Thursday, June 5, 2008




So this is dinner in Dubai with members of our joint venture project team. Sitting here are several Huntsman folks and a few of our partners from Saudi Arabia. Dinner was well-deserved after two long days trapped in a conference room negotiating painfully technical bank documents. But we got a lot done, and one day there will be a sparkling ethyleneamines plant cranking out additives and curing agents deep in the desert of Saudi Arabia, thanks in part to our efforts.

A nice thing about dining out in the middle east is that the non-drinkers are in the majority--for once. It honestly makes things a good deal more comfortable to chink glasses in a toast with your colleagues when everyone else has sparkling water in their glass too! Maybe Carlin would agree to move the family out there?? Hmm.

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