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Posted at 2:33 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

America in 2010

By Ezra Klein

I can't decide if this is a good job or a bad job:

His presence did not go unheralded in the apartment, in a new warehouse conversion along the Brooklyn waterfront, although the intimate cluster of guests could have easily served themselves. “In my opinion, if you don’t have a bartender at your party, you’re a loser,” said Dustin Terry, who lives a floor below Ms. Argiro and said his job was to get models and Saudi royalty into hot clubs. “The bartender brings class and sophistication.”

How do you apply for this gig? How do you get qualified?

By Ezra Klein  | December 9, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
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Well, he's a pimp, right?

Posted by: eRobin1 | December 9, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"How do you apply for this gig? How do you get qualified?"

I think this is one of those jobs where who you know is more important than your qualifications.

You also left out the great follow up line of the quote:

“If you can’t afford to hire a bartender,” he added, “you shouldn’t be having a party.”

Posted by: jnc4p | December 9, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"How do you get qualified?"

Necessary Experience:
-Must get jokes in Hipster Runoff blog.
-Frequents Brooklyn Vegan
-In to high fashion, The Satoralist, and has model connections.
-Loves Crude Oil!

Slow news day? Didn't Ron Paul just get a new job overseeing the Fed?!?!

Chris Gaun

Posted by: chrisgaun | December 9, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Since a member of Saudi royalty was convicted of murder in October for kicking to death his servant in an elevator in October, you might want to run with unemployment compensation instead.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

That whole article made me want to cry. Really, world?

Posted by: madjoy | December 9, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Who pays? I'm assuming not the models. Maybe the Saudi Royalty?

Posted by: will12 | December 9, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget the other all-important question of whether Dustin Terry was accurately stating his job and opinions or just yanking the chain of the NY Times reporter, as my friends have sometimes done to Washington Post writers working on yuppie lifestyle stories since that makes the resulting stories funnier.

Posted by: pagodat | December 9, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Only tangentially related -

My brother-in-law is an aerospace engineer working for Boeing in their military contracting division. He's always been a red, white & blue, mom & apple pie type. Solid Republican. Isn't about to stop using the n-word just cause some bookie liberal who can't correctly apply sixth-order models to wing lift says so. We all know people like this.

Funny part is that his main source of income right now is building F-15s for the Saudis. He's not the most introspective guy, but you can tell he's conflicted about this. As he says "I figure if you can't kill 'em all, you might as well be friends with some of 'em.".

Or get their female escorts into hot clubs.

Posted by: willows1 | December 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@pagodat "yuppie lifestyle stories"

It's "hipster lifestyle stories" now. They are even in Brooklyn.

Posted by: jnc4p | December 9, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"...into hot tubs" would be better.

Posted by: gagkk | December 9, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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