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Hurley Creates Golf Courses and Hope On Lost Islands

During an episode of the TV series “Lost,” one of the best television series, Hurley, the big guy in need of a diet, told Jack: “You know what’s wrong? We’re just not having fun,” the best kick-in-the-ass comment made by any character in the series.

Jack, the medical doctor, the guy who always needed to be in control, the leader whom everyone relied on finally “got it.” In the midst of danger everywhere–from the jungle, the “others” on the Island, the lack of food, the over-extended plane trip with danger all around–Hurley decided to build a golf course and make life “fun” again.

Hurley is a Metaphor for Hope

Hurley, the guy you’d least expect to offer comfort, sensed the stress and dismay of those who survived the plane crash.  He created hope for those lost on a strange island by “creating golf courses and hope on lost islands.” He realized that people in dire straights need to have “fun” to stay sane.

Thanksgiving is Thursday, followed by “black Friday,” the start of the Christmas shopping season. There’s a cold wind blowing in shopping centers and Santa is loading his sleigh this year with essentials he raided from Walmart. HD TV sets are off the gift lists this year. It’s time for extra blankets to warm us as we turn the thermostats down.

Watching shoppers in stores is like visiting a morgue. The smiles are well-hidden. The laughter hard to hear. The fear is palpable. The uncertainty everywhere. Hope is hard to find. It’s like being lost on Hurley’s island without a golf course in sight.

During these times of internal strife and anxiety, comfort yourself. And don’t forget to create your own mental golf course as you wander on lost islands. Fun and happiness are just beyond the next tree.

Bridges Connect People in the Bay Area? Drain the Bay

Residents in the San Francisco Bay Area awoke again today not knowing how to quickly commutel from one side of the Bay to the other. The Bay Bridge, connecting Oakland/East Bay with San Francisco, was shut down again due to safety issues. (On Labor Day, the bridge was also closed to fix a dangerous section of the span.) The Bay Bridge is becoming a thorn in the sides of Bay Area residents–too old, not hip.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area is like living on multiple islands. Tthe Pacific Ocean rushes under the Golden Gate Bridge, spreading itself in all directions, creating travel obstacles. The Bay is a gigantic barrier to hundreds of thousands who need to shuttle from one side to another each day.

Since the Bay Bridge is closed again, commuters clog alternative bridges, take BART (the Bay Area Rapid Transit rail system), other public transportation or helicopter if they’re rich like Larry Ellison at Oracle.

While residents once worked and played in their own backyards (no need for bridges there), we’ve become islands of people crossing water barriers. We skip across the Bay as if the Bay didn’t exist. We ignore it, the bridges that provide passage, disregard unknown communities at 65 mph.

If it were possible, some people would probably vote to turn the Golden Gate into a dam, drain the Bay and build super highways across barren, dry land. Just think of it: a 5 minute commute without water blocking us. Don’t just go east-to-west, go northeast-to-southwest.

Water fowl habitat? Estuaries? Marshes? Heck, who needs those? This is California. We’re on the move, tweeting on mobile phones to people we don’t know, watching dots–our virtual friends–on iPhone maps.

Think of the PR possibilities with a drained Bay. Instead of “the Bay Area,” we’d simply become “The Area” or, better yet, “The Silicon Valley Area” or SVA for short. Imagine the prestige, the glamor and the quick commutes.  No more islands of people separated by water. We’d become islands of people connected by concrete.

It all makes sense now. Time to drain the Bay, tear the bridges down and really live the good life California once promised.