28. July 2009 22:33
Well, it's not exactly a Motel 6 room. It's a Marriott Residence Inn One Bedroom efficiency. Kitchenette with a microwave, a two burner stove, refrigerator with an ice maker and a dish washer. Not bad. More or less decent maid service. Moderately slow high speed internet with the option to pay ~$5/day for "higher" speed internet. (No thanks!) Worst feature? 486 miles from home.
So what does a traveling, far from home software developer do? Mostly, I work. I'm not the bar hopping guy I was 35 years ago when I was foot loose and fancy free. I like to go back to my room, work on proposals, experiment with ten lines of code in a console application until it does what I want it to do in the most confusing and obfuscated way possible. And I call my wife a lot. I walk a lot. In San Antonio, it's hot night and day. Walking is a great way to work up an un-godly sweat in a very minimum amount of time. I try to walk twice a day and three times on weekend.
I have two weaknesses that keep me from losing as much weight as I am capable of when I am out of town. I like to cook. The motel has a decent BBQ grill I can use. And I love to eat Krystal Hamburgers. I've been pretty good the last four weeks. I've only hit the Krystal twice. However, I can swallow a dozen of the sandwiches in one sitting. In fact, I gave in tonight, blew off the salad in the frig and bought a dozen of the bloody sandwiches. I suppose there are worse habits, but I still feel guilty when I kill a dozen. I once got on a roll where I would only order four of the darn things. That used up more gas, because I'd have to drive back two more times before I was satisfied. The health effects of eating a dozen crystals is stupefying. 12 * 160 cals = 1920 cals. I'd say that's a bit on the high side, wouldn't you? 12 * 7g fat = 84 g of fat. Ugh. I could drink a six pack of beer and not do as much damage to my arteries! Bad habit.
The only saving grace to this whole eating event is that I take in about 48 grams of water soluble fiber every day consuming whole psyllium husk. So far, my cholesterol and triglycerides seem to be well under control.
Well, hopefully I can get back to posting code on my blog soon. Wish all of my readers well!