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May 24th, 2010

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02:47 pm - Maybe a Pizza Trophy
Since Friday night, all my meals have been pizza. PIZZA.

The Cheeseboard Pizza Collective ($20): Fresh corn, zucchini, mozzarella and feta cheese, garlic olive oil, Key limes, cilantro. The pizza was SO GOOD (even though I had to pick off the cilantro). Cheeseboard makes one vegetarian pizza a day, so the long line moves deceptively fast since they just keep cranking out slices. And when you buy a slice, you get a slice and a half. When you buy a pizza, you get a pizza and a slice. Aw.

The Occasion: Amy and Heidi and I were having dinner before meeting Dan, Ryan, and Dave for Twelfth Night at the Impact Theatre, which seemed to be like an East Bay version of the Thunderbirds, given that the director commented on someone sneezing during her introduction with "He must be allergic to AWESOME" and they had a silly informational survey that was used for an intermission drawing for a pint glass. Also, the theatre was in the basement of a pizza place. The play was great. It was a Hollywood interpretation, like Twelfth Night on a movie set where Orsino and Olivia are actors with entourages, and it worked far better than expected. Toby was especially entertaining because she was channeling Lucille Bluth, and Maria was a cute redhead with lots of mischievous energy. Andrew was a surfer/stoner dude. Feste belted out power ballads. Also, the play had totally awesome opening credits. Twelfth Night is one of my favorites, and it was a very fun production.

Leftover Costco ($0): Jalapeños and tomatoes. It was good.

The Occasion: I visited my family in Belmont on Saturday and introduced my cousin to Forbidden Island and then Guillotine.

Costco Pizza Plus ($??): Onions and peppers and whatnot on one. Onions and peppers and paneer on another. Sadly, the latter wasn't as good as I'd hoped; the paneer was in large chunks and didn't work well with the rest of the pizza.

The Occasion: My cousin's birthday. I gave him Guillotine. We had red velvet cake. Then I beat Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I died a lot, and there were some really awesome parts of the game, but I felt a little disappointed after all the hype. I don't think I felt the visceral HOLY CRAP THIS GAME RULES as much as I did in the first game. Although, like they say, that airport level still haunts me.

Tasty Indian Pizza ($15): Butter chicken sauce, mushrooms, red onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, chicken and mozzarella cheese. Topped with fresh cilantro and red onion. We got the cilantro ON THE SIDE, thank you. I love butter chicken and I love pizza, so butter chicken pizza = AWESOME.

The Occasion: Elisabeth (idreamofpeace)!! Whom I hadn't seen since January 2008. She was excited to see me, and I like that in a person. (She said I really did look more mature.) We were accompanied by a kid she used to nanny and his mom, whom she'd befriended. On the way to the pizza place (and then waiting for her friend to find us since we'd gotten separated), we listened to awesome music, and when a Green Day song came on, she said, "Did you know—?" and I said, "I loved it so much I saw it twice and I just bought the soundtrack." Then I played "Know Your Enemy" for her, and she squeed appropriately at the insertion of lines from "Jesus in Suburbia." We geeked out about indie music and husband-and-wife duos and so on. The four-year-old kid was a Beatles fan, so I played him the awesome Dirt Poor Robins cover of "Eleanor Rigby," and he said he liked it better than the original. After lunch, we played Guillotine and Guitar Hero 5. The kid was on drums, and he loved Bon Jovi, so our band was called Bad Name. We started out with some Peter Frampton song that was the longest song of all time, and then we played songs we actually wanted to play. Then we went to Borders, where Elisabeth read the kid Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It was a fun time.

Purple Pepper Pizza ($12): Chicken and onions. It was good, decent pizza, and it provided me with lunch and dinner today as well.

The Occasion: Watching the Lost finale with Sang! We enjoyed the two-hour retrospective beforehand, which reminded us why we loved the show. He thought we were some of the few people who still enjoyed the show and weren't just sticking with it out of obligation. We dug the clever Verizon "Final Transmissions" and the hilarious Target ads. As for the actual finale, it was great to have someone to watch with. We got excited when Vincent appeared since we had just been wondering where the hell he was, we freaked the fuck out and high-fived when Lapidus was alive, we made squeaky noises when Sawyer and Juliet passed each other in the hospital without making their Connection, and so on. I found the finale oddly satisfying even if it did not Answer all the Questions. I really like that the final message of the series is that it's the connection between all these people that matters. And the last shot was perfect. I am left with a more positive feeling of the finale and the series as a whole than I was after the BSG finale.

In conclusion: I like pizza.
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Date:May 24th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
I liked the finale too and actually always enjoyed the show. I made a whole post earlier today asking questions I was confused about, but after putting them all down and reading discussions about the show, so much was cleared up for me. I didn't watch it in real time so I hope I can catch those commercials somewhere. The reunions and Jack's death broke me. Seeing everyone together again, waiting until everyone was ready to move on was beautifully poignant. As someone on another board said, they showed the progression of this group going from strangers, to a community, to a family. As Christian said to Jack, you needed all of them and they needed you. Jack was the leader and I felt he went out that way in both the sideways verse and the island reality. People caught so many things that I missed. There was some great continuity in the finale that led back to the pilot and other episodes. One I caught that meant so much to me was Jack's reunion with Boone. They hugged so long and I thought it was very meaningful as Boone was the first they lost and Jack tried so desperately to save him.

