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Friday, March 15, 2013

My not-so-secret crush on Mike Rowe

Anyone who knows me knows I have a huge crush on a certain former host of a show on Discovery Channel that may have had something to do with doing jobs that are dirty. I love the sound of his voice when he talks about Ford vehicles, Viva paper towels or Medi-Gap pharmacies. (ok that's an old one). I love that he never seems to take himself too seriously. I love that he's so self-deprecating. I'd enjoy sitting down (maybe on his lap) and having a beer with him. Maybe 6. And I'd love to have the opportunity to prove to my husband, once and for all, that Mike Rowe is not gay.
Dirty, hot man courtesy of his FB page.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. If he was gay, I'd be totally okay with that. Sure my heart would be broken over the fact that, should the possibility ever arise that I DID meet him in person and we had the chance to play hide the salami, he'd prefer my husband's salami over mine. But eventually, I'd get over it. Maybe. Probably. Whatever. My point is, my husband has been insistent, ever since we became acquainted with the delicious Mike Rowe, that he's gay. This is his argument:

Mike Rowe:
Sang opera in the days before his notorious gig on QVC. (that doesn't make him gay)
Close to 50 years old and still single. (that means NOTHING!)
Lives in San Francisco. (ok shut up)
You never see him with a woman. (his sweetie-by-the-bay likes her privacy, so sue her!)

That list is SO unfairly stereotypical. SO WHAT if he sang opera, lives in San Francisco and is still single. If we're going to go that route, would a gay man EVER allow himself to be covered in mud, coal dust, bat guano, garbage, slime or bird crap? I'm telling you, this man is hard, rugged, sexy and definitely hetero. He's messy, he wears baseball caps (I've never seen a gay man wear a baseball cap), he's NEVER mentioned RuPaul's Drag Race on ANY episode of Dirty Jobs OR Deadliest Catch. So please, darling husband, let me have my fantasy.

Just look at this guy:

Photo courtesy of Mike Rowe's FB Page


How sexy is that picture? And the best part? Those flies buzzing around his head? Apparently MANY of them ended up in his mouth. Not by HIS choice, but seriously, how manly is he? He discusses it in one of the many posts he makes on his Facebook page. I love that he's a down to earth kinda guy. I've been stalking him following his career for a long time now, and I've never heard a bad word spoken about him. He is most definitely on my list. Come on, you know the list. You have one too. And so does your spouse/significant other/life partner. and Mike is high up on my list.

So Mike, if you're in the area, and are looking for a nice game of hide the salami, my husband will let me out to play. Unless you'd prefer my husband's salami. Then we'd have to negotiate.

56 comments:

  1. It's that vibe he puts out as a man who knows how to get things done. Nothing as sexy as confidence, for sure.

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  2. I bet your husband is wishing you never set eyes on this guy. Jealousy has crept in, if he's calling him gay, ha ha ha. Just don't wind the old man up too much because in some countries they allow the crime of passion ha ha ha.
    I can just see your hubby sitting in a room shouting 'Mike made me do it', ha ha ha. And he'll have a copy of this post to prove it :)

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  3. This is great, Teri! I agree---he IS a cutie. The one who keeps me up at night is Johnny Depp...but that salami has probably been hidden way too many times.....

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  4. I agree! He is a hunk....and I seriously doubt that he is gay!

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  5. Doesn't matter which side of the salami you're on. He. Is. HAWT.

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  6. My husband also thinks he is gay.
    He is 50 and not married BECAUSE my husband hasn't bit the dust yet and MR hasn't had the opportunity to meet and fall madly in love with ME :)
    He is simply adorable and sexy. So you are not alone on this quest!

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    1. Mike is sooo HOT and I would so love to get dirty with him.....from head to toe :-) My name is Gary......he can be my DADDY ANYTIME......

