Today, we were back at the production offices/killing fields to finish beating out episode 2.  We arrived to find Rob waiting for us.  Also waiting for us was our second treat in as many days, compliments of Mr. Cooper.  This time: bagels, cream cheese, and rugelach that, as far as I could tell, came in five different flavors: delicious chocolate, delectable cinnamon, tasty apricot, alright cherry, and abysmal crisco.  Then, the wonderful Anna, who gifted us with an assortment of chocolates on Tuesday, gifted us with another assortment today.  As I munched on dark chocolate-covered marzipan, thoughts turned to lunch and the veal cutlet sandwiches we’d heard so much about from California Sandwiches.  It was at this point, that Alex launched into one of his most entertaining rants of the week –

Alex in rant mode.

According to Alex, he’s never met people so food-obsessed.  If we’re not talking about what we’re going to eat for breakfast, we’re talking about what we want to eat for lunch.  If we’re not talking about what we want for lunch, we’re talking about what we’d like to have for dinner.  And if we’re not talking about what we’re planning to eat, then we’re talking about what we recently ate.  Alex felt the need to point out that we’d enjoyed the hotel’s breakfast buffet followed by bagels with cream cheese and rugelach followed by chocolate followed by, in all probability, a veal cutlet sandwich for lunch!  He made it clear that while he would accompany us to California Sandwiches, he would, in all probability sit out lunch.

The big-ass veal cutlet sandwich Alex ate at California Sandwiches. And, yes, he ate the whole thing.

We returned from lunch to discover more treats awaiting our arrival: chocolate chip cookies and chocolate toffee brittle, compliments of Anna again!

Anna presents...Treat Time III: The Quickening!

As I started snacking on the cookies, an incredulous/disgusted Alex declared he couldn’t watch and was going out to walk off his sudden onset queasiness.

Amateur.  Give him two months with me and he’ll be eating like a pro!

Anyway, besides eating, we did manage to finish breaking episode 2 which is going to be A LOT of fun.

Later, we were joined by Sue, Klaus, and Matthias (who was delayed a day by the “snowstorm”.  Apparently, Air Canada had informed him that they were under no obligation to get him on another flight to Toronto – this despite the fact that AIR CANADA had cancelled his original flight!) and we spent several hours discussing scripts, scheduling, stunts, visual effects, and North American vs. European location shoots.  We’ll be picking up the conversation tomorrow but, regardless of how that chat goes, Paul and I have a pretty good idea of our game plan at least.  For now, all we have to do is write two scripts and a bible in two weeks.  Oh, and, hopefully, get a deal in place.

Tonight, I had dinner with Fondy.  Alas, Black Hoof (they of the brain ravioli) don’t take reservations and Fondy didn’t want to chance heading down and risking an unbearable wait.  I guess I’ll have to save Black Hoof (they of – if a certain Toronto foodie is to be believed – the “hipster doucebag” clientele) for my return visit.  Instead, we had okay thai, then followed up with tea and some tea place.  I got to check out the T.O. property and, as a superfantastic bonus, also got to see kids…

Brie. What a big girl!
Stewie. Look at the size of those ears!

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Chris

You’re starting to make me want to become a writer. Not sure why. I think it’s because I know what I want to see on TV and not many shows do that (obviously SGU is one of the only shows that I really enjoy).

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

It’s Brie and Stewie! They are so gosh-darned CUTE. Fondy’s ankles were safe because the Frenchies were gnawing on each other. Thanks for the hilarious video.

Alex is cute, too, but he’s hysterical. Our Joe? Food-obsessed?? lol

I laughed harder and harder the further I read. He’s probably wondering where your slender self puts away all that food. Listen, mister: grin Skinny people are eating champs. My Chinese S-in-law & her Mama can demolish plate after plate after plate at the seafood buffet. And I’m a 1-and-done kinda gal. I just watch in awe.

