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Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

The “Dirty Jobs” crew and I were called to a little town
in Colorado, called Craig. It’s only a couple dozen square miles. It’s in the Rockies. And the job in question was sheep rancher. My role on the show, for those of you
who haven’t seen it — it’s pretty simple. I’m an apprentice, and I work with the people
who do the jobs in question. And my responsibilities
are to simply try and keep up, and give an honest account
of what it’s like to be these people for one day in their life. The job in question: herding sheep. Great. We go to Craig and we check into a hotel, and I realize the next day that castration is going to be
an absolute part of this work. Normally, I never do any research at all. But this is a touchy subject,
and I work for the Discovery Channel, and we want to portray accurately
whatever it is we do. And we certainly want to do it
with a lot of respect for the animals. So I call the Humane Society and I say, “Look, I’m going to be castrating
some lambs. Can you tell me the deal?” And they’re like, “Yeah,
it’s pretty straightforward.” They use a band, basically, a rubber band,
like this, only a little smaller. This one was actually
around the playing cards I got yesterday — (Laughter) But it had a certain familiarity to it. And I said, “Well, what exactly
is the process?” And they said, “The band
is applied to the tail, tightly. And then another band is applied
to the scrotum, tightly. Blood flow is slowly retarded; a week later the parts
in question fall off. “Great — got it.” OK, I call the SPCA to confirm this. They confirm it. I also call PETA just for fun, and they don’t like it,
but they confirm it. OK, that’s basically how you do it. So the next day I go out. And I’m given a horse
and we go get the lambs and we take them to a pen that we built, and we go about the business
of animal husbandry. Melanie is the wife of Albert. Albert is the shepherd in question. Melanie picks up the lamb,
one hand on both legs on the right, likewise on the left. Lamb goes on the post, she opens it up. Alright. Great. Albert goes in, I follow Albert,
the crew is around. I always watch the process done
the first time before I try it. Being an apprentice,
you know, you do that. Albert reaches in his pocket to pull out,
you know, this black rubber band, but what comes out instead is a knife. And I’m like, “Hmm, that’s not
rubber at all,” you know? (Laughter) And he kind of flicked it open
in a way that caught the sun that was just coming
over the Rockies, it was very — (Laughter) It was … it was impressive. In the space of about two seconds, Albert had the knife
between the cartilage of the tail, right next to the butt of the lamb, and very quickly, the tail was gone
and in the bucket that I was holding. A second later, with a big thumb
and a well-calloused forefinger, he had the scrotum firmly in his grasp. And he pulled it toward him, like so, and he took the knife
and he put it on the tip. “Now, you think you know
what’s coming, Michael, You don’t, OK?” (Laughter) He snips it, throws the tip
over his shoulder, and then grabs the scrotum
and pushes it upward, and then his head dips down,
obscuring my view. But what I hear is a slurping sound, and a noise that sounds like Velcro
being yanked off a sticky wall, and I am not even kidding. Can we roll the video? No, I’m kidding, we don’t — (Laughter) I thought it best to talk in pictures. I do something now I’ve never, ever done
on a “Dirty Jobs” shoot, ever. I say, “Time out. Stop.” You guys know the show, we use take one;
we don’t do take two. There’s no writing, there’s no scripting,
there’s no nonsense. We don’t fool around, we don’t rehearse — we shoot what we get! I said, “Stop. This is nuts.” I mean — (Laughter) “This is crazy. We can’t do this.” And Albert’s like, “What?” And I’m like, “I don’t know
what just happened, but there are testicles in this bucket, and that’s not how we do it.” He said “Well, that’s how we do it.” I said, “Why would you do it this way?” And before I even let him explain, I said, “I want to do it the right way,
with the rubber bands.” And he says, “Like the Humane Society?” I said, “Yes, like the Humane Society. Let’s do something that doesn’t make
the lamb squeal and bleed. We’re on in five continents, dude! We’re on twice a day
on the Discovery — we can’t do this.” He says, “OK.” He goes to his box and pulls out
a bag of these little rubber bands. Melanie picks up another lamb,
puts it on the post, band goes on the tail,
band goes on the scrotum. Lamb goes on the ground,
