Green Insanity ?

0008-0709-2123-29101.jpgIn this day and age of recycling frenzy and ecological conservation, Eddie House could be a hero, the epitome of the ultimate environmental crusader. With resourceful conservation techniques the man had literally reduced his household garbage to nil, to the point that he no longer needed and thusΒ canceled his garbage collection services. House found out that his being squeaky clean and waste free isn’t a virtue after all. The city sued him for canceling his garbage contract which is viewed as mandatory for every household. It wasn’t the case that House was dumping his waste in his closet or some mysterious, disappearing dungeon – it was just that his waste disposal activities like burning his garbage and having his dog eat his left over food wasn’t pleasing the neighbors. In this part of the world where dogs get regular check-ups with the vet and provided with vitamin enriched dog food, feeding dogs with chicken bones and bits of leftovers to be thrown is akin to maltreating of your children.

I am reminded of the show How Clean Is Your House, a British TV show being aired here, which features a couple of middled-aged ” dust-busting, mildew-murdering divas” who search for the dirtiest homes in the city, clean them up, dispose of the trash and restore them to decency. I am not too sure what the motivation behind this show is, perhaps the sponsors, who I presume would be mostly cleaning product companies may have something to do with its inception. The homes they find and feature in the show are so grossly filthy and if I was the owner, I would be utterly embarrassed to be showcased as the ultimate slob in front of public television. How these people managed to amass such mess and filth in their homes is beyond me. The irony is these folks were never in trouble with the anyone unlike Mr. House who was sued for being so annoyingly clean 😦

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GLAMORIZED BAGGAGE HANDLERS

Can you figure out a job that could pay you a 6 figure annual salary by carrying luggage? Yes, such a job does exist and if you’re carrying Tiger Wood’s golf bag, you’ll likely to earn a 7 figure salary good enough to compete with a CEO of a large company. Rest assured your stress levels wouldn’t be anywhere close to the adrenalin charged CEO. You just hope that the man you’re serving wins and he better win many times πŸ™‚ Caddies get paid bonuses of 10% of the prize money for a win and 5% for a top 10 finish in addition to their fixed salaries. You will not be grinding your butt 12 hours a day like most CEO’s. In fact, you’d be working 4 times a week and work maybe 25 weeks in a given year depending on how many tournaments your player joins . Just take the case of Steve Williams, the long time caddy of golf legend Tiger Woods. Williams made $1.2M in 2007 and that’s due to Woods amassing $10M in prize money that year. Williams’ earning would be the envy of some players – he could have made it to the top 70 golfer in earnings.

Caddies are more than bag carriers though. They provide advice on strategy, record scores, map out distances, clean equipment and more importantly, provide that needed moral support. Anyone can be a caddy for that matter but the good ones are real good golfers. In one event, a top rated player’s caddy became ill so his wife took the bag πŸ™‚ I like to be Tiger’s caddy. Should I say this is my dream job ? πŸ™‚ Other than getting assured with a hefty bonus, I’ll get a chance to ride in his transcontinental private jet he uses to get to the all the tournament venues, Europe and Asia included. πŸ™‚ I remember that TV interview when Tiger won the Ford Championship at Doral in 2005 where he bagged the $1M winner’s purse. He was asked ” so how do you like the Ford GT ?” ( the 550hp., $150,000 sports car that went with the winner’s trophy). Tiger replies ” Oh, that goes to Steve” πŸ˜›

For someone who rakes in an annual endorsement money 8 times his winnings, we can certainly appreciate his generosity πŸ™‚

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34 Responses

  1. Steve Williams does have an enviable job. He obviously has Tiger’s trust and confidence. But I think the pressure there is in keeping that trust and confidence at a very high level.

    As far as the slobs on public tv are concerned, I agree with you. I can’t imagine how they could let the whole world in on their mess. However, if these people had shame and a certain degree of self respect, then their house wouldn’t be a mess in the first place, will it? Hahaha

  2. Gosh, having people clean up your mess on TV is embarrassing ! Can I apply as Tiger’s caddy? Maybe just one time, when he wins first prize πŸ™‚

  3. i get to watch some episodes of How Clean Is Your House on cable here, and i enjoy watching the two ‘divas’ do their magic tricks on filthy rooms. but to be sued because of cleanliness? that kills me. how weird is that?

