Michael Precker admits he had a dream job while working as a reporter -- covering a war in Lebanon, interviewing interesting people and writing for one of the best newspapers in the country.
In the summer of 2006 he could see that dream job about to slip away as the Dallas Morning News announced a voluntary buyout program and plans to lay off workers if enough people didn't take the buyout. Precker, now 54, took the buyout, and hasn't looked back since.
His next job was at a strip club in Dallas.
"This was total serendipity," he told me during a phone interview this week.