In addition to the mad scramble to get things settled before leaving Vancouver, I now face the added complication of trying to find suitable accommodations for the length of my Toronto stay. I say “complication” because, for a city that purports to be “production friendly”, Toronto is shockingly lacking in its ability to provide a satisfactory range of living arrangements for production personnel. Sure, there are plenty of apartments available but just trying finding a furnished house for rent. The selection is meager unless, of course, you don’t mind being banished to the fringes where the pickings are adequate and the daily commute interminable. Compare this to my experience in Vancouver where dedicated agents deal with the reality of out-of-town actors, directors, and producers, offering up a wide selection of choices for those who: a) may not want to live out of an apartment and/or b) don’t have the luxury of spending their days shopping for night tables, frying pans, and forks. Yet one more thing Vancouver has over Toronto. So far, my limited options are a couple of houses near the studio (which happens to be located on the outskirts of the city in an area so remote I can give up all hope of enjoying a decent restaurant meal for the duration of my stay), and a few sad-looking places twenty or so minutes out. Meanwhile, the clock continues to tick, tick, tick…
After looking into alternate means of transporting my dogs cross-country, it looks like I’m down to three possibilities:
1) I purchase two round-trip tickets to Toronto for two friends (0r acquaintances, or friendly strangers) and have them each take a dog. This way, we make one trip and all four pooches arrive in Toronto at the same time. While ideal, this option is proving problematic. Finding two people willing to accept free round-trip tickets to Toronto is difficult enough, but finding two people willing to accept free round-trip tickets to Toronto that would have them departing Vancouver the 17th, 18th, or 19th of March is damn near impossible.
2) Akemi and I fly to Toronto with Jelly and Maximus while Bubba and Lulu stay behind with the dog sitter. The following weekend, Akemi and I fly back to Vancouver, then return to Toronto with Bubba and Lulu. More of a pain in the ass but at least I avoid the nightmare of attempting to corral and control four dogs on one flight. It will also allow us to fly business class (which only allows two pets per cabin) meaning the dogs will have a little more leg room.
3) I cut my losses, thank everyone for the wonderful experience, and stay in Vancouver where I open up a quaint little SF & Fantasy bookstore with an ice cream shop in the back.
Thanks to everyone who weighed in with their suggestions for comic book artists worth checking out. Incredibly talented people, all. I’m slowly working way through their galleries and will be sending my editor a wish list this weekend. In addition, I should also get around to sending him the scripts for issues #3 and #4.
Got a new camera yesterday because the old camera started doing THIS –
For those of you asking…
Akemi’s Scalloped Baked Sweet Potato Recipe
2 medium sized sweet potatoes
200 ml milk
200 ml cream
2 pieces garlic
40 g gruyere cheese
a pinch of cayenne pepper
a pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper to season
Peel potatoes and slice to 1 cm thickness
Assemble all ingredients in a pan (except cheese and one piece of garlic) and bring to a boil, then turn turn heat down to medium-low and allow to cook for ten minutes until potatoes are cooked through.
Arrange potatoes in a casserole dish along with sauce, then sprinkle with minced garlic (the other piece) and cheese.
Bake at high heat until browned.
A couple of treasures I brought back from the Production Office:
Back to the office tomorrow for the Day 1 mix of episodes #220, Gauntlet.
Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular Deni.