Hey!  Look who’s back in town!

Yep.  Executive Producer Carl Binder is in Vancouver for Two Days Only in order to organize and pack up a few things.  Correction.  In order for his wife, Karen, to organize and pack up a few things while he sits in his office trawling the internet for hairless monkey porn and whatnot.  Far be it for me to criticize, however, seeing as how he has gifted me with two lovely (half-empty) bottles of Kahlua and Frangelico.  In return, I gifted him an adorable kitten picture frame that I slipped into his suitcase while his back was turned.

Anyway, given that his time in Vancouver is limited, I made sure to book early to avoid disappointment and he was kind enough to pencil me in for a 6:30 dinner tonight.

Also dropping by the production offices for a surprise visit this morning was –

Special Effects Maestro Wray Douglas who was in the area helping a friend.  Now when anyone else says they’re “helping a friend”, I assume “move”.  In Wray’s case though, my mind automatically goes to “blow something up”.  And, as it turns out, I’m right.  No details on what exactly he’ll be blowing up and where, but I’m sure it’ll be splendiforous.

Talked to Stargate Creator/Exec. Producer/Director/Writer/Duck Smoker Robert Cooper this morning who is presently fielding PLENTY of interesting professional possibilities. Also, as a result of our conversation, a fast-track opportunity that had presented itself several weeks ago is looming large once again.  It’s a terrific, high-profile gig and I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun – but it WILL mean relocating to the other side of the country.  And that brings up two big issues.  One involves the people I’ll leave behind.  The second: How the hell am I going to get my dogs there?  Given their breed-specific respiratory issues (and the fact that I’ve heard one too many pet travel horror stories) flying them cargo is not an option. They could fly in-cabin as carry-on, but the airline limit is one pet per traveler with a limited number of pets per flight meaning that, even if I fly with a friend(s), it will still amount to multiple trips.  Also, porky Maximus is pushing the 25 pound weight limit.  Another option is driving cross-country, but the thought of spending a week’s worth of eight hour days in my car does not appeal.  Still another option is chartering a plane and, believe it or not, it’s something I have looked into.  Certainly faster than driving cross-country but a tad more expensive.

There’s also the fact that if things move as quickly as I think they will, it will make both Paul and I unavailable for any other projects-poised-for-production.  Was hoping to hear something definite on the Stargate front before week’s end (or certainly before January 31st).

On the bright side, I suppose that no matter where I go, I’ll be able to bring you all along as well – which means a lot to me, especially after receiving comments like the following that, for some reason, found its way into my spam folder:

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Thank you, ForeclosurePropertiesForCheap.  Your sincere and heartfelt words are much appreciated.  They’re gratifying, touching and make me want to invest in undervalued real estate.

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Chris

ROFL @ ForeclosurePropertiesForCheap.

I know this is a long shot, but could you email your dogs over?… or, and I know this is a bit expensive, could you use the Stargate?

Asdasdg
Asdasdg

Glad to read another one of your posts.

is the Animation Crew going to make more immages of Destiney’s underside? I would realy like to see some more detail of the main battery being lowered (paning out to show main battery lowering etc.)

Bailey
Bailey

Hey, Good luck on whatever you choose to do! Your moving exploits should be a trip! Literally!

This is how a friend of mine moved her 12 (yup) cats across the US, she paid a friend with time on her hands to rent a van and bring the critters by land to California from Florida.

Worked out better, she just made sure the friend checked every half day or so to make sure none of the felines had escaped. (Van was kind of smely by the end of the trip tho)

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Das: lucky for you about the extra insurance! The bozo that hit you probably didn’t have any.

Carl looks great!

I would drive the pugs. Flying them may be too stressful on “them”. Whatever you decide, get some doggie anti-stress pills and have them ready.

Sending you lots of good luck vibes for the new job!

Does anyone have any recipes for Quinoa? I finally found some and may try it for lunch tomorrow.

libkat
libkat

Why not hire someone else to drive the dogs? Probably cheaper than charting a plane and gets you out of the hassle.

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

So fun to see Carl…but any Carl updates? Where did he go? What is he doing? This really means there will be less Carl on the blog. I am hoping dinner means…a few more pictures. *smiles*

*sigh* Moving is never as easy as we would like it. I have sent dogs on airlines before and everything went great. You have to study the current issues with each airline and what rating they have with dogs. It’s been awhile..but I don’t remember now what airline I used. Each airline has it’s own policies. You can do this…all parents go through trauma moving loved ones. It will be MUCH harder on you than them. You could always choose “one” to go with you if one is not feeling well.

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Cheryl smile

noelm
noelm

Hey Joe, have you checked out this company? Maybe you write the cost of transporting the pooches into your next contract?

http://www.companionair.com/

noelm
noelm

Gah, as a former copy editor, I apologize for that missing word, can.

pg15

I agree with ForeclosurePropertiesForCheap; this is by far the most educative blog I have ever read.

That new job sounds exciting! But that also means that if/when I ever get to visit Bridge Studios, you and Paul won’t be there to celebrate my presence, which is clearly so much more important than your livelihoods that it should’ve been obvious even without me spelling it out like this.

As for the doggies – well, I’m the road trip guy, so I’d suggest road tripping it. You’ll get to see the rest of Canada from the ground and partake in the local foods, like them prairie oysters. Yum yum.

Whatever the case, I wish you good luck on dealing with all these quickly-unfolding events in the next few days/weeks! grin

noelm
noelm

Oh, hey, here’s another one that is actually in business:

http://petairways.com/content/where-we-fly

Sean D.
Sean D.