Other Cool Things:

When Juliet was dying on the island she was actually having the conversation with Sawyer in the sideways verse. It mirrored the reunion scene perfectly. She said to Sawyer, we should have coffee sometime, we could go dutch. Miles said her last words were It worked and that is what Juliet said to Sawyer after they unplugged the vending machine.

Jack ended as he began. In the pilot he was unconscious laying in the bamboos and they showed him opening his eye. At the end he was in the same spot, watching the plane fly away and his eye closed. As someone mentioned in a Lost discussion, Jack evolved from a man of science to a man of faith during the course of his time on and off the island.

The reunions between Charley and Claire, Sayid and Shannon <*sob*>, Sawyer and Juliet, Jin and Sun, Jack and Kate were amazing, but I also loved them all just hugging and being together again. And the forgiveness scene between Locke and Ben and the reunion between Hurley and Ben was very fulfilling. Hurley finally gave Ben what he always wanted, the chsnce to feel special. You were a good number two...and you were a great number one. Again, I refer to something I read. Ben had redeemed himself in many ways, but he still could not enter the church because of his past deeds. He had some things to work out. It was also reminiscent of the Michael and Hurley scene in which he explained that those unable to move on became shadow whispers on the island. And Hurley forgave him for what he did to Libby. There was some awesome redemption in this last season.

Obviously, some of the survivors waiting in the church went much later then Jack as Kate said I missed you so much," and Locke said, we've been waiting for you.Everyone had to be ready, but I think they were also specifically waiting for Jack. Once again he was their leader. The fact that they created that church to find each other and would only move on together was beautiful. As Christian said, the most important time of your life was spent with these people...Nobody does it alone Jack And that harks back to the pilot when Jack said, i>Live together or die alone</i> Well, they obviously lived together in life and the afterlife as well. And Ana Lucia, Charlotte, and Dan were not ready to move on yet. That made sense to me as they weren't as bonded as the original group, Libby and Penny.

Many things went unanswered but I found a deep satisfaction with hie Lost wrapped things up. IMO they stayed true to their characters and the mythology they created. And I didn't feel that their stories ended in that church, rather that they would all be together for the adventures in the afterlife as they were on the island.

Heh sorry for all the tl,dr. I havde many thinky thoughts about the finale. But I also want to throw in that I was very much satisfied with the BSG ending as well.
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Date:May 24th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
As someone on another board said, they showed the progression of this group going from strangers, to a community, to a family.
Yeah, I pretty much heart that story in all TV and movies.

One I caught that meant so much to me was Jack's reunion with Boone. They hugged so long and I thought it was very meaningful as Boone was the first they lost and Jack tried so desperately to save him.
Ooh, I didn't notice that.

Miles said her last words were It worked and that is what Juliet said to Sawyer after they unplugged the vending machine.
Oh!! I didn't catch that part. Nice.

But I also want to throw in that I was very much satisfied with the BSG ending as well.
I think what it is that by the end of BSG, all I really cared about were the Answers and I felt little connection to the characters anymore, whereas with Lost, I still really cared about Answers, but I still cared about the characters too, so having the finale be so character-focused worked for me because it satisfied that part. BSG failed on Answers and characters, but it did have some awesome action sequences.
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Date:May 24th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Man you are quick. I tried to edit to clean up my typos but you had already commented.

I still cared about the BSG characters. They were so messed up and been through so much. I seriously wanted them to have some peace. The two characters that stayed consistent to me were also the two who were my favorites throughout the show. Helo and Sharon. They were to me the true enduring love story of BSG. They fought her people, his people and everything in between to stay together. Sometimes even one another. Helo was IMO a truly honorable character who stood by Starbuck, Sharon and the Fleet. He stood up for his beliefs. Even when Sharon was willing to pass along the virus that would wipe out her race, Helo was not. And in The Woman King, despite no one believing him and actually mocking him for advocating a Sagataran, he didn't back down.

Helo and Sharon were not as showy as some of the other characters or couples, but they stayed true to each other and their daughter, and IMO were one of the really triumphant plot lines of the series.
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Date:May 25th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Cheeseboard pizza! ::loves:: My favorite pizza shop; the only place that comes close is Gialina, in Glenn Park in SF.

I bought their cookbook, and the pizza is awesome, but it takes a lot of work to put together. Perhaps I will make Cheeseboard pizza for some local function.
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Date:May 25th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
I had never been, but ooooh, I will be back.

You should go see Twelfth Night! It's fun times!
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Date:May 25th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
I have so many thoughts about the finale that my brain needs days to process it.

Also: I love Guillotine! Let's, in the future times, hang out and play Guillotine while we eat pizza and do French accents, okay?
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Date:May 25th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
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Date:May 25th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I liked the finale, and even though I was overall fine with the BSG finale, I like this one better.
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Date:May 25th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
That butter chicken pizza sounds amazing. *drool*
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Date:May 26th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
It was so awesome to meet you! You were so cute with Ethan at the bookstore;) Next time, I will win at Guillotine! (BTW, Sarah thought you were really nice and wondered if you had a girlfriend).
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Date:May 26th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Ha, why, is she trying to set us up? That's very sweet of her to say.

I had a good time with everyone! We will have to do it again.
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Date:May 29th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I am jealous, as I have been craving pizza all week.

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