Boots crafted in the USA to be launched for Holiday 2012 as part of the Mike Rowe Works by Cat Footwear collection
ROCKFORD, Mich., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Cat® Footwear announced today they are launching a new Mike Rowe Works by Cat Footwear work boot made in the USA for the holiday 2012 collection. As part of their partnership with Mike Rowe –creator, host and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s popular television show ‘Dirty Jobs’ — Cat Footwear will be manufacturing the Made in the USA work boots in the Wolverine World Wide plant in Big Rapids, Michigan. Read More...
Terry L. Fossum was born in the poorest city in the U.S., strife with gangs and drugs. In Junior High, he found himself staring down the barrel of an assault rifle one night in his own back alley. In High School, his father was killed. Before he died, one of their neighbors came up to him and said, “I just want to make sure you understand something: Not a single one of your three boys will ever grow up to be anything.” Read More...
It’s not just about gray hair or wrinkled faces, or even vanishing waistlines. When Pam struggles to remember her cousin’s name, and Lucy can’t remember the name of the grocery store where she shops twice a week, I want to shout a triumphant, “Yes!” It’s all so wickedly reassuring. Perhaps I don’t have dementia after all. When Annie pauses in her story and says, “I’ve completely forgotten where I was going with this…” we all laugh out loud. We’ve been there – quite recently.
We began as college friends, then teaching colleagues, and eventually six mothers who got together with our young offspring — fifteen in all. Or as I fondly remember them, the demolition crew that descended on our clubroom twice a year while their haggard mothers spread peanut butter and slapped bologna and cheese sandwiches together at my kitchen counter.
And here we are now, six reassuring old friends, still married to our college sweethearts, and slurping soup at a corner table in a local seafood restaurant — while we share our most recent joys and traumas.
Today’s topics are: Millie’s ‘female’ issues and impending surgery; Dora’s mysterious rash, (that she can’t scratch in public;) Annie’s upcoming family vacation for eighteen (and speculation as to whether or not they’ll all still be speaking when they return;) and finally, distress over Dora’s divorced son who has lost his job and is struggling. Our sympathy and concern are genuine.
We mark our calendars for the next luncheon and slowly stand to leave. It’s a minute before we can get our creaky legs in motion, and somebody jokes that if there’s ever a flash restaurant fire, we won’t stand a chance. It’s just as well, since Pam can’t find her car keys and has to empty her purse on the table. Then she remembers that she rode with Dora. Before long, we’re on our way with a smile…
Who needs therapy when you have friends? Read More...
…My daughter is eight years old. Since she was in diapers she has told me and anyone else who would listen that she is going to be a construction worker. Her favorite TV shows include Ask This Old House and the such. She plans to open her own construction company and build me a house when she gets to be an adult…lol! She has even drawn out “blue prints” for this house. She is an awesome kid! As of late she has been getting made fun of at school for wanting to be a construction worker because “its a boys job”. My daughter has a dream and I am looking to get her connected with women in the industry who can show her that her dream is attainable and not just for the boys…
Wow, that does sound like an awesome kid who will probably go pretty far and possibly own her own successful Design-Build firm. I was fortunate enough to have this email forwarded to me by my good friend & fellow mrW Tradesmen Sal Langer of Langer Roofing. This all came up as we were talking about that day’s competitions at SkillsUSA, the ever changing landscape& issues businesses like ours deal with daily. Read More...
During Preakness week, a friend called to tell me that the magnificent Budweiser Clydesdales were visiting our
neighborhood. I grabbed my camera and dashed to the car. That is to say, I grabbed my husband and my camera, and dashed to the car.
John is such a good sport about my ‘horse thing.’ Whether we’re chasing after wild ponies on Assateague Island, following the hunt, or standing on the sidelines at a polo match, his patience is amazing. He’s even willing to be a ‘police horse groupie’ from time to time.
No matter how hard I tried to keep my obsession in check, there was a wee bit of overlap into my domestic life.
Like that morning John was running late for work and called from the bathroom, “Where’s the radio, Hon?”
“Oh, I listened to it in the stable yesterday while we soaped saddles; sorry.”
I could hear his sigh from the kitchen.
I quickly grabbed the stable towels from behind the bathroom door, shoved them down the laundry chute, and sprayed some air freshener. I made a mental note to bring the radio back into the house, along with the alcohol and Vaseline I’d used to treat a scrape on the pony’s shoulder.
