a shitload of food
Let’s face it, I don’t eat at Souplantation every once in a while for the taste. It’s more the chance for me to shovel down as much food as I can humanly hold for $7, if I have a two-for-one coupon to use at lunch. But every once in a while, they turn out something that actually tastes good. In fact, it’s fucking awesome (note the profanity that stresses how I’m enthusiastic). Feb. 2 was one of those days. Behold, the strawberry-and-buttermilk muffins:
I ended up inhaling four of those things. I bet sex with Amy Adams would feel just as good as eating one of those muffins. In fact, I dream about it as I’m typing this entry (the muffins, not Amy Adams. OK, maybe both). I actually only ate two of the muffins during lunch. I stole the two pictured above, along with that brownie, in my pockets for future meals. And don’t say you’ve never stole from an all-you-can-eat buffet. My friend who I went to lunch with today actually lines her purse with tupperware before she goes to Souplantation so the grease doesn’t ruin the leather. Now that’s smart. My mom is the worst though. She’ll take entire pizzas if she could. When I went to the Bellagio buffet with her when I was a teenager, she actually contemplated smuggling crab legs out. Those king crab legs were too big though, so we just took cheesecakes. For $45, we were owed that, at least. I’ll tell my mom to line her purse with tupperware next time she goes to a buffet.
2 strawberry-and-buttermilk muffins
Dammit, they’re good!
1 rib-eye steak
side of sauteed spinach
side of rice
1 glass of water
This was a really cheap cut of meat that my mom dumped on me again, so I really didn’t care about making it any good. In fact, I actually overcooked it severely. But it still was tender and tasted better than I thought. I don’t know if that speaks well about the quality of the steak or not.
1 glass of malbec
1 slice of pepperoni pizza
1 piece of brownie
My TV broke a few hours before the season premiere of Lost, so my neighbor Claire, who’s a huge Lost fan, invited me to watch it at her place. It ended up being a viewing party with five women, all actresses, and me. Even though I ate already, they insisted that I eat. How could I say no? There were five women in the room. And me! All because my TV broke! Holy crap! This proves that Al Qaeda was wrong and you don’t have to go do jihad or whatever to have a multitude of women. Besides, I didn’t eat breakfast, so that pizza was technically my third meal.
Anyway, if you are one of those people who don’t watch Lost, stop reading now. The following will make no sense, so you should watch this video instead. As for those who do watch the show:
– First flash forwards, then time travel, now alternate realities? I’m going to stick with this plotline, and obviously we’re not supposed to figure it out yet. But I don’t know how many more temporal shifts I can take. Time travel can be a narrative cheat more often than not. Every movie and TV show can’t be “Back to the Future.” I was OK with last season’s white flashes and being trapped in 1974, but I have to admit, my patience is being tested with this one.
– And with that, seeing what would happen if Oceanic Flight 815 arrived safely was fascinating and unexpectedly poignant at the end. For half these characters, their lives would’ve been worse, or without meaning, without that island. Even though the characters think the plane crash was a terrible moment in their lives, it was a better-or-worse twist of fate. And this is why I love this show sometimes, how it slyly slips in existential dilemmas wrapped around an entertaining puzzle and moments of sentiments.
– Juliet had the two biggest WTF lines when she told Sawyer, “Let’s grab a cup of coffee sometimes. We’ll go Dutch,” and when she says through Miles, “It worked.” So that alternate reality is more than a possible scenario and an actual happenstance. I really hope they resolve that nimbly. Having two realities would feel like a cheat. I even felt that way with the “Star Trek” reboot movie, and how it allows the writers to wipe the slate too cleanly andeasily.
– We finally find out what the smoke monster is and it was a cool reveal. Thinking back through previous episodes, it does make sense, most of the time, that it’s the man in black. We still have to figure out why this omnipotent force couldn’t kill Jacob himself, why ash is his one weakness,, and where “home” is. And with that, we finally have the series’ main villain, and the true villain all along, the man in black.
– We finally get to see the Others’ temple, and it’s run by the Japanese guy from “Twilight Samurai” and John Hawkes from Deadwood and Eastbound and Down.
– The Others can raise the dead too! Sayid inexplicably pops up after dying and asks, “what’s going on?” This show had too many instances of dead people re-appearing for this to be too effective, although most of the dead people in previous seasons was now revealed to be the man in black. But Sayid’s resurrection is a genuine head-scratcher. And there’s Lost’s m.o., answering a few questions while raising more.