Thursday, April 8, 2010

Meteorite Men, My Favorite Show

I have to write two blogs today to catch up, so the first is going to be dedicated to Geoff of Meteorite Men who responded to one of my blogs (Meteorite Men vs the Oscars). Geoff, you must have been Googling your own show because you’re one of a very, very select few who have stumbled on my blogging marathon – trying to do 365 posts in 365 days. I’m approaching the halfway mark, and your response made my day. Shall we celebrate? I’m going to fetch a lemon drop….

Okay, I’m back, and I have a couple of things to say. First, I’d like to ask how a busy star like you has so much time to write a nice response to an obscure blogger? Are you on the network’s time when you’re doing your personal computing? Do they know this? Have you ever been charged with a felony?

Second, I'm happy to hear you were filming in Canada. I like Canada. Darn good Olympics this year! Truly top notch. Wasn't that Red Green Show filmed in Canada? That was a good show – pretty entertaining and very creative with all the duct tape – I couldn’t live without it. In fact, maybe you should try wrapping some around your metal detector – it might make it sound better (ha ha).

When I encountered you Meteorite Men on TV, you were a couple of guys out in the most forsaken wasteland of snowy fallow fields walking back and forth listening to the wails of your metal detectors. That was pretty much it, sprinkled with some entertaining chit chat, until the detector started making a different sound that only you guys and mongrel dogs could hear, and you got all excited and started digging like a terrier in a mole hill. Finally you came up with the prize – a muddy chunk of outer space – which you thought was worth hundreds of dollars. I’m not saying that this wasn’t highly entertaining, I’m just saying that it gave me that ever elusive thing - good material to write a humor blog about, so I poked a little fun.

But now that you’ve written back, I must say that I’m entirely impressed with the work you are doing. I had forgotten about my love of meteors, especially the ones at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry that are big as beach balls. You probably wouldn’t need a metal detector for one of those puppies. There’s always a ton of people gathered around them vying for a chance to rub the space rock. Do you think it’s good luck to touch a meteor? Sure has been for you.

Admittedly, when I saw you guys getting excited about driveway-gravel-sized meteors and selling them for hundreds of dollars, I asked myself, “Who would pay such a price for such a thing?” Now I realize that people are attracted to meteors like flies to – uh, like iron filings to a magnet. Who in their right mind would NOT want a meteor? I’m lusting for one at this very minute.

All kidding aside, (and this is hard for me to do), I very much appreciate your response and the time you took to write it. If you see those guys from Ice Road Truckers, tell them I said hello! Oh, and keep up the good work. Can’t wait to see your next adventure!!!


  1. Dear GHD:

    Thank you so much for the dedication! I am honored, and today's post was funny, entertaining and very well written. I just read it out loud to my operations manager, and we both liked the "terrier in a mole hill" especially. That caused some merriment in the office, which is always a good thing on a Thursday evening. We also sent out a Tweet about your blog from the "Meteorite Men" account today, so you will hopefully have a few extra readers, just about now.

    No, actually, I'm not on network time when I reply to posts, answer "MM" fan mail, or send autographed photos to kids. I love my work and when somebody takes an interest in what we do, I try to make time to comment, say "thank you," or add the appropriate link to our news stories archive (which I will do with your blog, if I may). Yes, such pursuits are rather time consuming but I do keep up with Google Alerts and other news and web items related to our show. A few very weird things have surfaced from time to time, but that's the modern world for you.

    We haven't met the guys from "Ice Road Truckers" yet, but I'll be sure to send them your regards if we cross paths. I did have drinks with Laurens from "Whale Wars" and Jeremy from "River Monsters" last month, and that was a most enjoyable evening.

    Good luck with the 365 posts—an admirable goal! Thank you for the encouragement and I hope you'll continue to tune in to "Meteorite Men." If you're on Facebook or Twitter, please send me a hello. It would be nice to connect with you and I'll be watching your blog.

    Yours respectfully,

    Geoff of Meteorite Men

  2. Thanks for the mention. Always glad to hear we are making at least a small impact on our world!

    Hey Geoff, your reply was about as long as the blog entry was. Don't forget you have to be in Ft. Worth today, so don't miss your plane writing comments to too many people's blogs, or I will be waiting to pick you up at the baggage claim with no Geoff around.

    Steve of Meteorite Men

  3. Geoff is basically the bees knees.