Sweet tooth satisfaction

A vicarious taste of TFS' first virtual event

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A few of the habits I picked up during my years at local newspapers still serve me well. I know to never leave the house without a notebook, or to write up a chef’s heartwarming tale of helping the community without first checking his criminal record.

Other routines are probably ripe for the shaking, such as signing up for random medical studies. When you’re earning a reporter’s salary—which averages $49,470 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—getting $150 for a blood draw doesn’t sound like a bad deal. (My house rule was I’d let researchers take anything out of me, but they couldn’t put anything in. I’m not the experimental drug type.)

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