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The 9-to-5 Cure by Kristin Cardinale

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CHAPTER 2

Realizing That Old Dream Isn’tWorth Realizing

It is 3 a.m. I am in Manaus, deep inside the Brazilian rainforest. A crowd of college students is gathering on the main floor of a dilapidated Amazon riverboat about half a mile away. I am downstream with a guide, floating along in a hollowed-out tree trunk used as a makeshift canoe. The guide handles the long stick-like paddle skillfully, which is demonstrated by the fact that while the water churns and we push forward, there is utter silence. I listen to the sudden and sometimes deafening shrieks of the rainforest animals as we progress in the pitch-dark night toward an area where crocs are known to gather. We scan the edges of the riverbank with a pocket flashlight, looking for the gleaming ...

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