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- The Real Mike Rowe - Official FB PageCategory: Public figure Likes: 200937 Talking About: 11392About: The only official Facebook page for me, Mike Rowe (the real one), host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs.
- "Fans of Mike Rowe's new show gathered today in Times Square to demand a new episode of Somebod (Type: photo | Published: 2014-12-10T17:39:34+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: "Fans of Mike Rowe's new show gathered today in Times Square to demand a new episode of Somebody's Gotta Do It. The popular program is scheduled to air every Wednesday a 9pm, but breaking news has forced CNN to preempt several broadcasts. Tonights premiere has been hotly anticipated, and fans appear anxious to see something new. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful." APComments:
matthew sailors - You can bet that protesters who are fans of Mike Rowe will leave a city cleaner, more productive, more appreciative of skills and trades, and less violent.
Unless the women see him shirtless on the poster...
wren goodman - As long as SGDI isn't preempted to cover the breaking story of protests over the preemption of SGDI ;)
jose ramos - We need to come up with Chuck Norris-like facts with Mike Rowe.
Because Mike Rowe.
carl lee - love your sense of humor man....Well played Mike, Well Played!
stacey geoppo - I love this post! First time I've smiled after losing my dad this week.
rebecca schroeder - When Chuck Norris wants orange juice, he squeezes Florida. When Mike Rowe wants orange juice, he plants an orchard, cares for the trees, builds and repairs all equipment involved to trim, protect from frost, de-pest, and water trees, then he hand-picks oranges, then squeezes.
janet s. palin - Don't ya just feel loved Mike?
joe marquis - What ever happened to Dirty Jobs?
julie tracy - Voter base for a great presidential campaign? You know, people would listen to your campaign speeches just to hear your voice, and Freddy would make an awesome White House Pup...
grant c brunson - Ironically, the new installment of "Somebody's Gotta Do It" was pre-empted by CNN's coverage of the protest.
dennis ethridge - Hmmm. Let's see. There is ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, ETC. How about MRN, Mike Rowe Network?
nic o'neill - In Mike Rowe fans protest..... not only is it peaceful... it's productive. I bet Time Square was left cleaner, several homeless shelters were built, and a new kids play structure was welded together.
zachary meyer - I'm going to loot my fridge of all its beer if this show doesn't come on tonight.
allison skinner - Can't say I expected such a poor taste joke about such a serious issue from someone whose career is made on bringing attention to people who are so often overlooked. And some of these comments make me feel sick to my stomach. CNN'S coverage had been atrocious but people are dying ffs.
mitch hill - Careful Mike, this may become newsworthy and preempt your own show thus creating a recursive whirlpool destroying all cable programing as we know it.
ian urion - Yeah come on, CNN, if you're gonna try to keep up with the big boys and do a regular show, you can't pre-empt it every freakin week with the same tired coverage of protests. The protestors will still be there in an hour. If the Protestocalypse breaks out, you can cut into the show then. Sheesh.
paul buttram - THIS is why you're my hero, Mr. Rowe. Carry on.
lisa white - Mike Rowe, I enjoy your show tremendously, but in all honesty I would gladly settle for footage of you walking around shirtless. There you have it. The 50+ year old women have spoken. Watcha' gonna do? ;)
tim wells - It's Mike Rowe, NOT CNN that they want to watch.
christine peterson - This was posted I'm sure because of the huge Mike Rowe billboard. The naysayers need to take a step.back. Considering all the negativity our nation is spewing.right now I'll take a tongue in cheek pic from Mike anyday. And I'm sure it wasn't meant to offend anyone.
john christopher watkins - Mo Rowe! Mo Rowe! We won't go until we see the show...
- Fridays With Freddy
Samantha Romano writes,
“Mike - Last year, you recorded the Grinch son (Type: video | Published: 2014-12-12T19:11:31+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Fridays With Freddy Samantha Romano writes, “Mike - Last year, you recorded the Grinch song on your answering machine. If you do it again, while wearing your bathrobe, I'll send your foundation $500. If you can get Freddy to howl along some harmony, I'll make it a thousand. Merry Christmas!” Hi Samantha That’s very generous of you. Please see below. I couldn’t get him to howl, but the tongue-bath has to count for something, right? MikeComments:
crystal steers - Mike if you can find a way to turn that into an MP3 recording or something we can all buy online to have the funds go to your charity I can promise I won't be the only one buying it - ps Fridays with Freddy is the highlight of my day!
wayne tripp - You know, Mr. Rowe, with your voice, you just may have a future in voice over and narration work.
jenni pickard - Freddy's sneeze was impeccably timed!! ;)
darothy haley - [IMG]http://i58.tinypic.com/a5gh9d.jpg[/IMG]
nina hokkanen - He might not have howled but that sneeze perfectly punctuated the end! I say thats even better :)
mike fitzpatrick - That's Awesome! Hard to believe people can still sing without AutoTune. :-)
dawn hicks - Should have put some reindeer antlers on Freddy, he would've almost looked like 'Max' ;-)
jack palaio - So if they do a remake of the classic cartoon they know who to call now.
lisa pangborn - It takes a talented man to sing the Grinch song with such aplomb while in his bathrobe AND while getting a thorough nostril cleaning from his little canine companion! Who, by the way, bears a striking resemblance to the Grinch's sweet doggie Max! All Freddy needs is a sawed off antler attached to the top of his adorable head with a bit of twine... I think my heart just grew three sizes today!!! Thanks, Mike... :D
paul mccool - Right up there with Thurl Ravenscroft...
susan hillwig - Freddie doesn't want to sing, he's too busy licking everything in sight.
kurt kohanowich - I just went to your website and donated 100$ because of this one video, Mike... that was...just AWESOME! Merry Christmas!
chris nelson sr. - Sell it on iTunes with all proceeds going to the foundation! I'd buy it as a ringtone!
suzannah pace hastings - Mike, you should really get together with TomTom or Garmin and be the driving commands voice. They have Darth Vader and Bart Simpson. Why not you? I know SO many people who would buy your voice to tell them what to do.
jordanna grimmett - Today when someone asks me what gets me in the holiday spirit, I can reply with complete sincerity, "Mike Rowe singing in his bathrobe while his dog licks his face."
suzzette baker bradfield - I love that you sell out for your charity!!
heather phillips - Freddy does look a bit like Max, the Grinch's dog... Perhaps some oversized antlers might be cute on him? (not too heavy of course!)
christy bryant mccarthy - is it just me or is everything Mike does sexy?
christyn rumble - Thank you to Samantha Romano for bringing that little piece of Christmas joy into our lives. In a bathrobe. 👍
matt hendrickson - And this is why Mike Rowe is the coolest guy on Facebook.
jeff wooten - Mike. Over the years I have watched your shows and enjoyed watching them with my children too. A sincere thank you for just being "one of us". A nice guy who is human cares about the country and deserves every bit of the success you have worked your ass off for. Thanks for being the normal down to earth guy we all want to see succeed.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
- It appears I'm on The Forum in about two minutes. KQED. Tune in give me a call. Thanks! (Type: photo | Published: 2014-12-09T17:59:30+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: It appears I'm on The Forum in about two minutes. KQED. Tune in give me a call. Thanks!Comments:
jon canby - Hey Mike, Is that your Sweet Ride in the reflection? Lol
beth mccormack - For those listening online here's the link
julie williams - Mike, I had theme song to the Grinch movie today, I forget the name of the singer (the old version). I have heard you sing, you really need to dress Fred up as the Grinch dog and sing this song :)
john coloe - Oh, Mr. Rowe's operatic baritone and "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" with Freddy in costume would be awesome!
gregory wright - "When traveling for work, I expect nothing less than precision and excellence while bathed in rich velour and walnutesque paneling, that's why I drive a 1984 Ford Econoline Easy Breeze Spirit Camper Conversion" - Mike Rowe
eleanor tucker - Mike Rowe,I would love to give U a call; but I don't have all day to wait to get through. So I will tell U here and now. I enjoy everything U do. Your witty, funny, very entertaining, talented & ruggedly handsome. There I've had my say. Have a Great Day ;)
barb mowery - Just heard him sing Verde and quote Yeats. Is there nothing Mike Rowe cannot do?
catherine brown - When will CNN show last week's show that none of us got to see???
diana dollar - You can call me anytime you want Mike Rowe!!!
camilla olsen jones - Will you be not answering questions about Walmart? Lol
femina imagica - From what I just heard one thing really stuck out for me.The satisfaction of doing work that gives you a finished result you can see and feel.That is so very important to me.
holly kirkendoll - "It's a German porno, with Yeates right there in the background". #thingsyouwillonlyhearMikesay #OMG
stephen westervelt - http://www.kqed.org/radio/listen/
Mike is on now
kenn fong - Podcast now up. In it, Mike says he'd accept if asked to fill in as guest host of the program. http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201412091000
femina imagica - If you were a full time radio host/disc jockey I swear I'd tune in everyday.Your voice to my ears is much like the soothing effect Vicodin has when warming over my body.Not to mention you're very witty,smart,and funny.
kelli forbes - Mike - how do you keep the schedule you do? You're EVERYWHERE! C'mon, fess up. You just never sleep, right? :)
sharon reed - Love your smile... 💋
cheryl shelton philemon - When do you rest?!
tonya anderson - Oh I'll call and ask "How yooooouuuu doin'?" LOL
liane mccabe schmit - you call me this time...
noreen grindrod deciucis - Thank you for being a wonderful man with incredible standards and normal beliefs. Its refreshing.
- Look Out World...
Nic's gonna be an Electrician!
