Happy Thanksgiving You Guys!!!  — “A BIG thanks, To Those in The House” -Mike Rowe

When I was a kid, my grandfather and I used to watch This Old House. I loved it, partly because I liked seeing how stuff got made, but mostly because my Pop would always tell me what Bob Vila was going to do a few seconds before he did it. 

Pop was an electrician by trade, but I always thought he was a magician. The man could fix anything. He could install your plumbing, overhaul your engines, or build your house without a blueprint. My earliest memories are of he and my Dad venturing out into the world to fix a problem. They left the house clean, came home dirty, and the problem was always solved. Pop only made it to the seventh grade, but he was smarter by far than most educated people I know, and mechanically gifted in ways I continue to envy. 

My foundation, mikeroweWORKS, was inspired by my granddad, and Dirty Jobs was really just an attempt to replicate the apprentice/master relationship between he and my dad. I’d like to think that This Old House might NOT have been his favorite reality show, had he lived long enough to see Dirty Jobs, but alas, that was not to be. So I’ve always had a soft spot for This Old House, and today, I’m very excited to tell you that the producers of this most unusual show – now in its 37th season – have partnered with mikeroweWORKS to help close the skills gap. 

The official press release is here. http://bit.ly/2fLdBLk. Check it out. I’ve also attached one of several short videos announcing our partnership. Give it a look, and join me in thanking Norm Abram for his kind support. In just a few weeks, they’ve already helped raise half a million dollars from their incredibly generous sponsors. That money is going straight to our scholarship fund. 

But wait, there’s more. 

In the coming year, the producers of This Old House are going to renovate a home over the course of the season, just as the always do. But this time, they’re going to sell the home, and contribute all of the proceeds to The mikeroweWORKS Foundation. It’s an extraordinary vote of confidence, and I can’t tell you how gratified and humbled I am to have their trust and partnership. 

On this Thanksgiving, I want to say how thankful I am for this association, and how much I’m looking forward to playing a small role in helping train the next generation of tradesmen, on whose talent, skill, and intelligence we all depend. Hopefully, Pop will be watching from on high, and telling his friends what happens next, moments before it does…

Happy Thanksgiving

Link to post: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/videos/1343554558988017/

Millennials are People

Wow. 

What’s with the increase in millennial bashing lately?

It’s couched in supposed humor, but it’s hateful just the same.

And what’s truly ironic, to me anyway, is that half of these people who criticize millennials for things like, ‘not having real jobs’ and ‘wanting to gain fame and fortune for their actions on social media outlets’, are doing just that themselves?!?!

W? T? F?

Examples:

John Crist — https://youtu.be/RGvrmltfMrA

Micah Taylor — https://youtu.be/hLpE1Pa8vvI

How about we ALL just stop the hate. 

It’s getting just a bit soul crushing.

Find something positive to do with your lives.

Mike Rowe’s “Off the Wall” from 10 November 2016

Off The Wall 
Hey Mike. You’ve been very quiet. Everything OK? I just wanted you to know that I voted for you. I was also hoping you might explain what the hell happened on Tuesday, and say something to make me feel better about my fellow man. Thanks,

Carol Savoy 
Hi Carol 

Last Friday, my dog posted a video that featured a man licking a cat with the aid of a device that’s designed for the specific purpose of making it easier for people to lick their cats.I’ve been silent ever since, because frankly, I couldn’t think of a better way – metaphorical or otherwise – to express my feelings about this election cycle. The entire country it seems, has been preoccupied with finding a way to lick a cat without actually putting their tongue on it. 

Too oblique? Too weird? Ok, how about this analysis:

Back in 2003, a very unusual TV pilot called Dirty Jobs, Forrest-Gumped its way onto The Discovery Channel and found an audience – a big one. For Discovery, this was a problem. You see, Dirty Jobs didn’t look like anything else on their channel. It wasn’t pretty or careful. It took place in sewers and septic tanks, and featured a subversive host in close contact with his 8-year old inner child who refused to do second takes. Everyone agreed that Dirty Jobs was totally “off-brand” and completely inappropriate for Discovery. Everyone but the viewers. The ratings were just too big to ignore, so the pilot got a green-light, and yours truly finally got a steady gig. 

