I feel like I’m a character in one of those Final Destination movies.  The reason?  Well, way back when I was in fourth grade, I was helping my gym glass set up the trampoline.  At one point, a section of the equipment clamped down on my fingers but I was able to quickly slip my hand away without suffering any damage.  Stevie Robertson, a classmate who would later gain some Allancroft Elementary School-level fame by pummeling a bully two grades his senior, was standing nearby and remarked: “You just got your fingers massacred.”  “No,”I told him.  “I’m fine.”  And wiggled my fingers to show him I had escaped any serious injury.  Then, seconds later, a section of the trampoline sprang back and broke my arm, snapping the wrist in two places.  What has stuck with me about that incident – besides the horrific injury sustained, the six hours I spent at the Lakeshore General Hospital emergency room waiting for treatment, or the fact that they eventually realized they’d set the bone incorrectly and had to re-break it – was that brush with danger and disaster, not denied as I’d originally imagined, but merely delayed.

Flash-forward to this morning.  The dogs had come back in from the backyard but I couldn’t find Lulu, so I went outside to look for her – not realizing she was upstairs in Akemi’s room, trying to rustle our guest out of bed.  I’m not exactly sure what my deck is made out of but when wet, it’s like one of those hilariously treacherous walkways suspended over a vat of whipped wasabi they make the contestants negotiate on the Japanese games-shows.  My feet slipped out from underneath and I landed hard, hitting the top step, though thankfully not quite its corner, managing to take the brunt of the impact with my butt and outstretched arms.  I slid down the next two steps and rose, remarkably, uninjured.  It could have – and, frankly, should have – gone much worse for me.  I could have caught that corner, injured my lower back, my legs, or possibly even shattered my wrists when I swung my hands around to cushion to my fall.  Disaster denied.  Or delayed?  Suffice it to say that with the memory of that trampoline incident forever in the back of my mind, I was extra cautious today.

Still, if Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that – to quote Peter DeLuise – “Death holds a grudge.”  And I fear it’s slow-witted step-brother is just as petty.

Last night, Akemi and I had dinner at ReFuel.  Unfortunately, after talking up the crispy duck for two days, I was disappointed to learn that they were out.  So, instead, we had a variety of alternate items including:

The house croquettes - Crispy outside and a decadent liquid foie gras center.
Creamy onion soup with croutons and herbs. Akemi LOVED this dish. Apparently, she's never had anything like it in Japan.
Hand-rolled potato gnocchi with roasted mushrooms and fresh herbs. Another Akemi fave.

We were pretty stuffed and, as a result, ended up sharing dessert.  Three to be exact…

The house creme brulee. Akemi was all over this.
The peanut and chocolate parfait. My favorite.
The apple & pear crostada with extra extra sour cream ice cream.

I was planning to take Akemi to the art gallery today (I hear Vancouver has one) but she suggested just staying home for the day – which was perfectly fine with me.  After perusing my considerable library of Asian dvds, we ended up watching the live-action GTO movie – a truly terrible feature based on a truly awesome anime series.  We took the dogs for a walk and gave Bubba a bath…

Bath-time for Bubba

Tomorrow, we’ll track down that legendary art gallery.  Promise.

Today’s entry is dedicated to birthday boy Joel and the gang at WordPress who have been wonderful hosts to this blog over the past couple of years.  And a special shout out to Nick and Hanni in tech support!

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ptarmigan
ptarmigan

Maybe you should consider banishing all staircases from your property since you seem prone to mishaps with them every couple of years. I would suggest a trampoline be used to get from level to level, but under the circumstances…

How about ladders and firemen poles with a slide for the doggies?

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

Sorry about your accident on your steps. Too bad you didn’t get that filmed. It would have been hilarious.

Patricia

sorrykb
sorrykb

Oooh that gnocchi looks good. I wonder if ReFuel delivers… to California.

And doesn’t Bubba know that he’s supposed to hate bathtime? It’s part of the dog rulebook I think.
He does look happy though. Did Lulu join in later?

– KB

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Entertaining personal history! Re-Fuel pics! DOGGIE VIDEOS! 9/10 for today’s blog. (sorry, no 10/10 until and unless we ever get an SGA movie; a 9.9 if we get an SG-1 flick). Only thing missing was a SGU report(that would have topped you out at 9.6)
Seriously, glad you weren’t too badly hurt, and that you’re secure enough in your masculinity to have shared the slightly embarrassing story. Please keep up the good work, and continue to enjoy your adventures as tour guide

ytimynona
ytimynona

Wow, Bubba was really enjoying bathtime! I thought dogs hated water? Or maybe my dog is just part cat! razz

Loving the videos! They’re amazing! And I’m sad the crispy duck was gone too; that’s a dish I’d actually like! (I’m quite picky!)

Debra
Debra

LOL is that a SPECIAL tub just for the dogs? Incredibly cute.
Glad you are okay, that could have been a horrific injury.

Deni
Deni

Love the bath video! The food looked to die for, and I’m still on the preemptive diet sad Nite, all!

sylvia
sylvia

OHHHHHH, sorry, did not know we were to use the tub for the babies bath. No wonder they were hard to find when we had the yard hose….oops.

Was that Lulu grunting/groaning?
Does Bubba have asthmas?

