It's not a job, it's a way of life

Jason Werling
Jan 14, 2013


"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Words by Confucius to live by for the younger generation still looking for a career. But there should also be an addition to the quote... Choose a job you love (that will still pay the bills), and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Don't tell my boss, but I love what I do, most days. A photographer for a newspaper in a relatively small town is a great job and one that I am very fortunate to have. And it does pay most of the bills as long as I stick with a budget.

Earlier this week, I and reporter Melissa Topey had the opportunity to fly with Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Bryan Dail. He pilots the patrol's airplane throughout the area to assist ground units in catching drivers breaking traffic laws and also assist in searches from the air. Dail loves his job, don't tell his bosses, and it was evident during the time we were able to spend catching speeders high above the Ohio Turnpike. He takes his job very seriously and it is serious work, but Dail enjoys each facet. You can read more about his job in today's Register where Topey writes about her experience On the Job with Trooper Dail. You can also read that story in our E-paper.

To see photos from the flight, click HERE and watch a video in the player above

Flying with Dail in the four-seater plane was probably the most stressful part of that day for me. Not because it was a small plane, but because I'm 6'2" and it isn't easy trying to maneuver around the back of the plane while changing lenses, taking photos and video of Dail and Topey while also trying to get photos of the awesome views outside of the plane. I didn't sense any stress from Dail or Topey while we were in the air, but apparently we all have stressful jobs.

If you flip to the business section of Sunday's paper, you will see a story by Melissa Topey about the Top Ten Most/Least Stressful Jobs. Photojournalist and Reporter are #7 and #8 on the list respectively and police officer ranks in at #10.
A photojournalist in a war zone might have more stress than a police officer in a village in Erie County, but overall I have to disagree with this particular ranking. I'm not saying there isn't stress in my job, there are things I've had to photograph that no one should have to see and working on a constant deadline does have some stress attached to it. But on a day-to-day basis, a photographer at the Sandusky Register has less stress than an officer with the Sandusky Police Department or a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Don't believe me? Spend a few dollars on a police scanner and listen for a few hours on a weekend night.

I have one more objection to the rankings: Why isn't teacher on the list of most-stressful jobs? The survey must have been taken in July during summer break. If any of us were put in a room with 20-30 kids for seven hours a day and 180 days a year, I'm sure our blood pressure would go up a bit and our life expectancy would go down. I love my kids, but there is only two of them and they are still smaller than me. They still find a way to raise my blood pressure.
If you have a job you think would be fun to feature in Melissa's weekly On the Job feature, send her an e-mail,



You should add, Jason, about how those in the aircraft can calculate ground speed. Those crosses, X's and perpendicular to the roadway paint stripes serve that purpose. They count the seconds between two points and have an instant calculation of your speed.

One can get caught speeding without any ground patrol witnessing it. Just a lil FYI..:)

Jason Werling

luvblues2- I believe that is part of Melissa's story in today's newspaper.

Pretty cool stuff, unless you are the one speeding and getting caught.


I had the pleasure of getting caught speeding in this manner some years ago , when my foot was much heavier . I was not upset because that's the chance I took . When the officer told me how they got me , my first thought was cool , and then my second was ,how much is this going to cost me ? . I got lucky and they only fined me for doing 90 MPH , but I recall topping at 120 MPH . It was a beautiful clear day with little traffic but I did break the law . Now I'm older and never in a hurry and that's just fine with me .


"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
Fast forward from Confucius to the current day. With the Keynsians and the Fed..."you do not work to live, you live to work."


Confucius should have added ..." and never ever get sick or injured on the job "....