Having already established that I am unable to sleep through the night prior to a day on which I fly out, I can now confirm that I am unable to sleep through the night prior to a day someone flies in – if I’m charged with the task of either picking them up or dropping them off.  Last night, I was up every hour, then every half hour, then, as dawn broke, every fifteen minutes, convinced I was going to sleep in and miss the scheduled 10:50 a.m. pick-up time.  As it turned out, by the time I woke up, worked out, tended to the dogs, showered, and made the drive to the airport, I had plenty of time to wait around for nearly an hour while Akemi cleared customs.

With time on my hands, I walked around the airport and took in the sights. That killed about five minutes.

Since Akemi was tired from the long flight, we decided to push lunch and head back to my place where she got settled into one of the guest rooms (I decorated her bed with the various stuffed toys I picked up on my recent trips to Tokyo including, my favorite, a giant tea-drinking radish!) after which she got to know the dogs.  I’m pleased to report they hit it off.  Her and Lulu, especially, are getting on like gangbusters.  Whatever the hell that means.  If it means they’re getting along really well, then, yes, that.  Anyway, throwing caution to the wind, I decided to drive downtown in the hopes that: a) I would not get stuck in traffic and b) I would be able to find parking.  I didn’t.  And I did.

Camera-shy Akemi gets ready to head out.

We had a late lunch at Don Francesco –

Seafood risotto and squash agnolotti with black truffle butter.
Akemi prepares to tackle the quail.

We decided to, if not exactly skip then delay dessert, and go for a walk.

Hey, check out the cheese!

We strolled up and down Robson Street, taking in the, uh, sights.

I think the yeti was drunk.
I later spotted him out cold on an in-store display. Shameful.
As opposed to this noble mascot.
I'm not sure. I think this guy is supposed to be half goat, half Uncle Sam.
We stopped by Lush where a sales associate demonstrated a bath bomb. Once dropped in water, it released its surprising contents. In the case of this particular bath bomb, coined "Street Party": sparkles, silver tinsel, a Canadian flag, and a streamer. Also, three beer caps, a cigarette but, and a drunk college student who insists on taking you back to their place.
We finally get around to that dessert. Fruit sorbets on the left. Dark chocolate and marzipan on the right. Guess which one is mine.

We went by Granville Island, picked up some produce, then headed back home where we made dinner.

Chicken cutlets on a bed of portobello and shallot in a port reduction, topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and buffalo mozzarella.
Peach schnapps-poached peaches tossed in amaretto, roasted, and served with crushed amaretti and homemade amaretto-amaretti ice cream.

Akemi’s exhausted and going to call it an early night.  I’m off to fish one of the three books I’m reading.

Finally – I heard that the Frenchie lost the Westminster Dog Show title to a Scottish Terrier.  Now what was I just saying about the judged events?

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Okay Joe I am stumped. WTH? Bath bombs? Do you put them in your bathtub? LOL I’ll take the drunk college student…I can get him to do chores while he’s too drunk to think about it. As for Westminster… lol at least the Frenchie got that far. My breeds… Rotties, Basenji and Chows.. never. sad Bastards. Still exciting to watch. Btw.. you probably meant FINISH not fish your book, unless it was part of the bath bomb and you have to fish it out of the water.


1. Dog Show winner – it says that the Scottish are better than the French! grin (*raises a pint to my great-grands Macbeth!*)

2. I’m pretty sure that thing is Wen-Di-Go! Just not a very scary one… unamused

3. You worry too much.

4. Stuffed toys? See…that takes me right back to that straight/gay question. The whole ‘worrywart’ thing from #3 doesn’t help either. wink

5. Akemi is quite lovely. That throws yet another monkey wrench into #4.

6. How does one fish with a book?

7. Anyone here like White Collar? I’m really liking this show…

8. Dinner looks yummy!

9. “To come on like gangbusters – (c.1940) is from radio drama “Gangbusters” (1937-57) which always opened with a cacophony of sirens, screams, shots, and jarring music.” – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php

10. Sleep well, sir! And…BEHAVE! grin



Joe did you put a curse on me? No sooner did I insult your entire Canadian Olympic team on your Feb 11 post (“USA will kick your butts”), did I walk outside into the remains of a record setting snowfall in North Texas, and I slipped and fell and broke my ankle!

