The Whatever: Happy Employment

Big thanks to everyone who contributed last week!

(And for those of you who haven’t, it’s never too late.)

Let’s do this:

What are your top five dream jobs?

I’m going to do them in reverse order this time. You can do yours however you’d like.

5. Sixth Member of New Edition. As in, joining the classic Heart Break album era lineup of Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe, after Bobby Brown had left to go solo. They wouldn’t even have to turn my microphone on. “Ronnie, Ricky, Mike, Ralph, Johnny … and Johnny.” Bring it. Though I might have a little trouble learning some of the dance moves, because I’m so clumsy. Which brings me to …

4. World’s Oldest Hibachi Chef. Because that’s how old I’d be by the time I developed enough coordination not to kill myself or a customer with a poorly flipped knife or an awkwardly tossed flaming shrimp. And you know how they do that volcanic tower-of-onions trick? My show-stopper would be setting the top of my hat on fire.

3. Running a Diner. Like Luke’s Diner on Gilmore Girls. I’d love to make people burgers and plate lunches, all while providing a place for people to gather and enjoy eating and camaraderie.

2. Reading Books on Tape.

1. Music Venue Owner. If I ever win the lottery, I’ll open a music venue and call it the Louisville Song Factory. I’ll bring in great artists and really give them a place to shine. Instead of opening acts, we’ll do audience karaoke before the show so that the audience gets a chance to be the opening act. There will also be an excellent menu so that people can have dinner here before the show starts. I’ll also have a simple high-definition camera setup and record every show with the intention of making a DVD out of it. For example, if Garrison Starr is our evening’s featured artist, we’ll video her show, mix it and master it on-site, and sell a Garrison Starr: Live at the Louisville Song Factory DVD with all proceeds going to the artist. Something really simple and really classy. We’ll sell the DVDs in our gift shop and of course on our website. It will be the best venue ever, all about the artist and the experience.

Your turn!