Despite suggestions to the contrary, I actually did make it into the office today. As I strolled in, Ashleigh and Lawren came out of their offices and started singing Happy Birthday – which led me to sidestep immediately into Carl’s vacant office and shut the door the behind me. The singing immediately died down. A few hushed seconds at which point Lawren’s voice broke the silence: “We can wait as long as you can!”. Fortunately, he was bluffing.
Well, thanks for all the birthday wishes. And an extra special thanks to blog regular Narelle from taking the time to post this handy Joseph Mallozzi F.A.Q.: http://narellefromaus.blogspot.com/2009/10/joseph-mallozzi-faq.html – which I’ll no doubt be consulting with great frequency when I’m old and forgetful.
Anyway, I received a card from the lovely Elyse Levesque, birthday wishes from David Blue and the rest of the office crew, talked season two ideas with Rob, Carl, and Lawren, checked out the finished viz effects for Space (wow!), had lunch, and, finally, retired to my office to finish up today’s blog entry. Some ten minutes in, I heard the umistakable footfalls of an approaching crowd, then a timid knock. I knew that just on the other side of that door stood a dozen or so of my co-workers, cake at the ready, singing voices poised and set to let loose. I redirected my attention to the blog, taking comfort in the fact that I had locked my office door. Another knock and then the rattle of the master keys as Ashleigh unlocked my office door and led everyone inside. They sang Happy Birthday, made me blow out the candles (“Here’s your crappy cake!”announced David.), and yelled: “Speech! Speech!”. I kept it short and not-so-sweet, thanking them for doing the exact opposite of my expressed birthday wishes.
Anyway, the cake was actually very good, sort of a hazelnut sponge cake, special ordered by Production Coordinator Tanja Balic in the front office and delivered by none other than my arch-nemesis Ashleigh.
I had not one but two pieces. Ashleigh barely had one despite the fact that it was my birthday and it obviously would have meant so much to me. But, like I said, she’s my arch-nemesis so I suppose I shouldn’t have been that surprised (and deeply, deeply disappointed).
Hey, tonight on SyFy – Stargate: Universe, episode 4 – Darkness! A great script by Brad Wright, wonderful performances by the cast, and terrific direction by Stargate veteran director Peter DeLuise. One of the things I particularly love about this episode are all the really nice character moments. Check out the sneak peek pics – then check out the episode and report back…
This weekend, I’ll be catching up with the mailbag. Promise!