“What do you do?” the woman seated next to me asked, watching while I pulled apart a set of blueprints, as the Pacific Ocean sped by 35,000 feet below. “Are you an architect or engineer?”

“Something like that,” was my usual reply. “Actually, I'm a lighting designer.” I continued to explain for a moment what that meant. “I never realized anyone did that for a living,” she said with a smile. “It sounds interesting. How did you get into that kind of work?”

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