I am touched and, quite frankly, a little overwhelmed by all of the support I’ve received in my mango-eating venture. Advice, website links, detailed explanations. In the unlikely event I ever again eat another mango, I’m now confident I’ll be able to do so in a dignified manner. So, thanks to everyone who contributed. Also, thanks to those who offered sightseeing ideas for my hypothetical trip to San Jose. The suggestions ranged from visit the Tech Museum to “get into your rental car and drive up to San Francisco”.
Rob again played the role of affable host today, inviting us all over for the big football doubleheader. Rather than go with the cliché pizza, he went a little creative. Today’s menu was a deli theme compliments of Kaplan‘s Star Deli: smoked meat, smoked turkey, salami, potato knishes, marble rye, and chopped liver (tasty!). For dessert, we had chocolate and raspberry rugelach, and oatmeal something-or-other cookies. I refer to them as oatmeal something-or-other cookies because, according to Rob, you never know what you’ll find inside. Apparently, family friend Joanie tends toward opportunistic creativity when baking them, tossing in whatever happens to be readily available: chocolate chips, Smarties, and what I hoped to God were raisins.
Mail, mail, mail…
SarahMiller writes: “Have you ever tried the fruit Durian?”
Answer: Yes. It’s definitely an acquired taste. Sometime last year, a scene called for alien fruit so someone in the props department thought it might be a good idea to bring in some durian. The smell was so, uh, unpleasant that we made them ditch it before we ever got around to shooting the scene.
Jen writes: “ Just out of curiosity, do you ever get in trouble for taking pictures of your food?”
Answer: Well, Rob was giving me a funny look while I was photographing the chopped liver…
Miss H writes: “My best friend sent me the links to deter me from buying guinea pigs, but yes, they really DO serve them with fries.”
Answer: I hate to say it, but those aren’t guinea pigs. They’re roasted lemmings. Mmmm. My favorite.
Anonymous writes: “How about some more clues about “the greatest final scene in Stargate history”, as Paul Mullie describes it in his TV Zone interview? I believe its from your episode, Family Ties.”
Answer: Can’t say much about the scene in question. Suffice it to say, the episode has a few “topical references”. When I wrote the scene, I assumed someone would insist I lose it. As it turned out, nobody objected (because, I suspect, they were too busy to notice and figured someone else would get around to objecting for them). Can’t say more.