Sadly, My Name is Earl never got an ending. NBC cancelled it after four seasons leaving the show on a giant cliffhanger. Greg Garcia, the show’s creator, said that the intended idea for an ending was Earl never finishing his list. He’d stumble on someone with a list of their own, and when asked how he thought of the list, the guy would say he got the idea from someone else with a list who got the idea off another guy with a list. Earl would then realise he had started a chain reaction of people making lists. Earl would tear up his list and walk away a free man with good karma knowing he’d put more good in the world than bad. It’s such a bummer NBC never reinstated it for one last series. I’d kill for it. Despite that, Earl Hickey has always stayed with me. I love that he’s just your average joe, a loser skirting the fringe of life just getting by with his own destiny. I’m certain there are other guys out there with their own lists, and that’s awesome. Making someone smile, for whatever reason, is always the best thing, and ticking off list items to become a better person isn’t a bad way to live your life.
Fate and faith has always troubled me. The idea of ‘things happenning for a reason’ scares the hell out of me, and I don’t like the idea that all control in my life is gone. I don’t think there are bigger plans waiting for us. However, if there are plans waiting, then that’s fine. I’ll look incredibly stupid, but that’ll be OK. Karma sure isn’t a bad way to look at things. It’s a healthy outlook, and it’s always appreciated when someone takes a little time of their day to do good things for you, no matter how small. You never know who could be hurting out there and may need a kind word to bring about a new smile. Maybe you, like Earl, already have a list. If not on paper, then maybe in your mind. I know I do, but I don’t know when I’ll ever see to right the mistakes I’ve made. Maybe tomorrow.
Songs of the Week:
- 'The One Thing Needful' by Anaal Nathrakh
- 'Fortunate Son' by Creedance Clearwater Revival
- 'Sparks Fly' by Taylor Swift
- 'Never Grow Up' by Taylor Swift
- 'Follow in Flight' by Halo 2 Anniversary Soundtrack
- 'Breaking the Covenant' by Halo 2 Anniversary Soundtrack
- 'Punishment' by Halo 2 Anniversary Soundtrack
- 'Reunion' by M83
- 'Midnight City' by M83
- 'Too Much of a Good Thing' by The Sons ft. Brett Reilly