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Revisiting Lost: “Paulo Lies!”

After six seasons of being glued to the television whenever a new episode of Lost was on I have slowly started to come out of my withdrawals.  So, with no new episodes of Lost to look forward to ever again, I decided to go back and rewatch the entire series starting from the beginning.  It really was an amazing show and it is almost better going through and rewatching.  This time around I am not obsessed with every little detail or trying to theorize on where the showing is going from minute to minute.  And I really did forget the pure awesomeness of those first two seasons.


I am into the third season now and I had totally forgot about the characters of Nikki and Paulo.  I remember back when they first showed up how annoyed I was with the introduction of these two and how they felt so forced on the viewer and just unwanted.  Every time they were on the screen throughout the first 13 episodes of the season I remember being confused.  I was confused because I was torn between “Get these two OFF MY SCREEN!!!” and “OMG Nikki is smokin’ hot…more more more”.  I still am not quite sure what the producers were thinking when adding these two to the show, especially when they chose to do so.  The characters were already split into two groups (The ones still on the beach and the ones captured by The Others) and the episodes would bounce between them from week to week.  So one week you would be with Jack, Kate and Sawyer and find yourself immersed in their captivity…but then you would have to wait two weeks to see them again as the next episode would revolve around the rest of the Losties.  So adding Nikki and Paulo just took more time away from the main characters and it always seemed like every second counted.

But then came Season 3, Episode 14:  “Exposé“.

This is really a standout episode in the entire series for me and would be easily in my top 5 episodes of the entire run of the show.  And strangely enough, the episode was all about Nikki and Paulo and centered on both their backstory and their demise.  The episode was very Twilight Zone-ish and very neatly disposed of and wrapped up the storyline of both characters. Everything from how they reshot several scenes from the series (to include the initial crash of Oceanic 815) to include Nikki and Paulo to the bumbling Hugo and his misheard “dying” words, “Paulo Lies” from Nikki really drew me in and had me on the edge of my seat.  And it was all done in the 42 minutes that is one episode…a veritable impossibility from the writers of this show.

The last couple of minutes of this episode are probably my favorite overall from the entire series.  Even though I had seen the episode previously, those last few minutes had me with my breath caught in my throat this time around too.

I highly recommend going back and watching this episode if you have the DVDs (or if you have Netflix, all 4 seasons can be streamed).

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Woke up early to beat the heat….

Last night I decided that I would get up early in the morning and try to get out and find a couple of caches in my local area before it was just too hot to do anything more than melt into a puddle.  If you know me at all you know that I am not exactly what you would call a “morning person” so getting up and motivated early is a feat all by itself.  But I did get up, pack the back and headed out the door before 7:30am this morning…so Yay me!

The first cache I went for was only about 3 or 4 blocks from my place.  It was hidden back in a complete cluster of thorns and other leg grabbing foliage.  I walked around the area for about 10 minutes just trying to decide which way to try and enter the man eating bushes.  Eventually I found a pretty easy way in to the cache.

Gnome is Where the Heart is Cache

Today was the first day of trying something a bit different.  Over the weekend I decided that I would bring along a little friend with me to help document my finds.  After a rough couple of years on an island of chaos…this guy just needed a break.  So he is gonna be hanging with me a bit this summer and making some new friends along the way:

Locke, on Walkabout and making friends.

Wow, I just noticed that Locke really looks like he is about to slit that little gnomes throat in that pic.  Definitely not intended. 🙂  i am keeping a photojournal of all his visits to different hatches this summer.  You can find that here.  So far, at least after one day of hitting a few caches…this has been fun.  Unfortunately I have a couple of the shakiest hands ever and a lot of my pics come out blurry.

