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Lonely at the Top

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 31 August 2010 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

Out-of-Town Scoreboard Keeper at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Just picture being in a building along with about 40,000 other people who are watching an event. The event is being televised and broadcast on radio. Those attending are cheering, yelling, screaming, stomping, booing, gasping, and groaning - as appropriate to the fortunes and follies of eighteen men performing before them.

You have the means to view all of this but, instead find yourself focused on the screen of a personal computer - gathering data about similar events happening in like venues around the nation.

Your job is to track any changes in up to 14 other events happening that same day. Each time you see a change - you are to dash about with giant numbers to slide them into slots - so that those 40,000 attendees here, might know what is happening in those distant places.

What a job.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

what a great look behind the scenes

31 Aug 2010 5:10am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It looks like a Kafkian job, brrrr!

31 Aug 2010 5:55am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

thanks for the info.. makes for a fantastic image!! well done!!

31 Aug 2010 6:57am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

funny shot and story, reallly: what a job

31 Aug 2010 8:34am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Nice composition. The only character in the middle of this modern architecture is very representative of the fact what is the life nowadays: the solitude in the middle of the infinity

31 Aug 2010 9:24am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

A very special atmosphere in this capture ! The feeling of loneliness with so many people around... really impressive ! Have a nice day Stephen :)

31 Aug 2010 11:51am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

a big thinker :))

31 Aug 2010 1:26pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

No..I dont fancy his job...
You have portrayed that well in this picture..loneliness..

31 Aug 2010 2:10pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An interesting shot of this worker

31 Aug 2010 4:07pm

David from Detroit, United States

This is definitely a sight that a rabid baseball fan would love to see, but one that is surprising in its simplicity. The vast room devoted to this one task is a little startling!

31 Aug 2010 7:20pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Must be fun to get into these secret recesses to capture behind the scenes shots.

31 Aug 2010 7:47pm

@Curly: Nothing secret about any of this my friend - all public access. The earlier images are captured in the free viewing area at the park - and today's image was shot from the sidewalk along the waterfront promenade. (I will confess it took awhile to figure an angle on my tripod where I could get the lens through the bars and find a level view across these shrubberies)

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

You did a great job finding a spot for that got an excellent image, and a glimpse of behind the scenes for a lot of us !!! Interesting stuff......Who knew???? I wonder if he likes his job??? Looks like fun to me !!!1

31 Aug 2010 11:03pm

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

How are the Giants doing? Looks like you were BUST.

1 Sep 2010 2:19am

@Formerly Known as MontereyJohn: Hey John. You mean you aren't streaming every game? What's-with-that????

Giants are 5 games out behind first place San Diego. 1.5 out in the Wild-Card race behind Philadelphia. We play 4 games against The Padres in San Diego in mid-September. We finish the season playing the Pads at AT&T Park on October 1 - 2 - and 3. That could be a dramatic finale!

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

nice shot

1 Sep 2010 8:30am