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Friday, May 26, 2000

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I called to make reservations for my vacation and one hostel in Las Vegas is already booked up and the hostel I wanted in San Francisco is booked full for two weeks past my vacation. I didn't have any trouble in Sacramento but that's because it's not one of the hostels that the foreign visitors usually go to. The ones that book up are the gateway hostels on the coasts such as San Francisco, New York City and Washington, DC. Las Vegas is busy because travelers stop here on the way the the Grand Canyon and the other western national parks, and to just see Las Vegas.

It's a sad commentary that most Americans don't stay at hostels so they can afford to travel more often. What? They might have to share a bathroom? They might have to sleep in the same room as a stranger? That's going to kill them? I don't have a lot in common with most of the hostel guests as they are usually half my age and like to party all night, but I still enjoy being around them and seeing how they see the US.

It's great to have three whole days free without anything planned. I always feel like three day weekends are such a luxury but by Monday night I also feel like I haven't gotten anything done. I have plenty of things to do but I need to get them done instead of feeling like I have more than enough time to do them later. I do believe the adage that the people who get the most done are the people who have to most to do. If you know you don't have time to waste, you get down to it.

I just watched an interview on television with a dietician who had more sense than all the diets. She said that you just have to eat less and exercise more. My problem is that I exercise and then feel like I can eat more, which just doesn't work. All diets basically come down to eating less calories or burning up more calories. You have to do both unless you are either anorexic or run marathons. It's such a hope we all have that there is a magic food or combination that will just melt away those pounds.

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