Todd Ducheny writes,
I just wanted (Type: photo | Published: 2014-12-08T23:25:01+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Look Out World... Nic's gonna be an Electrician! Todd Ducheny writes, Hey Mike I just wanted to pass on a HUGE THANK YOU to the mikeroweWORKS foundation and the opportunity you have given my son Nic DuCheny. A month or so ago, Nic found out that he had been awarded a mikeroweWORKS scholarship to attend Western Dakota Technical Institute (WDTI) to pursue a career in the Electrical Trades. That scholarship was in the amount of $2500. Nic was pretty excited, as this was less money he would have to take in student loans. Well, I just got back from the mail box, and there was a letter addressed to him from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. Since he isn't home right now I decided to open it and give it a read. I was stunned after reading the first paragraph. The letter basically stated that “due to the generosity of others,” Nik was being granted additional scholarship funds from mikeroweWORKS! The amount is enough to ensure that he will not have to take any student loans! I can't say it enough, thank you Mike Rowe. Thank you for starting your foundation. Thank you for offering students a chance to get in to a career debt free/nearly debt free. Thank you for standing up to those that think a 4 year, $60k student loan debt is the way America should move forward. You and your foundation are great people. Thank you so much. Todd A. Ducheny Todd - You and Nic are most certainly welcome. Personally, we at mikeroweWORKS feel lucky and blessed to get letters like this one, which I just found buried on my Wall. I’m sharing it not because it should be seen by everyone on this page who has supported The mikeroweWORKS Foundation by purchasing my various and sundry C.R.A.P. Yesterday for instance, Jana Babatunde-Bey bought a snare drum donated by Queen Latifa for nearly $5,000. (Thanks Jana! Thanks Queen!) That money goes straight to the foundation, and rewards kids like Nic who are committed to mastering a useful trade. That kind of largess, combined with thousands of more modest purchases, have allowed us to raise money and reward work ethic in a way that makes me truly happy. That's the "generosity of others" I was referring to in the letter you received, and we would be nowhere without it. Anyway, I'm so glad Nic is on the path he’s on, and know I speak for everyone here when I say good luck to you both, and Merry Christmas! Best, Mike PS. http://profoundlydisconnected.com/shop/ Everything here is still for sale, and waiting to be stuffed into a stocking. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Foundation.Comments:
dawn crumly lemongello - I'm an engineer. My co-worker is an engineer married to an electrician. He makes more money than either of us and he is out working with his hands and doing what he loves. I have been preaching the trades for years to anyone who will listen. (I come from a long line of electricians.) Now I use your name as an example of places to research if they doubt me. Thank you for all you are doing for spreading the word.
robert holst - That picture does not depict an electrician. That would be the work of a lineman.
sherrie zabinski - I got a JOB!!! Woo hoo. Almost 5 years ago I was diagnoised with cancer. A year after my cancer was put into remission, my lower spine had had so much radiation that it weakened my sacrum and it fractured in 3 places, Today those fractures are filled with cement. Even though I was told I would never walk right again or run and that I should just stay on disability, I am not only walking right, but running, too AND I am going back to work full time as a painter in 3 week with benefits! I got a JOB, Mike!! I got a JOB!
david dc collins - Do we want to know what's (not) under that gown?
ben bob - That doesn't look like proper PPE
susan dornan - That's an awesome success story. Interestingly enough, those with 4-year degrees and $60K plus in student loans can't find jobs. Well, they can...but they don't want them, because they won't be paid $75K a year as soon as they've graduated with no experience, and no percievable skills. The fact that one may graduate with a degree in business science isn't useful in any way until one has had experience in...like...business. And so it goes. Tradesmen, on the other hand, are ALWAYS in demand. They have specialized skills that are needed by ALL of us--and they work their asses off to learn and generate business. Then they realize that, in order to maintain their client base, they have to be alllll about servvice. This ridiculous perception that, if one doesn't graduate from a 4-year college, one is a loser , is not only bone-headed, it's out-dated. I have no 4 year degree. I am very successful. Here's the Secret of My Success... I am relatively intelligent, I am focused, and I've worked my ass off. That being my thesis, I'm assuming that it won't be published. And, to conclude my diatribe...Congratulations Nic! And thanks Mike, for such a USEFUL program. Btw...I bought 2 C.R.A,P mini-Mikes. Is there any Freddie C.R.A,P available? He's such a pundit.
amy barto - Mike Rowe, I'm all teary eyed. Bless you and MRW!
max king - Finally found a use for that ole cap and gown Mike?
augustine karnes - Can you focus on some jobs for women too?
bobbert little - Please tell me you have boxers on under that robe.
greg flurry - Thatd be a lineman ... Electrician is different.. Electricity isn't no joke ... Good Form .. Try hooks next time 👍
natalie fields - Sweet mother of sizzle, get the hell down from there.
patricia darley - Dave Ramsey would be thrilled to know that the Ducheny family is NOT taking on any debt for this post-secondary education. I love that you guys are choosing this path, and would love to see a follow up on this once Nic is in the workforce, and what he's accomplishing.
ty martin - Linemen keep the lights on!
mark a hoffman - He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ― Louis Nizer in Between You and Me, Beechurst Press, 1948.
christyn rumble - I'm such a suck.. That brought a tear to my eye.
You do good things for good people, Mike.
robert kelly - Your foundation is an awesome thing Mike!! Keep up the good works!!
todd mccandless - I don't know everything there is to know about electricity, Mike, but here is one rule that has served me well: never become an alternate path to ground. Good luck.
gene medley - Im a lineman and was just about to blast him for being on a hot pole, then i realized hes on a phone pole infront of the power pole. the difference between a lineman and an electrician is usually around 7000 volts but can be much more
susan woodrow logan - Oh good Lord...get down right now before you hurt yourself!
amy barto - Mike's ok, Freddy is holding his harness ;) (Lighten up folks, it's a joke!! And no pun intended!)
- A Very Special...Sundays With Freddy
Debb Williams Don't pull that doggy up by his neck! Sup (Type: photo | Published: 2014-12-08T00:54:11+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: A Very Special...Sundays With Freddy Debb Williams Don't pull that doggy up by his neck! Sup with that Mike? 5:25 pm, 12/5/14 Cathy Walters I'm sorry but several seconds of your Fridays with Freddy episode made me cringe. However dogs should never be pulled up by the neck as this could cause serious and permanent damage. A Harness works very well! Additional cringe worthy points: leaving your puppy on top of the wall and walking ahead to film and who knows what kind of crap he was chewing down there . Carry treats in your pocket and hold that leash. 5:53 pm, 12/5/14 Diana Carrion Ashkenasy One more time, MIKE, where is his harness? Didn't we learn our human lesson when he ran into the street, truck, remember? Ugh dude! Andrea Augustine Dude- where's his harness? Barbara Arnold Riddle Cute as this is I worry about Freddy eating something off the ground. You never can tell what some people will throw out. Also, please don't let go of his leash again. He is way to precious to lose. Ladies Freddy here. After reading through your comments, I have begun to notice a vague but distinct kink in my neck. Troubling. This morning, the pain was still there, and after reading a few more comments of the same tenor and tone, I could actually feel it worsen. I helped myself to some old Percocet in the bipeds shaving kit, but aside from some unusually vivid dreams during my afternoon siesta involving the Labradoodle across the street, I can report no discernible improvement. Now, as I read some more of your comments, I can clearly see that my biped was indeed negligent. What the hell was he thinking, letting me run free on a wall like that? He should know better. It seems obvious that my supervision should be constant and decidedly more professional. Anyway, I applied an ace bandage a few hours ago, (not as easy as it sounds,) but I’m afraid the pain is getting worse. Plus, I feel the need for more Percocet. Or maybe some Oxycontin. Or maybe both? Regardless, one thing’s for certain. I need a lawyer. Preferably someone with decent canine references and the willingness to work on a contingency. Suggestions? FreddyComments:
leslie walden - I'll represent you, Pro Bone Oh ;)
maria godebska - I watched that video. You know what I saw? A very happy puppy.
lana clark - As a veterinary professional for the last 26 years I have never seen injury to a neck from regular collar wearing dogs. Most dogs that are wearing harnesses has never learned to properly walk on a leash and will pull your arm off going after something they really want to see. Get over your PC people and train your dog, the dog will respect you more, the dog will have more confidence in any situation and your relationship with your dog will benefit. Keep up the good work Mike Rowe
lisa buechlein mullis - Now they'll complain he's going to choke himself with the bandage!
tim rowland - Freddy, thank GOD we have the internet so people can micro-manage not just our lives, but our human's lives too! How did we ever survive through the history of canines not to mention humans???
pf allen - Mike, you've succeeded in pissing off about half of your female fans...so that means you only have 30 million women lusting after you now. Bad move, dude.
stuart rice - Dude, seriously. Run for POTUS already !
shastina osibov - As a dog trainer, I adore this post. Sure looks like you're tortured, Freddy. Hope you live to see another day! #SaveFreddy =P
laurie wronski-taskonis - Aw geez now your going to hear about the Ace bandage around his neck, Mike you really are a glutton for punishment.......
jalisa orasko - Good grief people are uptight. He's a DOG not a baby. How do you think they've survived this long?
rick zotzman - So...I saw Biped lift the leash straight up which, sure, Freddy may not have been impressed with, but Biped didnt jerk the leash up. Then...the camera got put down..which means Biped had both hands free to lift Freddy up. Either way, Biped was pretty cognizant of Freddy's care..there was no whining or whimpering that Freddy was being hurt by his actions. SO, until you see the actions you are complaining about and that would actually physically hurt Freddy...lay off. It is pretty obvious Biped takes pretty darn good care of Freddy.
maria deluca - Dear Freddy, I TOTALLY get where you're coming from, just today I ate a yummy chunk out of the pillowcase and yesterday I had a delicious bag of potting soil. My biped had the temerity to yell at me!?! I was sooo enjoying myself! She says since you and I look and act alike we must be related. Please forward the name of your lawyer, I'm desperate, your sister in arms, Zuzu
vivian bush - :-) Watch the Care Trolls take this seriously. *sits back with popcorn*
laura cohen - Clearly, you wee tortured, Freddy. I recommend that you send your biped to my house for a wicked indulgent spanking.
shannon eckleberry - Mike, you have a delicious way of telling someone to go to Hell and actually making them look forward to the journey. I tip my hat to your prowess, good sir. ;)
cathy bourner - For what it's worth, those harnesses that look like dapper vests would look smashing on you. Maybe Carhart would make one just your size--tool-belt looking! Some dog's gotta do it!
joanne griffin - Freddy, the law firm of Tort n' Snort is your best bet. Mike, you need to hire a workers' comp investigator to catch a pic of Freddy functioning normally, i.e., get a pic of him attending to his nethers.
don riser - I watched the video Freddy. I am stunned that you would allow your human to wander so far away without a leash. What If Mike had wandered into traffic? This is truly unacceptable behavior. We may have to report you to the American Human Society..
brigitte doherty - Dear Freddy, you are welcome to visit me, Jake the Border Collie, any time. My parents allow me to run in the field and find fresh horse poop. This is a special treat as you can a) roll in it, b) eat it, c) all of the above. Only down side is that there's this hose that is used to spray water on me when I roll in a really fresh pile. If we get lucky, no one will see us sneaking into the stall that has the cat's litter box...we're talking special treat here. Way better than city trash. Since everything is fenced, collars and leashes are optional. Give up the drugs dude, we'll have so much fun you won't even remember that your neck hurts.
denise parker hunnings - I'm reminded of my childhood dog, Shadow was his name, he lived a long life, his diet consisted of mommas left overs, no gluten free, grain free specialty dog food. He roaming free with no leashes, or vests. Killed all types of rodents that he halfway digested, the parts he didn't digest he would leave at the front door for my mother. Occasionally he would disappear for a few days and come home looking a little worse for wear. I didn't understand when dad would shake his head and say "you've been chasing women haven't you?" He was loyal to a fault, walked me to the school bus every morning and was there to greet me in the afternoons.
