Well, I have extended my job search to include short term contracts outside the area. I'm not sure if it would be considered slumming to take a contract that's 100% travel for four months upgrading networks in 187 retail stores. I think I'm up for it. I quoted $50 an hour. I hope they bite. I think it would be quite an adventure. I could rack up some frequent flyer miles, at least. I think after about the 50th store, I might get tired of it, but there are parts of this country I have not seen and this seems like a great time to do it.
There's a $40 an hour gig in St. Louis with AT&T which looks promising. They like me, but they would want me to move. I wouldn't mind it if I could work four tens and come back to KC for the long weekends until the contract is over. There's apparently an on call rotation, which is only cool if they're paying overtime. I'm not going there again.
The phattest job I've interviewed for so far, Network Controller III at Scott Air Force Base, pays twice what I've ever made and they really like me so far. I think the only way I could get more money is if I got a Masters degree or started a consulting firm, and neither of those options is as immediate.
Yesterday, I did a pretty intense back and tricep workout. My hands hurt the worst. Gripping 85 pound dumbells for three pretty intense sets of bent over rows is killer on the grip. I did tricep push downs with the entire stack of plates, probably 150 pounds. I had to do 15 reps, because it wasn't fatiguing my muscles, except my hands. My palms and forearms were already sore from gripping 100 pound dumbells for shrugs the day before. I'm considering taking the day off, but might go by the gym and do some core work and calves or something. Tomorrow is chest and bicep day. Legs on Friday. I'll reverse them if my grip is still sore tomorrow. I will do 90 pound dumbell chest presses if I can find someone to spot.
I drink Cytomax as my pre-workout carb drink, and that stuff works! I'm not sure if it's as good as Surge, but it's cheaper, and I can tell a difference. I also like to take a Spike before a workout, but today I took Hot Rox, because I'm out of Spike. That helps me keep the intensity up for the whole hour. I'm currently out of both, so a trip to GNC is on the agenda. I drink a protiein "shake" after my workout, usually about 50 grams of protein. Then I usually eat a big meal of chicken and green veggies about 45 minutes later. The only way to feel good enough to work out every day is to really eat a lot. Right now I can afford to either hit the $6.99 all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet down the street or buy chicken thighs, eggs, greens, and tubs of whey protein. I don't scrimp on the whey protein powder. I get the Gladiator brand that Smoothie King sells, because it tastes good enough that I actually crave it and it mixes really easily and tends not to clump up in milk like the EAS or GNC stuff.
Since it's summer, I'm sweating a lot and leaning out. I haven't lost or gained a single pound, but I'm getting cut. I haven't been this lean for ten years, but I've also never been this heavy. I've certainly never been this strong. The hard work is paying off.