Mike Rowe
01/22/2017 at 01:04. Facebook
Off The Wall

Stephanie Rollins Hughes writes...

Mike - I'm in need of something to repost today that encourages my friends who are feeling extreme apprehension that America is about to crash and burn. I also need something to remind my friends who are elated today with the upcoming changes, that bragging and gloating is counterproductive. Any wise words you can share? You're so much more...
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Mike Rowe
01/21/2017 at 03:56. Facebook
Fridays With Freddy - Haiku Edition

Pressed into cool beige,
Color coordinated.
My kibbles are floored.
Mike Rowe
01/18/2017 at 16:25. Facebook
My One Cent

Lots of chat regarding "Oh, Brother," my latest podcast.

Caroline Sullivan Purcell writes...I do so enjoy reading/listening to your POV and had really hoped this would have been more uniting, but to juxtapose Lincoln's narrative with Trump's is mind boggling. I've no doubt you're familiar with both stories, and I've no doubt you can see that Trump isn't worthy of even licking the...
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Mike Rowe
01/17/2017 at 23:24. Facebook
The Way I Heard It

Sometimes, when the country feels divided and friends and family are at each other's throats, the only sensible thing to do is drink a beer and tell a story. Normally, I wait a few months before posting recent podcasts on Facebook, but all things considered...the time seems right for this one. More at mikerowe.com/podcast.
Mike Rowe
01/15/2017. Facebook
Off The Wall

Marla W writes...

I just read that you’re speaking at the SHOT show in Las Vegas this week. VERY disappointing. There are already too many guns in this country, and too much faux patriotism surrounding the second amendment. I can’t believe you’d risk your good name associating with a bunch of gun nuts. You’ve lost a fan.

Well, hi there Marla. And Happy Sunday!

It’s true, I’ll...
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Mike Rowe
01/15/2017. Facebook
Good morning. After staring at this in alarm for about thirty seconds, I can now see it isn't what I thought it was.

And now I'm wondering what that says about me...
Mike Rowe
01/13/2017. Facebook
Off The Wall

Mike – I was disappointed in your appearance on Fox and Friends this morning. You appear to be walking back the whole Made in America thing. You seemed skeptical that companies are “getting away with murder,” as Mr. Trump has suggested. Are you? And do you or don’t you favor a border tax? I thought for sure you would.

Frank Bartell

Hi Frank

I’m not walking anything back. I've...
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Mike Rowe
01/13/2017. Facebook
Here's a check for $500,000 presented to me by The Team at This Old House. As you can see, it’s made out to The mikeroweWORKS Foundation. As you can also see, Roger the Landscaper is the only one in this photo who seems to know where the camera is. Everyone else is looking at Tom the Contractor. Interesting.

I really have no idea why everyone but Roger the Landscaper is looking at Tom the...
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Mike Rowe
01/10/2017. Facebook
"Stars That Kill"

Sarah Krish‎ writes...

Mike - I'm curious to read your commentary about Meryl Streep at The Golden Globes.

Hi Sarah,

In 1986, I took my girlfriend to see the movie Aliens. She didn’t want to go. Said she hated science fiction. I told her to broaden her horizons, and try something outside her comfort zone. She finally agreed.

In the lobby of the multiplex, I was getting...
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Mike Rowe
01/08/2017. Facebook
Dear Tool Companies of America

Mike Rowe here, Dirty Jobs, etc. My foundation is supporting a pre-apprenticeship program in Baltimore City called Project Jumpstart. The program has been around about ten years, and done a rather amazing job at training non-violent ex-offenders for jobs in the construction trades. In fact, I think it's fair to say the overall success of the program is...
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Mike Rowe
01/06/2017. Facebook
Apropos of nothing, really. (Or maybe everything)? Just some cool old footage of a tall ship headed around the Horn. Back when ships were made of wood and men of steel. And cats went along for the ride...
Mike Rowe
01/03/2017. Facebook
I just read that my old employer, The Ford Motor Company, has reversed their decision to build a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in Mexico, opting instead to invest $700 million in a Michigan assembly line. I’d like to take a moment to congratulate Ford, its current employees, its future employees, the great state of Michigan, and of course, The United States of America. This is a big, fat...
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Mike Rowe
01/03/2017. Facebook
So I sat down this morning and wrote what I thought was a humorous and subversive take on the events of 2016. Then I stumbled across this, by Dave Barry. [ Hrld.us Link ]

Dave Barry is a much better writer than I am, which is annoying. He also wrote about the same things I did, which is doubly annoying. Because now, my humorous and subversive take on 2016 not only appears weak in comparison...
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Mike Rowe
12/29/2016. Facebook
Off The Wall

Dear Mike: I sit here in tears, because of you.

Our son Justin - a strong willed, a special forces military man who fought in countries where most of us will never go, loves to watch and read about you. "Totally an admirable man." That’s what he always says about you.

Our son is dying from ALS. Later this afternoon, he had a horrible experience causing him great discomfort...
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Mike Rowe
12/26/2016. Facebook
Hey Mike - Random question. What's your favorite Christmas carol to sing? And if you had to listen to only one for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Carol Colby

Hi Carol

As standards go, it's tough to beat "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," especially for singing. My favorite arrangements however, are courtesy of Alfred Burt, especially when performed a capella by The Singers...
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A Child of the Snows

Setting of text by GK Chesterton. Part of 4 Track EP of new Christmas Carols by Samuel Pegg. Released 16th December 2016 by Air-Edel Records. Available on al...

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Mike Rowe
12/25/2016. Facebook
Off The Wall

Hundreds of comments on the wall, regarding today’s Dirty Jobs Christmas Marathon on Discovery. Including this, from Chris…

Mike - Once upon a time, Christmas Day meant “It’s a Wonderful Life” on TMC, over and over again. In recent years, we’ve watched “24 Hours of A Christmas Story Marathon” on TNT, as well as that magical Yule Log that burns forever while Christmas carols...
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Mike Rowe
12/24/2016. Facebook
The Way I Heard It
The "Merry Christmas" Edition
New episodes at mikerowe.com/podcast
Mike Rowe
12/23/2016. Facebook
Fridays With Freddy

Sorry Mike, but it’s not Friday without Freddy, and it’s not Christmas without The Grinch. What do you say? How about a twofer? Do it for the kids!

Mitch Torrence and The Torrence Family

PS. Naturally, a modest foundation to your foundation will follow. Seems the least we can do.

PPS. Bonus cash if you can get Freddy to wear the antlers we sent you last...
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Mike Rowe
12/22/2016. Facebook
I’m not sure how it happened, or when, but somewhere along the line, my Uncle Rob became The Real Santa Claus.

Once upon a time, he made the wood stove that heated the house I grew up in. It weighed about a thousand pounds, and threw off heat like a cast-iron supernova. I sat on it once, and still have a funny mark on my butt where the melted denim stuck to me. My dad said I was lucky I...
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Mike Rowe
12/21/2016. Facebook
Off The Wall

Pam Huntington writes...

Dear Mike. What's your position on giving vs. receiving? I ask this, purely in the context of the season.
Merry Christmas,

Pam