Sigh... Freddie nor my dogs will ever know the freedom of those days. While I agree that should do our best to keep them safe, I also believe that some people go to the extreme. We should remind those people that they are animals, not infants. Hmmm, I think those overly protective pet owners are probably the same ones that have their toddlers on a leash. Please stop that too ;)
melyna rice fang - Dogs lick their own buttholes and genitals....what worse can they eat off the ground? Weirdos.
- Fridays With Freddy.
Walking where I shouldn't walk, eating what I shouldn't eat. (Type: video | Published: 2014-12-06T01:10:48+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Fridays With Freddy. Walking where I shouldn't walk, eating what I shouldn't eat.Comments:
christina marks - Freddy needs a Go Pro Camera
kelly edwin - REBEL WITH FOUR PAWS!
mark olvey - Dear Dr. Sara Luttrell, the thousands of us who follow Mike Rowe on fb don't look to him as a role model. We will not change the way we live our lives or handle our pets just because "that's how Mike Rowe does it". Some of us let our pets off the leash in public, some don't. Some of us are extremely careful with pets and they still get hurt and even die in accidents. Please try to take a break from your job and just enjoy the relationship Mike is willing to share with us. We don't need an educator and I'm guessing Mike Rowe doesn't need a judge. There's quite a difference between the danger of an owner thinking s/he has control only to be surprised when a leash fails, and allowing a dog to walk on wall a few feet off the ground with cars in the vicinity. Do you really think they're exactly the same degree of dangerous? If you have a suggestion, share. But do we really need more judges?
brooke payton - Have to say I was waiting for Freddy to dig up a body
ria shay - It looks like Freddy has you perfectly trained :)
jim morriss - I must compliment you on how for you have gotten with training your human. Bravo!! He responds well and quickly to your commands.
maria guarino - 2 weeks ago he got run over by a truck and you trust him off leash? You are braver than I would be.
jo ann crefasi - His leash should be attached to a harness not a collar. My vet says their necks are too fragile to be tugged on. Love ya Freddy!
patricia fleming - Lettuce isn't so bad. My dog hunts for and eats bunny poop every chance he gets.
andrea d'elia nelson - please don't let go of his leash...
kelley stinson - Mike Rowe needs another doggy as a pal to Freddie. He can call him Micro! Get it? Mike Rowe. . .Micro? No? Okay, I'll go back to where I came from.
ashley godfrey - You know what you need to do? Keep on with what you're doing. Freddy seems to love you and listen to you. He's not being hurt, and you're a great pet owner. Keep bringing us Fridays with Freddy!
adam jerome bakalars - What a bunch of crabby know it alls on here, your lives must be a blast...smh
karl moyed - It's better to have eaten something then thrown it up and eaten it again than never to have eaten it at all. :D
erica lee - Just doing what a dog does. :)
valerie berkepile - Freddie's own show, "Somebody's Gotta Eat It……."
jeanne martin - "Hey Freddy, No.... aww crap. " Ha, ha!
cindy emm - I imagine you walking and filming and smacking into a telephone pole. And secondly - use a HARNESS.
barbara arnold riddle - Cute as this is I worry about Freddy eating something off the ground. You never can tell what some people will throw out. Also, please don't let go of his leash again. He is way to precious to lose.
michael rogers - No shitty collars allowed!
lisa fama - I think he needs a harness!
- Here’s a charming love letter from an aspiring journalist at Salon called Mario Vasquez. It's (Type: photo | Published: 2014-12-02T18:09:20+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Here’s a charming love letter from an aspiring journalist at Salon called Mario Vasquez. It's one of the most extraordinary articles I've ever read. MIKE ROWE'S WAL-MART HYPOCRISY: A SO CALLED BLUE-COLLAR CHAMPION DUCKS THE REAL BLACK FRIDAY ISSUE. Wal-Mart on Black Friday might be one of the dirtiest jobs going. Mike Rowe doesn't seem to want to talk about it MARIO VASQUEZ MV: Earlier this month, television personality Mike Rowe stopped by Reddit to promote his new CNN program “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” The visit took place on the site’s Ask Me Anything section, an increasingly frequent destination for celebrities looking to spread the word on upcoming projects. The majority of questions asked by Reddit users centered around the peculiarities of Rowe’s time on Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” a show that has made him a blue-collar icon for millions of viewers. His answers happened to be quite charming and carried the matter-of-fact manner that one would expect from Mike Rowe after watching him humbly trudge through plenty of genuinely “dirty” jobs. The most revealing part of the session, however, was a question he did not answer, thereby shedding some light on Rowe’s attitudes and his immediate impact on the mainstream perceptions of American workers. MR: Hi Mario. Mike Rowe here. How’s it going? While I appreciate you spelling my name right and mentioning my new show, (Wednesdays at 9!) I’m afraid there’s a problem with your fundamental premise. It didn’t happen. I answered every single question I was asked over the course of an hour. MV: Out of dozens of top-ranked questions, the query ignored by Rowe was one from an admitted Wal-Mart employee wondering whether Rowe would be open to spending a Black Friday at the nation’s largest private employer. The user described the craze that is fostered on this day and painted the experience as one deserving of the “dirty” label that Rowe likes to use to describe other professions. MR: You’re right. That would have been an excellent question to respond to. Again, I’m sorry I didn’t know about it. My AMA was conducted over the telephone. A very nice woman from Reddit named Victoria read me dozens of questions and turned my verbal replies into a written response. I answered as many as I could. Unfortunately, there were about 4000 we couldn’t get to. Historically though, I've written about ten thousand words on the subject of Walmart. If you're genuinely interested, there facts are here. http://profoundlydisconnected.com/mike-rowes-facebook-response-walmart-commercial-voiceover/ MV: Why would this question be ignored by a man who is known for constantly extolling the importance of respect for the working class and destigmatization of the jobs that they do? MR: It wasn’t ignored, Mario. The questions were coming in at the rate of 75 a minute. I answered as many as I could over the course of an hour. I’m sure Reddit would have explained this to you, had you asked. They're very friendly and easy to find. As am I. MV: The answer is quite plain if attention is paid to Rowe’s involvement with corporate power, specifically Wal-Mart. Mike Rowe has been a Wal-Mart spokesman since earlier this year when he began narrating television advertisements for the global powerhouse attempting to showcase its efforts to expand its selection of domestically made goods. MR: Actually Mario, I have no deal with Walmart, and for the record, I have never been their spokesman. Walmart produces thousands of different commercials every year. I narrated one of them 11 months ago. I was not identified in the spot by name. I was not featured on camera, and I was not compensated to defend the company during the fallout.http://adage.com/article/news/pitchman-mike-rowe-defends-walmart-facebook/291683/ I agreed to narrate that commercial because I'm supportive of any attempt to bolster US manufacturing. I'd have done the same for Target, Costco, or Home Depot. I want to see this effort succeed, even it’s being lead by a company that’s far from perfect. Don’t you? MV: This “bluewashing” (spending company revenue for blue-collar-friendly P.R. while ignoring the harsh realities on the ground) has brought Rowe plenty of criticism, but apparently little in the way of concession and acknowledgment of the many negative factors at play for not only Wal-Mart workers but the retail sector as a whole (the fastest-growing sector since the recession hit — a counterproductive measure to Rowe’s stated goal of helping out skilled workers). MR: It’s true that I was criticized for narrating that commercial. Along with a modest pile of hate mail and a few charming death threats, I received over 12,000 form letters from a labor organization called Jobs With Justice. Like you, they were disappointed to learn that my foundation doesn’t take sides in labor disputes. They wanted me to meet with unhappy Walmart workers, and take up their cause. I explained that mikeroweWORKS provides opportunities for workers who would like to learn a skill that’s actually in demand, and offered to connect their members with a variety of jobs that required the mastery of a skilled trade. That offer still stands. MV: Rowe’s lack of answer regarding the possibility of working Wal-Mart on Black Friday is a clear aversion to the good that would come of devoting airtime to the immediate underbelly of American consumerism and the downright “dirty” plight faced by millions daily. MR: My “lack of answer” was indicative of not being asked the question in the first place. Nothing more. MV: If Nov. 13’s historic Wal-Mart sitdown strikes are any indication, it is that the employees of Wal-Mart need even more solidarity from the public at large, and not celebrities looking to latch their name to a kumbaya moment. MR: I get that you don’t like Walmart. I get that you don't like me. But if you can, try and put your own agenda aside for a minute and look at the big picture. Walmart has promised to invest $250 billion dollars in US manufacturing over the next decade. Do you really think America has any hope of bringing manufacturing back to this country without the support of the largest retailer on the planet? Are you really against this? MV: Rowe’s Reddit dodge and his consequent contradictions are further illuminated when taking into account his recent back and forth with David Simon, creator of HBO’s “The Wire,” the critically lauded program about the war on drugs in the the city of Baltimore. Rowe’s charges essentially amount to complaint regarding the characters depicted in the program — essentially drug dealers and pimps, in his eyes — and the related connotations that Baltimore, his hometown, now carry in popular culture. Rowe stresses that the show does not depict the Baltimore he knew growing up. Simon highlights the contradictions that led Rowe to the point of avoiding a question like the one posed to him on Reddit. MR: I gotta admit Mario, when you make up a premise, you really stick to it. This is the seventh time you’ve accused me of deliberately avoiding a question I never knew existed. You've based your entire article upon a logical fallacy. Look - if you really want to impersonate a reporter, why not do some actual digging and see if Walmart is making good on its pledge? I bet your readers would love that. Hell, I'd like to know what's going on too. I understand that attacking the narrator of an old commercial is easier, but imagine the story you’d have if you could actually prove that Walmart wasn’t following through on its promise? Again - you’d probably need to do some actual work, but if I were you, I'd go ahead and risk the effort. What do you have to lose? If it turns out that Walmart is living up to its promise, just kill the story! MV: His relationship with Wal-Mart has shut him off from millions of American workers — those left behind in the face of global capitalism, deepening financial inequity, and a declining welfare state. MR: Sorry to be a pest, Mario, but again, I have no relationship with Walmart. Just because you repeat it doesn’t make it so. MV: It is within reason to believe that Rowe does hold sympathy to those who weather the calamity of a shift on Black Friday, but there is little doubt that his complicity with Wal-Mart bluewashing is doing anything but perpetuate the social forces that limit the ability of the working class to prosper. MR: How exactly does a massive investment in domestic manufacturing limit the working class from prospering? Don’t you think that jobs get created when companies start making stuff here instead of China? Don’t you think that having a job is a positive step for the working class? Don’t you think that more options in a free market are good for the people you claim to care about? MV: If there is anything to learn from his lack of an answer, it is that Rowe is the one with the dirty job and he didn’t even have to sweat for it. MR: I think the objective reader might have have learned something altogether different. MV: Today, it would be prudent to acknowledge that he is not an icon, but a true corporate shill masquerading as champion of the working class. MR: It might also be prudent to acknowledge that you're the only one using expressions like “Icon,” and "Champion of the Working Class." I don't see myself as either, and I've affirmatively discouraged people from referring to me in that way. However, given your call for prudence, I'll publicly renounce both labels right now. In fact, I'll give you the credit for making me do it. In return, maybe you can agree to stop making shit up? MV: Simply put, one cannot be pro-worker while standing alongside a corporate elite class and Sam Walton’s billionaire children. MR: Simply put, you’ll never change a thing if all you do is attack people with baseless articles packed with imaginary facts, cheap accusations, and false premises. I get that hating the rich is fun. But seriously, you’ll never persuade anyone of anything if all you do is preach to your own choir. You can do better. Mike PS. We’re raising money now for our next batch of Work Ethic Scholarships. If the journalism thing falls through, and you’re prepared to get your hands dirty, drop me a line. We’re very discriminating, but we don’t discriminate...Comments:
sherri wright gaskill - "Salon" and "journalist" in the same sentence??? hahahahahaha
eddie albert - Every time I read a reply from Mike, I want to shake his hand. You got to love someone who can call an ass, an ass, and tell them to put their money where their mouth is, all the while being eloquent, fair and humorous.
