Let’s kick things off with a brand new Weird Food Purchase of the Day video installment…
That wasn’t so bad. In retrospect, I also should’ve picked up that bottle of Aloe Vera juice.
Hey, I heard from my Tokyo travel buddy Stefan today. He dropped me an email in which he related his late-night visit to an Izakaya. Apparently, he had a wonderful meal, had way too much too drink, then caught a cab home – but the driver had no idea where he was going despite being given a map to a nearby hotel. After driving around for who-knows-how long, the driver simply gave up and asked Stefan to get out. And so, in a drunken stupor, in the pouring rain, with no idea where the hell he was, Stefan searched for home. It took him two hours. Along the way, I’m sure he must have grabbed many a stranger to ask for directions. What does it say about me that, despite the evening’s nightmarish epilogue, I was actually jealous that I wasn’t there with him?
Hey, can a non-resident own property in Japan – like, say, a modest apartment? maggiemayday, you’re the resident expert on Japanese culture, property law, and bodypainting. What say you? What I was thinking might be cool is that if 1000 of us chipped in $100 each, we could probably get a nice place that we could time share. Everyone would get approximately a third of a day during the year. Thoughts?
More progress on the script, albeit of the slow and painful variety. Hit the 15 page mark today which means that, this weekend, I will no doubt fall well short of the 50ish pages needed for a full script. Still, 25 pages five days off an exhausting trip to Asia would be pretty impressive.
Hey, remember when I used to do that thing where I’d take excerpts from your various comments and respond to them? Whatchamacallit? The yuutai, ne? Okay, let’s do that…
Maggiemayday writes: “That was the beauty of a couple hours “rest” at a Love Hotel, no one had illusions what you were doing.”
Answer: Damn. I missed out on the Love Hotels. Perhaps they’re someplace to consider for my next trip. How’s the concierge service?
Thornyrose writes: “You forgot the laundry service availabe, so that when you come back you also have the ol’ whitey tighties folded along with the appropriate suit for the evening dinner.”
Answer: And it was all delivered via the valet box (dumbwaiter) in the other room. I suspect that if I’d wanted to spend all two weeks in my hotel room without setting eyes on a living soul, I could’ve done it.
Thornyrose also writes: “So, when do we start talking Stargate again?”
Answer: Whenever you want. What’s on your mind?
Gina writes: “Were the doggies glad to see you or were they angry that you left them for so long?”
Answer: They seemed genuinely thrilled to have me back – but, then again, they’ve been brought as very polite dogs.
Fsmn36 writes: “You, as a regular guest, looking like a business man? Not at all noteworthy.”
Answer: I’m the nice, polite Westerner who always says hi to everyone and gets ice wine and macarons for the concierge staff. It’s just as bad as being the church guy.
ZeroPointBatteries writes: “Any idea when we will find out about season two for sure, and while we are on that note when is the break over for this season?”
Answer: Not sure when we’ll receive the official pick-up. Sometime before we start production on season two hopefully. The writers head back into the office in early January, spin, prep, then we all go our separate ways for two weeks in February when the Olympics shut down the city. After that, we’re back and it’s full steam ahead!
dasndanger writes: “Instead, this time Mr. Das decided to put a brand-spankin’ new blade in his utility knife…”
Answer: Hope he’s okay. This is why I always get Exec. Producers’ Asisstant Ashleigh to cut up my lunch for me.
g.o.d. writes: “Hi Joe. Is there any chance we might see those aliens from “Space” before march? A picture, or a promo”
Answer: I’m not sure. I would certainly hope so. And, given past promos, I imagine we will.
Garion55 writes: “So I saw the latest ratings of SGU. Not good bud. Almost half the audience from the high is gone.”
Answer: I’d hold off in presuming “half the audience form the high is gone”. In fact, prior to the mid-season finale, +7 time-shifted numbers have us holding almost our entire audience from the premiere – which is unheard of. In fact, SGU made the list of The Top Ten Time-Shifted Prime Time TV Shows in 2009, coming in at the #5 spot (tying Tru Blood) and picking up, on average, a whopping 46.9% uptick in viewership.
DP writes: “I’m volunteering to coordinate US protest caravans heading to Michigan to protest the Peter Watts beating. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Answer: Scary stuff.
Wade writes: “I tripped upon your blog when reading some of those negative comments on some boards that concerened your rant.”
Answer: Welcome aboard, Wade. Just send us your blog reader membership dues and we’ll be on our way…