Hot Diggidy Dog
The Weinermobile Photo Credit Kraft Foods
by Kathleen Walls
Cruising across America's highways and
byways to all the fun festivals and events in a
27-foot-long dog with six captain-style armchairs and a
180 degree windshield and getting paid to do it, what a way to
tour the country! There are only twelve
active Hotdoggers driving a Weinermobile. I recently met two young
people who are doing just that. Hot Diggity Holly and Jess Grillin' are
having the time of their lives while learning new skills that will help
in later career choices.
For those of you who are not familiar
with this American icon, the Weinermobile is a rolling Oscar Myer hot
dog on bun that has been tooling around American roads since 1936 with a
brief hiatus during WWII due to gas rationing. There are eight
Weinermobiles six of which are actively cruising the country as we
speak. The other two are a mini version and a food truck style used for
special events. The Hotdoggers, as drivers are called, are chosen from
United States colleges graduating seniors. They operate in teams of two
and are assigned a section of the country. They operate for one year
from June 1 until the following June 1. The positions are highly sought
after. Last year there were over 2,000 applicants for the 12positions.
Jess and Holly are on the South Route
for the first part of the year and will be switched to a different
section for the next six month. They have been to places like South
Padre Island, McAllen, Laredo, Dallas, Houston, Austin, in Texas, New
Orleans, Jacksonville, Fl and ... well all over the place. They are
learning as they go and having a great time doing it. Their skills complement each other
instead of duplicating them. Holly is a Spanish and Communication major
with a minor in Journalism from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Hot Diggity Holly and Jess
Grillin' Photo Credit Kraft Foods
Jess graduated from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in International Business and Management &
Human Resources. Both of these young women can complement the other's
skills as they travel and both will learn many new skills from the other
as well as the on-the-road-experience.
I caught up with them at Ponte Vedra
Beach where they were appearing at the Winn Dixie Open Golf Tournament.
I found them helping little golfers-to-be try for a hole in one on a
single mini putting green, passing out stickers saying "I saw the
Weinermobile" and answering a lot of questions about their amazing
vehicle/traveling advertisement. Normally,
they would have been handing out Oscar Myer Weiner Whistles to kids but
the tournament people made them promise not to just this once.
So when the Weinermobile visits your
neck of the woods, be sure to "ketchup" with it. "Frankly" the
hotdoggers "relish" "meat"ing new friends. Another skill that is
necessary for the job is the ability to pull off really atrocious puns
wiht a straight face. And if you pass them on the road be sure to honk
hello. Did I mention the Weinermobile horn plays "I Wish I Was ...." in
21 different genres from Cajun to Rap.