Finished (not “fished”) two of my three books last night (I would’ve gone back and corrected the entry, but then that would have left those of you correcting me in the comments section looking silly.  So, instead, I’ll just look silly myself – which I’m kind of used to anyway).  Akemi, meanwhile, is having all sorts of fun bonding with the dogs who have taken to trotting out their can’t fail routines like…

"Slipped bandit" - an oldie but a goodie that never fails to elicit "Aaaawwwwws".

Today, we went for lunch at one of my favorite dim sum places in Vancouver – Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant in Richmond – and ended up eating waaaaaaaaaay too much.

House baked barbecue pork buns.
Prawn dumplings.
Akemi enjoys the seafood congee.
Delicious dessert bun #1 - (milk cream center)
Delicious dessert bun #2 - hot and sweet liquid yolk center.

After lunch, we hit the T&T Supermarket over at Yaohan Mall where, if I wasn’t already stuffed, I would have certainly picked up one of these –

Gee, I hope no one gets hurt.

Once back on the home front, the dogs guilted us into taking them for walks – after which they just wanted to hang out…

Olympic update.  Congratulations, Canada.  The rest of the world thinks we’re acting like jerks: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/2010wintergames/World+doesn+care+Canada+attitude/2577626/story.html

Meanwhile, David Letterman calls bullshit on the I.O.C. spin: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Letterman+skewers+Vanoc+over+luger+death/2575054/story.html

In keeping with our Olympic theme, let’s check out a list of the Top 10 Worst Olympic Mascots: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-worst-olympic-mascots.php

Today’s entry is dedicated to birthday individual Thasc.

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susan the tartan turtle

Still to checkout your links, but I must admit to laughing at the picture of Akemi and Lulu – I presume that Lulu is the one with the orange ball. wink

I hope Akemi enjoys her vistit to Canada. Dogs are a good judge of character and Lulu and Akemi seem to be best friends already.

Debra
Debra

Hey you still didn’t explain the danged bath thingies!

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

I don’t think I could eat all those dishes you’ve been showing these past few weeks without getting chunky!!!

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

my mom called me last night to tell me how good my turkey drumsticks were grin
Today I had hawaïan pizza …. the purchased kind!! It was not my fault, I was out all day doing stuff. It was my stomach over my mind kind of thing. A moment of weakness!!!But then, all those pictures of food you post everyday are not helping grin

Gilder
Gilder

Hanging out with Brother & family, helping while Sis-in-love recovers. Pleased to report that my daily allergy meds are allowing close contact with their lovable cat.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

BOOBIES!!!!!

grin

das

Joel
Joel

Aww.. love the doggie pictures.
And congratulations to Thasc.
So anyway, tomorrow’s actually my birthday. *hint* *hint*

fsmn36

LOL! Geez, the Canadians gain a teeny bit of ambition (in sports, mind you, not world domination or nuclear weapons) and people are all annoyed. I’m offended on your behalf. I mean, ok. If they are actually hogging practice time, then, yeah, I don’t approve. But the amount of excitement and cheering shouldn’t be reasons to dismiss Canada as the Frankenstein of sports.

Aww, Akemi and the dogs are adorable!!

And, yeah. I gotta agree with Das on those buns…

ZeroPointBatteries
ZeroPointBatteries

Sorry Joe, but I must agree with Das on this one, it looks like you had “boobies” for lunch. Glad to here you two are doing well and that the doggies are behaving. Just out of curiosity have you ever noticed one of them dreaming? My dog aparently goes for a run every night in his dreams because all of a sudden his paws will start jerking back and forth.

-ZPB

Detox
Detox

Come on Joe, ease up on the Olympic and Canada bashing. I figured you of all people would be able to sympathize the people at VANOC (even though they are a bunch of incompetent morons) and be wary of all the negative press.

I don’t remember you taking so much heed to critics when they lambasts SGU or SGA.

DaffyDave
DaffyDave

Everyone says cats are cleverer than dogs but have you ever seen a cat work so hard at being adorable. I was bought up with the smelliest& ugliest poodle you can imagine but but boy could he turn on the charm when it was needed!

D

pg15

Oh man, Joe, I call bullshit on 2 of those links. Yeah, gotta go with Letterman on VANOC. Those remarks were at best, extremely tacky, and at worst, just heartless and disgusting.

But the other 2 links. Hell no. Oh wah wah wah, so some British newsrags and some nobody from the US (not including the AP) are snarking off at us, and that’s suddenly the world thinking we’re jerks? That is crap logic and makes as much sense as thinking that SGU is hated by all outdoors when only a few loudmouth bashers have ranted their pie holes off. This is the Olympics; I think we’re allowed to be loud and proud about our atheletes.

