Wednesday, October 11, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 2, Disc 4

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Disc 4 Questions

Who kidnapped Sun?

Charlie. [said in a really bad Australian accent like Claire]

Should we believe Henry Gale's story?

No.

Or listen to what Rousseau says about him? [Henry Gale]

Not quite. I think she went a little bit extreme but I'm more on her side than his side.

How is Sun pregnant?

I don't know.

Will they find Henry Gale's balloon?

No.

Disc 3 Questions

Where is Walt writing from?

The boat people are the same as The Others. He asked for Alex and Alex was with the Others. Walt was writing from where the other Tailies were. Walt and the other Tailies don't know that they're on the same flight but they're both against The Others. So Walt is teamed up with them [the other Tailies].

Is it a coincidence that Eko and his brother ended up on the same island?

Yes.

Will Claire and Charlie's relationship ever be the same?

It won't be the same but it will be similar.

Or will Charlie give into temptation? [heroin]

No.

Will Michael find Walt on his own?

Yes. But it will be more like The Others will find Michael.

Will Jack and Ana Lucia lead a war against the Others?
Sort of.


Disc 2 Questions

Where did "The Others" take the other 9 Tailies?

To one of the other places. One of the other six things. But it wasn't where Claire was. Unless there was some sort of secret locked room.

Was that really Walt? [standing in the jungle]

No.

Does absence make the heart grow fonder? [Sun and Jin and
Bernard and Rose]
Yes.

Will Sawyer make a full recovery?

Yes but his left arm will be weaker than it was.

Are they more connected than they think? [Jack and Ana Lucia]

Yes. But they still both have big trust issues. So does Locke. Really, everyone on the island.

Disc 1 Questions

What have the Tailies been through the last 48 days?

Well they were on the beach then they went in the jungle.

What happens if they don't push the button before the time runs out? [in the Hatch]

In this one [this disc - disc 4] it started going into black and red with white symbols and I thought if they matched, or didn't match, then it would blow up but if that wasn't true, then it sort of told a story of some sort.

Is a reunion in store for Bernard and Rose?

Yes.

Was Jack and Desmond's previous meeting a mere coincidence...?

No.

... or is it fate? [the meeting of Jack and Desmond]

I wouldn't say fate but it wasn't a coincidence. It was half in-between.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 2, Disc 3

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Disc 3 Questions

Where is Walt writing from?

He's writing from where ever the boat people get power. But I think the boat people are different than The Others [the ones that took the Tailies].

Is it a coincidence that Eko and his brother ended up on the same island?

Yes.

Will Claire and Charlie's relationship ever be the same?

It won't be the same but it will be similar.

Or will Charlie give into temptation? [heroin]

No.

Will Michael find Walt on his own?

No.

Will Jack and Ana Lucia lead a war against the Others?
Sort of.


Disc 2 Questions

Where did "The Others" take the other 9 Tailies?

Where ever Ethan took Claire. And I think Claire met some of them before she lost her memory. There's nothing to remind her of that so she can't get her memory back.

Was that really Walt? [standing in the jungle]

No.

Does absence make the heart grow fonder? [Sun and Jin and
Bernard and Rose]
Yes.

Will Sawyer make a full recovery?

Yes but his left arm will be weaker than it was.

Are they more connected than they think? [Jack and Ana Lucia]

Yes.

Disc 1 Questions

What have the Tailies been through the last 48 days?

Well they were on the beach then they went in the jungle.

What happens if they don't push the button before the time runs out? [in the Hatch]

The electromagnetic thing turns off. But nothing other than that.

Is a reunion in store for Bernard and Rose?

Yes.

Was Jack and Desmond's previous meeting a mere coincidence...?

No.

... or is it fate? [the meeting of Jack and Desmond]

I wouldn't say fate but it wasn't a coincidence. It was half in-between.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - October 3, 1977

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!

Forty years ago today, I turned one. I had a giant, round, chocolate cake to celebrate. And I got presents of course. Looks like I got a small cart to ride/scoot on that had some blocks on it. And from the looks of it, they were tasty. I also got what I think is a indoor/outdoor bowling set and a small green truck that looks like the Mystery Machine but isn't.



SPECIAL VIDEO MESSAGE!


Sunday, October 01, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - October 1, 1977

As with most of my past ear infections, I went in for a follow-up to make sure things were improving. I'm assuming I did improve since I wasn't back in the doctor's office until the end of the month.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 2, Disc 2

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Disc 2 Questions

Where did "The Others" take the other 9 Tailies?

Where ever Ethan took Claire. And I think Claire met some of them before she lost her memory. There's nothing to remind her of that so she can't get her memory back.

Was that really Walt?

No.

Does absence make the heart grow fonder? [Sun and Jin and
Bernard and Rose]
Yes.

Will Sawyer make a full recovery?

Yes but his left arm will be weaker than it was.

Are they more connected than they think? [Jack and Ana Lucia]

Yes.

Disc 1 Questions

What have the Tailies been through the last 48 days?

Well they were on the beach then they went in the jungle.

What happens if they don't push the button before the time runs out? [in the Hatch]

The electromagnetic thing turns off. But nothing other than that.

Is a reunion in store for Bernard and Rose?

Yes.

Was Jack and Desmond's previous meeting a mere coincidence...?

No.

