Going Fishing!

One day a drunk ice fisherman drilled a hole in the ice and peered into the hole. A loud voice said, “There are no fish down there.” He drilled another hole and again the voice said, “There’s no fish down there”. He asked, “God, is that you?” “No, you idiot,” the voice said, “it’s the skating rink manager.”

They say the worst day of fishing beats the best day of working. I agree with that to some extent. Unless its raining and/or really cold, the experience of being outdoors and viewing the beauty of a mountain stream or lake is incredible. Nothing like it.

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If you have a job that you don’t like, I can see that even if you don’t catch any fish, it would still outweigh the job. In fact, I knew a guy who called in sick to go fishing. He told his boss the problem was with his eyes. He said, “I just can’t see myself coming in today. I’m going fishing”.

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But what if your job is in sales – for huge sums of money? I’m not sure I would choose fishing, unless I could close the deal over the phone. Now that would be sweet!

I had a job like that once. I was working for a cellular phone company, and had all of the major retail accounts. My counterparts spent their time driving all over Southern California every day, dropping off brochures, doing training, etc.

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I had set up our collateral to be distributed through each of my clients’ supply chain, so I didn’t have to ever delivery brochures and I also trained a person to train new people in their stores. It was beautiful. I spent the days doing whatever I wanted because ultimately, my job was to add more subscribers every day. I did that, from a distance.

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I had a cell phone, obviously, so if anyone had a problem, all they had to do was call me. I would make a couple of calls and solve the problem, then get back to whatever I was doing. Then one day I got promoted and blew the whole thing. Stupid success.

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I’ve had many, many jobs. I’m like the Arthur Spooner of the real world. (King of Queens reference) When you’re a Comedian, its sort of like that. You take a job if you want to stay in town for a while, because in-town work rarely pays enough to take care of your bills.

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I must admit, outside of comedy, I would much rather have gone fishing every day.

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