Minutes later John hurried into the kitchen half-dressed and opened a drawer. “Where are the scissors?”
“Oops,” I said. “We braided Shannon’s mane the other day. I must have left them in the tack room.” I lifted the lid from a pot on the stove. “Look Hon, you’re favorite breakfast – bran mash — I mean oat meal – with raisins.”
“Maybe we should just move into the stable,” John said. “Half of our stuff is already there.” He looked down at his bare legs and frowned. “My pants had better be in the closet.”
“Don’t be absurd,” I said. “The horses’ legs are way too long for your pants.” Men don’t have much of a sense of humor before breakfast.
I thought back to the day before when I had inadvertently dialed the veterinarian’s number to make an appointment for our son’s check-up. I’d laughed about it at the time and planned to tell my husband. Maybe
My husband looked at me, alarmed.
“Don’t be silly,” I said. “He was here a minute ago.” At which point Phil popped out from under the table.
“I’m not hungry, Mommy. Can I go to the stable and play with my toys?”
My husband shook his head and rolled his eyes.
Like I said, it didn’t happen overnight.
Ford Celebrity Mike Rowe
7/13/2012 – by Jean Scheid
If you don’t know who Mike Rowe is, we’re betting you don’t watch much television! But Covert Ford knows many of our customers do know this silly “dirty” guy, TV narrator and yes, opera singer. Above all, we love him as a Ford Motor Company spokesman because as a “genuine kind of guy” he brings with him the trust all our customers love!
The Scouting Rowe
Michael Gregory Rowe was born in 1962 in Baltimore Maryland; his parents are John and Peggy Rowe. As a kid he, like many of our customers, excelled in the Boy Scouts; in 1979 he was awarded the top achievement of Eagle Scout. Mike said of the award, “The Eagle Award is not really meant for people who need to be dragged across the finish line. It’s mean for a select few.” If you know or are an Eagle Scout, this is so true and kudos for Young Mike’s accomplishment!
Because Mike was a stutterer, while in high school, the choir teacher encouraged him to try singing to break the stuttering and it worked! After college he ended up singing with the Baltimore Opera—quite the feat! Of this job Mike said: “I joined the opera to get my union card and meet girls. I was a saloon singer so I went down to the Baltimore Opera and learned an aria and auditioned. I figured I’d do one show and quit. But the girls were everywhere and the truth is, the music was really decent.” In fact, in one episode of his TV show Dirty Jobs, Rowe signs our National Anthem and does it pretty well!
Since 2003, and with approximately 176 episodes aired, Mike Rowe has been, well doing some dirty stuff! What we mean is his TV show Dirty Jobs, most likely based off the old saying, “It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it!” The concept of this show was to find the dirtiest of jobs and jump right in with those who do the job each and every day. Since its inception, Mike has embarked on jobs such as a bat dung collector, road kill collector, sewer inspector and sludge cleaner to name just a few.
In 2006 he took on the job of monkey caretaker in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa where he faced the feared monkey Penny! This must-watch episode aired in Season Two if you’re a DVD collector of the show. The most recent episodes in 2012 included Rowe exploring how to be an onion processor, medical waste disposal expert and fish squeezer!
The advantage of appearing in this get down and dirty show is Mike’s creation of mikeroweWORKS.com which is a tribute to blue collar professionals everywhere. Job well done we say!
Rowe has been the voice behind a fan favorite TV show, Deadliest Catch and host of the after show, After the Catch where his interviews with captains and deckhands is pretty cool. The show Deadliest Catch airs on the Discovery Channel and revolves around various Bearing Sea crab fishermen, their boats and the dangers they face. Watch one episode of After the Catch and you get the feeling Mike really loves these fearless fishermen!
At Covert Ford, this is the best gig Mike Rowe has! Since 2007 he’s been pitching Ford F150s, Ford service, Ford vehicles and even the Ford Sync. You may have seen him also pitch years ago on QVC and beyond being a Ford Motor Company spokesperson, he also appears in blue jean and paper towel brand commercials. We think his Ford F150 commercials are some of the best! But perhaps his video on our Ford Super Duty Trucks is tops!
We Would Buy From Him!
With Mike Rowe’s amazing “guy-next-door” quality, Covert Ford is happy he’s a top Ford talker on TV and we bet our customers do too! After all, we know our Ford trucks are tough and yep, we’d buy a Ford vehicle from Mike—wouldn’t you?