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Lili Wright

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Dick Wells, Orchid Farmer

“Dick knows his stuff. He shows up with what we need and is excited for our success.”

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Jerry Hindel, Bowling Alley Owner

The sport may be struggling, but the proprietor of the city’s oldest bowling alley rolls with the changes.

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I Last Smoked Pot Three Decades Ago. In The Interest Of Journalism, I Decided To Give It Another Try

In the 30 years since I gave up marijuana, both the culture of it and I have changed.

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Gwendolyn Rogers’s Bittersweet Path To The Cake Bake Shop

“I am tired of being the girl cooking,” Rogers says. “I want to be the girl having the party. That was a goal: To get to that next level where someone else would cook for me. What would that feel like? I am still working on that part.”

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Bruce McNabb, Dog Trainer

“We’re a bit busy scooping poop and mopping pee every day.”

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Nick Domogalik, HandleBar Driver

He’s a designated driver, bouncer, tour guide, photographer, and master of ceremonies for the two-hour joy ride.

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Rob Shumaker, Zoo President

Not all orangutans are the same. Some female apes love babies. Others couldn’t care less. Some are loners. Others, more social. “There is such remarkable individual variation that we have to acknowledge and appreciate it,” Shumaker says.

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Rolando Coronado, IndyCar Mechanic

“You are strapping these guys on a piece of metal that is as fast as a tomahawk missile, and then you are expecting them not to have fatalities,” Coronado says. “Actually, I am surprised in the 17 years I have been doing this that we have not had more.”

Mike Bursaw and rows of books
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Mystery Mike, Rare Book Dealer

“You can cheat people blind if you want to,” Mike Bursaw says. “But how do you look in the mirror if you do that kind of stuff?”

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Tom Davis, Crown Hill Cemetery Guide

“Every man wants a lady looking sad at his grave. Most of the time, the only way he can do it is to build a statue.”

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Alice Guerin, Tattoo Artist

“It’s like getting a massage or taking yourself out to eat. It’s a treat. Some people even like the pain.”

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Joanna Suitors, Female Taxidermist

“I’m pretty choosy,” says one hunter, “and she’s the only one I take them to.”

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