Monday, May 16, 2011

Mike Rowe on Getting Dirty

Funny how many of us have spoken or blogged about the subject in Mike Rowe's testimony. I did a blog about this very subject not long ago with a link to a fabricator saying the same things.
It's also funny how nobody takes those of us working the types of jobs in the following article seriously when we speak of the same issues. You have to have celebrity status before anyone will listen it seems.

Read what Mike Rowe has to say, it's important and it's true and not everyone can have a white collar job.


Arizona Harley Dude said...

I went to work with a pick and shovel when I was 12 years old. It was my dad's way of getting me out of my mom's hair and teaching me I wanted to be successful in school.

Problem was they paid me eighty cents an hour, I was outside, and I loved it. I became a plumber because of that. I also saved enough money to buy a car that winter. Yes, at 12 years old. It didn't have a motor or transmission, but I got one at the wrecking yard and put it in all by myself. My dad taught me about work ethic the old fashion way.

Funny thing is, my students today don't believe that I worked at 12, bought a car at that same age, or that I didn't get ahead because I'm White. They wait to get stuff for free at the age that I started to earn what I got. Winners and losers? My dad taught me how to win and I can’t thank him enough for that.

WooleyBugger said...

Arizona Harley Dude,

Kids today laugh when we tell them these things. Most of them just expect everything be handed to them.
I won't go into big detail but at one time in my life between the ages of 12 and 14 I was cutting grass with a push mower and trimming/pulling weeds and bushes with actual hand operated shears. I went door to door and this gave me food money. I didn't even go to school my whole sixth grade year but it's a strange long story. I still have the mower engine as a reminder.
Sorry, got off track here.

Willy D said...

He’s been teamed up with Cat for about the last year.

We’ve been teamed with a Community College for the last 15 yrs. 4 months in class, 2 at a shop. And just keep repeating until your time is up. You get paid when you’re at a shop. 2-year program with no guarantees. 4-year with a guaranteed job and the toolbox w/tools that the Dealership provides. They teach them the business end and theories in class. But they want them to get in the shop and learn from the bottom up. I think that’s the problem. There’s a good possibility that they’ll be covered in ice-cold hyd oil looking like they pissed their self. Seems like they can’t handle getting dirty anymore. Some of the 20 yr olds I’ve seen come & go thought that walking from one end of the shop to the other qualified them to be the COE.

WooleyBugger said...

Willy D,

Sounds like Cat has the right idea.
Wonder if they take on old dudes like me. I like working on stuff. Nothing feels better, well almost nothing. lol, then taking a broken down engine or piece of equipment and breathing new life into it. I had a small engine repair shop going but when people stiffed ya it hurt, put me under pretty much. Stupid school system in North Carolina is closing down all the shop classes at High schools to save money. BUnch of idiots running things these days.