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  7. Uhmm I guess you ladies haven't been with many men, and thats not a bad thing, however this guy ticks all the gay boxes (rock hudson, james dean types) - he is just butch. I bet he is a top though ;)

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  8. Noooooooooo!!
    That's the sound of hopes dashing and dreams dying, in case you were wondering. Sigh. He was so cute in those commercials with his parents, talking about cleaning.
    Okay, maybe I should have seen this one coming.
    Swinging by from the Hump Day Hookers

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  9. For whatever the reason, the gods smiled upon me one day at Starbucks. In my obscure drive through California town, I reached for the door to leave. Simultaneously a man opened the door to walk in. Both shocked to be inches from each other. That chiseled face smiled at me. A quiet laugh and that sweet deep voice softly said, "Sorry."

    Mike Rowe held the door open for me. He.Is.Not.Gay.

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    1. Follow up: BoyA (18, a straight dancer with excellent gaydar) says he is not. Evidence, "He handles POO! AND he deals with pain really well. When dodging cockroaches his responses are NOT feminine. They are big and warrior like."

      Love my son.

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    2. Your son is a smart man, Rebecca. And I'm jealous of your Starbucks encounter. :)

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    3. Let's do this again. Pay attention. Mike Rowe is over 50, never been married, lives in San Francisco. Guys know what guys know. Mike is gay. So what? You think because he's a hunk he couldn't "possibly be gay"???? Try going to a Leather Bar. I rest my case.

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    4. Hey Anonymous, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. I don't care if he's gay, straight or likes to cuddle with piranhas. He's hot as hell.

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    5. Follow up: BoyA (18, a straight dancer with excellent gaydar) says he is not. Evidence, "He handles POO! AND he deals with pain really well. When dodging cockroaches his responses are NOT feminine. They are big and warrior like."

      Maybe you should tell your son that not all gay men have feminine reactions to seeing cockroaches. And as a heterosexual woman, I can assure you that not every woman is afraid of snakes, bugs, and spiders. Why are people raising their sons to discard the opposite sex as a bunch of whining screamers whose behaviors are not to be taken seriously? I'm disappointed in your parenting if you have a son whose perception of gay men involves describing them as women... as both gay men and women are negative "things" to be.

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    6. Again, lighten the hell up, Francis.

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  10. Yummy yum yum!
    Thanks for hooking up to the Hump Day Hook Up

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  11. i don t see where he is so good looking but he seems like a really nice guy!

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  12. What about Hugh Laurie? Think he's gay, too??

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    1. No, I don't think Mike OR Hugh is gay.

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    2. Hugh is married and has kids. Mike is NOT gay! In an interview, he said he did the opera thing thinking it would be one time only. He stayed because of all the girls. He's probably not married because he works and travels over 350 days a year. Just saying.

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    3. Hugh is married and has kids. Mike is NOT gay! In an interview, he said he did the opera thing thinking it would be one time only. He stayed because of all the girls. He's probably not married because he works and travels over 350 days a year. Just saying.

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  13. One of my friends and I were talking about whether he was gay or not when I stumbled upon your blog entry. Just because Mike Rowe displays many traditionally masculine traits or likes to work with his hands doesn't mean he's unlikely to be gay. In fact, there's a whole gay subculture with strong roots in San Francisco called "the bear community" that involves more masculine and blue collar gay men. (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_(gay_culture) ) Remember that a man being attracted to other men is what makes him gay - gender identity is a whole different beast. In fact, my partner is an air craft mechanic who loves fixing things, so I can understand the appeal of a man who gets his hands dirty.

