I Used to do That for a Living; Landing and Leaving 108 Jobs Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2 - Page 14

I Used to do that for a Living Before I quote some Scripture (I was raised to express myself that way), I’ll note that I quote a lot of books, not all of them good. It so happens that the aptest caveat regarding me as anybody’s role-model comes from The Gospel According to Matthew: “And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” At three I wanted to be a ballerina when I grew up; that is, until somebody explained that only a girl could be a ballerina. Had they mentioned that there was such a thing as a ballerino, who knows? At ten I felt certain that I would someday be an illustrator like Norman Rockwell or Paul Detlefson. At thirteen I read Cancer, Cocaine, and Courage, a biography of Dr. William Stewart Halstead, followed it with the lives of Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister, and various other practitioners of the healing arts, and set my heart on becoming a medical historian. By sixteen I had spent a few months working in the inhalation therapy department of a hospital and determined that I should endeavor to become a thoracic surgeon. At nineteen I happened on Pierre Cabanne’s Dialogues With Marcel Duchamp and committed myself to the study of art history. I was twenty when I first became interested in game design, my primary occupation for 6