Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lost, Season 5, Episode 7
The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham
Locke: Reports of his suicide have been greatly exaggerated. After leaving the Island, he is convinced by Charles Widmore to get all of the off-Island Losties to go back. Widmore tells Locke that it’s been three years since the O6 returned. Assisted by Matthew Abaddon, Locke is unsuccessful in convincing any of them to return. He also learns of Helen Norwood's death by a brain aneurism in 2006...Helen having been the one person who Locke loved and who loved him back. Feeling like a failure, he opts to commit suicide by hanging himself, but is stopped by Ben. After telling Ben that Jin is alive (and he has his wedding band to use to convince Sun that he is dead so she won't return) they need to go see a woman named Eloise Hawking, Ben strangles him to death. On the Island, post-Ajira 316 crash in 2008, Locke is alive again, having been resurrected somehow and he knows it. Addressing Caesar, Locke tells him about Dharma and having been on the Island for over 100 days previously.
Ben: Like Charles Widmore, Ben has been keeping track of the O6 and the other Losties, including Walt, since they left the Island. Seeing Locke being influenced by Widmore and Abaddon, Ben shoots Abaddon. Ben says he moved the Island to keep it away from Widmore. After convincing Locke that he needs to stay alive so he can become leader, he kills Locke when he learns that Locke is aware of Eloise Hawking. Later, Ben is seen by Locke as one of the injured survivors of the Ajira crash. It’s interesting that Ben does not seem to know as much as he would like. Case in point: seems surprised to learn of Jin being alive; seems surprised to learn that Locke knows of Eloise Hawking. Ben is likely still stinging from the fact that Jacob has talked to Locke and not to Ben. We’ll see. I know this: Ben is a liar. And a manipulator. And the evilest villain on TV!
Charles Widmore: Reveals to Locke that he remembers when Locke was first brought into the Others camp, when Widmore was only 17 (from the Jughead episode this season). Locke, however, was the same age he is now because in Locke's timeline, he was only introduced to the Others 4 days ago. He tells Locke that The Others were his people for three decades before he was banished from the Island by Ben. Widmore explains that he’s kept track of the Losties since they returned (the same way Ben has), and tells Locke he has to convince them all to go back. Widmore had the camera mounted in the Tunisian desert where both Locke and Ben came back, and this must be related somehow to the research that Charlotte had been doing there. It’s likely that Widmore did indeed set up the passengers to be on Oceanic 816 as indicated by Abaddon. Widmore tells Locke that the reason he needs him back on the Island is that a war is coming and if Locke is not there, the wrong side will win.
Matthew Abaddon: Widmore’s flunky the whole time. He originally set Locke’s journey in motion as he was recovering from the back injury that left him paralyzed when he told Locke to take the walkabout, which put Locke in Australia to eventually board Oceanic 816. Tells Locke that he “helps people to where they need to get to”. Shot and killed by Ben, he’ll be out of the story (unless flashbacks occur). (Note: The actor who plays Matthew Abaddon, Lance Reddick, is a main character in a show that JJ Abrams also produces called Fringe. It too is a friggin awesome show.)
Sayid: Despites Locke’s pleas, Sayid says he doesn’t want to return to the Island, something we know will change in the coming episodes. For now, he tells Locke the 9 months he had with Nadia before her murder were the happiest of his life. But that happiness was ended because of the Island (she was killed by Widmore’s people as you remember) and he says everything he ever cared for has been destroyed by the Island.
Walt: Tells Locke he’s been having dreams of him. Locke does not tell him about his father (Michael) being dead from the freighter explosion. Walt doesn’t know of Locke wanting him to go back because Locke can’t bring himself to disrupt Walt’s life, saying he’s been through enough. My guess is we’re not through with Walt yet.
Hurley: At this point he’s still in the Santa Clara Asylum. At first not believing it’s really Locke visiting him (probably because of all the visits by Charlie and Mr Eko), he realizes it’s really him. However, with the sight of Abaddon (“He’s EVIL!” haha), he knows that Locke is being used by not only Ben, but also by Widmore. Again, at this point in time, Hurley has no thoughts of returning.
Kate: It’s Kate who points out Locke’s ongoing obsession with the Island implying that his crazy notion to return comes from the fact he’s never loved anyone and the Island is all he has. After telling Kate that he did indeed love someone at one time (Helen), he reveals that it was his anger and obsession that drove her away…the anger coming from his father’s betrayal and causing the back injury that had paralyzed him previously, most likely. Kate is not interested in going back. Also, it’s this visit from Locke that Kate had referenced in last season’s finale when she told Jack “he came to visit me, you know”, in the rain right before Jack also started to convince her that they did indeed need to return to the Island.
Jack: Coincidence or arranged that Locke would end up at Jack’s hospital after the car accident? Again, this timeline has Jack before he has been convinced that he needs to go back. This is the time when Jack was likely still drinking, or right before he started the abuse of the pain meds since coming back to the mainland with the O6. Still , at this point, Jack believes John to be delusional about his “importance”, and walks away. Locke sees this as another failure in convincing one of the Losties to return, and he had hoped that with Jack on board, the others would then follow.
Caesar and Ilana: What is there importance? They were obviously planted on the Ajira flight. Ilana was the 'agent' who 'escorted' Sayid onto the plane. Who put them there?
Widmore? Ben? Is there a third party involved that hasn’t been exposed yet?
1. Helen Norwood died on April 8…..4/8.
2. Locke walked into Richard’s camp to meet the Others 4 days ago (per his timeline)
3. To reach Widmore on the phone he received from Widmore, Locke was told to press 2-3. (23)
--Hurley jamming his fingers in his ears and screaming “LA LA LA LA….” when Locke was trying to convince him why he needs to go back to the Island.
--Locke pulls the extension cord out of a bag from Angels Hardware.
--Widmore giving Locke the pseudonym of Jeremy Bentham, an English philosopher. “Your parents had a sense of humor naming you, so why can’t I?” (This was a nice nod to the Lost-fans from the writers as Lost fans quickly picked up the John Locke name way back in Season One.)
--Copy of Life Magazine from April 1954 with headline "Pictures from Hydrogen Test". The Jughead bomb is a hydrogen bomb with a leak that Daniel encounters in a 1954 time-hop.
--A return of the Beige sedan, this time it’s involved when it crashes into John Locke…again. (As you’ll all remember, a beige sedan hit Michael in Season One, bumped into Locke in a parking lot after he had met up with Helen in another season, and has appeared a few other times.)
--So, with Locke’s return via the Ajira crash…Richard Alpert is still protecting the remaining Others, who don’t trust the Oceanic tribe members, and will all now be could be considered “Others” by the survivors of the Ajira crash. And around and around and around and around we go…and go…and go…
--Locke again in a wheelchair being pushed around by Matthew Abaddon.
Questions Answered:
1. Locke did not commit suicide.
2. Locke does indeed resurrect upon his return to the Island in the Ajira crash.
3. Charles Widmore set up the people to be on the Oceanic 816 Flight.
1. How does Locke resurrect? He seems to be John Locke, and by that I mean it doesn’t seem like he’s a vision/image of John Locke in the same way that Christian has been, or Claire of late. Whomever, or whatever (SMonster?) is able to make Christian's and Claire’s images appear, it doesn’t seem that it is involved here.
2. Wonder if there’s any significance of Hurley painting a watercolor picture of the Sphinx/Egypt?
3. Why did Ben decide it was necessary to kill Locke instead of just letting him go on with the suicide? Did it have something to do with Richard having told Locke previously that he would have to die? Did Ben just correct his own mistake of saving Locke? That would be kind of ridiculous since those events happened within minutes of each other.
4. Did Sun and Frank Lapidus take off in the boat chasing what ends up being Sawyer and Juliet et al (from The Little Prince)? If so, HOW COOL IS THAT??
5. How did Ben get Widmore booted from the Island?
6. If Locke’s sacrifice was to die, what was Ben’s sacrifice? What was Widmore’s sacrifice? What was Richard Alpert's sacrifice?
7. Are we supposed to now believe that Widmore is the good guy? Or is Ben the good guy? Locke will have to decide soon which side he's on.
8. After all this time, what are the numbers (4-8-15-16-23-42)? Are the numbers the location of the Island when it was first crashed-on by Oceanic 816? I seem to remember that when the numbers are put together in a longitude/latitude format, they land on a point just North-East of Australia. It doesn’t explain how they would’ve been on the side of the Hatch, though.
9. Does Walt have to return to the Island? Now that Christian AND Widmore have said that this is the case (and with Widmore having been following Walt), it seems this is the case. Why?
10. What is the coming war that Widmore mentions? And at this point, who is fighting for the right side and the wrong side?
Tune in next week for “La Fleur” (episode 8 of Season 5). Comments welcome.
Until then, you may want to get that bone sticking out of your leg looked at.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday’s Word
Word: O
Pronunciation Note:
It is impossible to render in print the proper downeast pronunciation of a number of words containing the long "o" sound, such as stone, load, boat, coat, bone. Attempts at phonetical spellings or the use of diacritical marks cannot help here; you'll just have to listen and practice by yourself. You'll be trying to get "stone" somewhere between "stoon" with a short "oo" and "stoo-un". It's hahd.

