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When troubleshooting the extractor

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I have an ongoing dispute with a longtime colleague, Bob Miller. I said he ruined my new safety boots. He said he didn’t. Bob was a young, fearless distillation engineer at a time when our extraction engineer refused to take a trip to Japan to inspect new trays going into an old extractor. I called Bob into my office and asked him to take the trip, even with zero extraction experience. Bob accepted the assignment, but worried that he had no safety footwear. I offered him my brand new safety boots. I would have given him all of my shoes if that is what it took to keep me out of that old, dirty extractor. When Bob came back from the installation he handed me the boots without blinking an eye. They looked like they had been run over by an industrial lawnmower. He insisted that that is what they looked like when I loaned them to him. I disagreed. His tray installation had gone well — that is what mattered most. About two weeks later, Bob gave a slide presentation to the entire distillation/extraction group, describing the installation. Half of the slides were photographs of the feet of a young, fearless distillation engineer standing on trays inside the column. The early photographs show bright and shiny boots; the later photographs…
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