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Sep. 24th, 2004

Man, my boss Bruce is teaching a surveying course at The College of New Jersey (neé Trenton State) which means that every Friday he leaves after lunch and doesn't come back until almost five.  Today he wants to get there early to set up something or other so he is leaving now!  I like this teaching job that Bruce has.  Hmm, the only problem is that it's harder to motivate myself when I know no one's checking up on me, and I have a lot of work to get done today.  Jesus, I sound like I'm twelve years old.  Grow up already, me!

Man, I was just remembering Monday night, when I was at the Manse for the Eagles game.  Somebody brought up ref's salaries, and a lot of people in the room thought they must make $100K - $300K (did someone even say $600,000?), and Dave, and maybe Hal (I forget who said what) were saying lower than that, me too, I figured they'd make like $70K to $100K, so Jeff looked it up and it turns out that the salary for NFL referees ranges from $20,000 to $70,000.  That's it!  For the rest of the game, that fact was brought up almost every play.  I mean, it's a hard enough job as it is, with all those people yelling at you and HATING you as you're trying to do your job (as Teege pointed out a month ago), but you're only getting paid that much??  Good lord, no wonder they have to hire refs who don't even know all the rules.

I was having a weird dream this morning, but I can't remember it.  I can remember three (3) things:  1) there were Vespas in it; 2) I wanted to open the door to my balcony, but there was a hornet on the window, so I was dispairing, and then Mitch said "why don't you just use the spray foam, isn't that what you bought it for?" and I said "oh, yeah . . . "; and 3) I discovered that if I let my hair air-dry, it is curly.  Like, crimping-iron/small braids curly.  Yowza.

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swolfe
Sep. 24th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
does bruce's last name happen to be ewing?
littlewashu
Sep. 24th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
Nope!

Why, who's that?
swolfe
Sep. 24th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
someone who own's a surveying/engineering company in south jersey somewhere. also, my dad's best friend from high school :)
taumeson
Sep. 24th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
being a ref isn't a full-time job. it takes up saturdays and sundays for part of the year, and limited amounts of mondays and thursdays.

anyway, my main man ed hochuli, the ref with the huge guns, is a lawyer, for instance.
littlewashu
Sep. 24th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Yes, that's true. We talked about how much that averages out per game. And theoretically, it's a pretty well-paying second job. However, they're still making decisions which affect a) lots of [big and strong] dudes who make a shit of a lot more than $20,000 a year, and b) millions of [drunk and angry] football fans. It's an extrememly high profile job, where pretty much everyone hates your guts, and you're going to have to pay them more than $20,000 to $70,000 a season to make it worthwhile for the GOOD ones to stick around.
taumeson
Sep. 24th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
(yeah, i know you guys knew that. we're geniuses around here :P)

agreed. you guys figure out why it's such a discrepancy? does this include all officials, or just referees? i assume 70K is for the head ref who goes all the way to the superbowl...so is 20k like for some side judge or is that head ref pay for somebody who's brand new?

sheesh. it's still 1K-2.5K a weekend for a side job...being high profile has gotta be a reward in itself, though i wouldn't like romo mad at me or something. :)
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