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November 21, 2007
Well, the drug labs are emptying out today, like many other workplaces around the US. My American readers will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow (and Friday as well, in most cases), and so will I. This will be our first since the new job and the move, and I have a turkey to thaw and a chocolate pecan pie to make. Tomorrow I'll be in charge of roasting the bird, since my wife has washed her hands of the oven in this house until we can get it replaced. I've had my incidents with it too, but I figure that if I can make 100 grams of alkynylaluminum reagent without setting anything on fire (a near thing, though, as I recall), then a sixteen-pound non-pyrophoric turkey should be no problem.
Last Thanksgiving I was doing roughly the same things, but in the knowledge that in two months I'd be out of a job. I prefer this year, hostile kitchen appliances and all. I hope that everyone reading this and celebrating the holiday has a good time at it, and for my readers outside the US, the best to all of you, too. You don't have to eat turkey to be glad for what you have (hey, in some countries serving a turkey would actually make that more difficult). I'll see everyone on Monday, at which point science will get up off the couch and start marching on again.
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