November 08, 2005

You are getting very one train station closer to home

Last night I was supposed to be part of a focus group on beer (and if I can think of two more things about the experience, there will eventually be a cartoon on the subject), but they always overbook these things in case some people don't show up, and I was one of the three people that they didn't end up needing, so I got paid $75 for taking a subway into Manhattan and sitting around for 30 minutes. I was happy to leave early, but I had gotten four jokes out of the sitting around, and was expecting the focus group itself to give me more material! Ah well.

Annoyingly, the train back into Brooklyn was overcrowded, so I didn't get to solve crosswords on the way home except for the last few stops, but while I was standing around listening to MP3s, I saw this class being advertised on the back of the Learning Annex flier that the woman next to me was reading:

How to Become a Certified Hypnotist: It's a Rewarding Career...and Profitable!

Funny, if you left off those last two words I would have assumed "Rewarding" was a code word for "Profitable".

Posted by Francis at 08:26 AM

Hypnotizing people is its own reward. C'mon, think about it. Even if you didn't make any money doing it, if you could hypnotize people, how awesome would that be? Give us the first Six Things you'd do if you were a hypnotist.

Posted by: Orange at November 8, 2005 09:59 AM

I hope that they at least gave you a beer even if they didn't take down your opinions about it.

Posted by: Charles at November 8, 2005 01:15 PM

See, this is why Francis didn't get into the focus group. He isn't a certified hypnotist!

A hypnotist would say, "Your eyes are getting heavy....You're going to let me in." Et voila, free beer.

But perhaps Mr. F. agrees with Phillip J. Fry of Futurama: "Drugs are for losers, and hypnosis is for losers with big, weird eyebrows!"

Now, as to whether Lunchboy Francis is certifiable -- no, I'm not commenting any further on that.

Posted by: Atom at November 8, 2005 01:58 PM

Maybe "rewarding" says that the gross pay is good, and "profitable" says that the net income is positive. Or maybe "rewarding" is just referring to the opportunity to turn unsupecting clients into your slack-jawed minions, eager to do your bidding, and "profitable" refers to the crime spree your evil organization will wreak on the city. It's all the same.

Posted by: Rich at November 9, 2005 06:15 AM

No no no, clearly "rewarding" is a code word for "gets you laid".

Posted by: neilfred at November 12, 2005 03:11 AM
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