with 20 years and a good work record I would seriously go find a lawyer from a near by big city. The first question you should ask him or her is if they are a member of the CC. I expect you are owed some compensation.
So you want to smoke a piece of meat you have never smoked before AND make baked beans from scratch for the very first time. Are people invited to this party? I would love to be there , watching people under extreme stress is very entertaining.
My advice is to buy one bottle of Jack Daniels and /or 3 bottles of some good red wine. These are just for you, if others plan to drink,you will need to buy more.
Here in Mexico, all the shrimp is served from head to tail, unless you ask for breaded shrimp. That would be deheaded, pealed and deveined. Breading a shrimp with the shell would be a waste of time, money and would make no sense what so ever.
As far as digging into a plate of whole shrimp, mojo de ajo being my go to dish, is not ever going to be elegant dining. Make sure you have a good supply of napkins, dig in and enjoy. if you get juice on your clothes, slow...
A habeneero Pepper breed for no heat? What´s the point? China flooded the market here in mexico with peppers that look like the real thing...but they tasted like bell peppers. No one buys them, the point is the heat...They probably ship them to the USA now.
I worked in an industry where the day you gave a 2 week notice was the last day you worked for the company. This was industry wide in the Chicago area, not just one company. It goes both ways sometimes.