Back in the day when I worked really hard at being a reporter, I would sometimes ponder how my job compared to other jobs.
(OK. Those who know me may be wondering just how far back we have to go in order to see me working really hard, but let me make my point.)
Never did get an answer then, but there is an answer now, according to careercast.com, whatever it may be. They ranked 200 jobs and my job came in ...
Come on, man!
Oh, and this is how it was listed: "Reporter (newspaper)." They made sure we wouldn't make a mistake about what kind of reporter. Definitely a newspaper reporter. Made me feel like a brontosaurus sinking into the tar pits.
Truth in columnizing: Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab mentioned this list Monday, but I'm pretending I didn't see it. She gave 10 great reasons why it is a proud thing to be a newspaper reporter. Apparently she never covered mud wrestling at the old Club Juana or bloodless bull fighting involving dudes with wooden swords and some bewildered brahman bulls.
Oh, "broadcaster" is No. 184. Not sure if my work on The Beat of Sports can be called broadcasting but, as it stands, I have a rotten average for my two current jobs.
(Before my editor starts nodding his head and chuckling, "publication editor" was No. 168. We're not that far apart, buddy.)
The criteria for this list is "physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook." And based on the results, the keys to having a great job seem to be sitting a lot and charging even more.
Here is a sampling:
No. 1: Actuary. This is where I admit I've never known what this means. I think it's somebody who looks at me and says I should have dropped dead three years ago.
Most of the rest of the top 10 were folks who either ask you to turn your head and cough or tap your knee and then say "that will be a thousand dollars please."
No. 14: University professor. Bet you guys never expected to be this high, right? And even better news, "coach" isn't even listed.
No. 15: Veterinarian. Did you know that some animal hospitals have visiting hours? I find this odd.
No. 16: Dietician. Did you ever think that if these folks really did their job well, then they wouldn't have a job anymore? Think about it.
No. 20: Statistician. On a list made by statisticians.
No. 31: Human resources manager. If this was my list, HR would be No. 1. Can't be too careful.
No. 59: Glazier. What?
No. 69: Recruiter. Recruiter of who? Or is it whom? Whatever.
No. 93: Elementary school teacher. The most dangerous job in the world.
No. 150: Bartender. I have friends who consider these people to be their spiritual leaders.
No. 156: Author. Does this mean all authors are alike?
No. 160: Garbage collector. You try living without these guys for a month.
And at the bottom:
No. 197: Actor. See, George Clooney, your life is miserable!
No. 199: Lumberjack. Hey, at least you're not 200.
Where do you fall? The Wall Street Journal repeated the entire list and you can find it here:
Hey, Mom, don't dump my stuff!
Kobe Bryant and his mother may end up in court because she is trying to auction a lot of his high-school stuff to make almost $500,000. Wow, it's like Kobe and I are twins. When I was 16, living with my aunt, we were going to move into a smaller house. She said I could come but not my collection of science-fiction books and magazines. Uh, I had a lot of books and magazines. Really upset, I loaded nearly all of them into my buddies' car and we spent the night throwing a book or magazine on the lawns of Hialeah. It did get a two-paragraph story in the Miami Herald, so I had that going for me. Kobe, however, probably isn't interested in the publicity.
Taxes, sports & politicians, oh my
Just how much do we still love our sports? Enough to pay through the nose? The 2013 session of the Florida Legislature ended Friday without approving tax support for any of many sporting requests, including a soccer stadium in Orlando. Despite what many may think, generally speaking our state legislators are not fools (although there always are exceptions). They may sense that the populace has lost its enthusiam for supporting sports businesses. And after the con pulled by the Marlins on its community, it may be hard for any sporting team or event to get public support. In fact, the next stage may be college campuses rising up in anger over the money taken from students to support sports whether they are interested or not.
These are the notes, folks
• Friday night in Montreal, Canadians goalie Carey Price takes a skate in the face. When play stops, he skates over to the bench and hands a tooth to a trainer. My question is if they put the tooth into a zippy bag so he could get it back later?
• Who should sign Tim Tebow? The Bucs, just to irritate the Jags. Who might sign him? Jerry Jones because, for 15 minutes, we'd all be talking about Jerry Jones and his love-starved Cowboys again. Plus, another test of Tony Romo's Zen-like patience.
• My over/under on how many cars are still running on the lead lap at the Talladega finish: 14. Trifecta pick: Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Danica Patrick.
• And Atlanta may have a new stadium with club seats that vibrate after a big play? Uh, can I get one of those for my home?
While Jerry goes shopping for that vibrating chair, he still will find time to share his thoughts from 9 a.m. 'til noon Mondays through Fridays on The Beat of Sports, hosted by Marc Daniels on 740theGame radio. He also loves emails sent to email@example.com and replies to all that deserve a reply, if you get his drift. Have a great Cinco de Mayo and remember Mothers Day is a week away.