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place, but we are all a part of shaping it and that's the naked truth. i'm laurie seagal, for cnn money. >> i'm mike rowe. ♪ ♪ and i'm on a mission to find people on a mission. boom, on a scale of 1-10, how much do you like what you do? >> 25. >> there we go. >> what are they doing? >> freaking me out. >> how are they doing it? and why. >> i love to make things that make people smile. >> it is very freaking exciting. >> i dare you to turn the channel. >> on this episode -- tune in tonight for dusty jobs. i've been on a lot of rocky roads. >> man, there is so much stuff
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here. >> but i've never tried to make the roads less rocky. >> when this comes together, it is like wyle e coyote. and later -- >> boom! >> on the ramparts i walk. learning loads and loads of history. >> francis scott key. >> the war of 1812 was tough, going to the moon is tough. when have we americans shied away from something because it's tough? >> and for the first time ever -- >> places, everybody. >> i'm immersed in history and awash in second thoughts as i agreed to participate in one of baltimore's greatest stories ever told in water ballet. ♪ ♪ ♪ a couple of years ago i was driving along a mountain road minding my own business, admiring the view and marveling
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at the beauty, when suddenly with no warning at all a small boulder failing to tumble off the road and knock my car off the road into oblivion. why? because of these guys that keep us safe from falling rocks. i know why they do it, but i'm not sure how. and so i'm spending my day with tom whitman and get some answers. and maybe throw some really big rocks down a really big hill. >> we're learning all we need to know about scaling rock walls for the purposing of removing boulders, so the boulders in question don't go down the wall in question and smash the car in question. >> correct. we're going to remove boulders from the slope in controlled fashion. >> great. >> of course i won't be alone. i'll have the crew with me and tom wants all of us to be prepared. >> it sounds like everybody told -- that's climbing today has been in harnesses before. >> these guys were probably in harnesses last night.
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am. >> good, good. >> does this have anything to do with what we are doing today? >> nothing at all. >> this is how the shows go today. we show you something really irrelevant and we kick things into gear with a six hour mandatory safety briefing. thank you for whipping our viewers into a veritable frenzy. >> let's go get safe. >> let's go get safe. >> any climber on our jobs need to go through basic training program. if you don't have basic training, you wouldn't be able to go on the slope. >> the safety meeting is mandatory. >> so whoever is climbing, cameras down. and they're in here too. >> absolutely. >> nice try, doug. >> the safety meeting is comprehensive. >> this rope that we're utilizing has a 7,000 pound capacity. >> the safety meeting is enlightening. >> on page 66 it shows the reduction of strength for each knot we're utilizing. >> the safety meeting is long. we're going to be here a while. it is important to learn this because our lives depend on it. for you -- not so much.
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so why not skip ahead to the fun part. >> that's not a hill. >> that's not a hill. >> welcome to today's ground. >> why does everybody tell me my questions are great, the answers are sub par. [ laughter ] >> this is what we are working on. we're working right in this area first and then do some ascent and descent. and that's the plan for the day. >> first order of business, brushing up on knots. first knot we're going to learn is a water knot. >> all the way around? >> yep. >> okay, the double fisherman's knot, sliding rope under the x. >> we spent a long time on knots. >> the figure eight. first take a bite of rope, around the back side back to where you started and take the free end, and come on up. >> but there's a good reason. this is a job that can kill you and most of the accidents are due to operator error. like a poorly tied knot.