When this is over, and Canada is invading countries for oil and giving foreign leaders impromptu shoulder rubs, then we can talk. For now, I’d rather Canada bathe itself in National Pride for the next week or so and then go back to the pushovers that the world, and the Canadian media, seem to want us as.

I will admit that things have not been perfect; there has been delays and breakdowns in equipment; but then, no Olympics have been perfect, has it? The key is in whether people attending are enjoying themselves.

As for that 3rd link. AW NO, NOBODY BADMOUTHS MUKMUK! So, it says “MukMuk the wannabe just exists on the internet and is not even important enough to include on the souvenir merchandise.”? O Rly? Is that why I was playing with a MukMuk plushy the week before the Olympics started? Is that why my friend, who bought the plushy, said that they were everywhere? Way to fact-check you losers! Muk Muk is teh Awesome, and that is a FACT. Check THAT fact you idiots!

On a lighter note, Akemi is beautiful and Lulu is absolutely adorable with that orange ball. It seems like you two are having a great time together, and that’s Awesome! grin

By the way, I got supercharged on Olympic spirit today (in case you haven’t noticed) because I attended the filming of The Colbert Report at Creekside Park, right next to Science World! Sure, it involved standing in mud for 3 hours, but I got to see Stephen Colbert LIVE, and cheered him on with 5000 fellow Colbert Nationals about all things Olympic. I also got to see Michael Buble, Mike Eruzione, and Bob Costas (he rode a moose for us!). Then, I headed down to the Olympic Cauldron and fully wrapped myself in the celebratory atmosphere of the Olympic games. It was bloody brilliant!

Tomorrow, I head to Creekside Park again to attend the 2nd taping of The Colbert Report, and then I will go on the hunt for the MukMuk plushy! I WILL HAVE A MUKMUK TO CALL MY OWN!

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

*giggles* DAS … BOOBIES!!!!! ??? Oh, I cannot WAIT for the explanation on this one. Did I miss something? I think I did. Better clue me in. LMAO

Sorry, hey… *giggles out of control*..I might be hopeless. ROFLMAO…

Ha, I guess that is all….I am dying here.. HELP!!!

Best to you Joe, hehehehehahahahhaahhehehehehe
Always and FOREVER!
Cheryl smile

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

Oh yeah, I noticed the ( o Y o ) too! hahaha…

As for our Aussie official mascotsin 2000 .. they went over like a lead balloon didn’t they?

Thank God for Roy and H G for coming up with Fatso the Fat aRsed wombat (note the ‘R’ as we say it the British way – it has more effect).

So many Olympians adopted him (especially in the swimming)… I had one as a stuffed toy! Only bloody stuffed toy I’d own.

I see that people are commenting on the 2012 Olympic logo, which DOES indeed look like Lisa Simpson doing fellatio on uh.. her sibling ..>.>. Baaaaaaaaaaaad thinking on London’s behalf.

pastrygirl
pastrygirl

Now, see, I didn’t even get Das’ comment and had to go back to see if you had posted an inappropriate picture of your houseguest. Why? Because I was still going “Mmmm, barbecued pork buns…..” And wondering what the hell Lulu has in her mouth ?

I was wondering what the heck the Olympic organizers were thinking after watching the women’s cross-country event, and seeing the favorite veer off of the course during the warm up and end up IN A DITCH. Did they run so over budget that they can’t afford safety barriers except for proven dangers, like this and the luge wall?

Either the problems are being covered really well by the media, there are more than usual, or any similar problems in previous events were covered up/kept quiet better.

So, I recently found out that relatives are coming to the Phoenix Comicon event Memorial Day weekend. Joe, can you come or try to interest one of the production team or actors? Then at least there will be something worth going to see…..since I think I’m going to have to be there anyway. Michael Stackpole’s coming……. smile

Lisa

Shiningwit
Shiningwit

Behave Das *chuckle* exactly what I thought:)

fantastic pictures, Akemi is settling right in, can we keep her?

I sincerely hope no-one is paying attention to the British press, I don’t. They are mouthpieces of the political class which to do a favour to what’s left of my country should all be tried for treason!!

IMNSHO I can’t wait to see what an embarrassment the 2012 games are going to be. I really think you couldn’t make this shit up.

Paula

I think the whole access to venues thing is debatable, but I don’t think it has a thing to do with Canada showing some pride in achievements. I say hooray for Canada!

