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January 20, 2005

I received a $40 gift certificate for Barnes & Noble online for my "Secret Santa" gift exchange at DigiQuest. Since I hadn't used it yet, and I didn't want to forget about it, I went ahead and put it to use today.

I ordered the two Howard Stern books, two books by Malcolm Gladwell (who was recommended by Bill Simmons), and then O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton, only because I needed that last book to put me over $50 so I could use a $5 off online coupon. So I have some fun reading to look forward to here in the near future. In particular, Simmons recommended the book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which is supposed to have some very interesting insights on intuition. That sort of thing interests me, and for it to have his seal of approval sold me on it.

Crazy Taxi 2 for the Dreamcast has been taking up most of my time as of late. That came is addictively fun. You get into it and find yourself in one of those "just one more game" cycles. And then there's The Sims 2, which is always good for sucking hours at a time away from you. And don't get me started on the challenging but fun Culdcept (though I'm stuck on the current challenge).

Quick synopsis of TV: 24 Monday nights on Fox: great. The Amazing Race Tuesday nights on CBS: great. Lost Wednesday nights on ABC: great. And tonight The Apprentice starts up season #3 on NBC. Imagine that, actual scheduling variety without my favorite shows getting tossed head-to-head against one another. I'm sure that's being saved for February sweeps, though.

I heard a female co-worker comment yesterday that she likes Drea de Matteo better on Joey than on The Sopranos. What utter rubbish! That's like saying you liked Ray Liotta better in Operation Dumbo Drop than in Goodfellas. Drea de Matteo played the Adriana character on The Sopranos to perfection. The annoying way she said "Christophaaaa", her sassy persona, and the way she carried herself where she looked hot, but you still knew at the end of the day she was a coke whore. A hot chick, yes, but a coke whore nonetheless.

Two weeks and counting now without DSL at home. Two weeks. We're about *this close* to seeing a major rant against Verizon coming up on here. And I don't want to do that, because the woman at the main Verizon customer service office has tried her best to help me out. But it all falls under the Verizon umbrella (the old DSL service, the new DSL service and my phone service), which makes for one huge target when I can't check e-mail or go online at home. That does not sit well with yours truly. At all.

Gasparilla 2005 is just a couple of weekends away. Heh heh, it could get extreme this year. We'll see...

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