Day #5 of The Hunt found us back on the lot and in the familiar (and relatively drier) confines of Stage 4. After three days of shooting in the cold and rain, it was nice to be walking those darkened corridors again. I was expecting a warm reception from my co-workers. After all, it’s been almost a week since I last saw them and I assumed they’d missed me terribly. My writing partner Paul pretty much summed up the consensus response to my return: “Where the hell have you been?”. I was particularly disappointed by the fact that absolutely no one noticed a change in me despite my prompting (“Do you notice anything different about me?”). “Did you put on weight?”was Paul’s first guess. “You’re doing something new with your hair!”marveled Carl. “I love it!”. Surprisingly, none of them noted the trimmer, fitter me (My treadmill was finally fixed this weekend and I was able to get in my first work-out in two months last night).
Trimmer and fitter but extremely sore, I made the long trek to and from stage 4 several times before finally giving up and taking the car. I brought in truffles for the gang in an assortment of flavors: dark chocolate amaretto-almond chili, white chocolate key lime, dark chocolate Guinness, milk chocolate root beer, and dark chocolate Malibu Rum with toasted coconut. All much appreciated, but the milk chocolate root beer were the surprise hit. Script Supervisor Amanda insisted I was spoiling them, buying the crew coffee last week, treating them to truffles next week. “Wait until it’s Paul’s turn to come to set and produce his episode,”I told them. “He’s REALLY going to spoil you guys!”
I put out my outline for episode 20, Gauntlet, and look forward to the feedback. Paul is finishing up prep on episode 17, Common Descent. Brad is working on his pass on episode 19, Blockade. And Carl has promised us a first draft of episode 18, Epilogue, tomorrow.
It seems that every time I visit a bookstore, I HAVE to buy something. That to-read list keeps piling up to the point where I have two to-read piles: the to-read pile made up of some 25 titles and the to-read reserve pile made up of about a hundred titles that move onto my to-read pile as I make headway. Just started a book I should have read eons ago, Frank Herbert’s Dune.
This weekend, while I was making truffles, Akemi was making these…
She was incredibly proud of her accomplishment.