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Thinking Work is the Enemy is the Problem, crumbling infrastructure and poor work ethic is the Symptom


From Mike’s forum on Discovery Q: At Work…a man came in with so many maggots embedded in a wound in his arm, it took 3 hours to clean it. You want to smell something Dave and Mike? He has been moved to a downtown hospital, where he can be treated. But since he cannot care…


The “Reverse Commute”


From Mike’s Mud Room on Discovery.com Q: I just read the interview Mike did for the BCPS (Baltimore County Public Schools). In this interview he is asked this question: “What advice do you have for current students on choosing/building a career? He answers: “I’m a fan of the “reverse commute”. He goes on to explain…


Crumbling Infrastructure

Q: “Crumbling infrastructure? Decreased enrollment in trade schools? How about letting the rest of us read it?” Moose —  desertengineer Mike’s Reply 6/27/08 (compilation reply to many) A: Hi Moose, 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…


Mike, Are you a bringer of a new Consciousness?


From Mike’s Mud Room on Discovery.com Q: Dear Mike, I am not sure how you feel about it, but I feel that you are a bringer of a new consciousness. Thanks to Liz I finally received the February issue of Fast Company and was able to read it. Sorry it took so long but I…


Glamorizing Blue-collar Jobs?


From Mike’s forum on Discovery.com Q: I am a big fan of the show. However, I am picky, and this is my only beef. Because this show glamorizes blue-collar and other jobs in the modest spectrum of vocations, it will affect how your fan base contributes their professional careers to this country. In other words,…


Seven Dirty Habits of Highly Effluent People


By Mike Rowe, January 28, 2008 Most public speakers are wildly overpaid, and I am no exception. I used to think I could justify my ridiculous fee by putting a lot of careful thought into each appearance, so I called my first presentation “Egalitarianism in the Modern-Day Workplace,” and talked at length about “the changing…