lamb takes two steps, falls down, gets up, shakes a little, takes another couple steps, falls down. I’m like, this is not a good sign
for this lamb, at all. Gets up, walks to the corner. It’s quivering, and it lies
down and it’s in obvious distress. And I’m looking at the lamb
and I say, “Albert, how long? When does he get up?” He’s like, “A day?” I said, “A day! How long does
it take them to fall off?” “A week.” Meanwhile, the lamb that he had just done
his little procedure on is, you know, he’s just prancing
around, bleeding stopped. He’s, you know, nibbling
on some grass, frolicking. And I was just so blown away
at how completely wrong I was, in that second. And I was reminded how utterly wrong
I am, so much of the time. (Laughter) And I was especially reminded of what a ridiculously
short straw I had that day, because now I had to do
what Albert had just done, and there are like 100
of these lambs in the pen. And suddenly, this whole thing’s starting
to feel like a German porno, and I’m like — (Laughter) Melanie picks up the lamb,
puts it on the post, opens it up. Albert hands me the knife. I go in, tail comes off. I go in, I grab the scrotum,
tip comes off. Albert instructs, “Push it way up there.” I do. “Push it further.” I do. The testicles emerge. They look
like thumbs, coming right at you. And he says, “Bite ’em. Just bite ’em off.” (Laughter) And I heard him, I heard all the words — (Laughter) Like, how did I get here? How did — I mean — how did I get here? It’s just — it’s one of those moments
where the brain goes off on its own, and suddenly, I’m standing
there in the Rockies, and all I can think of is the Aristotelian
definition of a tragedy. You know, Aristotle says
a tragedy is that moment when the hero comes face to face
with his true identity. (Laughter) And I’m like, “What is this
jacked-up metaphor? I don’t like what I’m thinking right now.” And I can’t get this thought
out of my head, and I can’t get that vision
out of my sight, so I did what I had to do. I went in and I took them. I took them like this, and I yanked my head back. And I’m standing there
with two testicles on my chin. (Laughter) And now I can’t get —
I can’t shake the metaphor. I’m still in “Poetics,” in Aristotle,
and I’m thinking — out of nowhere, two terms come crashing
into my head, that I hadn’t heard since my classics professor in college
drilled them there. And they are “anagnorisis”
and “peripeteia.” Anagnorisis and peripeteia. Anagnorisis is the Greek
word for discovery. Literally, the transition from ignorance
to knowledge is anagnorisis. It’s what our network does;
it’s what “Dirty Jobs” is. And I’m up to my neck
in anagnorises every single day. Great. The other word, peripeteia, that’s the moment
in the great tragedies — Euripides and Sophocles. That’s the moment where Oedipus has
his moment, where he suddenly realizes that hot chick he’s been sleeping with
and having babies with is his mother. That’s peripety, or peripeteia. And this metaphor in my head — I’ve got anagnorisis
and peripeteia on my chin — (Laughter) I’ve got to tell you,
it’s such a great device, though. When you start to look for peripeteia, you find it everywhere. I mean, Bruce Willis
in “The Sixth Sense,” right? Spends the whole movie trying to help
the little kid who sees dead people, and then — boom! — “Oh, I’m dead.” Peripeteia. You know? It’s crushing when the audience
sees it the right way. Neo in “The Matrix,” you know? “Oh, I’m living in a computer program. That’s weird.” These discoveries
that lead to sudden realizations. And I’ve been having them,
over 200 dirty jobs, I have them all the time, but that one — that one drilled something home
in a way that I just wasn’t prepared for. And, as I stood there, looking at the happy lamb
that I had just defiled — but it looked OK; looking at that poor other little thing
that I’d done it the right way on, and I just was struck by — if I’m wrong about that, and if I’m wrong so often,
in a literal way, what other peripatetic misconceptions
might I be able to comment upon? Because, look —
I’m not a social anthropologist, but I have a friend who is. And I talk to him. (Laughter) And he says, “Hey Mike, look. I don’t know if your brain is interested
in this sort of thing or not, but do you realize
you’ve shot in every state? You’ve worked in mining,
you’ve worked in fishing, you’ve worked in steel,
you’ve worked in every major industry. You’ve had your back
shoulder to shoulder with these guys that our politicians are desperate
to relate to every four years, right?” I can still see Hillary
doing the shots of rye, dribbling down her chin,
with the steel workers. I mean, these are the people
that I work with every single day. “And if you have something to say
