I don’t blog much anymore because well time is limited and since I write for a living I’d rather spend my free time doing something else.  Tonight however my wife and I had a deplorable experience at the local Babies “R” Us.  Before I delve into the details surrounding our visit I would like to detail the events that preceded or rather prompted our visit.

On Saturday October 10th, my wife and I attended a baby shower for our son who’s due in January.  We received a large number of gifts from friends and family.  While we where and remain appreciative of each and ever gift, we decided earlier this afternoon that we would return a number of the gifts in order to buy the things that we desperately need for the baby, mainly a stroller/car seat.  The gifts we decided

Two posts in one month! As I’ve stated previously I haven’t had the urge to write much in my free time but I read something today that really got me excited yet left me with a lot of apprehension as well. As a techno-geek and an audio/videophile, I try to stay on top of all the latest technology rumblings and releases. Some time ago I had read an article over at IGN about the “PlayStation 4” being capable of displaying games and movies in 3D. As that console, if Sony even has plans to make one, is at the very least, several years away I relegated this news to my the farthest least frequently used part of my brain and reminded myself that it’s nothing more than mere speculation at this point. I love anticipation but when something is more than a year away it’s a little frustrating to anticipate even something extremely cool. The article I read today reminded me of the news IGN reported as it too dealt with 3D imagery. This time however it wasn’t console based or driven 3D content but rather 3D television sets. As someone who follows even the smallest technological news I was quite surprised to learn that 3D television sets are already available for purchase and that they are supposedly not much different in price than their 2D HD counterparts. Typically and as expected I became overtly excited about what I had read. My wife and I have discussed the purchase of a new TV and usually purchase one every few years at the beginning of the new year and so I saw myself walking out of Best Buy or some other extremely overpriced electronics store with a new 3D ready television set on a crisp March morning in 2010. The prospect of playing my games in and watching Blu Ray in 3D is enough to make me want to purchase one this afternoon, unfortunately we do not have the money for a new television set yet. Should things go I as hope and we receive a decent tax return early next year I will have my sights set on such a television set though I there are several questions I’ll have to find answers to before I commit to such a purchase.

  • Just how available are 3D television sets? – The little I’ve read today on this particular subject would indicate that one can walk into any electronics store and pick one up. I don’t believe much of anything that I read and I know that what’s reported isn’t always unbiased or accurate so I’m not holding my breath with regards to the availability of such sets, even come early 2010. As I currently don’t have the money for a new television set I’m not going to waste my time or frustrate myself by window shopping in the local electronics stores.
  • What do they really cost? – Even if what I read today is correct, that the cost of 3D television sets is nearly the same or only slightly more expensive than standard 2D TV’s, come 2010 I’d be willing to bet the price goes up, way up. Despite a poor economy the cost of most things both our needs and wants have all gone up (freeze anyone?). If 3D is fairly priced now but grows in popularity, even if only with early adopters such as myself, throughout the remainder of this year, it’s likely that prices will skyrocket simply because the manufactures will want to strike while the markets hot. When the time comes for a new television set my wife and I will likely be in the market for a 50-60 inch set. We’ll undoubtedly have enough to by a decent middle of the road television of that size but will be able to afford a 3D set of the same size? While the thought of owning a 3D set practically makes me drool in anticipation, I’m not buying a new TV unless it’s at the very least, 10 inches bigger than our current set, which still serves it’s purpose well. If 3D sets are widely available come early spring 2010 but are to pricey I’m not buying another standard 2D set only to sit out on the newest technology for another 2-3 years. It’ll kill me to wait, but I’ll do just that. It’s no different than when I needed a new TV but didn’t have the money for an HDTV in 2000. Prices fell low enough by 2002 so that I was able to afford one. I guess I can only wait and see how things pan out in this department.
  • Extra gear needed?/Everything 3D?– Everything I read today stated 3D ready televisions where already available and would receive a huge push from manufactures during the last half of this year and the beginning of the next. For all the excitement I have for possibly owning such a television, I remain very apprehensive because no article nor did any information I found indicate whether or not 3D ready television sets convert 2D video game signals from my PlayStation 3, Wii, and 360, to 3D. Are these sets capable of converting all images to 3D, only some, or just those sent to my satellite receiver already in 3D or on some predesignated media, i.e. DVD, Blu-ray discs, etc. Upgrading my home from SD to HD cost much more than I wanted it to, and more than I though it should, I’m not so sure I’m ready buy into yet another conversion, especially since HD hasn’t even become standard television yet. I want to buy one television that comes ready and more than capable of displaying all images sent through it in HD and 3D and I do not want to invest in another technological leap that’s only marginally supported by studio’s, cable companies, satellite companies, and video game publishers, it’s got to be all or nothing this time. Any additional equipment needed such as glasses, some type of 3D imaging unit, etc, needs to be prepackaged in with the set at no additional cost.