... or is it fate? [the meeting of Jack and Desmond]

I wouldn't say fate but it wasn't a coincidence. It was half in-between.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dreary and Weary

Today's run was uplifting. But it all came crashing to an end when I stopped moving for some reason. It was as if my coffee meter was broken and I didn't know I was on empty. So I'm refueling now and I'll be back in on that runner's high soon enough.

Runner's high. Coffee. Like chasing the dragon.

Anyway, today's run was great. Weather was a little lousy with tons of cloud and overcast and a little too warm but it was still decent enough for a trek through the trees. I started out with nothing but some coffee in my belly and a goal to reach the river. I changed my destination mid-stride though and ended up going to a different beach and I'm glad I did. I got to see some different scenery.

Along the way today, I filmed. A lot. Or at least a lot more than normal. I typically don't film while I run because, well, who wants to see all that? Today was more of a gear test and a chance for me to get used to the technical aspects of hauling around a camera and gimbal. Not to mention continuing to move forward along the trail and not trip.

Outside of that, the run was pretty uneventful. Just a typical trail run that was more of a gravel road than a trail.

Weather:
Temps were about 70F. Sky was overcast. No wind. Humidity was low.

Fluids and Fuel:
Before the run I had coffee. During the run I had plain water. Recovery was two eggs, four sausage, two waffles, and an English muffin. And more coffee.

Aches and Pains:
None.

Gear:
Wore shorts, t-shirt, hat. Also wore my Nathan hydration vest and packed along my GoPro Karma Grip and an extra camera.

Today's Motivation:
Yesterday was very sunny but very warm. So I stayed inside to beat the heat even though I wanted to run in the sun. Today was gloomy but cooler so I beat feet and enjoyed my time outside.

Naughty Neil:
Doing okay diet wise. Eating right and proportionally but sometimes I just feel the need to have some sour cream and onion potato chips. Even though I don't need them and should have grapes or apple slices instead.

Splits:
Outbound - 31:08
Inbound - 31:12
Finish - 1:02:20 (oddly even splits considering outbound is all downhill and I stopped to film in both directions)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - September 24, 1977

No surprise here. It's an ear infection (otitis media) again.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 2, Disc 1


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Disc 1 Questions

What have the Tailies been through the last 48 days?

They've been through sort of the same thing but they haven't....they don't know what the Smoke Monster is. They haven't encountered it. They've made use of their shelter.

What happens if they don't push the button before the time runs out? [in the Hatch]

The electromagnetic thing turns off. But nothing other than that.

Is a reunion in store for Bernard and Rose?

Yes.

Was Jack and Desmond's previous meeting a mere coincidence...?

No.

... or is it fate? [the meeting of Jack and Desmond]

I wouldn't say fate but it wasn't a coincidence. It was half in-between.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 1, Disc 7

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Disc 7 Questions
There were no questions! Boo! But we did revisit the questions listed below.

Disc 6 Questions

Is she there to help or does she have other intentions? [Danielle]

She is there to help herself get Alex back.

Will they find help? [the people on the raft]
They did but it wasn't exactly help. But they may find more people.

Where is the black smoke coming from?

From the fire on the other side of the island.

Will Dr. Arzt's knowledge be helpful?

Yeah. He may not be but his knowledge will be.

Will dynamite open the hatch?
Sort of. It will create some impact and from there they will somehow be able to open the hatch.

Disc 5 Questions

How will Shannon handle Boone's death?
Not very well at first.

Who will help Locke open the hatch now?
Hurley. Jack. Danielle. Dr. Arzt. Kate. Well not Dr. Arzt anymore And Danielle left. They both technically helped.

Will the new raft make it off the island?
Yes.

Will Jack find Locke...?
Yes.

... And what will he do if he does? [Jack]
Locke will go through the Jack Treatment. It's hard to describe but Jack will ask him a question and Locke will try to answer and Jack will start yelling and I don't know after that.

What do these numbers mean? [4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42]
They mean something good has happened but in return something bad will happen or in their case several bad things.

Disc 4 Questions

Will the raft get them off the island?
It will get them off the island but they'll end up coming back like Gilligan's Island. The entire raft that was built [the first one] won't get them off the island, but the stuff that was left over will help.

Where did Ethan come from?
From the whisperers. Also known as the Others. Also known as the Smoke Monster.

Why is Walt "special?"
It's when he's mad that bad stuff happens.

If he is not the real Sawyer ... who is? [shrimp stand guy in Australia]
It was the shrimp guy, he's just good at acting.

Where was Claire?
Ethan made some sort of concoction, like Locke made for Boone, and made Claire lose her memory. And he let her free hoping to get her back and to see what's going on in the camps. So Claire would be a spy but with no previous memory.

Disc 3 Questions

Why is the airplane so important to Kate?
Because it was her childhood sweetheart's. They dug it up in the time capsule.

Is Rose right about her husband?
Yes.

Are they more than "just friends?" [Sayid and Shannon]
Yes.

And what does her brother think of it? [Boone]
Well he doesn't really have a say anymore [he died].

Why was it so important for Claire to fly on Flight 815?
I think he [the psychic] can see what can happen to people. At least until they change their mind. Like Alice from Twilight.

Where is Claire?
The French woman and Ethan aren't working together but they know each other are on the island. Claire escaped Ethan but was captured by the French woman.

