I am now officially depressed. A friend of mine had posted a job opening in the Sports Department of a small-market TV station and given my vast experience as a sportscaster, my skill set, and my work ethic, I'd be the perfect hire. Not to mention my attitude. I love everything about everybody. All the time. So I sent the guy an e-mail saying hat given my experience, skill set and work ethic, I'd be the perfect hire.
He writes me back and says, "Like me you are over 50. Like me you are overweight. I would not be hired in an open market."
The meaning was clear. I was being told that I was too old and too fat to come to work for him, even though he's known me for 20 years and knows first-hand the quality of the work I do.
What a kick in my (large) gut. I can lose weight, that's no problem; but how can I get younger? Answer me that.
I felt better when I got to the part in his e-mail about how the job was only going to pay $8.00/hour, but only a little. The fact that an on-air position at any TV station was going to pay only a few cents over minimum wage was somewhat depressing in its own right.
Even if I am over 50, I'm thinking hard about going to law school. That way, the next time I'm told I'm too old and too fat when I'm applying for a job which does not involve playing Major League Baseball I can sue the guys ass myself. Don't get mad, get even, right?