You’ll have to give away your secret eventually, Joe. You’ll have to tell Alex the only way you can eat like that and look svelte is to haul (ahem!) twice a day on the treadmill. And/or do a P90 DVD.

Forget the Iron Chef or Iron Man competitions. Joe can do the Iron Gourmet any day. grin

jojo
jojo

awwwwww. Brie and STewie: those two are so cute together. I am sure they are glad to see you. To Alex: Get with the program and learn from the master——Joe will teach you some things!

Bailey
Bailey

Wow! I don’t think God was able to write a Bible in two weeks!

Question: Is the cast of your new show already in place? How do you write fun stuff if you don’t know the strengths and weaknesses of the actors that will be involved in the project?

Thank! And Good Eats!

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Brie and Stewie are soooo cute! Brie is, I fear, the new Lulu. Oh, and Alex needs to meet my dad. At 81 years of age, he can out-eat anyone. All he does is fret over what he’s going to eat next. He eats breakfast, goes in the office, calls my mom on the phone (the house and office are just a about 50 yards apart) and asks what she’s making for lunch. He goes over early for lunch, comes back late from lunch, and in a half hour is back on the phone, calling mom to find out what’s for dinner. He’s obsessed. Sounds like you’re enjoying yourself, Joe. Does this mean it’s a done deal? IF so, what happens if something comes about for Stargate (series or a movie)? Will you still be on board? Nice that you got to meet up with Fondy, I hope she’s doing well. Gotta go. It’s been a really rough day. Between my brakes going on my car – AGAIN (so much for the week-long repair and car rental a 10 days ago) – and my little war with Whores (a.k.a. Bank) of America, I’m just done in. Went to sleep at 7:30, woke up at 11…just trying to chill. It’s not working. Whatever anyone does, never try to refinance through Whores of America. Worst thing I ever did, but I figured since they took over my mortgage when Countrywide died, it was the logical move. HA! I am SUCH an idiot. We have great credit. I’ve never been late on a payment. You would think this process would be smoooooth sailing. Yeah, right. They say they can’t verify my employment because I work in a family business, and I make my own payroll (since, ya know – THAT’S MY FREAKING JOB, YOU IDIOTS!!!!!!!). It doesn’t matter that I have given them my tax returns, my w-2s, my bank statements, my employee wage reports direct from the state site, blood and tissue samples, and my first born…none of it matters because I do my own payroll, and fill out my own W-2s. Well, yeah…who else is gonna do it? Oh, on top of that, they called today to tell me that ALL the paperwork I faxed to them was ‘stuck’ in their – THEIR – fax system, and because they won’t be able to get it out of THEIR fax system for a week, my loan app will be cancelled as of today. BLOODY, FREAKIN’ WHORES. Another guy said not to worry, they would take care of it – but this is the game they play – Good Cop, Bad Cop. They call me at home when they know I’m at work, leave threatening messages that they will cancel because the paperwork isn’t in by the end of the day. They did this to me when I was in the hospital, then again on Christmas Eve (knowing that no one was going to be available in their offices until Monday), and again… Read more »

MrScirev

Perhaps one day you will come to Malta to do a location shoot….

Game of Thrones was recently here, they filmed in Mdina (the silent city) which doubled as a medieval town!

Nick T
Nick T

Hi Joe,

Still anxiously awaiting word on Stargate…… If it does come back, will you still be a producer/writer?
Thanks,
Nick

ganymede
ganymede

@DAS

“Whores of America” should be avoided at ALL costs!! I read a financial article last month about them and their “clerical” work… They’ve been screwing with people who don’t even deal with them!! They make the IRA look like Fairy Godmothers!!

A little advise, keep an eye on your “credit rating” report. Inform THEM about WoA and what’s going on. If only to keep ahead of it all… Talk to your local NEWS people too! The more people who are aware of this crap, the better! — BTW, if I can find that article again, I’ll send it to you.

Deni
Deni

@Joe: Send the girl (Das) some chocolate, already! Brie is looking as pretty as ever, and Stewie is adorable. Glad you got to see them!

