Coffee, Tea...or an All-Expenses Paid Trip to Prague?
My goal in life is to end up in a "largely ceremonial" job. You know those jobs. They're the ones that have you cutting ribbons at factory openings and attending rubber-chicken lunches. Many foreign governments have jobs like that, where a president opens parliament and goes on junkets while the prime minister does the heavy lifting of actually, you know, governing. I assume that most largely ceremonial jobs come with a clothing allowance, a decent salary and a nice house for all that ceremonial entertaining.
If you hear of such an opening, let me know. Until then I'll have to hope that a vacancy comes up on the 13-member board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. These are the people who oversee the people who oversee Dulles and National airports. According to Amy Gardner's Metro story last week, the job demands two days a month; there's no pay, but seemingly all the travel you can get reimbursed for, including first-class airfare to conferences around the world.
As a Post editorial put it yesterday: "Members can request a trip anywhere, with any itinerary, and the agency will book it, even if it exceeds travel guidelines in place for staff members. Some members take advantage of this latitude by requesting first-class plane tickets or by booking itineraries that allow a companion to travel for free."
According to Charles D. Snelling, a venture capitalist from Fogelsville, Pa., and a federal appointee on the board: "I'm a volunteer. If anybody thinks I'm going economy class, you know, why, they can take the job and shove it."
Hey, I could do that! Ceremoniously, of course.
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