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Did You Know Tuesday
Did you know that it was 111 years ago (1898) on February 15 that the USS Maine sank in Havana Harbor, Cuba? This sinking precipitated the start of the Spanish-American War.

An explosion near the front turret sank the ship. An inquiry has determined that something caused a magazine storage to explode, causing the explosion. The report has said that a naval mine caused this, but speculation that this was the cause remains to this day.

A memorial to the crew of the USS Maine can be found, not in Maine, but in Central Park in New York City.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Morning Chuckle

Q: What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
A: Make me one with everything.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lost, Season 5, Episode 6
This episode was originally scheduled to air after the episode we’ll see next week. This episode was good, but not the best one of the season. Once next week’s episode airs we’ll see if the Lost’s Powers That Be should’ve kept the order as they originally planned.
The Lamppost: Not all of the Dharma Initiative hatches are on the Island, it turns out. The Lamppost is a station in Los Angeles under the church where Eloise Hawking has been seen previously. The Lamppost, we learn, was built years ago and is over a unique pocket of electromagnetic energy. These pockets exist all over the world including on the Island. A very clever fellow, according to Eloise, found a way to use that electromagnetism to locate the Island: not where it’s been, but where it will be. This is the station that has been used to find the it and to figure out where it will appear when it moves.
The Island: Turns out that the Island is not a stationary object, but has always been moving. This is the reason that the Losties could not be found and rescued…the Island was never in the same spot.
Eloise Hawking: She has been working in the Lamppost station and she is the one who tells Jack, Sun, Desmond and Ben about the reason for the station and what its properties and function are. She also tells them that they need to recreate the initial crash (Oceanic 816) as closely as they can or the results would be unpredictable. Tells them Ajira Flight 316, from LA to Guam, is the flight they need to be on in 36 hours in order to intercept the next window that will be opening to the Island’s location. Tells Jack to get something of his father's to put on Locke's body, which later turn out to be a pair of Christian's shoes that Jack gets from his grandfather.
Jack: While he continues to grasp the extraordinary events that are happening to them, he learns from Eloise that returning to the Island will not be all there is for him. In his apartment, Kate shows up. After asking her where Aaron was, she doesn’t tell him but says to never ask about him again (huh? And he doesn’t? This is one of the few unbelievable parts of this story that I can’t grasp.) Anyway, they make out and likely hook-up since she spends the night. Kate confirms that Jack is going back to the Island and says she’ll go with him.
Ben: Tells Jack the story of Thomas the apostle, who followed Jesus to Judea and told other followers that they should go that they might die with him, but Thomas doubted the resurrection until he was able to touch the wounds of Jesus to believe. Once Thomas did this, he believed. Ben is using this part of the Bible story to tell Jack that he needs to stop doubting what will eventually be happening to Locke. Ben goes to keep a promise to an old friend, a loose end that needs to be tied up. Later, he calls Jack from a marina, all bloody and beat up, telling Jack that he’ll have to retrieve Christian’s body and take it to the airport for the flight. Ben continues to try to find out what Eloise told Jack, but Jack won’t tell him. Ben claims to not know that Locke killed himself.
Sayid: Sayid is escorted onto the Ajira 316 flight by a Federal Agent. It’s curious that he’s on this flight because he was not in the room when Eloise told Jack that they needed to recreate the original crash as closely as possible, so how did he know to be on the flight? Why is he being brought to Guam?
Hurley: Hurley is at the airport; apparently Ben’s lawyer (Norton) did get him released from prison. Not only is Hurley going to be on the Ajira flight (again, how did he know? He was not in the room when Eloise talked about recreating the Oceanic flight…another visit from Charlie-vision that we haven’t been show yet, perhaps?) Anyhow, he has used his money to buy all of the remaining empty seats (78 total) on the plane. He doesn’t want to have anybody on the plane that could be lost in the upcoming return to the Island. While waiting for the flight to board, he is reading a comic book, Y – El Ultimo Hombre. Hurley is NOT happy to see Ben get on the flight. Ben to Hurley: “Who told you to be on the plane?”
Locke: Has committed suicide off the Island and wrote a note that Eloise gave to Jack. The note read “Jack, I wish you had believed me. JL”. Locke’s body has to be the substitute for Christian Shephard’s body that was on Oceanic 816. Jack puts his father’s shoes on Locke’s body following Eloise’s instructions that something of Christian’s had to be put in the casket. Jack must take a “leap of faith”, something Locke has been trying to get him to do since they first crashed on the Island.
Desmond: Can’t believe that Jack and Sun are willing to return to the Island. He blames Eloise for ruining 4 years of his life, the 4 years associated with the time he spent on the Island. He says it was she who told him that it was his purpose to go there (remember, Des saw her in the pawn shop when he was searching for an engagement ring for Penny). However, after Eloise tells him that the Island isn’t done with him yet, he says that he is done with it. I’m guessing that she’s more right than he is. Also, things don’t look good for the family he started with Penny since returning.
Sun: Sun was not told that the crash had to be recreated, but she too shows up at the airport for the flight. “If there’s any chance that Jin is alive, I have to go.” But, what happens to Ji Yeon? I guess that Ji Yeon will be growing up without parents. Presumably she’s still with her grandmother in Korea.
Frank Lapidus: Whoa! Frank is the pilot of Ajira 316. Upon seeing Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sun, Sayid and Ben on the plane, he realizes that this flight will not be going to Guam. Will he survive?
