It’s not all bad news for the 53% of recent college grads that are jobless or underemployed — not when the Phoenix Suns professional basketball team has just posted an opening for the team’s gorilla mascot — college degree preferred.
Now don’t ask how a team in the middle of the southwest desert ended up with a gorilla as a mascot (it was serendipity) or why a college degree is preferred to work in a monkey suit. Maybe it’s an indictment of the quality of today’s higher education or it says something about the overabundance of college graduates.
But inasmuch as this is politically dysfunctional Arizona, the team mascot might as well be a gorilla. Besides, it’s too late anyway to claim ‘ole Sol ‘ — now that the sausage guy has successfully cornered the cute “Sun” mascot market to hustle breakfast sandwiches.
But I’ve never figured out why an NHL hockey team in a U.S.-Mexico border state deigned to homonymously name itself after both the four-legged Canis latrans, the Coyote, and the two-legged human smuggling “Coyote” who unlawfully brings undocumented migrants into the United States. What were they thinking? But when you’re not necessarily trying to broaden your reach to the Spanish-speaking market, things get lost in translation. (And yes, there is such a thing as ice hockey in Mexico).
Reacting to job rejection.
Still with jobs in short supply, a starting job — even one that might embarrass your mother — is nothing to sneer at. To make that point, not long ago a law school dropout and serially rejected job hunter made notorious news when she extended the major league baseball Padres a counteroffer one blogger called “possibly the best email ever sent from a repeatedly rejected job seeker.”
Taylor Grey Meyer had applied at least 30 times for a sales and marketing job with the San Diego Padres but had been summarily rejected each time. But after being turned down for a minimum wage entry-level ticket seller position, it was the final straw.
Told in so many words she wasn’t a good fit, Meyer went on to graphically, caustically and figuratively burn down not only all her bridges but to metaphorically set fire to the moat surrounding Padres’ stadium.
According to Deadspin, Meyer not only told the hiring manager what he could do to her with his mouth but she also told him about another “nice fit, my foot in your ass.”
Meyer’s insolently snarky email illustrating how not to react to a job rejection went viral. As the story goes, though, she has supposedly had second thoughts about the lapse in job seeking civility.
The new normal: our uncivil world.
But as has been noted here before, that’s the world we live in. In fact, just days ago, a Flagstaff, Arizona judge sanctimoniously told a woman sexually assaulted by a cop: ‘When You Blame Others, You Give Up Your Power To Change.’
For further ‘good’ measure, at the cop’s sentencing hearing where he got wrist-slapped with probation and community service, Coconino County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Hatch lectured the victim that if she hadn’t been in the bar — she would not have been groped. However, thanks to the brouhaha stirred by such intemperate, uncivil and unsympathetic remarks, she belatedly apologized to the groping victim.
And in my former stomping grounds, police say that a Reno, Nevada man shot a golfer after an errant golf ball hit his home and in Rhode Island, a woman was accused of having trained her pet cockatoo to swear at her ex-husband’s new girlfriend.
Finally, as for the feisty Taylor Grey Meyer, the good news for anyone interested in the Suns’ gorilla mascot position is that notwithstanding her incendiary response to the Padres, she probably doesn’t have any desire to leave America’s best climate to move to high temperature Phoenix — to work as a gorilla — even if the Suns Gorilla has previously been known to mix it up — like getting punched in the nose during a mascot-fan skirmish last April.
Moreover, by now Meyer may even have a better job than selling baseball tickets. If one report is to be believed, a potential employer perhaps improbably admiring her sass expressed interest in interviewing her for a sales job.
Photo Credits: “El Gorilla,” by Ms. Phoenix at Flickr via Creative Commons-licensed content requiring attribution.