Friday, February 22

Everything Is Going To Be Okay.

Hey, 2008 Ryan! Can you hear me?

It's me; 1987 Ryan! How's it going, man?

Look, I heard that you've been taking things kind of hard lately, so I thought I'd pay you a visit and see if I can't set you straight.

I know this Winter has sucked. I know that your job isn't the most desired way to spend your day. I know that you have those moments where you just wish you could be so much more than you really are. Work a little harder. Be a little more creative. Be a better husband. Take better care of yourself.

Some days are going to be harder than others. You may find that you're not living up to the projections you've assigned yourself. You may find yourself negatively affecting the lives of those you love the most due to sheer frustration. You may find yourself confused as to why you can't just get it together, and in tune, those around you may start to feel the same way.

I get all of that stuff, I really, really do.

I just wanted to let you know that everything is going to be okay.

Really. It's going to be fine. You're going to make it. I know you will. It'll get better, and you'll be okay.

Listen, I wouldn't have traveled 21 years into the future for no good reason. You just need to calm down, focus on the positives and do what you need to do. I expect nothing less from you; in fact, I think you owe it to me. You promised me that you would never lose sight of the things that made you happy; the things that you felt you needed to do to make a lasting and positive mark on the world. You're so much better than the things that attempt to destroy you, and you know it.

So buck up, and don't let me down.

Everything is going to be okay.


Thanks, 1987 Ryan.

I understand.

Man, freakin' great post, and something that I, myself needed to hear.

Thanks for an uplifting start to my day, man. I sorely needed it.

CDP, you are the wind beneath my wings.
That's a nice Friday morning message.

I've always wondered what the Mike in 20 years would say to me -- what things could I do differently, what things aren't a big deal, etc.
It's good to see that 2008 Ryan has not betrayed the precedent of fruititude that 1987 Ryan set. You look positively *pretty* in both pictures :)
where's 2029 Ryan? Shouldn't he be the one giving all these assurances? Aren't you the one that should be telling him that yes, you will survive high school and find the girl of your dreams and other than a little extra snow everything is going to be all right? Do it man. If not for you then for him. Which is to say you.

We're here for you anyway, all the time. Lurking, like those monsters under your bed. Just don't pass that along for God's sake, you'll start wetting the bed or something. You don't need that. No one needs that
JT - Thanks much. Sometimes we need a good talking-to from our former, more carefree self. They know things that you might have forgotten.

HATHERY - I was a pretty kid. Despite my best efforts to look more masculine as I get older, I can't shake the blatantly obvious fact that I was raised by women.

HOSS/BLU - Honestly, 1987 Ryan knew a lot more about what made himself tick than 2008 Ryan does. I need his advice far more than I need future advice. I'll know far less is 2029, assuming I'm still alive then.
I'm ready to talk about the zig-zag from last night. Anyone else? I don't want to accidently spew spoilers on the unsuspecting...
I wanna get myself one of those Dharma coffee mugs.
I'm ready.
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zig zag?
Oh, do I have to give the go-ahead for this?

Um, okay. Go ahead.

I enjoyed last night's LOST swerve. It wasn't of the magnitiude of last week, but it was decent enough. We learned that:

1. Kate is a free woman.
2. This flashback took place before Jack went all beardy and crazy.
3. The fictional story that Oceanic told the media is the same one that the Oceanic 6 has been following since their rescue.
4. I'm assuming that Aaron doesn't count as one of the Oceanic 6, due to the fact that he wasn't out of the womb before the crash.
5. Either Claire was killed, Aaron was kidnapped by Kate, or Claire gave Aaron to Kate because only one of them was able to be rescued.
6. Jack seems leery about the whole thing, presumably because he found out that Aaron is his nephew.

I'll be running all of this stuff down on Lost Monday, but yeah, good episode.
Dharma coffee cups are available on Cafe Press, I believe.

Dharma wine boxes? Me likey.
So, can we assume that "HE will be wondering where I am" is Aaron?

~Season Three finale~
Thanks CDP that really made my day so far. I might just steal it when I get down...

I have to print a few things out and then I'm off to the post office. My mix will make it sometime next week.

Have a good day, all!
1987 Celia really liked "We Built This City", so I think she'd get along really well with 1987 Ryan.
MOE - Yes, I think so. It makes sense.

CAVEMAN - Thanks! And thanks for the upcoming mix!

