Career Day was a bust

Career Day at a Palo Alto Middle School was enlivened by a speaker who urged students to consider stripping as a lucrative job option.

Salesman Bill Fried thought he was keeping it real when he told Palo Alto middle-schoolers at a career day this week that strippers can earn $250,000 a year — and $50,000 more for every two inches they expand their busts.

Kids were intrigued. Parents were not.

On a handout he made called “The Secret of a Happy Life,” Fried’s nuggets of advice include: “If your parents are chronic complainers, spend as little time with them as you can.”

OK, that’s good advice.

The handout alphabetically lists over 100 careers, including “exotic dancing” and “stripper.” Other options include: pistol shooting, Texas Hold ‘Em (poker), philately (stamp collecting) and palmistry.

Surely most of those are hobbies, not careers.

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Comments

  1. Nuh? So stripper is OK but shochet isn’t?

  2. Joanne sure comes up with great titles.

  3. Richard Brandshaft says:

    On the face of it, the problem is that the stripper’s income, as excerpted here, seems misleading. What are a stripper’s lifetime earnings? Compared with careers which pay less, but still leave one employable at 40?

    On the other hand, how does it work out as a temporary bridge, while educating oneself for a permanent job?

    And as usual, the kids are amused while the school officials and parents are having a fit. Same old, same, old.

  4. Walter E. Wallis says:

    My grandson, a student there, missed that. Never mind, they teach him a whole lot of other stuff that is just as flakey.

  5. What are a stripper’s lifetime earnings? Compared with careers which pay less, but still leave one employable at 40?

    At $250K/yr for 15 years or so, you could probably afford to retire at 35 or so. I can’t believe they come close to that, though, or there’d be a massive glut of strippers.

    Huh, stipping and poker, but no strip poker?

  6. That should be:

    Nuh? So a stripper is OK but a shochet isn’t?

    And how do you make a living shooting a pistol? As a mercenary? Yuck. People are quite often shooting back.

  7. “Now that I see how upset the Palo Alto mothers are, if I could go back and dodge that question I would,” said Fried, who has spoken at the school’s career day for three years. “My educated guess is that I won’t be invited next year.” (From the original article.)

    My question is this: If stripper and erotic dancer are on the list, and he’s speaking to a room which contains a good number of adolescent boys, how the heck did he avoid talking about this before now?

  8. Allen, there are a half-dozen to a dozen people who make a living at competitive pistol shooting in the United States Practical Shooting Association through vendor sponsorship. People like Rob Leatham, Brian Enos, and Todd Jarrett. However, those are the exceptions.

    There are many more who make a living as firearms instructors both in private training institutions and as LEO instructors.

  9. I read some question about employment at 40.

    Yes, at 40, 50, 60…
    but at some point earnings will sag.

    Undoubtably the speaker was influenced by some
    boobs.

    I must be kept a breast of this story.

  10. Roberts wrote:

    Allen, there are a half-dozen to a dozen people who make a living at competitive pistol shooting

    Yeah, but that’s nation-wide. Not anymore viable a career option then deciding to be an NBA first-round draft pick.

    Maybe the compiler of the Career Day handout meant a firearms instructor? I can see there being a reasonable demand for that with so many states going to shall-issue CCWs. But that’s not shooting a pistol for a living.

  11. Exactly, Allen. The compiler of the list was listing silly “occupations”.

  12. Cripes, that’ll teach me to skim an article. Bill Fried is obviously a smart-aleck of the first water to anyone who’s paying attention.

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