Couple Days Off

So I didn’t go to work today which gave me a nice little 4 day vacation. It’s given me some time to catch up on some reading and watching TV. My family got together on Christmas and did a little gift exchange which I think can be ruled as a success. Sam got me a case of beer, the Soprano’s first season, and some other intangibles. Jeff got me a dozen Pro V’s which I’m sure to shank in the woods first few times out. I got Jeff a Beer making kit, Sam a wireless mouse for a laptop that was mouseless, First Season of Dexter for my mom, a shaving kit for my dad, and I got Laura a scarf from Calvin Klein which got me to 100 dollars and a 10 percent savings. Sorry Laura. We had the Schmidts over and then saw some relatives and it was a Christmas that went off without a hitch.

The next day I went off to Barnes and Nobel and bought some books. I got the Girl Who Kicked the Hornets nest (which annoyingly is only a hardback and Laura wasn’t enthusiastic on reborrowing from her friend), the first Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and a translated version of the Canterbury tales (I read these were entertaining). I finished Harry Potter last night which was under 5 hours of reading which isn’t much when you have nothing to do. It’s geared to the simple, teenage mind but I see where it’s mass fan appeal stems from. I haven’t decided whether I’ll finish the series or not but I’ll consider it. I’m going to start Alice tonight and see where that takes me.

I finished the first season of Modern Family and the show really grew on me. I always puts myself beyond network Sitcoms but this cast of characters has something that draws you into liking them. I honestly have nothing bad to say about the characters like how annoying one is or how I wish they’d off that one. Every scene with Gloria is captivating for obvioius reasons, Phil’s humor is priceless, and I found Alex to be my favorite character even with her limited speaking roles. Two thumbs up from me on this show and I’m going to watch the 2nd season on Hulu.

No Monday entry would be complete without some mention of Fantasy Football which is sadly coming to an end. The Wild Turkey’s won the Shiva Bowl against Ck4 in undramatic fashion blowing his team out by over 100 points. I’ve never had any success in Evan’s league so it feels good to get off the shnied. Just to point out though, this is the 2nd out of 3 years that a Stortz has taking down the championship. I have a trophy that I’m going to doll up and make it the TC for an entire year. I’ll have pictures in a soon to be post. I lost to Sam Levin in the ESPN league which has no 2nd place prize. For being as inept as he is, he won the regular season, most points, and the playoffs. I’ll take down Bill and Bud’s league if Roddy White and Garrett Hartley go for less than 25 points which is about a 50/50. Not to leave out, I beat Chad in the 3/4 game too in Baker’s league. Sorry CK4, I haven’t beat you in 4 years?!? Owned.

I’ve gone to the gym early in the last few days and have been feeling moderately healthy. I’ve cut both treadmills runs short though because I was feeling lousy. I notice my strength increasing though on the select machines I use. I should have a good week though of working out with not much to do. Half day at work tomorrow and then I’ll probably go to the gym and see if there are any pick up games. With the roads like they are because of the inconvience of a snow storm, combined with the holiday season, I don’t expect much action at work and it’s still good time for taking it easy. I haven’t been black out drunk in a while now so my stories are lacking. I’ll update when I have something to tell.

By |2010-12-28T12:51:26-05:00December 27th, 2010|My Life|0 Comments

Amusing Myself

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.

By |2010-12-22T08:39:55-05:00December 22nd, 2010|My Life|0 Comments

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