gregory wright - I think it's difficult for both conservatives and liberals to understand that sometimes there is not a bumper sticker answer. Catchy slogans and comebacks rarely work. You need people to sit down, put aside their emotions, roll up their sleeves, and get things accomplished. Also just as conservatives really shouldn't make Mike out to be their Flag shrouded champion, liberals should not make him out to be the embodiment of conservative ideology. He's neither. He seems to be a nice guy, with a good voice, who has a TV show, and is promoting a cause which will benefit many people.
coldie armstrong - Mike Rowe for President!
robert a. butzlaff - I work in a correctional institution. Have for over 23 years. No one cared about all the holidays I missed with my children. I did wal mart on thanksgiving and the workers were enjoying themselves because it was quite a spectacle. I'll be working Christmas and Christmas eve if anymore wants to lament missing another family holiday
tristan-rachel clayson - "Simply put, you’ll never change a thing if all you do is attack people with baseless articles packed with imaginary facts, cheap accusations, and false premises." Love you Mike Rowe!
brian hambright - Yeah, all my buddies, with me in Iraq for quite a few holidays, most of which are now in Afghanistan, sure do feel sorry for all those poor souls that have to work on a Friday. It's hard to imagine being away from your family for a few hours on a holiday. It must be awful.
tye dye keppler - Mike Rowe, I also noticed you dodged my question about what sweatshirt color I am wearing? Does it have to do with the fact that I am wearing a gray sweatshirt? How about the fact that I am wearing it while at work? The way you dodge these questions leads me to believe that you have some sort of allegiance to those who wear blue sweatshirts. Or, maybe it has to do with the fact that you prefer tee-shirts to sweatshirts? I do not know, but the fact that you refuse to answer this question just proves to me that you can't relate to the common man. That is all!
neg ative - remember when journalists at least attempted to be impartial?
shelley la gata schneider - Whatever. That guy had that "article" written in his head long before you came along on Reddit. He just needed a target was all. Keep doing what you're doing sir, you rule.
laura tilly - Walmart employee here. While I have not been working there long, I am rather aware of its flaws, as well as it's opportunities. I'm currently home sick after picking up a bug (with a Dr's note) so we'll see how they handle this but to my point: while I 100% support a federal minimum wage that allows people to support themselves instead of having to be supported by their families or the government and think that it is a fundamental change that needs to happen to empower people - working at Walmart isn't about where you start. It's about where you can go. The GM of my store started as a cart pusher. He has opened stores in several states and now runs the "training" store in our area. Meaning many assistant managers and shift managers cycle through on their way to higher positions within the company. His story is one of many along the same vein. Some 80% of the hiring for higher positions comes from within the company. But it's not something that's just handed to you. You have to show initiative and go after it.
Sam Walton had some pretty cool ideas. He understood that if you don't fill a need, no one will patronize your store and you will go out of business. He understood that the associates that worked for him were literally on the front lines every day and THOSE were the people to go to to get ideas on how to improve customer AND employee experience. He was a very interesting man who had some rather progressive ideas for "his time." I think maybe the company lost its way a bit but it is striving to get back on track.
I haven't before worked for a company that would pay for my *spouse's* GED. That encourages me to learn a second language or ASL. That encourages me to look outside of my department to educate myself in multiple areas so I can be a more effective employee. Where my register will literally lock me out so I can't work if I haven't had a break. Where I'll never be called in last minute to cover someone else's shift. Where I call in sick to an automated system so I don't have to feel guilty about not spreading whatever plague my toddlers have brought home to the general populace. Where, even in one of the lowest positions, I'm not micromanaged every step of the way. This has been a refreshing change and a huge confidence booster.
Currently, I am a cashier. I worked Black Friday from 6pm to 12am. I managed to avoid the early rush but by the time I got to work it was a normal Friday night with its own rhythm of rushes and dead spots. I had time to face my register. I had time to ask for change and bags and to ask questions of my CSM when they arose. I got asked several times what earlier in the day had looked like. I said I was lucky not to know.
I took my normal night as a sign that things ARE changing. Walmart is beginning to source produce locally (as possible - there aren't any farms in our area that could even come close to meeting the demand for food - except maybe apples). They're beginning to promote "Made in the USA" products. They are starting to use renewable energy sources to power their stores and manufacturing. It's a big beast with dark shadows but it is slowly changing for the better. Keep the social and economic pressure on. Without customers, they will go out of business. They MUST change to suit your demands. It may be a beast but it's one we, as a society, have had a hand in making. It's now up to all of us to fix.
And for the record, I choose to work there because I'm an otherwise WAHMom and it gets me out of the house and interacting with other adults. Because when you have a 4 year old, a 2 year old, and an 11 month old one can only take so much before the crazy sets in. I actually enjoy cashiering and don't see it by any means as a dead end. It's not about where I am. It's about where I can go.
julie patterson brinkerhoff - I love you Mike Rowe. I really, really do.
stephanie vasquez corey - For the record....I am NOT RELATED to Mario Vasquez.
Thank you...that's all.
timothy leadbetter - I'd have loved a local job like Wal*mart or something when I was in my 20s and starting out. I drove trucks. Tankers, produce trucks, grain trucks. I spent most holidays either on the road (long haul, a long way from home, usually putting chains on or taking 'em off somewhere cold and unpleasant), or driving a local route. Cows don't take the day off, so neither do dairies, and their tanks have to be pumped out.
Because I wanted more income and a better life, not because I wanted holidays off, I went to college, got a degree in computer science, paid some dues, and was eventually hired by a great company.
Where I still worked holidays. The money was better, which I suspect is what the trade unionists are on about, but I didn't just expect the guy I drove tanker for to pay me twice as much, so I'd have better self-esteem and live the way I wanted. I ran into him a couple of months ago, and we had a good talk. I still like him - he helped me get through college, even if I had to work around his schedule.
If you don't like flipping burgers or standing at a till or standing in the pit of a dairy "milking parlor," there are still these things called colleges. Find one. They're harder to get through than they used to be, due to rising costs. Something about unionized professors...
More of a rant than I usually go on. But it hits close to home. A friend has worked the family dairy for nearly 50 years. His kids didn't want to do the same - too many hours, too much manure, too many opportunities to get kicked or stomped by a half ton cow. So they went to college or trade school. One's an accountant. Another is the watch commander for a private security company (not what you usually think of as a great job, but he has done well - paid-off house by the time he was 30, stuff like that). The daughter, after a couple of false starts, is in nursing school.
If you don't like where you are, change it. I tell my son he needs to figure out how he wants to live, then find something he kinda likes doing that pays enough for that lifestyle. He drove tow trucks. Decent, dirty job. But less than $10 an hour for going out all hours of the day and night, sometimes dealing with combative drunks, sometimes dealing with biohazards (blood, body parts, stuff like that) for under $10 an hour makes standing at a till at Wal*mart on the Friday after Thanksgiving, or even on thanksgiving, seem like a pretty good deal. Not raining/snowing in there. No drunks in cars swerving toward you (hopefully - you never know these days).
Not everyone can be a rocket scientist. But few have to be a burger-flipper for life. Unless you just want what my dairyman friend calls a "brain-friendly job" - one that doesn't require a lot of thought.
Years ago I frequented the "Australian Restaurant" in San Jose, CA. Sign out front said "Eat here before we both starve." Old guy called himself Ned owned it. He hired the developmentally disabled. Exclusively. Said "they're just like everyone else. Get paid, get drunk, miss a day. But they don't steal from me and they like the work." Maybe not a progressive attitude (though I thought it kind of was), but the folks were pleasant and did represent Ned well. You have to find a place where you can do that.
The "journalist" you cite comes off as a whiner. Maybe he'd be happier elsewhere. Ned's gone, but we can always use another good Australian Restaurant.
Now, back to writing a paper on RF propagation and wireless network design. Thanks for the entertainment, Mike!
r wolf chapa - lol, what an idiot....keep doin what you doin bro
chris parks - Um, Mike, I think you misspelled "hack writer." It's not spelled "aspiring journalist."
gayle raymond mckercher - Look at you with your facts and your logic and your good nature and sense of humor, not to mention your fine canine friend. So very threatening; no wonder these folks keep trying to discredit you and your thought provoking efforts. PLEASE keep doing what you're doing and sharing it with us. I still chuckle thinking about your wet suit on backward... :)
michelle strickland - Note to Trolls: don't troll Mike Rowe. He is too smart for you. Give up before you get your ass handed back to you on a Dixie Plate.
christiane batson - My sister and my husband BOTH work at Walmart, and they both worked Thanksgiving and Black Friday. They both were paid time and a half for the holiday, plus received an extra benefit … a one time 25% off an entire purchase. Walmart has excellent benefits, and they pay well also. Most of the "protesters" weren't even employees! So sick of people trying to "save" Walmart employees from a job they could easily LEAVE if they don't like it!
mindy j kurtz - I don't normally have much respect for celebrities but when I do, they are named Mike Rowe.
richard foerster - MIKE ROWE kicks A$$! He is no joke and one of the REAL people, keeping it always REAL. Thanks MIKE, YOU RULE!!