Ajira Flight 316: During the flight from LA to Guam, there is a flash, a time hop. On the Island, however, Jack, Kate and Hurley are not near any wreckage, and none of them remember a crash. Where (or when) are Sayid, Sun, Frank and Ben?
Jin: Jin drives up in a blue Dharma Van and music can be heard coming from the speakers, but I can't figure out the song (maybe it's by Geronimo Jackson? haha) The van is just like the one that Hurley found, but this one is new, implying that Jack/Hurley/Kate have landed in the 1970s after their Ajira flight went through the time-hop. Jin is wearing a brand new Dharma uniform carrying a rifle, suggesting he's part of a security team. Has he, along with others/Others infiltrated the Dharma Initiative? Does he recognize Jack, Hurley and Kate?
1. Desmond wasted 4 years of his life on the Island.
2.Jack is sitting in row 8.
3. Frank Lapidus has been flying the LA to Guam route for about 8 months.
--Jack to Eloise after Ben says he never knew about the Lamppost station: “Is he telling the truth?” Eloise: “Probably not.”
--Jack has to go see Jill to get Locke’s body. Jack and Jill. Cute. Ain't no pail of water, here.
--Jack to Ben on the plane (as Ben is reading Ulysses by James Joyce): “How can you read?” Ben: “My mother taught me.” (which is a lie since he never knew his mother)
1. Episode opens with a close up of someone’s eye, this time Jack’s. We’ve seen this lots of times before.
2. The computers and flipping-numbers in the Lamppost station are very reminiscent of the ones in the Swan station.
3. The white rabbit at the magic show.
4. They were told to recreate as close as possible their return to the Island. So, we get:
a. Hurley with a guitar case (originally, Charlie had the guitar case)
b. Sayid being escorted by a federal agent (originally Kate was the one in shackles)
c. Ben rushing to get on plane (originally it was Hurley rushing to get on the plane)
d. Kate...okay, I’m going out on a limb here based on her night with Jack that she’s pregnant (Claire was the pregnant one in the original)
e. Sun...okay, I got nothing for her other than she was on the Oceanic flight.
5. Ajira Flight was #316. Bible verse 3:16 from the Christian mythology is something like “For god so loved the world that he gave his only son and whoever believes in him will have eternal life”. (Locke will resurrect on the Island I’m guessing and the Losties will live forever there, like Richard Alpert et al)
6. Comic book that Hurley was reading is the story of Yorick, the survivor of a plague that killed all of mankind on the planet. However, three astronauts (2 males and one female) who were in orbit when the plague hit returned to Earth, but only the female survived. The female astronaut was pregnant when she returned to Earth but didn’t know which of the two was the father.
7. Oceanic Airlines is alive and well, judging from their logos seen in the airport.
Questions Answered:
1. The Island has always been moving. (This would explain how the original Henry Gale and his balloon landed on the Island: he must’ve inadvertently flown through one of the windows that opened up when the Island moved. Reminder: Henry Gale was the man whose license Ben originally used when the Losties captured him.)
2. Locke’s death occurs because of an un-yet seen suicide. (that’ll be revealed next week, apparently)
3. The Ajira Airlines water bottle that Sawyer/Juliet etc. found on the beach will be from the crash of the flight that Jack, etc. were on. But, Jack/Kate/Hurley landing back on the Island and finding Jin in the Dharma van and work clothes, the implication is that they’ve landed in the past, so the water bottle found previously would have put them in a past timeline in the previous episode(s).
1. Who is the guy that gave his condolences to Jack at the airport and was on the Ajira flight? What role will he play?
2. Who is the 'clever individual' Eloise referred to? Alvar Hanso?
3. Though I think we all know the answer already, who was it that Ben beat up/killed that left him all bloody? (More than likely Penny Widmore, keeping his promise to “an old friend” – Charles Widmore – that he would get even with him for having Alex killed.) And if it was Penny, what happened to her & Desmond’s son, Charlie? I don’t even want to think of what he may have done with Charlie. Unless Ben found a way to get Charlie to the Island, though that seems unlikely.
4. If the answer to the question above is Penny (being killed by Ben), is this the key to Desmond being brought back to the Island? (We learned earlier in the season from Daniel that Desmond is ‘special’, so this is likely the set-up to find out what exactly that means.)
5. Ben had told Locke that once he left the Island, he couldn’t return. So why is Ben on the flight to return? (No surprise if Ben was lying, or maybe he never thought he’d be able to get back?)
6. When have they returned? What is the timeline they’ve landed in on the Island? With the Dharma Van being new, the assumption would be the 1970s. But more importantly, why? Do they return to become part of the Others that overthrow the Dharma Initiative? Could they be stuck in some sort of loop that constantly refreshes people on the Island to ensure that the people from Dharma can’t take control of the Island?
7. Since we’ve only seen that Jack, Kate and Hurley landed near each other and they are in a 70s timeline, is it safe to assume that Sayid, Sun and Ben also landed in the same timeline?
8. What did Kate do with Aaron? Since returning to the mainland, she was visited by a Claire-vision who told her not to bring him back, so she has apparently followed through with this wish. Did she bring him to the couple who were going to adopt him originally from Claire?
9. Where is Vincent? Where is Claire (though the answer is most likely she's dead from the when her house was blown to bits by Keamy's men on the Island)? What were the roles of past Losties such as Boone, Shannon, Michael and Walt?
10. Going back to Season One flashbacks when Jack’s mother sent him to Australia to retrieve the body of his father: Was she in on the whole plan to get Jack back to the Island too? And also, did Christian Shephard have to commit suicide in order to return to the Island? Has he been playing a role in all of this the whole time?
Tune in next week for “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” (episode 7 of Season 5).