Disc 2 Questions

Who attacked Sayid?
Locke. John Locke.

A friendship or more? [Sun and Michael]
Just friends.

What will he find? [Sayid]
He found the French woman [Danielle].

Will the survivors ever find more food?
Yes.

Who is the real Sawyer?
I think it was the shrimp guy but he was very good at acting.

Will life be better at the caves?
About the same but Charlie and Jack will be there [that's a good thing].

Disc 1 Questions

How did John end up in the wheel chair?
I don't know because I don't think that [the last answer] is the answer anymore.

What's wrong with Sun's marriage?
She wasn't really excited about getting married and didn't know how to break the news and isn't telling him everything and he doesn't like that.

Where did Locke learn to hunt?
More his father than the Boy Scouts.

Why was Jack in Australia?
Finding or trying to find his father.

What did Kate do?
She did rob the bank. She didn't take money but she took the plane. She had the key but it still counts as robbery because she forced the guy to open the box. She was also on the run before they dug up the time capsule so she did something else but I don't know what.

Where is the transmission coming from?
It's in the cloud monster thing where it [the smoke monster] lives.

Will Charlie kick the habit?
Yes and I say that because it did show the lady thing [the Virgin Mary] but I think that's there to remind him that he kicked the habit so he doesn't do it again.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

2017 Yankees In Falmouth Canon Run Race Report

It's been a long time since I've been unable to sleep the night before a race. My nerves usually kill me but I think last night it was just too hot in the house. It's right in that funny time of year where you want the air on during the day and the heat on at night. We started the fireplace in the basement last night and let it run a bit so it really warmed up the rest of the house. Woof was it warm!

Anyway, I woke up a few minutes before my alarm feeling tired. Took a quick shower and headed out the door. I knew I was early but I found out the night before the race that it wasn't exactly where I thought it would be. It was across the river in a different park. It wasn't a big deal but it threw me for a tiny loop because I had to change my mental visualization of where I'd be running. The night before was also the first time I saw the race route and didn't really get a good feel for it until I looked at the map this morning before the race. Again, not a big deal, just some mental adaptation that I needed to do.

I pulled into the park where they had shuttles running to the Start/Finish but I opted to walk the quarter mile down the trail instead. It was probably faster and I felt more connected to my "stuff." I walked down, checked in early, and then headed back up the steep hill to my car. I chilled out, pinned my bib on, and loaded up on coffee, applesauce, and my GenUCAN bar.

When the time came, I stripped down to my race clothes and headed to the Start line. I was way early but it gave me plenty of time to hit the porta-john and warm up in the sun. Saw some of my co-workers, a few other runners I know, and watched the Confederate re-enactors prepare for the canon start. The National Anthem played and I have to say, it's depressing when RWB runners don't even remove their hat for the anthem. At least Ashland Dave understands.

We lined up at the Start line, got startled by the canon (even though we were expecting it), and headed off down River Road. We went all the way to Route 3 then turned back towards the Pratt Park entrance. It was pretty level with a few rollers in there. I made up a lot of time running the tangents on the curves but I'm sure the people behind me thought I was drunk. The hill going into Pratt Park was brutal and it came just before the 2 mile mark. After hiking up the hill, things evened out but the rollers were still there. Saw a young kid take a spill on the sharp turn in the gravel but he bounced right back up and kept running.

I skipped the water table and tagged onto the back of two other guys keeping a steady pace. We leapfrogged constantly as I would run down the hills, walk up the hills, and take a few walking breaks in between. We hit the 3 mile mark and headed back down the steep hill out of the park. I had tried to pay attention on the way out to the hills and knew that it was a gentle downhill to the Finish. The two guys from before and another kid and I were all keeping pace and leap frogging a little as we neared the Finish. With about half a mile to go, the two guys picked up the pace and passed the younger kid and I. I pulled up next to the kid, he met my pace, so I picked it up some more.

By this time I had dismissed the two older guys as beyond my reach and focused on passing the younger kid. We each made a few moves to pick up the pace and covered each other until he finally broke and dropped back behind me. With maybe a quarter mile left, I put the two older guys in my sights and pushed. Hard. I caught them with maybe 75 yards to go, passed them, and tried not to look back.

I failed and looked back twice. But I finished ahead of them. President Abraham Lincoln was there at the Finish and put my medal around my neck. I waited for the two older guys and shook their hands when they finished. Repeated that with the younger kid when he came across the line too.

I walked around a bit, debating if I should head to my car and go eat or come back to take pictures. I opted to stick around and I'm glad I did. Because the entry list was small, I figured I might be close to a podium finish in the 40-49 age group. Small races like this are about my only chance to podium and since there were way fewer runners than I expected, I figured I would see how lucky I would get.

Turns out they split the age groups by five years so I was in the 40-44 bracket. And after a brief glance at the results, I was the only one in my bracket. So automatic first place! I didn't expect anything but stuck around for the awards ceremony anyway.

Luck struck again and I got a small trophy to go with my finisher's medal. Not too bad! And while I enjoyed the race, the course, the weather, everyone involved, and winning my age group, I think the new PR was the best thing I came away with. My previous 4 mile PR was 48:24 from way back in 2009. I missed my first chance this year to run a 4 miler when I had the flu so I was glad to make this race and come away with a new PR. And to be so close to that 40 minute mark makes it even sweeter. I clicked off two sub-10 minute miles, something I'm not sure I've done since high school. And one of those miles, even though it was downhill, was nearly a sub-9 minute mile. Something I haven't done since 2010.