These are my three main concerns though I also wonder if I should adopt this technology early since the majority of the public still hasn’t even warmed up to HDTV and only a handful (though the number is growing) of television stations are offered in or are broadcast in HD. Would I be wrong to believe that there will be just one, maybe two stations that make only select programming available in 3D throughout 2012-13?  Though HD has been around for a little over 10 years it’s still insanely expensive, complicated for the average consumer, and it requires more than just a television to enjoy and is experiencing an extremely slow adoption rate. While I remain cautiously optimistic about someday soon owning a 3D television set I have no desire to buy a new Blu-ray player, DVD player, stereo equipment, or DirectTV equipment to enjoy 3D imagery. If TV manufactures want to introduce 3D to television audiences, movie buffs, and gamers fine, but learn from the mistakes you’ve made with HD. Make it affordable, accessible, and easy to understand and I and many others will be there day one.  I know it’s going to be costly to broadcast and shoot things in 3D and that studio’s will need to see demand for it before it’s supported but unless 3D television is all the things HD hasn’t been and still isn’t, the format will face an insurmountable uphill battle. I’d like to see this and all other technologies that are so expensive stay out of the public eye and off the market until such a time occurs where the technology becomes cheap enough to offer it at modest prices even for the best models.  Oh and no blue/red glasses either.  Grey glasses work just fine and are far less irritating.

…Oh and another format war involving two companies with near identical technologies will kill adoption of 3D television.  Work it out guys!

Occasionally over the course of my 36 years on this Earth I have come across a handful of individuals who retreat into a passive aggressive shell whilst arguing or while engaging in a friendly exchange of words. These people more often than not say or do something to upset me and when I react or go on the offensive after they’ve done that, they vilify me and emphatically claim I started the argument or am an unfair aggressor. Now to be fair and honest I’m the type of person who believes in the eye for an eye philosophy and when I do react my actions, words, and demeanor tend to reflect that of the aggressor opposite of me. There are many people who find persons such as myself offensive, crude, and a “know it all”, but being labeled as such things only occurs during an argument or debate that’s gone south. A recent argument gone awry prompted the drafting of this post, an argument which I was accused of starting though in reality all I did to anger this person was suggest we take a look at a picture that had just been taken prior to taking a second picture of the exact same thing.

The picture was taken with a webcam and was rather simple in nature. The software that operates the camera allows you to review any images you’ve taken, both new and old. My train of thought and common sense told me “hey let’s take a look at what we have before we take another one” though taking a second would have required mere seconds of our time. It takes only seconds to review a photo and to take a second one if the quality of the original is less than desirable so this individual’s reaction to my recommendation was one of bewilderment as they quickly became irritated and claimed (paraphrasing) “why can’t I take a second picture if I want too? What’s your problem?”

From this point the argument turned rather childish and anger on both sides ensued. My anger stemmed from bafflement and was more a reaction to this individuals actions while theirs was just anger fueled by my earlier suggestion. As we exchanged comments I became the recipient of the same tired labels and comments that I have grown accustomed to over the years and only because I chose to react to what I believed to be poor behavior. Some where implied while others still where stated openly.

In any argument friendly or otherwise all I ever ask is that the individual with whom I’m arguing provide me with reason, proof, or evidence that contradicts my argument. As an open minded individual I have no problem in admitting that I’m wrong but when it’s stated “you think you’re always right or “that’s right I’m always wrong”, I call into question the validity of any argument made against me by that individual because such a response does nothing to add credence to the argument they’ve made against me and makes it appear as though the individual opposing me knows very little about which they speak of and/or is incapable of putting together the type of thought required to make a valid argument.

