Weird Job: MLB groundskeeper

July 11th, 2007 by kathy

I love finding people who work unusal jobs for a few reasons: 1) I’m anti-cube and folks who work weird gigs typically don’t sit behind a desk. 2) These peeps are the few who actually like going to work in the morning (or evening or whatever). Quick tangent: I really believe employers/companies need to rethink the cube. It’s awful. It’s torture and I really get more work done sitting at home or at Barnes & Noble with my laptop. Personally, I think if you’re going to force me to sit in one of those beastly spaces, there should be a water feature, a Buddha statue, some bamboo, and no fluorescent lighting, please!

Anyway, back to my point. The Christian Science Monitor had an awesome story about a woman living and thriving outside the cube. Heather Nabozny is one of 30 head groundskeepers at Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park. Translation: girlfriend mows the lawn for a major league baseball stadium.

Ms. Nabozny grew up in Brighton, Mich. As a kid, she worked at her dad’s lawn-care company, which is where she first fell in love with grass. At the age of 10, she mowed the family’s lawn with a tractor.

Yet it was a lawn-care seminar she attended with her dad that got her seriously thinking about taking care of sports fields for a profession. “I said, ‘Wow! They have a school for this?’ ” she recalls. Years later, she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in sports turf management.

See, this piece further proves that if you pursue the thing you love most, or at least like a lot, the money will follow. As an aspiring freelance writer, I seriously hope this is the case.

So, are you working the dream?

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