Until then, watch out for white rabbits.
(PS...sorry for the effed up formatting in this post, blogger is working like shit today)


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday’s Word
Word: Piece out (V., phrase)
Definition: to make do with limited quantity

"My woodpile is awful low, but I guess we can piece out until spring."

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Did You Know Tuesday

Did you that after the Civil War, Maine was a leading exporter of ice? Ship captains used ice blocks as ballast and found that when they sailed to warm-weather places, the ice was popular and they were able to sell it. Soon, “Kennebec Ice” (taken from the Kennebec River) was the considered to the best ice available and people would pay top dollar for it.
The advent of refrigeration made the harvesting of ice obsolete, but prior to that happening, Maine ice was being exported to places like Cuba, India, China, and Europe. At the end of the 19th Century, the business of ice harvesting employed over 9,000 people.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Morning Chuckle
The Center for Disease Control has issued a medical alert about a highly contagious, potentially dangerous virus that is transmitted orally, by hand, and even electronically. This virus is called Weekly Overload Recreational Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from your boss, any of your colleagues or anyone else via any means whatsoever - DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! This virus will wipe out your private life entirely. If you should come into contact with WORK you should immediately leave the premises.
Take two good friends to the nearest liquor store and purchase one or both of the antidotes - Work Isolating Neutralizer Extract (WINE) and Bothersome Employer Elimination Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.
You should immediately forward this medical alert to five friends. If you do not have five friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

I want to melt these icicles...
I want to melt this ice.....

I want to melt these iii-cicles...

And get some weather that is nice.

IIIIIIII-cicles......IIIII-cicles...I want to melt these icicles, I want to melt this ice, I want to melt these icicles and get some weather that is nice.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lost, Season 5, Episode 5
This Place is Death

Charlotte: The effects of the time-hops finally take their toll on her in this episode as she dies from the constant flashes. Before dying, she says a few things that stand out:
1) “I know more about ancient Carthage than Hannibal himself.”
2) “Turn it up. I love Geronimo Jackson” (She was hearing music in her head. Geronimo Jackson being, as you’ll all remember, an album in the Swan Hatch that Desmond played)
3) Tells Daniel about growing up on the Island with Dharma, and that her mom took her off the Island when she was a child and she never saw her father again. Another character with father issues.
4) She remembers Daniel being a “crazy man” she saw as a child who told her to leave the Island and never come back or she would die.

Daniel Faraday: It’s becoming clearer that he has been on this Island more than once and knows exactly what’s happening. He seems surprised when Charlotte tells him she remembers him as a “crazy man” who told her to leave the Island when she was a child. It’s possible that he meets her in the past during a time-hop, but this has not happened to him yet, and his appearance to her as a child is because he goes back to try to save her, which of course does not work.

SMonster: The return of the Smoke Monster! This time we see its attack on Rousseau’s crew, including the taking of one of the men (Montand) into the Temple via an in-ground vent. (You’ll remember that his same type of event happened to Locke in Season 1, but he was not pulled down into the vent.) Montand’s left arm is ripped off by the SMonster as the other Frenchmen in the group try unsuccessfully to pull him back up.

Danielle Rousseau: There seems to be a continuity issue with the timeline in this episode, as she asks Jin to take them to the radio tower. She asks him to do this within hours of their arrival on the Island, but in Season 1, she told the Losties they didn’t get to the radio tower until a couple of weeks after arriving (could this be another example of the universe ‘self-correcting’?) She ends up shooting the rest of her crew, all of whom went into the Temple vent to try to rescue Montand. In her defense, Robert did try to shoot her, but his gun jammed (the Island protecting her most likely).

Jin: Stays in Rousseau’s timeline long enough to see the SMonster attack her crew, and to witness her killing Robert after he tries to shoot her. Though it’s not clear if Jin understood, he also heard when Robert told Rousseau that the SMonster was a defense mechanism for the Island (how did he know that?), but she tells him it changed him. Another time-hop and Jin leaves that timeline and jumps into “current” (2008) Island time and meets up with Sawyer, Charlotte, Juliet, Daniel and Miles. Knowing that Charlotte speaks Korean (much to everyone else’s surprise), she tells him what’s happening (as does Sawyer, who explains the time-hopping), including Locke’s plan to bring the O6 back to the Island. This is when he learns that Sun made it off the Island in the helicopter. He’s not cool with Locke trying to bring her back (especially after Charlotte screams out “THIS PLACE IS DEATH!!!!), and tells Locke to tell Sun that he’s dead. He doesn’t want her to come back, and gives Locke his wedding ring as “proof” of his death.