  4. Mr. Williams’ job is really great. I guess I would love that job too.

    Here in KSA, I know a lot of PINOY’s who work for the big time princes as Tennis buddy or trainor. They too are now rich,they travel where these princes go. what they do is just play tennis with the boss, if and when the boss wants to play. If not (kung tinatamad ang bosing) they just relax.

    And mind you, many of them are business-minded. because they are not subjected to a baggage weight limit they bring with them the latest tennis rackets in big quantities. tapos ibenebenta or ipina bebenta sa mga tennis shops. ha ha ha.

  5. That law needs to be amended. If Mr. House is recycling everything and doesn’t produce garbage, then he shouldn’t be required to have garbage service. Mr. House should be commended, not punished, for not producing garbage. I’m assuming, of course, everything Mr. House claims is true.

  6. wow! i didn’t know that Tiger’s caddy makes that much money.
    i am reminded of the lady caddies here in the philippines. my former bosses flirt with them. geez.

  7. Panaderos – Williams certainly has an enviable job – doesn’t he ? He certainly has Tiger’s confidence. At one point Williams even grabbed a spectator’s camera when it flashed, causing Tiger to lose his concentration while putting. He’s also his body guard it seems 😯

    As for the slobs, I have a feeling they got paid for showcasing their filth on TV plus their house was fixed spanking clean ! What the ?? πŸ™‚

  8. Irrealis – just think if someone sees you one TV with all the filth ! Too late… Tiger is already married hehehe ( joke only) πŸ™‚ Would you believe he married the nanny of Jasper Parnevik’s kids, a fellow tour player ? She is actually a model in Sweden part timing as a nanny πŸ™‚

  9. Barry – so the show is aired in Pinas too eh. Really weird for House to get sued. I have a feeling the city doesn’t want a precedent and believes that House one way or another is bullshitting and dumping his garbage somewhere 😦

  10. MyePinoy – yes, I heard of those tennis instructors. They also paly in tennis tourneys in Saudi Arabia and grabbing those trophies man πŸ™‚ So they’re also selling tennis gear eh? Pinoys are really into this underground wheeling and dealing πŸ™‚

  11. Wil – yes, Mr. House should have been rewarded but what you are saying is true, that the city doesn’t believe him. He’s just too good to be true !

  12. Mari – I’ll change careers right now if Tiger takes me as his caddy for just 1 year hehe :)In Pinas we are really spoiled. We have caddies and umbrella girls too πŸ™‚ If you are playing with a buddy, you’d have 4 other people walking with you! What if you are a foursome? then you’d be a crowd 😦 It costs more money and not really needed but I guess it is one way of providing jobs and that’s fine.

    Here, I have never played with a caddy. They only have them in tournaments. It’s either I walk and carry my bag, use my push cart or pay for a golf cart πŸ™‚

  13. Life is unfair ! πŸ˜‰

  14. This is completely not sane, for one to be penalized or punished for being squeaky clean. Can we say only in Canada such thing could happen? πŸ™‚ Har de har, har…Just being funny bro.

    By the way, Tiger Woods is such a great sports idol of mine. And now I learnm how generous he could be. Truly phenomenal, he is.

  15. Getting sued by the government for being squeaky clean? Man, that should rank high in the stupidity factor. I say the city administrators are taking their jobs too seriously… πŸ˜€

    Are there any openings for the job as caddy for Tiger Woods? πŸ˜€

  16. Sidney – not only unfair, but it doesn’t make sense too hehe πŸ™‚

  17. Major Tom – BTW this happened in California, good old US of A but I can imagining this happening in Canada too believe me πŸ™‚

    You know what, NBA player Charles Barkley when he was interviewed on TV jokingly said that Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan who are good buddies ( mutual admiration society, duh ) are according to him – “cheap”. Now I don’t know what that means – whether these superstars make him pay for dinner after the game or what hehe πŸ™‚ What we do know is Barkley possesses one of the worst swings in golf πŸ™‚ so it may have been payback for the cajoling of his swing πŸ˜›

  18. Snglguy – I can’t blame you for accusing them of stupidity hehe πŸ™‚

    Looks like we both are competing for carrying the bag for at least one game hahaha πŸ™‚

    Incidentally, luck also comes into play.

