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Absence makes the heart grow…annoyed?

To my 12 readers that are now likely 3 – thank you for coming back in for a quick peek despite my inability to post anything since “The Decision” which I believe was more than two months ago.

I’ve been in the process of starting my own business,which obviously takes up a lot of time, and have spent the very few free hours I have as far from a computer as possible.

So, in an effort to prove that despite being absent for months my sports and pop culture knowledge is up to par, I give you my “6 things that happened since that glorious one hour piece of television featuring Lebron James, Jim Gray and many traumatized children.”

1. Red Sox Injuries

Honestly it has been one of those seasons where the injuries pile up at such a ridiculous rate it becomes almost comical. Broken ribs, feet and a thumb. Strained backs, forearms and abdominal muscles. WTF? 

Now despite what Theo Epstein and the Sox brass may have attempted to have you believe – this was a bridge year just like 2006. The injuries just made it easier to compensate for losing. While D-Mac and Bill Hall have played admirably, you just simply can’t win a pennant race in the AL East if those guys are on your roster. Meh.

2. The Other Guys

I’m not going to lie – the thought of Will Ferrell movies make me pee a little. I think he is the funniest man in the world, hands down. I have probably seen Anchorman, Step Brothers and Talladega Nights combined more than the sum of all other comedies I have ever watched. I laugh at the same jokes hysterically and quote them via text weekly. Needless to say I was more than ready for this movie. Unfortunately I left kind of disappointed – building a movie up like that tends to always lead to a letdown. There were some hilarious moments and I’ll obviously see it again to catch some things I may have missed the first time around but it simply boiled down to too much Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch. Mark – I love you but you crushed this movie.  Was John C. Reilly unavailable?

3. Virginia Tech Football

I’m a die-hard Hokies fan and have been since childhood thanks to my dad. The fandom then took on another level when I visited Lane Stadium for the first time in 1995 and we started going to 1 or 2 games annually. Then my parents picked up season tickets before the 1998 season and it was on – we were making the 3 1/2 hour trip to Blacksburg for every home game. I literally used to watch the 2000 National Championship game over and over on VHS and turn it off after the 4th quarter with the Hokies leading 29-28 (that wasn’t the final score).

With all the preseason polls coming out and Virginia Tech picked by most to finish anywhere from 6th to 13th I’m giddy like a kid again. I’ll be on my way up to FedEx Field for the first game against the season against preseason Top 5 (in ALL polls) Boise State in less than three weeks – see you there.

4. DirecTV

Recently we switched from Time Warner Cable (i.e. The Evil Empire) to DirecTV. Simply put it was the greatest decision in the history of decisions made on the earth.  More channels, more HD, lower cost, exclusive programming and phenomenal customer service. It even gave me the ability to get the wife into The Wire which I’ve been trying to do for years. All thanks to The 101. I love you DirecTV. I love you.

6. LOST: The Complete Collection

I’ve already committed at least 7,000 minutes to the series and can’t wait to spend another 5,704 watching the series again.  That plus the fact that the set has 30 Hours of new features and a 12 minute epilogue show makes itttt touughhh to typpe. I already have mine preordered so it gets shipped the day before it comes out (8.24.10).  You may not see me for a while…

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Not LOST anymore: A map of The Island

This could be one of the 5 greatest images/maps/pictures in the history of the world.  Jonah Adkins, a cartographer who has been makes maps for a living (and for the government), is a huge LOST fan and just made each one of us pee a little bit.

Ever want to know were the Heart of the Island was in relation to Tarawet?

Henry Gale’s balloon in relation to the Barracks?

I literally wanted to know everything that is included in this map and am still geeking out.

If I can help spread the word to more LOST fans then this is my good deed of the month.  Kudos, Jonah.

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Everyone is LOST – They just need Faith

Attempting to collect all my thoughts and put them into a series of coherent words that may or may not create sentences has been quite a task.  I do know now what 121  episodes of LOST has done that no blatantly religious show ever could have – make me seriously think about faith and how it affects our lives.

When Oceanic Flight 815 landed on the Island 6 years ago I was pretty psyched. Awesome scenery (Island/Women). Great Special Effects. Solid Cast. Sci-Fi Undertones.  I never thought that when the curtain call came I would view the entire series as an allegory for faith and relationships and how important both are to our fulfillment/enrichment/redemption.

