America's Most Miserable Cities
10. Providence, RI
9. Charlotte, NC
8. Modesto, CA
7. Los Angeles, CA
6. Chicago, IL
5. Philadelphia, PA
4. New York, NY
3. Flint, MI
2. Stockton, CA
1. Detroit, MI

Surprising omissions: Cleveland, OH and Newark, NJ.

Patton Oswalt's 5 Angriest Parking Lots in Los Angeles
5. Bally's Gym and Fitness on El Centro
4. The Ross/7-11/various other stores at La Brea and Sunset
3. The entire Century City facility
2. The Starbucks at the corner of Overland and Washington
1. The Ikea in Burbank

I would add the Hollywood Bowl.

In the Bay Area:
• the Costco in Sunnyvale
• the BART station in Fremont
• Cupertino Village

Seven recluses who've influenced me
1. John Hughes
2. Gary Larson
3. Thomas Pynchon
4. J.D. Salinger
5. Bill Watterson
6-7. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda

Sports in need of a Shaolin/kung fu spin
• hockey
• figure skating
• rugby

Television shows I'm most eager to watch each week
5. jPod
4. Skins
3. Lost
2. The Wire
1. Breaking Bad

It's not too late to jump on the Bad-wagon. Only three episodes have aired.