This is Walt sitting around Bud and Mickey’s coffee table at the close of the holidays in 1949. In front of Walt are the matches that he will use to light up his third cigarette since dinner. Next to him is Dondi, who clutches the doll she just received for Christmas.
Walt is still getting a kick out of life in Casper Wyoming, where he spends his free time roaming the land, looking to scare up some relics or fun. And things down at the job are moving right along, as he watches and learns how to build an oil refinery from the ground up.
Walt is still an ironworker, welding the beams that define the refinery’s structure, but in the evening Walt drives over to Casper College where he takes a few drafting classes.
In a few months this training will pay off and he will become Project Engineer.