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Lost in Humboldt

President Barack Obama had the good sense to schedule his State of the Union address to avoid competition with the season premier of ABC’s hit series, Lost.  The final season begins tonight.

Sadly, the Eureka City Council is less in-tune with its constituents, so unless they can wrap it up before 8pm many voters will be choosing a well-scripted drama or the other kind (you decide which is which).

Early adjournment is not impossible — if certain elected officials who are running for county supervisor can avoid campaign platitudes during the meeting — there’s a chance of avoiding overlap.

Lost takes place on a tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific, but Humboldt County once played a cameo.  In the third episode of Season 3, the mysterious character John Locke flashed back to a time he spent on a (you guessed it) marijuana farm somewhere out highway 36.  But idyllic commune life fell apart when Locke unwittingly led an undercover Humboldt County deputy inside the well-guarded operation.

The episode, “Further Instruction,” aired on Oct. 18, 2006, hitting prime time before the more recent national attention by Pot City USA, Marijuana, Inc., NPR, the LA Times and the pot-sniffing New York Times door-to-door camera crew in Arcata.

  1. Walt
    February 2, 2010 at 5:31 am

    God forbid reality should interfere with TELEVISION. Even political “reality”.

  2. February 2, 2010 at 7:25 am

    You’ve LOST me,

  3. A Non A Me
    February 2, 2010 at 8:12 am

    So we are to change meeting schedules based on what is on TV? This is the strangest thing I have ever heard. Have the Heraldo(s)advocating for couch potatoes over civic involvement?

  4. February 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Oh dear. Now I’ve offended the civic sensibilities of A Non A Me.

  5. Plain Jane
    February 2, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Is there a difference between pointing out reality and advocating?

  6. February 2, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Not to those whose feathers are begging to be ruffled.

  7. Ed
    February 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

    It’s all becoming clear now. Locke’s past adventure in Bridgeville is where he originally met the smoke monster. He’ll revisit the town in a future episode but it will be painted mauve and chartreuse and it’s name will be changed to Arklyville.

  8. lowblow
    February 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

    7 posts and there you go, Arkley is involved.

  9. Mr. Obvious
    February 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    God invented a solution for problems such as this. DVR

  10. Anon
    February 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    This was just Heraldo’s clever way to call attention to the fact that life so often imitates art, and how fitting to compare Eureka’s city council doings to the “Lost” series. The parallels are endless and oh so amusing.

  11. High Finance
    February 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Frankly the fictional characters in “Lost” are more real than the promises Obama gave in his State Of The Union speech.

  12. textual harassment
    February 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    you’re such a tool.

  13. Anon
    February 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Frankly the fictional characters in “Lost” are more real than the promises we hear from the Arkley camp and the 3 stooges.

  14. Zeno
    February 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Click here to see a funny perspective on Lost, from our friends at The Onion.

    BTW, a nearly packed house at the Veterans Hall in Eureka for the PG&E WaveConnect public meeting.

  15. February 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I am so excited about this season. Words cannot express my immense, anticipatory glee!!!

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