All in all, a great race day for me. I'll enjoy my new PR and my new hardware today but tomorrow I'm looking at the next distance in my PR Hit List: the 10k.


Weather:
Temps this morning felt like 50F to 55F at the Start but according to the cyclist I know, he said it was 47F. Temps warmed during the run to about 60F or 65F. Sky was clear, wind was light, and humidity was low.

Fluids and Fuel:
Before the run, I had coffee, a GenUCAN bar, and an applesauce packet. During the run I had GenUCAN Hydrate. Recovery was water and a banana followed by a steak wrap, cheese danish, and giant coffee.

Aches and Pains:
Left calf felt a little tight after the steep hill (about halfway) but nothing terrible. I also had to constantly adjust....stuff.... because it just wasn't sitting right. Everything else felt fine.

Gear:
Wore shorts, t-shirt, and hat. Decided to not wear gloves and I'm glad I did. Didn't need them.

Today's Motivation:
Um, it was a race. I wanted to get my money's worth. I did and then some! Beautiful course, even better weather, and as always, the volunteers were helpful.

Naughty Neil:
So yesterday I ate two giant cinnamon rolls for breakfast and a slice of cinnamon roll cake for dessert (with ice cream). I'm not sure if that's why I did so well today but I think I'll try it again before my next race. You know, just to test it out. For science. Yep, cinnamon rolls for science.

Splits:
Mile 1 - 9:57 (went out a little too fast)
Mile 2 - 10:57 (this includes that uphill)
Mile 3 - 10:45
Mile 4 - 9:08 (this includes that downhill)
Finish - 40:42

Friday, September 08, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - September 8, 1977

Being sick is becoming a major theme of my childhood. But I'm sure it just gets noticed more because it was written down. This time, it looks like I had "znterovirus" [enterovirus] and a rash. And it looks like Dr. Cho gave my mom some counseling.


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 1, Disc 6

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Disc 6 Questions

Is she there to help or does she have other intentions? [Danielle]

She is there to help herself get Alex back.

Will they find help? [the people on the raft]
Yes.

Where is the black smoke coming from?

The island. It's like a volcano. Sort of.

Will Dr. Arzt's knowledge be helpful?

Yeah. He may not be but his knowledge will be.

Will dynamite open the hatch?
Sort of. It will create some impact and from there they will somehow be able to open the hatch.

Disc 5 Questions

How will Shannon handle Boone's death?
Not very well at first.

Who will help Locke open the hatch now?
Hurley. Jack. Danielle. Dr. Arzt. Kate.

Will the new raft make it off the island?
Yes.

Will Jack find Locke...?
Yes.

... And what will he do if he does? [Jack]
Locke will go through the Jack Treatment. It's hard to describe but Jack will ask him a question and Locke will try to answer and Jack will start yelling and I don't know after that.

What do these numbers mean? [4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42]
They mean something good has happened but in return something bad will happen or in their case several bad things.

Disc 4 Questions

Will the raft get them off the island?
It will get them off the island but they'll end up coming back like Gilligan's Island. The entire raft that was built [the first one] won't get them off the island, but the stuff that was left over will help.

Where did Ethan come from?
From the whisperers. Also known as the Others.

Why is Walt "special?"
It's when he's mad that bad stuff happens.

If he is not the real Sawyer ... who is? [shrimp stand guy in Australia]
It was the shrimp guy, he's just good at acting.

Where was Claire?
Ethan made some sort of concoction, like Locke made for Boone, and made Claire lose her memory. And he let her free hoping to get her back and to see what's going on in the camps. So Claire would be a spy but with no previous memory.

Disc 3 Questions

Why is the airplane so important to Kate?
Because it was her childhood sweetheart's. They dug it up in the time capsule.

Is Rose right about her husband?
Yes.

Are they more than "just friends?" [Sayid and Shannon]
Yes.

And what does her brother think of it? [Boone]
Well he doesn't really have a say anymore [he died].

Why was it so important for Claire to fly on Flight 815?
I think he [the psychic] can see what can happen to people. At least until they change their mind. Like Alice from Twilight.

Where is Claire?
The French woman and Ethan aren't working together but they know each other are on the island. Claire escaped Ethan but was captured by the French woman.

Disc 2 Questions

Who attacked Sayid?
Locke. John Locke.

A friendship or more? [Sun and Michael]
Just friends.

What will he find? [Sayid]
He found the French woman [Danielle].

Will the survivors ever find more food?
Yes.

Who is the real Sawyer?
I think it was the shrimp guy but he was very good at acting.

Will life be better at the caves?
About the same but Charlie and Jack will be there [that's a good thing].

Disc 1 Questions

How did John end up in the wheel chair?
When you have surgery, you're supposed to stay and rest and if you don't something could go wrong. And because he got up and left he damaged something somehow, leaving him paralyzed.

What's wrong with Sun's marriage?
She wasn't really excited about getting married and didn't know how to break the news and isn't telling him everything and he doesn't like that.

Where did Locke learn to hunt?
More his father than the Boy Scouts.

Why was Jack in Australia?
Finding or trying to find his father.

