Friday, July 01, 2005

Programmer Hands

I worked for a lot of years as a programmer. It's one of many jobs where you sit at a desk and don't do much physically. Besides a tendancy to bulging waistlines, desk work has the effect of letting your hands get soft. Sure, I'd do some physical labor here and there, but 3 or 4 days straight at a Habitat Build-a-thon isn't enough to really toughen up your hands much, and certainly not 3 or 4 times a month volunteering at the Habitat building site.

So here I am, one week into the addition project, and already my hands feel different. There's the expected blisters here and there, but there are already callouses forming, and the skin is rougher.

They don't feel like programmer hands anymore.

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