We will do it right next time.
It is our honor to serve.

lis
lis

puppybath!!

My dog is due for a bath any day now. She’s terrified of them… maybe I should try bringing in a toy like that.

Airelle
Airelle

Joe, you wore poor Bubba out there with him chasing the toy in the water, so funny, did he actually ever get the ‘bath’? Looked like he enjoyed it.
And thanks for the foodie pix, yum, those desserts,whoa. Any protestors outside Refuel for the foie gras? maybe they gave up or its too darn cold. Hope Akemi is enjoying her visit to the city and that the traffic hasn’t been bad with all the extra activities going on. and that the leather furniture was not too slippery from all the cleaning we did.shiny shiny shiny…wax on wax off. Enjoy the day and thanks for sharing.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe – perhaps you can look at it this way – this time the disaster came first (the finger cut), and the denied disaster came second (the slip & fall). Fell better? smile

Have you heard about the Epic Beard Man? This tweaked video is hilarious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS9CbKdhNhk

Bubba’s adorable! Like a little furry piggy! grin

I will refrain today from making pervy comments about your food.

@ pg15 – Coolness about Colbert! He’s hilarious! Not nearly as funny as you, though. wink

Have a good evening, Joe and Akemi and the puppies! Have a good whatevertimeofdayitis, everyone else!

das

Ponytail
Ponytail

Cute, cute dog videos lately. Did Bubba ever actually use any soap or did he just play around in the tub looking so adorable for your guest? Your dogs have a ton of personality.

Glad you did not break anything in your porch fall. Wish I was so lucky. That is a horrible story from your elementary days. You poor kid!

The food pictures are really killing me. I can’t eat too much since I am mostly sitting around with my leg propped up or I’d look like a buffalo when I went back to work. I’m hungry all the time right now.

@PBMom – thanks for the shout out!

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Dang Joe, that’s insane. Glad your ok though. smile

Ok!!! I’m back and I’ve STARTED THE STARGATE MOVIE CAMPAIGN!!! I’m excited to get this into motion!!! Please stop buy if you have a GW account so we can brainstorm some ideas!!

http://forum.gateworld.net/showthread.php?73145-Stargate-Movie-Fan-Campaign&p=11234045#post11234045

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

Narelle from Aus

How cute are the noises Bubba makes?!

I decided last night while taking the dogs for a swim that two of my favourite sounds are the noises the dogs make when they go swimming.

It’s one of those places where there are no noises from the city world which in turn allows my thoughts to settle. Just the sound of the river, the kookaburras going crazy at each other, the local owl who hoots during the day and the grunt, grunt of the dogs as they swim against the current and generally look like happy little chappies.

That parfait looks amazing.

Have a good night Joe.

Belouchi
Belouchi

Hey Joe,

Its been a while… sorry for the missing in action been quite hectic at work these days. I just wanted to drop a hello for you and a big kiss on the nose for Bubba.

take care

JYS
JYS

I just might have to get the gnocchi next time I’m at Refuel

Narelle from Aus

Oh, as for your impending dea- I mean misfortune. Go and do some random acts of kindness in the hope that you can remove the mark you have been branded with. Or just hope the mark gets transferred to some other poor shmuck.

jojo
jojo

Bubba sure does enjoy the bath. My dog hates it! She just sits and stares at me, like “how dare you do this to me!” She hates the bathtub the worst; the kitchen sink is the only thing she will tolerate for more than a minute. I guess I have spoiled her that way.

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Ok I’ve had overwhelmingly Negative responses to a fan campaign!!!! Anyone!!!! Help!!!! Briangate suggested I take it to syfys forums but I don’t wanna have to create a new account and start a life on a new forum. lol

I’d discussed the possibilities with people on this blog not to long ago and I got mostly positive responses then. You think any of you positive people could drop by and help me out??

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

Gilder
Gilder

Joe, glad to hear you came out unscathed. You may recall that I’m in Maryland to lend extra hands and legs to my sis-in-love. She fell on ice the first week of this month; every time someone leaves the house, someone else cries “Watch out for the ice!”

Randomness
Randomness

Ohh Anime movies, watch the Death Note live action ones. They do the series more justice than the Great Teacher Onazuka?(Sp?) one.

The guy from that has been cast in the Gantz live action movies being filmed in Japan in the near future.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Feel better. That was supposed to be ‘Feel better?’. I guess I caught Misspellozzitis, or something. wink

das

Abby

Ouch! That sounds pretty painful. I hope you feel better soon! =)

Gravy
Gravy

Gosh, that food looks fantastic!

I wish my dogs were into bath time like Bubba. It takes two people to get either one of them into the shower: one person to lift them and a second to pry their legs off the door. lol. It really is a sight to see.

pastrygirl
pastrygirl

Ouch! Watch out for that other, metaphorical shoe to drop… in my experience, it always does! Glad you weren’t hurt worse.

And, not to be picky, but you appear to have taken Bubba SWIMMING, not given him a bath!! Doggie baths generally include, but are not limited to, shampooing said beastie and trying not to let them shake water/suds everywhere.
And then cleaning dirt and dog fur out of the tub. sad
Bubba is just way too cute. Love the little squishy dogs…

Link to an interesting Airlock Alpha article regarding TV show cancellations and the reasons behind them:
http://www.airlockalpha.com/node/7143

Lisa