Another late night of sorts.  No, no burlesque on this evening – but mighty damn close.  Funny man Martin Gero was in town and, after an afternoon of spinning stories and listening to amusing anecdotes involving people who really should know better, we all went our separate ways – and then reconvened an hour later at Campagnolo Restaurant for dinner and another round of amusing anecdotes.

Carl, ever dubious at first, was won over by that night's offerings. His faves: the crispy ceci, and the flat iron steak.

The guest of honor, Golden Boy Marty G., looking a tad...beardlier than I remember him.

Martin has been keeping busy post-Stargate, jetting between New York (where he is working on the second season of HBO’s Bored To Death) and L.A. (where he has various other projects on the go), yet still finding time to drop by his hometown Toronto, go on safari in Africa (q.v. his twitter page: http://twitter.com/martingero) and, most important of all, spend quality time with us.  It’s always great having him back in town and his visits inevitably make me nostalgic for the old days.  “Natsukashiii” as the Japanese would say.

Congrats to PG-15 for being the first one to guess the episode #5 title of “not Crossroads” and, actually…well, let me break it down for you:

#1: INTERVENTION

#2: AFTERMATH

#3: AWAKENINGS

#4: PATHOGEN

#5: CLOVERDALE

I spoke to mom yesterday (presently in rehab for her broken femur) and she was in great spirits.  In fact, I don’t remember the last time she was in such a good mood.  The reason?  She got a surprise visit from someone special.  No, a close family member.  Or a good friend.  Or a co-worker.

Yep, her dog Felix went to visit.  No word on whether he caught a cab or took the bus.

What the heck?  I’ve been thoroughly exhausted of late and I can’t figure out why.  Couple this with a plethora of recent mystery pains and my writer’s mind begins to imagine all sort of dire scenarios.  A rate tropical disease?  Was I bitten by a vampire?  Or maybe I just need to sleep in.  For a week.

My friend and fellow foodie, Jessica, has started a blog documenting her studies at the Cordon Bleu in Tokyo where she is studying Basic Patisserie.  She’s just begun but I’ve already started a list of the desserts she has to make me when I go back to Japan.  Some incredible pics of some incredible-looking desserts: http://sugarbanzai.wordpress.com/.

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t'loc
t'loc

This week with time on my hand I will again watch season 10 of SG-1.
the last couple of days i have watch some epi of BSG which was very good, that being said i never understand how BSG gets all the accolades, but sg1 was escapism.

Kevin
Kevin

I remember reading in your blog the other day about “Hot Tub Time Machine”. I didn’t check it out at the time…but then from reading another site….ok…i’ll be honest…it wasn’t so much reading as it was “viewing” I saw just how hilarious this movie is going to be. It seems to be in a similar mold as “Old School” but more retro.

Anyways…after viewing the trailer thru your blog afterwards…i found out there was ‘also’ an R rated trailer version as well.

Don’t know if you’ve seen that version…but it certainly is one of the funnier trailers I have seen in quite awhile.

susan the tartan turtle

When was the last time you ate your dinner at home?

Your mum and your brother Felix are both looking happy. He looks like you – I can see the resemblance.

8)

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

I never would have guessed Martin Gero could grow such a full beard. They never told me the truth about beards, how not everyone can have them…

Well, I’m glad I never said Crossroads, only lamented the fact I couldn’t with confidence. And also glad to see your Mom’s on the mend.

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Is Martin putting on his Present Face?

So what’s up with you & PG – you’re giving him props for NOT guessing the episode title? People are gonna talk….lol
I’m still hanging out for Cloakrooms – what are my chances for Season 2?

Lovely photo of Mom & Felix. How’s Claude?

Cheers, Chev

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Happy Australia Day to all the Aussies here on the blog.

Cheers, Chev

Ganymede
Ganymede

So. I was just over at that EBAY site of STARGATE stuff for auction…

Granted, some tempting stuff… ***HOWEVER***, EVERYTHING is IN California, NOT Vancouver!! And don’t even get me started on the “shipping costs”!!!

411 for Everyone here who DOESN’T live in the US:
UPS is a *RIP* when it comes to the “Brokerage Fees”! [I mention this from a rather *costly* experience of discovery and lesson learnt the hard way!]

Sorry, but I don’t care how “special” any of these items are. Charging $20. [$30. for Canada] as a fixed rate for something that could easily fit into a standard padded business envelope and safely sent via the USPS, is a massive ripoff AND then have to pay probably just as much in brokage fees…? Nope, don’t think so! Bottomline, very likely cheaper to FLY to Vancouver and go dumpster diving at the Studio!! Better yet, get a job on the cleaning staff [the salary will eventually cover your airfare] and/or bribe/sweet-talk/blackmail Ashleigh!

