Alex L.
Alex L.
Carlie B.
Carlie B.
Robbie C.
Robbie C.

I was just backing into a spot when I got the call. It was Carl and he sounded genuinely panicked. “It’s closed!”

“Closed?” I stopped the car. “What do you mean closed?”

“There’s a sign on the door. It says they’re closed for a special event. The staff took the night off to go watch a baseball game!”

So much for multifarious wings and deep-fried Mars Bars. I could just imagine what was running through Carl’s mind. This would never happen in the U.S.! But if he was thinking it, he didn‘t voice it. Instead, he said: “Hey, I passed a place on the way up that looked pretty good. It’s a hamburger place…”

I knew the one he was talking about. “Splitz Grill.” Fondy and I had discovered it just last month.

“That’s the one!” Panic had given way to elation. Carl’s faith in Canada had clearly been restored. “See you there!”

So the four of us ended up at Splitz Grill (4242 Main Street) instead of Wing Nuts. In all honesty, I wasn’t too bummed about not having the wings. It was the deep-fried Mars Bars I was going to miss. In an attempt to lessen the pain, I ordered a milkshake with my meal. “What flavor would you like?”I was asked by the woman at the counter. “You can choose from any of the ones in the ice cream counter.” A quick perusal of the selection and I chose the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate ice cream. Alex opted for Cookie Dough. And 2hile he and Rob went with straightforward cheeseburgers, Carl and I proved more adventurous, going with the Italian sausage burgers.

I had mine with cheddar, cucumbers, Splitz sauce, then topped it with pancetta bacon and fried onions. And, of course, onion rings, fries, and a Greek salad for the table. It was a crazy good burger. All were mightily impressed, especially Carl who I’m sure was already planning his return visit as he snapped up that last onion ring.

Of course that great meal meant I had to wake up at 6:00 a.m. this morning and resume my work-out regimen. Forty-five minutes of squats, lunges, step-ups, deadlifts, and laterals and I was feeling terrible. But GOOD terrible! I shuffled up to my room like an octogenarian with two wooden legs (minus the knee joints of course). I intend to be back down to my fighting weight by summer’s end.

A quiet day in the office today as we wrap an early week. The production is shutting down for Comic Con as three of our actors (Bob Picardo, Jewel Staite, and Joe Flanigan) head south for a fun-filled weekend. Marty G., Brad Wright, and various members of the SG-1 cast will also be on hand. The Continuum and Atlantis panels will conclude with a video tribute to the great Don S. Davis.

Alan finished his rewrite of Infection, Martin is prepping Brain Storm, Carl is poised to prep Identity, and Paul has broken ground on #20. With less than two months to go, it looks like it’s going to be a mad dash to the finish line.

And, of course, for those of you wondering – I did swing by Stage 6 today and checked out David² in action. Lots of fun. Between scenes, we talked Vegas, the as-yet-untitled episode #20, and beyond. Who knows what the future holds? Well, hopefully we will sooner than later.

Mailbag returns tomorrow.

Honest.

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JoJoB

Ooooo…one of the first to comment.

Thanks for the pics of the Davids in action, and Chuck too, that’s a nice bonus.

I like your choice in milkshakes (burger was a bit ambitious for me) but what, may I ask, is a deep fried Mars Bar?

Oh, also a belated thank you for answering my questions two weeks in a row. You did skip one though.

When are we McKay whumpers gonna get some lovin? (besides The Shrine)

JoJo

muddypiddypop
muddypiddypop

Joe, I was listening to the commentaries and several times the writers, producers or directors mentioned how the actors made choices with their characters. If an actor wants to go a certain way with a line or how he or she presents themselves in a scene, and it is not how the director sees it, how is that worked out.

Mercie

Hey Joe!

