Check out this new thread at the long reviled website dedicated to Political Science Job Rumors and to insulting people. The core idea is that it is hard to explain our enterprise, our profession to those outside of it. So, what analogy best applies? I like the athlete analogy--the stars can dictate the terms, the middle range folks go where they have to (drafted, traded), and most folks aspire but do not make it.
What is your best analogy for the professor profession?