1/16/2008

This man would be welcome at our campfire anytime!




One of my blog buddies, Elbro, has put a post on his blog, Elmer's Bother, that is entitled "Blue Collar Man." It starts off with these questions:

"By what yardstick should we render the worth or value of a man? Is there anything wrong with being a common man?"

I thought it fitting to honor someone that honors the common man. I give to you Mike Rowe. He has made quite a living out of showing us people that do amazing tasks of an unsavory sort that help all of us out. Mike Rowe often makes jokes about his jobs and describes them as "dirty jokes." But he almost never makes fun of the workers themselves. Indeed, Rowe and the show consistently respect these people for taking on the jobs that average people would never touch, and the show always begins with the following quote from Mike Rowe:

"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."

I added a picture of myself returning home from work today. Maybe Mike would like to come spend a day with a school bus mechanic. As Elbro says in the comments below -- blue collar rules!

53 comments:

Yehudi01 said...

I've tried and tried and tried to get them to showcase my job, but for some reason they don't think sitting at home on the phone in front of my computer is worthy of their time. I get dirty, though. Make no mistake. In fact, today I dropped some pasta on my shirt with a bit of chicken...what a mess! Maybe one day you'll see me one there...

Jungle Mom said...

I love his show. I have had a few dirty jobs to do in my day, especially working as a janitor to pay for college. And then some of the things we had to do in the jungle were not so clean either!

nanc said...

WE LOVE MIKE ROWE!

as a matter of fact, i'm married to his twin...only he's taller, bald and has a mustache...

honestly, this guy is amazing.

and, like yehudi said, i too have a difficult time getting him to come and take part in the knockdown dragout known as blogging!

Goat said...

Never heard of him but if you ain't dirty you haven't been working hard. I like to get dirty playing in my garden, cutting wood etc. I wonder if he would highlite the process of sealing leaded glass to the weather, a very dirty, stinky part of my job, or removing a big storefront window that is spiderweb broken, a scary job for sure.

Elmer's Brother said...

mike rowe and that show is the bomb - blue collar rules

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Rhonda said...

Our family is big fans of Mike.
I think it may be because our family consists of mostly men and that means lots of testosterone. Dirty jobs is way cool!

Brooke said...

I love that show! :)

The Frank Family said...

Thanks for coming by everyone!!!

Hey, does anyone know what has happened to Hermit's blog? I hope that all is well with him and his family.

Brooke said...

I don't know. I don't have an email addy, and I asked him to respond in one of the comment fields hoping that the auto reply would get him, but I haven't heard anything.

Bar Kochba said...

I haven't heard of him either. Sounds interesting though.

I wonder if I'm still invited to your campfire though... ;)

The Frank Family said...

BK -- you will always be welcome!!! He's on the Discovery channel and it's definitely a show worth watching.

Yehudi01 said...

Whoa....I missed the picture of Paul Bunyan under Mike Rowe!!

Jan said...

Can you believe I've never watched the show? I guess I am going to have to check it out, soon! :)

Goat said...

My ex-wife was always ticked I chose to be blue collar than white, I guess that's why she's my ex. I don't get Discovery, I have just enough cable access to get internet but it sounds like a show I would enjoy after twenty years as a glass man, I know blood and dirt. I have replaced showerdoors in bathrooms that made me want to vomit and I have an iron gut and little sense of smell.

Jungle Mom said...

I am wondering about the Hermit also.

nanc said...

is that a carhartt jacket?

Yehudi01 said...

Forget the jacket, nanc! Look at the beast it's wrapped around! That is one burly dude!

The Frank Family said...

Aaaahhhh - nanc - I see you are learned in the discipline of blue collar. Carhartt indeed. The Armani of those who work with their hands and offer their sweat and blood to the benefit of society.

nanc said...

everyone looks good in a carhartt!

my husband and our daughter are hooked on the brand.

i hate coats but keep one in the car just in case. i don't know why, but i never plan to be out in the car that long. our son likes to layer and wear hoodies.

my terrible, yehudi - guess i didn't notice someone was wearing it! yes, he's a fox like me.

my husband says about his blue collar clothing (although he's parttime office rat) that it's "stylish, yet ruggedly handsome".

