Hello from SF Bay Area
I am a bookkeeper that a few years ago had a mid-life crises. I went to the CCA and got my baking certificate. For two years I was a bread bakers at two separate bakeries that are no longer with us (a sad trend indeed), and am now back to bookkeeping. I would not have given up this time for anything, and hope to get back after the kids are out of college.
You have to really love this as a job, and I did, because man it does not pay well at all. But I didn't mind one bit.
Still have my starter from school. And my kids/family/friend all love what I do. Amazing the reaction when you give people really good bread. And naturally they all love my white bread the best, but hey at least its good white bread
My wife has a list of stuff she says I keep saying I will make, and she want me to get on with it already. Bagels gone now, and next is Naan (although it was tough to find goats milk).
Now time to feed the starter (been with me since school).