- Things To Do Today
1. Install new television in mikeroweWORKS Los Angeles office.
2. Buy some (Type: photo | Published: 2014-12-03T19:51:11+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Things To Do Today 1. Install new television in mikeroweWORKS Los Angeles office. 2. Buy some limes and tequila. 3. Invite friends over to watch a riveting new episode of Somebody’s Gotta Do It on CNN, beginning at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern. 4. Make margaritas. 5. Invite fans to post show-related questions on Facebook DURING the riveting new episode of Somebody’s Gotta Do It on CNN, beginning at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern. 6. Drink a margarita. 7. Answer the best questions on VIDEO while watching riveting new episode of Somebody’s Gotta Do It on brand new TV. 8. Drink another margarita. 9. Post amusing video of me answering show-related questions on Facebook, immediately after riveting new episode of Somebody’s Gotta Do It. 10. Autograph my hat and send to asker of best question in time for Christmas. 11. Beseech higher power to keep national riot and calamity at bay, thereby avoiding preemption of riveting new episode of Somebody’s Gotta Do It on CNN, beginning at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern. 12. Drink one more margarita. 13. If still coherent, remind people to buy C.R.A.P. for Christmas. http://profoundlydisconnected.com/shop/ 14. Go to bed.Comments:
jill ziegenhagen benninghofen - autograph cardboard cutout and send it to your fake girlfriend Jill.
cynthia tomei - Mike, do not forget to answer ALL WalMart related questions, regardless of whether you were aware they were asked or not.
becky susan welch - I am a proud worker at Walmart and, contrary to popular belief, I can afford to buy my own Tequila, make my own Margaritas, and still raise and feed 5 growing teenagers alone! Not easily, but I'm a proud American working mom that appreciates having a great place to work every day. Bless you, Mike Rowe. I'll be sipping one with ya from home :-)
joan arnold - 15. Wait for snarky blogger to mis-represent my intentions during the Facebook question-and-answer session.
sarah connelly - One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila...FLOOR!
julie buceti ragland - 15. Invite fans over for margarita :D
karla dunham abernathy - My Things To Do Today List:
1. Take kids to school (check)
2. Go to job interview (check)
3. Search for more jobs
4. Pick kids up from school
5. Search for more jobs
6. Cook supper that no one will eat
7. Search for more jobs
8. Go to bed
Lather rinse repeat.
keith mosher - yet another reason I'm voting for Mike Rowe for President!
The man has his priorities straight!
sergio gonzalez - On a serious note. A friend of mine owns a Premium Tequila company. Let me know when you are ready to sample.
jennifer lynn brakenwagen - Mike, please remember to answer every single question you are asked. No one wants to read another attack from Mr. Vasquez.
victoria olive sparkman - Mike,
I am in serious need of a cardboard you. (The real thing would be better but I know you are a busy man) How can I get one?
colleen westerman - I'd buy a big cardboard Mike Rowe!! :). Please!!!!
aurora howard - All I saw was
1. Drink margaritas
2. Drink margaritas
3. Drink margaritas
4. Drink margaritas
5. Drink margaritas
6. Drink margaritas
carrie-lee hurzeler - Your friends look bored stiff.
andrew mcclave - Mike , if you are in the NorthEast any time soon can I buy you lunch ? I'm in The Great State of South Jersey and proud of it ..... Your a man of the people and someone this beat up old disabled Marine would treasure to meet ...... May your Family have a Blessed Holiday with Good Health & Warm Tidings ....
laurie weaver - 15. Realize you've got a lot going on and hand the Q&A response off to Freddy.... But keep him off the margaritas.
tetia east stroud - i don't have a tv - can i come watch at your office?
jeffrey cannell - You hiring at the LA office? Loads of TV experience and like a mushroom, I'm a fun-guy.
nina dean - You forgot to walk Freddy.
colette johnecheck - Mike, I bought C.R.A.P. for Christmas last week. It arrived promptly and in good condition and is now snuggly secured in my husband's Christmas stocking hanging on our fireplace mantle. He will love it! Thanks Mike for all you do especially to promote and the value of so-called blue collar jobs in this nationand Enjoy the plethora of margaritas (always wanted to say "plethora" just like you do) while we all watch the riveting new episode of Somebody's Gotta Do It on CNN, beginning 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern and 8pm Central (we're in Texas)
whitney ferguson st germain - My mom always told me Thursday is the best day for social unrest and upheaval anyway.
- A question and an answer. (Type: video | Published: 2014-12-04T03:14:30+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: A question and an answer.Comments:
curtis key - I hope I see you in a bar one day you would be one of the top people on my list to have a beer with
shelley thresher- soto - Mike for President
joe lamoreux - Mike, you are a calming influence in a frustrating world. Keep doing your thing!
tina woo - In my dream world, Mike Rowe has a cutout of me sitting around his office. :)
teresa harrison bolton - Why can't breaking news break on a night other than Wednesday? Geez, people! One hour a week, behave yourselves!
becka robinson - Can you please just do a show wherein you drink copious amounts of booze and wax poetical about whatever pops into your strange yet superior brain? Please?!
chris moreau - Mike Rowe
I've got a serious question that I think deserves a response. You're a very popular T.V. personality, but also seem to be the everyday joe. You go from job to job and you feel the pains of the real working man. My question to you is.......
Since you have been in so many jobs and met so many hard working Americans that respect your own work ethic, why don't you consider running for President of the United States of America?
Average guy from Louisiana,
sharon isabel peterson - You are more interesting than watching the misinformed rioters in New York. The media is making things worse! They would do a better service to have your show on than giving 15 minutes of fame to people who really don't know the truth in these circumstances.
robert malley - Where's Fred??!!
andrea flannery - Mike.... Let's see video of you doing those tequila shots!!!
crystal anne - Every time they say "civil unrest" or "protester (s)" .... take a shot! Then answer a question! :)
mason a. davis - "I'm sorry, Discovery? They're a network of some kind? I'm not familiar with them." That was the best part. I say screw em'! Mike Rowe, you crack me up. If you're ever in Casper and our paths cross, I'd love to buy you an adult beverage.
harvey helms - I think Freddy should be there.
daryl lueck - #MikeRoweforpresident
michelle rector havens - No question,just gonna close my eyes and listen to your voice
meagan gonzalez - Dippi hippi is so lucky
erica rodriguez - MIKE MiKe MiKe MIKE mike MIkE MiKe MiKe MIKE MIKE MIKE MIKE MILE MIKE MIKE MIKE MIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
joann schamble - Is Taylor single ?? Lol
barbara herrmann-coulton - Mike, you are the best. You really do take time to acknowledge fans, personally answer questions and are so honest, sincere (sometimes appropriately sarcastic), witty and approachable. You're one of the good guys.
michael harlan - You would think CNN could stop talking about this BREAKING NEWS and let your show air they have another 23 hrs. to keep repeating them selves.
charlie kaiman - I taped your show, Mike, and had to sit through the same old BS that CNN forces on us. Sorry, Mike, you need to find a better outlet.
- Marching to the beat of your own little drummer boy...
Collectibles, Rare And Precious...http: (Type: video | Published: 2014-12-04T22:49:02+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Marching to the beat of your own little drummer boy... Collectibles, Rare And Precious...http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mike-Rowe-amp-Queen-Latifah-Autographed-Drum-Benefits-the-mikeroweWORKS-Foundation-/261685321952?Comments:
christi hurd - Guess Queen Latifah doesn't mind you selling her gift?
jennifer haley - I think I just vomited a little. 😜
louie alberigo - Hey Mike Rowe, don't you get tired of seeing yourself all over the walls?
shardaun clark - where can I get a cardboard stand up Mike Rowe?
linda garrison hardbarger - could there be more pictures/portraits of you in your abode?
carrie russell o'dell - Mike, serious question here. Your CRAP website says that you and Freddy will autograph a photo, and "Freddy cannot sign his name but he will
autograph the photo in his own way." Can you advise whether this way
involves feces? If so, I will pass on the bid.
april marie - I saw queen latifah sign it and give to you . And you were about to cry
andrea kroll harvey - And that is why Mike is IN FRONT of the camera, not behind. I think I just got sea sick. :)
dean hunt - Mike, I don't know if you read all your posts, frankly I would be surprised if you did do to the vast amount of correspondence you receive. Never the less, I want to thank you for what you do. You bring a positive message in what you do and an honesty that is lacking in this day and age. You might not consider yourself a modern day hero but, I can assure you sir, you are. If for no other reason, then for the for mentioned traits that you unselfishly unveil before your viewers. I truly believe, if there is anything that keeps you up at night, it is the desire to do better for those you honor. Again I want to thank you for what you do. Stay the course. Shalom and be blessed. Dean.
michele gillen thompson - you REALLY need to tell people to take Dramamine before viewing your vids, Mike. Wow!
funki b. ibryan - C.R.A.P fit for a Queen..lol!
gail bentzinger - Hold the camera still!
mike davis - You make me dizzy mike need to work on your camera skills lol
jann cattuzzo - Dinner and a show with you, now I would bid on that! ;)
kristi neal - When will there be stuffed Freddy dolls available?
kristine sumstad fields - politically edgy MERRY CHRISTMAS! Love it! :)
susan price - You can officially say you kissed a Queen. http://queenlatifah.com/lifestyle/heroes/mike-rowe-profoundly-disconnected-foundation/
kim christie saxe - I want the shirt that you're wearing right now.
pam pritchard - Be careful Mike...someone might not want to work and just bang on the drum all day!!
mark small - Mike, not that you are C.R.A.P. by any means, but when are you going to auction off "Get to hang out with Mike Rowe"? Seems to me, with your dedicated fan base, you might even get Warren Buffet to buy in. Thanks for everything you do for Vets as well.
john fick - How often do you get to sign the upper pallet of a severed bison head?
- The folks got a new sofa bed, and the improvements are notable.