The Frank Family said...

You are too kind nanc. My girls and I have a ritual of sorts when I'm carrying them to bed on my shoulders. They tell me that I am beautiful and sweet and handsome and I repond by telling them that they are beautiful and smart and strong.

Elmer's Brother said...

I tell them they are beautiful......







on the outsided too

Eitan said...

*elmer's brother's got a uniquely refreshing sense of humor as does Nanc*

...but Nanc: I've already told you you're one of my most favoritest women, haven't I!?

Yehudi01 said...

I prefer the real Armani...

nanc said...

thank you, eitan.

i tell mine i love them more than air and two-ply toilet paper!

when our zgirl was an inky-dinky, i'd say, "YOU are THE most beautiful baby on the planet!" and i taught her to respond, "ohhhh, go on...and on..."

Stephen said...

Hi, everyone, I know what happened to the Hermit. His blog blew a top and has started a new one but by invitation only. Frank Family and others, he is trying to reach you but needs an email address. I've sent along your web address so he should be in touch soon. I can't, without his permission give out his address but he will 'get in touch' soon.

The Frank Family said...

Thank you Stephen for the info. We were hoping that he and his family were OK and that there wasn't some sort of censorship problem with his blog. Thank you for stopping by.

Brooke said...

Thanks, Stephen. I appreciate that!

Stephen said...

You're both more than welcome. BTW, nice site, FrankFamily.

Elmer's Brother said...

*elmer's brother's got a uniquely refreshing sense of humor as does Nanc*

We're like peas and carrots

We call each other frequently...just to make the other laugh....I love my nanc

she's nice and beautiful






on the outside too

Elmer's Brother said...

nice

and no I won't take it back

Eitan said...

nanc: You go on with yo' bad self woman! You keep on amazing me and making me laugh! Ya know I love ya!

nanc said...

oh, dear Lord...how am i going to recover from this?!?

i need to go take some pepto bismol...

Elmer's Brother said...

Is there something or someone you want to tell me about nanc?

I thought I was the Costello to your Abbott?

the Martin to your Lewis? the George to your Gracie?

Frankly I'm crushed...*sniff*

Imodium

nanc said...

you are my george...

exlax

The Frank Family said...

Get a room nanc and elbro!!! Well, at least a hospital room! HEEHEEHEE

nanc said...

i love my elbro...

*;]

Elmer's Brother said...

It wouldn't be the first time I've sought medical attention after spending time with nanc

kaopectate

nanc said...

step away from the flames!

gas-x

The Frank Family said...

I think two doses of ritalin may be in order! Oh, and prozac for the rest of us on the sidelines.

nanc said...

oh sure - he blames it on me!

probably didn't have anything to do with the bassmaster's cooking?

ritalin - we don't need no stinking ritalin.

ducolax

p.s. i'm trying to get a head start on him as he goes off to work! did i mention we're going to be on a radio show at the end of the week? i'm working on my material as we speak. that way i'll be two steps ahead of him!

Elmer's Brother said...

then you better not be taking ritalin....meth maybe

they don't call me the energizer bunny for nuttin'

Bismuth Subsalicylate

nanc said...

how about a two hour nap, a bowl of gumbo and two snob beers?

plus i had all you can eat pizza and garlic bread yesterday (think carbs)?

organic cider vinegar

nanc said...

that little pink guy has got to go!

*8]

Elmer's Brother said...

how about a two hour nap, a bowl of gumbo and two snob beers?

plus i had all you can eat pizza and garlic bread yesterday (think carbs)?


I'm thiking more like really smelly farts.

Loperamide

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Elmer's Brother said...

thinking

Elmer's Brother said...

she hasn't come back...so much for making me go

nanc said...

no, the flu has hit our household and i'm not feeling so well...

alka seltzer plus

The Frank Family said...

We just came through that junk about a week ago. Our prayers will be with you and your family, nanc. On our end it rolled in hard but left quickly.

Elmer's Brother said...

sorry to hear that nanc


airborne





















82nd

nanc said...

already did...

alka seltzer plus airborne

how puny can one get??????

Elmer's Brother said...

nyquil 3 layers of clothes 2 layers of blankets and the heat up as high as you can stand it










sweat it out