Saturday, May 26, 2007

Who hasn't spent time thinking about other jobs? Sometimes my thoughts drift to "what other truly interesting occupations are there?" While I find most jobs have a much wider range than it appears at first glance there are a few occupations that have a special hold over me.

This job is something I have always dreamed would be exciting, interesting, and fulfilling. I have no idea what the decision making process involves and how much responsibility there is (I suspect a lot), but just the act of being around huge, powerful machines in a dangerous environment is attractive. Sometimes when I am talking to other people about dream jobs I bring up the position of "the guy who shoots the airplanes off the carriers", snap off a crisp salute, and crouch down, touching and then raising my hand from the deck while holding the other arm over my head to restrain my imaginary helmet from the blast wave. This performance almost always brings a smile and a nod to those I am describing the job to. It seems everyone is familiar with this position and when reminded of it finds it cool.

Another job I have long thought about is the person who names racehorses. Now I know there isn't a job titled "Senior Thoroughbred Name Analyst" or somesuch but we are just having fun here. Go to your own dreary job, think of some technical terms specific to that job, and tell me they wouldn't make great racehorse names. In the gas industry I have already come up with "Delivery Pressure", "Non-regulated", and "Third Party Damage" as potential names. I know there are many more in my industry and other industries as well. After a little googling, it seems like while not a vocation, this might be an avocation.

Probably the most realistic fantasy job I spend time thinking about is "Talk Show Radio Host Sidekick". While I don't need to be the head nut on a radio talk show, many times they have sidekicks. A famous TV example would be Ed McMahon, who served as a foil for Johnny Carson on the Tonight show for so many years. For some reason the radio variety seems much more enjoyable to me, though. One big reason is there often seem to be jokes going on that the listener is only faintly aware of. These sidebars, while often cited by the personalities, always leave something to the listener's imagination. That is one of the things I like about radio-at least a part of what is going on is different for each listener, they complete the picture in their mind rather than having it projected on a glowing screen for them. Listening to a good talk radio team allows you to multitask-your physical view can be on whatever you need to be doing-driving is a common task-yet you can have a picture in your mind of how the host(s) are delivering the material. You have some freedom as to how things are unfolding. And as the sidekick of the host, you would be able to help deliver the information and entertainment that your listeners are using to construct the mind's eye view of your discussion. It would be fun. What more can you ask from work?

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