What did Kate do?
She did rob the bank. She didn't take money but she took the plane. She had the key but it still counts as robbery because she forced the guy to open the box. She was also on the run before they dug up the time capsule so she did something else but I don't know what.

Where is the transmission coming from?
The Black Rock.

Will Charlie kick the habit?
Yes, he burned it.

Monday, September 04, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - September 4, 1977

Dr. Cho was out of the office and I was sick. So I saw his substitute, Dr. Tamura. I'm still amazed at how much detail my parents kept track of. Sometimes makes me wonder if I shouldn't be doing more as a parent.


Friday, September 01, 2017

New Altra Escalantes

BAM!

Run is done. It was long, hilly, and my toes got a little angry. But it's done and it felt great.

Got a haircut then parked at the nearby Starbucks to start my run. Went out, through the college campus, went up a hill, then came back via another hill. I should have known that no self-respecting college hottie would be running so early on a Friday of a long weekend. But I was hopeful. At least the scenery (trees, not boobs) was different. And the hills, damn, they were rough but I knew what I was getting myself into and it was good to conquer them.

As for the rest of the run, pretty uneventful. Made a few un-safe road crossings but only when there was no traffic around. Aside from that, pretty tame out there today.




Photos:




Weather:
Temps were about 65F at the start and warmed to about 75F by the end. Sky was overcast but the sun did try to peek out a few times. Not much wind. Humidity was low.

Fluids and Fuel:
Coffee and a banana before the run. Plain water during the run. Recovery was, big surprise, Starbucks coffee and steak wraps.

Aches and Pains:
Toes were angry but that was my own fault for not trimming my toenails. After I got home and showered, I hacked them back with a chainsaw to a respectable length. Aside from that, things felt great.

Gear:
Wore shorts, t-shirt, and visor. First time out in my new Altra Escalantes. They felt great!

Today's Motivation:
I skipped this run yesterday due to timing so I wanted to get it in today. And my timing was just about as perfect as it could be.

Naughty Neil:
Had more applesauce cake with ice cream yesterday but otherwise, I've been doing pretty good.

Splits:
Finish - 1:07:10


*Note - I'm going to try to get back into the habit of posting my training runs on my blog. No promises but I'll at least try.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 1, Disc 5

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Disc 5 Questions

How will Shannon handle Boone's death?
Not very well at first.


Who will help Locke open the hatch now?
Hurley.

Will the new raft make it off the island?
It will get off the island but it will end up needing to come back or will come back on it's own.

Will Jack find Locke...?
Yes.

... And what will he do if he does? [Jack]
Locke will go through the Jack Treatment. It's hard to describe but Jack will ask him a question and Locke will try to answer and Jack will start yelling and I don't know after that.

What do these numbers mean? [4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42]
They mean something good has happened but in return something bad will happen or in their case several bad things.

Disc 4 Questions

Will the raft get them off the island?
It will get them off the island but they'll end up coming back like Gilligan's Island. The entire raft that was built [the first one] won't get them off the island, but the stuff that was left over will help.

Where did Ethan come from?
From the whisperers.

Why is Walt "special?"
Because whatever he is doing or looking at at the time, something related to it, bad happens. For example he's looking at the bird book and a bird crashed into the window and died. He was looking at the polar bear comic and another polar bear came.

If he is not the real Sawyer ... who is? [shrimp stand guy in Australia]
His twin.

Where was Claire?
Ethan made some sort of concoction, like Locke made for Boone, and made Claire lose her memory. And he let her free hoping to get her back and to see what's going on in the camps. So Claire would be a spy but with no previous memory.


Disc 3 Questions

Why is the airplane so important to Kate?
I don't know.

Is Rose right about her husband?
Yes.

Are they more than "just friends?" [Sayid and Shannon]
Yes.

And what does her brother think of it? [Boone]
Well he doesn't really have a say anymore [he died].

Why was it so important for Claire to fly on Flight 815?
I think he [the psychic] can see what can happen to people. At least until they change their mind. Like Alice from Twilight.

Where is Claire?
The French woman and Ethan aren't working together but they know each other are on the island. Claire escaped Ethan but was captured by the French woman.

Disc 2 Questions

Who attacked Sayid?
Ethan or someone helping him. The someone helping him would be the whisperers.

A friendship or more? [Sun and Michael]
Just friends.

What will he find? [Sayid]
He found the French woman [Danielle].

Will the survivors ever find more food?
Yes.

Who is the real Sawyer?
Not sure who but most likely known to one other character. Not the shrimp guy.

Will life be better at the caves?
About the same but Charlie and Jack will be there [that's a good thing].

Disc 1 Questions

How did John end up in the wheel chair?
When you have surgery, you're supposed to stay and rest and if you don't something could go wrong. And because he got up and left he damaged something somehow, leaving him paralyzed.

What's wrong with Sun's marriage?
She wasn't really excited about getting married and didn't know how to break the news and isn't telling him everything and he doesn't like that.

Where did Locke learn to hunt?
More his father than the Boy Scouts.

Why was Jack in Australia?
Finding or trying to find his father.

What did Kate do?
Know more but still don't know where she stands.

Where is the transmission coming from?
From the French woman [Danielle].

Will Charlie kick the habit?
Yes, he burned it.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 1, Disc 4

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Disc 4 Questions

Will the raft get them off the island?
It will get them off the island but they'll end up coming back like Gilligan's Island.

