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  • Back to School – Lessons from Mike, “If You Ever Find Yourself in a Sewer” September 29, 2011 Sewer-photo-for-blogMike instructs young Wyatt on the safest way way to maneuver in a sewer. Feel free to take notes in case there is a pop quiz or in case you find yourself in a sewer too. My son and daughter love Dirty Jobs and I watch it too. My son Wyatt’s favorite episodes are the ones in the sewer. He would ... read more...
  • What the Chuck? September 14, 2011 chuckWhen you’re a freelance actor struggling to find work in an industry where unemployment hovers around 95%, you have two recurring dreams: • Finding steady work on a hit TV show. • Finding a friend with steady work on a hit TV show. Personal relationships in show business are very important, and the easiest way for an actor to find a job is ... read more...
  • Mike Rowe Remembers Fred King (Podcast #5) September 3, 2011 As most of you here know, mrW was launched three years ago on Labor Day. I’m told by one of my loyal staff members that Labor Day at mrW is a bit like Christmas. With no presents and no decorations on hand, I’m not so sure the comparison holds up, but who am I to argue? So, in the spirit ... read more...
  • Mike Remembers the Day Dirty Jobs Really did Bite! August 3, 2011 Shark-Week-BlogMike recalls his 2006 Shark Week adventure  for the Discovery Channel. One day down the road, when I’ve had an opportunity to fully digest the events, I’ll look back on April of 2006, and shake my head in wonder and gratitude. I arrived home to San Francisco, by way of Baltimore, by way of Nassau, by way of Bimini, by way of ... read more...
  • Relatively Speaking about the Voiceover Community July 22, 2011 Mikes-VO-BlogFrom Mike’s forum on Discovery: Q: Mike, I know the number of people doing voice overs are fairly small, relatively speaking (no pun intended). Do you ever meet with other voice over actors – the ones who narrate the other DC shows? I know your schedules tight, but is there a trade group – like SAG for film actors, conventions? – ... read more...
  • The Concept of Celebrity July 7, 2011 Mike-a-beerPart of the ‘Mike Rowe’ appeal is that you come across as an “Average Joe” yet a “Renaissance Man” – well read, polite, caring about those you work with, self-deprecating, great sense of humor, an appreciation for good music, fine wine & opera yet you are seen sitting around barefoot, drinking beer with a baseball cap on & have an ... read more...
  • Mike Rowe Explains Why It’s Time to Rethink the Way We Look at the Forestry Industry June 29, 2011 admin-ajax-3.phpMike explains why it’s time to change the way we look at the forestry Industry in this article from Media Planet, an independent section to the Vancouver Sun. DOWNLOAD PDF read more...
  • Emmy Night According to Mike… June 28, 2011 Mike-on-throneFrom Mike’s forum on Discovery: Q: We caught the news that you didn’t pick up an Emmy for Dirty Jobs this go around. We were all rooting for you. I understand that Dirty Jobs should be recognized by those that measure such things as a ground breaking renovation in television media. Not only the show, but the entire package should be ... read more...
  • Somebody’s Gotta Do It -The Story June 13, 2011 131008104433-pregracke-tires-horizontal-gallery (1)Let me tell you about a guy named Chad, who woke up one morning and decided to clean up The Mississippi River. Why? Because somebody had to do it. read more...
  • Seems I’ve Gotten the Boot May 27, 2011 shoePRESS RELEASE   Here’s a link to a captivating video that confirms the information in the aforementioned press release. I have indeed partnered with my friends at CAT© Footwear on a line of boots and shoes made primarily from the hides of buffaloes.   As you can plainly see, buffaloes are tough and rugged creatures.  They are more than happy to roll around in the ... read more...
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barsky’s! May 4, 2011 back-of-truckMany of you know Barsky. He’s my good friend, my trusted ally, and the only director I know willing to work with me on a weekly basis. What many of you may not know is that Barsky often needs to be restrained. His temper of late has become unpredictable, and his ability to play well with others is virtually non-existent. ... read more...
  • Farmers vs. Teachers? March 2, 2011 From the MRW Water Cooler: I don’t need a fight with the teacher’s union any more than I need one with PETA, or OSHA, or the EPA. And as the son of two teachers, I don’t need any trouble with my parents either. (Believe me, nobody want that.) But this business in Wisconsin is fascinating, and this article goes right to the ... read more...
  • Oops, I did it again… February 11, 2011 oops_copyI’d like to take a minute and tell you about Kimberly-Clark, a modest little operation in Wisconsin that’s been cleaning up our bodily fluids for the last hundred years, and mrW’s latest supporter. Kimberly-Clark makes everything from Kleenex to Kotex. (Alphabetically of course, there isn’t much between Kleenex and Kotex, but you get the idea.) They manufacture safety equipment, medical supplies, ... read more...
  • The Crumbling Infrastructure Bandwagon January 27, 2011 The-Crumbling-Infrastructur-1From Mike’s forum on Discovery: Q: Mike – I’m not on the Crumbling Infrastructure Bandwagon. It’s very much a case of a buzzword becoming truth, and like the now discredited Global Warming farce, naysayers are branded as ignorant clods. They are pitied as being blind to Undeniable Truths. Speaking from the perspective of the uneducated prol, here’s how I see it: ... read more...
  • Education Affords the Choices ~ Honorable Jobs ARE the Good Jobs January 20, 2011 Education-Affords-The-ChoicFrom the MRW Water Cooler: Q: Mike, I’m a public school teacher in Texas, one of the lowest ranking states in education. I’m doing what I can one 8th grader at a time. Would it be offensive to the people who go out and work these dirty jobs every day (yes I know I need them to keep my cozy little world ... read more...