about their thoughts, collectively, it might be time to think about it. Because, dude, you know, four years.” So, that’s in my head,
testicles are on my chin, thoughts are bouncing around. And, after that shoot,
“Dirty Jobs” really didn’t change, in terms of what the show is,
but it changed for me, personally. And now, when I talk about the show, I no longer just tell the story
you heard and 190 like it. I do, but I also start to talk
about some of the other things I got wrong; some of the other notions of work that I’ve just been assuming
are sacrosanct, and they’re not. People with dirty jobs
are happier than you think. As a group, they’re
the happiest people I know. And I don’t want to start whistling
“Look for the Union Label,” and all that happy-worker crap. I’m just telling you
that these are balanced people who do unthinkable work. Roadkill picker-uppers whistle
while they work, I swear to God — I did it with them. They’ve got this amazing
sort of symmetry to their life. And I see it over and over and over again. So I started to wonder what would happen if we challenged
some of these sacred cows? Follow your passion — we’ve been talking about it
here for the last 36 hours. Follow your passion — what could
possibly be wrong with that? It’s probably the worst advice I ever got. (Laughter) Follow your dreams and go broke, right? I mean, that’s all I heard growing up. I didn’t know what to do with my life, but I was told if you follow your passion,
it’s going to work out. I can give you 30 examples right now. Bob Combs, the pig farmer in Las Vegas who collects the uneaten scraps
of food from the casinos and feeds them to his swine. Why? Because there’s so much protein
in the stuff we don’t eat, his pigs grow at twice the normal speed,
and he’s one rich pig farmer. He’s good for the environment, he spends his days
doing this incredible service, and he smells like hell,
but God bless him. He’s making a great living. You ask him, “Did you follow
your passion here?” and he’d laugh at you. The guy’s worth — he just got offered
like 60 million dollars for his farm and turned it down, outside of Vegas. He didn’t follow his passion. He stepped back and he watched
where everybody was going, and he went the other way. And I hear that story over and over. Matt Freund, a dairy farmer
in New Canaan, Connecticut, who woke up one day and realized the crap from his cows
was worth more than their milk, if he could use it to make
these biodegradable flowerpots. Now he’s selling them to Walmart, right? Follow his passion? The guy’s — come on. So I started to look at passion, I started to look
at efficiency vs. effectiveness. As Tim talked about earlier,
that’s a huge distinction. I started to look at teamwork
and determination. And basically, all those platitudes
they call “successories” that hang with that schmaltzy art
in boardrooms around the world right now, that stuff — it’s suddenly
all been turned on its head. Safety. Safety first is … Going back to OSHA and PETA
and the Humane Society: What if OSHA got it wrong? I mean — this is heresy,
what I’m about to say — but what if it’s really safety third? Right? (Laughter) No, I mean, really. What I mean to say is: I value my safety on these crazy jobs as much as the people
that I’m working with, but the ones who really get it done — they’re not out there
talking about safety first. They know that other things come first — the business of doing
the work comes first, the business of getting it done. And I’ll never forget,
up in the Bering Sea, I was on a crab boat
with the “Deadliest Catch” guys — which I also work on in the first season. We were about 100 miles
off the coast of Russia: 50-foot seas, big waves, green water
coming over the wheelhouse, right? Most hazardous environment I’d ever seen, and I was back with a guy,
lashing the pots down. So I’m 40 feet off the deck, which is like looking down
at the top of your shoe, you know, and it’s doing this in the ocean. Unspeakably dangerous. I scamper down, I go into the wheelhouse and I say, with some level of incredulity, “Captain — OSHA?” And he says, “OSHA? Ocean.” And he points out there. (Laughter) But in that moment, what he said next
can’t be repeated in the Lower 48. It can’t be repeated on any factory floor
or any construction site. But he looked at me and said, “Son,” — he’s my age, by the way,
he calls me “son,” I love that — he says, “Son, I’m the captain
of a crab boat. My responsibility
is not to get you home alive. My responsibility
is to get you home rich.” (Laughter) You want to get home alive,
that’s on you.” And for the rest
of that day — safety first. I mean, I was like — So, the idea that we create