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>> one of the main causes of climbing accidents is people rappelling off of their ropes so if we put a figure eight -- >> is that people getting at the end of the rope and [ bleep ]. >> it can happen, and when it comes through your hand, there's no going back. you definitely tonight, when you have nothing else to do and you're sitting in your hotel room, you can practice all these knots all night. >> one hand free. that is so going to happen. i always have one hand free. >> well, let's let these guys simulate some rappels. >> reach up, grab that. >> so now we're in the business of rappelling. >> the idea is to simulate rappelling. >> two-handed operation on the right. >> so far, it's not working. >> you inspire me, man. you fill me with something like confidence. but with enough practice -- >> okay, i got it. and by i got it, i mean i'm prepared to attempt it and i'll -- while somebody's supervising
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and and watching us so we don't plummet to our demise. >> and now it is time to fall backwards off a cliff. steve is in charge of making sure i don't die. >> so now you can approach the edge and take a peek over the side. >> oh, crap. >> okay, so you are actually ready to rappel. >> super exciting. >> it looks worse than it is. >> it is not natural for a human to alabama over a 90 foot cliff. >> it is almost like you are giving a finger to instinct, gravity. >> that is when your gear and knowledge of strength reassures you that it's okay to do that. >> or your lack of gear and inexperience reminds you that you're making a profound, foolhardy and ir reficable mistake. >> not that anything's going to happen. >> what could possibly happen? >> nothing comes to mind. >> nothing at all. >> okay.
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it is that first step up, man. >> if something wasn't right, you would already be at the bottom. >> you are really a glass half full kind of guy, man. >> all right, let's go. nice and easy. >> steady. >> heels to the rock. >> we're going offer the edge. when we come back, we'll be on the bottom. we'll go to a commercial now and you're going to miss all the exciting stuff, so there. they probably won't use that one. [ laughter ]
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learning the ins and outs of scaling which is how this cal trans crew keeps the residents safe. this isn't my first day at the rodeo, but personally, i've never gotten used to taking that first step and probably never will. >> i don't know what it looks like but it is probably not normal. if you get used to it, it is not like the rockwall in the gym. >> you look great. >> don't make it weird, man. [ laughter ] >> you should look down sometime, doug. it's good for you. >> they make it look like fun, and to be honest, it is. sort of. but remember, this isn't the job. this is the thing you have to do in order to do the job. >> so in overhangs, it's even more important to be perpendicular to the rock. >> you are going to put your face right into it. >> exactly. watch those knees. >> i think you're in worse shape than i am. >> i am. but i can do this.
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>> look at you. spiderman. >> jump. >> wow, yeah, i don't see that happening for me. >> while steve gently glides through the air like the air on the way to the ground in forrest gump, i imitate the senior citizen looking for the bathroom in a strange hotel room at 3:00 in the morning. >> that's it. beautiful. >> all right, then. >> that wasn't bad, right. that is your first one. so that is always the hardest. >> it is fun. it is fun. >> this is really just an excuse for you guys to come out and do what you like. >> don't tell anyone. >> do they pay you for this? >> yes, they do. >> but you guys are actual volunteers? >> correct. we volunteer. it's not mandatory, but somebody gets to do it. >> all right. let's go back and do it again. >> what is the point in that?
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[ laughter ] >> well, good morning. it is the next day and we are here, and here is there basically. we're going to be going all the way up there, i suppose. and hiking these rocks down. does this specific ridge have a name? >> that's a good point. i don't know. bob, does this have a site name? >> just a paved detour. >> we got to do better than that. heartbreak ridge or -- >> dead man's curve. >> so we're here at heartbreak ridge or dead man's curve. dresses in yellow neon and it is exciting. >> yesterday we did the climbing component and today we're going to put those skills to use in doing hand scaling. we basically sweep and clean the slope coming down. >> all right. so we go. >> just take your time going up. one step at a time. >> see, if i remember what i learned yesterday. >> rock.
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>> rock! >> big ass rock. >> get it out of of the way. >> thank you. >> the actual job is harder than this. i think i might have problems. >> welcome. >> thanks. nice office. >> yeah, isn't it. >> excuse me. i'm allergic to heights. >> the job is clearly dangerous and i'm flattered and surprised the state gave us permission to participate with tom and his crew. >> this is when the fun starts. >> all right, gentlemen, climb on! >> climbing! >> and with that, the actually work begins. >> all right, we can start throwing rocks. >> man, there is so much stuff here. >> this is the kind of things that oil pans and radiators hate. >> that thing pops up out of the street, straight through your oil pan. >> look at how loose all of this is. >> yep, that is why we do it. >> so basically this is erosion, right?
