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1. As always, fluffy white crystals.
2. The very occasional pleasant surprise in your data.
3. The plethora of really smart folks.
4. Big complex equipment that makes your life easier.
5. Seeing that peak at the right retention time
6. That water can have so many uses: solvent, scapegoat, reagent, to cool, to warm...
7. A rousing discussion of reaction mechanisms.
8. A well-written supplemental information section.
9. When older chemists talk about life in the "good old days": smoking at the bench, ether in the sink, etc.
10. Hearing good hiring news from friends, as in: "I got a job!"
11. (ever-so-rare) Projects that go well from beginning to end
12. The sound of samples going in and out of an NMR.
I'm tagging a few folks here: biochembelle, Leigh, ScienceGeist, ChemBark, Icanhasscience, Lab Monkey, The Haystack and Transition States. What are your favorite things? Even if I didn't name you, join in! Y'all come, so to speak.