Oh, and BTW, I didn’t see *anything* in regards to any of the money raised being directed to any charities…? Someone please, correct me if I’m wrong here.

Personally, if I’m going to [and I certainly *have* in the past] pay mucho money for some Set/Celebrity item, it had better be for a charity! At this point, all I’m seeing is most of the money with this auction going to UPS! So, unless anyone is planning on buying their stock, I suggest putting your hard earned cash towards something practical – like feeding your kids, paying off your credit card debts, the mortgage, library fines, Joe’s eatery expenses…

My Name Is Scott
My Name Is Scott

Hey Joe!

Does the current auction of several Stargate franchise props limit the writers? Can you not include a prop that has been sold, or can you write whatever you want, and the prop department just makes another one? I ask because it seems as if the prop auction is due to MGM’s financial distress.

Can’t wait until SGU 1.0 comes out on DVD!

Deni
Deni

Hi Joe, 2 a.m. here and the dessert photos have me wanting some of everything. My daughter bought me some biscuits I’d asked for while she was in Sweden (Madeira wine with plums and chocolate), but I don’t get those till she comes in March. Now what? Coffee cake or Chips Ahoy? Please.

Your mom looks positively radiant with Felix in her arms, and I’d say the feeling is mutual smile They say (who “they” are, I have no idea) there is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

A bunch of drunk college kids have been partying in the street since about midnight and although at first it was amusing, they’re starting to get on my nerves. Ok, another cuppa and some more SG1, maybe eventually I’ll get back to sleep. Have a good night!

Shawna Buchanan
Shawna Buchanan

Well, obviously it wasn’t Crossroads, but to be fair, your hints weren’t helping much. That, and I have no idea what Cloverdale is supposed to mean.

Weren’t you trying to go with two-word titles for the second season at one point?

Morjana

Hi, Joe.

WaVes hi to Martin Gero and Carl Binder…and your lovely mother. Hope your mom is doing much better, and that Felix gets to visit more often.

Thank you for the first episode titles of SGU’s second season.

smile

Michael
Michael

Cloverdale? Is this going to be another “Earth” type episode? If it was Cloverfield, I would have guessed Eli’s nickname for a race of aliens he meets.

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

Right back at ya Chev!! Happy Australia Day! We went to the beach, got sand all over our butts and in the car, then went for icecream! How Aussie is that?

Cloverdale huh? So what.. Eli’s gonna be filming with the Kino all over the ship on say, Christmas day and some weird monster is gonna take over the ship ala ‘Aliens’ whilst Eli captures it.

Cool!!!

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

A separate post to Mama Mallozzi…. Lookin’ good ! xxxx Look after yourself.

otros ojos
otros ojos

It’s good to see your mom happily reunited with Felix. The cab-driver is clearly doing her best to keep up your mom’s spirits.

The odds are you’re right about just needing to sleep in for a good long while. Then again, whatever the odds are exactly, someone always slips through. I get so irritated whenever I hear a reluctant-to-act doc say, “The odds are one in 750,000 that [whatever],” to which the commonsensical reply is, “Yes, but given the signs and symptoms, how do you know this patient is *not* that one in 750,000?” So, yes, it’s possible you could have a rare disorder that makes you feel exhausted but leaves you able to carry on with such things as being entertained at length by Marty G., and going out to dinner — although I have to wonder if the absence of food pics is symptomatic. . . hmm. (Nice pics of Carl and Marty. The diners are almost always more lively than what they’re eating, so I’m a big fan of the human images. But the food pics are fun, too.)

I was doing well at recovering from my mild food-borne illness when apparently I got hit by something else, and am, like you, exhausted. This is most inconvenient since I’m trying to wrap up a few things at work before leaving on 2/1 for two months, and I’d prefer not to have to waste a week of vacation merely trying to find my bed or trying to wake up. Or missing out on precious daylight. — Well, enough moaning.

But thinking about guys in warm places like L.A. going commando in too-short shorts isn’t helping. — Yes, they do: graphic memory of same while in first year of college at UTexas. It was funny at the time. . . Things change. *laughs*

Gilder
Gilder

Perhaps Felix will be the unofficial therapy dog for Mrs. M’s rehab facility.

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

PG-15 is just that smart for getting the name of the episode. Congrats, PG-15.

Your tiredness may be season related. Lack of sunlight can make people feel exhausted, especially as they get older. You may want to make a note of it and see if you feel the same way this time next year.

