Monday, November 9, 2009
Running a Robotic Bull
I stopped at a bar that housed a mechanical bull and ended up sitting next to the bull operator at the bar. We spoke for a few minutes, and I learned that the regular mechanical bull operator also works as a guitar tech and tours with bands, so the bartenders all have to take turns manning the bull when he's gone. I suppose it makes sense that a person who sets up guitars would have the skills necessary for running and maintaining a robotic bull, and he'd be used to working in an excessively loud environment and dealing with drunken idiots the whole time. In fact, I bet the hours are even about the same. Really, it's the ideal marriage of job and part-time job, and it's recession proof.