Apparently I’ve been tagged with some sort of “Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me” meme. Now as anyone who knows me will tell you, I enjoy a good chain letter as much as the next guy, but I find I don’t really have the time to devote myself to proper chain letter distribution. Fortunately, this is what office assistants are for. To avoid the horrific, carefully documented tragedies that befall those who ignore the call to “copy and send” (ie. Laura Blinkenstein from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania disregarded the chain letter she received. Three years later, her cousin’s husband ran out of gas on the way to work and had to contact Roadside Assistance. Incredible but true.), I keep Lawren fairly busy, mailing out hundreds of these chain letters a day. “But, Joe,”I imagine you saying, “HOw do you possibly come up with hundreds of potential daily targets?“ Well, let’s just say I’m resourceful (Incidentally, to all those angry fans sending me hate mail, please make sure to include a return address with all correspondence. Thanks in advance.). Between the painstaking copying out of the chain letters (I told Lawren that I preferred the more personal, hand-written touch to the inhuman convenience of the photocopier) and the seemingly endless trip so the post office, it’s a wonder the guy has time for actual Stargate-related duties.
Anyhoo, getting back to the “this is not a chain letter” meme, here are Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me:
1) When I was very young, I was diagnosed with severe allergies to: dogs, feathers, and dusts. Today, in a miracle to rival that cheese danish in the likeness of the Virgin Mary, I own dogs, use feather pillows, and spend most of my days in dusty environments with no ill effects (!).
2) Growing up, my preferred morning meal was comprised of powdered doughnuts, nutella, and milk – the breakfast of champions.
3) I couldn’t tell a Whitney Houston song from a Christina Aguilera song from a Mariah Carey song (feel free to replace any of the names in the preceding sentences with the following: Celine Dion, Beyonce, Shakira).
4) I almost drowned as a kid and, as a result, possessed a deep-seeded fear of deep water until the age thirteen when I finally learned to swim.
5) I sleep with a minimum of three pillows.
If this was a chain letter, Lawren would already be hard at work, copying out the dire warnings in his elegant script. But since this is a meme and I’m uncertain of the formalities, I’ll go with my gut. If you’re reading this blog entry, consider yourselves tagged.
T.V. question of the night. So, I watched Grey’s Anatomy last night with Fondy and, at one point, George learns that his new wife Callie is an heiress seriously flush with cash. When he confronts about keeping this fact a secret, her response is something along the lines of “I don’t tell people because it always changes their opinion of me.” or something to that effect. Okay, a bit of suspect reasoning given that she is the guy’s wife and you’d think they’d be past that point but whatever. My questions for those who watch the show (actually, Lawren’s question as he was the one who brought this to my attention at lunch today): If Callie is so rich, then why was she living in the hospital basement in season two?
Just finished reading: Childhood’s End. Reading: A Wizard of Earthsea. On deck: World War Z.
Mail call –
Anonymous #1 writes: “Earlier in the month, you made a mention to Lorne. How many episodes do you think Kavan Smith will be appearing in, and will there be a conflict again with him appearing in The 4400?”
Answer: Not sure how many he’ll be appearing in. And, so far, we haven’t run into any conflicts with The 4400.
Zabadoo writes: “How hard is it to get a job in a production studio in Vancouver?”
Answer: To be perfectly honest, I haven’t a clue. I’ve only been working on one production the whole 7+ years I’ve been in Vancouver.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Will you bring the ancient warship Tria back in season 4?”
Vaberella writes: “So is there anything else you like, besides chocolate, but can be shipped just as easily?”
Answer: While I appreciate the gifts, it is unnecessary to send me anything. Your comments on this blog and the occasional scathingly critical letters are thanks enough.
Rednikki writes: “The condemned man is supposed to get whatever last meal he wishes for. If you were in that position, what meal would you choose?”
Answer: I’ll take Diva at the Met’s DC Burger: a house made beef patty topped with braised short rib, wild mushroom ragout, seared foie gras, and truffle aioli served with gaufrette chips and onion rings. For dessert: the sticky toffee pudding with double vanilla ice cream from Caffe de Medici and enough Chocoatl chocolates to kill me before my execution.
Anonymous #3 writes: “ The “joke” about freedom of speech in Canada wearing a bit thin for this particular Canadian. Once was enough, twice is moving towards stupid, three times would be offensive.”
Answer: I apologize and am thankful I stopped short of actually offending any Canadians. By the way, speaking of the Canadian Constitution, did you know that a little known subsection prohibits Canadians from wearing socks on Sundays? That’s where the saying “Sockless as a Canadian on Sunday” comes from. True story.
Kiwigater writes: “Hmmm, well, I think I spot Martin’s problem…. he’s trying to drink a candle for a start.”
Answer: Yes. At the point that particular picture was taken, Martin was eight drinks in (including two candle wax shots).
Paula writes: “So how was Martin feeling by the afternoon?”
Answer: Hard to tell. He wouldn’t wake up.
Anonymous #4 writes: “How do you feel about the participation of so many crew and cast members from the Stargate franchise in Damian Kindler’s new avant garde series […] You’ve avoided answering at least one question already about your feelings on the matter…”
Answer: I feel fine about it. As for answering questions about the project in question, I can’t really offer much insight as I really don’t know much about it.
Iamza writes: “Have there ever been times when a scene in your script has played out on screen completely differently from the way you’d imagined it?”
Answer: More times than I can count. But it would be IRRESPONSIBLE of me to point to any particular episodes.
Sannsong writes: “Can we expect to find that there are similar allies in Pegasus that might be of help to Atlantis?”
Answer: Oh, yeah. Check out season four.
Anonymous #5 writes: “Playback Magazine has RDA listed as a cast member of Continuum, and one of the select few traveling to the Arctic for your special shoot next week. Can you confirm this?”
Answer: Yes, I can confirm that Playback Magazine has listed RDA as a cast member of Continuum.