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…
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