Sun: Ben tells her that Jin is alive, and shows her his wedding ring as proof. She agrees to go with him to meet with a friend (who turns out to be Eloise Hawking) who can get her back to see him. She holds off on shooting Ben. Wow…Sun showing restraint.

Locke: Going into the well at the Orchid Station that Charlotte told him to look for, John falls into it (after a time-hop) and hurts his leg. He sees Christian Shephard at the bottom of the well who reminds John, “I said YOU had to move it (the Island).” Locke defers saying he believed he was supposed to stay on the Island. Christian implies that John doesn’t get anywhere listening to Ben, so he goes into the Island Wheel room, sees that the wheel is skipping/stuck and gives the wheel, as Christian said, ‘a little push’. As the Island begins to move, Christian says “say hello to my son”, but Locke never learns that Jack is Christian’s son. (We assume that this will stop the Island’s time-hopping, but that may not actually stop happening until the O6 return.)

Desmond: When he shows up at Eloise’s at the same time as Ben, Sun and Jack, he says “you’re here to see Faraday’s mom?”, Ben looks shocked to learn that she is Daniel's mother. Did he not know this?

Eloise Hawking: Although Ben shows up with only Jack and Sun, she agrees to “get started”, but we don’t know exactly “on what” she’s referring to, but likely their return to the Island.

Rousseau’s Team: Included Robert (her husband and most likely father of Alex), Montand (taken by SMonster), Nadine (killed by SMonster), Brennan and Lacombe. I think I’m missing one.

1. Carthage was located in what is known today as Tunisia. Tunisia is where Charlotte found the polar bear bones with the Dharma collar, and it’s also where Ben turned up after turning the Island Wheel.

2. The hieroglyphics on the Temple look similar to the ones in the Island Wheel room.
3. The music box that Jin finds in the wreckage of Rousseau’s ship is the same music box that Danielle had in her lair, so we’ve actually seen it before.
4. Danielle and Robert discussing that their unborn child will be named Alex: he says it means Alexander, she says Alexandra.
5. In the 1988 timeline, Jin seeing the smoke cloud that he recognizes as coming from The Others.

Questions Answered:
1. Charlotte was on the Island before.
2. The Island is time-hopping because the Island Wheel is stuck…like a record needle skipping in the groove.

3. Charlotte became an anthropologist for the purpose of trying to find the Island that she left/was taken from as a child.

1. So, Locke will be returning to the Island in a coffin. Is it a coincidence that Christian Shephard’s body was also brought to the Island in a coffin and now he’s been “re-animated” somehow? Was Christian part of the Dharma group in the past? One of the The Others? Has he been setting Jack up for whatever his role in all of this will be since Jack was born? It now seems obvious that his body was supposed to be on Oceanic 815.

2. Did someone from the Island settle Carthage? Was it part of Carthage in the past? This might explain the 4-toed statue, the Temple, the hieroglyphics…
3. Who were Charlotte’s father and mother? Why did her mother take her from the Island? How the hell did they get off the Island? (Maybe Charlotte was Ben’s friend Annie, but her name was changed when she left the Island to protect her? Maybe Charlotte is the daughter of Ben and Annie?)
4. Is the SMonster the reason that Marvin Candle is missing his left arm? What happened to cause that? Who created the SMonster and for what purpose?
5. Does it matter that Ben turned the Island Wheel and not Locke? Christian eluded to this, but it would seem if the “universe has a way of self-correcting”, then Locke having to turn it would set everything back in place (like the Wheel being set back in place and no longer skipping).
6. Were the people in Rousseau’s crew changed somehow by going down into the Temple in their attempt to rescue Montand? Is this the sickness that Rousseau has talked about previously? Or, did they meet up with the Others down there who changed their thinking?
7. Where the hell is Claire??
8. Will Locke be paralyzed again once he’s off the Island? Will he also land in Tunisia?
9. Do Ben and Desmond go back to the Island with the O6?
10. Will Kate, Sayid and Hurley cooperate with Jack and/or Ben now to go back to the Island?
11. Desmond went to Oxford to find Eloise Hawking, but is told she’s in LA. Why did she have to leave England to go to LA? And why is her last name Hawking and Daniel’s name Faraday?
12. What is the eventual end-game to this whole story?

Tune in next week for “316” (episode 6 of Season 5). Feel free to comment.

Until then, keep a tourniquet handy in case your arm gets ripped off.


POST 420!

Just wanted to let you all know that this is my 420th post. Yup, you got it, post 420.



Manufactured Holidays
To all of you celebrating this manufactured holiday of Valentines Day, just a reminder: The leading cause of divorce is marriage.
Have a wicked awesome day!


Friday, February 13, 2009

Baby's Name
Tiger and Elin Woods have named their second child, a boy, Charles. Congratulations!

However, I have a question: how much wood can Chuck Woods chuck if Chuck Woods can chuck wood?


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hewlett-Packard Craptop
This is the story of how my laptop came to look like this.