I’m sorry I said that about your Canadian team! I’m sure they are kicking USA’s butt (I really doubt that). Now please take off your curse! Please!!

I have just now felt like getting back on my computer. It will take me a while to catch up. But I did notice you assigned me a task to do (changing light bulbs) on your Feb 12 post. Sorry boss, but I’m now on a medical leave. But I would have been the best light bulb changer you ever saw! Or at least a great supervisor of vvv0472 and Kabra! Had to laugh at PG15. Glad I didn’t get bathroom duty!

Nice seeing Akemi again. I hope you enjoy all your entertaining and time together.

Now. Where is my pain medication…


Bath bombs? Now that’s new…the only bath bombs I know of are basically fizzy scented things for the tub. Never gotten a Canadian flag!lol

Mmmm, all that food looks super delish.

Also, super creepy Uncle Sam. What the…


Hey Joe,

Wow, you do that too. It is worry…for missing someone. Better to have afternoon or evening pickup and drop offs…then you can fret all morning too, not just while sleeping.

Akemi is going to have so much fun. You, the dogs, food and Vancouver (not necessarily in that order). The stuffed animals…so sweet of you. We really get to see some of your soft mushy side.

Love the show-n-tell. You are the KING. No one does it better.

Best to you Joe,
Cheryl smile


@Ponytail – Ouch! Coworker here (Kansas) who just moved from Florida slipped on the snow and broke his leg. Maybe it’s good to be used to snow and ice? Maybe.

@das – Come on, a stuffed tea-drinking radish toy is a sign of a keen intellect, nothing else. Worrywart.

And I’d just like to announce for anyone who missed it, I’m working overtime tonight. Time-and-a-half! Woo-hoo! And the IT guy unblocked Facebook for me! It’s the little things that make you happy, you know. And I finished off the Nutella. Seriously, that stuff is crack.


are you making some comic book or something? does it involve people in costume using super powers or is it an expose on the ghetto life in Vancouver?


Bath bombs? are they the type you strap to yourself whilst wearing all your underwear?

Hope you and Akemi enjoy her visit and tell her not to be so camera shy, she is GORGEOUS smile


Coucou:) ça va Joseph?

Moi oui, …on dirait que vous aussi vous avez des problémes pour dormir..vous avez deja essayer de prendre des médicaments pour dormir?…moi j’en prend mais ça ne marche pas trop^^!

Très sympas cette petite journée :)Akemi à l’air très gentil smile

Passez une très bonne journée!
gros bisou!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Akemi is so beautiful!
The house looks spotless.
You food looks better than most restaurants.
I’m sure she is loving everything! What lady wouldn’t be wow!?

Have fun!


Morning Joe, those peaches aren’t doing a thing for me to stay on my preemptive diet (prior to daughter arriving from England in 10 days) in a somewhat decent mood! They look delicious.

Watched most of the dog show, had to watch Lost in between groups, but caught Best in Show. I knew the Scottie would win, but the French Bull was lovely (although really, Brie would put that dog to shame) as were so many others. Yeah, judged events are what they are. I just read that a couple of women from PETA had to show up to screw up the works at the last minute but were dispatched pretty quickly.

@Das: ROTFLMAO with your comments AGAIN at 3 a.m. smile Mr. Deni thanks you for waking him up once more.



The Aussies aren’t sore losers unless you beat them in swimming. lol. You can’t argue that one wink Channel 7 demonstrated just that when Phelps beat the Aussies to a pulp.

As for Begg-Smith, well his problem is that he’s Canadian. There’s some bad blood there. I saw it live, it was close, but in the end, I think the Canadian did the best. I remember the controversy on ch. 7 when the Aussies began to hate Phelps. They would over-analyze every second including slow motioning the wall touch. It’s stupid, petty, and very unsportsmanlike even for a news channel. Thank goodness Foxtel provides good, unbiased coverage. If it weren’t for them, I would definitely say the Aussies are sore losers, especially when they are expected to win. However, in the Beg-Smith case, it’s Canadian bad blood that made him less than enthused to receive a silver.


