Oh I haven't forgotten. It's just that I don't always share my "Thank You" notes here. But today I decided to do just that.
Thank You Thursday salutes: Mike Rowe. Yep, my game, my rules. Thanking someone for making my life interesting doesn't mean it has to be a personal buddy. For those of you who aren't familiar, Mike Rowe is considered a "t.v. celebrity" by many. To me, he's a mix of all things unique and interesting, combined with creativity and a voice you've heard narrating many a program. With a varied career from Opera Singer (I'm still shaking my head over that one), to QVC host (where he was fired and rehired 3-4 times), commercial spokesman to being, as some fans note, "The voice I hear in my head when I read his words". He has a quick wit, a sense of humor anyone can embrace, an adorable dog Freddy who waxes poetic on Fridays on Facebook and equally adorable parents who are often found in his commercials. His Mom even does her own Bounty paper towel commercials!
That photo says it all: part fun, part learning a skill. This is a man who appears unafraid of tackling any job...or highlighting those who do.
I admire Mike because, quite simply, he's a nice guy doing his best to help others find the occupation of their choice, without the financial burden of a college degree. Check out his website mikeroweworks which provides scholarships for those wanting to learn a trade skill.
So Mike, thanks for truly caring about others, for keeping common sense alive, for making me laugh, for increasing my vocabulary and for not making me feel as if I should address you as "Mr. Rowe" just because you appear on t.v. (Thursday nights at 9 pm. on CNN...if the world behaves and you don't get preempted...again.)
Most importantly, thanks for "speaking" to me...not as part of a demographic, but as a friend. That means a lot. My regards to Freddy. (My dog Boudreaux insisted I include a doggie biscuit, but it wouldn't fit through the screen).