this sense of complacency when all we do is talk
about somebody else’s responsibility as though it’s our own, and vice versa. Anyhow, a whole lot of things. I could talk at length
about the many little distinctions we made and the endless list of ways
that I got it wrong. But what it all comes down to is this: I’ve formed a theory, and I’m going to share it now
in my remaining 2 minutes and 30 seconds. It goes like this: we’ve declared war on work,
as a society — all of us. It’s a civil war. It’s a cold war, really. We didn’t set out to do it and we didn’t twist our mustache
in some Machiavellian way, but we’ve done it. And we’ve waged this war
on at least four fronts, certainly in Hollywood. The way we portray working people on TV — it’s laughable. If there’s a plumber, he’s 300 pounds and he’s got a giant butt crack, admit it. You see him all the time. That’s what plumbers look like, right? We turn them into heroes,
or we turn them into punch lines. That’s what TV does. We try hard on “Dirty Jobs”
not to do that, which is why I do the work
and I don’t cheat. But, we’ve waged this war
on Madison Avenue. So many of the commercials that come out
there in the way of a message — what’s really being said? “Your life would be better
if you could work a little less, didn’t have to work so hard,
got home a little earlier, could retire a little faster,
punch out a little sooner.” It’s all in there,
over and over, again and again. Washington? I can’t even begin to talk
about the deals and policies in place that affect the bottom-line reality
of the available jobs, because I don’t really know; I just know
that that’s a front in this war. And right here, guys — Silicon Valley. I mean — how many people have
an iPhone on them right now? How many people have their BlackBerry? We’re plugged in; we’re connected. I would never suggest for a second that something bad
has come out of the tech revolution. Good grief, not to this crowd. (Laughter) But I would suggest that innovation without imitation
is a complete waste of time. And nobody celebrates imitation the way “Dirty Jobs” guys
know it has to be done. Your iPhone without those people
making the same interface, the same circuitry,
the same board, over and over — all of that — that’s what makes
it equally as possible as the genius that goes inside of it. So, we’ve got this new toolbox. You know? Our tools today don’t look
like shovels and picks. They look like the stuff
we walk around with. And so the collective
effect of all of that has been this marginalization
of lots and lots of jobs. And I realized, probably
too late in this game — I hope not, because I don’t know
if I can do 200 more of these things — but we’re going to do as many as we can. And to me, the most
important thing to know and to really come face to face with, is that fact that I got it wrong
about a lot of things, not just the testicles on my chin. I got a lot wrong. So, we’re thinking —
by “we,” I mean me — (Laughter) that the thing to do is to talk
about a PR campaign for work — manual labor, skilled labor. Somebody needs to be out there,
talking about the forgotten benefits. I’m talking about grandfather stuff, the stuff a lot us probably grew up with but we’ve kind of —
you know, kind of lost a little. Barack wants to create
two and a half million jobs. The infrastructure is a huge deal. This war on work that I suppose exists,
has casualties like any other war. The infrastructure is the first one, declining trade school enrollments
are the second one. Every single year, fewer electricians,
fewer carpenters, fewer plumbers, fewer welders, fewer pipe fitters,
fewer steam fitters. The infrastructure jobs that everybody
is talking about creating are those guys — the ones
that have been in decline, over and over. Meanwhile, we’ve got
two trillion dollars, at a minimum, according to the American Society
of Civil Engineers, that we need to expend
to even make a dent in the infrastructure, which is currently rated at a D minus. So, if I were running
for anything — and I’m not — I would simply say
that the jobs we hope to make and the jobs we hope to create aren’t going to stick unless
they’re jobs that people want. And I know the point of this conference is to celebrate things
that are near and dear to us, but I also know that clean
and dirty aren’t opposites. They’re two sides of the same coin,
just like innovation and imitation, like risk and responsibility,
like peripeteia and anagnorisis, like that poor little lamb,
who I hope isn’t quivering anymore, and like my time that’s gone. It’s been great talking to you. And get back to work, will you? (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

