April 11, 2006

For Discussion

Normally, I come into the office with at least the germ of an idea. I mean, I have to because damn it's early and I don't think too well in the morning. This morning? Nothing. And I've got a meeting at 8:00. What fool schedules a meeting at 8:00? Me. Honestly, I know I suck but it was the only time I had in my already full day. My schedule's tight, yo.

In light of all this, and in my absence for the better part of the morning, I have provided some discussion points. I encourage you to talk amongst yourselves.

Topic #1: We finally got around to watching last week's episode of Lost. So as not to reveal any plot points for the uninitiated, I shall speak in code. The episode focused on Wendy's Founder Dave Thomas. Do you really think that the entire roller-derby rink is all in his rutabaga?

Topic #2: Is it wrong that I'm vastly entertained by home shopping?

Topic #3: Our newly-arrived, beloved Nationals play their season home opener today. Dick Cheney's set to throw out the first pitch. What are the odds he winds up and accidentally takes out the first baseman?

Posted by Chris at April 11, 2006 7:13 AM

I'll take Topic #2, for free, please.

I don't think it's wrong that you're vastly entertained by home shopping. Similarly, I love infomercials. So if it is wrong, at least you're in good company, 'cause I'm right there with you.

Posted by: Emily at April 11, 2006 7:01 AM

Topic #3: I totally want to go to a game this year. We thought about going to the Braves game after Easter... hey! we should all go together... only, I'm not too sure how an infant and an 8 month old will handle a long game like that....
But as far as Cheney taking out the first baseman? I'd give anything to see the guy hit his first pitch straight into his face (I'm very aware that no one hits the ball... but in my dreamworld, they do, and they smash the ball straight at the pitcher...)

Posted by: Corinne at April 11, 2006 7:05 AM

topic #1 = with that show, i'd believe anything is possible...

Posted by: suze at April 11, 2006 7:09 AM

Didn't they used to be the "Redskins"?

Posted by: doobyus at April 11, 2006 7:17 AM

Oh man, Dude. You lost me on all three counts. It's okay, I'll just sit here and quietly listen to the others... *yawn* ;-)

Posted by: JuJu's Mom Linda at April 11, 2006 7:23 AM

#1 for $200 Alex - I think if that were the case, you'd hear millions of people scream "St. Elsewhere rip-off!"

Posted by: Mr. Big Dubya at April 11, 2006 7:25 AM

Thanks for the secret code, not only haven't we watched LOST from last week yet, we haven't even watched "Big Love" from LAST Sunday. My TiVo is starting to delete things. Nooooooooooooo!

Posted by: Sarah at April 11, 2006 7:28 AM

I'll take # 1. I think....Mmmmm. Wendy's. Bacon double Cheeseburger...Frosty..What was the topic?

Posted by: Bill at April 11, 2006 7:44 AM

Topic 1- Nope, producers have pretty much said that is not the case. It would be really lame if that were the case and I would be extremeley pissed...but GREAT show. That and Prison Break rock my world.

Posted by: Lisa at April 11, 2006 7:54 AM

Topic #1: That would be waaayyy too easy to have everything that's going on just be in Hurley's head. Oh no, no, no....The show is way too kooky for such an easy plot!

Topic #2: Home shopping is great! QVC makes me doze off on Saturdays...It's kinda nice :)

Topic #3: If Cheney does take out the first baseman, are you going to post a full blog, with all the details on the action?!

Posted by: Michelle at April 11, 2006 7:54 AM

Topic #1 - I'm hoping that it's not all a "Dallas" kind of thing, because I'll be very upset.

Posted by: amber at April 11, 2006 7:55 AM

Dude, I love your code. You're so clever.

Posted by: Jenn at April 11, 2006 8:37 AM

...better yet, if Dick Cheney is nude will throwing out the first pitch, your audience members (who were recently attempting to find those key words) will be very pleased!

Posted by: kristen at April 11, 2006 8:47 AM

I'm so lost about Lost that I've about lost it!

Posted by: Theresa at April 11, 2006 8:51 AM

Aw. I was getting set to go all Dan Brown on that riddle, when you popped those answers in (albeit upside-down) and ruined it.

I'd say something vis a vis #3 (that rhymes if you think about it), but the jokes are just too easy.

Posted by: Gavin at April 11, 2006 8:51 AM

#1 - Nah, the writers are smarter than that, and that would be too easy. I was more intrigued by what "Henry" said to Locke at the end though.
#2 - Wouldn't know, I can't watch it myself.
#3 - My Cardinals opened their beautiful new park yesterday and I didn't get to go. It was a great day in Cardinal Nation. I have yet to watch a Nats game though - do they play each other this year? I'll have to check.

Posted by: Beth in StL at April 11, 2006 9:17 AM

Even if the entire infield wears day-glo orange vests and hats, I'd say they were in trouble.

Posted by: wordgirl at April 11, 2006 9:22 AM

Oh THANK GOD you had a key. I was sitting there wondering why I didnt get the code speak for Lost. Feeling like a loser, because it is my favorite show and how could not know about the roller-derby rink????

In my defense, I am not a morning person.

Posted by: alfredsmom at April 11, 2006 9:23 AM

Oh whoops. you haven't seen last week's episode? And I went and tried to discuss with you last week. I hope I didn't spoil it for ya.

