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Rowe, Rowe, Rowe Your Boat

By Wyatt Earp | November 29, 2007

This is Mike Rowe.

Mike is the host of Dirty Jobs on The Discovery Channel. The show that is quickly becoming my favorite on that particular network. (No offense, Bear Grylls.) For those of you not familiar with the show, here’s the premise:

Each week, Mike goes to work. Unlike many of us, Mike is sent to the dirtiest, grimiest, filthiest job known to man – and no, he is not forced to be a lawyer. Instead, he volunteers to become a pig farmer. Or a bridge painter. Or a spray insulation technician. Or an avian vomitologist.

Mike begins each show with these words:

“My name is Mike Rowe, and this is my job: I explore the country looking for people who aren’t afraid to get dirty—hard-working men and women who earn an honest living doing the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us. Now… get ready, to get dirty.”

And boy, does he get dirty. During the bridge painter episode his face was literally green after hand-painting the suspension cables. But the mess is not the reason this show is so terrific. It’s terrific because Mike Rowe is a laugh riot.

Mike is a down-to-earth guy with a deadpan sense of humor, but while he jokes about the jobs he happens to be performing at any particular time – he never makes fun of the blue, or in this case, black-collar – workers who toil to make our life easier. While he may not personally choose to do these dirty jobs for a living, he has the utmost respect for those who do.

So, if you want to watch something entertaining – and learn a little in the process – I would highly recommend Dirty Jobs. It’s on every Tuesday night at 9pm.

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