HATHERY - 1987 Ryan was far too cool for that noise. Did you not see the photo?
I think Kate was referring to Aaron at the the end of Season 3. I think Jack doesen't want to see Aaron more because he reminds him of the ones left behind and was possibly taken off the island by force, leaving a very distraught Claire behind. Or possibly he may feel responsible for whatever fate Claire was left to.
HATHERY - 1987 Ryan was much to infatuated with NKOTB (the way you flaunt that binket is a dead give away) to mess around with rock n roll.
Blu - I think that's more of a Kokomo statement, but it could just be a Mason/Dixon line kinda thing...
I don't know if it was 1987, but we got a record stuffed in the newspaper from McDonald's once that had a promotional song on it. It was a very floppy record. I always thought that was neat.
BLU - Indeed. In fact, it might have been one of the reasons Jack finally snapped.

I liked NKOTB, but I was always jealous because the girls would get pee-pants over them. I'm excited about their reunion, because I'm a jerk.
Not only was it a flexi-disk, but it was square. It was for a promotional contest.

"Big Mac, Mc DLT, a Quarter-Pounder with some cheese, Filet-O-Fish, a hamburger, a cheeseburger, a Happy Meal. McNuggets, tasty golden french fries, regular or larger size, and salads: chef salad or garden, or a chicken salad oriental. Big Big Breakfast, Egg McMuffin, hot hot cakes, and sausage."
Yep, that was the one!! I bet if you look hard enough somewhere at my house, you may be able to find that record. I remember seeing it amongst the children's books at one point, but that cabinet is long gone and the books have been moved. For I, you see, actually OWNED the "Little Miss" books...they're not just novelty T-Shirts.
If I recall correctly, the contest was that on one of the millions of flexi-disks sent out nationwide, the song was sung all the way through without 'screwing up.' If you recieved that album, you won a million dollars or something.

I was quite popular in the first grade, as I could sing that entire song. In fact, I remember being called into the principal's office for the sole purpose of singing it for the staff.
YouTube is one of the greatest things to ever happen in popular culture when it comes to nostalgia.
Thanks to the internet, there are no "hey, do you remember?" moments anymore, because they're all right there for the viewing. I guess that's a good thing?
CDP - 1987 you is/was remarkably eloquent.

I remember, back in second grade, convincing my folks to buy me an NKOTB sweatshirt and hat, then feeling like the hottest shit that ever was when I wore it to school.

Really, I was into them because my older sister was, and she was the coolest.

As for nostalgia and the internet, I for one am glad that supremely uplifting things like this are still readily available for viewing. Seriously, Mr. Rogers rocked.
Why were the puppets so dirty in the 70's & 80's? Couldn't anyone just take the time to dust and wash them?
I must say Curious George, Super Why, World world, and Word Girl are HUGE favorites in my house.

And yes, YouTube is a beautiful thing.
"Big Mac, Mc DLT, a Quarter-Pounder with some cheese, Filet-O-Fish, a hamburger, a cheeseburger, a Happy Meal. McNuggets, tasty golden french fries, regular or larger size, and salads: chef salad or garden, or a chicken salad oriental. Big Big Breakfast, Egg McMuffin, hot hot cakes, and sausage."

For the record, I'd eat everything on this list. Twice.
Dare you to eat it all in one sitting.
I smell a (greasy, greasy) challenge!
HATHERY - Thanks to the Internet, you can look back at things that you thought were cool, and be hopelessly let down that they don't make you as happy as they used to. Hurrah!

EMILY - I was probably a better public speaker in 1987 than I am now. I no longer do the Junior Jumble.

BLU - I honestly would have preferred the subtle dignity of a RickRoll.

JT - We finally came up with a suitable challenge for you. Someone (maybe me) should head on over to Spork Nation and request it.

I'm on my way.
Here's the challenge I laid down to JT, word-for-word:

JT, we over at the CDP stumbled upon the perfect challenge for you to attempt for the purpose of entertainment.

In the 80's, the McDonalds corporation had a catchy jingle that boasted the delicious menu options they had. It went a little something like this:

"Big Mac, Mc DLT, a Quarter-Pounder with some cheese, Filet-O-Fish, a hamburger, a cheeseburger, a Happy Meal. McNuggets, tasty golden french fries, regular or larger size, and salads: chef salad or garden, or a chicken salad oriental. Big Big Breakfast, Egg McMuffin, hot hot cakes, and sausage. Maybe biscuits, bacon, egg and cheese, a sausage, danish, hash browns too. And for dessert hot apple pies, and sundaes three varieties, a soft-serve cone, three kinds of shakes, and chocolatey chip cookies. And to drink a Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and orange drink, A Sprite and coffee, decaf too, A lowfat milk, also an orange juice. I love McDonald's, good time great taste, and I get this all at one place!"

