Amusing food story #1: Fondy and her sister Grace were shopping at the Pacific Mall yesterday when they decided to get take-out at the food court. Grace ordered from Thai Express and, as she was heading out, noticed that the container they gave her was only half-full. She thought it odd since the last couple of times she’d done take-out from Thai Express, the container had been filled. So, she returned to the counter and explained the situation to the guy in charge. “Usually, when I’ve ordered in the past,”she informed him, “the container has been full,”. The guy stared back at her stonefaced and offered: “They gave you too much.”
Amusing food story #2: The gals in accounting ordered from a new Thai restaurant in the neighborhood, one that shall remain nameless because I have honestly forgotten the name. Halfway through their meal, one of them fished a peculiar item their tofu: a lightly fried grasshopper. How the hell a grasshopper ended up in their tofu is beyond me as it has been pouring rain the past few weeks and not exactly ideal grasshopper conditions. “Maybe they were cooking a grasshopper dish and one of the grasshoppers jumped out of the pot,”suggested someone in all seriousness. I told them I was pretty sure that grasshopper is NOT on the menu at this particular restaurant, but this individual was adamant. “Have you ever been to Thailand?”they challenged. No, I’ve never been, but Alex Levine has and he did confirm that he was once presented with a trolley full of various crispy-fried insects on his last trip there. But that’s beside the point. If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s fairly obvious: Never, under any circumstances, order tofu.
I forgot to mention that we our cast read-through for Reunion the other day. All of the usual suspects were there in addition to reclusive director Will Waring extra special guest star and Super nice guy (note the capital S there) Mark Dacascos. Very humble, very pleasant, and full of fun stories about his show Iron Chef America. I’ve never seen our stunt coordinator, Bam Bam, so thrilled to be working with someone.
With the hockey playoffs in full swing, Carl Binder is showing his support for the home team (well, his home team). Being the incredibly superstitious fellow he is (he has a good-luck ritual that involves him walking backwards from his car to his second floor office every morning, and back at the end of the work day), Carl has vowed not to eat his special good luck team cupcake until the Ducks have won the Stanley Cup. Let’s hope for Carl’s sake they make it quick.
By the way, congratulations to Brad Wright for winning the coveted Writer’s Guild of Canada Showrunner of the Year award. I have included a pic of the prize: a peculiar pencil spanning a globe. Okay, it may not be the nicest-looking trophy, but it is undoubtedly the heaviest as I suspect the damn thing is plated lead. Between this and that Cable Ace Award, it‘s a wonder he‘s still the same unassuming, down-to-earth guy who helicopters into work every day and just does his job.
Exangeline writes: “Do you read manga?”
Answer: I don’t. Between the books and the anime, I don’t have the time.
Anonymous #1 writes: “I’ve seen several posts by you bemoaning the Gate’s poor promotion, yet it continues to happen. Why don’t you do something about it?”
Answer: The network promos or out of my sphere of influence. I can complain – and have – but there’s not much else I can do.
Nikki writes: “ 1- How do you hire your extras? Do you tend to favour certain agencies, and what specifically do you ask for? 2- Do you know where I could send a fan letter to an actor who worked on SG-1?”
Answers: 1 – We have an Extras Casting Director who hires extras based on the specific episode needs. 2 – Sure, just send it to the Bridge Studios.
Faithchan writes: “Have you ever seen Slayers or Fushigi Yuugi?”
Answer: I watched the first seasons of both, and liked both although I did prefer Slayers for its humor.
Shawna writes: “I recently visited my aunt, who has a pug named Millie…”
Answer: Love that dog.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Where would one find Rob and Brad’s blogs???”
Answer: Probably in an alternate universe.
Anonymous #3 writes: “As for getting rid of Torri … theres an ‘interesting’ rumor about why you didn’t keep both her and Amanda which was posted on GW just a day ago. All I can say is if there’s any truth to that rumor, you’ve made a huge mistake.”
Answer: Since I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, I guess I’ll just have to take your word for it.
Anonymous #4 writes: “You know, if you weren’t offing people’s favorite characters, folks wouldn’t be so negative about S4 and unsympathetic to you.”
Answer: Nah, I think they’d still be pretty negative and unsympathetic.
Arctic Goddess writes: “Guess what! We are getting a pug and calling him Mallozzi! Little Joe for short! […] Of all of the imaginative television shows that have aired over the years, which show do you think was the most well written – besides Stargate and Atlantis, of course?”
Answer: First: Am I a dogfather? Second: The Sopranos.
Inner-Fangirl writes: “As far as Animé are concerned: how about Wolf’s Rain and Ghibli movies ?”
Answer: I liked Wolf’s Rain, and do enjoy Ghibli movies (Spirited Away is still my fave but I’ve yet to get around to Totoro).
The First Lily writes: “I’m always the last person to notice plot holes (and I really don’t care about them when someone points them out later), but I immediately noticed a HUGE plot hole with the personal shields. In Hide & Seek it was clear that once a person activated those shields, they didn’t work on anyone else once (Rodney tried to put the shield on John’s chest in that episode and didn’t work) and one couldn’t eat/drink while using the shield (Rodney thinking he was going to starve, not being able to even drink coffee, etc).”
Answer: The implication in Hide and Seek was that Rodney hadn’t a clue how to use the personal shield, anyone else even less. True, Rodney couldn’t even eat or drink with it on. However, in Irresistible, Lucius demonsrates his ability to turn the device on and off while he is sitting in the tavern, suggesting that he has enough control to eat and drink.