The best way for me to explain how I came to this conclusion after spending hundreds of hours watching and re-watching episodes looking for clues to god knows what is to give you some short thoughts on what I always considered the main characters and what ultimately brought them to their enlightened state.

Jack Shepard

I honestly can say that I related with Jack the most in regards to his struggle with the inability to accept there were certain things he couldn’t fix. He couldn’t fix Boone, save everyone on the island or even figure out the give and take or relationships (Christian, Sarah, Kate).

It took Jack 4 full seasons to even begin his transformation from a man of science to a man of faith and he still didn’t fully accept it until he saw the lighthouse.  Despite his anger at realizing that his life was being watched from above – he began his ascension to protector of the Island.

The fundamental realization he came to was that faith in something greater and belief in some type of destiny is what is really important in life. This life on earth is just a piece of the proverbial puzzle and the relationships we have while we are on it is what makes us who we are.

John Locke

Locke has always been my favorite character even before he became the ultimate bad ass in season 6 (a performance that either gets an Emmy or the Emmy’s are forcibly disbanded).  A man whose life was so pathetic and so awful but still blindly had faith in something – the island.  When he woke up after the crash and could feel his toes he knew something bigger was at work. It didn’t matter that he was following a false entity or the Anti-Christ or whatever you believe the Man in Black was – but that he had faith in something bigger than life.  You have to admire someone like that.

When Locke left the island however and lost his faith and ultimately was killed – I wondered if he would ever get his redemption.  I believe he did end up enlightened because despite blind faith he fulfilled his destiny and without his sacrifice all the dominoes wouldn’t have fallen into place.

Plus – he did explain the entire plot of LOST to us in the Pilot.

Kate Austen

I think her storyline boiled down to her inability to understand the importance of love and relationships.  She was a loner that always felt she could do everything on her own and anytime she tried to do something for someone else she always managed to get hurt.  She obviously helped sabotage each relationship she was in based on her commitment issues from the beginning until the end from her mother to her ex-husband to Sawyer and Jack.   It wasn’t until she became a de-facto mother that she began to realize the importance of having someone else to care about and care for you.

She was always meant to be with Jack and I fully believed that. Sawyer was something easy for her. Something she knew she didn’t have to be fully committed to. Jack loved her for who she was – he just needed to understand himself first.

Hugo “Hurley” Reyes

Hurley’s interactions throughout the show with Sawyer, and later in the show and to an even funnier extent, Miles, were the comic relief desperately needed in such a heavy show.

In retrospect, Hurley was always special because his tie to the island was so deep as the next protector after Jack.  The island had to make sure he got to where he needed to be.  I think Hurley’s enlightenment, although watchable and interesting, was forced. The only thing he needed was to be told what to do. I understand this wasn’t the way of the show, but when the time came for Jack to give him the torch he was ready. Hurley cares about people and mirrored Jacob the most in that way.  I have a feeling he kept very good care of the island for quite a long time cracking jokes along the way.

James “Sawyer” Ford

Mr. “Every Man for himself” kept his distance from others and focused his entire life on revenge because of the man (Anthony Cooper or John Locke Sr.) whose long con led to his father killing his mother and then pulling the trigger on himself.

Sawyer became what he swore to defeat – a con man who ruined people’s lives.  He used insults to keep people away and never found enlightenment until he fell in love with Juliet. The Dharma doctor gave him a sense of purpose and was the first “real” relationship he ever had.  His love for her turned him into a leader and gave him faith that there was good in people. Their relationship, although short in regards to on-camera time, was the most poignant of the series.

Sayid Jarrah

The Iraqi Republican Guard always let other people define him despite how much faith he had in Islam and love for others making him one of the most tragic characters in my eyes.  His vice was almost caring so much about what other people say and think that he would do exactly what they asked no matter the consequences.

I fully believe Sayid was killed and lost his soul when he was taken to the Temple. I also believe that whatever the pool did it offered him a chance at a human life again – albeit with a more tortured soul. Any soul can be redeemed however and Sayid’s decision to sacrifice himself for his friends was the most noble thing he could have done.

