!
kay manherz - If you want BBQ you should come to Kansas City again!
daniel almeida - Awesome show, glad to finally get to watch you and the crew again. I'm almost 40 years old, so when I grow up someday, I hope to be like Mike. Good job!
francine hays - My 15 yr old son admires you for all the jobs you did and he is interested in learning a trade . currently he loves shop class and is doing very well best so far and dabbles in a blacksmith shop learning from a pro. He knows we cant afford college and his academic ability isn't so great (ADD) for scholarships. He lives in the real world unlike most brainwashed students and has already told the teachers he will work a trade for a living and make just as much or more than a college grad, that is if they can put their degree to use. Some teachers say he is on the right track we need people to work computers cant... others not so happy and say I must push him into college and pressure him to do more with his life than work at a mundane job. They crack me up! If he loves what he will do for a living how is it mundane? He loves to build and create things useful. He wants to go to my high school which is a trade school and take welding or carpentry... I don't see a problem with him finding work or self employment in any of these.
jay standiford - Great first show!!!!!
jeremy lambertson - Come to Cincinnati mike.
tammy townsend - If you're in Louisville --- you have to try Wick's Pizza!!!! yummy!!!
barbara spooner brodowsky - I have set my DVR!! You may be what saves CNN!! I would never watch that channel otherwise!.
elle marks - Great show! But Freddy is probably going to be sleeping with one eye open once you get home...he might suspect you want to have the first hair museum on the West Coast!!!!
rebecca drury-thompson - And swing by Owensboro, Ky for the very best BBQ in Ky
kim taylor - Hairy palms..cracked me up!!
peggy white - Oh, one more thing... first time we've ever watched CNN!! LOL
amy hartman - #diva loved the show tonight!
jody winburn - I know it may sound weird or dumb, but thank you Mike Rowe for your service to your country. You have not only entertained, but you made it possible for people to see and understand things that they would've never even known existed. Yes, I'm sure some may say some was really gross, but they never changed the channel and just kept seeing the amazing and out there things. Thank you Mike Rowe
donald s allen - Somebody's Gotta Do It..... my new favorite show!!! Enjoy the BBQ, Mike. Of course, you are not in the Carolinas - So, you will have to settle for less than the best. :)
benjamin raymond - Mike maybe you'l never get this maybe you will. I am a soldier and I was hell bent on getting a business degree because I was told I should. After watching your videos and listening to my wife(very Smart lady BTW) I have decided to pursue welding, I have never been happier. TY and you are my mentor
- So I’m in an elevator with my crew at Churchill Downs. I just hung out with a jockey named Co (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-10T17:08:12+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: So I’m in an elevator with my crew at Churchill Downs. I just hung out with a jockey named Corey Lanerie. Corey weighs 115 pounds. Every day, he climbs atop an animal that weighs ten times that, and persuades it to run at speeds approaching 40 miles an hour in a traffic jam of mind-boggling chaos and breathtaking danger. Corey is brave and fit in ways that most people will never fully appreciate. He breaks his bones and sustains concussions every month or so. I’m here today to get a sense of why he loves his job, and whether or not he might be insane. I’ll let you know later how it turns out. In the meantime, I need to thank you again for watching my show. The numbers are in, and we appear to have set some sort of record. http://deadline.com/2014/10/mike-rowe-ratings-record-somebodys-gotta-do-it-debut-cnn-848818/ This would simply not have happened without you. No way, no how. Competition in my industry is a knife fight in a phone booth. It’s harder than ever to find viewers, and damn near impossible to keep them. So, thank you for giving SGDI a chance. Each episode is markedly different from the last, and every segment has so far been a blast to film. I can’t wait to share the rest of the season with you, and perhaps, a few more photos that rival the excitement of this one. Have a great weekend. MikeComments:
leann williams - People are sick of reality families and want a show of what real people do. You bring that to our homes and with your awesome sense of humor it's a perfect match.
brent melton - Is it weird that I read the above statement, in your voice? :(
gregory wright - dude, what's a phone booth?
melody silvertooth roney - Dear Mike,
Thanks for giving us some good, honest, quality tv to watch.
