01 December 2005

We're In!, LOST, TV Characters, Vic Power...

So, after a LONG, hard day Tuesday and a final crossing of some "t's" last night, Erin and I finally walked out of 512 E 80th St for the last time and headed on over to our new place.

It was sad to say goodbye- it was our first apartment on our own for the both of us, and it's where I sat for Games 4, 5 and 6 of the ALCS in 2004 (and, well, games 1, 2 and 3). It's where Erin was when the Red Sox won the World Series, it's where we first started with Wanda, where I first started this blog, and where I spent two New Years. It was a really, really small place with, for a decent amount of time, too many mice, a completely piece of shit landlord, a retarded garbage storage area, and a bathroom that closely resembled a maze.

But it really felt a lot like home for that amount of time. I beat Grand Theft Auto: Vice City there. I beat Manhunt there and discovered The Wire and LOST there. I got my tattoo when living there, heard the first Interpol album for the first time there, the first Arcade Fire album. I ate more chicken rolls, drank more bottles of Vitamin Water and took more late night trips down to Duane Reade for junk food in that space than I can even try to comprehend.

But now we're off in upper, upper Manhattan. The move could have been worse- the movers showed up 2 1/2 hours late and charged us $30 more than they'd initially agreed to, but they didn't break anything, they were quick, and it was all done in one trip (thank God). The weather on November 29th- 55 degrees and slightly overcast- was much, much more than we could hope for. Thank God too for my Dad- MVP of the move, no doubt- who shuttled back and forth bringing various odds and ends uptown, including the computer, my guitar, the girlfriend and the dog. Then, after all that, took us out to dinner at the nearby Rancho Jubilee which, truth be told, has to be seen to be believed. Remember that scene in Goodfellas where they set fire to that bar down in Miami? The Caribbean themed one? Well this place is similar- it's all wood, with the ceiling looking like it's made up of palm fronds or something. The chairs are made of the loudest woodstripping (whatever you'd call it) imagineable- you can't blink without it creaking. Just a wild, fun looking place that serves Dominican food, has a bar, an aquairium and about 5 HD flatscreen TVs.

The kicker- and the only shitty part about the experience, really- was that upon our arrival, the power in our apartment was no-go. Con Edison apparently needed to send a technician out, but could only do it- at the earliest- on Wednesday. So after my Dad left at about 8, we were stuck in the pitch black of our apartment with no electricity and nothing to do. I went to bed at about 915- it was like 3rd grade all over again. I was still fuckin' tired the next morning.

Also, interesting note:

Time of travel from 80th & York to 46th & 6th, all told (M79 bus to LEX, 6 train to GC, walk to 6th Ave): ~45 minutes
Time of travel from 193rd and Broadway to 46th & 6th all told (A to 42nd St, walk to 6th Ave): ~50 minutes

Not bad.

So now we're sorting through boxes, trying to clean, and learning the space of the apartment a bit. For what it's worth, last night I walked to the front door, locked it, then walked towards my bed to go to sleep, and completely freaked out at how many steps it took. Unreal how much bigger this apartment is than the last one- and cheaper!

Also- NB: the pics here are certainly messy and don't reflect really the look of the apartment at all yet, but I took 'em with my phone before I left this AM.

Well, I was thankfully able to get the TV up and plugged into the wall in time to get network TV going last night (cable guy comin' on Saturday), in order to see the new episode of LOST, which was being billed as a big Kate revelation and the for SIX WEEKS. Next new show not to debut until January 11th. That's 2006!

So anyway, while we DID get to find out about what it was Kate "did," there was a FAR more important and unbelievable revelation. The missing splice from the Dharma Initiative reel was hidden in the Bible found in the hatch inhabited by the Tail section survivors- shown first in "The Other 48 Days" episode. The scene where Eko showed this to Locke was tremendous- and I had actually resigned myself to the reality that they wouldn't show the splice in last night's episode. But sure enough they did, with the emphasis being on the gravity of using the computer for anything other than the number entry. This, according to Dr. Candle in the film, could compromise the intergrity of the project or, worse, lead to another "incident."