D.Holmes
D.Holmes

For some reason, Im slowly starting to loose any faith in anything ‘Stargate’ emerging in the future :/

seb

Please save stargate universe.

Lisa R
Lisa R

Joe, don’t these people understand. You are a professional eater. smile Alex will get it eventually. Glad things are going well, and I enjoyed seeing the pictures of Brie and Stewie.

@das: My hubby used to work for a bank. I could tell you stories–lots and lots of stories. smile Let’s just say I’m glad he doesn’t work for a bank anymore.

Escyos
Escyos

Im afraid my debate with others has gotten out of hand and they simply refuse to back down. Could you please answer this question: Has there ever been anyone else aboard Destiny before the expedition? Thanks.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Das: I hate banks! Wishing you good luck and stay calm vibes….
ganymede has an excellent point-check your credit report!!!!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

P.s. The “kids” look so cute! (great names)

Debra
Debra

Das: Same here with BOA taking over mortgage. I figure I’ll find a new lender after spending days fighting them BEFORE the housing market fell. I know they have zero desire to refinance now.

OMG, I have missed Brie and Stewie! Please ask Fonde to get us pics more often. LOL on the video, they make fierce noises.

Joe, you have to admit that Alex has a point… you do bring “foodie” to a whole new level.

maggiemayday
maggiemayday

Yay, Brie and Stewie! I so needed a smile today!

Dad’s estate is sucking the life out of me. Defense Financing keeps losing paperwork, I have to keep resubmitting. Mentally painful each time, on top of frustration, especially each time I have to handle the letter from my friend explaining the last time he saw dad alive.

I had to hire a professional crew to clean up his basement, apparently they took it to bare walls. I have yet to see it, but I know I’ll cry. And the relator is being nice, but her listing just went from two bath four bedrooms, to two bedrooms, one bath and an unfinished basement.

and a pipe broke.

and my brother won’t work in Sundays to help us clean up the place. What an ass. He makes more work than he finishes.

maggiemayday
maggiemayday

Although I think Das needs a premium chocolate infusion stat.

I love the way you listen, Joe.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Das: When people smoke a lot of marijuana, they are called “pot heads”. Any clue what to name someone who eats a lot of Rx chocolate?

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Feeling better this morning – amazing what chocolate, a glass of red wine, and nearly 12 hours of sleep will do! Okay, okay…and a little prayer. I can’t give all the credit to chocolate. smile

das

Dweeb
Dweeb

The Dweeb suggests taking the gang to http://www.harboursixty.com/ before you leave. Your treat.

MNP
MNP

I have to ask: How do you keep from becoming as round as a ball with all that you eat? If I ate even half what you do I’m sure I’d be 300 pounds easy.

paddy
paddy

Two scipts and a bible… have fun creating new and interesting characters…. quick question mr m, when are we going to know what this mystery show is and when you work on your bible-what actually goes into the make up of it. Hope u all have a good day including those reading your blog… its sad Stargate feels like an ex girlfriend now… i miss here…. but theres more out there… besides her cool uncle… aka you… is still ultra cool and is still in the biz

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Tammy Dixon wrote: “Das: When people smoke a lot of marijuana, they are called “pot heads”. Any clue what to name someone who eats a lot of Rx chocolate?”

Fat. razz

das

Joe91
Joe91

apparently theres a chance that if the ratings for the last 10 episodes of SGU increases significantly, SyFy might reconsider their decision. dunno how likely that will be.

I am actually pretty crushed by SGU’s (and by extension the entire Stargate franchise) end, all at the hands of the idiot suits at SyFy (that channel has been going downhill fast for the last few years and this is just the latest in a long line of screw ups on their part).

but then we’ve still got 10 episodes left to look forward to, and David Hewllett is in one of them (Yay!:D), so long as the blue aliens make a (proper) re-appearance in the last 10 episodes I will be somewhat satisfied.

the blue aliens rock!!!