As a human being I have opinions just like everyone else. If you’re gnashing your teeth over something I’ve stated I believe or have seen to be truth, yet you disagree, am I asking to much when I ask an opposing party to provide me with an explanation as to why they feel I’m wrong? As I stated I’m always open to a different point of view but I do not accept blanket statement, assumptions, gut feelings and emotional responses as fact or proof of anything. I also find it completely unacceptable when any persons with whom I argue express discontent with me over my asking for clear reasoning, motivation, or proof. Why any individual believes it OK to make a statement, claim, or accuse me of something and not explain in detail why they feel I’m incorrect in my statements or beliefs will forever be beyond my comprehension. Excuses such as “I don’t have to”, “It’s not my problem’, etc. only show me that the individual has found themselves in the weak position within the argument and are operating only on emotion. I also find such excuses indicative of egoism, ignorance, and immaturity. It’s difficult for me to imagine an individual who would make such claims or present a counter argument against me yet refuse to back them up with any logic or reasoning even when I’m in the midst of such an occurrence. The burden of proof lies with any individual who makes a claim of any kind yet for some reason anytime I’ve argued or debated with these few select people they are only angered by statements such as this.

By the time today’s argument reached this apex, the usual implications began rearing their ugly heads. “Oh it’s logic again”, and “uh huh, yea everything revolves around logic and reasoning right?” made their way into the conversation. Every time I’ve heard statements such as these I find myself at a lose for words. If things don’t revolve around reasoning and logic or you don’t apply those thing to your daily life, decision making, etc, how does anyone get by and by what means does anyone make decisions? Logic and reasoning allow us to do just that, get by and make decisions we feel are best for us, so yes, logic and reasoning are an everyday part of our lives so why would this individual, who happens to be quite intelligent, make such assertions? I can only conclude that they do so because the conversation has reached a point that is beyond their comprehension, they really have no answer, are responding out of pride knowing they have lost the argument, or perhaps they just loathe me and want to see me put in my place. Many times when confronted with these types of statements I also find myself believing that they make such assertions based on the emotions they are experiencing at that time, anger, frustration, embarrassment, and even some they may not even know they’re feeling. In any case regardless of why they say such things, I find myself with very little and sometimes nothing to say as was the case tonight.

I was then accused of repeating myself which I was indeed guilty of but when I ask an individual to explain their argument and they refuse to provide with any anything my natural response is to try and introduce some logic and reasoning of my own into the conversation, though this only seemed to irritate the individual even more which resulted in the same responses I’ve heard most of my life. “I don’t have to give you a reason” is a cop out and a rather poor excuse for one I might add. As a courtesy and sometimes to make my point I always make it a priority to explain myself and provide the persons I’m arguing with, with my reasoning and logic, even if that person is the bitterest of enemies. I would think that anyone involved in an argument would want to make their point or their side of things crystal clear in the hope of either winning the argument or showing the opposing party why and just how wrong they are. In the argument I was involved in today however, no such reasoning was made known to me.

I don’t believe I’m asking for much when I ask for these things during an argument with either friend or foe and if I am indeed wrong or incorrect in my arguments I want to know about it. I have no desire to remain ignorant and find no shame in being wrong. I find it somewhat shameful that any individual would feel differently about this and accuse me of being a know-it-all, stubborn, or using “big” words to pretend I’m intelligent or to try and intimidate them simply because they disagree with my stance on something or find my reactions inappropriate. I am none of these things and welcome being criticized but by people who are capable of and willing to present a carefully reasoned argument with something to back their point of view. Arguing or debating and refusing to provide a motive or reason for an argument always appears both immature and is the equivalent of a child responding with “SOOOOOOO WHAT!” or “I DON’T WANT TO”. Does demanding such things make me an asshole? I think not, if anything it would allow me and any party who might disagree with me to either agree to disagree or maybe…just maybe to see things in a different light and settle the debate. I don’t have the type of pride that would keep me from admitting I’m wrong but if you want me to see that I am wrong I require you to demonstrate just how and/or why I am. If you’re not prepared to do that in an argument, why argue at all and why be angry?

The argument I participated in tonight reminded me a lot of the debates I’ve had with Theists in both the recent and distant past. Anytime I ask why or attempt to apply common sense, logic, and present counter arguments backed by facts and proof, the conversation quickly goes from one of friendly debate to heated personal argument. I’ll never understand any of this no matter how long I live. Are these people angry or just insecure? I’ll never know.

…and I’m the asshole here?

