03 June 2007

The University of Jeeves at White Glove

From Gawker: With all those newfangled Economy 3.1 jobs attracting rich rubes from the hinterlands, there's soon to be be a great increase in the need for Manhattan butlers, reports today's Post. And yes, they make much more money than you do. How much? If you're "well-groomed" (and, one presumes, clean and articulate - but hey, beggars can't be choosers), expect $200,000 a year, plus a 401(K) and, of course, free hausing. Fake a British accent, and that figure jumps by $10 to $20K...........

So, all you Ivy Leagued publishing drones and M.F.A.'d copy editors out there, hold off on those enticing subway trade-school adverts: The Dutch-based International Butler Academy is planning to open a New York branch soon.

And the job description for highly compensated abject humiliation? Not as bad as it used to be!

While duties vary greatly, butlers today are not just about arranging closets, setting the table and greeting visitors at the door.

"We don't iron the Wall Street Journal anymore," Jeeves scoffs.
Perhaps not, but better make sure you remember that WSJ.com login:

Today's butlers act, in effect, as the CEOs of their employers' households and properties while also taking care of simple details, like ensuring that their bosses wake up every morning to a home computer already running and loaded with their Web sites of choice.
In conclusion, the Executive Cuts who work at J.P. have still not discovered Firefox and they'll pay you $200,000 a year to type N-Y-S-E . com into the browser bar every morning.

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