But here’s the thing – Dirty Jobs didn’t resonate because the host was incredibly charming. It wasn’t a hit because it was gross, or irreverent, or funny, or silly, or smart, or terribly clever. Dirty Jobs succeeded because it was authentic. It spoke directly and candidly to a big chunk of the country that non-fiction networks had been completely ignoring. In a very simple way, Dirty Jobs said “Hey – we can see you,” to millions of regular people who had started to feel invisible. Ultimately, that’s why Dirty Jobs ran for eight seasons. And today, that’s also why Donald Trump is the President of the United States. 

I know people are freaked out, Carol. I get it. I’m worried too. But not because of who we elected. We’ve survived 44 Presidents, and we’ll survive this one too. I’m worried because millions of people now seem to believe that Trump supporters are racist, xenophobic, and uneducated misogynists. I’m worried because despising our candidates publicly is very different than despising the people who vote for them.

Last week, three old friends – people I’ve known for years – each requested to be “unfriended” by anyone who planned on voting for Trump. Honestly, that was disheartening. Who tosses away a friendship over an election? Are my friends turning into those mind-numbingly arrogant celebrities who threaten to move to another country if their candidate doesn’t win? Are my friends now convinced that people they’ve known for years who happen to disagree with them politically are not merely mistaken – but evil, and no longer worthy of their friendship? 

For what it’s worth, Carol, I don’t think Donald Trump won by tapping into America’s “racist underbelly,” and I don’t think Hillary lost because she’s a woman. I think a majority of people who voted in this election did so in spite of their many misgivings about the character of both candidates. That’s why it’s very dangerous to argue that Clinton supporters condone lying under oath and obstructing justice. Just as it’s equally dangerous to suggest a Trump supporter condones gross generalizations about foreigners and women. 

These two candidates were the choices we gave ourselves, and each came with a heaping helping of vulgarity and impropriety. Yeah, it was dirty job for sure, but the winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation – it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not. 

As for me, I’m flattered by your support, but grateful that your vote was not enough to push me over the top. However, when the dust settles, and The White House gets a new tenant, I’ll make the same offer to President Trump that I did to President Obama – to assist as best I can in any attempt to reinvigorate the skilled trades, and shine a light on millions of good jobs that no one seems excited about pursuing. http://bit.ly/2fG1SxI

Like those 3 million “shovel ready” jobs we heard so much about eight years ago, the kind of recovery that Donald Trump is promising will require a workforce that’s properly trained and sufficiently enthused about the opportunities at hand. At the moment, we do not have that work force in place. What we do have, are tens of millions of capable people who have simply stopped looking for work, and millions of available jobs that no one aspires to do. That’s the skills gap, and it’s gotta close. If mikeroweWORKS can help, we’re standing by. 

If not, I suppose we’ll just have to find another way to lick the cat. 

Mike

Source: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/photos/a.151342491542569.29994.116999698310182/1330853343591472/?type=3

“BOOM: Mike Rowe Explains Why Climate Change is the SCAM of the Century” by C.E Dyer, via The Federalist Papers

Kind of an interesting read: http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/boom-mike-rowe-expains-why-climate-change-is-the-scam-of-the-century

And jic he’s quoted out of context, Mike Rowe’s original post: https://m.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/posts/1321414314535375

I always find it interesting to read the wide variety of/extreme viewpoints on topics.  

Happy researching! 🙂

Damn straight!!

While I see Scary Mommy’s posts floating around on facebook quite a bit, the writings are not normally up my ally or pertain to my life. 

Not so, today.

Spot on this time with Joelle Wisler’s Scary Mommy 2 post: “I Don’t Need To Talk Like A Lady, Thank You Very F**cking Much


🙂