After the first cache, I headed over to a shopping center in my area for a quick “cache n dash”.  This was the first nano-cache that I have found.  I couldn’t believe how small this was either.  Not much bigger than the eraser on the end of a pencil.  Luckily the GPS coordinates were pretty spot on and I just had to poke around a bit with my fingers until i felt the little magnetized cache.  Inside this tiny little nano-cache was a rolled up piece of, what looked like, ticker tape that was the log.  I had to completely unravel the paper to find a clean spot to sign.

Seriously tiny cache.

After logging the find I moved on to the next cache on my list that was supposed to be located off of a Park and Ride near my place.  The coordinates led me to a small wooded area towards the back of the parking lot.  Once I arrive there I started to duck behind a fence that seemed to be right in the general area that the GPS was sending me.  Unfortunately, on the other side of the fence, I didn’t find the cache.  Instead I found two homeless guys sprawled out amongst a bunch of trash snoring away.  I decided that I was going to let these guy continue sleeping and not try to climb over them to move in and grab the cache.  Think I will just head back for this one on another day.

So I headed back to the car and headed over to Hidden Pond to see if I could grab a cache I didn’t get to the last time I was there.  This cache was located on the far side of the park so I headed off on the trail into the trees to follow the GPS to the hidden treasure:

Trail to the "Ponder This" cache

The trail led me along the banks of a creek that made for a very enjoyable hike.  Along the way I almost walked right into a Blue Heron that was resting along the banks.  It flew up and sat on a tree branch staring at me just long enough to allow me to get my camera out of my pack….but not long enough to allow me to snap a shot.  But the walk along the creek was really nice.

Hiking along the creek

Still hiking along the creek

After following the directions and the hint from the Geocaching site we found the cache pretty easily.

Locke finds a new hatch

There is another example of my shaky hands on my sensitive camera getting a blurry shot.  So again…Yay me.

By now it was almost 10 am and I was getting hungry for a little breakfast and the temperature was already up around 90.  I decided to call it a day and head home for some breakfast and a shower.

Not a bad way to start the day

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LOST – The Alternate Endings

LOST ended tonight and Kimmel really had some great stuff on his wrap up show.  These Alternate Endings are freakin’ hilarious:

Survivor.  Sopranos.  Newhart.   All Classics.

Sayid:   “I did not spend 5 years in the Republican Guard, get shot by Roger, get drowned in a pond, take a bomb to the stomach on a submarine to get eliminated by Jeff-Fucking-Probst”

Loved it.

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Goodbye LOST


LOST Last Supper

The Last LOST

Dear LOST,

Thank you.

I tried thinking of some much more profound way of expressing my gratitude but couldn’t come up with anything.

No other show has ever had me sitting and discussing every little detail with friends and coworkers like you did. I still remember those early days of the first season where I would get to work on Thursdays and we would all gather around one cubicle and dissect your episode from the previous night. We would all have our theories and none of them would be the same. I really do believe part of your brilliance was bringing out the creativity in your viewers week after week as we all tried to figure you out. Before we knew it the whole first part of our day was gone and we had done little to no work as we browsed forums, searched for clues and looked for any little bit of evidence to support our theories. None of us ever got any closer to the “truth” but we sure had fun trying.

I have stuck with you through thick and thin and enjoyed every one of your stories. Sure, I know you kind of got a bit off track during seasons three and four and you “lost” some of your fans. That’s ok. It happens. But you came back strong in seasons five and six and appear to be going out with a bang.

I am going to miss Hurley‘s “Duuuude”.

I am going to miss Sawyer‘s nicknames.

I am going to miss Kate.  Oh yummy Kate.

I am going to miss Sayid saving the day. (SAYIIIID!)

I am going to miss Locke and his faith and NotLocke and his kick-assery.

I am going to miss Ben and his big and demented brain.

I am going to miss the flashbacks, flash-forwards and even the flash-sideways.

And yes, I am even gonna miss Jack as he prepares to take over the role of Island Guardian.

It has been a good run for you and I approach tonight with excitement mixed with a bit of sadness. I really don’t think there will be another like you.

Thanks again.

NotLocke Needs Your Help

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