Nice pics of the Davids…Did you happen to notice that the penlight or whatever David Nykl is holding looks like Dr. Who’s sonic screwdriver? Thats the first thing that popped into my head, just wanted to check and make sure I’m not making insane connections. Not to say that’s a bad thing…

And by the way that milkshake sounded fabulous, I’ve always been of the opinion that chocolate and peanut butter are the divine combination when it comes to sweets!

Narelle from Aus

Do you feel like you have reverted back to your childhood when you have a milk shake?

When indulging in a Chocolate Swiss Mountain Malt (mmmmm) I feel as though I have to sit on my feet, hover over the top of the big glass and slurp away on the straw. No hands of course.

Or is that just me?

Have a good evening. Don’t forget to stretch tonight before going to bed. It’s the second day after a tough workout that has you pleading for someone to shoot you.

Rosehawk
Rosehawk

Thanks for the lovely Zelenka pics! It’s always fun to see the two David’s together!

And now I have a sudden desire to go out to the local ice cream place and get a milk shake.

Sue
Sue

So when does Prodigal start shooting? I thought for some strange reason that was eps do to start shooting after you got back from hiatus.

And Remnants looks intresting.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Thank you for guilting me back into a workout schedule. Two weeks of exercise-free vacation and I’m feeling the difference. And I did more than one shake during that time, so I will have to wait awhile before rewarding myself for sticking to the regimen. The burgers sounded great. And someone linked me to Alex L.’s Sci Fi blog; loved what he said about you. Thanks for the really great pics, and while I’m eager to see production carry on, at least that lets those of us non Comic-Con attendees look forward to a nice mailbag. Here’s hoping the workouts get less terrible quickly.

firefly827347
firefly827347

CHUCK! Aw, thanks Joe. You made my day with that pic.

Will the vid tribute to Don S. Davis be available for viewing to those of us who aren’t going to Comic Con?

Hope you aren’t in too much pain,

Philippa

pg15

Shouldn’t it be Alexie L.? Thanks for the photos! That thing looks like an Uber Naquada generator. That’s what it is, isn’t it? I knew it. I’m so good at this. And 100 is still untitled? Why is that? Is it SOOOOO AWESOME that any regular name would be an insult? I certainly hope so. It’s lovely to know ythat ou guys are going to pay tribute to Don S. Davis like that. I think by the end there won’t be a dry eye in the house. I wish I were there just to watch that. He was a great man indeed. Alright, back to marathon time! Affinity: Erica Durance is so freaking HOT. I have neither shame nor hesitation in saying that. Anyway, this episode seems to get some flack from people because…or…Pete? I don’t know. Either way, I found it much more enjoyable than the 1-star rating Gateworld gave it. I think it’s mostly to do with how awesome I’ve come to realize Teal’c and Chris Judge is over my marathon. He’s awesome. Awesome. So yeah, watching him beat up street punks was just great, and made me cheer for T-dawg. I also enjoyed watching him being a “fish out of water” in the real world. Those things are usually clichéd now, but watching an established character go through it after all these years is just plain fun. The training sessions were nicely shot, and the music was pretty good too during those parts. Meanwhile, I also enjoyed the Pete part of the episode- *Dodges chair being thrown* Ha, thought I didn’t know that was going to happen, did you? Well, I know better! Ahem. So anyways, I liked how Pete used his skills. With secondary love interests, you usually don’t get much more development than “oh he/she is hot, and he/she likes our main character, and our main character likes him/her back! Hooray!” And every time that love interest appears, the scene is basically spent on that particular romantic storyline. Not so here; the Sam/Pete scenes were mostly professional in nature, and it showed that the two had a good relationship even if they weren’t makin’ out like bunnies. I think this really could’ve worked. And I did think the kissing scene at the end was cute. *Get’s hit with flying potato* Ouch. Twice? With a flying potato? Well, that’s a new one. I gotta remember that for Threads. Of course, this Pete thing also gave rise to some hilarious and touching character moments in the episode involving our main characters; namely, the NoviceRomancer!Sam moment when she was ranting about love to Daniel and Teal’c while they thought they were talking about Krista and Teal’c; that scene was freaking hilarious and one of the few times where Amanda Tapping’s comedic talents were brought out to shine. On the touching side, we had that Sam/Jack scene, which I loved. So many things were said with facial expressions alone and unspoken…ness. It was just lovely. …What? Nothing? I complimented… Read more »

lalu
lalu

Hi Joe,

I have been faithful reader for quite some time. I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to keep us fans up to date on our favorite show. You always manage to get a smile or a laugh out of me everyday. Love season 5 so far! Can’t wait until Friday! Really looking forward to Remnants.

