Friday, March 25, 2011

Matt Roloff Speaking at Penn State

I mentioned earlier that Matt is going on a speaking tour starting next week . Here is an article about his upcoming engagement at Penn State.

In the article Matt talks a little about what he is up to, what he and Amy learned by doing "Little People Big World" and what the family thoughts are about returning to television.

Click on the link below or on the blog title.

Here is a link to another article about Matt speaking at Penn State

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Digging up a subject...

HELP!...HELP!...Good, I was hoping to get your attention. I have a few ideas as to what I think would be interesting to write about for this blog, but I am really curious to hear what subjects you would like to know more about. Many recent questions I’ve received are regarding the dirt project. I think Matt has covered that one on his facebook, but I will do a quick summary below. Other questions I’ve received are logistic and yes or no answer type of questions, nothing to write a story around. That is why I thought I would ask you.

I don’t want to spoil anyone’s ideas so I won’t share specifics on what I was thinking, but it is along the lines of ‘digging’ up some behind the scenes intrigue on specific LPBW episodes or ‘unearthing’ some hidden facts, like what is the real deal about...?

With that, I am inviting you to comment and/or email subjects you would like me to delve into and any specific questions you want me to ask about that subject. Ideas don’t just have to be centered around Matt either. Give me a good reason to poke around and get the scoop.

A little more about dirt:

In early March Intel corporation begun construction on a very large expansion of one of their Hillsboro plants. The expansion and Intel’s training and innovative education plan is what brought Presidient Obama out to Hillsboro. Here is where Matt comes in; On a large piece of property west of the Intel site (not his farm), he has constructed a dirt receiving operation where the excavated dirt from the Intel site is dumped and utilized to build up the property. Dirt can be cut throat, there is big money at stake and his is not the only drop site for the dirt, there are 2 or 3 others. Hundreds of trucks hauling dirt are all over Hillsboro (probably making some locals scratch their heads wondering). To say time is money is an understatement. It is all about timing at the dump site. It is a laborious dance of loaded trucks in and unloaded trucks out with back hoes, track hoes and loaders moving the dirt. This project would be a huge undertaking in dry summer weather, but the rain has been relentless making it much more of a challenge and has created a few dump pad and road maintenance issues that shut down the flow of trucks (and money). With all those guys working long hours, there’s been drama for sure, screaming and yelling and even a meltdown or two. It is kind of like Ax Men, but instead of logs it’s dirt. You could call it “Dirt Men” and at the end of the season, which is coming up soon, we will see which site took the most loads.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Zach Roloff in LA

Wow, I finally ran into Zach when he had a free moment this afternoon! We talked about his resent quick trip down to LA. As you probably know, Zach is a member of the Statesmen basketball team who often play to benefit CODA, but the LA event was not for charity. It was an exhibition game against a team of reality show contestants and will be featured on the May 9th episode of “WWE Tuff Enough”. When the opportunity first came up, Zach was apprehensive about participating. “I didn’t want it to be like a circus.” Zach said “I told Marty that if it is something where we’re running around under their legs, then no way.” Zach was pleased to learn that was not the intention and said he was even more relieved on Friday when they played a good solid game with no antics or shenanigans. “They had a lot of cameras, and it seemed like they were able to get a lot of positive footage. It felt like it was being focused on ‘the appreciation of your opponent’, but sometimes positive doesn’t make for good television, so hopefully they don’t spin it around and have it go all weird on us.” Zach was telling me that at one point he had the ball and then another player grabbed it to take it away. “ I think he probably thought when he took it, that I would let go, but I didn’t” Zach said “He lifted me up to his eye level and I’m hoping he doesn't drop the ball.” I said to Zach “That could have turned out bad, you could have been hurt.” He said that he was thinking that too.

The Statesmen won the game that night, but to see the details you will need to tune in and watch for yourself.

After the game Zach spent a little time with his old friend Jennifer who he hadn’t seen in over two years. She and her friend Jack live in LA and wanted to take Zach out for dinner and on a tour of the city. Zach didn’t want to stay out too late so after a quick meal and a ride down Sunset Blvd, they dropped him back at Marty’s.

The next day everyone slept in and later Zach and Marty spent the morning relaxing and talking about how fun it was to see all the guys. They talked about the game and relived every one of the highlights before Zach headed to the airport to catch his flight home.

Zach told me there are future events and game opportunities for the Statesmen basketball team that are being considered and maybe even a soccer event too. So we will have to keep our eyes peeled for that.

Before I totally wrapped up with Zach I asked him a few questions that have been emailed to me:

One was about his Previa, what happened to it? He still has the Previa, and will probably keep it for old times sake. He doesn’t drive it though, he currently drives an Outback.

The other was about what his Mom said on her Coffee chat about him having a ‘special girl’ in his life. He said that when Amy said that, he was thinking “like, Mom, why did you say that?” He has many girls that he is friends with, but does admit to one being a bit more special. She lives a few miles away and they enjoying spending time together on weekends. He said that when he ‘officially’ has a “girlfriend” he will not keep it secret. He wants everyone to know that he will facebook it himself. Until then, it’s just rumor.

The last one was about college and career. Zach is currently going to Portland Community College and will eventually transfer to a 4 year college. He is studying towards a business degree, and continues to explore career avenues that will incorporate his passion for sports. He’s also still working at Indoor Goals.

Check it out starting at the 5 minute mark.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Best Laid Plans

Had plans gone as expected Matt would have flown out today with thoughts of sking the white powder slopes of Telluride Mountain and sitting with friends around a roaring fire in the rustic lodge, but alas, those plans have been dashed. Even Matt’s negotiating skills could not sway his doctor from lifting the ‘no skiing in high altitude ban’ that he imposed. Guess the next few days will be spent on less leisurely pursuits. He should however, in my opinion, try to get in a massage or two, because he has been working his body to the bone this last week.

