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Home away from

I’ve been on a business trip in the Lake Charles area of Louisiana  since Tuesday night.  When I left, I wasn’t certain how long I would have to stay — the estimate was about ten days.  How do you pack for ‘about ten days’ when you know that everything could be permanently stained, and that you probably won’t want to rewear anything but your jeans?  The fortunate fallback is that nobody can smell you in a refinery, and they especially can’t smell you through your Nomex astronaut suit.

My family surprised me by helping make my stay a little more homey — my parents sent a card and my sister sent these:

It’s really nice at the end of a long day to come back to a vase of beautiful flowers.  The vase itself even matches the room!  Is she good, or what?

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