### Home for the Holidays

If I keep my schedule, I will have done exactly 1000 problems by this time next week. A week after that I will be halfway in time through the whole 155 days. Wow! Another interesting mathematical truth, I will complete the remaining 6 circles in less time than it took to complete the first circle. This is true of all the remaining circles. Bet it begins to feel like the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" towards the end.

I've been thinking about the other things I could do after this quite a lot over the weekend. In fact, I have been more excited about the thought of doing an hour a day of exercise than I am about finishing the chess problems. I imagine that if I dropped this and switched over to exercise in two months I would be much more excited about finishing chess problems than an exercise regimen. Though I need to improve my health, I think my carcass will hold together until the end of February. If not, let my epitaph read -- "He died of an obsession with the game of Kings".

**Movie Reviews**

Got a special rent all you want thing at Blockbuster so I watched a lot of movies over the weekend. Here are my rating using the patented chess piece rating scale.

*Calendar Girls*(bishop) -- light comedy but not entirely predicatable. Enjoyed it.

*Supersize Me*(rook) -- a good documetary with the appropriate sprinkling of humor. Michael Moore should see this one and review the basics. I may never eat McDonalds again.

*Snatch*(knight) -- OK.

*Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels*was much better.

*Elf*(pawn) -- Sorry, just didn't think there was much to this one.

*Seeing Other People*(knight) -- Had the occasional moment but otherwise forgettable.

64 Days down, 91 to go

898 Probs down, 311 to go in Circle One