Of course, I’m from the US and we are the “ugly Americans.” So maybe my opinion is a bit skewed. smile

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

HI Mr M!

@Das : You got me….you mind reader you!

@Ponytail: Speedy Recovery!

Don’t forget to check in on BamBam all!! He’s recovering well : http://www.twitter.com/jamesbamford

And finally, a buddy on Twitter posted this….says it all really http://twitpic.com/13x1zc

Any updates on the Comic launch? And also, when is the Short Story out?? Is Lou Anders here???

Best wishes to all

S’n’T

PS: Any updates on your Mom? And also did Felix win the doggy photo competition???

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Awwwww, you were right. That is the best picture.

I don’t care for Lettermen’s humor but I agree with him on this point.

Why do the Olympics need a mascot?

As for the Olympics themselves, they are making Vancouver look like a paradise! The views are spectacular.

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

@das

Lol.

That was random. Are you talking about the 6th pic?

Oh and heyyyyyyy. I’m back. I’ll get to help cleaning up your house Joe(plants if I remember correctly) in a couple days. smile

So was I missed?? wink

Had some crazy cool stuff happen here in ecuador. Funny experience with airport security, which I’ll tell you later. I’m at the airport right now , and I’ll be home tonight. Tomorrow, I’m gonna workout, buy sgu 1.0, and watch the extended cut of air!!! Yay!!!

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

sam
sam

Have i missed something but i see no Irish winning gold silver or bronze ok guiness drinking is not an Olympic Sport, this should be along with Joes Visiting resturants,, and eating etc. Enjoy showing around your guest and good eating..

Carl Binder
Carl Binder

As usual, I completely agree with PG15. The Brits and Americans have no business accusing anyone of “excessive chest-thumping.”

Airelle
Airelle

Joe, good day there. and thanks for sharing the pictures, What a lovely house guest you have and food pictures, yum. good blog. I have not watched the olympics so can not comment. We have company from the northeast so we are kinda busy. trying to stay warm, brr. The pups are adorable as always. Hope you have a wonderful day. The (boobie)(das,lol) bun pix looks delicious also..

Michael A. Burstein

Joe, if you ever get to Boston, there is a great dim sum place in Chinatown where you must eat. I ate there once, years ago, before I decided to keep strictly kosher, and so I can attest to the quality of the food. (I don’t recall the name of the place, but everyone knows it as the restaurant with the red walls.)

J
J

@Joe – Hello there. Here I am again. I wish it were under better circumstances. I was directed to an interview that actor Brian J. Smith did recently. There were a few things that he said about the Greer character that were troubling. Re: Scott and Greer: “He and Greer are oddly two different sides of the coin. There’s a really great scene in “Air,” in the desert, when Greer shoots Franklin. Rush says, “Shoot him,” and Greer shoots Franklin. Eli asks, “Why did you do it? Why’d you shoot him?” And he goes, “He told me to.” And that’s what Greer knows how to do, is how to follow orders. Scott, although he wants to do really good, he’s also a thinker and he’s not going to do something or he will very reluctantly do something that he thinks is counterintuitive to the welfare of everybody on the ship.” Re: TJ in the Time episode: “She kept the ship together and that whole thing would’ve fallen apart. If Greer had been in control, there would’ve been a disaster. Absolute disaster. She’s a thinker and a feeler, and she comes from a very compassionate place.” Is that how you really see Greer? Is he really just a dumb and out of control soldier that will blindly follow any order because he’s not a thinker? Is Brian wrong, or is that really what you (and the other producers) want Greer to be? I thought it was bad when he was angry. I think I’ll take that back now. I don’t know anyone that fits this description. Do you know anybody like that? I’m not saying that Greer can’t be the one in a million case. That could be. I’m not sure. Wouldn’t the Icarus Base Project have wanted people that could think on their feet? It seems dangerous to have someone working around a project like that with absolutely no ability to think. All I know is that my heart sank when I read that about Greer. I remember asking you if maybe the minority characters could have a little more to do, and if they could be credited with some intelligence. Judging from what Brian had to say, it seems like that’s not going to happen at all. I wonder how Jamil feels about all of this. I wouldn’t want to play Greer. It would be hard, especially with a cast-mate talking him down. I hope everything’s alright behind the scenes. I never read anything or saw anything about Jamil talking down the Scott character. And, he could have. But it’s good for Brian to say what’s on his mind if that’s what he really thinks about the character. I find it interesting that he sees the Greer character in some of the same ways that people who’ve complained about him do. It’s alright I guess. You have the right to do what you want with things. I wish you and everyone else the best on your next season. I… Read more »