This past xmas (2008), I’m blogging when all of the sudden…poof…my internet stops working on the laptop. I didn’t consider this to be a big deal because in the 17 months that I’ve had this laptop, it has been nothing but a problem with every program it runs and every time I’ve connected to the internet. (Last year I even upgraded my router from a Belkin to a Linksys because I assumed the problem to be the router, not the high-tech $650 piece of equipment.) After rebooting the laptop, modem and router and getting the same “there is no internet connection” message, I do exactly what I don’t want to do on the biggest holiday of the season…call HP support. I figured they were going to be busy with the panic’d calls of those who received computers for gifts and yet had no clue how to use them.
I was right. For 60 minutes I was on the phone with about 35 of those minutes spent listening to the torturous sounds of muzak. First, of course, is the mandatory talk-to-a-computer segment of the call. Punch in your area code and number. Select or say 1 if you Want Help, Select or Say 2 if you wish you were somewhere else, etc etc. Finally, after the “this phone call may be recorded for training purposes” message, a rep picks up the line. Her name is…and I kid you not…Luv. She spells it for me: L-U-V. I check to make sure I’ve dialed Hewlett Packard and not HelpMePackHer. Luv takes me through the what is your name, what is your laptop issue, etc. Explaining the wireless issue, she lets me know that the warranty on my laptop had expired in August (2008), which was one year after I had purchased it. Because the warranty had expired, there would be a cost associated with getting this problem service.
Ummmm…excuse me? The wireless stops working and I have to pay for it? Excuse me, Luv, but the laptop is just over a year old. How can the wireless be broken all of the sudden? “Ah…one minute please and I’ll connect you to a tech.”
More waiting. Finally, a dude picks up (Damon) and with the excitement of a boyfriend who is forced to sit though another episode of “Housewives of Orange County” just to make his girlfriend happy, he says, “Thankyouforcallinghewlettpackardcanihelpyou?” So, I again go through the whole explanation process that I went through with Luv previously. This guy on HP’s help desk didn’t want to be working on a holiday any more than I wanted to be calling on a holiday. So I asked him where he’s from. He said British Columbia. Seeing my opening to get on this guy’s good side, I say, “You a fan of the Canucks?” In a much brighter and excited tone he says, “Yes I am! You like hockey?” That was the break I needed. As he walked me through some tech stuff to try to re-activate the wireless thingy in my laptop, we talked NHL. I was now on his good side. After all of the attempts to get the wireless working had failed, he conceded, “You know, the laptop model you have has been showing issues with the wireless system, so we’ll fix this for you for no cost.” Finally, the truth comes out – assuming it was the truth – and I’m getting my laptop fixed. A couple of days later a box arrived for me to ship the unit off to be fixed. After backing up all of my files onto discs, I sent the laptop off.
Within a week, HP had made the fix and shipped the laptop back to me. Yipeee! I wasn’t without internet for too long and was able to make due with my work computer during the laptop-repair period. For a brief period, I was impressed with HP's service.
So all is well, right? Unit comes back, wireless is fixed and it’s a happy ending. Ummm….no. While yes, the wireless system did now actually work again, finding the router’s signal and connecting to the internet, it was still just as slow as before. Having grown used to it, I didn’t really think much of it.
But then other things started happening about a week later. My Windows Explorer would just stop working. That didn’t happen before. Then my music files wouldn’t open. Hmm…that didn’t happen before either. Picture files wouldn’t open (another first), pdf files wouldn’t open (another first). So, I make sure I have all of my updates done, re-boot, and check again. Still the same problems. Then the straw that broke the camel’s back: the screen went black. It hadn’t timed out, it just went black. I jiggle the mouse. Nothing. I jiggle the touch-pad. Nothing. I close the cover and reopen it. Nothing. So, I re-boot, and after entering my password, the screen goes black again. I leave the system for about an hour, come back, and the screen is still black.
I do the only think left to do: call HP help desk again. After the whole talk-to-computer crap, I wait 10 minutes and George comes on. George also seems to be having a bad day. I run through the whole timeline of this laptop’s problems and how it just had the wireless fixed a week ago. I’m told that since the warranty has expired and the wireless was fixed for no cost, any additional work on the unit will cost me. I “ahem” into his ear and tell him that none of the problems I’m now experiencing existed prior to the wireless issue. He tells me, “well, how do we know you didn’t drop the machine?”. I stop and think about this. I’m sure it happens a lot, I tell him, but being that I have little to no money, it makes no sense for me to handle my expensive laptop in a way that would damage it because I don’t have the money to replace it. “But we have no way of knowing that. Everyone tells us that.”
Normally I’m a pretty calm person. I try to follow the Buddhist mentality of looking at both sides of an issue to understand the problem. So, I choose patience with George, and again explain that prior to this wireless issue that HP was so generous to fix for me, there were no issues with music files, picture files, pdfs, Windows Explore shutting down and the screen just going black. And again I get the “did you drop it?” line. Well, that’s it. I then decide to tell George what’s really been going through my mind about this: “Well, it seems odd that HP does a fix on a laptop that they made because of a service defect, and then when the laptop is shipped back, it has more problems than when it arrived to be fixed. That tells me that something happened on your end with the intent for me to have it send it back for more repairs. I’m not sure that’s legal and I would hate to think that an American company works that way.” George didn’t like that, and again finds a way to say “you dropped it” without really saying it.
A short break here to explain that while talking to this HP representative my mind was racing along. At this point I’ve already decided that there is no way in hell I am putting any money into this laptop. If HP has created a piece of junk, I’m not going to enable them to suck the money out of me with repairs that are required because they can’t make decent equipment. So, the laptop had no chance of being fixed and I was already set on putting my money away to save for a Mac/Apple.
With my mind made up, I opened up my cellar door while still talking to George and then said “hold on one moment, George”. I set the phone on the top of the stairs, grabbed the laptop, and then flung the friggin’ thing down the steps. The laptop skipped off the stair landing and right into the concrete basement wall with a nice loud thud. I picked up the phone and said “That is what a laptop sounds like when it’s dropped. Up until this point, my laptop had never made that sound. I am done with HP. Your product sucks. I hope you’re the next company that goes out of business. (Note: I didn’t really mean that part, but I was on a roll) I am telling everybody I know about your product being shit. I am buying an Apple laptop next so I don’t have to ever deal with HP or Microsoft again. Have a good day.” Then I hung up.
Now, I don’t have any idea if what he heard on his end was as awesomely dramatic as it was on my end, but it felt good. And as I said, I had already decided that I was not putting one cent of money into fixing a laptop that was obviously junk to begin with, so the thing was either going to not-work on my table, or not-work in a bunch of pieces. Which brings me to….
…after hanging up, I then went down cellar, double-bagged the laptop into heavy-duty construction garbage bags and SWUNG the thing into the concrete walls about a dozen times. I’m not sure how many, but I swung (smash!), and swung (crash!), and swung (insert crinkling sound of breaking glass here), and swung. The end result is the picture you saw above. I’ll give HP their due though…the keyboard stayed together.
I am not a rich man and this set-back of having wasted $650 on a piece of shit laptop from HP means it will be a while before I’ve put enough money aside for a Mac. Macs, as I’ve since found out, are more expensive than PCs, but I’ve started the collection and look forward to having one. Sure would love to go back in time and instead spent that money on a Mac in August of 2007 instead of the HP Craptop. Oh well. Don’t waste your money on Hewlett Packard, folks.
So, my posts may be fewer for a couple of months, but I’ll be back.
I still wonder if my phone call to HP was indeed recorded for training purposes...?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wednesday’s Word
Word: Gannet or gannet-gut (N.)
Definition: a prodigious eater, like the bird from which the term derives

“Why, I do believe Albion put away four fry pans full of them smelts!”
“Don’t doubt it, he’s an awful gannet! Had four cans of Narragansett to go along with ‘em, too. I never see such a gannet-gut.”


