The vacation is going well here in San Diego; my escape from reality, and I really do not want to return to Illinois. The weather is beautiful, all of my friends are great, and there is so much more to do, and of course there is the beach. One thing that has changed is that all of the drivers are a lot crazier than I recall when I used to live out here, or perhaps I notice more than I used to because I've been doing a lot of driving since I have been out here than what I did before. Grad school has still been a pain in the neck to do while I've been out here; all I did for most of yesterday was school work, not pleasant but I am that much further to graduating and being finished....at least until I decide to acquire a doctorate degree. So, Game of Thrones Season 4 started out with a bang yesterday. I didn't see it as it was broadcasted I had it recorded and watched it earlier today. Fortunately they started off on the right foot with episode 1 thank goodness. Tyrion Lannister had a sizable role, as did Arya Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen so all of the good characters that I enjoy. There were also some good new characters, and then it was nice to see some of the good guys get back on top, and from what I understand that is supposed to be more prevalent in this season, which will be nice after the doom and gloom of the previous seasons. I have to confess that I did sneak ahead and investigate what happens to several of the characters and storylines, and I have to say that it was a mixture of bad and good, and I also spoke with a good friend who's read all of the books and answered several questions that I had, including a very fascinating theory that John Snow isn't the bastard son of Ned Stark but rather of some other people, whom I will not say, but it does seem very plausible. The cast continues to be excellent, old and returning; Peter Dinklage as Tyrion just keeps getting better and better, Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister is villainous/cold perfection just to name a few. It should be interesting to see how the series continues to progress and how they will intertwine the books and show, although I do have a really good feeling about the season is going to end, so we shall see how close I come, and if I am correct then it will be superb, although I guess every season has ended with the dragon mother so I might be most likely wrong already. Oh well. My vacation is down to about 5 remaining days, and then I have to return home. Blah. If you are able then you should take a vacation; it has been a lifesaver for me. Valar morghulis.