Our office assistant, Lawren Bancroft Wilson, has a tough job. He has to manage meetings, coordinate correspondence, put out various impromptu fires related to missed award show deadlines, wayward furniture deliveries, and eccentric producer requests. But perhaps the trickiest part of Lawren’s job is handling lunch. Now, on the surface, it may seem like a fairly simple task: in the event that the show is on location (and the catering truck with it) lunch needs to be ordered. Unfortunately, that’s not as easy as it sounds since, on any given day, you’ll have 5-7 producers with very different opinions on what everyone should be eating.
Despite his fairly adventurous palate when it comes to dinner, Martin “egg-salad sandwich on white bread” Gero can prove a little fickle when it comes to the midday meal, giving the thumbs down to both Thai and Indian. Brad “gravy” Wright’s tastes tend to be fairly straightforward as he demonstrates a strong appreciation for both Swiss Chalet and Szechuan Chong Qing. Carl “Dominos Pizza” Binder is pretty open-minded, although he avoids lamb like the plague and occasionally voices his displeasure every time we order from Lombardo’s Pizzeria (they of the “no pepperoni” fame). Even though I tend to go all out when it comes to dinner, I prefer to make lunch a healthy alternative (like both Alex “side of salad” Levine and Lawren “no mayo“ Bancroft Wilson) and generally don’t’ hesitate to grouse whenever we order from places like Lombardos or Swiss Chalet whose healthy options taste like, well, crap. Lawren can’t eat mayo so his lunch orders are fairly easy to deal with in principle. Too bad for him most of the sandwich shops in the city find it next to impossible to honor a simple “no mayonnaise, please” request. Rob “duck and pork” Cooper, Paul “Rigatoni al Porto” Mullie, and Alan McCullough are pretty easy-to-please, especially when we’re ordering from Anton’s, an Italian eatery that serves up starving-student-sized portions of pasta that prove more effective than Nyquil in conking us out for the entire afternoon.
And then there’s the politics that go into paying for the lunch order. We take turns picking up the tab, but apparently Lawren finds it incredibly awkward to have someone cough up the funds for a lunch they didn’t want to order in the first place. As he confided to Alex on Friday: “There’s nothing worse than asking Joe to pay for Swiss Chalet.”
Friday’s lunches – heaping helpings of pasta: Tortellini a la Panna, Rigatoni al Porto, Herb Rigatoni Genovese with a side of spicy chicken.
Friday’s dinner – princess portions of Japanese tapas: diced tuna tartar and avocado on wonton crisps, Big Eye tuna carpaccio with white truffle oil, deep-fried spicy tuna roll, Meguro avocado crepe roll, and Tanaka-san’s roll of the day (rolled yam tempura and avocado topped with tuna tartar, unagi sauce, and garlic chips).
Watching: One episode to go on Gankoutsuo and then I’ll need another anime to watch. I’m also working my way through Domino, watching the movie in twenty minute installments over the course of the past week. I defy anyone to sit down and try to watch the entire movie in one sitting without having it incite some sort of epileptic seizure. I suppose Fondy and I should get back to Dexter which we left off sometime after episode three or four.
Reading: After Octavia E. Butler’s “Parable of the Talents”, I read Brian W. Aldiss’s “Earthworks” (an interesting premise dealt with all too quickly), A.E. Van Vogt’s Rogue Ship (the political infighting on the generational ship is very interesting but, like Earthworks, treated so quickly that it comes off a little comical), and am reading Joanna Russ’s “The Female Man” (none-too-subtle feminist scifi). Next up, I’ve set aside Leigh Brackett’s “The Long Tomorrow”. I also dropped by Chapters today and picked up a copy of The Ghost Brigades (I gave away my last two copies as birthday gifts to both David and Brad), and Terry’s Pratchett’s “Hogfather” and “Reaper Man”.
Let’s field some questions –
PG15 writes: “I thought Joe Flanigan’s pitch has been pushed to Season 5? Has it been “reinstated”?”
Answer: Nope. Different pitch.
Bugguy writes: “ I’m going to go to L.V. this week and was wondering if you could come up with an upscale place to eat, especially if the have foie gras.”
Answer: For a great upscale treat, check out Michael Mina in The Bellagio. If you really have a hankering for foie gras, as for their foie gras platter.
Karen writes: “Since you occassionally do the burger and fries option, have you eaten at In-and Out while in California?”
Answer: Yup. It was very good. Although I think I prefer Carls Jr.
Anonymous #1 writes: “ Is Travellers one of Amanda Tapping’s fourteen episodes?”
Anonymous #2 writes: “Have you ever had a computer crash/lost a notebook that erased months of hard work on a script/idea? How did you deal with it?”
Answers: Yup. I got a new one.
Breeze writes: “Have you ever gone to Australia? If not are planning to go sometime in the future?”
Answers: Never been. No plans for any future visits.
ChevronSeven writes: “Would you really deal your entire anime colletion, Dr. Mallozi, on a chess game with Zelenka?”
Answer: Probably not since Zelenka would undoubtedly kick my ass.
Anonymous #3 writes: “Can we please have at least one picture of Amanda on the Continuum set – I believe those you posted of AT are from SGA or AoT (please correct if I am mistaken) – but please, please, please give us one from Continuum – it’s so not fair that you haven’t!!!!!”
Answer: Sorry, I don’t take pic requests. Who or what I snap is wholly dependent on: my mood, who or what is within camera-range, and a willingness to have one’s picture taken.
Anonymous #4 writes: “So we finally get to see Teyla and Ronon on Earth?”
Answer: Ronon, yes. Teyla, no. Changes were made after the first draft.
Jbpiggy writes: “Was the organic origin of Wraith technology inspired by the new foes in the star wars galaxy?”
Answer: Doubtful. I was present when Rob and Brad came up with the idea for the wraith and there was never a mention of any particular source of inspiration.