Punchout! Wii

Posted: March 24, 2009 in Uncategorized

I have not blogged in quite some time mainly because my interests have lied elsewhere but I felt the urge to blog once more after reading an article about Punchout! for the Wii.  Barring the type of release delays that Nintendo is known for, the game is set to arrive in May of this year.  Being a fan of both arcade games, the NES verision and the SNES version the prospect of a new Punchout! game got me excited to say
the least.

The Wii being what it is to “core” gamers like me however, I had some trepidations about a couple of things and wasn’t sure if I was going to buy the game or not.  What I find ironic is that five years ago and three years before the Wii existed commercially, if someone had told me that a new Punchout! game was coming down the pipes, I would have pre-ordered it in in 2004.  After owning a Wii however since January of 2007, I’m always leery about games being released for the Wii, especially those that have a long history, attract a core audience, and are known for their difficulty.  The Punchout! series is this type of game and so naturally to say I was apprehensive about the revival of this series would be an
understatement.  I digress however…..

I’ll get right to the point here.  When I first saw the trailer for Punchout! Wii, I was overly pleased with the look and sound of the game, and was happy to see Little Mac, Glass Joe, King Hippo, and Von Kaiser all returning.  Seeing these characters also sparked some doubt in my mind as to how original this game might be.  Originality for Nintendo, especially as of late, means a new “waggle and shake” control scheme usually at the
expense of game play, depth, and quality, so again I immediately began to feel the game would focus on a new way to box rather than adding new elements to the game or giving it things it didn’t have before.  After watching the newest trailer however, one of my worries has been laid to rest.  Nintendo has decided to include “classic” controls so that people can enjoy the game as they did older titles.  In all honesty I’m not a huge fan of the Wii-remote and play with “classic” controls on games that offer them because well they feel more natural to me, are more accurate, less complicated, and much more fun.

The one lingering doubt I have about this game now that the control issue has been laid to rest is the fact that according to IGN the game will
feature 13 playable boxers.  The ability to play as someone other than Little Mac is a fantastic one, one that I’m looking forward too, but only
13 fighters?  If the number 13 refers to just the number of playable boxers and not the entire roster of boxers then another of my fears will be put to rest.  The article at IGN did not clarify this though they state “roughly three more than the original” which leads me to believe the number 13 refers to all of the boxers in the game.

13 Nintendo?  Are you serious?  The Wii is a far cry from the 360 or the PS 3 in terms of power but in 2009 the best you can do is 13 boxers?  As someone who’s extensively played and still revisits those old titles from time to time, I fear 2 things.  One that of the 13 boxers only 2 or 3 at most will be original characters.  Two that being very familiar with these same old tired boxers and their tricks, I will blast through the game far easier than I did any of the series other titles.  These two things, if they come to fruition will make the new Punchout! game a big disappointment for me.  I’m sure that most people are going to eat this game up and throw praise after praise at it whether it’s deserving or not simply because its the return of a major franchise.

It was my hope that this game would not “one up” earlier titles in terms of quality but quantity and originality too.  Thus far the only new character I’ve seen is one named “Disco Kid” who at this point looks as though Disco is just a nickname and not indicative of a far out stereotype, the kind Punchout! usually delivers.  I was really hoping that this game would be a new title in the series and not a remake or pseudo-remake as it appears it might be.

As of late my tastes in video games has changed as has my expectations surrounding games of all types.  Some might say it’s because I’ll be 36 in just over a month.  I think it has far less to do with age and more to do with a maturity with regards to quality and originality, and evolution.  I love Nintendo and my Wii but for the most part it sits and collects dust.  When the Wii is at it’s best its great fun, but Nintendo has discovered all new levels of “suckage” with the Wii as well.  I’ve never see a company produce so much garbage and have so much success but again I digress.

So what it is that I expected from a new Punchout! game?  Here’s my list:

  • A roster of fighters that at the very least doubles the amount of boxers we faced in any other Punchout! game.
  • No, and I repeat, no palette swapped fighters.
  • Voice acting for between round and in fight commentaries.
  • The ability to play as other boxers
  • A training mode that affects Mac by giving him more stamina, power, etc.
  • Fighter records that change if/when you face them a second time.
  • Boxing commentary during fights
  • Additional circuits to fight in
  • Vodka Drunkinski
  • Nick Bruiser
  • Online and multiplayer modes
  • Returning fighters from all of the other titles
  • At minimum, a game that boasts the same number of original characters as
    returning fighters.