Matt wants to assure people that his health issues don’t appear to be too serious, but having the doctor ban him from his ski trip is still more than a little troubling. He is eager for the doctors to pinpoint the cause of his irregular EKG rhythm and has already gone through a battery of tests but is scheduled for another round of different tests, so we will see what results come from that.

Matt obviously has not shared with his doc the entire scope of his schedule. Otherwise he would likely be looking at even more stringent medical sanctions. In addition to speeding up production on the hotel stool kits and ordering more Roloff Gear for Molly to sell in the online store, he is going great guns on the farm expansion, not to mention a week long, multi-state speaking tour he is doing at the end of the month. Honestly it is a never ending stream of meetings, phone calls, job site visits, brainstorming sessions, more meetings, more phone calls... Late to bed and early to rise is not sustainable. And soon it will be time to plant the pumpkins! OMG Matt, it is not easy keeping up with you. See why you need that massage? You did take Jacob to see “I am Number 4” last weekend, right? Hope so because you really needed the down time.

Now that I got myself all worked up, I also want to mention that I have a bone to pick with Matt. And I think many other people would agree with me. “Matt, would you please focus at least a tiny bit more on TLC and those other production conversations. I know you, Amy and the kids are doing great without the show, and may not be as eager, but I love TV and want to see you back on the small screen. This dirt thing is good money, but come on already. Maybe it’s time to consider their proposals???...and I know it’s been more than one:)

Speaking of dirt...Good thing his doctor’s didn’t ban him from low altitude gravel and mud, did you see his latest video? Take a the term “Muckin Mud” No doubt I will use that one in the future.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Matt Roloff on Campus in North Portland

I mentioned in my last post that Matt had a local speaking engagement. So I thought I would tell you how that evening went. Other than a few times before, Matt’s speaking engagements have primarily been out of state, and mostly on the east coast, so up until now I never had an opportunity to hear him speak and I asked if I could come along. And by the way, I want to drive.

The plan was that I would pick Matt up first and we’d get one of Matt's Roloff Farm assistants on the way. It was dark and crazy wet outside, the rain was coming down in buckets, no joke. It was the kind of rain that windshield wipers have a hard time keeping up with. Matt's assistant had some printed directions and we headed off. We didn’t have a problem on the big wide highways, but when we got off in North Portland and were driving down the narrower, more congested side streets and the tail lights and head lights were glaring in the rain, the signs became harder to read we began to think we had gone too far. “Lets turn around and head back”, Matt said, “we must have passed it”.  But I really wasn’t so sure and I had a feeling that we might go around in circles all night so, even though I have gotten into trouble for ignoring ‘her’ in the past, I decided to pull out my British speaking GPS and see what ‘she’ had to say. After her brain loaded up and she got her satellite bearings, we discovered we hadn’t gone too far, actually we were just a few blocks away. Whew, now we just have to find the right building, that is next to the commons on this big sprawling campus that has lots of different buildings and lots of little parking lots, the GPS was absolutely no help with this at all.

When we got in the building, Matt waited in a side room we settled ourselves comfortably in the auditorium. The room was already in a buzz and students were flowing in. By the time the organizers gathered to the front of the auditorium, it was nearly full, and more students were coming in. The noise level was deafening and very exciting. Megan Brown stepped up to the microphone...almost time...the room became quiet as she introduced Matt and then it exploded to thundering applause as he rolled out on his scooter with a smile on his face, waving to the crowd.

Matt shared many stories from his childhood about growing up different and the struggles he experienced that have shaped him into who he is today. He and I have talked about diversity before so I was very familiar with his viewpoint and the message he focuses toward with his speeches, but to hear him speak of it in a live audience environment was very different then any previous conversation we have ever had. I was struck on how funny he was, how self deprecating and even a little edgy. He had the audiences roaring, and at just the right moments. His timing was incredible. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this guy has shtick, I wonder if he has ever considered a nightclub act? Does his agent know he has this talent?’  It was hilarious, and I was very impressed at how he wrapped a very important message into a plush ‘comedy night’ blanket of entertainment. I am certain that many of the students who heard Matt that evening will continue to retell his stories over and over and in turn share his message.

Let me just say that NOT listening to the GPS would have been the wiser decision for our trip home that night. Immediately ‘she’ suggested a whole different way back then how we came. ‘What? Go toward St. Johns??? No way! Turn that thing off. I’ve been meaning to hook her up to my computer and update her maps’...But then Matt said “If you get me to St. Johns I can get us home” and so it was decided, on to St. Johns we went. If Matt can get us home from there, and it may be a quicker route out of this pouring wet ridiculous rain, let's roll... Over the bridge and to the right, then take the left and up up up over the big winding mountain we go... Oh My...When Matt turned toward the back and asked his assistant if she was going to be alright, it suddenly dawned on me why she had commented on how nice and big my windows were in my van when she first got in that night. ‘Oh, please don’t get sick in my car’ I thought as I cautiously drove up the mountain, wondering what she had for dinner. When I later looked on the map to see the way we went, I said to myself ‘what a Curly, Mo and Larry moment that was’. But obviously everything turned out fine. It was fun actually and quite serene, because once we ascended out of the fog (chuckle chuckle) the snow we encountered was so very beautiful (bigger chuckle). No real worries, I’m a very good driver and I got everyone home safe and sound. But I did plug in my GPS and downloaded her updates the very next day. Finally!

NOTE: Matt wants to thank Bethany Sills, Megan Brown & Stephanie Rodriguez from University of Portland’s Multicultural Department for inviting him to speak during Diversity Dialog Week.

Below is a link to the article about Matt’s speech written by Amanda Blas from the University’s Newspaper, the Beacon.

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