Hey Joe,

Moving the dogs… one word: RV. wink Well, that’s 2 letters… two words, recreational vehicle, or I suppose 1 word… Winnebago. If you can rent one. A mini-home-on-wheels might provide for a more comfortable trip for the dogs if you move across the country.

…and I’d guess it’s cheaper than chartering a plane.

Something to consider.

Cheers,

Sean D.

Sarah Lee
Sarah Lee

Did you ever watch the Animal Planet TV Show- Last Chance Highway? http://animal.discovery.com/tv/last-chance-highway/

Well they transport pets to adopters from the south up north in acomment image. Maybe you can rent something like this? Good luck finding transportion for your dogs!

brandon
brandon

how do you pitch an idea what i mean is where because i live in louisiana and that is far away from vancouver.

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Still no word on Stargate… I’m getting scared now. sad

Anyways, seems like whatever the future holds will be very exciting… smile

Have a great night,
Major D.

Lisa R
Lisa R

moving cross country—I’ve done that before, but not for many years. When I graduated from high school, I lived on the West Coast of the US and decided to go to the East Coast for school. That was quite the adventure. Now, we might end up going back that way–depends on where hubby finds a job.

Best of luck in whatever you decide!

Jim
Jim

All airlines have different rules. One allow one dog per flight, some more. I fly Delta every week and I know that they allow multiples per flight. Two weeks ago, there were three on my flight as carry-on.

sorrykb
sorrykb

Thanks for the pics. So nice to see Uncle Fuzzy — er, Carl — again. And good to hear that Wray Douglas is still blowing things up.

As for your possible move, I see noelm beat me to the PetAirways suggestion. Now you’ll just have to convince them to expand their coverage area.

On the other hand, a road trip with the dogs could make for a very entertaining week or so on the blog. (Not that it isn’t entertaining already, and of course I’m still hoping for good news in some form on the Stargate front.)

Wishing you the best of luck with whatever road you take,

KB

IggyMing
IggyMing

I vote for road trip! We drove halfway across Canada at Christmas with very young kids. Crazy, I know, but we survived. Just takes some careful planning, and it’s feasible. You have to *really* like long drives, though.

Is the train an option?

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Great to see Carl B. Perhaps you folks can pledge an eternal annual get together at a selected locale to stay in touch. Yes, I know one of you would break it for an origami exposition, or to witness the world record for toenail clipping being set, but you could still make the pledge.
As for the dogs, cross country driving would probably be the best. I’ll even volunteer to do it, assuming the timing could be worked out. I actually like long drives, with or without furballs. Or you could have your loyal fans fight it out for the privilege. The video sales alone would cover the costs. Or I suppose there is someone who offers professional services for such things. Certainly cheaper than chartering a plane, and assuming you aren’t guilt wracked at leaving the dogs with someone else, they would probably do much better stress and respiratory wise.
Loved the spam. Reminds me of the days when you had Baron Destructo do the occasional guest post here. Thanks for sharing, and heck, just say the word if you want a doggie chauffer. Or at least get us pictures of the same. Bearing in mind that with the weather we’ve had this winter through the eastern half of the country, the later in the spring you make the move the better…..

Deni
Deni

Chartering the plane seems like the best idea to me. Hitting the road with so many pups seems exhausting for all of you! We moved from Miami to Gainesville (about a 6 hour drive) with Flannery, Summer and our lab/something mix, Riggs. Although they behaved beautifully, the trip took much longer with all the extra pee/poop/walk/water stops. Seeing Canada and partaking in the local foods (per pg15) will not really be an option with a bunch of dogs in the car! Can’t wait to hear what it is you’re doing!

Ponytail
Ponytail

You could kill two birds with one stone: Rent a Travel Trailer and you and Akemi drive the dogs to your new destination on a carefully mapped out route that takes you past the best diners, drive-ins, and dives. You personally get the dogs to thier new home (nobody can take care of them like you) and have your road trip too.

I can’t wait to see what you do next!. Any good looking movie stars? You can get us a Q&A with them, right?

Debra
Debra

There are reputable companies that transfer pets… which is one option. The other is ask about paying for seats for the extra dogs. I don’t want you to not be available for SGU continuation, but I especially don’t want you to disappear. You are the only blog I read daily. Hell, I don’t even read other blogs monthly. Your openness and willingness to share bits of your life with us is refreshing. I feel lucky to have found your blog and I don’t even have spam to share. smile

Ponytail
Ponytail

Joe, my brother is a baggage handler for a MAJOR airline. Please, please, please don’t “ship” any one of your dogs. If they fly, they fly with you inside the cabin (first class!). He has told too many horrible stories about dogs in cargo, some the airlines fault, some the owner’s fault, and some stories of what an animal will do when scared to death and feeling trapped.

scott_land
scott_land

Hey Joseph,

Sorry was late finishing the Iron Hunt. Not good at critiques.
Good read and got caught up in the story pretty fast.
Liked her tatoos – especially Zee.
It was kind of hard to get my bearings at first in the story.
There were times in the story I wish the author wouldn’t have written about the main characters internal feelings right in the middle of important discussions between characters. But toward the end of the book this became less of an issue.

Good enough to read the 2nd book for sure.

Hope you’ll have a good move.
Also hoping that it doesn’t mean a crunch for SGU progress.

Kymm
Kymm

Hi Carl!!

Yer lookin’ good… although methinks the sweatshirt is a tad bit misleading. *smile* …and mumbles New Jersey for some unknown reason.

So you’re packing up the office eh? I guess that means you’ll now have that backwards facing doll at your house… while you’re sleeping… I’m SURE it will be fine… noooo problems at all… really!!!

You and Karen have a safe trip back to L.A.

Have a good one!!
Kymm