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  • mikeroweWORKS February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: I’m not sure I fully understand what you are doing but I am hoping that you will shine the light on it soon. -Mandy Hi Mandy, that makes two of us. Let me tell you what I know for sure. Dirty Jobs has survived far beyond it’s anticipated shelf life. It’s still on today because the viewers of ... read more...
  • Mike, what has to happen? February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: So…the success of mikeroweWORKS, to you, will be dependent on getting your views out there in the public eye?” -Tia Hi Tia As I’ve said before, I try and set modest goals. For now, I can say with certainty that a message that no one hears is nothing more than a monologue. So yes, I’ll feel successful if ... read more...
  • Mike…You do not lead a normal life… February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Mike’s not going to read through 8 pages of thread. -Lisa Ya just never know, do you? Amazing thread, great topic. The truth is, Lisa’s questions are best answered in a book, or perhaps, another venue, both of which I plan to undertake, in the unlikely event I find myself with several consecustive weeks off. Till then, a ... read more...
  • Blue Collar Discovery Exes? February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Everyone seems to be knockin’ the white collar guy! -Nat Hi Nat, That strikes me as a rather amazing observation. Please provide us with a few examples of how white collar jobs are being disparaged. I’m having trouble finding any. “Don’t we need each other to reach our full potential?” Of course. I’ve always maintained that blue and white collar ... read more...
  • Random Wanderings February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Slipping down a path is much easier than clamoring up it. And as humans we will put up with a great deal of nagging that all is not well before we will actually act. But the moment comes when a path must be chosen instead of randomly wandered down any further. -Kathy Hi Kathy, “Random wandering” is a ... read more...
  • How Do You Beat The Blues? February 6, 2009 From the mrW Water Cooler Q: How do you beat the blues? – Ann In my opinion, you don’t “beat the blues,” you listen to them. I assume you’re not talking about depression. That’s controversial to say the least, and I have no advice on how to handle a feeling that some consider to be a disease. I do however, believe it’s naive to ... read more...
  • Dirty Jobs Environmentally Friendly February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Do you consider “Dirty Jobs” an environmentally friendly show? If so, why? I’m ambivalent. On the one hand, I can think of no other program that positively impacts our environment more than Dirty Jobs. On the other hand, that impact is entirely coincidental. Dirty Jobs celebrates hard work, sweat, pain, capitalism, and humor. I have no ... read more...
  • Mike–A Letter to Obama/McCain? February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Crumbling infrastructure? Decreased enrollment in trade schools? How about letting the rest of us read it? -Moose Hi Moose, If I send it, you’ll see it, as will everyone else, since it will be an “open letter.” I haven’t decided yet if I want to go there, but if I do, it will be part of a dual effort ... read more...
  • Giving Dirty Jobs a Bad Name February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Mike, this goes way beyond the infrastructure crumbling because we cannot attract workers in the trades. When did this become acceptable? Society went from Catholic guilt to Protestant work ethic, to half done is good enough. Is this a natural progression? -Kathy Hi Kathy. Like the trades and the crumbling infrastructure, the issues you describe are not really ... read more...
  • Does anyone just watch DJ’s because it’s funny anymore? February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Lately Mike and others have been alluding to the fact that DJ’s is much bigger than just a TV show, and that it will now (or possibly has always) been/be a vehicle for a much larger agendas/goals/themes/whatever. – Arica Hi Arica, The notion of working for a living is, and has always has been, in my ... read more...
  • Opinions on MRW February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Mike, Congratulations on mikeroweWORKS. I do wish you the best. Now please no hate mail. Mike asked for opinions and this is mine, right, wrong whatever it’s mine, it not going to bother him so please don’t let it bother you. Mike not that it matters but I don’t agree with you on this subject . ... read more...
  • My General Analysis of Mike’s Mission February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: You are absolutely right about the problem of work in the country, but looking at it straight, it is coming from a well-off prime-time stud who has the voice and charisma for T.V. – Jester Hi Jester, If I had a tee shirt company, I just might roll out a series of “Well Off, Prime Time Stud” ... read more...
  • Work Is Not The Enemy…Refrigerator Words to Live by February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: I particularly liked the last comment in an article: “If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” Isn’t that the gist of Mike’s message here? “Try something!” We (meaning the country) are very good at rhetoric, but when it comes to actually DOING something, that is where we fail every time. Liz ... read more...
  • National Big Money February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Mike, I am sitting here thinking as I watch a NFL game and those players make six figures or more in salary. And there is stars, like yourself who make six figures or more for whatever you do. Then you have guys like plumbers and all who are lucky if they make 40 thousand a year, ... read more...
  • Education I’m curious Mike… February 6, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: What are your feelings on education? Did you start school with an idea of what you wanted to be or a degree you wanted to pursue? It seems you are a well-rounded individual and I’m just curious if there was anything you had ever considered pursuing as a career. You are obviously a gifted writer ... read more...