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it rains. >> it's weathering of the rock, it rots out and you have to clean it off and hopefully get down to better rock. >> it seems endless in terms of a job. >> right. and in five to ten years when most of the soil is gone and what not, we'll come back and do this again. it is a maintenance activity. >> you know what it is? it's job security. >> job security too. look at the road already, just from the little bit we've done so far. >> yep. >> all right, climbers, let's get a hold for traffic. >> and so what we do now is we stop and we lean into our gear and wait. >> tell me again about how you're an employee of the state and you're not really getting paid for this? >> no. i'm an engineering geologist for the state. the geology that impacts the state, that is my job. >> how many people here are volunteers?
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>> every single person on the mountain is a volunteer. >> who's a volunteer? show of hands. >> we have no shortage of volunteers. >> you knock the rocks down and the rocks pushes the rocks out of the road and clears the rocks and then you clear some more rocks down. >> all right, we're going to clear traffic whenever you dwif me the go-ahead. >> go ahead and clear traffic. >> go ahead and scale. >> if scaling looks like real work, that's because it is. >> i got half the mountain in my mouth. tune in tonight for dusty jobs. part of the reason is obvious. >> tom, tell me something. >> yeah. >> this is fun, isn't it? >> oh, yeah. >> see, it is so satisfying. it is like a scab. is that wrong to say that? it is like picking a scab. >> oh, it's so satisfying. brian, you know what i'm talking about, right? >> not the first time i've seen a job that offers equal parts
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danger and fun. make no mistake, there's something undeniably fun about pushing rocks off a cliff. it's addictive. as soon as you roll one down, you have to have another. >> this one's got to go. >> holy crap, look at that guy. >> and the next time it's got to be bigger. >> i'm kind of excited about this one. >> we did some damage there. >> yeah, that was satisfying. >> and then tom takes aim at a grown-up target. a bona fide widow maker. >> we're going to rappel down past this bush. there is a large spire, a boulder there that we want to take out. >> is that the guy we're talking about? >> sweet. >> i hate to be optimistic, but when this comes together, this is like wyllie coyote kind of stuff. >> one, two, three -- >> let me shuffle better. >> ready? one, two, three! ahhh. >> in every job, there comes a
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moment when things get personal. >> i'm not done with you. >> like, for instance, when a rock becomes something more than a rock. >> we're going to get this. we're going to get this. >> we have to get it out. >> and a team becomes something greater than the sum of its parts. >> ready nathan, brian? >> yep. >> in greek mythology, sis this was doomed to push a giant boulder up a hill for all of eternity, i think maybe he's appreciate this. >> one, two -- >> there it goes. the volkswagen golf was just named
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somewhere high above route 33 in ojai, california, at a site called paved turn around or dead man's curve, depending on who you ask, i'm working with a crew of fearless cal transvolunteers to make the road safe for democracy, humanity, and soft top convertibles. >> one, two, three. >> it moved. there it goes. >> okay, step to the wall. >> oh, [ bleep ]. >> holy --. [ laughter ] i'm not going to lie. that tickled my wee-wee a little bit right there.