    In any case, if Mike Row says he's straight, you have to take him at his word. Even if he *were* gay, he has to make peace with that on his own time. Given the fact that he lives in SF, I'd say that makes it more likely that he's not gay. You have to be pretty comfortable around gay people to live in SF!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Aaron! I have said it before, many times. Doesn't matter one way or the other to me. A handsome man is a handsome man, whether he's gay, straight, bi, whatever. He's just a fine specimen of a man. :)

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    2. I stumbled on this as I was thinking about him for some weird reason as I watched the AC guy get so dirty and into stuff that I would have not touched, when my new homes AC went out. I wondered about it too..Have we had any confirmation or am I going to have to go in to my utterly obsessive nature when I do not know something? If not I also thought that perhaps he is Asexual..That could be it too. Either way he is such a great and inspiring and funny man. I appreciate his sense of the world and anyone. A man or woman would be a lucky person to have his attention for sure. Either way, he certainly has an interesting life and what is even more admirable is his show of love for his parents he speaks of. Great person for sure! :)

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  14. I love Mike Rowe. We may either have to learn how to swing or else fight it out for him. Just sayin.....

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  15. I was lucky enough to see Mike Rowe address the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree, which I visited with members of my son's scout troop. He told a wonderful story about how miserable his first scout meeting was and how he stuck with it and went on to become an Eagle Scout. You could see he was clearly getting through to a lot of the kids. I think he's a great guy.

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  16. He's gorgeous... rugged sexy man. I love a man not afraid to get dirty. Thanks for hooking up to the Hump Day Hook Up

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  17. Hello, danielle Burgio, an actress isn't she his girfriend ?

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  18. I think what's more disturbing is that you think a gay man can't be "manly" or "rugged"... What an antiquated and ridiculously outdated way of thinking. God bless your son or daughter if they are gay and don't conform to whatever stereotype you think they should.

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    1. I never said a gay man can't be manly or rugged. Dude, if my kid came to me to tell me he/she was gay, I'd totally love them regardless. Lighten up.

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  19. I am from the same home town as Mike and to put it simply. He is not gay, just never married. Had a long time relationship that never resulted in marriage.

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  20. I have had a crush on both MR and well not Hugh. Laurie. But Dr House. My top 2 on my hall pass. I did see a program on a gay football team. Any of those guys could be a Mike type.

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  21. Mike is hot but what makes him awesome to me is he makes me laugh. I love a sexy rugged hot...funny man. He got a GREAT personality. Thats why I love Mike Rowe.

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  22. Realize that this is kind of old, but to address the gay question, check out these... http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/dirty-jobs/lists/dirty-jobs-faqs.htm

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  23. The author is blaming her husband for stereotyping Mike because of what he has done, but she is also stereotyping him based on his job and appearance.

    Is there a famous person who we know less about their personal life? I mean, at one time we could have said Anderson Cooper, but look how that turned out. Hell, all wikipedia says is that he resides in San Francisco. People say he has a girlfriend, but as much as I have watched the show, I have never heard him mention one. Also, having a girlfriend would not mean he wasn't gay. My partner was married for 13 years before his divorce, has 2 kids and is gay.

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    1. Are you kidding? Not only that, but she accosts her husband for the gay stereotpying, but a couple paragraphs later, writes, " I'm telling you, this man is hard, rugged, sexy and definitely hetero. He's messy, he wears baseball caps (I've never seen a gay man wear a baseball cap), he's NEVER mentioned RuPaul's Drag Race on ANY episode of Dirty Jobs OR Deadliest Catch." Apparently to her all gay men are effinimate, and behave like the stereotypical female. So she is not only stereotyping gays, but women. No "real man" wants to be remotely associated as being either gay or a woman. And if Mike Rowe is a fantasy, then it should make no difference if the object of her fantasy is gay or straight. It is FANTASY!

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  24. Out of curiosity, Talent-DB, does the DB stand for 'douchebag?'

    Lighten up please.

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  25. Season 5, episode 4. Mike Rowe specifically says that he has a girlfriend. Mystery solved! He could of course be bi or be lying to the public or lying to himself. Either way, it doesn't matter! You know what else doesn't matter? Everything that you guys are arguing about because even though i agree with what some of you are saying, it is simply our opinion and we are all entitled to one.. No matter how great, stupid, or shitty it may be. So how about we all just focus on what this post is really about.. Mike Rowe being smokin' hot no matter what his sexual orientation may be!

