Author Topic: Mike Rowe for President  (Read 4809 times)

Sofa King

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Re: Mike Rowe for President
« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2011, 09:11:02 am »
I grew up in the garage with my Dad.  He was always building or rebuilding something, and it was our time together.  It's when he was the most at peace.  I inherited that desire, and ability to 'see' how things just work.  As did my brother.  To me, the thought of paying someone else to do something is distasteful, but sometimes I just don't want to do it (like drywall).  But I would never consider taking my bike in for service, or my car (unless it's warranty work).  I enjoy those activities, and it's a real sense of pride for me, as well as a way to silently relive that time in the garage with my Dad.

However I have friends who couldn't imagine doing these things.  What Mr. Rowe has done here is to summarize the first few chapters of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance into a 5 minute speech.  And he did it very well, as he always does.  I like him, he seems like a guy we could all hang out with, right?  But there are some people who simply see that work as menial labor, and for others who are less advanced than them.

It's funny because I am a bit of a misfit in my world.  I left the Navy after 12 years having learned (taught myself) computers and networks.  I parlayed that into a short career with Microsoft and now own my own IT Consulting company.  To me computers and networks are the digital representation of engines and house wiring.  They have gears, make noises, have personalities, etc., just like every car and every bike I have ever worked on.  And once you are see that correlation computers become like the toaster in your kitchen.  They only do exactly what you tell them to do.

So yes, I'd vote for the guy, but he isn't slimy enough to be a politician.  Changing from Mr. Rowe to Mr. Rockefeller was like going from zesty hot sauce to room temperature milk.  Yuck.

God bless Mike Rowe, and god bless Dirty Jobs!

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Re: Mike Rowe for President
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2011, 08:05:03 pm »
I grew up in the garage with my Dad.  He was always building or rebuilding something, and it was our time together.  It's when he was the most at peace.  I inherited that desire, and ability to 'see' how things just work.  As did my brother.  To me, the thought of paying someone else to do something is distasteful, but sometimes I just don't want to do it (like drywall).  But I would never consider taking my bike in for service, or my car (unless it's warranty work).  I enjoy those activities, and it's a real sense of pride for me, as well as a way to silently relive that time in the garage with my Dad.

However I have friends who couldn't imagine doing these things.  What Mr. Rowe has done here is to summarize the first few chapters of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance into a 5 minute speech.  And he did it very well, as he always does.  I like him, he seems like a guy we could all hang out with, right?  But there are some people who simply see that work as menial labor, and for others who are less advanced than them.

It's funny because I am a bit of a misfit in my world.  I left the Navy after 12 years having learned (taught myself) computers and networks.  I parlayed that into a short career with Microsoft and now own my own IT Consulting company.  To me computers and networks are the digital representation of engines and house wiring.  They have gears, make noises, have personalities, etc., just like every car and every bike I have ever worked on.  And once you are see that correlation computers become like the toaster in your kitchen.  They only do exactly what you tell them to do.

So yes, I'd vote for the guy, but he isn't slimy enough to be a politician.  Changing from Mr. Rowe to Mr. Rockefeller was like going from zesty hot sauce to room temperature milk.  Yuck.

God bless Mike Rowe, and god bless Dirty Jobs!


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Re: Mike Rowe for President
« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2011, 04:59:14 am »
Vote Mike Rowe!
Hey if he keeps talking like that I'd vote for him too (Or at least listen to him on other issues)
  My stepmom was a recruiter (and one of the best in her company, period.) and when she got her old job back a couple years ago they said she had to go back to college.  Why?  They already knew that she knows what she's doing.
I of course don't know the exact situation, and so defer to your judgement.
However IMO you shouldn't be offended by continued/ongoing education. That's one of the things that set skilled labor apart. Same as "skilled desk jobs" if I may turn a phrase.
Not that we learn but that we continue to refine our learning.
I'm an electrician (292 represent!) so ongoing learning is a requirement, and not just by the Union but by the laws of reality. Keep up or be left behind. Grow into a better you and advance to the next level!

But yea I don't know what to tell the rest of the nation when they figure out there aren't enough papers to push. Its gonna be a rude awakening for all those business majors, but at least I know there won't be a lot of competition for the jobs that attract me.  :-\
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Re: Mike Rowe for President
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2011, 05:37:26 am »

I just hate the direction we're going, the country goes by degrees, not knowledge.

You just put the entire education debate in a nutshell.  It's politically correct to call the education broken but the fact is that people are as educated as they want to be.  "I don't need no degree!" should be the mantra of generation X.


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Re: Mike Rowe for President
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2011, 06:47:37 am »
You just put the entire education debate in a nutshell.

So is that a good thing? 

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