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Oh Philadelphia freedom shine on me (Shine a light through the eyes of the ones left behind)

Jeez, second week in a row that aftah watching Lost I end up having nightmayahs about guns, watah, and being trapped in precarious, dream-spooky situations.


Ah, you're always a good little follower of the Viennese medicine man.


Yeah, I'm a suckah for Freudian voodooism, which is why I'm thinking Kate's horse appearance last night should be taken as straight up dream symbolism: the horse represents that which she most desiahs, freedom.


Yes, it's a facile explanation yet one I keep coming back to myself … And though it just seems too trite, I can't help but be drawn to the idea that there is a connection between what people see or happens to them on the island and what was on their minds when the plane went down.


Right, right. Kate was thinking of freedom. Jack of his dad. Hurley was reading his comic book with the polah beah. Charlie was jonesing for the smack. Locke wanted to walk …


It even fits for Michael, who at that time, was thinking how he was going to rid himself of Walt.


So if Manny Ramirez was on Oceanic Flight 815 we could expect that he'd find an Angels uniform with his name on it?


Haven't you heard, the new rumors? The Phillies have set their sights on Manny.


Oh, right, if Manny feels the fans are too aggressive in Boston, he'll really love Philly.


It is the City of Brotherly Love after all.


Hell, yeah, it is. I mean the fans aren't rabid, deranged, or otherwise prone to hurling batteries at playahs or anything.


Absolutely. And Manny and his lovely wife can take comfort in the fact the Philadelphia P.D. hasn't firebombed any minority neighborhoods. Well, at least not this century.


Manny ought to be mindful of the old adage, "Be careful what you wish for."


Or the devil you know is better than the devil you don't.


Author's Notes

The references to Freud are taken from the words of Humbert Humbert in Nabokov's brilliant novel Lolita which is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. I was reminded of these lines in Christopher Hitchen's review in the Atlantic.

I count myself among those who consider Lolita to be one of the greatest works in the English Language. I've learned more about language, pun, and word play from this novel than any other I've read.


C> Hello?

C> Hello?

C> Who is this?

C> Luscious

C> Whose Is This?

C> Dad?

C> Ya Kiddin’!!! Theo?

C> I’m not fucking coming back, you bastard.

Transmission ends

(apologies to Cumia and Hughes)

Walt was reading about the polar bear, I believe, hence his psychic ability to make one appear

Good one, Lou.

Dex, agree on Walt's psychic ability, but the comic was Hurley's. He walked onto the plane with it (late) and settled into his seat with it. Only after crashing does he pass it on to Walt (and this is where Walt learns his dad is a graphic/sequential artist.)

There is no way Manny is going to greenlight a deal to Philly.
It's a polar bear's chance on a tropical island.
If for some reason it's going to happen, the Phils will immediately stop the plan to move the left field wall back 10 feet and add 2 feet to the height.

The baseball fan base in Philly is different than Boston. Having grown up in Boston from 68-90 and now in Philly for 10+ years, I can compare the two. Boston fans are rabid, baseball savvy, and span all age groups. So there's no escaping them.

Years of foundering have cost the Phillies two youngest generations of fans. 1993 wasn't enough. There is little interest in baseball in the people 40 and below in this town. So Manny could escape. Unless Manny is going to line up under center and take snaps for the Eagles, he would be able to live here quietly. The baseball fans I come across either want Mike Schmidt to retrun or they are worried about their next beer. Just my experience.

I thought Kate's horse represented her father, maybe he was in the cavalry. But after going back into the Tivo, there's nothing to connect the two.

"C:> Dad?"

That one line of type is why Lost is so good. Everything had been building to that point.

Pardon the digression from the lost theme, but that Move bombing reference reminded me that we are due for another major league civil rights destruction soon...

Move 1985
Waco 1993

Because, you know, being a member of a "fringe religion" (Waco) or a "subversive political group" (Move) is a death sentence in this country, particuarly if you just happen to be a child and in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I've taken the Clocker north to Boston from a Philly upbringing. At the beginning of the offseason I thought the only person you could "replace" Manny with would be Abreu. I like the deal for the Sox, but remain skeptical.

I agree with Joe that money can buy you a lot more privacy in Philly than it can in Boston only because Phily's not a baseball town the same way that Boston's all about the Red Sox. I remember trying to find a bar to watch the Celtics/Sixers playoff game in 2002 and finding two different bars with all three TV's turned to the Sox... in April.

Still... ignorance has never stopped the average Philufian from his god given right to spread some hate. An exchange I observed from the outfield stands at the Friday night game at the Cit:

Drunk guy in collared shirt with camera - "Hey, Ramirez, you big greasy wetback, turn around so I can get your picture!"

Friend - "Tell Damon to take his beard off."

Guy - "Damon, take your beard off!"

Guy - "Which one's Damon?"

Um, Damon would be the guy with the beard.

Interesting.. the friends I've got from Philly, all in their 30s, are rabid about their sports, particularly about the Phillies and Eagles, to the point where it totally affects their mood and demeanor. They don't miss a game and they start every season believing, "This is the year" and they know the game inside and out. These are people who deserve the same amount of respect as any other diehard fans. But I haven't spent time in Philly in years - maybe these guys aren't the norm.

Anyway, I can't see Manny in Philly either. I bet he wants to be outside of the spotlight, in, um, New York or L.A.

I would love the trade, but don't see it happening. I lived in Philly ("The City That Loves You Back") for 12+ years. Abreu has the same tendency to dog it to 1B on pop outs. His base running had not been stellar either from what I saw while there. h.b. is right on the money about baseball in Philly. It is a football town 24/7/365 just like Boston is a baseball town 24/7/365.

One other comment. The fans were not booing Irvin during that game. They were booing Deon Sanders who was performing some sort of dance while Irvin was lying on the turf. I was there.

Philly tends to get a bad rap. When things happen they get blown out of proportion. When things happen in other cities they don't always get the PR that Philly would. Case in point is the guy from Chicago who smacked Biggio's wife during the WS. Barely any coverage and the whole fan base wasn't vilified like Philly's or even Boston's would be.

Lived in Boston a dozen years and Philly for two dozen. I'm shocked when I find out that Jim Rice suffered Racism at the hands of the Fenway faithful and that returning locals are impressed to find WEEI hiring people of color (or at least one person). Boston may not be the most integrated place, but it is pretty civilized and respectful.

Philly, on the other hand, revels in its blue-collar swagger, its seperate but equal segregation, and its attitude. I was ready to see a new leaf in the new 'Cit. Thought that maybe they'd done away with the old three tattoo minimum enforced to get into the 700 level of the Vet.

I don't know the last time I've heard a racist or homophobic epithet bandied about in Boston or in Fenway. "Wetback" wasn't the only one I heard in my 24 hour visit to Philly either. Just cause you're wearing a colared shirt so's you can get into the Irish Pub doesn't make you civilized.

Boston's ability to spell is also a plus.

Hey Lostaholix :)

Any biblical scholars care to shed some light on the little story Mr. Eko told to Locke? Is there anything in the Bible to back up what he said, or was it all just something the writers came up with to deepen Eko's character?

By the way, when Locke opened up that Bible, was anyone reminded instantly of The Shawshank Redemption? :)

The story of Josiah

Found on a blog - I'm no biblical scholar.

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