Your faithful viewers
william howes - Glad to hear it. You always put on a good show. Even as a washer LOL. You probably won't read this, you get a ginormous amount of mail. But I wanted to get this out there. I not sure which DJ's show it was, but you sang the Star Spangled Banner. I can truthfully say that it was by far the best and most professional rendition I have ever heard (and I've heard a bunch) Then I found you have had professional voice training! You are indeed a man for all seasons ! Glad to see you doing well in your new show !
cheye-anne hazle salyards - Ok. Great. However, this little project you have called SGDI better not interfere with Fridays with Freddy! I'm just saying!
erin fennessy warr - every time I read an Mike Rowe post, its read in his voice in my head.
aaron manfra - Like you said "someone's gotta' watch it."
jessica sanchez - I love it when you get dirty.
anne theoret - Loved to see you you on TV again. Never watch CNN but for YOU, it's my go-to middle of the week TV show:) Merci for your way of telling things:)
sherry foster - Mike, it wouldn't matter what kind of show you had...every single one of us would be there. You've got a HUGE following that loves anything and everything you do. We watch re-runs and listen to all the shows you do the narrations for. You're doing something right and I for one, hope you keep doing it.
kevin motsinger - Mike - I think people like watching you for several reasons: you're entertaining (of course), but you seem sincere, down-to-earth, amazingly intelligent, and a lot of fun, like a cyber best friend. Thank YOU for making things a little bit better for us all.
bo harding - CNN just got less crappy...
theodore a ventre - Mike- we watch YOU because you are respectful, intelligent and insightful. Keep it up.
terri tomlinson - Thanks for providing shows that don't insult my intelligence and are entertaining and informative. Besides, you are just so mch fun to watch. love you!
chrissy grimes norris - Congratulations, Mike!! We loved the show and I can't believe you asked that old lady from the Hair Museum if she knew what having "hairy palms" meant!! I about fell off my chair!! Lol
swen williams - Oh yeah? Well, I get paper cuts every month and sometimes even stab myself with staples! When are you going to do a show in an accountants office, huh, Mr. Mike? You ain't been dirty till you're sprinkled with printer dust and get pen ink on your fingers!
dawn seagraves - It's Churchill ... not Church Hill.
paula strong - Mike Rowe you're as captivating to watch as you are adorable:)
christopher lee - People would be hard pressed to find shows on TV with a more positive message than yours. One that applies to everybody, everyday, in every walk of life. People get too focused of the fairy tail or Disney version of what life is on one side, or caught up in the sensationalized dysfunction of it on the other. Your's cuts right through the bullshit and delivers reality square in the middle. Any person can watch your show and also be part of that reality, which is being dedicated to hard work and mastering that skill.
grene gardene - Are you kidding? It is we who should be thanking you! With the plethora of crap that is on television these days, your program is like a fresh breeze from the meadow!!
- Fridays With Freddy
Aslynn Brown writes,
“Do these rating include DVR? A lot of my friends (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-11T02:01:08+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Fridays With Freddy Aslynn Brown writes, “Do these rating include DVR? A lot of my friends and I recorded your show and watched later.” Hi Aslynn, Good question. As you can imagine, mine is a hectic schedule as well. Between the eternal doorbell and the near constant opportunity to lick myself with impunity, I have little time in the average day for “appointment viewing” - even for programs which include my bipeds name in the title. Last Wednesday for instance, just as his latest opus debuted, I found myself preoccupied with a baby lamb that required a complete and total disembowelment. Naturally, this is not the kind of task you can abandon halfway through, and thankfully, when 9 pm rolled around, I wasn't forced to choose. Thanks to the miracle of my DVR, I was able to complete the task at hand before watching His Majesty hold forth from a garbage scow several hours later. Free from distraction, I was able to focus entirely on my human butler, brought to life in stunning HD resolution, and remain mostly conscious throughout the entire hour. Oh, Happy Day! As for getting credit in the Neilsen Ratings, all I can tell you about time shifting is what I’ve overheard - “Live + 3.” I assume this means that viewers who watch the show within three days of its premiere are counted later and included in the final number. (Or maybe its within three hours? Or three weeks?) Regardless, I have no idea how this question impacts me, my food source, or my ability to howl at the moon for no good reason. Indeed, this topic is relatively tedious, and not nearly as interesting as the stuffed monkey I plan to violate when I finish my Judge Judy marathon. Regards, FreddyComments:
harriet hummel watt - OH noes. Freddy going all zombie on lamb chop!!! Oh the Ewemanity!!!
