If someone is classified as a “professional” because they get paid to do something: ie. athlete, photographer, musician, …

then is an unemployed person who gets paid to do nothing by the government called an “unprofessional”?

note: How can people call themselves “professional gamblers” when the majority of them lose money?

double note: How do I join the “professional bingo” circuit?

6 responses to “Professionals

  1. I want to be a professional coffee drinker. Or a professional blogger/Internet surfer! The combination of the two would be fab!

  2. pro·fes·sion·al \prə-‘fesh-ən-əl\ n. someone who thinks that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

    am·a·teur \’am-ə-tər, ə-chər\ n. someone who thinks that if something is worth doing, it may be worth doing badly.

    -Robert Littell, The Amateur (1981, Simon and Schuster)

    pannonica: I think Meatloaf said, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” I’m not sure if that was before or after collapsing backstage.

  3. Professional or unprofessional, the important thing is that everyone who loves that picture go immediately to youtube and watch the Dickies cover the Banana Splits theme song:

    It always makes me smile 🙂

  4. planetross: Ernie Kovacs’ personal motto was “Nothing in Moderation.”

  5. Exactly right! You either are a Yuppy (Young Urban Professional) or a Yucky (Young Unemployment Collector) – in the US anyway. In Belgium, collecting unemployment has become somewhat of a profession for some – they have jobs on the side.
    I think that professional gamblers have the same right to call themselves professional as professional stockbrokers (oh wait – it’s my money they are losing, not theirs!) I’m not bitter.

  6. If you can’t do something worth doing right, do it anyway, worry about the consequences later

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