travel

My Travel Dreams

So I am the type of person who when I get a little bit of extra money I go on a trip. For me life is about doing the things you want to do and not sweat the small stuff. It is also too short just to sit around and do nothing. And let’s face it, sometimes you need a break! So far in my life I have been to thirteen states ( Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, California, Minnesota, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and South Dakota), Victoria, BC, and Mazatlan, Mexico.  

I like to go somewhere new every year. I broke that rule last year and went to Anaheim again and Las Vegas again. This year though I have  finally abided by my rule and made plans to visit two places I have never been to: Orlando and San Diego. I am very excited for these two vacations. I am spending seven days in Orlando and plan on visiting Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and probably will spend a day at the beach. I have never been to the east coast and look forward to seeing how different it is from the west coast. I wish we had a couple of more days though. I definitely would love to see the Kennedy Space Center and go to Miami. San Diego will be five days devoted to Comic Con and maybe a trip to the zoo or Sea World. Comic Con has been on my bucket list and I was glad to find some people who share the same desire to go.

Even though I am excited for these trips, I would like to go bigger. I am hoping that 2011 will be the year I will get to visit one of my top five places to visit. They are:

 #1. New Zealand: Yes I am a huge nerd and would love to walk the road to Mordor. Besides the Lord of the Rings obsession, this country is gorgeous. I heard from a New Zealander that January or February is the time to go because it is their summer and everyone is at the beach partying.

#2. Egypt: The Ancient Near East was one of my favorite classes in college and I would love to explore Cairo and the Valley of the Kings.

#3. Washington DC: I am a huge history buff and would love to explore this city. I have seen a travelling exhibit of the Smithsonian and just that little taste was not enough. Would definitely want to spend at least a week here.

#4. Western Europe: My favorite subject in history is World War II and I would love to do a backpack trip through Europe. I really want to see Normandy, Paris, Berlin, the concentration camps, London, Anne Frank’s house, etc. My whole trip would be devoted to historic sites and visiting castles.

#5: New York: Another thing on my bucket list, spend New Years Eve in New York at least once.

This year, my goal is to save up enough money to go to one of these places next year. I have not decided on a place yet, so, where should I go?

LOST

Lost: “Lighthouse”

Lost blogs are back! I am starting four episodes behind, but it is better late then never! Too many questions, not enough answers. This is what I have gotten in the five episodes of the final season of LOST that have aired so far. Yes, there are eighteen left and still time to answer questions, but will they accomplish their goal of a satisfying ending for their fans? My gut tells me yes and if they don’t then I have wasted five years of my life being devoted to this show. 

So far,  season six has been a glimpse into a “sideways” world where the castaways never crashed on the island and they all made it safely to Los Angeles. John Locke is getting married to Helen, Boone could not convince Shannon to leave Australia, Ben is a teacher, Jack is a father, Rose works at an office and is dying of cancer, Hurley is a lucky and rich man, Ethan is a doctor at a LA hospital, Kate is still a fugitive and Claire is about to give birth. We still have not learned the lives of Sayid, Sawyer, Jin or Sun. Back in the island world, the bomb that Juliet set off brought them back to 2007 to where everybody is in the same timeline with Jin and Sun now being only miles apart. Kate, Jack, Hurley, Sawyer, Sayid and Jin have been stuck at the temple of The Others. Sun, Ben and Lapidus have been on the beach trying to figure out who John Locke, aka the Man in Black, really is. So we have this sideways world and then the island world. We were also introduced to some new Others that inhabit the Temple. Dogen seems like the leader of the Temple and he has his sidekick Lennon who translates for him. So in the four episodes that have happened Sayid died and was brought back to life. The Man in Black killed a bunch of people. Hurley is taking orders from Jacob. Juliet died in Sawyer’s arms. Sawyer decided to join the Man in Black and Jin came upon a Rousseau looking Claire that has been living in the jungle for three years. Have I missed anything else important?

