As some of you may or may not know or previously noted and/or chosen to forget, Fondy is thinking about getting another pug. At least one. I say “at least one” because when we drove to Coquitlam last weekend, the plan was to simply look at some soon-to-be available pug puppies. Two hours later, Fondy had already chosen a name for the pug she wanted – Uni (named after the Japanese word for sea urchin and not any lofty universal concept of The One) and was clearly heartbroken over the fact that she couldn’t have the little black puppy as well. As I stated in previous blog entries (and despite what everyone assumes) I have yet to make a decision on the additional pug(s). Just because my wife has already chosen a name for the pug doesn’t mean we’ll be getting another one. I’m putting my foot down. Pugs are a big responsibility and we already have our hands full with the three we have. And speaking of which – would Jelly, Maximus, and Bubba welcome a new addition to the family? Probably. But that’s beside the point. Bottom line: this is a decision we must make together – not unlike naming the naming of the pug in which I played no part.
And so, nothing is set in stone. We may get a new pug or probably not. Really – probably not. And getting two pugs? Out of the question!
However, in the event that we do end up getting two pug puppies instead of none (not at all likely by the way!), I feel it is only right that I get to name the second one. And so, I’ve come up with a list. Here are the candidates:
Your thoughts? Fondy expressed a preference for Mysterio and Lex (Luthor) although I am personally leaning towards Electro or Galactus (He’s the planet eater after all!).
But, really, there’s no point in even discussing this because the chances of getting a new pug puppy, much less two, is somewhere between slim and none.
Just finished the first book in David Wingrove’s Chung Kuo series and am about to start Orson Scott Card’s Speaker for the Dead, the sequel to Ender’s Game (which I loved). Also, on the reading front, I’m sad to report that SciFi.com will be shutting down it’s short story archive effective tomorrow – June 15th, 2007. Get ‘em will you can!
Fondy and I went back to Chows last night for a wonderful meal. We started with a refreshing chilled cucumber soup crowned with frozen shaved yogurt, then followed that with a very good beef carpaccio which was served with a surprisingly good fennel salad, the whole topped with just a touch of the requisite white truffle oil. Fondy followed salad with salad, opting for a roasted organic baby beet salad with candied walnut and goat cheese (which she adored) while I had an atypical foie gras dish – this one eschewing the traditional fruit reduction in favor a pea soup bath and fried onion accompaniment. Both different and delicious. A side of subtle but oh-so-tasty house made nutmeg gnocchi accompanied the foie gras. For our mains – Fondy had the organic chicken with harissa and lemon sauce, Israeli couscous and rapini while I went with the pan-seared scallops (sweet and meaty) served atop a couch of fall-apart-tender braised short rib and cauliflower puree. We also shared a side dish of pan-fried organic wild mushrooms that proved the buttery/garlicky/white truffle-scented highlight of the evening. Alas, no dessert on this night.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Answer: Her history of disobeying command…” I think you misread the question.”
Answer: My bad. I mistook you for someone else. Apologies.
Mackenzie’sMomm writes: “I was wondering what your favorite chocolate is? Also how do you feel about buttercream caramels?”
Answers: Amedei Chuao. Overwhelmingly positive.
Anonymous #2 writes: “She’s huge, and the minute Carter steps foot on Atlantis she’s going to be the most important character there…”
Answer: Based on what? Your gut feeling? I can’t wait for you to wade back in here with your apology after season four airs and it turns out you’ve totally overreacted.
Cassie writes: “Hey Joe, ever been to Portland?”
Answer: Not yet.
Anonymous #3 writes: “Would it be right to assume that the reason you can’t give the name of Torri’s fourth episode because she’s only in three, not the four you said she was in?”
Answer: That would be incorrect.
Anonymous #4 writes: “Regarding the ratings, this articles shows that maybe things aren’t so bad: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070601-nielsen-ratings-drop-nonexistent-when-dvrs-are-accounted-for.html “
Answer: Very interesting. According to the article, only 58% of primetime content is watched live. When DVR playback is accounted for within two days of a show’s broadcast, that number went up to 92%. 95% within a three days span and 100% within a week of the show’s original broadcast. Interestingly, some of the people behind the back-from-the-dead Jericho are asking their fans to make sure they watch the show live.
Jen, the cow hugger writes: “Since Carter will be heading Atlantis, does this mean she was promoted to Colonel?”
Answer: She will be a Full Bird Colonel for both the movies and Atlantis‘s fourth season.
Shawna writes: “According to a report on IMDb, Boston Legal has gotten rid of four cast members: Julie Bowen, Rene Auberjonois, Constance Zimmer, and Mark Valley, although it looks like “Hands” will be a regular now. Thoughts?”
Answer: I’m very much looking forward to seeing Jerry Espensen as a regular.