Where did Ethan come from?
From the whisperers.

Why is Walt "special?"
Because whatever he is doing or looking at at the time, something related to it, bad happens. For example he's looking at the bird book and a bird crashed into the window and died. He was looking at the polar bear comic and another polar bear came.

If he is not the real Sawyer ... who is?
His twin.

Where was Claire?
Ethan made some sort of concoction, like Locke made for Boone, and made Claire lose her memory. And he let her free hoping to get her back and to see what's going on in the camps. So Claire would be a spy but with no previous memory.

Disc 3 Questions

Why is the airplane so important to Kate?
I don't know.

Is Rose right about her husband?
Yes.

Are they more than "just friends?" [Sayid and Shannon]
Maybe.

And what does her brother think of it? [Boone]
I don't think he likes it. But he's gotten over it. Sort of.

Why was it so important for Claire to fly on Flight 815?
I think he [the psychic] can see what can happen to people. At least until they change their mind. Like Alice from Twilight.

Where is Claire?
The French woman and Ethan aren't working together but they know each other are on the island. Claire escaped Ethan but was captured by the French woman.


Disc 2 Questions

Who attacked Sayid?
Ethan or someone helping him.

A friendship or more? [Sun and Michael]
Friends but not sure what to think of him but trusts him enough to let him know she speaks English.

What will he find? [Sayid]
He found the French woman [Danielle].

Will the survivors ever find more food?
Yes.

Who is the real Sawyer?
Not sure who but most likely known to one other character.

Will life be better at the caves?
About the same but Charlie and Jack will be there [that's a good thing].

Disc 1 Questions

How did John end up in the wheel chair?
Disease.

What's wrong with Sun's marriage?
She wasn't really excited about getting married and didn't know how to break the news and isn't telling him everything and he doesn't like that.

Where did Locke learn to hunt?
His father or grandfather taught him. And, mostly, the Boy Scouts.

Why was Jack in Australia?
Finding or trying to find his father.

What did Kate do?
Know more but still don't know where she stands.

Where is the transmission coming from?
From the French woman [Danielle].

Will Charlie kick the habit?
Yes, he burned it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 1, Disc 3

Changes to previous answers are highlighted.

Disc 3 Questions

Why is the airplane so important to Kate?
I don't know.

Is Rose right about her husband?
Yes.

Are they more than "just friends?" [Sayid and Shannon]
Maybe.

And what does her brother think of it? [Boone]
I don't think he likes it.

Why was it so important for Claire to fly on Flight 815?
I think he [the psychic] can see what can happen to people. At least until they change their mind.

Where is Claire?
The French woman and Ethan aren't working together but they know each other are on the island. Claire escaped Ethan but was captured by the French woman.


Disc 2 Questions

Who attacked Sayid?
Ethan or someone helping him.

A friendship or more? [Sun and Michael]
Friends but not sure what to think of him but trusts him enough to let him know she speaks English.

What will he find? [Sayid]
He found the French woman [Danielle].

Will the survivors ever find more food?
Yes.

Who is the real Sawyer?
Not sure who but most likely known to one other character.

Will life be better at the caves?
About the same but Charlie and Jack will be there [that's a good thing].

Disc 1 Questions

How did John end up in the wheel chair?
Disease.

What's wrong with Sun's marriage?
She wasn't really excited about getting married and didn't know how to break the news and isn't telling him everything and he doesn't like that.

Where did Locke learn to hunt?
His father or grandfather taught him.

Why was Jack in Australia?
Finding or trying to find his father.

What did Kate do?
Know more but still don't know where she stands.


Where is the transmission coming from?
From the French woman [Danielle].


Will Charlie kick the habit?
Yes, he burned it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 1, Disc 2

Changes to previous answers are highlighted.

Disc 2 Questions

Who attacked Sayid?
Jin.

A friendship or more? [Sun and Michael]
Friends but not sure what to think of him but trusts him enough to let him know she speaks English.

What will he find? [Sayid]
He will find out what the monster thing is like Locke did.

Will the survivors ever find more food?
Yes.

Who is the real Sawyer?
Not sure who but most likely known to one other character.

Will life be better at the caves?
About the same but Charlie and Jack will be there [that's a good thing].

Disc 1 Questions

How did John end up in the wheel chair?
Disease.

What's wrong with Sun's marriage?
She wasn't really excited about getting married and didn't know how to break the news and isn't telling him everything and he doesn't like that.

Where did Locke learn to hunt?
His father or grandfather taught him.

Why was Jack in Australia?
Finding or trying to find his father.

What did Kate do?
Still don't know but is trying not to be that person anymore.

Where is the transmission coming from?
[Liked the old answer of "The monster thing ate it along with the French girl." but didn't think it was realistic.] Probably buried but not on purpose more like because of time. Like on the other side of the island.

Will Charlie kick the habit?
Yes, he burned it.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Coming Out Of The Closet

I won't pretend my announcement carries as much weight as someone that actually comes out of the closet as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or anything else. It was purely meant to grab your attention and to get you to read.

So what is my big announcement?

I think I know what my new identity is. It's house spouse.

I say "think" because I'm still struggling a little bit with the new identity. But after 15 months of being one, it's finally dawning on me that it's okay to be a house spouse.

