I am conductor, hear me cook
Ever look at someone and wonder how they got that particular job? A job that’s not exactly advertised in the paper, but somehow they got word of it and get paid to do it. I’m sure some of my co-workers wonder the same thing about me, but this isn’t about me, it’s about Vanna White, but not limited to. I guess with Vanna, it’s not so much how she got the job, but why she still has her job.
The Wheel of Fortune we see today is not like the Wheel of Fortune of old when Vanna actually had to turn the square to reveal a letter. Now it’s computerized and we all know her job can be done electronically. To me, her job is the equivalent to when a contestant knows the puzzle, but they buy a vowel anyway. I don’t get it, but no hate here Vanna. It’s honest work and your job is not the only one I used to question. Here’s two more:
Ramp Agent. That’s the person on the ground at the airport responsible for guiding the pilots with hand signals or orange flashlight wands into position next to the gate. Now if I’m the pilot, I’m thinking: I just flew an aircraft across the country, landed safely and there is someone on the ground the size of an ant signaling to me where and how to park my plane? Move out of the way, I got this, but that was before I actually searched a ramp agent’s duties. They do more than guide planes into parking spaces, but also perform a variety of maintenance activities. Who knew?
Conductor of an Orchestra. He doesn’t even have an instrument, but a stick. Actually it’s a baton, but stick is funnier. I used to look at the conductor and think, you have got to be kidding me. He’s playing an “instrument” that doesn’t even make a sound. That was before I knew his job was more than just waving a stick, but he has to:
- be intimately familiar with all of the musical pieces selected;
- encourage musicians to play louder or softer;
- be involved in the creative and business decisions long before the performance; and
- know precisely when each instrument enters the musical highway.
Thank you wisegeek.com
After reading the duties of a conductor, surprisingly, I felt a kinship. One of my favorite activities is cooking, and not your everyday cooking, but dinner parties. When I’m in the kitchen preparing meals for a large group, I feel like a conductor directing an orchestra of foods because:
- I too have to be intimately familiar with all of the foods I’m preparing;
- I have to encourage the food to cook faster or slower;
- I have to be involved in the creative decisions regarding the background music and selecting the right blend of guests attending; and
- I have to know precisely when each food has to enter the culinary highway to arrive on the table, hot, and at the same time.
Besides my attempts at humor, it’s one of the few times when I’m in a zone and I feel “on.” Now, when I watch a conductor, I see myself standing in the middle of the kitchen, with my utensils raised, and I totally get it.
When are you on and what’s your talent when you are just doing the darn thing?
Note to Vanna: I owe you an apology. You obviously do more than I realized on Wheel of Fortune. Who knew that you would:
- be intimately familiar with all of the puzzles selected;
- encourage contestants to buy a vowel when the puzzle is only missing vowels; and
- be involved in the creative and business decisions long before the show.
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