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  • A Sign of the Times May 22, 2014 David Hebermehl writes, “Hey Mike – Myself and a bunch of other golf course superintendents in and around Louisville Kentucky are having a really hard time finding employees, especially if we have to use e-verify. I’ve tried all sorts of things. Nobody wants to work or work hard. Any ideas?” Hi David – The short – and somewhat self-absorbed answer is – yes. ... read more...
  • George Sutherland May 21, 2014 Fans of Dirty Jobs will remember George Sutherland. I met George back in ’08 on The Star of India. read more...
  • Freddie’s Dirty Job May 21, 2014 Today’s question comes form Diane Porterfield. Like a million others, she’s curious about young Freddie. read more...
  • Bay to Breakers May 19, 2014 Yesterday was San Francisco’s annual 12K footrace through town – the ever-popular, “Bay to Breakers.” read more...
  • Great Haircut that No One will see May 19, 2014 That’s Christine, hiding behind my head with a razor, removing a few rogue hairs from the back of my neck. read more...
  • Old Friend, New Baby May 16, 2014 Some of you might recall my old pal Meyer read more...
  • Happy Birthday Dani…Again May 15, 2014 Check out a couple of Facebook friends who snuck backstage at The Science Festival. Some of you might recall Evan – a thoughtful guy who requested an original birthday song for his girlfriend, Dani. Thanks to a few beers and a generous donation to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, I complied. That was a year ago. So, unless the custom has changed, ... read more...
  • Who Needs Air Conditioning? May 15, 2014 Couple years ago I was standing on The Arctic Ocean, several miles off the shore of Greenland, slowly freezing to death. read more...
  • I Don’t Golf May 14, 2014 I don’t golf. Nothing against it, I just never got into it. read more...
  • America Gets a “D” in Infrastructure May 13, 2014 Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers issues an “Infrastructure Report Card.” This year we got a “D.” Again. It’s been this way since 1998. (Technically, this year was a “D+” but I never saw the value in assigning pluses or minuses. When I grew up, D’s had consequences that came in the form of extra chores. And ... read more...
  • Puppy Poop Bingo…and the Winner is May 12, 2014 As previously promised, the winner of Puppy Poop Bingo is entitled to a fabulous prize. Specifically, an 8×10 glossy of young Freddie, tastefully arranged into a modest collage, and printed out moments ago at the local Walgreens. As the attached photos attest, Freddie’s signature was not easy to obtain. However – though mangled and coated with slobber – I believe these ... read more...
  • Fast Facts Flashback: Mother’s Day May 12, 2014 Some of you have suggested that viewing this deeply humiliating piece of my distant past read more...
  • Mom still tries to clean me up May 11, 2014 And occasionally, shut me up. Here, she attempts to do both, knowing full-well she’ll succeed at neither. read more...
  • BuzzFeed on Puppy Poop Bingo May 10, 2014 BuzzFeed just published this story about the innovative way Mike named his new puppy: “Puppy Poop Bingo” read more...
  • Sidewalk Wisdom May 8, 2014 More profundity from the Sidewalks of San Francisco. read more...