Warm Planet…Cold Heart? February 6, 2009From Mike’s Mud Room on Discovery.com
Q: But in the grand scheme of things to feel grouchy about, it just seems so very small.
Small? What if – and I know this sounds nutty – but what if our warming planet has nothing at all to do with fossil fuel and carbon output, or any other man made thing? What if ...read more...
Maximists or Minimalists? February 6, 2009From Mike’s Mud Room on Discovery.com
Q: a) If you are a minimalist and don’t want things, what do you perceive as the purpose of having money? Is it to have something to benefit others and to be able to give when needed? Or just to be able to retire at an age when you are still young enough to enjoy ...read more...
Mike is not following his passion but taking it with Him! February 6, 2009From Mike’s Mud Room on Discovery.com
Q: Dear Mike Rowe,
I have visited your modest website, mikeroweWORKS. You have a pretty good idea but although your intentions are good ones sir, you are preaching to the choir.
I don’t mean to be. If my intent were to reach choir members, I’d have simply used The Mudroom to sound off. Setting up a new ...read more...
Immigration Regarding Immigration, both Legal & Illegal February 6, 2009From the MRW Water Cooler
Q:Well, I’ve already posted on unions, which could potentially be a contentious topic. So, I may as well go ahead and step right in it, since I already have my boots on. Another topic that’s been on my mind as I read the posts in this forum is: IMMIGRATION. Actually, I’ve been thinking more about illegal ...read more...
Funding mrW February 6, 2009From the MRW Water Cooler
Q: What am I doing to form mikeroweWorks? That is what I’m finding myself pondering. Mike is not up for a decent discussion. He hangs around the break room or derails work room threads. I’ve been thinking that he is tapped out by discussing this with everyone and their brother. I can’t blame him for that.
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Hi Mike. MikeroweWORKS? February 6, 2009From the MRW Water Cooler
Q: Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve. I’m sure it will be great.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this business, it’s the importance of managing expectations. That usually means lowering them. Allow me to do so now.
What you will see this evening at mikeroweworks.com is merely a holding page. On it, ...read more...
mikeroweWORKS February 6, 2009From 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.
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, 2009From 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?”
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, 2009From the MRW Water Cooler
Q: Mike’s not going to read through 8 pages of thread.
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, 2009From the MRW Water Cooler
Q: Everyone seems to be knockin’ the white collar guy!
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, 2009From 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.
“Random wandering” is a ...read more...
How Do You Beat The Blues? February 6, 2009From 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, 2009From 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, 2009From the MRW Water Cooler
Q: Crumbling infrastructure? Decreased enrollment in trade schools?
How about letting the rest of us read it?
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, 2009From 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?
Like the trades and the crumbling infrastructure, the issues you describe are not really ...read more...