The song can be heard in its entirety right here:

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, would be the following:

1. Go to a McDonalds and order everything listed in the song that they still sell.

2. Eat everything in the course of two hours.

That is all.
Jeebus. If he accepts that challenge, I fear for his very health. We may have another "Super Size Me" style meltdown on our hands.
Foe the sake of my Southern Brother's health I made a few allowances for him. Check them out and tell me if you agree. Also I think the time window may be a little harsh since the he'd be doing this at 10:45 am in order to get both breakfast and lunch menus.
That challenge makes my stomach hurt. And the only things I think I'd eat on that list are the fries and nuggets - although I miss the old, greasy, more dark-meaty nuggets of yester-year.

I asked for permission to initiate the Lost convo because it's not my blog, and I'm still such a newb that I don't know what the proper etiquette is. It's like knocking first before turning the handle, I guess.

And I'm going to spill the beans on something I saw after the episode last night that *some* people probably know about (the ones who read the spoilers, anyway): Fisher Stevens is now one of the guest stars - he's Minkowski. Don't know for how long his stint will be(IMDB only lists 2 eps so far).

So between Fisher Stevens on Lost and Johnny Lee Miller on Eli Stone, it's coming awfully close to being a potential Hackers reunion.
You in the butter zone now, baby.
Maus is a newb! NEWB!!! N00bZ!!
Is my noob showing? :^D
MAUS - I always keep my dirty mouth shut when it comes to LOST discussions out of turn, but that was back when Lost Friday threads were about The Office. I remember getting wacked for thread jacking once* and I don't wnat to relive that again. I always knock before entering and keep my shoes off the CDP's Persian rugs (made with real persian cat hair!)

*CDP - This okay?
CDP/BLU - Clearly you ignored rule #1:

I'm foolish, not suicidal. Nothing that could result in maiming and/or death.

That much McDonald's food, all in one sitting, would surely kill me instantly.

Keep trying!

...although my roommate and I think we have pinned down the next stunt, I will take submissions over at Spork Nation until Monday morning.
This coming from a guy who drinks moonshine...MOONSHINE. *shakes head* JT, I thought I knew ye.
The episode scored a straight 8.5/10 from me. Nothing mind-blowing (although the ending gave me goosebumps), but still enjoyable.

I think Locke's line was one of his best so far:

"Maybe if you read it again, you'll pick up something new."

Nice reference to the fans.
Yeah, I thought that was kind of a nice nod to the fans too when he said that line :)
Very nice post, CDP. Hope things work out for you.

Same to you, JT! ;)

P.S.-The shirt in the bottom picture is the one you wore in the MSJ interview, no?
By the way, MSJ is a synonym of WSJ.
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Did I bust on someone for threadjacking? If I did, I'm sorry. I actually prefer it when the conversations spread out all over the place. It ain't always about me, you know.

Concerning spoilers, I know there are people ultra-sensitive to that stuff, so yeah, it's classy to ask before you launch into theories and whatnot. Not really my rule, but it should keep everyone happy enough.

CARGIRL - The shirt I wore for the WSJ interview was kind of a monochromatic black/silver, whereas this one is more of an earthtone. It's in black and white, so you had no way of knowing.

I have a lot of similar shirts.
Sorry for the absence, the server was knocked out at work for awhile.
I got your mix, Cargirl! WHOOOOO!
Thanks for coming to the impromptu Live Chat, kids. That was fun.
I forgot to tell you that I almost got hit by an ambulance while delivering your mix to the post office today.
Is that ironic, or just hilarious?

Had you been killed, I would have sent the mix back to you so your folks could play it at the funeral. I know you would have wanted it that way.
The best vehicle to get hit by is probably an ambulance.
The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile begs to differ.
I, personally, want to be hit by the PBR truck.
I'd like to be struck by the Lane Bryant Traveling Eveningwear Fashion Show Bus. Then they'd be forced to let me come with them.

Do those exist?
No, but it's okay to dream.
Now that Prince Fielder has gone vegetarian, I'd officially like to be hit by the Milwaukee Brewers bus.
You know that scene in "Dumb and Dumber" when Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are walking down the side of the road, and a bus full of bikini models stops to ask them for directions? That would be awesome...
If I'm remembering that scene correctly they were the Hawaiian Tropic models. And weren't they given the directions and sent on their merry way?

Yeah. That's exactly what I'd do with a bus full of suntan lotion spokes-girls. Except my directions would be to the nearest sheer cliff...
I would think it would be uncomfortable to sit on a bus in a bikini. It probably smelled a lot like coconuts in that bus.
I think it smelled like the regret of not studying hard enough in school.
mmmmm coconuts
Mmmmmmmmmmmm. The regret of not studying hard enough in school.
Do they even have sheer cliffs anymore?
I hope not because maus would ruin everything...
I always do! It's my primary skill set.

Also...vinyl bus seats + bathing suits = chafing
Indeed. Hope there's a lot of ointment on that bus.

What has happened to this thread? I need to get Lost Monday up, and quick.

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