Last night I had a dream where I was asking you a brilliant question. I even woke up enough to write it down. So, here it is: “Are you full of basket?”
Sorry Joe, I have no idea either….

Patricia

Paula

Your mom looks quite content having her Felix with her. I’m glad he got to go visit.

As for your exhaustion? Several late nights in a row could be doing it. Otherwise, try to get more iron into your diet for a week or so. That should help perk you up.

Dave D.
Dave D.

“Cloverdale”? How cool is that. A friend of mine has a blog about a fictitious town he calls Cloverdale. http://ourcloverdale.blogspot.com/
Please don’t change the name!

Luis
Luis

Joe,
Propworx on e-bay is auctioning all SG-1 PROPS…THAT TRUE???

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

You’re forgiven for the late post given the fact it’s Marty G. responsible for your delay. He is looking good, and almost unrecognisable under the face fur. Glad to see that Carl was able to join the pair of you. Oh, for a hidden microphone to have listened in to the night’s conversations.
As for the exhaustion, is it interfereing with you doing your job or working out? From the blog it does not appear so. In which case, try to get a few days where you can slow down and relax, and get a full night’s sleep. If your exhaustion is interfering in daily life, time to visit the doctor for a physical. A checkup and lab work may be able to pinpoint any problems early enough to keep them from interfering in your quality of life. As for the mystery pains, up to you to judge if it needs medical investigation. Keep in mind, denial has killed more than one person. Chest pain that persists more than 15-20 minutes should be checked immediately(is in go to the E.R.).Short of breath on exertion needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Persistant abdominal pain will require a doc visit too, as your guts have all sorts of ways to cause you distress and long term problems. Unusually thirsty, hungry, and/or urinating more frequently? Time for a blood test for diabetes.
I’ll resist the temptation to come up with scarier scenarios to trigger any hypocondriac tendencies you might suffer. Our bodies are baffling and scary enough as it is. Thanks for taking the time to post before collapsing for the night, and for keeping the twitter pics coming.

maggiemayday

Good morning… just catching up. I spent a lovely ten days on Big Island … kona coffee and whales and Green Sand Beach and dramatic views and friends and the Kava Bar and art galleries and nummy eats and microbrews and stargazing at the Observatory and organic hippie farms and lounging in the Hot Tub. Well, it is an outdoor spa thingy, but I was trying to be thematic. Oh, and my 53rd birthday. In 80 degree weather, with cheap Moet & Chandon from Costco.

Which all was tainted when I returned and found my friend who house sat for me, I paid her well, trying to help out, had drained seven bottles of my favorite booze(s)((?)) and broken the arm off my chaise lounge. There was glassware under the couch! Well, her or her boytoys. Oh, she did a lovely job with my kitties and washed the sheets and towels they used. But house sitting etiquette demands one does not drain the home owner’s favorite chilled beverages until the bottle is empty, nor does one crack open sealed bottles of coffee liquor and vodka! Why couldn’t they just drink the damn beer? Sigh. This is no teenager, this is a 40 year old woman! No chocolate covered macadamia nuts for her!

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So I know that Cloverdale is in the city of Surrey in BC and they do some filming there for Smallville. Is this where you’re shooting the episode or is it just a shout out to BC, much like Kelowna was?

Cheers, Chev

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Sounds like you have a little bug. Hope you feel better soon!

Your mom looks great! That Felix is a sly one wink . Plus, he is super cute.

Congrats PG15!

Thanks Narelle for helping us decide on which reader. “Expansion Slot” was the term I was looking for. The reader you have is discontinued and the small reader available doesn’t have a slot. So he will probably get the touch screen for him, because it does have a slot. I’ll wait and get the small one for me (b-day in June).

Hubby is having me to spread the word: Your PC/laptop does better if you blow out the dust with a can of air. Another one of his computer fans burned out because he didn’t clean it in a timely manner. This time, he caught the problem in time to prevent anything else from being burned out. It’s amazing how much dust/hair gets into a computer! Plus, I have fun asking him if he gave the computer a “blow job” oops grin .

Get some rest! Say hi to your Mom and Sis. Please tell Sis that we enjoy her updates.

Anais33

Salut Joseph =)

ça va bien today? moi oui la forme^^!
Yahh trop contente de revoir Martin! il c’est laissé pousser la barbe en plus^^, ça le chance!

Oui, votre soeur m’a dit qu’elle avait emmené Felix votre maman, je suis sure que ça la remplit de joie de revoir son chiens adoré!

Passez une bonen journée!
GROS BISOU!