Friday, September 19, 2014

Random Chart Day

I have spent 50% of the last 3 days in the office.

Even 35-year-olds can still pull an occasional 25 hours without sleep.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Sons of Anarchy, Season One:
This series about a gun-running motorcycle club is good but unrelentingly grim. It sometimes plays out like The Sopranos in a different context, and is heavy on violence and power plays with only muted comedy. The weakest part of the show are the "lessons learned" narrations read from a book at the end of almost every episode. Regardless, it's a promising start for a series, and the second season continues to improve. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: B-

The Racketeer by John Grisham:
This book rigidly adheres to the Grisham template for law-related page-turners, but adds nothing new to the mix. If you're on a beach vacation, you will continue reading to see how it all turns out, but all of his books from the 20th century are much better.

Final Grade: C-

Sycamore Row: A Jake Brigance Novel by John Grisham:
Although billed as a sequel to Grisham's first and most acclaimed book, A Time to Kill, it's less a sequel and more a new story that happens to be set in the same world. This one held my interest throughout and the characterizations felt much deeper -- however, that's probably a placebo effect from the fact that the characters are mostly familiar faces from a book I've read several times. It's one of his stronger books since The Brethren.

Final Grade: B

Live from Chicago by Hannibal Burress:
There are definitely some funny jokes on this album, but the delivery occasionally needs some polish -- the hazards of taping a live album. I enjoyed it more the second time, when I could make out more words amidst the mumbling.

Final Grade: B-

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OBX Travelogue, Part II of II

  • W 9/10
    • Ate more bacon.
    • Played Telestrations until the markers ran dry.
    • Annie made Chinese sausage with shrimp-fried rice for dinner.
    • Introduced the concept of "shell shots".
  • H 9/11
    • Ate more bacon.
    • Sallie departed.
    • Dug a hole on the beach.
    • Got Marv addicted to Hearthstone.
    • Taje and Michael made chicken satay for dinner.
    • Played Imaginiff with custom cards.
  • F 9/12
    • Ate more bacon.
    • Read Sorcerer's Legacy by Janny Wurts.
    • Got Annie addicted to Hearthstone.
    • Ate crabs for dinner.
    • Had an early birthday party.
  • S 9/13
    • Drove home, picking up the cats along the way.
    • Picked a cornucopia of ripe tomatoes from our garden.
    • Fell asleep to episodes of The Shield.
  • S 9/14
    • Rewatched District 9 and School of Rock.
    • Early birthday dinner out at Ford's Fish Shack. Lobster tail is good but overrrated.
  • M 9/15
    • Did NOT have jury duty.
    • Started playing South Park: The Stick of Truth.
    • Birthday steaks.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

OBX Travelogue, Part I of II

  • F 9/5
    • Dropped the "kids" off at my parents' house.
    • Packed bags and shovels.
    • Ate all of the food to prevent spoilage.

  • S 9/6
    • Picked up Marv in Springfield.
    • Experienced the dreaded "bridge traffic" for the first time, since we didn't leave at the break of dawn.
    • Rode up and down in the elevator several times.
    • Made tacos for dinner.
    • Scratched my face during pool horseplay (not recommended for children).

  • S 9/7
    • Ate bacon.
    • Visited the beach in between rainstorms.
    • Dug a hole on the beach.
    • Read The Racketeer by John Grisham.
    • Zach made pulled pork sandwiches for dinner.

  • M 9/8
    • Ate more bacon.
    • Ran 2 miles on the beach.
    • Stayed indoors playing games during the rain.
    • Annie arrived.

  • T 9/9
    • Ate more bacon.
    • The Edwardses departed.
    • Read Sycamore Row by John Grisham (jury duty research).
    • Enjoyed post-thunderstorm giant waves on the beach.
    • Went to the Outer Banks Brewing Station for dinner.

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