Originally Posted by Saucemaster
Good for you. (I mean that seriously, for once I'm not being snide.)
I have to say, anyone who works 60-80 hour weeks all the time and has more than, say, 100 posts or so on Styleforum either: 1) isn't actually working 60+ hours a week, or 2) really needs to rethink what he does with his down time! If I was consistently working 60+ hour weeks, I would definitely not be spending my free time on internet message boards.
I just don't see the big deal about working 60+ hours. Work through lunch and you're only talking 9 to 9 daily. Each night, this leaves enough time to have dinner with a friend or girlfriend, go to the gym, watch a movie, or work on a side project and still get 7 hours of sleep. And then you still have the whole glorious weekend free.
If you work just 5 hours each Saturday and Sunday you get to 70 hours. Granted, things that aren't too important start to fall by the wayside once you break 70, but its certainly doable.
In China, manual laborers work 12-hour shifts 7-days per week as the norm. We should be so lucky as to get paid to work on interesting problems in luxurious offices for 100 times the pay and less hours...