The former mattress - a thin (Type: photo | Published: 2014-11-23T19:49:52+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: The folks got a new sofa bed, and the improvements are notable. The former mattress - a thin but lumpy pad of cotton and straw - has been replaced with an actual rectangle of manmade fiber that’s both soft and resilient. The inevitable “metal bar” - once capable of rearranging my shoulder blades over the course of a long and fitful night - is still there, but barely noticeable. And the 45 degree angle that defined my former sleeping surface is now flat, or close to it. My mother of course, still insists on making the bed, as my father assumes a supervisory position. Some things never change. This last trip home was a lot of fun. I did my part for the Visit Baltimore campaign, and along the way, shot a few stories for SGDI that highlight some local people who truly love their city. I hung out with Edgar Allen Poe, raised the flag at Fort McHenry, and participated in what I can only assume was a water ballet. Only in Baltimore. In the midst of all this, my parents celebrated 54 years of wedded bliss, and my father tried to ignore another one of his own birthdays. Happily, the fine folks at Sabatino’s helped me commemorate both, for which I’m grateful. How all this comes together on television remains to be seen, but the cameras rolled on everything, and I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of enthusiasm I saw for my hometown. Three weeks ago, a simple Facebook post about this campaign reached 2 million people, and lead to 7,000 specific suggestions for my show. That lead to an article in The City Paper, which precipitated a few thousand words of back and forth with David Simon, as well as several articles from David Zurawik at The Sunpaper. His latest is about the tension between perception, reality, and the role of media in shaping both. It’s an important conversation, and it’s worth a read. http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/tv/z-on-tv-blog/bs-ae-zontv-cityimage-20141121-story.html#page=1 David’s basic point is in the headline, which suggests that “PR can’t overcome the underlying validity of crime narratives like “The Wire.” I think he’s correct. Like any big city, Baltimore has problems and challenges. But if the town is defined by them, it’s over. There’s simply no way a city can evolve in a positive direction without attracting more visitors, more residents, and more businesses. Besides, the goal of ad campaigns like Visit Baltimore is not to “overcome” the truth - but to simply balance it. In the course of trying to do that, I reconnected with my old friend Allan Charles. Allan is one of Baltimore’s original Mad Men. Twenty-five years ago, he had the good taste to cast me in my first national commercial, and made sure I was upstaged by a giant sheepdog. (If I can find it, I’ll post it later. It’s a classic.) Spending time with Allan reminded me what I like best about this city - it’s work ethic. When you’re an ad-man laboring in the shadow of Madison Avenue, you try harder. Like Avis, you have to. Last night on a water taxi, with the wind whipping the arctic air across the harbor and freezing the tears on our faces, I said that people like him were the reason Baltimore has so much character. Allan said, “Nah, it’s the other way around. If you stick around Baltimore long enough, the character rubs off on you.” I have no idea if “Visit Baltimore” will persuade people to actually visit Baltimore. It’s a modest endeavor that trades mostly on the notoriety of a few native sons and daughters. But as Allan likes to say, “Advertising is what you pay for, PR is what you pray for.” Hopefully, a little unexpected press on CNN will help those charged with boosting Baltimore’s image. Like my parents sofa bed, the City will always have room for improvement. But even now, it’s a fine place to lay your head at the end of a long day, and proof-positive that Thomas Wolfe was incorrect. You can go home again. MikeComments:
ericka sams - Mike, with so many memes, shared memes, shared recipes, and repetitive words like "yep", "true dat", and "just sayin'" that boringly inundate FB, I wanted to take a second to let you know how much I appreciate your written word. It's a lost art, and there are too many people who find it easier to use a picture with a wise-ass remark to state their position, state of mind, or general thought of the day. Thank you for eloquently entertaining my eyes once again. (PS - that also includes the picture of you at the pool).
john wajdowicz - A grown, successful guy who still takes the time and has the inclination to stay at his folks house when he can is a hero to all the parents of adult children everywhere.
aaron o'clouser - The quality of the bed matches the amount of time they want you there.
steve gyorki - I always hear Mike's voice when I read his posts. Like when people read letters in movies and you hear the character who wrote it.
sarah meadows - Your mother does not look pleased to be in that picture, and your father is photobombing
jason fernandez - Mike, I visited friends in Baltimore a few years ago, and I gotta say, there's a lot to offer there. Sure, there's crime, just like any other big city, but I certainly didn't see any of that. I saw a city of industry, a city of art, of food, of sport, of music. A city that cherishes its history and its heroes. I saw a city that welcomes its long lost sons and daughters home, as well as those visitors who have never laid eyes on or set foot in the beautiful state of Maryland. I enjoyed my time there, and I certainly hope that, with your contribution, "Visit Baltimore" encourages more folks to travel to your hometown.
janet laytham - To Mr. & Mrs. Rowe:
Thank you for such an interesting, lovable, intelligent, respectful son.
He's also got the best subtle sense if humor. Who'd he get that from? :)
talia haykin - Mike - your mom is adorable. Enjoy your family!
geneva nelson kolb - My gosh, how awesome is Mike Rowe? Common sense with a sense of humor!
I'm writing him in for President in 2016... Who's with me?
mike rowe - Freddy is at home taking a nap at the moment.
jason ocskasy - Did anyone else read that with Mike's voice in your head?
bill case - If you can find a large cardboard box (or two), cut them to be flat and place them underneath the mattress. You'll be amazed how much this will reduce the feeling of the bars.
karen kundrak - Love the action shot with mom & dad (happy 54th anniversary you crazy kids!)🌹
tim bredow - I think it's awesome that he's Mike Rowe but when he goes home he still sleeps on a sofa bed that his mother made up. It speaks volumes about his character.
norma stanland kessler - You will never ever regret a night spent with your folks, even on a lumpy sofa bed. The time goes by too quickly, and I'd give anything to have my Dad worrying about if I need another blanket on his couch. <3
cindy storey - I like reading you Mike. I was thinking that you are as common sense and comfortable as Andy Rooney. ( that is a sincere compliment) Maybe you should fill the gap he left behind on 60 minutes with something of your own. I'd watch.
denise parker hunnings - As a mother, I can tell you the thinking of yours making the bed. "Someone's gotta do it... The right way"
janice sustacha - Lucky kid - to still have both parents. Treasure them.
pamela smith - Mike, Mike your are a rich big time star! and you sleep on Mom's pull out! that my man is what I LOVE about you! you are such a everyday guy! I love your fridays with Freddy. If I wasnt happily married You woudl be my second choice LOL!
bill taylor - As Poly 78 grad living in the Pacific Northwest since 89, love my Baltimore roots. Love what you're doing Mike. BTW, if look to the sky's and see chopper 11 just might be my brother Roy. He doesn't like publicity but in the 80's and in the spirit of your show, he saw the need for police aviation in Baltimore County. He bought a plane, leased it back to the county for a buck a year to get the unit started. Many other volunteers helped but see Somebody had to do it and he did...big shout to him and others who keep us safe...
donna newman - Congrats to your parents, Happy Birthday to your Dad, and always a pleasure reading what you write,..
- Mary Sullivan is older today than she’s ever been before. How old exactly? I’ll get to that (Type: photo | Published: 2014-11-26T02:25:41+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Mary Sullivan is older today than she’s ever been before. How old exactly? I’ll get to that in a second. First of all, allow me to make a proper introduction. Mary Sullivan is the President of mikeroweWORKS. She started as a straight-A biochemistry major who wound up with a law degree and a career in corporate finance. Somehow she wound up in Hollywood, and by the time I wound up on her doorstep she was the managing partner of an entertainment law firm in Santa Monica. She would probably still be there, had she not had the poor judgment to answer her own phone ten years ago. A brief tangent. Prior to Dirty Jobs, I negotiated all my own deals. Partly because I’m cheap, partly because I’m foolish, but mostly because I never had to worry about longterm success. Back then, my business model depended upon my ability to get cast in projects so poorly conceived that no amount of luck or talent could possibly transform them into something successful. By attaching myself to these turds, and doing the best work I could, I was able to build a solid reputation without getting blamed for the projects inevitable demise. More importantly, I didn’t get tied down to some tiresome hit that would interrupt my early and sporadic retirement. So I never worried about all the fine print in my contracts that gave networks the option to do whatever they wanted in the event of a success. Then, a massive miscalculation. Dirty Jobs. Discovery had ordered three, one-hour episodes of a show they didn't really want, and there was no reason to expect they would order more. It was a “one-off” mini-series with a tiny budget that highlighted hard work at a time when no one else was producing anything similar. It was also considered wildly “off-brand,” and was, for all intents and purposes, doomed. Imagine my surprise when a thousand letters arrived after the pilot premiered. Imagine my further surprise when Discovery ordered an entire season shortly after that. And imagine my apoplexy when they ordered another 39 episodes, right on the heels of that. Overnight, I went from six months off a year, to 300 days on the road. Honestly, I didn’t mind the work so much, because I knew the show was worth doing and potentially important. But it was a major adjustment, and financially, I was stuck in a terrible deal with no end in sight. I needed someone to help me fix it. Mary Sullivan came highly recommended, so I called her one day during my lunch break. The conversation went like this: Mary: Hello, this is Mary. Mike: Mary Sullivan? Mary: Yes? Mike: You answer your own phone? Mary: Sometimes. Mike: I was told you were a high-profile Hollywood attorney. I figured you might have a receptionist. Mary: She’s out to lunch. Who is this? Mike: My name’s Mike. I host a TV show on the Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs. Mary: Lovely. I don’t think I’ve heard it. Mike: You will. It’s gonna be a big hit. Mary: Well, congratulations in advance. What can I do for you? Mike: I need a lawyer. How much do you charge? Mary: Are you in a bathroom? Mike: Of course not. I would never call you from a bathroom. Mary: Where are you? Mike: I’m in a sewer. Mary: Technically, I believe that’s a bathroom. Mike: Perhaps. But trust me, you don’t want to take a bath in here. Mary: What are you doing in a sewer? Mike: Well, at the moment I’m eating a ham sandwich and talking to you. But for the rest of the day, I’m working as an apprentice for a guy who cleans grease traps and septic tanks. Mary: You’re eating lunch in a sewer? Mike: I can eat anywhere. Look, my contract’s a mess and I need some help. Can we meet? Mary: Who’s your agent? Mike: I don’t have one. Mary: Who’s your manager? Mike: I don’t have one. Mary: How did you get the job? Mike: It’s a long story. Why don’t I fly to LA and tell you all about in person? It took the better part of an hour, but Mary Sullivan eventually agreed to see me. I showed up a few weeks later, covered with dust from a nearby rock quarry. Mary was wearing something from Armani and looking a lot like Grace Kelley in a corner office. I was outclassed in every possible way, but she was very gracious and let me sit on her fancy sofa and tell her my tale of woe. Half way through, her assistant came in with a blue bag from Tiffany’s, dropped off by a famous and grateful movie star. Mary waved her away, and didn’t give the bag a second look. I was deeply, deeply impressed. Maybe it was pity, or maybe she was amused by the fact that we grew up ten minutes apart back in Baltimore, but four hours later, Mary agreed to take me on as a client, and over the next few years, I went about the business of sucking up all of her time. As Dirty Jobs exploded, offers came in from all over. Speaking gigs, acting gigs, endorsement deals, you name it. She begged me to get an agent. I demurred. She insisted. I declined. She demanded. I acquiesced. Mary arranged meetings at every major firm in Hollywood. I took the meetings just to keep the peace, but I never signed on, for the simple reason that I never met anyone with the work ethic or the gumption that Mary had. One time, we were in the conference room of the biggest agency in the world. It was filled with shiny people in shiny suits, and one of them fired up a power point and started to talk about “The Mike Rowe Brand.” It was a total “Entourage” moment. They had photoshopped an image of me with a plunger, and put me in the aisle of a Home Depot. I started to giggle and couldn’t stop. Damn near peed my pants. Eventually, Mary gave up, and started impersonating an agent. Then a manager. Then a publicist. Then a director. She eventually left her firm to help me start mikeroweWORKS, and to this day, she proves me right every day, by being absolutely fantastic at whatever she attempts. Point is, I wouldn’t be here without her, so I’d be very grateful if you’d all wish my dear friend and partner a very Happy Birthday. And if anyone can guess her age... ...I’ll sure as hell never admit it. Happy Birthday, Mary. PS. http://profoundlydisconnected.com/mti-mary-sullivan/Comments:
tim bishop - Wait, is that a 'Mikerowewave' I see in the background?