Okay, I hate to be a downer with all this festive talk of Olympics, delicious foods, good TV shows, etc. But I just came across an article that sent my blood pressure into the cosmos.

It is so hideously disgusting to me, as a life long cat lover/admirer and friend to animals. Read at peril of your bloood pressure:


If anyone watches this chef, please write and tell him to stop suggesting this “olde time custom”.

Shocking… don’t know how I can concentrate on work now.



Mr Mallozzi it is my birthday today I am 22 can I please have a happy birthday please thank you. =3


I do love ice cream. Was it marzipan flavoured ice cream? or just a big lump of almond paste-y goodness?

That bath bomb looks a lot like boiled cabbage to me. Do you really want glitter in your bath if you’re trying to wash? I guess it makes sense if you’re going out at some point. It seems a little messy.

You know, I never heard half as much about finding the mascot(s) for this year’s Games compared to (I think it was) the Summer Games at Sydney. But they are pretty cute looking.


A question for the mailbag:

What happens to you if you walk through the ‘wrong’ side of an established wormhole?
I.E, the opposite side that the WHOOSH emerges from.

I can’t think of any examples from the show that depict this happening, but I can think of three possible answers.

A) Most likely, due to it never occurring on the show – you die.
B) You pass through the wormhole as you normally would, arriving safely at the destination gate.
C) You pass through the event horizon ineffectually…ending up on the ‘right’ side of the gate.

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

Marzipan? Bleeeerrghh!!

Here’s a link for ya. British dude talks in his sleep and wifey records it. It’s become a bit of a sensation.




To be fair, that Scottie was crazily decorated and was the top dog in America… When I saw him win the Eukanuba dog show, I thought it was pretty much given he would take Westminister as well.


Hi Mr M!

Lovin’ the peach-schnapps peaches!! Also, I see now that you can really cook!! A very warm Irish Welcome to Akemi…I presume Akemi knows that her every recorded move is read all over the world by us bloggees??

Re: Stuffed toys…yowsers..have enough teddies in my house to comfortably outsell Macy’s at Christmas…..

Great to see Don Francesco’s again.

Best to all!


Margaret Clayton

Speedy healing, Ponytail. Or at least, enjoy the pain meds while you can.

I’m off my feet for a few days, but nothing so dramatic. I just had half my mutant pinkie toe toenail killed. The half that grows horns and a tail. I’m not kidding. Pretty painful, but that was only the numbing shots. Something terribly wrong with that picture. I’m inconvenienced, I am! And hungry. The delectable food pics …. argh, drool drool.


I think they’re should be pets on the Destiny. I finally got to finish out the eps; my sis and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Rush get beat down and see ya later. I think the Desiny needs pets; Bubba is the perfect candidate to have stowed away on Destiny, he looks like he’d love to chase space cats. I am very confused; why is Vancouver nearly 50 degrees F and the US East coast has 3 feet of snow? I haven’t seen green grass in months.


See Joe? See? Today we’re all drooling, you MUST invite us all to dinner. Extra peaches for me smile


So, what’s Akemi gonna do while you’re at work? If she was like me she’d probably go out, buy you a bunch of underwear a size smaller than you really wear – wash ’em so they don’t look brand new – then replace your regular drawers with the smaller ones, so that you have a panic attack over your big butt when you try to squeeze into them tomorrow. twisted Wouldn’t that be fun??

Soooo…when can I come visit???! grin


AV eddy

@ Mike/Albeno

Not really sure what would happen if one walked through a Gate from the wrong end. Maybe it would be like hitting a physical wall, one cannot pass through it?

I think canon via SGA’s Ghost in the Machine, is if someone establishes a wormhole, they can pass through the Gate from either side (of the actual Gate that established the wormhole), but your right, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone try to enter a Gate from the receiving end.

*get your minds out of the gutter!*


AV eddy

“your right” = “you’re right”