Your Hobby Can Bring You Down

coolclips_ente0174.jpg Way back in the early 90’s , in line with the promotion of the equal opportunity employment policy, the Ontario provincial government legislated a ban on the requirement of a photograph in employment applications . It is quite understandable that in a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan society, hiring managers tend to be biased towards those of their own kind or those with persuasions similar to theirs. The photo ban was a particularly fair and welcome move for it minimized discrimination off the bat, when employers or agencies filter applicants based on how they look and the color of their skin. In short, an employment application form only requires one’s name, address, telephone number, educational qualifications and employment history. Other resume’ details such as marital status, age, religion, hobby are not compulsory information upon application. Important information such as date of birth and marital status would be submitted once a person is hired. Some companies do a background check with the authorities which is just fair and square as they need to protect the company’s interests as well.

The recent brouhaha about Stephanie Conover, Miss Canada Plus 2007 who was disqualified as a judge in the Miss Toronto Tourism contest because she is an avid fan of tarot cards, reike and yoga illustrates the wisdom of not providing too much information about oneself. BTW, Miss Canada Plus is a beauty contest designed to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of BB ( big and beautiful) “women with real curves”. Incidentally, beauty isn’t the sole property or monopoly of slim and anorexic looking women πŸ˜‰ Don’t ever look down on Queen Latifa πŸ™‚

Here’s what the Miss Toronto Tourism board had to say about the disqualification :

“Our board of directors has eliminated her as a judge as tarot card reading and reiki are the occult and … not acceptable by God, Jews, Muslims or Christians.”

Huh ? Since when did God explicitly approve of beauty contests ? The last I heard, beauty pageants are banned in Muslim countries. The board should have been downright honest and say “we disqualified her because she may play with the stars in electing the pageant winner with her tarot card shuffle”. The board’s holier-than-thou diatribe reeks with hypocrisy and ignorance considering that it awarded the 2005 pageant crown to Zenovique Wilson who was on bail at the time of the contest for her involvement in a massage parlor robbery. Granted that someone on bail isn’t proven guilty yet, it would have been more prudent to wait for the person to be exonerated of the charge.

The Miss Toronto Tourism qualification criteria does stipulate that candidates must be of good character. I find one of the 10 qualifications quite amusing though :

9. Born female πŸ˜›

Wouldn’t the birth certificate already confirm one’s gender ? I guess the candidate has to submit a doctor’s statement certifying that she carries an original, unadulterated female genitalia πŸ™‚



Imagine having a perfect record during the regular season, never losing a single game until the finals, the climax of a terrific season. Such was the case with the New England Patriots, who carried their regular season unbeaten record of 16-0 and post season 2-0 to the finals of the Superbowl XLII and attempted to make this year’s claim to theΒ  NFL trophy official against the 10-6 New York Giants. The Patriots were the hands down favorites to capture the title in view of their impeccable record. Final Result : Giants 17, Patriots 14. Ouch.. 😦 Triple Ouch 😦 The Giants scored a touchdown with 35 seconds left in the game, stunning the over confident Patriots and silencing the boisterous pub crowds in all of the New England states. In retrospect, I’d rather lose games during the regular season and have an imperfect record than lose only one game, in the finals at that. It is incredibly painful because the presumption of invincibility and destiny towards greatness were shattered at the very last moment, when there wasn’t a chance for redemption. Once again, Yogi Berra’s prophetic quote ” it ain’t over until it’s over” had proven correct πŸ™‚ Congrats to the NY Giants for a well deserved win πŸ˜›


34 Responses

  1. Too much confidence can certainly cause trouble sometimes, especially in sports. Good for the Giants, though. New York must be really happy, or should I say New Jersey πŸ™‚

  2. Maybe she thought the board will find her hobby interesting πŸ™‚

  3. What about priests for beauty pageant judges?

  4. Miss Canada “may ka-unting kalusugan” beauty pageant! Sa atin sa Pilipinas naman ay may “Miss Pasay City Masabaw” beauty pageant din at mga Jeepney driver ang judges.

    My last minute bet for the underdog Giants came back with enough for me to go shopping at craigslist for a 200 cc used ATV for my bunso and another dirtbike for my middle kid. Now we can all go and chase coyotes away in my friends horse property on the high desert east of Los Angeles. I’m not a big football fan but I wholeheartedly thank the NY Giants for the big $ win!

  5. Go Giants!!!

    Patriots coach Bellichik is so hated in the NY area, more so now that he is embroiled in a spying (or “Spygate”) controversy.

  6. Eric – the funny thing is one NY Giants player predicted that they would win like 23-17
    or something and Tom Brady, the Patirot quarterback rebuffed the prediction by saying
    they ought to be given more respect, that they should score more than 17 points where in fact they scored only 14 points hehe πŸ™‚

    Yes, the folks across the river are happy coz the Giants play in Meadowlands, NJ. πŸ™‚ It’s amazing how NY can have 2 football teams, 2 baseball teams and 2 hockey teams – all good franchises at that !

