Well, I was back at Fuel last night for the fourth visit in about a week, this time with Fondy who had her heart set on the Cote de Boeuf. I’ll let the picture do the talking but, suffice it to say, the quality of the food and the service remains wonderfully consistent. A huuuge fan of Chef Belcham’s luxuriously rich chilled corn soup, I’m not ashamed to admit that I started the meal with a double serving – but a little embarrassed to confess I skipped dessert in favor of ending my meal with another double serving. According to Chef Belcham, 8 ears of corn go into one full-bodied serving. So, do the math. I had 32 ears of corn in one sitting. That must be a record – for me anyway.
I’m pleased to report that Baron Destructo (one of my many online aliases) received a response from a determined email scammer, committed to “doing business” with him despite the fact that the Baron and his cohorts are super villains bent on taking over the world. Meh, who cares? So long as he gets the $200 processing fee he requested, I suppose. Yeah, about that, Baron Destructo wrote back:
“ Dearest Human Offal,
Your speedy response is much appreciated. Regarding your request for $200, the sad reality is that as a secret league of supervillains dedicated to world domination and the enslavement of humankind, we do not make use of public bank accounts or any traceable means of finance, thus any sort of wire transfer is problematic. Mailing you the cash is out of question as well as the thought of entrusting the payment to a postal service plagued by unscrupulous opportunists makes us all very uneasy. So in lieu of the $200 fee, might I suggest we temporarily loan you one of the following items:
1. Fire Gauntlets: Ideal for generating and manipulating fireballs, firewalls, and incendiary strikes. A wonderful conversation starter. And stopper.
2. Rocket Boots: Fly around the city! Buzz news choppers! Catch the big game from the best seat in the house and then beat traffic home! A great way to check out the exosphere (note: if you do, dress warmly).
3. Chameleon Cloak: Blend in to most any background like a Freddie Prinze Jr. movie on a summer release slate.
4. Helm of Fortitude: This handy headgear guards against the deleterious mental effects of psionic assaults, attempted mind control, and summer reality television.
5. Two Tickets to see Neil Sedaka at the Mirage: Great seats, third row center, at this once in a lifetime show! Unfortunately, the tickets are part of a foursome that will have you seated beside the Dr. Catastro and the Purple Lamprey who are notorious for talking through these types of live events.
Let me know which of the five you would prefer. All we ask is that you have said item on your person when our representatives show up to collect the monies, and level your offices, so that we may conveniently reclaim it from your smoldering corpse.
Many thanks and, as always, thank you for keeping the dream alive,
Cc: Calamitous Jane, Glaxnor the Miscreant, Sinderella Washington, Xxxaptak’qul, Dr. Catastro, Dr. Disastro, Dr. Quinn Meddlesome Woman, Ray Mephistopheles, Archfiend Animus, Brutus Badly, the Plague Zombies, Vorzik the Planet Squisher, the Malevolater, Count Sinister, Kugal Baruth, Death Knell, Star Father Celestio, Shatterdam, Princess Arcana, the Mystifier, the Procrastinator, the Soul Emancipator, Quickstrike, Professor Frosty, Flamer the Flaming Man, the Pummeler, the Purple Lamprey, and John Tesh.”
Personally, I would go with the rocket boots.
On the other hand, I’m sad to report I’ve received no word from my other industrious scammer, James Williams. Hoping to prod a response, I had his mark (and my alternate alias) Cookie Monster, send off a quick, hopeful note:
Oh boy oh boy! Cookie Monster have good news for James Williams! Get another $480 dollars, this time from Oscar the Grouch. Oscar flush running Nigerian email scam. Contact idiots and offer dem millions of dollars, but first make dem cough up personal information and cash. Halarious! People so stupid dey send him free money! Ha ha ha!
So anyway, Cookie Monster send $480 dollars yesterday. No worry. Look up James Williams address in U.K. directory. Luckily is not very common name. So when James Williams get money, let Cookie Monster know. Cookie Monster not trust mail system. Last week receive package of crocodiles not remember ordering.
Here’s hoping he writes back soon.
Oh, good news and bad news. The good news is blogger.com has added a new video feature that will allow me to post clips. The bad news is I’m completely inept when it comes to things techie and I haven’t the faintest how to convert clips from my HD camera to wmv or avi files. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Today’s pics: Appetizer, dinner, dessert, Evil shows off the bling, Director Wil Waring and Evil, Lulu settling in, something from the Art Department
Today’s mail –
Alipeeps writes: “Good lord! What on earth is Jason wearing in that photo? Is that a costume or his own clothes?”
Answer: When I spotted him, I wondered aloud: “What the hell was our costume department thinking?” Alas, it was an outfit from his own closet.
Flying Fig writes: “It sounds like Nora Jones was behind Stargate quite a bit…”
Answer: Great to hear we have celebrity fans. I know Nora did a guest stint on CSI. Wonderful if she’d be willing to do one on Atlantis.
Anonymous #1 writes: “When will you find out if Atlantis is gonna get picked up for a fifth season?”
Answer: Probably not until November.
Anonymous #2 writes: “And did you even attempt to get Rick for a couple of episodes in S4? It’s just strange how you tricked him to do 3 Atlantis appearances last season…”
Answer: Yeah, tricking him was really tough. We told him we were going to take him out for lunch and told him to meet us down on Stage 6 and then, when he showed up, we locked the doors and told him he wasn’t getting out until he delivered the lines we had scripted for him. Boy, nothing gets by a swift-minded cretin such as yourself. Anymore juvenile conspiracy theories you’d care to throw our way?
Skopadiggle writes: “ Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and The Castle of Cagliostro. Bearing in mind that I have never watched any anime films before (mostly because I don’t really think I would like them) which one do you think I should pick?”
Answer: I’m assuming you’re watching them subtitled (I hope). Castle of Cagliostro is great but much older. Haven’t seen Howl’s Moving Castle yet but did watch and love Spirited Away. So, if I was going to recommend one of the three titles, I’d go with Spirited Away.
Susan the Tartan Turtle writes: “How are the ‘pack’ doing? Is Lulu now a member or is Jelly still giving her a hard time?”
Answer: She’s settling in quite nicely. Check out the pics.
Joshua Meyers writes: “Where is John Glassner? Why doesn’t he do Stargate anymore, since season 6/7?”
Answer: Uh, you mean “since season 3”, no?
Sanura writes: “I thought I’d introduce myself first. And ask if you like cookies (if so, what kind?).”
Answer: I personally prefer chewy cookies devoid of fruity bits.