scott goda - Mike, You never cease to amaze me how you unwaveringly credit your success to the hard work of others. That is the sign of TRUE leadership, and a resounding breath of fresh air in this divisive, finger-pointing society in which we currently find ourselves mired. A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mary, and God's blessings on you and your staff for continued success!
billie jean harper miller - Happy Birthday Mary. My hats off to you for keeping this crazy guy in line for 10 years. You deserve a vacation! ;-)
patty franklin - I just knew that there was a great woman behind the man. It's the only way that truly creative people like you can function. I know, I is one, too. HB Mary!!
barb frohmader - What a lovely tribute to a beautiful woman! Happy Birthday Mary! Mike hit the jackpot when he found you!
rory may - Happy 23rd bday, Mary! ;)
chris helle - First off. That's brilliantly written. The photo is like the cherry on top. Well played
john shurr - I wish Mary a happy birthday. I won't guess her age, because I cant - I'll either insult or overly flatter and neither would be as meaningful as a Mike Rowe photo-bomb. :)
victoria koloff - Happy Birthday Mary! Not only are you a very lucky girl, he's a very lucky guy:)
rick zotzman - Never lose that story telling skill of yours.
joe plaxton - Dude, thanks for the best FB post and story of the year. Considering we are nearing the end of the year, I am going to officially announce this The Best FB post of 2014...at least in my small world. Many thanks from your fans for your continued posts. JP
erik moratzka - Mike,
I would never presume that someone so worldly and talented as yourself would need or want unsolicited advice from me, but I'm going to give it anyhow. Marry that girl. She's beautiful, clearly brilliant, and somehow has stuck with you all these years...beauty, brains and resiliency are quite a rare combo. Put a ring on that finger, sir.
michael howard - Normally, I save myself a lot of time and just automatically like anything that Mike Rowe posts but I am glad I made an exception in this case. I absolutely love competent, hard-working people and they should be celebrated whenever possible. Happy Birthday from a total stranger, Mary, and if what Mike says is true then the world is a better place with you in it. Cheers.
sara clark - And this is how Mike gets out of buying presents "i can bring you a thousand best wishes in 20 mins lol
joe westner - ...and you ruin it with a photo bomb? Well done Mike :P
brent johnsen - Happy Birthday Mary! Sounds like good fortune shown upon Mike they day you decided to step into the Dirty Job of Mike's contract, but then, I guess, Someone's got to do it.
kenneth barlwo - thank you for taking care of one of the few down to earth famous people on this earth. he is a rare gem. i say he is down to earth, i dont know him personally. but he gives us working class people hope that we are appricated and that what we do is seen.
jd bone - Mike Rowe for POTUS/Mary for VPOTUS
diane conger - As always, adorably written. And Mary is suitably adorable, and tough (I can only imagine. Happy Birthday Mary and great representation Mike Rowe. It's a win all around.
karen holton - happy birthday, mary! you are surely a jewel of a friend if you didn't hang up at "I'm having a ham sandwich in a sewer."
erin mckenzie - You, dear sir, missed your calling as a writer. I'm grateful that the world gets to see your impressive skills through these posts. She sounds like a huge blessing! Glad you recognize it!!
- Off The Wall
Apparently I was trending yesterday. I’m still not sure what this means, but it (Type: video | Published: 2014-11-26T20:24:06+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Off The Wall Apparently I was trending yesterday. I’m still not sure what this means, but it sounds like something I should be grateful for, so thanks. So weird, the way a couple of cocktails and a spontaneous response to a random guy can wind up on the front page of a dozen different websites. Lots of comments, including these from David DiSabatino. Hey Mike - “It seems like you want bipartisan support for mikeroweWORKS, but choose to thrash critics who happen to be liberal. Liberals want to support the foundation because of its mission!” Hi David. I appreciate that. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is completely non-partisan, and the last thing I want to do is discourage a liberal from writing a check! But honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever “thrashed” anyone for disagreeing with me politically, or holding a view that I don’t personally share. Sure, I’ll push back against dishonesty, bad manners, blatant mischaracterizations, and general stupidity, but I would never criticize a person based on their politics or religious beliefs. Had Jim Green called his book, “WHY IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO BE A HINDU AND VOTE DEMOCRATIC, I’d have responded in the exact same way. “Personally, I’m not going to stop supporting your foundation just because you have “libertarianish” views or sometimes "vote like a Republican." Nor will I stop supporting mikeroweWORKS just because Republicans and conservatives make you out to be their champion, because that's not totally within your control.” Thanks. But to be clear - it’s not that I don’t have “total” control over what happens after I hit post - I have ZERO control. I wrote a lighthearted piece entitled “Some Unsolicited Marketing Advice from Mike Rowe at 37,000 Feet.” I made no comment about the posters politics or his religion. To your point, others have. No less than a hundred blogs and a dozen websites have reprinted what I wrote. However, they also added an additional headline, deliberately designed to create a different reality. Here are just a few examples. Former 'Dirty Jobs' host Mike Rowe spars over religion, Republicans Fox News - Nov 24, 2014 Mike Rowe Fires Back At Liberal Who Claims Christians Can't Be Republicans The Inquisitr - Nov 24, 2014 Mike Rowe of 'Dirty Jobs' ridicules commenter who claims Christians can't vote ... Washington Times - Nov 24, 2014 'Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe Takes On Liberal Attack on Republicans Hollywood Reporter - Nov 24, 2014 Liberal Challenges Mike Rowe to Explain How a Christian (or Anyone) Could ...TheBlaze.com - Nov 23, 2014 Mike Rowe Totally Dismantles Assertion That Christians Cannot Vote Republican Western Journalism - 22 hours ago Like a boss! Mike Rowe takes on liberal's challenge to explain how a Christian ...BizPac Review - Nov 24, 2014 Mike Rowe Gave Genuine, Solid Marketing Advice To A Facebook Troll Uproxx. Consider the language. “Spars Over,” “Fires Back,” “Ridicules,” “Takes On,” “Totally Dismantles.” With the exception of Uproxx and The Blaze, every headline suggests a contentious back and forth that simply isn’t there. “But what is in your control is who you choose to mock, and appearances matter when I try to tell other liberals that your foundation is a good thing they should support.” I try not to mock. What I prefer to do, is highlight those people who say something so outrageous, so bigoted, or so self-righteous that no actual mocking is required. To your point, there is no shortage of either on both sides. But remember, people tend to find what they look for, and if your liberal friends look a little closer, I think they’ll see the situation is not as one-sided as you suggest. Not long ago after an appearance on Bill Maher, I received over a thousand negative comments from self-described Republicans and Christians who expressed their “profound disappointment” with my decision to talk with a guy they believe to be Satan’s Helper. I responded to many of those posters, and called them out on what I felt was rank hypocrisy and blind partisanship. http://mikerowe.com/2013/07/the-other-side/ In the last few months, I’ve received thousands of posts from conservatives who simply refuse (REFUSE!!!!) to watch Somebody’s Gotta Do It because it’s on “THE WRONG NETWORK!!” I’ve responded to many of those as well. http://mikerowe.com/2014/09/otw-hey-mike-why-cnn/ “Maybe - just a suggestion! - you could mock people who think anyone who doesn't go to college is stupid? Plenty of those people around.” Indeed. I challenge the people you describe every single day. I wrote a book about it.http://profoundlydisconnected.com/foundation/book/ I hosted a TV show about it. I have an entire website dedicated to it. http://profoundlydisconnected.com/foundation/ I’ve testified before both houses of Congress on this very issue. http://profoundlydisconnected.com/mike-rowe-speaks-to-commerce-science-and-transportation-committee/ I’m “on the record” in every conceivable way. I raise money by selling posters that say Work Smart AND Hard, along with a S.W.E.A.T. Pledge that clearly challenges the absurd belief that a four-year education is the best path for the most people. http://profoundlydisconnected.com/foundation/poster/ Honestly David, I’m not sure how I could further engage the people you describe. If someone proclaims that a four-year degree is the best path for the most people, I’ll publicly challenge them to defend their position. And if I can, I’ll hoist them on their own petard. Thanks for your support, sincerely. Mike PS. Regarding bi-partisan support, mikeroweWORKS is currently accepting money from Republicans, Democrats, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Rotarians, Freemasons, liberals, conservatives, convicts, ex-convicts, Presbyterians, Catholics, Libertarians, Pieces, FOX viewers, CNN viewers, capitalists, communists, socialists, anarchists, hippies, Black Panthers, and Italians. A check is always welcome, but in the spirit of the season, I recommend a modest transaction that affords you something beyond the warm glow of giving. Currently, you can buy hats and shirts and other stuff that benefits the foundation. http://profoundlydisconnected.com/shop/ We also just got some new “Stand Up Mikes,” which you can see in the attached video, along with an unintended tour of my new office, still woefully undecorated. PPS Look for a very special C.R.A.P. on Black Friday. (Collectibles, Rare And Precious.) To date, this will be my largest CRAP on record. PPPS. Regarding SGDI - Some of you have asked about a marathon scheduled for tomorrow or tonight. I saw the promo too, but frankly, I wouldn’t count on it, what with all the riot and civil unrest. A new episode is slated for next Wednesday at nine, pending the end of the world. Hope to see you then.Comments:
crystal butcher - I love you too, but a life size mike in my house might be crossing some kind of line I'm not ready for in life yet..
don west - Screw em'... All I can say is that you actually inspired me to change careers. I was a welder for 15yrs., now I teach it to inmates in the California corrections system.. Trying to help fill the skills gap and save souls at the same time. Thanks, Mike.. Best decision I've made in a while. You're partly to thank for it. So let them complain, you won't hear any complaints here.
josefina herreros - I would like a stand-up Freddy if you please
deana jannette owens - Just waking up to start my day and hearing Mike Rowe discuss morally flexible women sweating in a religious setting made me giggle. LOVE IT.
janean jorgensen - This dictionary-definition liberal read the initial response and loved it. When it was finally 'trending' I saw those bizarre headlines and thought, THEY MISSED THE POINT. I'd actually enjoy hearing what traits about certain Republican candidates and/or issues attract you. I have a hard time understanding the Republican vote, but can't get a clear answer beyond "guns" or "abortion." I think you could give a much more engaging answer while pissing off those on all sides of the aisle :)
chad king - What about auctioning off customized voicemail greeting from you?
ed harowicz - WAIT! You accept money from Pisces?!?!
sheryl holzwart - What is it about that voice? Very sexy :)
ian craik - I notice you left out Martians. Is our money not good enough for you?
steven vahidi - Mike is simply pro-work and anti-moron.
daryl williams - Mike, kudos to being such a intelligent businessman. I wish more in the entertainment/sports world would follow your lead.