(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Did You Know Tuesday
Did you know that cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten? It seems, however, that my cats have only three: "feed me", "clean the litter pan" and "leave us alone, we're sleeping".


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Monday, February 09, 2009

Monday Morning Chuckle
Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0. I soon noticed that the new program began unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources.

In addition, Wife 1.0 installed itself into all other programs and now monitors all other system activity. Applications such as Poker Night 10.3, Football 5.0, Hunting and Fishing 7.5, and Golfing 3.6.

I can't seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run my favorite applications. I'm thinking about going back to Girlfriend 7.0, but the uninstall doesn't work on Wife 1.0. Please help!

Troubled User

Dear Troubled User:

This is a very common problem that men complain about.

Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0, thinking that it is just a Utilities and Entertainment program. Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and is designed by its Creator to run EVERYTHING!!! It is also impossible to delete Wife 1.0 and to return to Girlfriend 7.0. It is impossible to uninstall, or purge the program files from the system once installed.

You cannot go back to Girlfriend 7.0 because Wife 1.0 is designed to not allow this. Look in your Wife 1.0 manual under Warnings-Alimony/Child Support. I recommend that you keep Wife 1.0 and work on improving the situation. I suggest installing the background application "Yes Dear" to alleviate software augmentation.

The best course of action is to enter the command C:\APOLOGIZE! because ultimately you will have to give the APOLOGIZE command before the system will return to normal anyway.

Wife 1.0 is a great program, but it tends to be very high maintenance. Wife 1.0 comes with several support programs, such as Clean and Sweep 3.0, Cook It 1.5 and Do Bills 4.2.

However, be very careful how you use these programs. Improper use will cause the system to launch the program Nag Nag 9.5. Once this happens, the only way to improve the performance of Wife 1.0 is to purchase additional software. I recommend Flowers 2.1 and Diamonds 5.0!

WARNING!!! DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Secretary With Short Skirt 3.3. This application is not supported by Wife 1.0 and will cause irreversible damage to the operating system!

Best of luck,
Tech Support


Friday, February 06, 2009

Bob Marley (b. Feb 6, 1945)
Robert Nesta Marley was born on this day in 1945. Unfortunatley for the world, he passed in May of 1981 from cancer at the young age of 36. He would've been 64 today.

He may be gone, but his music and message live on.

In honor of his birthday put on a little reggae, spread some peace, and smoke 'em if you got 'em.

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Lost, Season 5, Episode 4
“The Little Prince”
Kate: Not really a “Kate” episode per se, though it does revolve around her for the most part. Her character continues to be the least drawn-out character in the show. We do learn that it was her idea to say that Aaron was her child during the brief flashback when Jack, Kate and the other Oceanic 6 folks were first picked up by Penny’s boat. Kate’s modus operandi is to freak out about something and then run away and this been her whole history on the show. Nice to look at, but really the most boring character. For this episode, she learns that Ben is the one who sent the lawyer to get blood samples of her and Aaron to determine the relationship between them. She is NOT happy to see him at the marina and to learn that they have to go back to the Island.

Daniel Faraday: Continues to dole out information about the Island’s effects on the residents, pointing out that he believes the effects of the time-hopping are neurological in nature and that the time-hopping throws a person’s internal clock off and also has a greater impact on people who’ve been on the Island the longest. Really bad jet lag, as he described it.

Miles: With his nosebleeds beginning, it implies he’s been on the Island before (which is common thinking anyway). This lends some credence to the thinking that he is the son of Marvin Candle/Dr. Chang and was likely born on the Island or brought to it as a baby. Since his nosebleeds began after Charlotte but before Juliet, it seems he was on the Island longer than Juliet but not as long as Charlotte.

Charlotte: With her nosebleeds are the memory failures. Here she doesn’t remember Daniel right away after regaining consciousness. Remember last season when she was testing Daniel’s memory using flash-cards and we didn’t know why? Maybe Daniel has time-hopped previously and he was recovering from that when she was testing him. But how was Charlotte on the Island previously? Was she born there or brought there as a child?

Locke: Way cool that he recognized the light from the Swan Hatch off in the distance and remembered what the light was from. When he tells Sawyer “when” they are, Sawyer asks him why he didn’t go to the light and do things differently, to which he replies “I needed that pain to get where I am now.” Besides, as per Daniel, you can’t change the past anyway, so going to the light probably wouldn’t have accomplished anything. Locke also told Sawyer that the reason all of this is happening to them on the Island currently is because they (the O6) left and that he has to bring them all back even if it kills him, which we know happens. It’ll be interesting to find out how he dies.

Juliet: She seems to know a whole lot more than she has let on. Interesting character. The relationship with her and Sawyer seems to be blooming, but will it actually go anywhere, especially when Kate gets back to the Island?

Sun: Everybody run…Sun Kwon’s got a gun. (sorry…altered the “Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun” lyrics). Sun receives a package in her hotel room and in it are documents from Surveillance Data Investigations, Inc (had to freeze-frame to read it). She hired an agency to follow Ben and the packet includes text about their surveillance as well as black/white pictures of Ben with Jack. Also included is a box of candy which has a gun in it. Taking the gun, she leaves with Aaron and heads to the marina to meet up with Jack, Kate and Ben. Of course, none of them know she’s coming.

Jack: Pretty much in this episode just around to “fix things” with Claire’s Mom (we learn that nothing needs to be fixed there); to get Sayid out of hospital (successful); and then to get everyone to the marina (also successful).

