She left Cincinnati to look for work related to the Marcellus shale. Her plan was to find work, settle down, and make a fresh start.
She had heard there were boom towns here like those out on the frozen North Dakota prairie, places where you could count the available hotel rooms and the unemployed on one hand.
These boom towns are places where anyone who can turn a wrench can find good work, dishwashers make fifteen dollars an hour, and even a college-educated office jockey could become a roughneck and prosper alongside pipe fitters and welders.
I wished her all the best.
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