I was 32 years old, a wife, a mother of two little boys, living in Sacramento CA and finishing my Ph.D. dissertation, when I accepted a post-doc position with a contractor at NASA GSFC. So, I negotiated a starting date in midsummer, packed the family and our camping gear into the car and drove across country to Maryland. 21 years later I was at the top of my game. I headed a successful research group, was the MODIS aerosol algorithm lead, had publications and citations up the wazoo, and held a tenured job for life. Then I left, because girls just wanna have fun.