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STRESS TEST

March 14, 2006 1 min read

“Epiphany in Baltimore,” a 28-year old high school English teacher in Charm City who also works as a waiter to pay his bills, recently learned something about matters of the heart vis-a-vis his punishing schedule:

At CPR/First Aid training on Saturday, our instructor told us that the five jobs most affected by stress resulting in heart problems are police officer, lawyer, doctor, fire fighter, and... of course, teacher. All these people have no set schedule, and live for the sake of others. I'm reminded of this fact as [I] ponder my 85-hour work week last week and look over the course of the next week, which also [is] going to be jam-packed.

Pop quiz: Which one of the above professions collects neither overtime nor six-figure salaries?

Got a mirror handy?

(Epiphany in Baltimore.)

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.

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