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i'm so glad that knot held. oh, crap. >> good job, guys. >> that was awesome. >> and so we survived the widow maker of dead man's curve buttal -- but the real hazards are never the obvious hazards. >> heads up! >> oh, [ bleep ]. >> whoa! >> are you all right? did it hit you? >> yeah. >> this is always where [ bleep ] goes off the rails. you get the big one out of the way and you get the little four-pounder that comes down and knocks your teeth out. >> doug our cameraman lightly brushes a loose rock with his camera bag and in a second the rock goes from motion less to 30 miles per hour. >> rock! >> and smashes into the knee of david rodriguez. he's okay, but it could have just have easily been his face. either way, it is all part of the job. i think we got some rocks now. >> oh, yeah. >> so the next time you successfully negotiate the twists and turns of a
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treacherous mountain road and look up at the last second to see nothing large and heavy hurdling toward you, remember the guys who have your back, hundreds of feet above your head. >> this was really cool, you guys, to let us out here and do this. thank you. i appreciate it. >> you did a great job. >> got up, got down. >> we'll call you a digger. >> i've been called much, much worse. >> thanks guys. thanks guys. you guys were great. >> good job, good job. >> okay. we're done. >> the following segment contains facts about american history and may be too interesting for some viewers and it also has sequins, speedos, two musical numbers, cannon fire, a giant flag, a touch of cross-dressing and a very enthusiastic park ranger. parental discretion discouraged. ♪ >> oh, the yellow haired god and his nine lusty maids -- >> i love the original words of our national anthem, i love the
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fact in this particular tune was originally an english drinking song. i love the fact that francis scott key changed the words as he watched the british get their butts kicked during the battle of baltimore. and i love the fact that one man is on a mission to make damn sure that people understand the events of 1914 were no than less important than the shot heard around the world. that is vince vaise. >> here we are at ft. mchenry. the last time i was here, was 1971. arrived on a butt just like that, but it doesn't say allegheny public schools, it said baltimore public schools. so i'm going back into the fort. taking a field trip at 52. you come too. >> the facts of what happened
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here 200 years ago haven't changed since my last visit. but the facts that make it interesting here for today's visit are quick sattic. and my producer and i are making it interesting. >> when you were in school, did you get two grades? >> yeah, we were in the same grade. >> like for effort? like "b" for effort or "c" for work or "a" for work. i think this will be "a: for effort. a lot of effort. and effort, that is buddhist. it is not about attachment to results. >> i hadn't thought of it in terms of buddhism before. >> i think of everything in terms of -- >> are you a buddhist? >> no. >> fundamentally, all of history is a story, and if we have any hope at all of keeping you awake, we need a good story. and we have a good story teller.
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>> and they call me the chief interpretation and in normal words that is the head storyteller. >> i love that. who is that behind us? >> that is lori donaldson. he was one of the defenders of baltimore, and he was killed -- >> he died in 1814? 1814, took a little trip. >> that is right. >> 1814, took a little trip. and the battle of new orleans is cool, but the battle of baltimore cooler. >> cooler. got it. >> so i'm off to learn about the battle of baltimore from the head story teller. if only i can coax ranger vince out of his shell. >> one of the fun parts about our job is answering questions from visitors. so the joke is, what's the most asked question in your park do you know what the most asked question is in any national park? >> where's the bathroom?
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>> you got it, man. you got it, where's the bathroom. >> where is the bathroom? i am rich. most weekends, you'll find me on my mega-yacht, which i bought from a mattress chain mogul, who could no longer afford the monthly payments. yes, i am rich. that's why i drink the champagne of beers. (mom) when our little girl was we got a subaru. it's where she said her first word.
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(little girl) no! saw her first day of school. (little girl) bye bye! made a best friend forever. the back seat of my subaru is where she grew up. what? (announcer) the 2015 subaru forester (girl) what? (announcer) built to be there for your family. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru.
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so i'm in fort mchenry in baltimore, maryland, because the united states of america wouldn't be here without it. but don't take it from me. >> that is the original structure where it happened. you are looking at what is over 200 years old. if you were here over 200 years ago, you would see the rockets glare and the bombs bursting if -- in air. >> this is where it happened? >> yeah. >> my enthusiastic guide is vince vaise, a man born to make history come alive. >> how long have you been here?
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>> rife been here 20 years. i started in high school. my high school history teacher was a summer ranger and he said would like to volunteer. i said yeah. and he said you can portray a young recruit and i've been here ever since. >> i'm going to ask you the dumbest question i've ever asked anybody on camera, on a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love what you do? >> 25. >> we are now on top of the rampart, looking out over the river, 1814, 55 british ships were spied down there. this is part of the war of 1812, i war that hadn't been going well at all. >> just how badly was the war of 1812 going? the british had overrun washington, d.c., where they burned and looted the house, the capital, the treasury and the
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war department buildings, not badly. >> didn't we kick their -- kick their -- >> yeah. we moved out of the house and we can turn our stereo off and you don't tell us what to do. and they impressed over 6,000 americans into the british navy, we're declaring war on take a stand. a lot of americans opposed it. francis scott key opposed the war of 1812. >> what was key's role in the government? >> professionally, he was a lawyer from georgetown. and when an american named dr. williams beanes, a civilian guy, was taken prisoner by the british. president madison said this is not cool, taking civilians prisoner. >> no, no, hold on. i would imagine james madison saying, hey, this is not cool, taking our people prisoner. >> he was more eloquent when he wrote the constitution. >> hard to imagine. >> yeah.