I don’t think anything in my list is unreasonable and I’ll never understand why one, more people don’t want or expect a bigger and better game and two, why standards in video games are so old and stale.  The things we are getting look great but I feel we should be getting a lot more. Not every game needs to be a blockbuster with 200+ hours of gameplay but is it unreasonable to expect publishers to add new elements to old formulas or include more content than they did in previous entries?  As I get older I seem to expect more from my forms of entertainment and I can’t help but feel that Punchout Wii is coming back at us with a jab rather than a knockout punch.  It really feels like the original game has simply been cel shaded.  The added cutscenes in the new trailer and gameplay look exciting but I’m afraid all the good will be overshadowed by the negatives.  Then again I should expect this from a company who took five year old hardware out of a purple box  put in a white box and sold it as the next big thing!  Here’s to hoping I’m wrong about Punchout!!

Here are the pictures and video from the party we threw for Alexis (7) and Serenity (3).  Many more pictures where taken however due to crappy shutter speed on our camera the pictures were all very blurry.  Enjoy!

Pictures

Videos

15120 Sequoia Ave. #5 Tenant: Jarvis

Posted: February 2, 2009 in Misc Stuff
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Dear Raymond and Dorothy Garcia,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that we, Jennifer Jarvis and Scott Jarvis officially vacated unit/apartment #5 at 15120 Sequoia Ave. on January 31st, 2009.  Jennifer surrendered all keys and garage door openers to your acting manager located in unit/apartment #14.  Though both Rosa and Ruben where absent when Jennifer arrived, these items were left with one of their family members.  Jennifer demanded and received a written note from this person stating that the aforementioned items were delivered.

Prior to us moving out we took extra care in cleaning the apartment that we occupied for the period of 15 months so that it would be in at least the same condition we received it in.  You will find however that that we have left unit 5 a little cleaner than it was when we first saw it in November of 2008.  During our stay, the apartment received no damages as a result of our tenancy and any damages, blemishes, or wear and tear you view when walking through the apartment where there prior to our occupation of the apartment, as is evidenced in the damage sheet we filled out just prior to moving into the unit.

As an addendum to my comments about the condition of the apartment both pre and post occupation, I would like to make light of several facts:

  • The carpet in apartment #5 is at least several years old and was not replaced prior to our moving into unit #5.  Additionally we noticed right away that the carpet had been spot dyed in several areas in an attempt to make it look as though it was not as old as it was/is.  The condition the carpet is in currently is a result of years of human traffic and not unreasonable carelessness or deliberate misuse on our part.  We have left the carpet exactly as it was when you and Dorothy showed us the unit.
  • The stove in apartment #5 shares some commonality with the carpet in that it too was several years old and had seen better days before we ever occupied that apartment.  The condition it’s in now is as it was prior to our tenancy.
  • You will notice that there are several patches on the walls of apartment #5.  This is because we patched up small holes in the wall that came to be as a result of hanging pictures etc.  These tiny holes fall under the category of natural wear and tear and not the negligence, carelessness, accidental, or abusive categories.  The walls need only to be painted which you do before each new tenant moves in.

As you may have guessed this letter’s primary purpose is not to notify you of the condition of apartment #5 or the procedure of our move out but rather to notify you of our expectations in regards to the $1200.00 deposit that we gave you when we moved into unit #5.  As we have left unit #5 in better condition that it was when you rented it to us, we expect our deposit to be returned in full.  If for some reason you feel that repairs or cleaning outside of normal wear and tear is necessary you may only deduct from our security deposit the amounts that are reasonably necessary to clean the premises for the next tenant, repair damages that we caused beyond normal wear and tear, and pay any rent we owed but did not pay.  Painting the unit, having it vacuumed, and having the floors mopped are not legitimate deductions.  If such is the case you are legally required to provide us with a list and this list must itemize each amount, time spent, hourly rate, the name and contact information of the person who did the work, and what was done, and be accompanied by receipts and other documentation showing exactly where our money went.  Again, because we left unit #5 in better condition that it was when we received it, we expect and will settle for nothing less than the full amount of the deposit.

We felt it necessary to inform you of our intentions surrounding our deposit so that there were no surprises down the line.  California law states that landlords have 21 calendar days from the date a tenant vacates and apartment in which to deliver either the deposit or an itemized list showing deductions from the deposit.  Should you choose to ignore our request and should we not receive our deposit from you in full within that time frame (February 21st, 2009) we will pursue legal action immediately.

