Monday, April 4, 2011

Five ways you can parlay your love of hot dogs into a career

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:30 AM

The new economy will be powered by hot dogs.
  • The new economy will be powered by hot dogs.

America doesn't mess around when it comes to hot dogs. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is predicting that ballparks in the United States will serve 22,435,400 franks this season.

To be sure, not all of those hot dogs are created equally. Case in point: the brand-new Meat Lover's Dog at the Great America Ballpark in Cincinnati. It's a jumbo hot dog that's wrapped in bacon and deep-fried and then topped with beef, black-bean chili, shredded pepper-jack cheese and crispy salami. But instead of just waiting for Buck Night at Kauffman Stadium or throwing a few wieners on the grill, you can turn your love of hot dogs into a bona fide income. Here are the top five ways to embark on your new career.

5. Hotdog it. Driving the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile is essentially an internship -- otherwise, it might have topped the list. So consider that the launching point for your new career, being a "Hotdogger" is a definite resume builder.

4. Become a sausage slinger. Whether it's having your own cart or simply throwing parties to honor tube meats (like the guys of SausageFest do), there is a proud tradition of sausage slinging in Kansas City.

3. Are you a vending machine? Each season at Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums, a new crop of bright-eyed concession workers and vendors come onboard. You could be one of the proud men and women giving sports fans heartburn every day.

2. Hot Dog Eating Champion. Your training regimen involves eating hot dogs. And the actual job? Yeah, it's about eating as many hot dogs as you can. The winner of the annual July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island earns $10,000. But you'll have to beat Joey Chestnut, who scarfed down 54 dogs last year. 

1. Get elected to the Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Prior to their news release coming across my desk, I didn't know there was a Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Frankly (pun intended), if you love hot dogs, how could you not want to work for a hot dog advocacy organization? The voices of hot dogs need to be heard, just as soon as you're done chewing.

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