andy roller - I wish Fridays with Freddie was every day, Mike!! You and Freddie are two of my all-time favorite writers. (although, in my opinion, the dog has a better sense of humor than you do.) Anyhoo, you guys rock and I'm hooked on your updates like a crack addict is hooked on dangerous and illegal drugs. -Andy Roller
janice hobron - Do you take Freddie with you to all your travel sites
jasmin mclean - It's Lamb Chop!!
donna lockwood - My dogs do this to every stuffed animal I buy them. Why do I buy them? It's hysterical to watch them do this!! Once they get the squeaker out, it's all over & they walk away in all their glory! Ah terriers! Gotta LOVE them!!8)
judith grober - Don't know who I like most-Freddy or Mike!
cheryl glynn vaughn - Looking a little sheepish there Freddy
christopher kelsey - Mike, I know you are a simple man, but no self-respecting man would have a TV less than 42". Let's start a fund to buy Mike a new TV, I got $10 to throw into the pot.
kathleen lane chilcote - You spell Freddie different ways . Freddy and Freddie....which is it?
fukyoufaye suhbook - Holy ugly rugs Batman. :( I've always pictured you to have....eff it....that mess is ugly and I thought you'd have more simple taste?
carole m sauer - You're not saying if your new show doesn't do well, Freddy gets it, are you? :)
mitzi jones - Lamb chop, Lamb chop, have you any wool? No sir, no sir, dog's mouth's is full.
athena marie - apparently the song ended...oh well.
I forgot it was Fridays with Freddie and I read: "Good question. As you can imagine, mine is a hectic schedule as well. Between the eternal doorbell and the near constant opportunity to lick myself with impunity" in Mike Rowe's voice...it was a little weird.
bryan turner - Am I the only one that reads these posts actually hearing Mike's voice? Please tell me I'm not and I'm somewhat normal?
cherrie lewis - Freddie, you are tearing my heart out! ( if you are over 40 you'll understand the connection between Freddie's toy and my name)
gina langford leake - So Mike, this has nothing to do with Freddie...love him but...my husband and I are vacationing in Kentucky and he decides to take me to Mammoth Cave Park. I'm a little nervous having never ventured into a cave before but agreed to go. As I'm walking in the museum I hear your voice narrating a video about the caves...I tell my husband..."I hear Mike Rowe!" I felt a calmness come over me :)
kathy belt - Mike Rowe - I failed to notice that this was Freddy talking at first and wondered why you were posting about your "near constant opportunity to lick myself with impunity." Took me a moment to remember that, this being Friday, the monologue was that of your pup. Good to know. However, I now have this mental image that will haunt me, likely the rest of my life. :)
kathy ann - Oh noooo, Lamb Chops :(
debbie brink - "Freddie had a little lamb, her fleece strewn to and fro; and everywhere that Lamb Chop landed, there was our Mike Rowe."
gwendolyn gettemy - Regarding Freddy and his disemboweling his toys... I know most dogs live to unstuff their best friends! I purchase the Kong brand stuffed toys. I have a 180lb., 18 month old English Mastiff. It took her 6 months or more before she finally was able to destroy her stuffed friend. She took it everywhere! We purchased the identical crocodile and she is ecstatic to have her buddy back! We purchased the elephant and hippo too. I believe Freddy would really enjoy the challenge! Happy chewing Freddy!!
cristi gregory - My dogs make a small hole & systematically pull out all the stuffing, then spend hours carrying around the disemboweled skin. They may have issues.
- It's 1am in nyc.
