When Akemi told me she’d been checking out a language school in the city’s Gastown district, I warned her to be careful.  It isn’t the best of neighborhoods, frequented by junkies, pickpockets, and Ashleigh.  For her part, Ashleigh took exception to my warning, insisting the area is perfectly safe – which is the same thing she said about a month ago when, while we were out for dinner in the area, I was called out by a drunk homeless man who called me out like Donald Sutherland in the final scene to Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

So, last night we were out for dinner in Ashleigh’s perfectly safe neighborhood when I happened to glance out the window and notice two guys arguing.  The one guy throws a punch.  Then the other guy whips out a container and sprays the other guy with what looked like seltzer.  The ensuing chase ends with both guys down on the ground, beating the living daylights out of each other as tear-streaked onlookers scatter for the safety of the surrounding bars and restaurants.  By the time the fire truck arrived, the guys were long gone – but the bear spray still hung in the air like a Tabasco mist.

How is it that shit only goes down in Ashleigh’s perfectly safe hood whenever I happen to be in the area?  Quite the coincidence, no?

Evening entertainment aside, it was another fabulous meal at Cobre where Akemi experienced Latino cuisine for the first time.  Her favorite dish…

 

Wild Mexican sea prawns with Pipian verde and butter browned corn arepas.

She wasn’t a fan of a couple of dishes, only because they contained what she refers to as pakachi (aka coriander, aka cilantro, aka Chinese parsley, aka Lord Robert Cooper’s Bane).  Apparently, the Japanese in general are not fans of the herb.  The Japanese and the odd Stargate Exec. Producer/Creator/Writer/Director.

So, in the main corridor of the production offices is a headshot gallery of the various actors either starring or guesting in whatever episode happens to be shooting at the time. Usually, the headshots are your standard 8×10’s close-ups.  But, sometimes, the gang in the office get a little creative.  Clearly, someone misses the days of Arts & Crafts…

Steve Eramo gave me the heads up that he’s just posted a new interview with actor Brian J. Smith (SGU’s Lieutenant Matthew Scott) on his blog: http://scifiandtvtalk.typepad.com/scifiandtvtalk/2010/11/stargate-universes-brian-j-smith-universal-soldier.html

And he’s also posted the second half of his Q&A with actress Rachel Luttrell (SGA’s Teyla Emmagan) here: http://scifiandtvtalk.typepad.com/scifiandtvtalk/2010/10/stargate-atlantis-rachel-luttrell-answers-your-questions-part-2.html

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Sparrow_hawk

Those prawns look delicious – worth traveling to a sketchy neighborhood to enjoy. I never knew that Japanese don’t like cilantro. I learn something new every day around here. And Joe, you must have realized by now that adventure just follows you. It’s fate or karma or something…

I finished reading Bloodsucking Fiends and I’m looking forward to hearing what you thought about it.

@das: I LOVE Queen of the Damned! Coolest vampire movie ever! Gotta love heavy metal vamps!

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

Akemi’s not alone.. coriander is yeuuch… apparently it’s in your genetic makeup whether you like it or not.

http://theobligatescientist.blogspot.com/2009/03/why-some-love-or-hate-coriander.html

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Joey… I’m sorry, but could you please interpret that second paragraph because it doesn’t make much sense. Been drinking, or something? wink

“The one guy throw a punch.” Throws? Threw? Tramp? Teamster? And I thought I was bad when it came to tenses. roll

“Then the other guy whip out a container and spray the other guy with what looked like seltzer.” When the hell did you turn into Tarzan??!

“The an ensuing chase…” WTF is that? Wait, did you write this song?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-jOEAufDQ4 “It are go good with pizza!” Sounds just like your style!

And bear spray? Aren’t you the one who complained a year or so ago about sudden plot devices popping up at the end of a story without context? How am I supposed to put ‘bear spray’ and ‘seltzer’ together…if that’s even the connection? Now…if you had said something about ‘funky seltzer’, then maybe I would have associated it with the bear spray. But I’m sitting there at the end of the paragraph, trying to figure out where the hell the friggin’ bears came from!!!! AAAARRRGGGHHH!! Back to writing 101 for you!!!!

Either that, or just lay off the booze. wink

@ Ashleigh – Your neighborhood sounds like a blast!!! grin

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Hahahaha! Now you can pick on ME for screwing up my coding! And YES, I’m drinking wine! grin At least I fess up to my vices!

wink

das

Debra
Debra

ROFLMAO, go das.

Joe, dear, whatever will we do without you when Ashleigh sticks your body to decompose in someone’s new septic tank?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

JOEY, YOU CHEAT!!!!!!!!!!! CHEAT, CHEAT, CHEAT!!!!!