Lalu

Padawan Aneiki
Padawan Aneiki

Ooh yes…Bring on the chocolate/peanut-butter shakes. Good stuff there. smile

*chuckles* Oddly enough, I had some honey-mustard awesome wings from a local place here for supper tonight…

COOL pics from the set.

*alas* ComicCon would be so awesome but flight prices are a tad cost prohibitive… You should recruit Brad or somebody to click some pics for the blog. wink

Question/Curiosity of the Day: Re: Product Placement. Quite often I’ve noticed that the laptops Rodney ‘n crew employ are all Dell notebooks. Do you guys have some sort of contract with Dell to as a particular product placement deal?

maggiemayday

Onion rings, excellent choice. I love good onion rings. Milkshakes … yum, but I prefer chocolate malts. Don’t have them often, as consumption is literally painful, that amount of milk protein make my arthritis flare and I lose the ability to use my hands and feet effectively for a day and a half. I slip up now and then, but I pay heavily.

Interesting device … that’s el-wire in there isn’t it? Lights up instead of reacting to light shining on it? Love the el-wire. Like miniature neon lights you can twist into any design; comes in many colors and diameters and there are all kinds of sequencers …. sorry, burner ramble.

JojoB … A Mars Bar is a candy bar. Dip it in batter, deep fry it. I’ve not had the pleasure, but then I don’t need it, my arteries are clogging up thinking about it.

Speaking of deep fried sweets and Vegas, down on Fremont Street you can get deep fried Twinkies or Oreos at the Mardi Gras Casino. MyLArry prefers the Oreos, says they taste like a deep fried chocolate donut. I suppose that’s a Good Thing if you enjoy fried chocolate donuts.

AV eddy

Hi Joe!

Thanks for the sweeeeet pics of Davidx2. And Chuck as a bonus?! And Carlie and Robbie and Alexie too? Ahhhhh….where’s Joey?

Question for RCC / Ark of Truth: Hi! My first question is from my hub, who had to ask why bring back the Replicators? For me, those critters will always be good creepy nemisii. BTW, he was more curious than denegrating.

My second question is from me. When Teal’c is talking to Tomin in the Odyssey’s mess hall, Teal’c talks about not being able to forgive himself for the atrocities done in the name of Apophis, that Teal’c has to just try to do good for others. It’s a very dark take on his situation I hadn’t considered before seeing AoT. Was this concept always present in the writing of Teal’c during the series – that he carries a very, very heavy burden forever – or was it first really created/developed for AoT? It was a beyond brilliant scene by Chris and Tim.

——–

eddy

Airelle
Airelle

Ah! people with food, you have outdone yourself and such nice people! Love the pictures, everyone!! Those french fries, are they done in peanut oil, yummy.. David/David,Chuck, cameraguys,food eating guys, ok well “all the guys”,,,so easy on the eyes,(great) thanks for sharing…
My favorite kind of milkshake, the kind you eat with a spoon, nice and thick. no calories though, Don’t really care for the workout that follows. Do they make that kind,,would make a lot of money if they did, and still have flavor.
Enjoy the day!! wink

Linda Gagne
Linda Gagne

Nice, finally a meal I would like (not your burger choices, but a burger).

Chuck is back! The Davids look like they are enjoying themselves. Now for Joe!

I wish I could go to comic con. Didn’t know they existed until I got into reading all this stuff in Feb. maybe next year.

