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Dan Haren is no longer the luckiest person in the world, this guy is

May 6, 2009

CANBERRA – A British charity fundraiser won the “best job in the world” Wednesday — caretaker of an Australian tropical island — after an innovative marketing campaign that highlighted the power of social media.

Ben Southall, 34, was picked from 16 finalists in a highly publicized contest by Tourism Queensland which attracted nearly 34,700 video entries from almost 200 countries and surpassed all expectations in promoting tourism in the Australian state.

The job description? Explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef for six months and report back to Tourism Queensland and the world via blogs, a photo diary, video updates and interviews.

Also, if you feel like it, feed the fish, collect the mail and clean the pool — and earn A$150,000 ($110,000) for your efforts.

In case you were wondering, these are pictures of what Hamilton Island looks like:

So it’s not exactly some crappy downtrodden island in the middle of poverty land where you will be beating off rats and sick cats like you were wearing the new tag scent.

Reading this article really just makes me mad/depressed on two levels. This guy is living in paradise, blogging and dicking around the island as his job and getting paid a helluva lot more than I do for busting my ass in a tiny office with no windows. Also, in about two months I will be paying a lot of money to spend a week in paradise on my honeymoon.

So let’s recap, him: living in paradise and getting paid for it; me: working in White Plains getting paid peanuts and then paying a nice chunk of cash to visit paradise for a week. I’m doing something very, very wrong.