I don't know about you, but I'm sick of me. (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-07T05:02:45+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: It's 1am in nyc. I don't know about you, but I'm sick of me.Comments:
jason feinberg - 621 likes, 78 comments in two minutes at 1am. No Mike, no one is sick of you. They are all up waiting for you.
helen peterson - Sorry Mike Rowe, You'll have to try harder to make me sick of you. :)
steven vertel - I've just been wondering how many variations on the "aww shucks" face with slight smirk you're capable of.
shawn cravener - Congrats Mike... are you actually gonna make me watxh Cnn?? Lol
robert p warnock - Somebody's Gotta Be You!
jon hammons - You are taller than you....
laurie woolever - Never too much! Never enough! Heard a brief clip of you singing "Vecchia zimara senti" as the Moment of Zen at the end of The Daily Show! Heavenly! Is there anywhere I can hear more of your classical singing?
nathan smith - Could be worse... You could be running for office.
real tony spacone - Your much taller on cardboard!
beth barden - Me too. Come over and visit so I can get over it
linda klepper-archer - You run into you everywhere you go....no getting away from you, for you!
danielle anderson - Never could get sick of ya Mike. You are oddly the most respected man/actor on tv I believe with the general population. (Including me. :-p)
debby phillips - Oh Mike, reruns of Dirty Jobs saved my sanity whilst I was laid up for a month with a broken knee..sick of you? Nope!
jackie conrad etzweiler - dude it is 1am here and no im not sick of you
allen potter - Don't know when I'll see you again. My tv refuses to play CNN. It's Fox or.nothing
lisa m orndorff - I'm up ... let's go for crabs/pizza/beer....
samantha adkins - I'd still hit it.
joanna tweit - Total immersion.
mark kness - You should've punched that cutout right in the face!
brett kelley - 5 minutes. Almost 150 comments. I feel like Mike Rowe is almost as very super famous as Jon LaJoie ;)
ryan travis - I can get where you are coming from, having to deal with a lot of people on topics about yourself can be draining. I prefer to hang out with my plants (orchids are drama queens :p ), no questions asked except by people that want to buy some of them....
- Please make me look good. (I think it's a test...)
https://www.facebook.com/cnn/posts/10152949 (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-07T17:00:45+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Please make me look good. (I think it's a test...) https://www.facebook.com/cnn/posts/10152949009336509?relevant_count=1 Happening now!Comments:
mike rowe - HQ: Note Mike is responding to questions on CNN's page: https://www.facebook.com/cnn/posts/10152949009336509?relevant_count=1
christina brocato - Will you marry me?
shirley maxim - Please run for some office so we can have at least one person with a brain and common sense in D.C.......Please!
tiffany tayrien - How do you handle being so awesome?
mike roe - I thought about ignoring this because your Orioles beat my Tigers but they did have a better bullpen, so here is my question - Do people always get you confused for me? I am always being asked if I am the Dirty Jobs guy, to which I reply while I don't mind doing dirty jobs that need to get done, that's another guy who has trouble spelling his last name.
robert wilson - when will you try being President of the United States as a "dirty job"
deb williams - Mike. to what do you attribute your ability to articulate in such an engaging way? Were you a reader as a kid? Did you consume the Readers Digest "Pays to Increase Your Word Power" or have a great English teacher who insisted you learn ten new vocabulary words each week? I thoroughly enjoy your ability to properly use the right word at the right time....nickel words when appropriate and ten-dollar words when they're just what's needed.
sarah connelly - What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
linda scopelliti luby - ^^^^ he said in CNN people. Not Facebook. Duh.
lori mcdannel armstrong - Mike, I have taught biology at a rural community college for 17 years. I have definitely seen a decline in the work ethic of many students. They won't read their textbooks, do their assignments, study, come to class, etc. Do you have any words of wisdom I can share with my students?
rachelle himmelman - How on earth did your mother find the tools to raise such a gifted respectable man? Way to go mom!
john barker - When will you be announcing your Presidential Candidacy?
melissa powers - What is the main reason God has blessed you with such an awesome and powerful ministry? Have you ever thought about that? He has gifted you so richly and I hope He continues to bless you as you speak out for hard working Americans. Thank you for what you do.
rick higgins - Step 1: get off CNN.
Step 2: get on Fox News.