NO editing AFTER I point out all yer boo-boos, Mr. Fancy Pants Writer Man mad …unless, of course, you’re gonna fix my coding boo-boo… grin

das

JZCarr
JZCarr

Joe some people have a selective hypersensitivity to the smell of cilantro, finding it over powering as well as a bit soapy.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

@ Sparrowhawk – I’ve never seen the movie…but the soundtrack is excellent. I think we’ve been over this in the WDC thread…how so many songs fit the Wraith: Slept So Long for Steve, Down with the Sickness for Michael, and Not Meant For Me, Forsaken, and Redeemer for our pallid fellas in general. Of course, Todd’s song – I’m Too Sexy isn’t on the soundtrack, but, hey…it’s still a great CD. smile
das

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

Sorry. Don’t know what you’re talking about.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Just one thing to say, mister:

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mad

(Cheater!)

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Wait…you called me out, but you didn’t approve my post…

Oh, you little stinker…STINKER!!!!!

STINKER!!!!!!!!

Stinker…like…like…stinky BEAR SPRAY!!!!

grin

das

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

Not approve your post. You’re beginning to sound like a crazy person. Or one of those trolls from the anti-SGU site.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

‘Bout time…

wink

das

BMc
BMc

Gotta speak up for Das… Joe did indeed fix those verb tenses after the fact, I noticed them too, the first time I stopped by the blog earlier this evening. “Don’t know what you’re talking about”, my aunt Fanny! Take your lumps like a man! smile

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

“Not approve your post.” There you go, talking like Tarzan again! What the hell are you drinkin’, son??! If you have any left, gimme some! grin

And since when HAVEN’T I sounded like a crazy person???! Isn’t that what you’re payin’ me for??! Sheesh. It says right here in the contract…look…right here below the part where I’m supposed to call Carl ‘skeevy’…it says… “Act crazy, so everyone think I’m sane (even with my Asian schoolgirl fetish and the whole cod sperm thing, yummy!) and feel sorry for me and send me lot and lot of gift for putting up with the crazy people…sign, Joseph ‘The Gigolo’ Mallozzi.”

SEE???!!!! YOU made me crazy! mad

Oh, and while we’re at it, can you please, please, PLEASE pair Sheppard with Todd in the movie and make a scene where they see each other naked and Sheppard says, ‘So, you’re a natural blond!’, and Todd – squinting – replies, ‘So, you’re a…wait. Are you a female??’

wink

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

*points to BMc*

HA!!!! I have WITNESSES!!!! grin

das

RobTheCanadian
RobTheCanadian

@josephmallozzi – Avoid Main & Hastings and you’re set! No, really, avoid it.

Mailbag – It’s not unheard of, for actors to actually drink during shootings; McKay and Sheppard drinking on the pier, in The Shine. Was Louis really drinking? His performance was impressive, to say the least.

And, did you intend for the aliens, that Telford is trapped with to be malevolent or benevolent?

PoorOldEdgarDerby
PoorOldEdgarDerby

That’s no joke, I was in a bar when a kid got maced and within seconds the whole place was choking.

Jerks made me throw out my drink, too.

sylvia
sylvia

LOL….this exchange was worth getting up for…
THANKS! Oh, and love the “new pixies” of the cast. And, please, send an order of them prawns…yummm.

Arctic Goddess

Saw Steve Bacic in the bar at the Los Angeles Creation convention the night before the big event(tonight). He STILL looks like Camel Ass.

The fans are beginning to trickle in for Creation’s triple header – Star Gate, Farscape and those other shows (firefly, Buffy and dollhouse).

Wish you were here, the weather is fine.

Patricia

Quade
Quade

She thinks it’s safe even after the shooting last weekend? Crazy girl.
Joe how are the ratings for the tuesday night switch? I hope they are good because I hate waiting until Friday and stumbling upon spoilers. Space needs to move SGU to tuesday aswell, or atleast wednesday.

Randomness
Randomness

I don’t think any neighbourhood is truely safe, I think the most sensible advice to give to anyone would be to always be aware of your surroundings, what could look safe actually may not be. You never really know with people.

Lisa R
Lisa R

Looks like the production office had fun. Oh, and I had a question. You get into the most interesting situations. Do you deliberately search them out so, we, your blog readers, can have entertainment or do they just happen to you? wink

Have a good weekend!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Das, Mr. M.,: You guys are the best! Thanks for the laughs this morning.

DP
DP

You don’t have to do arts and crafts to get a steam-punk picture of Patrick Gilmore. Just Google. Ok, steam-punk POSTER of Patrick Gilmore. I’ll have to think, and, by think, I mean stop thinking, about that.

I asked my drunk, homeless friend in Vancouver what that calling you out was all about. He said he was just trying to warn you, but you were obviously too brain-washed by the New World Order to understand. He says if you want to stop being a slave, talk to him at the main library. He’ll be the guy on the internet drinking organic beer out of a Mountain Dew bottle.

And, he’s not exactly a drunk. Try having to go off the grid because the Bilderberg Group wants you dead. You’d need to drink to cope with that kind of stress, too. He’s doing this for all our sakes. A flippin’ hero who refuses to censor his internet postings even if it means his life, so don’t judge.