Jason
Jason

How do they make repairs to the city when it is damaged? Do they use the do it yourself ancient repair kits or earth based materials?

portlandbound
portlandbound

Joe,

How does your work friends feel about the candid pictures of them on your blog? Not that I’m complaining about them. I enjoy reading your blog!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe, I gain weight just reading your blog. razz If I ate like you – squats or no – I’d weigh a ton. I am soooooo jealous!

So – mailbag tomorrow. Does that mean I have to go back over the last few days, find all my questions and re-ask them again here?

das

JoJoB

Maggiemayday said, “JojoB … A Mars Bar is a candy bar. Dip it in batter, deep fry it. I’ve not had the pleasure, but then I don’t need it, my arteries are clogging up thinking about it. ”

Thanks for the answer. I’ve heard of a Mars Bar (never had one), but I was wondering how they fried chocolate. Don’t think my cholesterol would benefit from something like that either.

JoJo

Shawna

Yeah, I worked out this morning for the first time in at least a few weeks. Whenever I go this long without it, it always makes me feel even more out of shape that it’s gotten so hard.

I wish the Stargate people were around on Sunday, as that’s the only day I’m going to Comic-con, but I didn’t see them on the schedule for that day, so I guess I’ll miss them.

majorsal
majorsal

pg15 said:
*Dodges chair being thrown*

and

*Get’s hit with flying potato*

sorry i had to do it, pg, but really, you ARE insane! razz

sally grin

DeathRuck
DeathRuck

Will you give us a pic of the NZ patch at least?

Trish (aka whovian)

Hey Joe!

Great pics! Ahhhh! The Davids squared! I am doing the *happy dance of joy*. grin

And how weird. Usually I avoid red meat but for some reason I have a massive craving for a juicy burger and some very good onion rings. Also a chocolate milkshake with whipped cream and a cherry on top would hit the spot.

Darn it! Sometimes you are KILLLING me with your food descriptions! *sigh*

Mailbag tomorrow, eh?

Ok… Allie really wants to know a) when will Whispers air? and b) Will it be up there with Stephen King type suspence?

Allie has decided King horror is her favorite type of book to read right now. And too think that her poor mom is STILL not old enough for that scary stuff!

Allie would ask herself but she’s at science camp. Waaah! I miss her. Shhhh… don’t tell her. wink

Anxiously awaiting mailbag tomorrow!

Trish

p.s. Naurelle, you and I need to be milkshake/malt drinking buddies. That sounds like waaaay too much fun to have alone! I would be quite happy to sit on my feet and drink my favorite milkshake without hands! lol

green
green

Re: Mailbag
I don’t believe you. I defy your honest promise! Defy! Fie!

Re: Rest of Entry
Deep fried candy makes me think of the South (U.S.) Deep fried oreos, deep fried candy bars, deep fried…well, nothing’s sacred. God’s kicking himself now for marking “Thou shalt not deep fry that which was not made to deep fry” out of His first draft, me thinks.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

WOOT! pg15 has now officially surpassed me for longest post on JM’s blog! *does happy dance* wink

pg15 – I meant to tell you a week or so ago, when you posted about Poisoning the Well, that I totally agreed with you about Steve. Not to take away from any of James’ other performances, or those of other Wraith actors, but I consider Steve’s few moments on the screen the absolute best Wraith performance to date. Every action – every expression (love his pout!) – every movement – was pure perfection. Like you, I appreciated the feeding scene, and how he sized up his meal, and was a bit finicky at first, but still couldn’t resist taking a suck. I hate the episode (for obvious reasons) and can’t watch it in its entirety, but I do watch Steve’s scenes over and over, and it never gets old. The most amazing thing about what James was able to do is that he totally convinced me that Steve’s the prettiest flower in the bouquet, and he (Steve) knows it. As far as sci fi space aliens go, he’s the most beautiful creature in the universe in my eyes now…and a really hard act to follow.

das