....just trying to help your career. 😎
travis hernandez - Can you go to the white house and show them how to do their jobs correctly and maybe clean up the mess that is America?
carol schmitt - Is your voice available for our GPS??
amye kissinger-peacock - Boxers or briefs??? Dude...the world NEEDS to know!!!!
lelia harveston - No question , just a comment , need more like you ,you rock ! Love ya !
robyn guinn fischer - Dear Mike,
The people who follow you are too excited to ask you a question on this page that they did not see your picture directing them to post on the CNN page. I apologize for their oversight!
GO TO THE CNN FACEBOOK PAGE!!!!!!
ralph iorio - GO on fox news , I don't do CNN,, Big fan of yours, but ,,,,sorry,,lol
dan keith - Why aren't you on FOX?
- Thanks guys. You just set a new CNN record. Damn near crashed Facebook. 14,000 questions. Just (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-07T18:31:33+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Thanks guys. You just set a new CNN record. Damn near crashed Facebook. 14,000 questions. Just bananas. Sorry I couldn’t get to them all. Back later...Comments:
doug draper - Crash Facebook? Well -- somebody's gotta do it....
sybil ludington - Tell CNN if they had more people like you on their staff versus their current cast of clowns they could have that many fans all the time :)
jason parente - We love you Mike! Please stay away from DC. Congress wouldn't know what to do with a guy who shows up to work and actually does their job.
jared springer - Nice Dogfish Head!!!!!
jon zinck - Well you are the most popular person ever on CNN. :-)
james herring - That's the most attention CNN ever got.
robbie teague gilchrist - Mike is going to keep CNN from going under!!! Lol
lisa gallarini cht - wel..someones gotta do it, hahaha
beverly slagle - thats because your awesome
daniel zatkovich - 14,000 ---> 145, if you take out all the marriage proposals
joseph tyus - CNN isn't used to actually having viewers. Lol
maurice e peterson - I hope this tells CNN that they made an excellent choice in picking up your new show. I look forward to watching it.
christine medaglia - I think you should do a segment on how current educational policy and philosophy, which is geared towards EVERY STUDENT going to college, has killed vocational education. The downfall of vocational education has created a job for you though, Mike; an entire TV show based on filling the high paying, "dirty jobs" that no one wants because they've been taught to think they are too good for them.
A public school teacher
chuck wetherton - Hey Mike they should give you your own channel LOL The Mike Rowe NO BS channel LMAO
liz cason - Jeez, Mike...a measly 14,000 questions, and you couldn't get to all of them? Might it have had something to do with the Dogfish? Hmmmm? ;-) JK...really. Saw the CNN clip..."Get an education!" Amen. My husband has a great phrase...told our son and daughter, "Just keep learning, every new skill is another tool in your tool box...and you just never know when or where it will come in handy!"
When our immensely bright son told us, "Mom...Dad...college is wasting MY time, and YOUR money", we appreciated his insight AND his honesty. He left college, held a couple of low-paying jobs, then went to MX (where we lived at the time). He worked as a volunteer for the turtle rescue folks in Akumal, for a while, and decided that he wanted to dive. He studied, became a dive master, and was a very personally successful fellow.
Sadly, we lost him, just before his 22nd birthday. A freak accident took him, as he was free-diving one day, after his work day diving was over. But, in his short life, he read, he lived, he worked and he learned...he learned a LOT...and he was immensely happy and well-liked. And, for that we have always been thankful...and very, very proud of the young man he was. Your message reminded of Phil's "education", and I just had to share that.
"Get an education!" Life is out there...with knowledge, experience and real wonder...go live it!!
jamie rigdon - Mike Rowe for President!
melody canterberry - Lemme guess - at least 1,000 of those questions were "Will you marry me," and another 1,000 were, "Will you run for president," lol. You will be the only reason I turn to CNN.
jeff brunnemer - Must be hard to crush CNN records, what with the DOZENS of viewers they have!
cathy martin monnett - Just answer the marriage proposals and requests for you to run for president. ;) Either one of those stories would be more newsworthy than most of what CNN offers!
jaques marquis de nom - I don't know what CNN paid for your services, but they got a deal.
donna anderson - Wow. Only that many? I'd have expected millions. You do realize that you alone caused a HUGE productivity drop in the workplace, don't you?
