Grads, harness your naked ambition!

September 15, 2010

Blog Guy, I graduated from college in June and I’m looking for a job. Everybody knows you give great career advice, so I’m open to suggestions.

Let me help you. Tell me what you studied in school.

CHINA/

I had a double major, creative writing and film studies…

Wow, and you’re STILL unemployed? Are you willing to pull your own weight? Do you enjoy working outdoors near the water?

You bet! Sounds like maybe you have a screenwriting job for me in Malibu?

CHINA/Not exactly, but I’ve placed a number of others like yourself in the glamorous field of “boat tracking,” over in China.

Boat tracking? What’s that?

Um, look at it like sailing, but without sails or a motor or anything, and you have to put on a harness and drag a heavy boat upstream, straining in vain against the roiling current.

Ah, that sounds exactly like trying to sell my first screenplay. Is there any difference?

Yeah, you have to get totally buck-naked to do this job.

Oh yeah? Still sounds pretty similar to my experience. How soon can I be dragging those boats?

Not so fast, Speedy! First, you still need to get an agent….

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Naked boat trackers pull a vessel along the Shennong Brook for a photo opportunity in Badong county, Hubei province, September 12, 2010. The photo opportunity, organized by a local photographing club, was a re-enactment of the boat trackers’ working scenes which has faded since the 1980s, local media reported. Boat tracking formed a popular profession in the early 20th century, but the development and modernization of transportation infrastructure gradually ended the need for such a job.  REUTERS/Stringer

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You are in a good mood arent you, BG…
Nude guys, shoes…!! Ladies week? :P

But I must say, nothing beats this blog… It was simply Awwwwweeeesome! :D
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 09/11/02/im-out-of-here-just-call-me-chi cken-kiev/

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

The advertisement for the re-enactors must have been interesting…

Thanks for the pic of Gordy Howe the other day:) Will admit that I like to watch hockey now and then. Not the fights, the skating and stick work. Most amazing.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

In Badong they sing a song, on the Shennong, as they pull their boat along with someone named Tong, wondering where their life went so wrong.
So long.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

I feel for them :-|

Anyone else tries to imagine how it is to live in the shoes of others? :-)

Sorry.. no serious stuff here… just grab your pizza :D

*slaps own wrist*

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

fwd we get medipizza now? Oh man things around here just keep getting better and better! :D

Shra, those nekky guys entice you? Hmmm…glad I have been working out then lately. ;)

Ok sarabelle, test out your new psych skills!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

These guys are actually members of the chinese government’s National Aquatic Delivery Service – or NADS for short. This elite unit even have their own cheer squad who can be quite often be heard urging the team on with their chant of:
“GO-NADS!”
“GO-NADS!”
“GO-NADS!”
“GOOOOOOOO-NADS!”

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

LOL oh man Nosmo you crack me up! :D

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

fwd, a federal judge once said to me: “Young man, never criticize others until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. By then, you’re a mile away. And you have their shoes!”

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

No offense to Mr. B, but I love the comments as much as I do the posts. It’s like being back in high school and geting to watch the really cool kids talk about something random:)

Posted by ijnewtonmm | Report as abusive

Just sitting here laughing.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Ya see Shra….There is a God for you. Athena has risen and cast the shorts off of young men. You must be pleased….And Bas cooperated with the Gods….(today that is)….LOL

Posted by onequartlow | Report as abusive

Mr. Pilot, i like.. ;)

ijnewtonmm… Thanks!! And I am sure, Mr.B would appreciate your comment… :D

Nosmo.. thou ist King!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Ifly: What’s a medipizza? :-O

@DoctroDoll: Good quote, tells a lot about justice system as well LOL :D

@ijnewtonmm: Feel free to hop on the wagon :-)

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Onequart, you sure you aint psychic? How on earth would you know that Athena is my fav Roman Goddess??

Is this somepart of the White Hat conspiracy of getting into my head??

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

fwd, it’s like a medidounut except it’s a pizza! Doesn’t that sound scrumptous? :D

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Damn, we don’t have federal judges over here, so I’ve never met one, shame if they all have that line in backchat. An armed response unit once said to me “What the hell were you thinking of?!” does that count ?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

And what did you do for them to say that, CG?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I may have been being foolish. And naive.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

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