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"Spring" Break

Jeff Maher on Friday, 16 March 2007. Posted in Rochester & Monroe County, Student Life, Vacation / Break

Imagine sitting on a Caribbean beach admiring the uncannily clear water and catching some rays while reading a good book. That was my spring break, minus the beach, ocean water, and rays. While it was colder and more indoors than perhaps I would have liked, it was exactly what I needed. In a nutshell, here's what I did.

Rochester Public Market

I always intended to make it to the public market downtown, but it finally happened at the onset of break. Along with friends, Karl, Rachel, and Jared, I bundled up and perused the stands of cheap fruit, delicious baked goods, and of course smoked mackerel. The experience is a little like going to a farmer's market in a third world country or rural area.

Video Games

My roomie Chris has a plethora of game systems that I simply can't afford to buy, but is kind enough to share with the rest of us. He picked up a game called Gears of War over the during the holidays and I definitely got hooked on it last week. The game is not your daddy's shooter in that it stresses duck-and-cover style gameplay instead of more traditional run-and-gun like most other games. Furthermore, it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that seems to be the ideal setting for a good sci-fi story of human will conquering even the worst situations.

Reading

After seeing a bunch of movie trailers, I picked up a copy of Running with Scissors. I knew the book was going to be unkosher and perhaps a little weird, but I had no clue what I was in for. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book, albeit a little disturbed by some of the scenes presented.

Following that, I picked up a classic interpersonal skills and persuasion text called How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. While I'm not yet finished with it, the book has already become one of my favorite reads. It has hilarious stories that contain lessons that even the most adept communicators can learn something from. The book has been around since 1936 and it's easy to see why. Everyone should read this.

Bible Study

Despite having been raised Jewish and now being an agnostic, I rarely pass up the chance to learn about someone else's views. The session was hosted by a family out in Greece that I befriended during my sophomore year of college. I used to attend these regularly because I would learn a lot and the company was good. However, I hadn't gotten out there for nearly a year, so it was good to see some folks that I had lost touch with.

That's about it. Look for some info about my quarter ahead later today.

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