- Sunday afternoon, just outside Fells Point. A perfect sort of day. The Natty Bo is cold, the bl (Type: photo | Published: 2014-10-05T17:45:53+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Sunday afternoon, just outside Fells Point. A perfect sort of day. The Natty Bo is cold, the blue crabs are hot, and the Old Bay tastes like home. I swear, if there’s a better combination of tastes on Planet Earth, I’ve yet to get them down my well-muscled throat. Friday’s ball game was one of the best I’ve ever sat through. I’ve been to many, and know firsthand that a slow game will put a glass eye to sleep. Well, this was not a slow game. My parents are still hoarse from screaming, and my hand is still sore from high-fiving strangers. O’s fans are a fun bunch to hang with, though I will say that Robert from Detroit handled handled the loss with dignity and grace. TBS was also kind enough to plug Somebody’s Gotta Do It during the game, which I appreciate. Speaking of press, I want to apologize in advance to those who are getting weary of seeing me interrupt the latest ebola outbreak to announce the debut of SGDI. (Which as you may have heard, is Wednesday night at 9pm on CNN.) Press and promos are unavoidable parts of launching a new show, and I’m headed back to NY right now to clutter up the airwaves for a few more days. Hopefully, enough people will watch the premiere that further PR will not be necessary. In the mean time, I’ll continue to be the gum you accidentally stepped in. Sorry for the ubiquity. All this being equal, I’d rather sit right here and eat crabs for the next week. Happy Sunday MikeComments:
aaron pifer - CRABCAKES, BEER, AND FOOTBALL. THAT'S WHAT MARYLAND DOES!!!!!
rene randall - Mike, I just want to press home your relevance. My husband loves CNN, so naturally... it gets on my nerves. For you.... I've set all of the SGDI shows to record. I realize I'm just one, but CNN should thank you for this little boost in ratings. Wishing you and your crew all the best. :)
daniel vieira - Am I the only one who reads Mike Rowe posts in the Mike Rowe voice?
amy luke - To the little girl playing hooky: School can chill out and deal with it. Little girls need Daddy time. Go, Dad!
jay moran - There is no man I would rather see (or hear) "clutter up the airwaves". Keep on keepin on, Rowe!
rebecca schreyer price - We love our Maryland hometown guy Mike Rowe! Where the crabs and beer need no fancy tablecloth -and folks are eager to get their hands dirty for a
good cause ... Cause somebody's gotta!! Oh yeah -
lindsay bunce - Ravens and Orioles today! Go Birdland!!!!
lisa m. norton - I would much rather watch your ads than the multitude of political ads!
catherine m. roop - You totally made me homesick.
courtney glancy - Captain James Landing? Nothin' like crabs, Bohs, and O's!!
vera wilken - Put a glass eye to sleep.....sorry I'm stealing that line. :)
joan richardson - If Mike were to run for office, any office, which he won't because he is sane, the country would immediately have an unprecedented spike in voter turn-out. People would flock to hear his platform even if that platform was a crab pot. With running for office being off the table, we will be gifted with SGDI and a reason to watch CNN which, to now, I've turned to only for Morgan Spurlock and Anthony Bourdain. And now...for something completely different and relevant.
kevin m. shertz - Welcome to the Land of Pleasant Living, Mike Rowe. Come on over to the Eastern Shore and I'll give you a tour of the site of Chester River Brewing Company, which will be opening next year!
earl millett - Nice meeting and singing with you. The selfie turned out great.
anne kirby - Crabs, beer, Orioles and Ravens- Baltimore has it all. :-)
marlene thomas - ENJOY.. A customer in a restaurant asks the waitress if they serve crabs. The waitress said, "We serve anyone". ha
karen wheatcroft - My DVR is set Mike!! Not sure how my tv will react to being forced to record a CNN show, but anything for you 😜
donna king churray - This may sound simple and old fashion but the fact that you enjoy being with your parents is what impresses me the most about you.
emily midgette pharr - My dad says, "you'll never get full from blue crabs, only drunk!"
alma payne - Dear Mike...please continue to interrupt all the horrible things going on in the world...we need respite and who better to provide it. Good luck on the new show...looking forward to checking it out.
michael k. ferris - Natty Bo? Why not just drink horse Pi**?