Cut to Michael, who's "checking out" the equipment, when we see on the old school green-tinted monitor... "Hello?" When Michael introduces himself over the computer by name, and we know what he's doing is unwittingly detrimental, it blindsides you when you read the response-


That honestly has to have been one of the more hair-raising scenes from a TV show I can ever remember. It was a perfectly satisfying cliffhanger because, while introducing a new question/ setting up a new event, we get an answer/ resolution on something else.

And this doesn't even mention the Black Horse, Shannon's funeral, Sayid on the TV in the military recruitment center, Jack and Kate's kiss, Jack and Kate's cocktail hour at the end of the episode, or the blast doors Michael finds in the hatch that Desmond never mentions.

But really, six weeks is fucking sadistic. I hate TV executives.

While watching both LOST and then a special on the new Seinfeld DVDs on George Costanza, I got to wondering who my favorite TV characters of all time were. So, I made a list. Here they are, in order:

  1. Hank Kingsley, The Larry Sanders Show

  2. George Costanza, Seinfeld
  3. Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

  4. John Locke, LOST

  5. David Brent, The Office

  6. Stringer Bell, The Wire

  7. Special Agent DB Cooper, Twin Peaks

  8. Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

  9. Elaine Benes, Seinfeld

  10. Roseanne Conner, Roseanne

  11. Milhouse van Houten, The Simpsons

  12. Bill Haverchuck, Freaks and Geeks

  13. Steve Sanders, Beverly Hills 90210

  14. Cliff Clavin, Cheers
  15. Special Agent Fox Mulder, X-Files

  16. Kevin Arnold, The Wonder Years

  17. Joey Tribiani, Friends

  18. Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

  19. Jackie Harris, Roseanne

  20. Cosmo Kramer, Seinfeld

  21. Corey Matthews, Boy Meets World

  22. Christopher Moltisanti, The Sopranos

  23. Archie Bunker, All in the Family

  24. Beavis, Beavis and Butthead

  25. Butthead, Beavis and Butthead

  26. Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor

A couple of notes- I don't know what it is about Hank Kingsley, but I think he'll always be my favorite. Something about him. Clearly, the consensus of listmakers hasn't even considered him. Oh well.

Now, of course, there is a certain "art" to making a list, so as such, it wouldn't be as fun if I listed off the entire casts of The Simpsons and Seinfeld in a row before getting to everyone else. Do I like the character of Steve Sanders more than Kramer? Probably not, but these lists are a fun way to sort of display a range of taste, so I went with that over scrupulous accuracy which I'm sure no one's demanding of me where it regards my favorites anyway. This more fun.

Obviously some of these are tongue in cheek- Corey Matthews, for one- but O'Reilly isn't. I get a goddamn kick out of that guy.

I could easily have added the following: Sawyer from LOST, Jerry from Seinfeld, McNulty from The Wire, Neil Schweiber from Freaks and Geeks, Gareth from The Office, even Jeff Greene from Curb. I did, however, stay away from characters on sketch comedy shows, cos I didn't think that should count. If they did, Buddy Cole and the Flying Pig from Kids in the Hall, Bob LaMonta's parents from Mr. Show and Matt Foley from SNL would surely pop up.

Now, lets see some Top Fives and some one's I clearly forgot. Come on, audience participation!

Arguably the greatest defensive 1B of all time, former Twins and Indians great Vic Power died this week of cancer. He was 78.

12 SEASONS________BA______OBP______SLG______HR______RBI______H_______AB

Vic wasn't much of a hitter, but he won 7 GGs from the 1B position (only George Scott with 8, Don Mattingly with 9, and Keith Hernandez with 11 had more) was an All Star 4 times, and finished top ten in the MVP in 1955.

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