Sun & Jin Kwon

I always loved LOST for its diversity and think that Sun/Jin not only represented the bond of marriage but how foreign marriage can be for us all. Their battered relationship that grew to be so great and was then ripped apart across multiple timelines was fantastic to watch. I honestly believe they reached their enlightenment in Season 4 when Jin forgave his wife for her infidelity and found out the baby was his.  The struggle after that for them to find each other was merely for entertainment purposes. Their death scene was the hardest to watch in the series though after…

Charlie Pace

Former Heroin addict that just needed to find someone who cared enough about him that he felt his life had purpose. He found that in Claire and Aaron and their island “family.” His death remains the most tragic and heroic we ever saw on LOST and set the show into its crash course to the finish.  You all everybody, Charlie. You all everybody.

Desmond Hume

If you have made it this far into the post than you, like me, are a nerd. Desmond was the real Sci-Fi element on the show from the first time he was introduced and always had me watching his breakout episodes over and over for clues (The Constant is a Top 5’er in my book).

His relationship with Penny produced some of the most dramatic sequences in the show and it was because of his special ability to see his entire life from various timelines/angles that he could enlighten everyone in their purgatory state (that and the whole not-able-to-be-hurt-by-electromagnetism thing).

Ben Linus

He wasn’t ready yet and I think it was because he had yet to give up on being the island’s No.1 and his actual death had yet to come. As Christian Shepard said, “Many of them died before you and many long after.”  I think Ben was still unable to accept the all-time No.2 role and until he does he will never go to a place much better than earth or the island.

Any Questions?

Where there any major questions that weren’t answered for you? I know American’s as a whole love to have simple plots wrapped up in nice neat packages (Just look at the Top 10 grossing movies of the last 5 years) so I’m sure there are some even if you really did love the show and finale.  Here are mine.

1. What was the real significance of the Dharma Initiative?

I understand they knew about the islands special properties, but how? Who initially brought them there. Could it have been a disgruntled Charles Widmore or an Eloise Hawking that knew they needed to be there for the greater good?

2. What is was up with Walt and Vincent?

I realized Malcolm David Kelly became an ogre between the ages of 12 and 15 and didn’t match up with the timeline but come on. I have to know the significance of him – and Vincent.

3.  When did the others begin leaving the island and how could they do so and get back?

Just feel like I need to know this as a Sci-Fi nerd. Come on Darlton – help me out on the Complete Series of LOST DVD.

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Vacation Fail Blog

In all my wisdom, I decided to start a blog right before vacation to lose any traction I may potentially be gaining. Another reason why my mother will surely be my #1 fan no matter what blather I post to the Net.

So, in a lame effort to put SOMETHING up as I stew over my LOST series recap blog, I have decided to post a few of my favorite things over the course of the last month. Enjoy?*

*question mark completely intentional

The National: High Violet

When i first heard The National’s album Boxer in ’07 I wasn’t sure what to make of them. A guy the mumbles with a deep voice over a mish mash of instruments was actually my first thought. But for whatever reason I continued playing the record from beginning to end because something about it was haunting to me.

Fast Forward three years and I am one of their biggest fans. I saw them perform at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh from the upstairs balcony and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my concert going life.

High Violet is a step towards the mainstream for the band (if there is such a thing for these guys from Ohio) and they have a range of sound on this album.  Just like the previous albums they focus mainly on the American way of life – particularly in the Midwest and Matt Berninger talk/sings.  I’ll let you get a real critics take here  in Nicholas Dawidoff’s fascinating profile from the NY Times.

Big Papi/Little Papi

For those of you who doubted the big slugger – and quite possibly my favorite Red Sox player ever alongside Mo Vaughn, Manny Ramirez and The Teammates – shame on you.

This May David Ortiz is batting .361 with 9 Home Runs and 23 RBI’s and he has 2 more games to add to those totals.  Take away his horrendous April this year and this first two months of last season and Americo is hitting .280 with 36 bombs and 104 RBI.

Now I don’t feel as bad about naming my dog Lil Papi (and cursing Big Papi forever) prior to the 2009 season – especially if we can make a playoff run.

Vince Carter hits full court shot sitting down

I think VC knew this was a must in preparation for his playoff choke against the Celtics.  (Side note – I can’t say I ever thoughts Vince Carter would make it onto a blog created by me once, let alone twice in a month but hey, what can ya do.)

Random Favorites

Gordon’s BBQ in Apex, NC. – Looks like a dump, acts like a dump, tastes like something fierce. $4.99 platter on Tuesday’s.

Over The Limit on truTV – Drunk college kids and idiots trying to drive and/or walk get pulled over by cops and made fun of as the slur their speech and say things Mom is surely to be proud of.