It amazes when Ben Affleck says, "When I watch a guy I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn't like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That (bleep) fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion." Does he not realize he just ticked off half of the country? If Republicans boycotted the movie/TV industry my guess is Mr. Affleck's take home pay would be considerably less. I don't mind that stars share their views, but those that do so in such an inflammatory way amaze me.
Anyway it's nice to know that there are folks in the industry who have respect for those of all walks of life...and don't mind taking money from anyone.
linda octeau hawkins - Whatever happened to the laying down ones? I heard those were coming out soon!
steve clark - Just saw you on How Booze Built America sitting in the Mount Royal tavern, strange to think I could very well have been in there around the time you were hanging around dressed as a viking.
michael hong - You must be doing something right to get conservatives AND liberals angry at you. LOL
cliff harper - Happy Thanksgiving Mike Rowe!
What are you cooking?
erin koch - I'm lost ( which can be normal ;-)) but where does the money go?
jeff heriford - I wish I would have listened to your advice earlier. I spent 4 years to get a business administration degree and no one would hire me because I was a combat vet and "not suited for business." I fell back on my Air Force training and now I fix jails. It is not a glamorous job but like you say someone has to do it. You are now my hero representing hard working individuals with the grace and tact better than any english major I have ever heard. I thank you for what you do and how you do it.
kathy beaman - Mike - I support you for trying to be non-partisan, partly because I try to be as non-partisan as well. There seems to be an overwhelming pressure to pick a side and immediately hate anything the other side does. Please keep being you. I love reading your witty posts and very much look forward to Friday's with Freddy.
bob moretti - I am a Liberal AND an Atheist, and you have not offended me even one time. Not ONE time. Keep up the great work, and don't let the bashers (from both sides) get on your nerves!
susan pharoan - I bet you would have never been able to say that last comment on the night shift of your days on QVC. Mike has come a long way baby. <3
holly williams hollins - I'm a Christian. And a Republican. And I don't care who you vote for. I actually posted on my page yesterday about you. I said: Mike should be hired by the next President. So jobs could come back. And train people for those jobs. God bless you Mike. You are making a difference. Keep up the good job. :-)
- Thanksgiving is wondrous and surprising time. New friends fill my page with well-wishes and sal (Type: photo | Published: 2014-11-27T23:17:49+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Thanksgiving is wondrous and surprising time. New friends fill my page with well-wishes and salutations, as old ones appear from the great metaphorical cornfield to eat my food, drink my wine, and stay for God only knows how long. I’m grateful to you all, and curious to see who will do the dishes. Happy Thanksgiving MikeComments:
tony whalen - I'd offer to help with your dishes Mike Rowe, but it sounds like a....
kyle stewart - Mike Rowe, you are a legend among men. Please run for president! :D
joe loparo - Mike, thank you for some great shows and more important, showing people common sense still exists. Would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us. We have so much to be thankful for in this world. I say that as I sit here at John Muir Medical Center Concord, with my son of 27 yrs who was just diagnosed with cancer and has some secondary conditions that have caused him to be in ICU for the 2nd week. I still thank The Lord for all we have, and want not for more. My son asked me once my thoughts on how you get a job, I told him the you treat looking for a job as your job. You get up as if you were going to work and start at 8, take lunch and right back to work looking. You put your 8 hours in looking for work and soon you have a job. To many want things given to them. I am thankful I was born an American as it is the best start anyone could have to a good life.
sara weaver - Doing dishes is a Dirty Job, But Someones Got to Do It!! :)
denise walker - Hi Mike, I cooked and did the dishes while everyone is watching football. I have no problem with that. I'm a southern girl residing in Dallas. That's how I roll. Also, just FYI, purchased the 6 foot stand up Mike which I will be transforming into a floor lamp. Pics coming to you soon. Can't wait for the larger than life package to arrive via UPS. LOL. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
sarah steffes murphy - Please explain this picture :)
brad bentson - Come on Mike, that's such a straight set up line. We all know, SOMEBODY'S gotta do it!
leeanna williams - I did the dishes. And the cooking. And the cleaning. Haha I'm a bit of a control freak. Happy Thanksgiving!
greg grote - Uhm ... Mike? Don't turn around, just slowly walk forward, and keep walking...
elizabeth peterson - Thanks for being you Mike. 'You' is pretty spectacular.
rick bitzelberger - There aren't many people who could get me to undress in a cornfield... In fact, there is only one.... If you folks think this photo is interesting, you should see the video! Good times on a farm with Mike Rowe. And yes, I was profoundly disconnected.
teresa ann isaacs - Happy thanksgiving, Mike!!
Here's something funny for ya!
jesse randall - Sorry Mike we really don't care! We are looking forward to Freddie's post tomorrow to find out how he enjoyed his first Thanksgiving!
stephen smith - Looks like a Stephen King Movie- Retirees of the Corn...
lori houle banks - My daughter and I did them as we went, and after we ate (on the GOOD paper plates) my daughter's boyfriend did the rest of the cleanup. He even put the leftovers away! I say he's a keeper.
jennifer isaacson - please tell me that man in the cornfield is dressed
jim smith - Today, we give thanks for Mike Rowe.
sandy hoffstead - Mike, you have a dog. THAT'S who does the dishes.
marcus brocker - One day I'd like to sit down with you, share a cold one, and talk about life. Bucket list moment. :-)
robin ball - You should do something with Dr. Pol
bridget ryan-samonte - Happy Thanks Giving everyone!! I just cooked and ate my 1st Thanks Giving dinner that I cooked myself and I got praised!!
- Holy C.R.A.P. - It’s Black Friday!
The time has come to once again bolster the dwindling cof (Type: video | Published: 2014-11-28T17:23:47+0000)
The Real Mike Rowe: Holy C.R.A.P. - It’s Black Friday! The time has come to once again bolster the dwindling coffers at The mikeroweWORKS Foundation by selling my personal crap to the highest bidder. This particular piece of CRAP, (Collectibles Rare And Precious,) has hung proudly on my wall for the last year. Now, it needs a new home, and I can think of no finer destination than your humble abode. Behold the attached video, and tell me you don’t agree. The money goes for work ethic scholarships, so bid high and recklessly. http://www.ebay.com/itm/CRAP-is-BACK-Mike-Rowe-Dirty-Jobs-Skulls-Unlimited-SIGNED-Bison-Skull-PLUS-/251734652393? Thanks - Mike PS This Amazon Smile thing has been a huge help to the Foundation. If you plan on shopping on Amazon from the comfort of your couch like a civilized person, please, for the love of God, signup for the Smile program first. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-4324338. Then, go here www.amazon.com/giftguide. and enjoy the smug sense of superiority I attain by conspicuously avoiding that pit of despair we know as The Mall.Comments:
jill hart parker - This is totally off the subject, Mike, but if asked would you do Dancing With the Stars? I think you would be fabulous! Just wondering :)
milo zonka - Mike, it takes a true, professional QVC veteran to make all 4 minutes, 30 seconds of a bison skull sales pitch interesting.
melissa deguara - You should also sell signed photographs of you this would be a great way for us to support your efforts too. Love ya mike thanks for all you do!
nancy johnson elder - Mike.... Can we bid on you? Maybe... Just Mike Rowe for a day! But it would not be considered " crap?" 😊
sal langer - Giving head for Christmas..........priceless, Mike Rowe!!!
deborah maxwell barrett - You, my dear Mike, left the herd a long time ago...and that is precisely why I and so many others absolutely adore you.
mona sayers - -If y'all think that the mall is bad, I can tell you that the seething maelstrom known as WalMart is really a dark place :D
pete snyder - Love to meet Mike in person let's all vote for Mike for president he would be great !
bridget mclaughlin-cole - So Mike, no offense to the Bison, but I see a ton of female stalkers on here that want you're attention. I say you should do a highest bidder date with Mike. Thinking you may make millions. I'm sure there are rich women also that would pay for a date with a down to earth normal man. You're welcome :)
jason speaks - Good C.R.A.P.. Hope you have more.. i just love the S.H.I.T (Stuff Held Intimately and Tenderly) you have
penny tyler reynolds - Mike, would you PLEASE consider auctioning off "a day/afternoon with Mike Rowe?" There are many of us who would love an opportunity to work side-by-side with you.
helen garland - While I don't have enough cash to bid I do have mikeroweworks as my charity on amazon smile. A portion of every purchase is donated. I shop....I give...I don't have to leave the couch. Easy peasey.
cindy goddard - Black Friday is "stay home and put up tree" day. Don't need to surround myself with craziness. That would be equivalent to going to work! :P
amy mcelwain hadley - OR-a Freddy Book!
People love mindless rantings of a humans perspective of their lil buddies mindsets. When the world is as ours is, a good "dog" book, written by a pretty damn well spoken owner, is, just what the likes of this cynical world needs.
gigi roberts stimman - Why do you have to be so appealing to me in all you do? It really unnerves me to no end. We will never meet, and you will never know who I am. So I need to move onto some other prospect. But you are so........yummy, even doing this. OMG
roberta facinelli - Didn't know you were part of Amazon Smile Mike! Just changed my charity to your Foundation. What you are doing is a real service to our students! I wish more people would realize that there is great honor in skilled jobs and that college is not the answer for everyone!
john johnson - Mike always loved the show still watch it on netflix. I know you probably wont resd this but here gose. About two months ago i decided i wanted to learn blacksmithing, buy the way im in my 40's with three sons 20,18 and17 and a daughter thats 2 but thats another story. They thought i was nuts so i YouTubed the subject and started the hunt for tools. Found a 100 year old forge and an anvil no easy task. Long story short im going to have to find more equipment for my boys and my daughter are always using my tools. They have found a love for the red glow of steal and the ringing of the anvil.
amy mcelwain hadley - Ya know, you should start capitalizing on Freddy more. We like him loads, and, well, he's a pretty sexy man-friend, PLUS an avenger of death by truck!
Sell Freddy t shirts. I'd gladly wear Freddy's face on my chest. Now THERES a male that is deserving of my fun bags.
bobby kinsel - What'd the mother buffalo say to her son when he went off to college?... Bison
misty merkel baker - I watched a rerun of dirty jobs this morning when you were impregnating turkey's. I laughed SO hard. OMG, i cant believe those guys do that for a living! Mike, you are a true American hero.
stephanie smith - That skull is amazing! I wish I could partake in the bidding.