In the aftermath of my little post about the filming of a Jackie Chan movie at my school, I’ve had the chance to do some thinking about careers, jobs and my views on various occupations. No, I’ve no plans to run away from K-12 teaching like my professional hair is on fire. Really, I haven’t. It’s just that the Hollywood movie-making “experience” (which really hasn’t even happened yet as “shooting” is supposed to start tomorrow), has evoked in me certain feelings, feelings I knew I had, but not in the copious, dense amounts o’ feeling I seem to possess.
As I put it in a comment late yesterday: I love film. I hate the film industry.
Okay, let’s not use the word “hate”. “Hate” is overused, and should be reserved for Nazis, neo-Nazis and Diane Anderson’s haircut. Let’s say “despise” or “loath” instead. I loath and loathe the film industry. Now I could go into all the reasons I
hate loathe the film industry, but I’ve noticed that when it comes to ranting about the film industry people who don’t loathe the film industry just stare blankly at me, the ranting person. They don’t get why I loathe the film industry. They don’t get why anybody would loathe the film industry.
I mean this is Jackie Chan we’re talking about here.
Which frankly, is one of the reasons I loathe the film industry, because it’s exactly that sort of irrational fandom which drives me crazy. A fandom that allows the film industry to treat potential “extras” as little more than cattle, disrupts daily life with the ersatz allure of “Hollywood Magic”, and can make people do the stupidest things all on the pretense that they may one day appear doing that stupid thing on a movie screen.
But again, I’m not going to bother ranting about the film industry. Doing so would waste both your and my time. Especially if you have the blank stare of “Hollywood Magic” on your face.
Instead, I’d like to present a sort of chart. I got to thinking while bike riding home yesterday about my personal answer to a question. How would I rank various professions/industries? To be specific, how would I rank these professions in terms of whether I would want a representative from said industry to appear in my classroom, telling my kids about their profession, what they do in it, etc.
My bikedreaming led me to think that I should rank these professions from top to bottom, but put spaces in the listing to show distance between quality of profession/industry. For example, instead of ranking baseball players like this:
Scot at Burque Babble
It would be…
Scot at Burque Babble
You get the idea. Also, I figured this way I could have the single longest Burque Babble entry (by inches) in history.
Here we go (a very, very limited list):
Peace Corps Volunteer
Homeless/Domestic Violence Shelter Director
Mortician (always wanted to have one of those talk to class)
World Series of Poker Champion
Real Estate Agent
ROTC Commander (at least they’re honest about it…sorta)
*Discount Stock Brokerage Schlub
Film Industry Person
TV News Anchorperson
Robo Call Center Manager
Robo Call Scriptwriter
Political Advisor Responsible for Robo Calls
Those bored at work today, feel free to add occupations in the appropriate blanks, or rewrite the list entirely. I plan to do the same while bikedreaming my way up the river bike path this morning.
*I have been one of these. God, what an awful job.