Please note section “g” under Civil Code Section 1950.5 that states:

“No later than 21 calendar days after the tenant has vacated the premises, but not earlier than the time that either the landlord or the tenant provides a notice to terminate the tenancy under Section 1946 or 1946.1, Section 1161 of the Code of Civil Procedure, or not earlier than 60 calendar days prior to the expiration of a fixed-term lease, the landlord shall furnish the tenant, by personal delivery or by first-class mail, postage prepaid, a copy of an itemized statement indicating the basis for, and the amount of, any security received and the disposition of the security and shall return any remaining portion of the security to the tenant.”

You underestimated us when you asked us to be the “eyes and ears” of the complex and where shocked when we demanded that we sign a contract before we assumed the duties for that job.  You underestimated us a second time when we told you that you were in breech of contract by ignoring the terms of the aforementioned contract, and fired us without either cause or a 30 day notice.  You underestimated us once more when you reneged on your rental offer of $995.00 per month and expected us to believe that your “business partner” was not going to allow that deal to stick.  You underestimated us one final time when you told Jennifer “go ahead, I know you don’t have the money to move out”. You’re record with us thus far is 0-4, do you really want to underestimate us again? Though you’ve stated we are trying to play by our own rules, that statement would be inaccurate.  We are simply trying to play fair and want to be treated fairly in turn, treatment that you obviously know little about.  With regards to our deposit we once again wish only to be treated fairly.  You have consistently showed us and other tenants that you believe you hold all the cards and are not only above the law but extremely arrogant as well.

If there’s one thing you need to know it’s this.  Just because we live in a neighborhood you consider “ghetto” or low class, we are far from the unintelligent, uneducated, naïve, unmotivated, and classless people you seem to think we are.  If you feel we are out of line in asking for the full amount of our deposit by all means do nothing or send us an itemized list and wait to receive your legal summons. I’m sure you’ll enjoy driving out to and spending the day in Hesperia waiting for our case to be called and heard.  Having worked for you and having been neighbors with Danny, we know exactly what type of person and landlord you are and we know precisely how you operate, and deliberately try to cheat good tenants out of their deposits (among other things) by playing on the naivety and fears of tenants.

We hope that you will do what’s right and abide by the laws that fall under Civil Code Section 1950.5: Landlord’s Use of Security.  The choice is yours, however you will want to note that we have both pictures and video of the apartment in pre and post occupation states that clearly show there was no abusive or negligent damage caused by our tenancy.  A copy of this letter along with the pictures can be found at the following web address:

https://scottrocks123.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/15120-sequoia-ave-5-tenant-jarvis

Additionally we will be sending you a copy of this letter via registered mail.  Please do not waste our time with phone calls, bargains, etc.  You are incredibly dishonest persons and we are not interested in anything you have to say.  We will allow a judge out here in Hesperia to decide who’s right.

Sincerely,
Scott and Jennifer Jarvis

Pictures and video are listed below

15120 Sequoia Ave. #5
Tenant: Jarvis

The following are compilations of both videos and images taken of the unit at the aforementioned address immediately after vacating the unit. The unit was left in a better state than it was when it was rented out to us.

Images
Please click thumbnails for full sized photos

Video Walkthrough 1 (Jan. 31, 2009)


Video Walkthrough 2 (Jan. 31, 2009)


Lost Season 5

Posted: January 14, 2009 in TV Stuff
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lost-season-52Last year and just prior to the start of  Lost season 4 I wrote a blog about what questions and mysteries I’d like to see answered in the upcoming season. Looking back at that list a year later I’m shocked, but not surprised, that only one item (who’s in the casket) on my list was addressed in any measure of detail. Season 4 was outstanding and it is my hope that Season 5 surpasses it in terms of both quality and answers.  I’m still hoping that the unanswered items on last years list are dealt with this year, however after viewing last season I naturally have a new list.   Now that season 5 is a mere eight days away I’d like to create a new list of things I hope to see resolved in season 5.

