Crio’s Question: Jobs that aren’t all they’re cracked up to be?

We must have been about 11 or 12. At that age his comment made us cackle.

Brenton (later labelled Slug) had boasted of an uncle who followed the horses very closely. Soon afterwards, perched in the stand at Cheltenham or Morphettville or Vic Park or wherever we were whiling away our youth, he pointed to the parade ring…
“Look! There he is!”
With brush and pan he was, indeed, uncomfortably close to the horses.
Someone’s gotta do it.
I thought of him yesterday as one of those “Security” goons nearly got cleaned up in the scrimmage of a high powered try. He had no warning (surely you’d sneak a look at the scoreboard or a spectator’s eyes?). First he knew was his chair being scattered. Crap job.
Most of us secretly harbour earning a quid doing what we love; getting to sports events.
But sometimes it ain’t all it is cooked up to be.
You surely have had that feeling when you turn up for a job and suddenly surmise that this is not at all how you’d pictured it?
Nominations please.


  1. I think quite a few student-mates of mine thought they’d be handing the starter his caps for Raelene Boyle’s 400m when they volunteered for the Brisbane Comm Games. They were stuck at the fag end of the car park in the swamp at Chandler.

  2. matt watson says

    I was desperate to cover sport when I worked for the ABC.
    I spent a year covering local sport before graduating to soccer, netball and tennis.
    I wanted cricket and footy, but no one alive gives up that gig…
    I suggest people should read Andrew Ramsay’s book The Wrong Line – what happens on tour sometimes needs to be told.
    I thought he had the best job in the world.
    After a while, he didn’t…

  3. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Matt have read the book and couldn’t agree more !

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