Vacation went by super fast, but I got to do pretty much everything I wanted to... except relax. Believe it or not, playing video games for a living can get pretty hectic and stressful at times. Of course, I wouldn't trade it for the world, and it's especially nice to be able to take a vacation without dreading going back to work when the vacation is over.
I played a bit of Nintendogs today at one of those kiosks in my local Best Buy. I have to admit, between that and Advance Wars I'm considering picking up a DS, especially now that it's a little cheaper. My only problem is finding the time to play that, my PSP, and my Giz... oh wait.
On top of all that, I'm so close to finishing The Dark Tower that most of my down time (like when I'm riding the train to and from work) is spent trying to kill off that damn book. I'm pretty disappointed at how the series progressed over the past couple books. After Wizard and Glass everything grinded to a halt and you just want Roland and the Tet to get on with it already. I think the weakest book so far is Song of Susannah, I just have a hard time getting into the character of Susannah/Mia/Detta/Odetta. I think it might have to do with the way King writes his female characters. Of all the King books I've read, there haven't been many strong female characters. Frannie in The Stand was OK in the beginning, but later on she kinda faded out of the picture when she hooked up with Stu Redman. Polly from Needful Things was pretty funny, but she too became just kind of a counterpoint to the stronger character of the Sheriff (I can't remember his name off the top of my head). If anyone can think of some really good female characters King has written, feel free to share. Maybe I should read Misery, Kathy Bates was freaky in that movie. Anyhow, I'm still glad that I've stuck with the series for all those thousands of pages. For all the parts I could do without, I must admit that Roland is a hell of a cool character to read about, to the point that you almost wish he would stop aging and just keep cappin' bad guys and eating popkins forever. I'll wait until I finish the final book to give my final analysis. I'm only about 500 pages away, so it shouldn't take too long.