The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci CodeI finished reading “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown last night. It is easily the best book I’ve ever read. I’m not a big reader, so that might not be saying much for me, but it has also been a hot item on best seller lists.

It only took me 4 days to read the book (compared to the one day that elapses from start to finish of the story), which is an amazing feat for me. I’ve never read a book so quickly in my life. Hell, I think I’ve taken longer than that to read some of the email messages I receive.

The chapters are really short (the longest was like 10 pages) in his book, which was a major factor in the time it took me to read it. Since I knew the next chapter would be short I was constantly telling myself that I would just read one more chapter and then get to bed. Going to bed would of course take many more chapters than just that one more. Another thing the short chapters helped to do was to keep 3 or 4 different events/places/situations going without getting lost. It was very easy to remember how everything was happening at once.

I couldn’t put the book down since I picked it up. The plot was amazing, especially when you throw in all of the history about Christianity, the bible, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the holy grail. I’ve always hated reading history books because they are so dull and boring, but learning history in a story like Dan Brown can write is like nothing I’ve ever read before. I plan to check out some of his other books or books written by other authors that are in a similar fashion.

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It really was that good. Definitely an A++ in my opinion.


Home Sweet Home

DuplexI found a place to live! 2317 Congress. For those of you familiar with Saginaw, go south on Bay Road past State Street, take a left on Congress and it’s about two blocks down on the right hand side.

It’s a nice little two bedroom with a carport. The living room and one of the bedrooms have a nice hardwood floor, the other bedroom and hallway have nice carpetting, and the kitchen and dining room don’t have the greatest floor but it’s fine for me. It’s freshly painted, has washer and dryer hookups, and a nice little bathroom. It’ll be the perfect little place for me. For the time being I’ll just use the second bedroom for my computer shit and storage, but will most likely get someone to move in with me in a few months. I’m excited!

After looking for only a week, I was sick of searching through the paper, calling people up, and going to see places. Not my idea of a fun time. The landlord is really nice and is going to hold it for me for three weeks, so that works out well. I’ll only have to pay rent on two places for 2 weeks and then I’ll be out of here and into the new place.


March MADNESS

It has been one hell of an NCAA Tournament so far, and it’s only the first weekend! We’ve seen two number 1 seeds fall, Stanford (ESPN’s pick to win it all) and Kentucky (Dick Vitale’s pick to win it all). Duke (my pick) is one of the few teams to dominate both of their games.

I don’t remember ever seeing so many close games in the first two rounds. Every other game is down to the last few seconds with either team having a chance to come out on top. It’s great to watch, but I need the next few days to recover from all of the emotions!

My bracket is all fucked up. I’ve lost 3 of my Elite 8 teams already and I had Kentucky playing in the final game. I don’t think I’ll be winning any money this year. All that matters right now is that Duke is still playing and playing the best out of any team that I’ve watched. I also realize that they could easily fall like other teams have done. I’m looking forward to the next round of action to begin on Thursday.

Political Campaign Goals

Over the years I’ve seen far too many presidential campaign commercials where the goal is to discredit the other candidate in the race. Maybe I just don’t get it. I would think that the main goal of a campaign should be to inform people about your own stances, thoughts, and goals.

In a job interview the average person doesn’t talk about what’s wrong with the other candidates for the job, we discuss our own strengths with the company and attempt to sell ourselves. If we had dirt on the other people being interviewed and brought those things up during the interview, we would quickly be overlooked as a serious option for the job.

Why is it different for the men (and someday women) that are essentially selling their views on how to run the United States government? Is their own vision not enough to win the majority of the votes? Why do we even consider someone for President who doesn’t have enough confidence in themselves?

I see it as a weak tactic to discredit someone else with the goal of making your own campaign stronger.

The Friday 5

I know it’s a little late and I missed last week, but here it is…

If you…

  1. …owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?

    Chinese food.

  2. …owned a small store, what kind of merchandise would you sell?

    Video games and computer software.

  3. …wrote a book, what genre would it be?

    Something philosophical, with a lot of thinking behind it.

  4. …ran a school, what would you teach?

    Something to do with computers or technology.

  5. …recorded an album, what kind of music would be on it?

    I’d have to say it would be something of a mix between John Mayer and Norah Jones.

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Half.com Listings

I just listed over 30 items on Half.com, which are all books and DVDs. Go check them out…if you are interested in buying anything, contact me directly (not through Half.com). We’ll set up some type of deal so that Half.com doesn’t make any money off of the sale. 😉

Buy And Sell

During the break in TV coverage of the NCAA tournament I ran downtown to take care of a few things. I traded in 2 XBOX games, Rainbox Six 3 and SSX 3. I put the trade-in value towards a reservation for Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, which is due out on the 24th. It’s going to be a sweet game. Splinter Cell was unlike any other game ever created and from what I’ve seen, Ubisoft has made some great improvements to the graphics and has even added multi-player play for XBOX Live, which again, is unlike anything out.

I then stopped by Barnes & Noble to pick up a few books. I’ve heard and read good things about The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown so I decided I’d give it a read. Maybe it will give me some new insight into my very confused views on religion. I also picked up Halo: The Flood, Halo: First Strike, and ordered Halo: The Fall Of The Reach. I’ve read a lot of things about the Halo books online and since I loved the video game I figure I can’t go wrong reading them.

TV At Work

Nothing beats having a TV at work during March Madness. I get to check stats and updates on the Internet and watch the games live. The only thing better would be working for ESPN and getting to watch multiple games on multiple TVs at once! Can you tell I love this time of year?

March Madness

Tomorrow marks the beginning of March Madness. The NCAA Men’s College basketball tournament. The Big Dance!

It is my favorite sporting event of the year. I’ll be spending a lot of time over the next few weeks in front of the TV or checking scores at work. I’ve filled out my bracket and I have to admit that it was the toughest year that I can recall for making picks. There is a lot of parity in college basketball, which should make for one hell of a tournament.

GO DUKE!

St. Patrick's Day

To those of you who celebrate this green holiday, I wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Drink a few green beers for me while you are at the bar. I personally don’t see the point in the holiday and have never had a green beer.

I’ll be relaxing for the night…