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>> and keys succeeded. >> but the british say if we let you go ahead of us, you're going to say everything and tell them how many ships and troops we got so you have to wait until this battle is over with. so you just got yourself a front-row seat to the turning point to the war of 1812. the main british squadron was on the horizon. >> yeah. >> 15 ships come just beyond that green buoy out there. >> you say buoy? >> buoy. >> is that like a buoy? >> buoy. >> you said buoy. >> it is a bomber. it is a buoy. those ships could fire a throw about a 200 pound exploding shell, a little bigger than the average basketball, two miles. and i say shell because it was tied with 13 pounds of high explosive black powder with a fuse into the top. boom! and the whole ship went down two feet and you could see the dot in the air and arced down and
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come down and if you timed it right, when it's rooftop hi, the fuse is burnt to the inside where the powder is, and boom! >> what are the stakes? if the fort doesn't hold, what logically happens next? >> it is like kicking over the first domino of a series. if the fort doesn't hold then the british can land. if the british land, they can march into the city. this is the linchpin, and pull the linchpin and everything falls. so the bombs continuing all through the night. francis scott key probably couldn't see the flag but by -- dawn's early light, it tapers off and francis scott key has that yeah moment and that drove the moment for him to write the words that became our country's song. >> so what do you think about the constant conversation about adapting another national anthem? >> changing the national anthem
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and adopting another piece? >> it's just so tough to sing. i mean, for the average person. >> the war of 1812 was tough and we didn't give up on. building the transcontinental railroad was tough and we didn't give up on that. going to the moon was tough, and we didn't shy from that. and the civil rights movement was tough and we didn't shy away from that. so just because it's tough, when have we americans ever shied away from something because it was tough? >> i retract the question. [ laughter ] i think we should make it harder. >> the original star spangled banner is in the smithsonian but there is a replica here at the fort and vince's passion has inspired in me a burning desire to raise the same size flag that inspired our national anthem. >> you want to raise the big flag? >> i want to raise the big flag. >> he wants to raise the big flag. >> you have to raise the big flag. >> and from what i hear, it is a big-ass flag. >> we are flying a 17 by 25 and the huge one is 35 by 42.
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>> pre -- pretty big flag. >> you think it's too windy for it? okay, here's the deal. we need everybody in here to help catch the flag when it comes down. that is the deal. >> so we can raise the big one but it is a team flag. >> and we need some visitors too. >> that's not the big flag? >> no. >> the big flag, is a big flag and it is like a sail. and when he says let go, let go. because he's been dragged in -- >> really? >> yes. >> so vince got dragged? >> he did not let go and it will drag you. >> it is fun. >> and it is a good, windy day. >> we would like to see it. it that's possible. it that's possible. it that's possible. it that's possible. t it that's possible. ha it that's possible. t it that's possible. it that's possible. if
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at fort mchenry, the birth play of the star spangled banner. on this hallowed ground, ranger vince and his team of historical interpreters are dedicated to bringing history to life. >> be careful with that thing. >> you can poke your eye out. but the story of ft. mchenry is
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the story of a flag. >> this is the hands on history of our flag. >> and i've been given honor of raising that big flag. >> and it will come to you, trust me. >> but first we have to put the little one away. >> that is 17 by 25 feet. now the huge one is 30 by 42 feet. >> that is a big flag. >> so with the small flag packed away, it is time to go big. >> this is a big flag. >> changing the flag, you know somebody has to do it. >> got to be done, vince. >> both sides want to back away and unroll. >> backing away. steady. okay. >> the commander of the fort, major george armistad, said it s my intention to have a flag so large the british would have no difficulty seeing it from a distance. >> okay, now that we have the flag open, let's go ahead and we want to turn the flag around clockwise.