  1. The Four Toed Statue – This mystery appeared on the list I drafted prior to the start of season 4.  Watching several video podcast’s during the end of 2008, I now have little hope that they’ll address this subject at all during the fifth season.  I have a feeling we may see it again in some capacity but I believe this is a season 6 subject, though that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to know more this year.
  2. Claire Littleton – After Claire walked off with Christian near the end of season 4 we next see Claire in Jacob’s cabin with Christian.  In this scene Claire doesn’t appear to be herself and seems cocky, and somewhat odd.   I want to know where Christian took Claire, what happened to her after leaving camp, and why she was in Jacob’s cabin.  Following Lost as I do, I am aware that we will see little to no Claire this season and that her story will be addressed in the final season of the show.
  3. Christian Shepard – Shepard Sr. died before arriving on the island but now is apparently in league with Jacob at least in some capacity.  I would like to know why Christian is still “alive” on the Island, how he’s able to be there, what he’s doing speaking for Jacob, and why he asked Claire to accompany him into the jungle.  While I think the show will provide us with some Christian related answers in season 5, I think the majority of these things won’t be tackled until the final episodes of season 6 are aired.
  4. Those who have been left behind – While I’m 99% positive that this is what season 5 is going to deal with and answer, these events pose some of the biggest questions for me.  What happened to the people who remained on the Island after it moved?  If it was not Charles Widmore’s people, who exactly came to do harm to those left behind?  If it was Widmore’s people why kill everyone there?  I’m fairly certain that by season’s end all of the mystery as to who came, who killed, and why will be answered, at least in some capacity.
  5. You’ve Changed The Rules – The scene between Ben and Charles that took place in season 4 was a game changer of sorts.  It showed the audience that not only was Charles indeed after the Island but that he and Ben have known one another for apparently quite some time.  Moreover it appears as though there is some type of contest or game going on.  Ben claims Charles “changed the rules” and that as a result of Alex’s death, he’s going to kill Penny.  I’m hoping that season 5 tells us what these “rules” are.  I’m also hoping that the show sheds some light on why ther are rules, who established these rules, and why the two men up to that point where abiding by them.
  6. Ben And Charles – One of the biggest mysteries posed in Season 4 was the Ben/Charles connection.  How long have these two guys known each other, what does Charles mean when he tells Ben, “I know who you are and what you are”, how did Charles “lose” the Island to Ben.  As he opposes Ben,  is Charles the guy we should be routing for or is he really the bad guy?  Why does Charles really want to find the Island.  I have high hopes that season 5 will give us some answers to these questions, even if they turn out to be cryptic.
  7. Benjamin Linus – We still have so much to learn about Ben and time is running out.  Why did he agree to the Purge, what role did Richard Alpert play in convincing Ben to take part in that event.  Is Ben really a good guy or is more evil than we can imagine?  Though there is much about Ben we don’t know I have a feeling and hope that season 5 sheds some light on one of the most interesting and best fictional characters of all time.
  8. John Locke – Season 4’s finale showed us that Locke was the man in the casket.  Now that it’s been revealed he’s dead the questions I often ask myself are, “Who killed John Locke, why was Locke killed, is Locke really dead, was it really suicide, and why was he using an alias?  Judging by the season 5 episode title “The Life And Death of Jeremy Bentham” I’m certain we’ll get at least a look into the why’s and who’s but in true Lost fashion I expect plenty to be left unanswered only to be revealed at a much later point in the story.
  9. Charlotte Lewis – I’ll admit I was not interested in Charlotte until it was revealed that she was born on the Island and that she’d been trying to find a way back for quite some time. I have several theories about Charlotte, the most prominent one being that she is Ben and Annie’s daughter that somehow left the Island.  Season 5 could very well prove my theory wrong but until it does my theory puts all the pieces surrounding Ben, the Others obsession with childbirth, and Annie together nicely.
  10. Where did the Island go? – Ben moved the Island in the season finale last year and we were all left wondering where the Island went.  I don’t believe it’s a question of just where it went but when.  I believe that the Island can move whenever and where ever it likes.  I hope that season 5 provides us some detailed answers on not just where and when its gone but how the (pseudo) science of this works.

Like all other consumed Lost viewers I too have at least a million and one questions that I’d like to have answered.  That said I feel as though most of these lingering questions won’t be addressed until well into the sixth and final season.  Issues like the Monster, detailed information about the Island, Danielle, The Black Rock, and all of those other questions we still ask ourselves I can see not being answered until 2010, if ever.  Though these questions are always in the back of my mind the 10 listed here are at the forefront of my brain.  Get ready for season 5 and enjoy the ride!  What do you guys think?