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5.16 Sunday Links:C’s, Delaney, MacGruber and LOST

In an effort to get out of attempting to write something somewhat clever each Sunday, I’m going to instead link up to some of my favorite posts from the previous week. Each link is 10-30 minutes well wasted.

Celtics/Magic: Eastern Conference Finals

Vince Carter Seeks Signature Moment

Vince Cater’s career is defined by a dunk in the 2000 Summer Olympics? I can agree with that to a point because he has certainly never done anything on an NBA court worth talking about.  He shoots too much, has quit on multiple teams, left the Raptors the morning of the biggest game in franchise history to get his diploma and doesn’t play defense. He may be a nice guy but up to this point he has been nothing more than a cancer to each team he’s played on.  He’ll give you 20-5-5 every night and make sure of it – whether it hurts the team or not.

Putting ‘D’ in Rasheed Wallace

Instead of ripping another Tar Heel, I’m going to give some serious props to Sheed.  Granted he played out of shape for the entire season, pulled down fewer rebounds per minute than anyone bigger than 6’9 in the NBA and shot more bad 3-pointers than I do in rec basketball – I have to give it up for Dr. Technical. Maybe he was saving himself for the playoffs??

Delaney’s Decision

Malcolm Delaney Withdraws from NBA Draft

Now we can be the 69th best team in college basketball. See you in the NIT. (I really just had to write this to release some aggression.)

Tech’s Malcolm Delaney will return for Senior Season

I love how reputable news sources quote Delaney from his Twitter page. On another note, Rivals has VT picked as No. 18 preseason since the Hokies return their top 7 players and add Allan Chaney (6’9 transfer from Billy Donovan’s Florida team who red-shirted last year).  This has me quite concerned for some reason.

Macgruber in Theatres 5/21

Macgruber carrying ‘SNL’ baggage

Fantastic read on SNL sketches that go to the big screen.  I have some that I loved and quote weekly (Wayne’s World 1 & 2) and others that I attempted to strangle the pizza faced kid at the ticket counter for lighting my 8 bucks on fire (see The Ladies Man, A Night at the Roxbury).  I will however been in line for Macgruber after hearing Jimmy Fallon say it was the most sick and disturbing (in a hilarious way) movie he had seen in a long time.

Final Week of LOST…ever

Lost Stars Give Scoop on Emotional Finale, and Why There Will Never be a Movie

One of many articles I wasted time reading that tells you very little but gets you hyped even more than you already are. But seriously, read it.

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Jacob, Man in Black…Brenda MacGuff?

A few quick thoughts on last night’s episode of LOST.  If this seems like incoherent blather – it may be – I wrote it down around midnight after a few crown and coke’s and minus the 91% of my brain that melted out of my left ear during the show.

1. Juno. – I loved Juno as much as the next indie loving white male with a suburban uprbringing but it was a bit jarring to install her mom in an episode that means so much to the story this late in the game.

2. Brothers?!?!  – I have to admit I’ve had that thought at one time or another since we first saw them on the beach but I had long since changed my mind.

3. The Kids. – I am in the minority here according to the LOST fans blasting boards everywhere with hate but I thought they did a fine job and we needed to see their childhood to fully understand how they came to believe in what they each believe in.

4. They come. They fight. They destroy. They corrupt. It always ends the same. – Not only one of my Top 5 favorite LOST quotes ever but the ultimate allegory for humans and how we are all responsible for corrupting one another. I think the brothers faux mom wanted to keep them away from “people” because she wanted them to figure out life and the ways of the world on their own – without distraction.

5. The Light – I have been on the team that thinks LOST is ultimately about our Faith in something bigger than us for a long time.  It doesn’t matter what you believe in, just that you believe in something, and that belief is what makes you who you are.  Everyone has control of their own destiny, nothing is predetermined.  It is OUR choices that ultimately lead us to whatever that light is in the sky after we die.  This mortal life is just a small test in the grand scheme of the life of our souls. (I think I just melted my own brain)

6.  Is Ben Jacob’s Man in Black? – I get the feeling after last night that Jacob has been grooming Ben for a long, long time to take his job.  Ben is to Jacob what the Man in Black was to their faux mom.  I think the castaways were his safety valves if/when Ben didn’t work out.  I think it comes down to Ben and Jack and I have no idea what the heck is going to go down.  But as usual with LOST – it could end up being Kate or Vincent.

What did you think?


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