Let me back up a little bit.

Even though I grew up in a household that was anything but traditional, I was always taught that a man runs the house and earns the money while the woman takes care of the kids and cleans things. And before my mom freaks out, I will clarify that I was never taught this by my parents. It was by society as a whole. Any movie or TV show or book or magazine or some random stranger you'd see in public would always emphasize, either deliberately or subliminally, that the man was the one to earn the money and the woman was meant to take care of him and the house.

Even through college, I saw examples of this in my own family. It was just normal. And that was fine with me. I never questioned it. It's how everyone lived.

But as I got older, more and more people defied that norm. Some did it in their own way, quietly, on their own. Others were more vocal about how they wanted to break with that American caste system. For me, I was happy to support anyone's way of life. For me, I typically earned less than my wife, and while it bothered me that I wasn't the head honcho of money, I never really felt bad about it. Over time I eventually made more than my wife and again, while I felt proud to be successful, I never really felt like I was better than her.

I guess in the end, as a couple, we usually decide on things together as equals.

As I embrace this new identity, I don't feel like I'm less than an equal in my marriage. Sometimes I feel like I'm the one with the better deal in that I can spend more time with my kids, but I don't feel like I'm less of a husband, less of a man, or less of a person just because I make less money than before.

So where does that leave me? Like I said, I've spent the last 15 months as a house spouse. I joked about it in the past but the more I thought about it, the more I realized this really was what my new job was. And since most men identify themselves by their profession, I'm a house spouse.

So there you have it. My big but not so earth-shattering announcement. Most of you already know I had a massive career change last year. This is just me finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and finally recognizing what kind of moth I am now that I've emerged from my cocoon.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Season 1, Disc 1

Go here to see how this series started.

Disc 1 Questions

How did John end up in the wheel chair?
Disease.

What's wrong with Sun's marriage?
Her husband tells her what to do.

Where did Locke learn to hunt?
His father or grandfather taught him.

Why was Jack in Australia?
Some sick patient or for his job.

What did Kate do?
I don't know [then she whispered "she's dangerous"].

Where is the transmission coming from?
The monster thing ate it along with the French girl.

Will Charlie kick the habit?
He better because there's not much left.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - August 1977

I was a gold medal winner! Well, at least it looks like I was a winner of something. I can't quite tell what the medal is for, nor do I remember that far back. But I'm pretty sure the photo was taken at my grandparents house on Mockingbird Lane in Oxnard, CA. The flowers and brickwork in the background look vaguely familiar from their house there.


The photo of me playing on the kitchen floor I'm going to guess is at the house on Foxglove Place in Oxnard, CA. I'm basing that guess completely by the presence of the kitchen table, which as far as I know came from my father's childhood home in Nebraska and has lived with him since. Plus my dad is sitting at the same table at Christmas during 1976 and it was clearly taken at the same house. Plus, the second picture shows me playing on the floor in the same outfit but on that nasty peanut butter puke brown shag carpet. Which we already know was at the Foxglove house.

Speaking of that second photo, there's more in that that I remember growing up as a child. The odd book shelf made from large dowels and planks was around the house when I was a kid but I always remember it being very shaky. Shaky enough I didn't really want to touch it because I was afraid I would knock it over. So seeing it with that many things on it was surprising. Seeing National Geographic is not surprising. They were always around the house when I was growing up too. The cloth book I'm reading and the small toy next to me are vaguely familiar and we may even have them stored somewhere. And yes, that's the same playpen that was in the van from a few months ago in May of 1977.

A couple of side notes. First, I have no idea what's on the hat. At first glance it looks like an Indian but I'm not sure. Second, that kitchen table played a central role in my childhood and is something I never want to lose.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Grocery Shopping

In #housespouse news, men are buying more groceries.

Even though I didn't get groceries today, I'm doing it more and more. So it's nice to see that some retailers are recognizing that. Men's Health recently did a survey, of JUST men, and got some (expectedly) skewed results. But there is some truth to it.

Like "...when they do head to the store, men tend to buy many items at once, and shop alone..." [The Washington Post - July 28, 2017]. Fits me to a tee. When I shop, I prefer to shop alone because I can get in and out of the store faster. And yes, I buy lots of stuff.

And then there's the part about buying for that day or night and not the upcoming week [ibid]. Yep, I do that too. I'm terrible about making a menu for the week. But I'm still wrapping my head around being a house spouse so it's still new for me. Plus I'm still on probation when it comes to cooking.

What I'm curious about, and something that wasn't really mentioned, is what about bargain hunting? I'm all for paying less for something but I've never been a fan of coupons. They always seem like a hassle. I mean, you have to cut it out, organize it, remember to take it to the store, and hope it doesn't it expire. But I'm more than willing to stop, pull out my phone, do some math, and find what store has the lowest price.

Which brings me to my question for you. What's easier, coupons or finding the lowest price? How do you make couponing less of a hassle?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

LOST With Elizabeth - Introduction

I've periodically blogged in the past about TV shows, usually roping in my kids or wacky inspiration to help make things interesting. Sometimes it works (I watch Knight Rider with William when he's sick), sometimes I run out of energy (Magnum Monday), and sometimes plans change (Three's Company Thursday).