All I'm saying is, if this whole thing end up like St. Elsewhere, I'm going to be very pissed.

Posted by: Oakley at April 11, 2006 9:26 AM

1) I'm pretty sure that I am the sole member of the "I've never watched Lost and and I'm not about to start", club. However, I'm totally up for discussing the various intricacies of My name is Earl.

2) My absolute favorite are those Time/Life music collections. I can (and will) watch them over and over.

3) I'm a Cubbies fan (yes, one of THOSE), so I am too busy girding myself for disappointment to think of anything else, baseball wise. Except. Johnny Damon going to the Yankees just pisses me off. What a traitor. I've decided that he's not even all that hot anymore.

Posted by: Contrary at April 11, 2006 9:31 AM

Topic #3: Cactus, I'm going to tomorrow's game and I'm only excited because Boyfriend's a huge Mets fan and so we'll get to boo each other's teams. (So many of last year's players are gone. WTF!) If I was there at today's game, I would be booing Cheney. That guy sucks.

Posted by: Liberal Banana at April 11, 2006 9:32 AM

Ha! The Dick Cheney jokes just never get old!

Posted by: Jessie at April 11, 2006 9:38 AM

1. Mmm... Bacon Mushroom Melt Combo with baked instead of fries and a small frosty instead of cola, and a water. Hurley? Island? Who's lost? Me. I'm lost.

2. Home shopping? Dude. Get help now. Unless you absolutely have to get that stretchy workout wear NOW - right NOW before time ...10 9 8 7 6....

3. Cheney? Baseball? Lets just hope is throw is better than his fly-casting, and more accurate than his shotgunnin.

Posted by: Greg at April 11, 2006 10:00 AM

I'll hold a good thought for your Nationals as I'm watching my Giants. Actually getting to a game - "Until There's a Cure Day" (AIDS) in July. My PFLAG group has chartered a bus. Big party.

I miss San Francisco.

Posted by: ann adams at April 11, 2006 10:26 AM

I've grown a bit weary of Lost but I did happen to catch last week's episode. I don't think that will turn out to be the thing because that would be so seriously lame.

You know what else is lame? You mentioning Wendy's. Now I want a burger and fries and a frosty for lunch. Bother.

Posted by: pea at April 11, 2006 10:35 AM

I dont think the whole derby's in his rutabega b/c that would be too easy, but while i was watching, i was seriously contemplating it. The show is like crack for me, i cannot get enough of it. I want to just record the rest of the season and watch them all at once, but i just can't not watch when it comes on. ;)

Posted by: kristied at April 11, 2006 11:25 AM

QVC is like a retail golf match...depending on the commentary, you can just doze off for a while and pick it right back up an hour later.

Posted by: Pammer at April 11, 2006 12:03 PM

My mom used to try to pass off mashed rutabaga as mashed potatoes. You can tell the difference.

Posted by: wendy at April 11, 2006 12:31 PM

Topic #1: I don't watch the show. so...
Topic #2: you mean, like, on tv... the HSN? or just shopping from home as in the internet? or do you mean shopping FOR the home?
Topic #3: fair to middlin.

Posted by: jodi at April 11, 2006 12:50 PM

I don't really think all of the roller-derby rink is inside Dave Thomas' rutabaga. I do think a life-like ken doll* is in there. Mmmm now I want a double-stack with cheese from Wendy's**

*life-like Ken doll= bald man in a robe
** double-stack with cheese= cheeseburger with patties

Posted by: ::c:: at April 11, 2006 12:52 PM

Topic #1: I hope not 'cause then the whole plot-line is just a stupid trick

Topic #2: If you're okay with it, I'm okay with it. Home-shopping is all about you, the consumer :-D

Topic #3: My sources (meaning magic 8 ball) say "likely."

Posted by: Ginny at April 11, 2006 1:28 PM

#1 - I agree with Ginny---that would royally piss me off.

#2 - PASS.

#3 - I hope they pat Dear Old Dick down (say that 3x fast) before letting him into the ballpark...

Posted by: at April 11, 2006 1:35 PM

I am so impressed with you that you could write an entire post while claiming to have nothing. That being said, I've never seen Lost. I may be the only person in the world who hasn't. But I like that your key was upside down.

Posted by: Melissa at April 11, 2006 1:37 PM

Too many questions on "Lost". I need answers, damn it. Answers!

Posted by: Isabel at April 11, 2006 3:12 PM

I get a kick out of TIme Life INFOMERCIALS at 2:00 in the morning..Isn't that sad?!

Posted by: mrsmogul at April 11, 2006 3:33 PM

I love late night infomercials, but I've never really watched the shopping network. Nor have I watched Lost (except for the once, and meh) and Dick Cheney. Ha! What a tool.
Nothing intelligent to say. That's new. ;)

Posted by: Heather at April 11, 2006 4:10 PM

Nice key. LOL

Posted by: Queen of Ass at April 11, 2006 5:31 PM

the only thing I've seen on a home shopping channel that entertained me is right here:



Posted by: Dawn (webmiztris) at April 11, 2006 6:00 PM

What about home shopping is amusing to you? The sales people? the products themselves? Do share.

Posted by: Snidget at April 11, 2006 7:34 PM

Dude, QVC has some cool shit. I had no idea until just recently.

Posted by: statia at April 11, 2006 9:56 PM