Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Easiest Job in the World

(You might remember my post  last week about how to make it rich and famous as a modern artist.  Well that was last week.  I tried it, and it's going to take a longer than I initially thought.  I also failed to consider the ridicule that goes along with trying to sell pictures of scribbles for stupid amounts of money.  However, being the eternal optimist that I am, I've come up with a new career idea that I'd like to share with you.)

Imagine a job where all you do is give your opinion, and are paid well to do so.  You are in the public eye - not enough that you're being hounded by adoring fans every time you step outside your front door, but enough that it boosts your ego when some fifth grader asks for your autograph while you're out grocery shopping.  Old people and farmers love you.  And the best part?  You will be paid even if your opinions are wrong 100% of the time. 

If this sounds like fun, then you too can be a TV weatherman.

I met a TV weatherman last week actually.  His name is John Sauder and he's the meteorologist for CBC Winnipeg.  The station was having an open house, so I attended with She Who Shall Not be Named.  While we were waiting to go in, the morning show radio guy, the TV anchorwoman and John Sauder came out to chat to people in the lineup.  Even though John was by far the least personable of any of the local celebrities, the crowd LOVED him. 

      "Pretty good weather we're having, eh John?"
      "So, is it gonna be an early winter this year?"
      "Whaddya think of all that rain we've been having?"
      "Sure is a warm one today!"

This, I admit, could get quite irritating after a while.  Unless you truly love the weather as John obviously does.  He lapped up all the attention and waxed prophetically about high pressure systems, the dew point and "precipitation events" until my ears started to bleed.

And it's not surprising really.  What a fantastic job he has.  What other job could you possibly do where your accuracy or inaccuracy means so little?  The doctor?  A mechanic?  Lawyers?  Engineers? 

No.  Every other job requires too much accountability.  The weather is where it's at.  So, here goes...

Tomorrow will be cloudy with a 50% chance of late day showers.  High of 15C and a low of 4C.  This applies to all of North America and Europe.

It doesn't get easier than that!

Take care,


  1. Hi Tracey,
    What? You have television in Winnipeg? lol You know, what I cannot stand about these weather folks are they are always so bloody cheerful. 'It's gonna' be the coldest day on record with record amounts of snowfall' (now visualise big cheesy grin). May I suggest that the weather dude do a location shoot from Portage and Main, on the darnest, coldest, windiest day of the winter. Just a thought.
    Have a great week, Tracey.
    Kind wishes and a report of the local weather, your way, Gary :-)

  2. Watching the weatherman get frostbitten ears at Portage and Main would give me an infinite amount of pleasure! :)