Alas, no owl sightings today but I did spot a colorful-looking teamster hanging around the lunch tent. Sadly, however, there was no one around to offer up wildlife commentary. Still it would‘ve been hard to beat David Hewlett‘s reaction upon spotting the owl yesterday. “My invitation to Hogwarts!”he piped up. “It’s finally arrived!”
Today, main unit was in the FX Stage, shooting the Harmony tease. And while they were shooting, I was in the office reading Paul’s pass on Outcast (offering up a more vulnerable side of Sheppard), watching a day #1 mix of Quarantine (a lot of terrific little character moments), eating pizza (Yes! Pizza!) for lunch, and composing a response to one of the many email scammers I‘ve taken to baiting of late. This one went out to Mr. Collins Smith. He had contacted my alias, Margaret Quibble, with regard to a $500 000 payday only to end up a hapless volunteer in an F.B.I. sting to rescue Ms. Quibble’s kidnapped husband Melvin. Despite Mr. Smith’s amusingly emphatic insistence that he could only deal with Margaret Quibble directly on this sensitive matter (“i will not involve with the kidnappers!”), field agent Wexler would not be denied:
“Dear Mr. Smith,
It was only on my second reading of your email that I realized I wasn’t dealing with an idiot but a very shrewd individual masquerading as an idiot. Your decision to pepper your message with grammatical errors and awkward phrasing was truly brilliant and I applaud your attention to detail and obvious commitment to thoroughly immersing yourself in your undercover role.
Ms. Quibble was contacted by the kidnappers this morning. The exchange will take place tonight, at 8:30 p.m. sharp, in the old abandoned wicker chair factory. So as to ensure you are not mistakenly gunned down in any unforeseen exchange of gunfire, it is imperative you wear the following outfit to distinguish you from the kidnappers:
1. Jeans – red, as tight as possible.
2. Woman’s belt with pronounced steer head buckle
3. Red sweater vest (a.k.a. shvest) – hands and arms must remain bare.
4. Oversized gardening hat with huge honking sunflower on top.
When all parties have gathered, Ms. Quibble will begin by handing you your $500 processing fee. You will then subtly signal my men by tapping your right foot three times, bending down and touching your toes, and then jumping up and shouting “Chimichanga!”. Be precise in the execution of this maneuver but, again, be very subtle as we do not wish to arouse anyone’s suspicions. Then, hand the kidnappers the $500 000 in cash with your left hand, using your right hand to slap the top of your head three times and then rub your belly in a counter-clockwise motion twice. (Again, be subtle! These kidnappers are very dangerous men!) Once they have the $500 000, they will give you Melvin Quibble’s ear along with an I.O.U. for the rest of him and a coupon for 15% off your next visit to Starchy’s Dry Cleaning. Check the back to make sure the coupon is not expired, then thank everyone for coming and suggest you all do this again sometime. With the transaction concluded and for your own safety, we will require you to get down on your belly and quickly crawl to the nearest exit singing the lyrics to Welcome Back Kotter as loudly as possible. If you do not know the words to this old t.v. show, please familiarize yourself with them. Stand advised: IT MUST BE WELCOME BACK KOTTER! THE LYRICS TO CHICO AND THEM MAN ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVE! YOUR LIFE MAY DEPEND ON THIS!
Well, that’s it. Good luck and have fun with it. See you tonight!
Federal Bureau of Investigation”
Today’s blog is dedicated to whoever is celebrating a birthday/got sick or injured/recovered from getting sick or injured, or is related to someone who made a request to have a blog dedicated to themselves or someone they know either today, yesterday, or tomorrow.
Today’s pics: More from the Harmony forest shoot (cue atmosphere, Genii, Eli takes a break).
Today’s video: Click on the date to see nature get a helping hand.
Hey, since I’m around, allow me to field some questions –
Morjana writes: “ I noticed in the background what appeared to be plywood laid down on the forest floor. 1. Was that plywood? 2. If so, was it there for the cameras to roll on, to facilitate the the smooth movement of the camera dolly wheels?”
Answer: The plywood was laid down for both the equipment and the crew because it had rained the day before and the ground was extremely muddy.
Alipeeps writes: “So, does Joe F take a guitar with him everywhere these days?!”
Answer: Pretty much. Yup.
Flying Fig writes: “Since you had Jerry from EXTRA! on the set as a Genii, does this mean that the infotainment show is going to feature a segment on SGA? If so, did he hint when?”
Answer: Yes, Extra’s feature on Stargate Atlantis will air a couple of days before the premiere. I’ll let you know when I have a date.
Yasmin writes: “How is Fondy’s store going? Are they handling the store by themselves right now or have hired help already?”
Answer: The shop has been fairly busy since it opened this past weekend. Fondy and Shawne are in the process of interviewing staff. Hopefully this will mean we can go away for a weekend or two come November-December.
Atlantisfannew1 a ecrit: “Attention!! révélation du projet secret!!”
Response: C’est magnifique! Merci!
Anonymous #1 writes: “1.Will Teyla get a love interest,well maybe not a love interest as such but maybe someone taking an interest. 2.Will there be lots of Teyla Whump in S4.”
Answer: Yes on both counts.