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>> there we go. now we're set. >> all right, here we go. i'm going to start to yank. >> pull away! >> all right, here we go. ♪ ♪ >> how much does this thing weigh? >> about 55 pounds. >> seems heavier. >> as soon as you let go of it, you'll feel lighter. here we go. you're doing great. [ laughter ] >> look at that thing go. ♪ ♪ >> there you go. >> don't move. >> look at that thing go. >> look at that. >> isn't that awesome? >> that is awesome. that's a work-out. >> yes. >> freedom's heavy. >> it is.
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>> you can use that, if you want. please address it in your own words, say something unforgettable about baltimore that make people want to come and visit as only you can do, vince. >> i would say the tag line for baltimore, the birth place of the star spangled banner. baltimore the star spangled city, connect to your country up close and personal with a visit to fort mchenry and a visit to baltimore. >> i have nothing to add. except thank you. >> you're welcome, thank you. >> it was great fun. >> isn't this awesome? >> good luck getting that down. [ laughter ] >> but wait. there is more. the star spangled banner. that massive flag, 30 by 42 feet. was pieced together on the floor of a brewery by a seamstress mary picks -- pickersgill. her story isn't as well known as francis scott key. and her story is kept alive today in a water ballet and only
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in my hometown would i ever agree to participate in such a thing. >> we have arrived. i'm going in. the boys are upstairs. >> welcome to the calo hill aquatic centre in beautiful -- >> what's the name of this called? >> you're in pimlico. this is the many stations where fluid movement creates their signature baltimore history of literature water ballet. water ballet has never been done on this level, i don't think, and i think it's time. >> i have three words for you. only in baltimore. >> yes. fluid movement is a special group of citizens who have created a water ballet that tells the story of mary pickersgill and the famous flag that flew over ft. mchenry. and against my better judgment, i have agreed to be in it.
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the woman from baltimore behind all of this is valerie perez and she will teach me to fluidly move tonight. >> it is nice to meet you. >> it is nice to meet you. >> and the official title name of this organization? >> fluid movement. we're called that for a reason. not just because we do fluid movement in water and on roller skates, but because it's very organic the way it happens. we don't audition. if you show up, you're in the show. that is why we have 80 people at the end. we make strange things happen in bizarre, public places. >> what the strangest thing you have brought to life in public places? >> oh, goodness. we did 1,001 freudian nights which is a belly dance in an old rug shop. >> i just fell in love with you a little bit. >> yeah, i know. you don't just go head first.
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>> let me show you some options. this with the star on the bottom so you can look like the rest of us. everyone has stars. i have a microphone also on my bottom. it slipped a little bit. >> honestly -- when you have a moment, can you pull the mike out of this woman's ass? [ laughter ] >> oh you can wear that if you want, or i have a star i'm prepared to stitch on your blew speedo. i can stitch a star on that while we're talking. >> i don't have a blue speedo. >> we do. [ laughter ] >> right. >> i won't make you do. >> it didn't get to where i am today by saying no thank you. >> woo! >> there you are. so i have a star and i'll sue it -- sew it on. >> do you sew it on before i put it on? >> it works best that way. there is less blood. >> while she removes the microphone from valerie's bottom, i'm going to go upstairs and sew a star on my ass.
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i dare you to change the channel. >> so in addition to a star on my butt -- >> you did wax and everything. >> i'm told a water ballerina needs extra bling. >> i'm painting your finger nails and i'm painting your big toe. on men i only paint these three fingers, the pretty thingers. otherwise, you end up with big drag hands. >> weirdness usually happens to me in stages. first you get talked into attending a water ballet. then someone dares you to put a speedo on. and then someone sews a star on your butt and then you get your finger nails painted. >> i have to say hi to my mom and my dad. excuse me. i'll be right back. >> hello. how are you doing? >> you have to get in the water? >> yeah. >> happy anniversary. >> thank you. >> 54 years of -- >> wedded bliss.
