i have a friend who emails me on occasion whenever he does it drives me nuts because for some reason he refuses to make use of punctuation no semi-colons commas or apostrophes not even a period for some reason capitalization is also taboo i cant figure why is it really that troublesome maybe its a time-saving measure im not sure but for every ten seconds he saves im sure i spend ten times as long trying to decypher his bewildering frustrating seemingly endless run-on sentences
BTW, I also have another m8 🙂 who IMNSHO produces emails that prove equally annoying >:) cos they are peppered with kewl internet acronyms. Every time I get something from him, I’m LOL, ROTFL, even ROTFLMAO, or OTOH thinking OMG GAL ASAP! AAMOF, there are times his emails are so confusing 🙁 that I think K WTF, I’d be better off just saying THX CU TTYL8R maybe 2nite or maybe 2M, and actually meet him F2F to get the story. FWIW that isn’t as EZ as it sounds since AFAIK he’s rarely AFK, never a BRB, GTG, or even a BBL from him as he’s always glued to his laptop (IOW never w/o it). :-/.
To be fair, I’m terrible when it comes to sending emails. No, I don’t use annoying shorthand like “Whatchew boyz think? R u sure ur in?” or equally annoying turns of phrase like the reprehensible “Ciao for now!”, but it does take me forever to respond. In some cases, quite literally forever. I’ll read the email, make a mental note to answer at a later date, and then conveniently never do. So I’m amazed that I’m still here blogging away on a daily basis. I suppose there will come a time when I run out of things to write about. So please let me know when it eventually becomes clear that I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel, blogging about things like paper clips, persimmons, and exasperating email etiquette.
Oh. Dear. Lord.
Well, since you’re already here, let me tell you about last night’s dinner. We went to Zakkushi where we had absolutely no problem getting a table thanks to the Ducks-Canucks game. We enjoyed the home made zaru tofu with green salt and spicy, aromatic green Japanese pepper paste, and a multitude of grilled items like pork-wrapped garlic stalks, beef tongue, and every chicken part imaginable and then some: heart, liver, gizzard, thigh although I had to draw the line at chicken skin. For dessert – we came home and continued our week-long chocolate binge. Tonight’s dinner, in contrast, not so memorable.
For all those of you no doubt worrying, I’m pleased to report I survived my visit to the dentist with little more than the wickedest headache I’ve endured in years and the news that I had chipped a molar because I apparently grind my teeth and clench my jaw a lot.
What say we squeeeeeze in a few questions before calling it a night –
Anonymous #1 writes: “Are we allowed to ask just how McKay would have become a father (i.e. what circumstances and with whom)? I’m dying of curiosity!”
Answer: Well, when a man and a woman love each other very much, a special thing happens…
Mags writes: “I enjoyed the poem. I was wondering if you ever write (non-work related) fiction in your downtime. Does writing as your job take away the pull towards creative writing as a hobby?”
Answer: I don’t have time to write non-work related fiction as I spend most of my downtime reading. I’ve wanted to sit down and work on a novel for quite some time but have lacked the downtime. Depending on how things pan out, I might get the chance next year.
AAA writes: “…sounded an interesting history arc to McKay be daddy. Hypothetical, Katie Brown had been the mammy?”
Answer: That’s what we were considering.
JohnManzione writes: “1. […] Any plans for more Hammond in the future?
2. Any plans to finally let us all know whether Jack and Sam are a couple? 3. Any chance the Furlings have been shown but not identified? 4. The Tollans; are they dead and gone?
5. Will the Asguard on the Deadalus (sp) survive or will he/she suddenly disappear as well? 6. Jonas. I think all of us would like to see Jonas again. Any chance?
Answers: 1. No plans for Hammond although I did run into Don’s lovely better half who told me he’s out there somewhere having a wonderful time meeting his fans. 2. No plans for this. 3. Nope. 4. I assume they were wiped out in the goa’uld attack but who knows – Brad and Rob could surprise. 5. That remains to be seen. 6. It’s unlikely on Atlantis.
Marla writes: “A friend and I are headed up your way in June – any good dining recommendations you can give us without breaking our bank?”
Answer: Check out The Memphis Barbecue House, The Sha Lin Noodle House, Bistrot Bistro, Shanghai Chinese Bistro, Ouzeri, Anton’s Pasta Bar, Zakkushi – to name a few.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Qu’est-ce qui vous a poussé à apprendre le francais ?”
Reponse: Je suis né a Montreal, alors j’ai appris mon français dans l’école primaire.
Namiko writes: “On a more serious note, how often are you called upon to balance these real world “challenges” with the overall creative process, and is that part of the fun, or a real headache that you just have to endure?”
Answer: You know that wicked headache I mentioned? My visit to the dentist wasn’t entirely to blame.
Grape Ape writes: “ Wow. I can’t believe you didn’t post my comment.”
Answer: You mean the one way I posted?
Anonymous #3 writes: “Teyla’s story arc, will it be more in-depth than simply her pregnancy and its consequences?”
Anonymous #4 writes: “Anonymous #7 writes: “Teyla’s pregnant? […] It just proves that if you can’t figure out how to develop a female character you off them like you’re doing with Elizabeth or you get them pregnant… ” Wow – hey Joe – Anon #7 giving you a lot of credit there … er, does Fondy know?”
Answer: Okay, I don’t do this on principle but I’m going to have to make an exception here – ROTFLMAO.
Sazzat writes: “Please can you tell us (or just give us a magic 8 ball clue) as to whether we will be seeing Michael in the first half of season 4.”
Answer: Sorry. No Michael in the front half.
George writes: “(1)How long does it take you to write a single Atlantis script, from start to finish? (2)Do you write them one at a time, or are you working on a bunch of them at one time?”
Answers: 1) About a month. 2) One at a time.
Anonymous #5 writes: “That leaves approximately 49 Hives and over 175 cruisers. My question sir, how the hell are our heroes going to flatten those numbers now that the asurans are in the equation?”
Answer: Check out season four to find out.
Maud writes: “You’ve stated that Dr. Keller’s first name is Jennifer, but I’ve seen conflicting claims about her nationality. Is she American or Canadian?”
Answer: She’s American.
Jenny Robin writes: “It seems that Mallozzi’s poem with notes
Has increased the level of some people’s hopes
[..]Will write and produce for us to enjoy
I appreciate your efforts, go get ’em, big boy!”
Answer: Okay. I’m impressed.