Wednesday, September 30, 2009

August's Caption Contest Winner, The September Contest, and Other Stuff

It's all about the "just-in-time" posts over the past few months here on Long Live Locke. It's the last day of September, so that means I can still technically run a "September contest" and keep to my promise of one contest a month until May 2010.

But first, I need to let you know who won the August contest!

This was the image from "The Constant," and below is the panel of judges' favorite entry. Since I took so long to announce the winner, I'm going to give Dharma Beer can koozies to the two runners-up as well.



Desmond: "Be my motha lover... brotha."
Justin Timberlake: "It would be an honor to be your new stepfather!"

(If you don't know what the above is in reference to, you really need to watch this Emmy-nominated skit -- if you're not easily offended, that is...)

Yay for DWTENET! He/She gets to pick between a Kate and Shannon action figure... and I will throw in a few koozies as well. Just email me through the site or leave a comment with your email address (I will not publish it) and we can go from there.)


JEREMY with:

"After only talking a mere thirty seconds with his lover who he had not seen in three years, Desmond was immediately reminded why he left in the first place."



"Desmond was overjoyed to hear that the last four seasons of The X-Files were saved on Penelope's Tivo."

Thanks to everyone who participated! I really had a great time reading through everyone's responses (you can see them all here) and so I'll most likely run another contest like this one again in the future.

But for today and the September Contest, I'm keeping it simple:

Tell me who your favorite Lost character is in the comments section linked directly below this post, and those who are in positions 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 will win a set of the Dharma Beer can koozies. I'm going to post responses in batches, so there will be no way for anyone to know what position they might be in before submitting their entry.

(Speaking of, I do intend to write up the event and post some pictures from it, but that will have to wait. In the meantime, check out what Ryan from Zap2it's Guide to Lost said about the night here and here!)

OK, now for the contest rules:

- If you don't want Dharma Beer can koozies, please don't enter. There will be no other prizes offered for this contest.

- This contest is open to anyone in any country.

- Only one submission per person.

- Only entries on this blog via the comments section below this post will be considered -- Tweets or Facebook comments will not. There will be Facebook and Twitter-based contests in the future.

Good luck!

Finally, and this has absolutely nothing to do with Lost... but most of you know that my writing gig for DVD rental company redbox came about because of this blog. So I thought I'd mention that this Friday, shortly after 9 AM EST, I will be doing a live radio spot for redbox on KPAM in Portland. Anyone can tune in to it via the "Listen Live" link on the upper-right of KPAM's site. I'll be talking about new theatrical releases Zombieland and Whip It, as well as titles that are now out on DVD, including Monsters vs. Aliens, The Brothers Bloom and Management.

I'll be back at some point in October with The Numbers contest winners and yet another chance to take home some Lost-related goodies...

- e

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Big Day is Here: Zap2Locke Con Begins at 7 PM!

Just a quick reminder that if you're a Lost fan in the Chicago area, I hope to see you tonight at Zap2Locke Con at The Dark Horse in Wrigleyville. All of the details you'll need are in the post below!

As for August's Caption Contest winner, I'll be announcing that after I get through tonight... there's been a lot of fun preparation for the event so I haven't had much extra time to confer with my esteemed panel of judges. But hopefully I'll post the winner over the weekend.

Stay tuned...
- e

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Help Me Spread the Word about Zap2Locke Con:
Be There or Be a Dharma Octagon-Thingy!

Hello my dear friends -

Since I last wrote about Zap2Locke Con, Ryan from Zap2it's Guide to Lost and I have hammered out a ton of details for the event, and I have to admit that I'm really excited for it. I haven't asked you for much over the years, but I am asking you now to help me spread the word. If you're not in Chicago but know of other Lost fans who are, by all means, please send them the link to this post or to the Facebook event page and encourage them to stop by. And if you are in Chicago and are able to make it, then I can't wait to meet you and get our nerd on together. We're hoping that everyone who thinks they might come will either RSVP on the Facebook page or email Ryan and/or me to give us the heads up.

Here are all of the logistics, plus a sneak peek at a few of the things that will be going down the night of Friday, September 18th:

LOCATION: The back patio (walk straight through the bar to the back) at The Dark Horse Tap & Grille, 3443 N. Sheffield in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago. The area we have outside is not only spacious, but also equipped with powerful heaters in case it's chilly, a cover if it's raining, and two huge screens that will be showing the Cubs game (which is away, for those of you worried about home-game traffic -- you're in the clear).

DATE/TIME: Friday, September 18th. We've set the official start time at 7 PM, but we'll definitely be there before that for those of you who might want to come straight from the office.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Mostly we just wanted to use Ryan's trip to Chitown as an excuse to throw a little shindig and meet some of the readers of our sites. But there are a few special things we have in store above and beyond standing/sitting around and talking about Lost for hours:

- There will be periodic Dharma food drops of Katesadillas, Paulo's Pulled Pork Nachos, Hurley's Hummus and Mr. Cluck's Chicken Wings. This is not a joke, there will be the aforementioned appetizers circulating... until funding from the Widmore Corporation runs out.

- Ryan's fellow Zap2it blogger, Andy (aka "The Bloopmeister"), has secured us wonderful drink deals: $3 draft beers, $3 well drinks and a $3 Lost-themed special (we're still deciding on a name for that one). Widmore's not paying for drinks, though, so everyone's on their own as far as beverages are concerned. There will of course be other options for both appetizers and drinks if you want to order anything else The Dark Horse offers. (Did I mention we're going to kick out anyone who can't handle their booze and starts acting like Hillbilly Bearded Jack?)

- I'm going to be handing out small tokens of appreciation to attendees, but supplies are limited, so it's first come, first served for those goodies. The Zap2it folks might have a few swag items to dole out to some lucky people as well.

- We're going to hold a raffle later in the evening, and the main prizes are three sets of Lost Season 1 and Season 2 Blu-ray DVDs, generously donated to Zap2it by ABC. Woo-hoo!

I have to save a few surprises for those who are able to join us, so that's all you're getting for now. If you can't be there physically but want to be there in spirit, you can follow the festivities the night of the event by using the #Zap2Con hashtag on Twitter. We'll try to upload pictures and send updates between talking about our favorite episodes. And by the way, Ryan might be holding more of these get-togethers in other cities in the near future and will continue to use that tag for anything else he throws together in, say, Boston or NYC.

OK, now send this to all of your Windy City Lost-loving peeps! And if you can make it, remember to either email me/Ryan OR RSVP on Facebook here... pretty pretty please.

Can't wait to meet some of you...

- e