Well, the newest idea is introducing my daughter Elizabeth to LOST. I have a hard time classifying it as the best TV show of all time but it's pretty darn entertaining and I knew if I could get her to make it past the first couple of episodes, she'd be hooked. She likes that kind of brain game stuff and always seems bent towards the supernatural. So watching it with her seemed like the best thing to do.

What I didn't plan on was turning it into a regular blog post idea. The questions at the end of each disc are great and just about perfect for a solid 20 minute discussion of the show and where she thinks it will go. I also didn't plan on how hard it would be to keep my mouth shut as she answers the questions.

Anyway, what I'm aiming for is a regular series of questions and answers. The disc will provide the questions and she will provide the answers. I'm also going back to each set of questions every time to re-visit all of them to see if she wants to change her mind on any of her answers.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - July 15, 1977

Two different entries for today. The first is yet another visit to see Dr. Cho. Thankfully this time it was just a well baby check and not another ear infection.


The second is more interesting in that it shows a side of my father I never really saw. He had his hunting license issued. The California Hunting License cost him $10 and expired June 30, 1978. Only the Deer Tag line has a number printed. The Bear Tag line is blank and there are no pheasant or duck stamps on the reverse side. While some sellers and researchers have left the personal information on their online photos, I've redacted my dad's just to play it safe.



Saturday, July 01, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - July 1977

Forty years ago, I sat for another photo session. This time I was sporting a fancy shirt that zippered up the front and had embroidery on the chest (there was a barn, car, house, and two trees). In addition to the typical head shot, my parents put me down with some props. A bucket and sunglasses, along with a tropical backdrop and what looks like brown carpet, made for a great beach scene. The shot also shows my matching shorts and cute little boots. Less impressive is the third shot where I'm sitting on a stool in front of a dark wood panel. But it looks like I made up for it with a smile and a tug on my ear.








As icing on the cake, I have two additional photos from July 1977. The first shows me in the bathtub playing with my rubber duck. Not sure that I remember it clearly but I want to say the duck still lived under our bathroom sink when I grew too old for baths. The second shot is just a candid one of me holding something in my hand.



Friday, June 23, 2017

The Prince That Lived In King George, Virginia

For local historians, the Tayloe family has an important role in the early history of King George County. But did you know they had ties to one of the most famous impostors of the 20th century?

An early settler to the Northern Neck, the Tayloe family had ties to other major families like the Lees and Taliaferros and they held land in several counties. One of those pieces of land was Powhatan Farm in King George. As the land was divided over several generations, Powhatan Farm came to be held by Bladen Tasker Tayloe. Falling on hard times in April 1935, Bladen sold Powhatan Farm at public auction to John W. Walters from New York. Mr. Walters would eventually sell the farm in 1955 to the current owners, the Guest family.

While the Guest family may have real royal connections, there was a Russian Prince living at the farm before they purchased it. Prince Michael Alexandrovitch Dmitry Obelensky Romanoff. Don't worry if you've never heard of him. I only knew him from Miracle on 34th Street (1947) when the Doctor is trying to argue his case that Kris Kringle isn't a danger to society and he says:

"Why there are thousands of people walking around with similar delusions, living perfectly normal lives in every other respect. A famous example is that fellow — I can't think of his name — but for years he’s insisted he’s a Russian prince. He owns a famous restaurant in Hollywood and is a highly respected citizen."

That's right, Prince Michael Alexandrovitch Dmitry Obelensky Romanoff, or Prince Mike if you prefer, was an imposter.


Prince Mike went by countless aliases, false names, and false titles. He claimed to be everything from a Count to a Captain and a Vanderbilt to a Rockefeller. In the end, or really the beginning, he was Harry Gerguson. In 1935, with Mr. Walters as the new owner of Powhatan Farm, Prince Mike came to take charge of the farm. Using the alias John William Adams, and posing as a professor from Yale, Prince Mike took over managing the farm. Reportedly in ruins, he kicked out the sheep living in the house and made repairs, built roads, and cleared fields.

Prince Mike was apparently isolating himself so that he, acting as the Yale Professor, could write "The Philosophy of History." Despite his isolation, he did make friends; a horse named Betty and a cat named, of all things, Gerguson. He was friendly with the Tayloe family as well, even gifting them a small puppy that would end up bearing his name.

From Return to Powhatan by Roberta Love Tayloe

His self-imposed isolation only lasted a year. He made a trip to Richmond to see a show and was identified by a society reporter as Prince Mike. He would leave King George in an old, junky car and would turn up in Hollywood a few years later sporting a wad of cash, a fancy car, and a new restaurant.

Prince Mike would become Hollywood royalty after opening his restaurant. Here are a few names from the very long list of Hollywood types he associated with; Charlie Chaplin, James Cagney, Jack Benny, Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable, and David Niven. Prince Mike reportedly only came back to the Fredericksburg area once shortly after his re-birth in Hollywood as a restaurateur. He would eventually die in September of 1971, nearly a decade after closing his famous restaurant.

One parting ironic twist. Prince Mike's early childhood was nearly a mirror to that seen in Boys Town (1938) staring Mickey Rooney. As an orphan and runaway and petty criminal, Prince Mike needed a father figure in his life to set him on the right track. While he wouldn't find it until he left King George, both Prince Mike and Mickey Rooney would follow the same path, this time in real life, as they served as pallbearers for Errol Flynn in 1959.

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