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  • A Sign of the Times April 27, 2015 SGDI Sign HangingThose of you who caught SGDI two weeks ago will recall Craig and Rory May – the father and son blacksmiths who forge hot iron into amazing works of art up in the Colorado Rockies. I spent a day at The Dragon Forge last Fall, where I was reintroduced to the joys of blisters and second degree burns, as well ... read more...
  • Mrs. Frazier’s Exploding Toilet April 26, 2015 Mike and Mrs Frazier's basementOnce upon a time, (2005, as I recall,) a nice lady named Mrs. Frazier awoke to an unaccustomed sound emanating from the lower level of her modest home in Staten Island. It began as a “gurgling,” evolved into a “babbling,” and quickly grew into a series of growls and barks, interspersed with the sounds a giant might make if he ... read more...
  • Fridays With Freddy: Women April 24, 2015 SF Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt Photo with Mike and FreddyWomen. Every time I think I understand them, something inexplicable occurs. Last week for instance, I was taking my biped on his usual stroll through the finer parts of Cow Hollow, watching with my usual bemusement as he went about the business of meeting and greeting the hoi polloi, when out of nowhere a pack of females descended upon me ... read more...
  • ADWEEK: My First Big Break April 23, 2015 Adweek - Mike RoweHow Mike Went From the Opera to Somebody’s Gotta Do It. The CNN host never wanted a 9 to 5 gig By Chris Ariens Mike Rowe got his first big break in TV because of a bar bet and a pencil. Rowe, the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, who now presides over CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do it, told Adweek the ... read more...
  • 50 Shades of Doug April 23, 2015 50 Shades of Doug - 1About that last video…(see below) Some of you know my old friend Doug Glover. Doug is a gifted and mostly fearless cinematographer who has excelled in his chosen field. But Doug also suffers from chronic disappointment, brought about by years of concessions and professional compromise. On Dirty Jobs, Doug was beset by a host of environmental challenges, including but not limited to ... read more...
  • CNN: The art of lucha libre April 22, 2015 03MexicanWrestlingMeetsBurlesqueRyan Bergeron, CNN Clothes may make the man, but a mask transforms him into something more. “With just this mask, the life is changed,” Manuel Quiroz says. “Because when you put the mask on, you feel bigger.” Quiroz has become the go-to mask and costume maker for a new generation of fighters in the world of Mexican freestyle wrestling, known as lucha libre. ... read more...
  • Hospitality April 22, 2015 Hospitality - Mike A quick word if I may, in defense of hospitality, customer service, and hope for the species. Last night, after a four-hour drive from Quitaque to Abilene, the crew and I were equal parts ravenous and exhausted. By the time we checked in to another Holiday Inn, the only place in town still open was The Taylor County Taphouse. According to ... read more...
  • Prairie Dogs Crossing April 22, 2015 Prairie Dogs CrossingGreetings from Quitaque, where the signs are honest, and the local wildlife is in need of a bath. Mike’s Facebook Page read more...
  • Fridays With Freddy: Let Them Eat Cake! April 17, 2015 fwf mike rowe - freddy - cake“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” Little help, si vous plait? On our morning stroll, the biped stopped to consider this sign, which he described as “ironic.” Is it? I found it merely sarcastic, or perhaps sardonic, with a touch of snark. But maybe I’m wrong? The sign is an advertisement for Kara’s cupcake shop. Kara makes delicious gourmet treats that I’m not allowed to ... read more...
  • Big Gulp Justice April 16, 2015 Mike Blog - SGDI River Clean Up - Big GulpA couple of weeks ago, I was stuck in traffic on Lombard Street, desperate to get across the Golden Gate Bridge for a meeting I was doomed to miss. As I quietly cursed the faceless bureaucrat who approved road work during rush hour, the guy in front of me threw an empty Big Gulp out the passenger window. I watched ... read more...
  • Contractor Magazine: Mike Rowe Joins Home Services Companies to Promote Skilled Trades April 16, 2015 MikeGroupPhotoPartnership with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mister Sparky will focus on filling the skills gap. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mister Sparky will  donate $100,000 in scholarships to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. Rowe will also work with the three companies to highlight the benefits of careers in the plumbing, electrical and HVAC ... read more...
  • Entrepreneur: Facebook Obsession, Working Hard & Singing Opera April 15, 2015 Entrepreneur - Mike RoweMike Rowe has a lot of love for entrepreneurs. Best known as host of Dirty Jobs, Rowe works hard and advocates for others who have the courage to blaze their own path. In this short video, Rowe answers our rapid-fire questions. He talks about what inspires him (hard work, duh), honesty and about sometimes having to “eat the shit sandwich” at ... read more...
  • Farewell to Some Old Friends April 14, 2015 mike rowe - messie bessie - wertz candyTime to bid a sad but fond farewell to some old friends. Cash Wiley died on Easter Sunday. Fans of Dirty Jobs will remember Cash as a Salt-of-the Earth guy in Texas who showed me the ins and outs of sedating big animals, and the deceptively complicated business of safely relocating them. He loved all creatures great and small, and ... read more...
  • Fridays With Freddy: Considerate Waypoints April 11, 2015 fwf-freddy-considerate-waypointsWhat the hell is going on in Pacific Heights? Every day this week, someone has left a random mattress lying around on the sidewalk. It’s like the week after New Years, except the discarded trees have been replaced with discarded mattresses. What does it all mean? At first, I thought the City had organized some sort of Mattress Collection Initiative. This ... read more...
  • Entrepreneur: Don’t Pursue Your Passion. Chase Opportunity. April 10, 2015 Entrepreneur - Mike RoweSuccess in business depends on opportunity, not a person’s passion. Whether you agree or disagree, that’s what Dirty Jobs star Mike Rowe believes. Before you fly off the handle, calling bullshit, let’s allow him to explain. What Rowe means is that when you put your passion first, ahead of opportunity, you often times create obstacles to achieving real success. “When you follow ... read more...