Homemade Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Are you looking for a job? One that offers good pay, the freedom to travel, notoriety and doing something worthwhile? Oh, and those who have had this job claim that it is “life-changing” and opens many doors to future opportunities. To qualify, you must have a college degree, love people, be a good communicator and enjoy travel. 

No, it is not a government position, but does offer good benefits. And all the hot dogs you can eat. Oscar Mayer is hiring drivers for its famous Wienermobile hot dog car. You know, the fabulous wiener vehicle that makes over 200 stops at various events across the country. Get your resumes ready, dear readers, because the one-year gig is coming up from June of this year till 2022. 

Interested? Read on.

These drivers are considered “Hotdoggers” and are nobility to the Oscar Mayer “family.” But first, drivers must learn how to maneuver a 27-foot mobile hot dog through busy streets and attend a two-week intensive training program at Hot Dog High. Applicants must be cheery, perpetually happy-go-lucky folks with positive attitudes. Have you ever sung the lyrics, “I wish I was an Oscar Mayer wiener?” Then this might be your chance. If you cannot see yourself driving a Wienermobile around for a year, you might want to stay in the iconic travel trailer, as you can rent it for one night for a rate of $136.

Americans consume 7 billion (yes “billion”) hot dogs every year over the summer months. It is not exactly “gourmet” food, but a staple for picnics, ballgames and summer gatherings. Even in quarantine, a pandemic will not stop our love for the one food that represents fun, street vendors, baseball and easy grilling. Still, if you are not thrilled about becoming a “Hotdogger,” then a six-month gig in Ireland (where no one eats hot dogs) might be up your alley.

Great Blasket Island off the coast of Ireland is looking for two caretakers to manage its coffee shop and four guest cottages. You can live free in a cottage, must by “cheery” and greet guests, serving tea and coffee. There is no wi-fi and electricity, plus you need to bring your own drinking water. Sounds like a dream to me! If you are interested, you won’t be alone, since last year over 42,000 people from all over the world applied. In other words, 2021 might be the year to change career paths! Yet, living on an island without a warm shower, no internet and no oven, does seem a bit harsh. 

Getting back to travel, one day soon, we will greet our suitcases again with open arms. We will get our passports ready, dust off our walking shoes and plan a new adventure. OK, so maybe Ireland for six months is too remote. But being a Hotdogger has potential. There are “wurst” jobs to hold and if you can cut the mustard, it could be fun. Imagine telling your friends, “I am leaving for a year in a Wienermobile. Be well until we meat again.”

Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local Realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at judy@judybluhm.com.