  1. Always loved this guy, I done "manual labor" since i was 14. Mike was a voice on TV for us simple workin' folks, now Im a film maker…. and asphalt guy! lol

  2. Wow one of the best TED talks I've seen in a while! There wasn't a single thing I disagreed with in what Mike spoke about.

  3. To anyone still around:
    I'm a biologist studying cell and organ systems at a university. I do research on pathways of inflammation and fibrosis using mice in order to find targets and produce therapies to prevent fibrotic diseases, the #1 killer above cancer in the world.
    Do I think college is worth it for most people?
    But don't just say screw your dreams. Keep them in mind as you work hard. Don't forget to remind yourself to work hard and that your dreams matter. In some way, they will begin to manifest in your habits and your choices. Only those who dream see opportunity.

  4. John Ratzenberger of Cheers is also into promoting trade careers. https://www.contractingbusiness.com/around-web/wisdom-cliff-clavin

  5. Fantastic speech! I watched this on a whim not knowing more about Mike Rowe than the few episodes I've seen of Dirty Jobs. I came away having watched an amazing speech on several levels. I will watch this again it is so good I've watched it twice already.

  6. It’s not so much the dirty jobs or labor job. It’s the micro managing nasty BS that goes with it. . All you are is a number and they care nothing about you. They see you as a slave. There is know ore human decency anymore. We are almost as bad as China. Maybe you should start addressing that.

  7. Guarentee, this…. if people didn't do the trade jobs…. there would be panic in the streets…. especially Wall Street….

  8. i used to like mike rowe until he started talking about the confederate flag and punching people that fly it!!

  9. Mike, the only time with this that you were wrong was to get the opinions of PETA, the Humane Society and SPCA. In fact, after they told you what to do, should have presumed that the opposite was true.

  10. One of a few men I truly respect in this world. I wish he were president- I wish all politicians were Mike Rowe. Think of the possibilities to have an intelligent and humble man running a country the evil dumba$$es can't.

  11. I worked in a nursing home industrial laundry cleaning hazardous biological contaminants in a repetitive brainless job all day in doors. It was a terrible job and there was no upside to it beyond being paid a marginal amount of money.

  12. Mike you are worth 40 million.
    And you complain about losing 100k worth of equipment on a job…it is a write off…
    I like your voice though.

  13. Straight up,
    Love Mike Rowe !
    Straight shooter !
    Has his crap together, and a simple way of putting things in a way that is easy for us all to be able to grasp !

  14. Good story, but somehow the ending doesn't match. We have loads of workers who really do work. They may not speak English….

  15. If only this is applicable in every country, here in the Philippines, construction workers/plumbers/welders dont earn that much because of the small salary they get from the company/government or to whatever hired them to do the work so instead of working here they go oversees and bring their skills and talents abroad because the pay is much higher.

  16. This was a great ted talk!! Mike is right! I went from a CEO of a multi-million dollar company to the owner of a motorcycle repair shop. I don’t make near the money. I probably work the same amount of hours, but it’s with my hands and in the heat/cold. But I have never been happier!! My customers love my service and I appreciate them… the market for craftsman is looking to fill 500,000 jobs right now!! People stop and think…

  17. Remember folks there’s 2,000+ people that didn’t like this… why? Because he offended you in some fashion? You don’t want to work? Or you just hate home for speaking the truth…

  18. Thanks for visiting the poor people and getting paid lots of money to encouraging them to be proud of getting screwed over by the kind of people that pay for people like you to do such a service for all of the zombies that have no hope of ever relating to or living in the kind of luxury that you do. Assbutts !

  19. Your funny but don't pretend your one of the working class . You are not and your a shmuck for pretending. Sorry princess/Hillary , go get your check from your you know whos and tell me it's a happy day whey your life sucks.

  20. " In the natural environment where there are predators, and competition for mates and food, an overt display of pain-related behaviour could be disadvantageous. For example, an animal showing obvious signs of pain such as lameness or pain-related vocalisation could become a target for predation or aggression, which would reduce its chances of mating or survival.

    Due to evolutionary pressures, many animals have therefore developed mechanisms that suppress signs of acute and chronic pain resulting, perhaps, from injury or an attack. Animals, including humans, produce opioids (natural ‘painkillers’) which may remain effective for a few minutes or several hours" http://nuffieldbioethics.org

    Both lambs were in severe pain, the slow pain was harder to conceal as it also had the effect of hobling the lamb.

  21. He's got a great voice, but I (am many alike) do not agree with his statement on passion, you CAN follow your passion but that doesnt mean it is going to be a smooth road. If your passion is to travel the world, then you need to get a job your gonna hate to save enough money to quite or invest to then go do that. That simple, your passion can be on hold until you can follow it, but dont give up.

