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Apparently we’re not the only ones dreaming of life outside so-called knowledge-work. # 3 most emailed article on the New York Times site is The Case for Working With Your Hands, a personal essay by a motocycle mechanic from Richmond, Virginia who spent his former life in a wonky Washington workplace. It concludes,
The good life comes in a variety of forms… For anyone who feels ill suited by disposition to spend his days sitting in an office, the question of what a good job looks like is now wide open.

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Baltimore, a poet's dream

Baltimore, a poet's dream

We on the block spend our days building computer models to predict health policy decisions or pitching newspaper editors in South Asian countries (tonight I’ll call a guy in Delhi at 1am, when they get in to office). On the one hand, it’s decent work. On the other, we’re hunched over for hours growing pale and paunchy in the blue glow of a ThinkPad. So we ponder alternative ways to bring in the bacon.

Barista: Not at Star**cks. Serve proper coffees a nice quiet local spot outfitted with heavy ceramic plates and white tableclothes. At Marie Louise on Charles, turn out frothy, lovely coffees served with flaky French pastries. Wear tidy white button down with apron, eat leftover Napoleons, make urbane conversation with regulars, smartly suggest wine pairings.

Yoga Instructor: At Charm City Yoga, per se–complete rigorous training (featuring veg diet and dreaded marathon of sun salutations), overcome fear of public speaking. Learn about my neighbors’ aches and pains, pray to Indian gods, hone tummy and butt muscles.

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