  7. Irrealis – maybe πŸ™‚ Perhaps she thought her penchant for tarot cards, reike and yoga were
    a plus for her personality but sadly, not 😦

  8. Abaniko – hahaha πŸ™‚ that’s a great suggestion. I bet no one would dare criticize a priest’s resume πŸ™‚

  9. Noypetes – you’re saying there’s a vibrant market for women with “materiales fuertes” features hahaha πŸ™‚

    Hey, that’s a great win for you. I know the betting odds were like 12.5 to 1 with the Giants
    as underdogs πŸ™‚

  10. Panaderos – wooo.. I heard about that Spygate scandal that went all the way to some senate or congressional investigation ! I guess because the Patriots lost this case would be buried down the priority list but I don’t think Belichek is out of the woods yet 😦

  11. funny qualifying criteria. i hope when you write blogging as hobby they won’t read the posts and if they dislike anything would put one’s application into the bin. πŸ™‚

    that was a shocker of an upset by the Giants.

  12. Hehe, they really included THAT in their criteria? I don’t blame them, some transgender who’s had the “works” done actually look prettier than most women. This reminds me, I have to post the pictures of the recent Miss (or is it Mr?) Thailand that my buddy sent me via email. πŸ˜€

  13. “Our board of directors has eliminated her as a judge as tarot card reading and reiki are the occult and … not acceptable by God, Jews, Muslims or Christians…”

    – nothing but plain old hypocrisy.

  14. susme, kaloka yan! just because she does tarot card reading and reiki. sorry to say this, but my reaction would be “WTF!” i wish they had stated a better reason, cause that’s just total bee-ess. dba?

    ps: forgive my outrage πŸ˜‰

  15. I guess 99% of the Filipino employment adds would be illegal in Ontario.
    Here you need to be single, female, not older than 25, etc.

  16. amusing and extreme. cant understand what’s the connection between judging and tarot cards. it can qualify as one in the discrimination list.

  17. employment practices here in the phils reeks discrimination. i’ve been victimized by the system in the past.

  18. Ipanema – I bet that if someone reveals to the interviewer about his/her personal blog, the latter would check it out. The interviewer is interested in finding out anything negative about the person and the blog is one medium to do it. Blogs are normally innocuous unless someone talks about extremely radical political views and weird stuff like devil worship which could likely jeopardize his application 😦 I say keep the personal blog private – it’s much safer I think 😯

  19. Snglguy – whoa, if they can carve out a perfect female from a gender change operation, I’m not surprised. The other way around it would be a tall order.It is much easier to remove than add and wire up genitalia for heaven sake hehe πŸ™‚

  20. Jeff – likewise it’s plain and simple stupidity to be bringing in issues of religion in such an event which is meant for entertainment. It just creates friction in society 😦

  21. Nell – say she took out the tarot card from the hobby list, would they still disqualify the woman as judge if she is a practioner of reike and yoga? It goes to show how shallow minded these peple are ! πŸ‘Ώ

  22. Sidney – absolutely right and society thinks it is normal to discriminate on age 😦

    This is really what shocks me, that Pinoys up to now haven’t perceived the seriousness of this discriminatory practice. I hope people stop bitching about lack of jobs opportunities because this is precisely the reason !

  23. Bingskee – you bet. The Miss Toronto Tourism event might be an insignificant event in people’s lives here but when discriminatory stuff like this happens, society will react because it does shock people 😯

  24. Mari – more so with the supply and demand problem – less jobs for more people, the
    employment discrimination had worsened. Now it has become more elitist, when companies only hire the cream of the crop, from the best schools, where only those who can afford can go, leaving the rest to vie for the lowest paying jobs that don’t even require higher education. I blogged about this –

  25. i like the ads at superbowl, too, like Justin T’s Pepsi ad. oh well, the ads are as big as the superbowl event year after year. i wonder if we will ever have the same annual sports event here in RP where advertisers will finally show quality TV ads, unlike the blah we see on current local TV. πŸ˜›

  26. Did you get to see the Fedex ad ? I loved it – so cool πŸ™‚ To think that it costs a whopping $100,000 per second to advertise on Superbowl, sounds really crazy !

  27. Weird. I thought Canada was a tolerant society. Isn’t that where slaves used to escape to? Now, with this tarot/yoga prejudice and that Filipino boy eating with a spoon and fork… hmmmm…

  28. hypocrisy…that’s all about it.

  29. Toe – yep, it’s a tolerant society but we have our share of buffoons too hehe πŸ™‚

  30. Thess – yep, same good old hypocrisy being magnified this time 😦

  31. that’s a different criteria for judging indeed

  32. Backpacker – true, I would even be meaner to say it is an irrelevant qualifying criteria 😦

  33. There’s also the height requirement, not less than 5’0″. hehe. oh, well. πŸ˜€

    I had a feeling the Giants were going to pull it off since they were so hot lately. Just like when Venus Williams was on a hot streak and won Wimbledon last year even though her ranking was so low.

  34. Wil – don’t you think that’s kind of discriminatory ? πŸ™‚ Well beauty contests have what they called minimum requirements, otherwise everybody gets in hehe πŸ™‚

    Same here, the Giants looked like they had nothing much to lose unlike the Patriots who were finishing off a perfect season. The pressure on the Pats would have been tremendous 😐

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