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Monday, April 28, 2014

Just another Sunday afternoon in DC...

So this happened Sunday.
My second husband and I. Eventually. (totally kidding)

And this.
Jenn and her new step-daddy. (totally kidding)

To say that I am still on Cloud 9 would be an understatement. To say that this guy is awesome just doesn't do him justice. From the first welcoming hug to his final goodbye as he walked us out, my experience with Mike Rowe was truly the best experience I've ever had with a celebrity. Okay a quasi-celebrity, but whatever. He was fantastic. (Mike, if you're reading this, don't let it go to your head, you big Diva).

For everyone else, here's how it went. I sent an email to mikeroweWORKS HQ Saturday around noon saying that if Mike had any free time at all on Sunday (he was in town for the USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC), that I would be happy to make the trek down to the city to sit down for a chat, if it was possible. 2 hours later I received a call back saying that if I could make it to DC around 1:30 Sunday, Mike would be happy to meet with me. Yeah I think I could fit that into my schedule. (Keep in mind that this has been an on-going thing, us trying to set up a meeting, I didn't just ask and receive, it was a process)

Sunday morning, Jenn and I piled into the car and drove to the metro station, took the metro into town and arrived early. If you've never been to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, it's massive, it takes up over 3 city blocks and is about 5 stories high. So once we found the room where we were supposed to meet Mike, we didn't stray very far from it. (I was so afraid of getting lost in the vast expanse of the building!) We met Susanna from mrW who let us into the green room (the conference room set aside for Mike and his crew). She told us they were running behind but would be there shortly, help ourselves to any food/drink we wanted and off she went to catch a flight back to the west coast. We saw Matt Freund (from the Poo Pot episode Dirty Jobs). We snacked and we waited.

Suddenly, the doors opened, and his entourage walked in with him and then, in that deep, sexy voice, I heard: "Well, well, well." I melted right there on the chair. When they scraped me up, he put out his hand to shake mine but I clumsily asked for a hug instead. You'll get your handshake but let's get the formalities out of the way early. After the hug, I shook his hand. Whatever. Don't judge me. I'm lucky I didn't try for some tongue. My kid would be in therapy for (more) years.

There was chit chat, he introduced us to Mary who is the president of mikeroweWORKS, and to Antwan (I hope I'm spelling that right) who was his camera man. I introduced them to Jenn, who I said was my producer, director, camera girl, sound girl and entourage. I gave them some Snarkfest bookmarks which they found amusing (who wouldn't find a picture of a cat's ass sticking out of a drawer amusing??)

I digress (as usual). So while I was standing there with my crew of 1 talking with Mary, Mike went out into the hall behind the conference room (green room) to scout out a place for our chat. He called Jenn, Antwan and I out and he had set up two chairs for us to sit and two chairs for our camera people to sit. The man does his own grunt work. Just sayin'.

We sat down and for the next 45 minutes he answered my totally off the wall questions with a smile. He told me that he had just spent time with a journalist from CNN and did a live spot with CBS so this little off the cuff interview with non-standard questions was just what he needed. My thinking was this: YES he has a new show coming out and YES he has his mikeroweWORKS foundation, but I would imagine that answering the same questions over and over would really start to get boring. I did NOT want to bore this guy. So I asked him questions like: What would your stripper name be, and tell me your signature move. Trust me, we all had a good laugh at that. Also among the questions, what's on his mp3 player, would he consider voicing a cartoon character and would he do Dancing With the Stars if he was asked.

I have the whole thing on my video camera, and I promise you, if you are patient with me while I try to figure out how to get it all to work, you will NOT be disappointed when I post the interview. But what I'm planning on (trying to do) is to break the interview up into 5 minute segments, because I have a feeling I would lose people if I posted one entire 45 minute video.

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36 comments:

  1. I am so jelly and happy for you at the same time. I have ALWAYS said I want to marry that man. He has such a great sense of humor and that makes me one happy girl. Is he as handsome in person as he is on the show?

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  2. Melissa, he's even more handsome in person and 100% genuine. Warm, witty, polite, just tremendous.

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  3. Love, love, love! I'm so glad you got to meet him AND took your daughter. Mike is a great person and he's wonderful to his fans. I'm looking forward to the video.

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    1. Thanks T, she was just blown away by the whole experience!

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  4. I was dying at "Well well well"!!! I am SO THRILLED for you and can't wait for the interview!!!! :-) :-)

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    1. I wish I had THAT on tape Mims. I can't wait to start working on the tape!!

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  5. How damn cool is THAT???

    After me, Mike has got the be the Second Most Famous Person you have met. :D

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    1. Someday he aspires to be as big as you, Toby. Until then, it's back to the sewers for him.

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  6. Girl, I am so happy for you! This is beyond fantastic. Can't wait to see the videos!

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  7. I know you were sooo looking forward to that glad your dream came true

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  8. Fantastic intro, doll! I await your next installment----hurrrrryyy! :o) We're all living through you here, Teri!

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    1. Thanks honey!! Can't wait to get working on the videos!

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  9. I chuckled my whole way through reading this article and equated it to my 11 year old meeting One Direction's Harry Styles....with just a tad bit more restraint! Congratulations!!!!

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    1. Yes, I'll admit, I was fangirling hard.You'll have to tell me about your daughter meeting Harry!!! My girls will FLIP over hearing about it!

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  10. I'm so, so happy for you and can't wait to see the videos. Oh, I can totally see it when he walked in saying, "Well, well, well".

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  11. Good for you! Persistence and blogging really does pay off :)

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  12. I have been smiling while reading the whole post - omg I went weak at Well well well. I am impressed with your ability to stand up after that, as I'd probably be a wreck and blubbering and he'd be all "um, are you okay?" at which I would go into apologizing blubber...how did you keep it together?! I mean, the pix you put on FB were to die for! So glad to hear he's not letting his stardom interfere with his true awesome. Can't wait to read the next post - yeah you for keeping it together and letting us live through your excellent adventure!!! :D

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    1. My friends just watched the video with me and told me I held my composer very well. Probably because I left the room and screamed like a teenager. ;)

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  13. So cool. I used to watch his show all the time. Did you hand your husband the divorce papers yet? :-)

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    1. LOL he's been awesome. He told me today he's probably the only government worker with a picture of his wife holding another man's leg on his desktop at work.

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  14. I'm going to ask my husband to say "well, well, well" when he snuggles into bed tonight. We'll see what happens after that...
    Cannot wait to see the videos!!

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    1. Hope it all goes well for you and hubby, Dawn!!

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  15. Please give us a hint about his dance move??! Please!! Lol.

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  16. How totally fun!!! I'd love to meet him! I'm so glad you were able to connect. Looking forward to hearing your interview.

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    1. Thanks Gina! It was fantastic. First two video clips are up.

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  17. How were you even able to let go of him? They would of had to pry me off.
    What did he smell like? You know damn well you did the sniff thing.
    I am so jealous.

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    1. Chocolate chip cookies warm right out of the oven. And rainbows. And unicorn tears. Not that I noticed or anything.

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  18. I don't know about anyone else, but I'd watch the whole 45 minutes...repeatedly, with the volume cranked up. Mmm, that Mike is yummy.

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    1. I may or may not have watched it a dozen times so far.

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  19. CrazyNazirunningcrackhoApril 30, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Loved every minute of the video...so excited for you! All I can say is thank god that Jen was with you because I think things could have gone awry. In a good beneficial kinda way. :) hmmm he is one sexy creature.

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