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In keeping up with our New Years Holiday spectacular, Cheri and I plopped down on the couch to cheer on our Virginia Tech Hokies in a 20-7 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2009 Orange Bowl. The night started strong with me running to 7-11 to pick up some gametime snacks. The combination of Twix dipped into a cherry Slurpee sprinkled with Utz potato chips immediately sent me into a first half food coma. But by halftime I was wide awake and ready to continue my cheering. Surprisingly, we both stayed awake for the rest of the game and went to bed feeling great for VT’s underdog win.
To all the VT alumni and fans that bet against the Hokies winning in their office pools I gobble in your general direction!
Cheri and I ushered in the new year by doing what we do best — relaxing at home together.
We were both feeling fairly anti-social last night and didn’t want to go out and dodge the drunk drivers last night, so we made plans to crash on our couch, stuff our faces with good (and bad) food, and watch some TV. Our programming for the night consisted of the entire first season of Life — the show about the cop who was re-instated on the force after being exonerated for murder after spending 10 years in prison. Neither of us had seen the first season, but we’ve been watching the second season and just trying to fill our gaps of plot details ourselves. My boss gave me the first season on DVD for Christmas. We didn’t finish the entire season though — I fell asleep during the 9th episode (good thing there were only 11 total) and we decided to turn it off and finish it later today.
Damian Lewis’ portrayal of ex-con Det. Charlie Crews is oddly creepy yet very charming. His love of fresh fruit made me eat all of our bananas last night.
Here are some updates since I haven’t been posting much lately:
I’m now on Twitter. You can follow me, join me, or ignore me.
Cheri and I went to C-Peake on Saturday for a quick trip to celebrate her brother’s birthday. The fun thing was that it was a surprise and had no idea we were coming to see him. We had a surprise dinner at P.F. Chang’s with him, his parents and his friends. I got the Double Pan Fried Noodles and didn’t really like it. I’ll stick to the Kung Pao next time.
I’m almost halfway through my Fall classes. I’m currently taking Crime Scene Investigation II, Biological Aspects of Forensic Science, and Examination of Questioned Documents. I’m enjoying them all, but my bio class is a little boring, but at least the teacher is good. Questioned Documents is my favorite class this semester.
I’m into too many TV shows — (no) thanks to TiVo. I’m watching Heroes, Chuck, Aliens in America, Reaper, Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, The Office, 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers and Sisters. Thankfully, because of of TiVo, I can just record all of them during the week and have TV marathons on the weekends. I cannot wait until Lost returns!!!
Cheri and I went camping a few weeks ago at the Big Meadows campground in the Shenandoah National Park. It was really fun and it was the first time that I’ve been camping without parents. It was super relaxing. Plus we hiked some of the Appalachian Trail — which was really cool (and challenging to boot). Here are some pictures from the trip.
If you are not a fan of the TV show Scrubs, then this clip should convert you:
Damn, I love this show.
UPDATE (10/15/2007): I fixed the video. I guess the old one I linked to got taken off of YouTube.
UPDATE (03/28/2009): I fixed the video again.
Lately I’ve entered the world of podcasts. No, I’m not making a podcast, but merely just listening to some. When podcasts first came out I tried out a bunch but I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to listen to week-in and week-out. But recently I’ve dived back into it and have found some very entertaining podcasts. I would recommend any of the following podcasts. They are great and really do a good job of making the daily commute go by quicker.
I’ve seen the comedian Jimmy Pardo on sporadic television appearances and have always enjoyed his comedy. While perusing the comedy category of the podcast section in the iTunes music store, I found this lovely gem. Its a weekly, hour-long podcast featuring comedian Jimmy Pardo, comedian Mike Schmidt and producer Matt Belknap. The show has a simple format. The three of them sit around the kitchen table in Jimmy’s house and banter for an hour. They tell stories from their lives, make fun of people, and make humorous observations about everyday things. Its kind of like you and a group of your buddies sitting around shooting the breeze. And it happens that you and your buddies are really funny.
I’ve been a fan of Relevant Magazine for a few years now. I was introduced to it by my wife, Cheri, while she was working at a Christian bookstore. It is a great magazine that observes popular culture through the lens of christianity. The greatest thing about the magazine is that it doesn’t try to pander to the ultra right-wing conservative view of Christianity that, unfortunately, is what dominates much of the Christian culture. But instead takes an honest look at culture and the Christian faith.