    In 2003, Ben Curtis, a relatively new, young American player in the PGA flew to England to play in the British Open. Curtis couldn’t even afford a quality hotel at that time so he stayed at a bed and breakfast inn and hired a caddy named Andy Sutton from the pool of local caddies available for the event. Unbelievably, against heavy odds, Curtis won the event and pocketed a cool million bucks !Sutton pocketed a 100 grand for his 4 day service – just like that hehe πŸ™‚

  19. So golf is almost like boxing where you pay your trainer and manager from your winnings.

  20. Ryan – essentially the same except in boxing, you are assured of the same prize, win or lose πŸ™‚

  21. ok, now tell me where can i apply i wouldn’t mind carrying Tiger’s bag if i get a 7 figure salary. πŸ™‚

  22. I don’t know nga how some people could air their dirty laundry in these reality shows. They probably get paid for it. But weird… this Mr. House… it’s very ironic, his situation.

    Ako din… dream job ko din yung kay Steve. πŸ™‚

  23. Ipanema – too late – naunahan na kita hahaha πŸ™‚

  24. Toe – it does perplex me too. Granting that they get paid, it is very embarrasing. I saw an episode where a woman who lived alone never cleaned her house for more than a year and junk kept piling up to her bathroom where she had enough space to barely sit on the loo and use the sink – unbelievable 😦

  25. Some people have this fixation with their stuff that they feel bad throwing it away. Thus in time becoming garbage in their house. People should know how to let go their things because these things can be a fire hazard.

    How does one apply to be a Tiger wood’s baggage boy

  26. lol…if you’ll be absent, just holler! πŸ™‚

  27. I find it weird that Americans and Canadians look at salary figures on annual basis. Filipinos, on the other hand, tend to look at salaries on a monthly, sometimes, weekly basis.

    I guess it really depends on how you look at things: short, mid or long term period. πŸ™‚

  28. Ferdz – true. Some people tend to cling to their stuff for years until their closets become full. Interesting that the storage business had been quite a boom here for years. People can now rent space on a monthly basis to store stuff πŸ™‚

    At one time, Tiger’s caddy qualified to play at the US Open but didn’t make it to the 3rd day. Strange when you think that he sacrificed his “sure ball” pay as a caddy in such an important event. This is about the only time when Tiger’s bag is available – when Steve decides to rest hehe πŸ™‚

  29. Ipanema – sure πŸ˜›

  30. Jeff – annual base salary – that’s a common expression here when companies look at the net impact of a full time employee’s pay to the budget. It is also an easy way to gauge how the employee fares with the market the type of work he does.

    There are also those who get paid by the hour or weekly and then the company tells you off hand how many hours a week or how many weeks in a year you are expected to work.

  31. i think i’ve seen the american version of that show on style channel. i’m not baledosa sa bahay, pero my golly! yong mga featured houses don eh nakakadiri. kong ako yon eh bibigyan ko na sila ng gas at pusporo, sunogin nalang nila at ng tapos ang kalat. hahahah! some people talaga, beyond kadiri. which reminds of moms words of wisdom, that a persons home is a reflection of the people who live there. dba πŸ˜‰

  32. Nell – posporo and gas would have been the solution, until the cleaning fairies came to the rescue ! πŸ™‚ Sinabi mo – absolutely true that a person’s home is a reflection of his personality πŸ™‚

  33. Go practice golf harder and when you’re ready to win in competitions, please get me as your caddy. I implore you. πŸ™‚

  34. Abaniko – I have also thought that if Tiger just allows me to carry his bag for one game every year, I might be happy to remain with my skill level hahaha πŸ™‚

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