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    1. BEST. COMMENT. EVER!!!! Very true, every word. Let's get on with the Mike appreciatin'!!

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  26. I wear baseball caps. Trust me on this: it has not made me hetero.

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  27. You know what is gross? Assuming that he is not gay because he is masculine. You chicks are the worst. And you have NO IDEA who is gay and who is not.

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  28. Got to meet Mike Rowe in 1990 when he was just starting at QVC and I worked there as a customer service rep. We walked in from the far parking lot together.. very nice guy. Not famous at the time....just a regular guy who made me laugh on a 5 minute walk in the snow!

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  29. Teri, I'm right there with ya. No more whiney men! Mike's a doll.

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  30. I get up with Mike Rowe in Baltimore and he is 100% gay. Never ever saw him with a female always guys. He is funny though but the thought of him and Anderson Cooper doing each other is a bit freaky wouldn't you say?

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  31. I meant to say grew up with Mike yes he is 100% gay...

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  32. Good Greif!!!!!!!!!!! There is absolutly nothing gay about him. manly manly MAN, why cant there be more like him, YUMMY!!!! !

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  33. Not gay. See http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/dirty-jobs/lists/frequently-asked-questions-cont-2/ where he says, "I've never married, but continue to pursue a life of serial monogamy with a very understanding woman in San Francisco." And yes, he is very attractive, both in looks and personality.

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  34. Who the F cares?...he is obviously an FN HOT human being, who resonates feelings in BOTH sexes...what's wrong with that?...

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  35. Who the F cares?...he is obviously an FN HOT human being, who resonates feelings in BOTH sexes...what's wrong with that?...

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  36. Wish I could win the Lottery he would never have to work again
    James.

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  37. This is an old post, but who cares.

    I'm in a man in my 40's. I've never been married. I wear baseball caps all the time. I work with cattle and am usually covered in mud and stuff that looks like mud, but smells worse. I had to Google "RuPual's Drag Race" to know for sure what it is because I've never seen it. I served my country in the Army. I also happen to be gay. I just wanted to point out that your list of facts that should indicate Mr. Rowe's preference for women is really sort of meaningless. There was absolutely nothing offensive about your post, but I feel like I want to point out that there are men who are just as masculine and manly as any other men, but they also happen to be attracted to men. We don't all look/act like Richard Simmons.

    I don't have much experience with women, but I must admit that I'm a little confused by your statement about how, if Mike Rowe were gay, he might prefer your husband's salami over yours. I wasn't aware that women are also blessed with salami. I may need to do some more research ;)

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  38. I happen to know for a FACT that Mike at least WAS married!! I was friends with her on Facebook. Spoke to her in the phone many times (unfortunately that phone number went the way of 2 cell phones ago & disappeared) hey name wad Jennifer (Jen) she's from Michigan. They met while he was filming Dirty Jobs. They were married in Sept 11, 2011. (Or 2010, can't remember currently) I hv pictures of her on an SD card somewhere. The last I heardrum from her they had gotten divorced but had reconciled. She (& Mike) was dividing hey time btwn their home in SF & Michigan where her 2 daughters live. She had some 'issues' that caused some probless for both of them, but last I knew she was doing well. I'm very suspicious that she seemingly vanished from Facebook & the earth apparently . I'm really hoping she's ok!!! I jabber a ton of respect for Mike but don't understand why he no longer tasks about her. There's no real record of them ever being married. ( I saw pictures from their wedding! ) he used to be fairly open on Facebook & had an acct like you & i would have that allowed private conversations have he was very open about his relationship with her. Right around the time she 'vanished'his Facebook page went away asks wad replaced with a new one that is the current 'celebrity' type page.
    I hope she's ok. I just wish he'd be forthcoming about her!!

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