In the same manner, the podcast accomplishes this as well. It has a very similar format to Never Not Funny. It is a roundtable discussion between four editors of the magazine and website. They discuss the week’s new releases in music and film. Then they proceed to “the weekly slices.” This is where the editors each pick an news story from the week and give their opinions on the subjects. Mostly the stories are strange, off-beat, and hilarious. The show typically then has either an interview or some other type of non-standard bit related to the magazine. Then the show ends with a discussion of listener feedback followed by the editorial question of the week (and yes, there is a little jingle that goes with that). This is a great podcast to listen to and it makes me feel like that there are people out there just like me.
If you couldn’t tell by now, I love the TV series Lost on ABC. It should be quite easy to understand that I would listen to a podcast about the show. The only reason I listen to a podcast about Lost rather than other TV shows I watch is because of the geekdom that is associated with the show. There are people that take notes while watching the show. They create theories and look for easter eggs that will help explain what the heck is going on. This podcast is dedicated to discussing these things.
The podcast typically has two episodes a week, each an hour long. One episode is recorded right after Lost airs on television. This episode recounts what happens in the show and then discusses it. Then the other episode looks forward to the next airing of Lost and discusses theories on what will happen, takes listener calls, and discusses other things Lost related. The podcast is full of great discussion and is very entertaining.
This podcast is NPR’s online music show. It is hosted by Bob Boilen (who has a very soothing voice) and usually runs between thirty and sixty minutes. The show features music from all genres–and I mean all genres. Boilen will introduce new music from around the country and the world. If you love good music and are willing to open your ears to something you typically wouldn’t listen to, then this is a great show for you. It has given me a lot of new artists to look for when it comes to finding new music. The show also allows you to submit your own music to be considered for the show. There are submission guidelines on the website.
- We will meet the doctor from the Dharma Initiative Orientation videos.
- Michael and Walt will return to the island.
- Locke will reveal to his co-survivors that he was once paralyzed.
- Juliette will betray Benry and the Others and join the survivors.
- Russo and her daughter Alex will be reunited.
Last Wednesday was the season three premier of Lost. Since Cheri and I finished watching season two on DVD (in a rental marathon via Redbox and Netflix) a couple weeks ago, we were itchin’ for some tropical island madness.
Note: If you haven’t seen last week’s season three premier, then quit reading now since I will discuss some major spoilers.
At the end of season two, we found three of the main characters (Jack, Kate, and Sawyer) captured by the questionably hostile group known as The Others. Thus, the third season will probably mostly focus on The Others.
I thought the opening scene to the season three premier was incredible. I loved being able to watch Oceanic flight 815 crashing from the perspective of The Others. The entire scene just set such a creepy and intriguing mood for the rest of the episode and season. Are we finally going to learn about The Others? Who are they? How did they get to the island? How long have they been there?
And with the return of Lost comes the return of my newest favorite character, Ben/Henry Gale. Or, as many have already fondly referred to as Benry. Michael Emerson’s portrayal of Benry is amazing. I loved him in Saw and wonder why this man hasn’t become a cult superstar by now.
In the season three premier, we find Jack, Kate and Sawyer kept separated. Jack is in a glass-enclosed cell. Sawyer is in what looks like a human-sized Skinner box. And Kate is taken to shower and then to dine with Benry.
As I listened to the Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack this week, some of their comments on the season three premier made me think.
- Oceanic Flight 815 was supposed to land on the island, not crash.
This comment came via speculation that perhaps the people on the flight were meant to come to the island to be new test subjects in the Dharma Initiative. How could this happen? The only conceivable way is if everyone on the flight had someone close to them that worked for the Dharma Initiative and they created situations in the passenger’s lives that led them to taking that flight. This could explain how Juliette had a full dossier on Jack’s life.
It could also explain The Others’ hostility toward the survivors. If the plane was supposed to land, then perhaps The Others were meant to go home after a “shift change.” And since the plane crashed, they are just as trapped as the survivors are. This may be why there are orientation videos at all the stations on the island.
- Why did Tom say that Kate was “not his type”?
Some of the speculation from Jay and Jack was that perhaps Tom may be an unknown relative of Kate’s–perhaps an uncle or a brother. Could this be why Kate isn’t his type? Or is he just gay? If Tom is related to Kate, it could be another clue as to how the Dharma Initiative is connected to the survivors of the flight.
These are just a few of my thoughts about the season three premier. All I know is I can’t wait to see Benry and Locke duke it out in a balding, middle-aged cage match.