I finished the Girl Who Played With Fire and although the book wasn’t as good as the first, it was a decent read. The ending is completely ridiculous and the way things came together was a little odd but I couldn’t put it down for the last 100 pages or so despite it being absurd. I haven’t decided if I want to read the 3rd in the series but probably will just to pass some time over this holiday break. Also I like to have a good grasp on what is popular at the present time, even though these books are years old. I would go into detail on what I liked or disliked about the book but most people aren’t going to care.

On the same note of paying attention to what people are watching, Bake lent me the DVD series of Modern Family. Everyone always says how good of a show it is and I’ve watched the first 6 episodes to test it out. First off, it’s network TV and its jokes don’t really fit my crude, dirty humor but the show is entertaining. I wouldn’t put this show anywhere above shows like The League or Californication, but it has its moments. Sofia Vergera is the best character far and away and it has nothing to do with her mediocre acting. Since it’s network TV she is usually covered up by non-revealing clothing but it really makes you look forward to shots of her in her gym clothes or anything else low cut. It’s actually better than seeing her naked because it leaves it all to the imagination. I could probably write more on Sofia but just to keep this readable, the show is well written and I give a lot of credit for finding funny things to happen without any lewdness or profane material. I don’t find the kids all that funny. Cam and Mitchell have their moments. Phil has probably become one of my favorite characters only cause he’s really awkward and he crushes hard on Gloria and I like how they do that subtlety. Claire is a good backbone and I think they make Jay’s character too hard but it’s good for the show.

Just another quick TV update after I read an article about the 20 worst shows of the year. They had Glee up on the list and I have to agree wholeheartedly. The show really took a dive with all these themed episodes and the storylines just got lost and stupid. I haven’t watched an episode in months now and can’t say that I really miss it. The had Boardwalk Empire on the list as well and I am also going to agree with this. I know CK4 thought this was an awesome show but it really just wasn’t compared to things like the Wire. It was slow and boring at times and the more I think about the season, the more I agreed with the articles review. They had Treme on there as well and I see how it made the list. I watched it in it’s first season and the action just wasn’t there. A horrible show that made their list was Running Wilde with Will Arnette and Keri Russel. I heard Will on Howard Stern before it was set to air and you could hear it in his voice that he was basically begging people to like the series. I watched the pilot and there wasn’t one funny scene and it was awful. Shows that I intend to watch that people like, The Soprano’s has passed my life and I’ll try to watch it in it’s entirety. I also want to watch Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

Things are just moving along otherwise. I managed to take 2nd place in a 180 man tourny for 400 bucks which I promptly split in half playing some bigger stake games. I wrote yesterday that I cashed out 500 in my sports betting account which is still off of my initial 50 dollar deposit in week 1 of the NFL which if I do say so myself, is pretty impressive. I still have 100+ dollars remaining in Bodog even after a pretty atrocious pick of the Sixers last night. It’s still profit so I’m not complaining but due to some poor bankroll management recently, I still have a ways to go to make up for some losses. Money just swirls around me from winning to losing and it probably should be my key New Years Resolution. Whether it’s poker, sports betting, stock markets, strip clubs, I tend to err more to the spending side then the saving side and at my ever increasing age, it’s probably time to wise up a bit. Alcohol tends to lead to these wild decisions and that obviously goes hand in hand with my last sentence. If you read my prior 427 posts you’ll see that this isn’t the first time I’ve wrote this and if I went back to exactly one year ago today, I’m sure it says the same thing. However I am who I am and even though I have my faults, there is some good behind my ways. What good is it? That’s a question for the ages.