When I was in college, one of my favorite television shows was Inside the Actor’s Studio on Bravo. At the end of each episode, the show’s host would ask his celebrity interview subject a series of ten questions called The Pivot Questionnaire. Their answers to these simple questions were meant to show the audience a side of the celebrity that we might not have seen before.
My favorite query on Mr. Pivot’s questionnaire has to be number nine: What profession would you not like to attempt and why? We spend so much time in D.C. talking about what people do for a living or what they want to do for a living, that I think finding out which job someone wouldn’t want to try is more interesting.
For me, the answer is anything to do with the airline industry. Pilot. Flight attendant. Gate agent. TSA official. Baggage handler. It all sounds like a recipe for misery to me.
Nothing but bitching passengers with dirty hair, wearing their pajama pants tucked into their Uggs, sipping 1,600 calorie, $7 cups of coffee telling me all the ways that I and my company have failed them.
It’s the only thing I can think of that would be more emotionally taxing than answering phones in a congressional office during the bank bailout. (I heard ringing phones in my nightmares for months.)
So which profession would you never, ever want to attempt, and why? Leave your thoughts in the comments.