  22. I was the CEO of a $200M company. I have 2 sons. I told both of them that I didn't care if they became trashmen. I asked them where would society be if someone didn't take away our garbage? My only request was that if that was the job they chose to do that they do it to the best of their ability and to be proud that they are performing a service that frankly we could not live without. There is no shame in honest work. The real shame is doing something you hate and having a very unhappy life That decision will have a very negative effect not on just you but your family as well. It very likely could lead to addiction or depression, neither of which are very healthy situations.
    Mike's show if you take the entertainment aspect away puts the spotlight on all of us who perform services that are necessary for us as a society to function. I once asked a young man in my company what the title of CEO meant to him. He gave me a long list of meaningless impressions and thoughts, many of which he thought I'd like to hear. When he was finished I told him what it really meant among other things was that if the trash wasn't taken out daily it was my problem.

  23. Mike Rowe is part of the problem no help at all to the solution . His idea of trade schools to develop the mass shortage of skill trades is foolish. People leave the trades because of low pay ,no benefits, no retirement and lack of steady employment . If Mike would lobby for stronger unions and better pay these jobs would be filled over night . Mike tries to pan the idea that the skill trades need more respect and are looked down on as part of the problem . I can tell you for a fact he is wrong , theirs no shortage of garbage or city utility workers . Theirs people in line for these jobs Because most are city jobs with benefits , retirement and steady pay. Theirs good reason 90% of skill trades do not want their kids in the business .

  24. The only time someone should hang their head in shame is when they are too lazy to even have a job' no matter what it is'

  25. Imagine if this was a high school graduation motivational speech. Lol

    Basically what he’s saying.. Get rich or die trying. Lmao

  26. I am a Pile-driver. Been in an apprenticeship for 3 years. Was in customer service and management for 20 years before this. Love my new career, the hard work, and the team I work with everyday. I am more happy with my job and life now than before. Love watching Rob Lowe and Dirty Jobs. Great speaker and super educational. Keep up the great work!

  27. I spent 6 figures to become a civil engineer because culture told me to and I was too naive to know better. Ironic since I grew up in a blue-collar town. My debt will follow me to retirement. I love my career now, but if I had to go back and do it again, I would be a plumber.

  28. I've had as many jobs as as many years as I've spent outside of school after graduating and for the first time I have a job that I look forward to doing each day and the ironic part is I work seven days a week from 7am to 9pm as a delivery driver. I have essentially no free time yet I'm as free as I've ever been. I have the opportunity for a skilled job that pays five times what I earn now as I have the necessary papers and with a fraction of the work time but I fear the thought of it like a prison. Having to clock in and remain in a certain location, killing time with coworkers you cant stand in between actual work. I actually fear it, from experience. Work can be a very fulfilling and fundamental source of meaning in a persons life. Work is not the enemy. Yet we learn to treat work as the cost of life.

  29. The thing is people aren’t going to dirty jobs because they are starting to be given to robots who can do the same job but better, cheaper and faster. I mean look at fast food places McDonalds and Taco Bell even Wendy’s they are all using kiosks so customers don’t have to go to the cashier. I worked at Taco Bell for a bit and every time I walked in the door the manager told me “Hey make sure you tell people to use the kiosk and if they don’t understand it then teach them.

  30. Mike Row is one of the celebrities that I actually respect. He’s a good guy, well spoken and the voice for the blue collar worker.

  31. Mike Rowe is a great communicator and from my limited perspective he is spot on with his assertion that the trades are in jeapardy.

    I'm a 57 year old electrical contractor who has been in business for 23 years and in the trade since 1982. There are young people who are interested in our trade and I employee some of them. However, I have seen that the inclination, for most people, is not to get their hands dirty and definitely not to get a job where they might perspire.

    I pay my people more than the going rate and provide a happy environment (no micro-management but, plenty of smiles with laughter) they in turn are loyal, happy, dedicated and loving the challenge of learning our trade and dealing with people (customers) in a caring and professional manner. It's not all about how much money one can make, albeit a very important consideration, it's a fulfilling and well respected career. Anyone who shows initiative can get an entry level position with almost any well established contractor and will excel in the electrical trade.

    If you have a good head on your shoulders and want to enjoy a good career, check with any electrical contractor and if they aren't hiring they will know someone who is.

    Thank you Mike Rowe!!

  32. Im a fan of Mike " Dirty Jobs". TED I don't know, Some one took down my comment. I was a baker in a doughnut shop the owner made it so that customers could see us working through a window , I think Tasty Cream did the same, But this place did under handed stuff. They had a group of school kids come in and they were watching us, I came around and talked to the kids and told them see this is what happens to kids that don't go to school. didn't get in trouble or anything. I was comfortable with my job. I do think I made someone cry though.

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