I like Google less and less all the time. It's too easy for people to game the system, and the entire concept of Pagerank is based on a fallacy. Saying that a popular page is a high quality page is like saying Britney Spears is a high quality musician. Popularity does not equal quality – it just equals, well, popularity, and that could result from many factors. Take this blog. Why does it have so many incoming links? Because if you were searching for business blogs in 2003 and 2004, you wouldn't have found many others. But that's a whole post for another day.
For now I wanted to point you to two new search engines you can try out. Mahalo is human edited, which means it may be good for some things, but can't possibly keep up with the bajillion* web pages that are created every day. Hakia is a more meaning based search engine, and is my current favorite to use. I would encourage you to give them a try. Go a week without Google. Change is a healthy thing.
*Bajillion is the correct term, approved by Arthur Anderson after their audit of web page creation rates.