Dan Norton: The lawyer from Agostino & Norton we learn had been hired by Ben. One of the things Mr. Norton does is push the blood test with Kate to see if Aaron’s her kid. Another thing is he tells Ben that the judge in Hurley’s case is going to throw out the charges because there’s no proof that Hurley killed the guys who were after Sayid. My guess is we’ll see him again in the future.

Sayid: Slowly accepting that they have to go back to the Island. Awesome to see him take out the bad guy who was sent to kill him (by whom?) in the hospital. Does not trust Ben at all.

Rousseau: We finally get her back into the story. Albeit it’s a much younger Rousseau, already pregnant when she arrives on the Island with 5 other members of the crew from her ship. We knew already that she was pregnant when she got to the Island and this confirms it. Not really sure what they were all saying in French, but probably stuff like “That TFKoP is wicked awesome”, or “Hey, Rousseau, you’re hot just like all of the other women on Lost”, but I could be wrong as my French is pretty rusty. Regardless, it’s awesome to know that we will finally be getting some back-story on Danielle Rousseau, how Ben took Alex, and what happened to her crew.

Jin: Not dead. Knew that. Once Danielle tells him her name, he knows something goofy is going on.

Ben: Not sure why he admitted to Kate, Jack and Sayid that he ordered the blood test for Kate and Aaron. This would seem to undermine the fact that he’s trying to convince the O6 that they have to go back to the Island. They already don’t trust him yet they follow him blindly.

Other Characters:
--Ms. Littleton (Claire’s Mom): Not in LA to get Aaron, but instead to get a settlement for Claire’s death in the Oceanic 815 crash.
--Claire: During the time-hop when Locke and all see the light (from the hatch), Sawyer follows the sounds of screams in the woods and sees the time when Kate delivered Claire’s baby, Aaron, on the Island. Time-wise for the Losties, this happened two-months ago.
--Hurley: In the LA County lock-up, but likely not for long as Norton told Ben that the charges will be dismissed against him. However, Hurley in that orange jumpsuit…was I the only one thinking “Hey Kool-Aid!”?

The Numbers in this episode:
1. Kate lives at 42 Panorama Circle
2. Sayid was unconscious for 42 hours
3. They meet up at the marina at slip #23

Funny Line:
“Thank you, Lord!” – Sawyer screams up to the sky as the Island time-hops while they are getting shot at by the unknown people in the outrigger, and the time-hop saves them. But, they end up time-hopping from a clear and sunny day into a stormy-night sea, to which Sawyer then cries “I take it back!”

--The van that Sayid and Ben were riding in said Canton-Rainier Carpet Cleaning on the side.

If you anagram Canton-Rainier it spells out Reincarnation. That ain’t no coincidence. Interesting….
--The children’s book “The Little Prince” ("Le Petite Prince") was published in 1943 and written by French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery. In short, the story is about a prince who lives on an asteroid and travels around. Interesting note: the asteroid he lived on was called B612. In real life, an asteroid discovered in 1993 was, in honor of this book, named Besixdouze. On the Island when the Losties discover the wreckage of Rousseau’s ship on the beach, Locke kicks over a can that says “Besix Douze” on it. B612 = Be-six Douze (douze is French for the number 12).

Questions Answered:
--No surprise: Ben is the one who sent the lawyer after Kate for the blood tests.

--With Charlotte and Miles suffering from nosebleeds caused by their time on the Island (previously) and the time-hops, can Daniel’s nosebleeds be far behind? It seems that Charles Widmore selected these three to be on his team for one simple reason: he KNEW they’ve all been on the Island previously, likely all born there.

--Why did the guy who tried to kill Sayid have Kate’s address in his pocket? It must be a set-up as it doesn't seem likely that Kate would send someone to kill Sayid.
--Ajira Airlines: Was this a time-hop forward in time? Who was on that flight? The beach camp was the Losties’, but with nobody there and the strange outrigger-boats on the shore, it makes me wonder if this was a flash-forward. You can check out their website here: (And if you click on the Ajira Adventure link, you’ll see that they offer such getaways as a Polar Adventure, an Australian Walkabout, Island Adventures, Swimming With Sharks, and Excavating Ruins.) Is Dharma (or Ben…or Widmore) using this airline now with all the negative-publicity surrounding Oceanic to get more people to the Island?
--Where did the outrigger-boats come from that were on the Losties’ beach? Who were the ones in the boat chasing and shooting at Locke, Sawyer, Juliet, et al? Crazy thought...if the Ajira Airline crash happens in the future and it happens after all of our Losties are back on the Island...could it be that our Losties in the future assume that the Ajira plane crash survivors are there because of Widmore and it's our Losties chasing themselves because they assume the people in the front boat are bad? (Sort of in the same way that the Others chased our Losties when they first arrived on the Island?) Hard to wrap my head around this, but wouldn't that be intersting?

--Who will Adam and Eve end up being?
--Who has been the one doing the supply drops to the Island all of these years? Widmore? Ben? Dharma?
--Rousseau said in previous seasons that her crew got the sickness….what is the ‘sickness’?

Tune in next week for “This Place is Death” (episode 5 of Season 5).

Until then, be sure to get that nosebleed checked out.


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Wednesday’s Word
Word: Horse (V.)
Definition: to retrieve vigorously

“You didn’t waste much time with that fish.”
“No, when I see he was a big one, I horsed him right in.”

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Did You Know Tuesday
Did you know that it was 50 years ago today that Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens were killed in a plane crash? They were on their way from Clear Lake, IA to Fargo, ND when the plane went down less than 10 minutes later.

Buddy Holly was 22 when he died and had only been in the music scene for about a year and a half, but his songs, legacy and talent carried over to a long line of musicians including Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, The Beatles, REM, to name just a few. A short list of this great musicians songs include “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Everyday”, "Fade Away", and "Oh Boy". Well worth checking his music out if you're not familiar with it.

JP “the Big Bopper” Richardson (28 when he died) is best known for his hit “Chantilly Lace”. Ritchie Valens (17 years old) was known for “La Bamba”.

While the passing of these three musicians was a sad occasion for the music industry, it was made even worse when Don McLean released the worst song in American history, “American Pie” as a tribute.

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