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>> no way. >> most people sign a marriage certificate, i think we signed a toleration certificate. we've been tolerating each other for 54 years. >> you should write greeting cards, dad. you really should. you should have the new tolerance line. that would be good. >> mother is a tolerant one. >> this is how i'm going to commemorate the big occasion. >> what is this? finger nail polish? >> i don't know. i have nail polish and a speedo. >> i'm not sure about that. >> i know. i'm not sure i should be doing any of this. super exciting. vo: with beyond natural dry pet food, you can trust our labels.
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>> so i'm here at the calo aquatic centre in baltimore, where we have an olympic pool, star spangled water ballerinas and enough patriotism to make francis scott key shed a tear. in short, we have the whole packa package. >> yes, turn around. >> yeah, lovely. >> you could hurt my self-essteam. >> welcome to flurd movement. >> now we need about 50 pounds of glitter. >> baby steps. >> i as opposed to that all that glitters is not necessarily gold, but if my star is going to shine bright tonight, i'm going
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to need a crash course. >> how come that guy is not in a speedo? and that guy? >> so everybody with skills, hop in the water. >> first i'll need to learn the basics. >> one of the basic things is push up, kick with your feet. where a one of the keys, try not to look like your drowning. >> i'll also have to master a few highly synchronized moves. >> okay, spread your legs. >> lots and lots of moves. >> and then we play the trombone. blah, blah, blah. swee call this the daisy swirl. another thing that we do is a marching move. touch your foot to your knee. >> oh, jeez. >> that's totally it. >> it's all bl showing off the
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star that we just stitched on your bottom. >> yes, perfection. the star shone like a beacon. >> my star shone like a beacon. >> it did. >> fabulous. >> so those are the basic skills. everybody should hydrate. >> i need a nap. >> get a snack if you have to. pea pee if you got to. >> but out of the pool. >> out of the pool. >> the water was cold. very, very cold. >> look at them up there, thinking, how did this happen? what the hell happened? >> yeah, he showed such promise. >> now he's running around in somebody else's underwear. >> at this stage, resistance is pointless. once your toes are painted, it's a short trip to sequins and a painted turban. then it's show time. >> places everybody!
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>> you got it. >> so watch closely, as history unfolds before your wandering eyes. and i cross one more item off my imaginary bucket list. a supporting cast member in the one and only, star spangled fluid movement. >> he wanted a flag, so big, we had to sew it together in a beer warehouse up the streets. >> cheers! >> all right, have a seat, girls. >> hit it, carlos! ♪ ♪ >> i'm still friendly with a lot of people who make their living the hard way. coal miners in pennsylvania. rough necks in the gulf.
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crab fishermen on the vast bearing see. i wonder if they're watching this. gosh i sure hope so. one thing's for sure, my dad's in the audience tonight and as a retired history teacher, he must be very, very proud. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ america ♪ beautiful america ♪ god shed his grace on thee
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>> the real question is what the hell would mary pickersgill and francis scott key think if they were here with us tonight? 201 years after the famous battle, what would they make of the glitter, the turbans, the watery choreography, the synchronized movement, and the sequin star sewed on my speedo? it's hard to say for sure, but beyond the inevitable conclusion, i'd like to think thaz join the applause. >> smile a little bit. it was really beautiful. it was so beautiful. it was great. >> before i say goodbye, are we done? >> okay, we can be done, except we have one thing we like to do at the end of our shows. >> what? >> we are all fluid. we are all connected to this. >> i just had a fluid movement. [ laughter ] >> hands in the middle for the big cheer, just touch somebody --
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>> oh, my. >> and one, two, three, we are the fluid movement and so are you! >> woo! >> here's the thing about my hometown, baltimore has a chip on its shoulder. boston and philly in new york get all the attention in american history classes, but without the brave stand made in this harbor, our country wouldn't have made it out of the 19th century. that's why i care so much about this drinking song that eventually became our national anthem. that's why a park ranger becomes an almost terrifyingly intense evangelist. that's why a bunch of pale at that timed hipsters sing their hearts out while dragging old glory across the surface of a municipal pool. that's why of all the objects in the smithsonian, the star spangled banner is considered
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