None of my clothes fit anymore. They have cafeterias everywhere with subsidized food that is portion controlled and full of vegetables. Hell, I could eat vegetarian every day of the week and not get bored... So much variety that I have yet to resort to a burger, with options including (I’m sure at least a few are missing here): American BBQ, Indian, Italian (including brick oven Neapolitan pizza), Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Ethiopian, Venezuelan, Dim Sum, Hawaiian, Greek, Fried Chicken, Fish-n-Chips, & Salad Bar. It’s not all amazing, but most is more than workable.

But that isn’t the worst of it. For various reasons, I end up walking all over the campus nearly every day. A 2.7 mile day here, a 4.9 mile day there, and it starts adding up to some serious mileage. Then there’s some cultural thing about taking the stairs - if you’re able-bodied, it’s like a badge of honor to take the stairs everywhere. Even the heaviest people I have met there take the stairs. Four floors worth of stairs doesn’t phase anyone. I have no clue how any of the devs have been able to keep their weight on with an exercise regime like this and food like that...

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Then, last week, one of my coworkers talked me into signing up for one of the free ORCA cards they hand out because I realized that my house is a single bus (no transfers) from the campus. Tack on another 0.8 miles, which seems inconsequential after that many overall. It only adds 15-20 minutes of commuting and saves me frustration with traffic, so why not? Besides, can you beat getting to work for free?