So let’s talk “Lighthouse.” Even though this episode did not answer many questions, it was still interesting. “Lighthouse” was a Jack-centric episode showing us the sideways Jack and island Jack. In sideways world, Jack has a son with an unknown to us woman. He seems like is not really a devoted father, but is trying to make amends with his son, since his own father has died. He still seems like the same guilt ridden Jack but with a son. On the island, Jack has made a friend in Dogen and they start to appreciate each other’s honesty. Jack is then approached by Hurley who has been given a task to take Jack to the lighthouse because someone is coming to the island and they need help finding it. Jack tells him he doesn’t want to go, but Hurley is instructed by Jacob to tell Jack that “he has what it takes”. Jack follows him thinking he is going to meet Jacob.  They find the lighthouse and climb to the top to find a dial and a bunch of mirrors. As Jack goes to turn the dial to 108, he passes numbers and he sees in the mirrors a Korean house and a church. He notices everyone’s names on the dial and proceeds to turn it to number 23, which has Shephard written next to it. When he stops at 23, he sees in the mirrors the house that he grew up in. Hurley can not answer any of his questions so he freaks out and destroys the mirrors. Hurley then sees Jacob again and Hurley apologizes for his plan being ruined. Jacob tells him that everything will work out and they can not go back to the temple because someone bad is coming.

To me the most important parts of the episode were Jacob, Hurley and Jack. Jacob obviously has a plan for Jack and Hurley plays an important part too, but of course we have no idea what that is! Elsewhere on the island, Kate goes to look for Claire who is with Jin. Claire is told by Jin that Aaron was with Kate, but then takes it back and says he is with the Others. Then John comes and Claire tells Jin he is not John, he is her friend. So we have a sideways Jack with a son, Claire is friends with the Man in Black, someone is coming to the island and someone bad is on the way to the temple.

Tidbits of the night: In sideways world, Christian has Claire in his will, but his wife and Jack do not know who she is. Christian’s body is still missing from the plane. Jack can not remember having his appendix removed as a child. In island world, Jack and Hurley come back to the caves and see the skeletons again (I still think it is Rose and Bernard). They also find Shannon’s inhaler. The church that Jack sees in the mirrors is the same one that Sawyer’s parents funeral was held and the place where Sun and Jin were married was shown in the mirrors. When Dogen finds Hurley wandering around the Temple and tells him to go back to the courtyard, Hurley tells him he is a candidate and he can do what ever he wants. Dogen then tells Hurley in Japanese “You’re lucky that I have to protect you. Otherwise I’d have cut your head off.” Which of course Hurley has no idea what Dogen was saying.

Fun fact from Lostpedia: The lighthouse protractor reveals the following potential candidates that weren’t previously known from the cliff side cave:

  • Rousseau crossed out at number 20.
  • Stanhope crossed out at 48.
  • Austen at number 51. Austen is not crossed out and was not shown in the scene in the cave in “The Substitute.”
  • Burke crossed out at number 58.
  • Faraday crossed out at number 101.
  • Lewis crossed out at number 104, which is different from The Substitute where she has number 140.
  • Rutherford crossed out at number 32, which is different from The Substitute where she has number 31.
  • Wallace crossed out at number 108.
  • Friendly crossed out at number 109.
  • Linus crossed out at number 117.
  • Dawson crossed out at number 124.
  • Littleton crossed out at number 313.

So the new questions now are: where did the Lighthouse come from? Why is Jack so important to Jacob? Who is the mother of Jack’s son? What does the Man in Black have to do with Claire? Why did Jin lie to Claire? Why would Claire want to kill Kate? Why is Dogen protecting Hurley? Of course there are many more questions, but we will start with these. Now we are left to ponder for another week! And as always if you want more theories do not forget about Doc Jensen: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20313460_20346540,00.html

See you next Wednesday!

life

New Path

Last week I registered for Spring term and it made me feel good. About a month ago I decided I was going to go back and get a second bachelors degree in Communication Studies. My future was a decision that I was struggling with for a while and it kind of just hit me that this is what I wanted to do. During high school I really liked being on the newspaper and writing was something that I enjoyed doing. I just never perfected it. I am going to give myself a year to get the degree and then see where it can go from there career wise. My job as of now will stay the same and I will keep trying to lower my debt. All the change that has happened in the past couple of months just sparked something in me. And I wanted to fill the void that I have in my life. I decided that it was better to fill that void by accomplishing my goals instead of finding a new relationship. The career path was something that I was more ready for. I just hope I am making the right choice and it is going to pay off in the end.