Just when things were starting to pick up here in Toronto, this morning I wake up to THIS –

Welcome to Toronto.

I mean, COME ON!  It’s the end of March!  I bet you it’s not snowing in Vancouver!

Today was a day of sporadic creative bursts as we attempted to start breaking episode 3 (Paul is doing the honors on this one) only to be continually sidetracked by meetings, some planned, some not.  We interviewed casting directors, selected sides for the fast-approaching Frank auditions, discussed the French and European shoots, and talked cars and stunts (a recurring theme, you may have noticed).  Oh, and we eventually did manage to break the tease and first act of that third episode.

 

The Germans.

 

Anna drops by with treats.

 

Homemade biscotti!

Early this morning, I started to fill out the application forms for that posh doggy daycare I have my heart set on.  It’s about eight pages (x 4 dogs in my case) of rules, requirements, and questions covering everything from dietary restrictions and touch sensitivity to grooming preferences and their general disposition toward toy-sharing (to be honest, Jelly is less than equitable when it comes to sharing her ducky).  Before a dog can be accepted as a guest, he/she must undergo a thirty minute assessment which, I believe, involves a testing of their temperament, socialization skills, and foreign language proficiency. Depending on how they do, they may either be turned down or invited to visit from anywhere from a few hours to an entire day.

Seriously.  I feel like I’m trying to secure them a placement in an exclusive private school.

Was planning to check out a couple of houses today but, alas, the snowstorm quashed those plans.  At day’s end, I was greeted by THIS –

 

My rental.

On the bright side, I hear it’s going to stop snowing.

In April.

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Elminster
Elminster

April!?! I’ve seem it snow in May!

Umm, do you know yet if you’re gonna need me this weekend?

Elminster

Jason "The Chef" Turner
Jason "The Chef" Turner

HAHA! Welcome back to the east coast! grin

I am down here in PA and man has spring …froze.

cherluvya

I really laughed when I first read the email version. So funny… After the snow, everything was xxx! Hmm, is the hidden code for grumpy about the weather? No…just a glitch…when I pressed the button for comments… It took me to the real blog…with real words. Too funny. Thanks for the giggles. We have snow here usually through May. You on the other hand have it with great winds. Not pretty. Have you shopped for new clothes yet? Will the pups even step outside?

Best to you Joe and your new warmer coat
Always.
Cheryl smile

Bloomgate
Bloomgate

Joe – I realize you’re going through a frantic move, but that’s no reason to get all hyperbolic and call that a snowstorm. In Chicago, that’s more like a light dusting. No reason to downgrade from standard leather bomber to parka, no reason to downgrade from driving gloves to ski gloves. Foot apparel is no different than rain either and it doesn’t even look like enough to bring out the snowplows. The sun tomorrow will melt that off with your projected high of a balmy 27F.

So, I wish you luck and good fortune on this challenging change in your life, but geez dude! Don’t turn into a Wuss. smile

Moulinneuf
Moulinneuf

Joe you applied for an American express card yet ? I sen you some house links on you last post comment section seem your blog ate them

Joan001
Joan001

Joe, have you forgotten the winters in Montreal? Suck it up, baby, it’ll be melted by next week, if not sooner.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Oh, stop whining!!!

(Actually, don’t stop. It’s why we love you. You’re like our very own Major Charles Emerson Winchester III. smile And I am, of course, Hawkeye. grin )

das

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Listening to my friend in Winnipeg matter-of-factly talk about the -10C temps and thrice weekly snowfalls, I’ve wondered about the sanity of most Canadians. You are not helping me overcome my reservations. Though your desire for Vancouver-esque weather puts you firmly in the mentally fit catagory.
The doggie day care adventure has me chuckling. I do hope all your pooches manage to pass muster. Would hate for you to find only part of the pack accepted, forcing you to seek out a second best solution.
Oh, and I really hope you brought or plan to bring ALL your cold weather clothing on your next doggie run. Looks like you’ll need it for awhile. Thanks for the daily laugh, and good luck.

Penny
Penny

Yep I feel your pain. Since I only live an hour a way from you now I can laugh with you (not that either of us is laughing, more like crying). Shoveled the extremely heavy crap twice today!! The dogs wanted to go out and play in it! The city has been a bit slow with getting it all plowed I take the city bus and they are not running on time so should be interesting tomorrow morning!!

Ah well maybe if we wish hard enough tonight it will go away by morning?!?

Have a great night.
Penny

Deni
Deni

Hi Joe, inasmuch as the doggie daycare seems a bit overdone, if they really are paying that much attention, you can relax while you’re at work. Of course, one would worry about not getting accepted and the self-esteem issues that would stem from that. wink I’ll take your snow and raise you two horribly hot days in Florida!

JYS
JYS

sunday day in vancouver today

IggyMing
IggyMing

Oh, come on, Joe! It’s a little snowstorm… not entirely unusual for late March! Living in Vancouver has made you soft. What kind of Canadian are you??

I didn’t have time to comment on yesterday’s blog, but I wanted to say that was quite the meal. I LOVE garlic stir-fried snow pea leaves, and that lobster dish is exactly what my parents used to make when I was growing up. That post made me drool.

So you’re thinking of Rosedale, eh? Very posh area. The homes are gorgeous. I have family who live in the area. While lovely, some of the residents can be a little uppity, as you can well imagine for such a wealthy neighbourhood. Still, it’s a beautiful area with heritage homes and fabulous tree-lined streets.

Sg1efc
Sg1efc

Since you and your crew enjoy great meals so much, have you all ever considered joining together to open up your own restaurant? smile

2cats
2cats

The French and European shoots?
So your new show goes European too?

Do you yet miss the space-themed SFX? Will you be using any other of the folks from the Stargate family in any capacity? I’m so saddened to think of all those you introduced us to on your blog, from editors, to wardrobe, set and prop designers, special effects blast experts, etc., now looking for jobs. I believe some have been with the franchise a long time. However, such talented, creative people must be in demand.

How is Jelly doing? I hope she feels better soon. Such a brave girl. Will Lulu and Bubba travel this weekend as I believe you have planned? If so, hope all goes well with their trip and they arrive safely. None of my cats have ever done well traveling anywhere. Much like me!

By the way, we do get blizzards in April/May, though only occasionally, thank goodness. Welcome to the east coast of North America Joe.

Sorry for rambling. I wish all a good night!

2cats

Luis
Luis

Joe,
As soon as the weather clear’s hit the Pavement!!!!!…..do some lite Joging and pick it up as you begin to feel like you are getting back in Treadmill running shape….:)

jreeths

Two weeks back from Spring Break and my University had a snow day today.

On a side note, your move to Toronto has a plus for me in the fact that you now reside in my time zone. Which means your blog posts now arrive at a reasonable hour.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Guess I won’t mention it is crystal blue skies and 85 degrees down here in Texas. I even saw a June Bug on the back porch.

DP
DP

Frank!

Stunts! Cars! Car stunts!

Arctic Goddess

Poor Joe…no sympathy from the readers. You can always come back to Vancouver for a weekend…for my convention. I’m sure that by June 24th, the snow will have stopped in Vancouver, if not in Toronto.

Just a reminder on STARCON 2011…check out http://www.aurorisentertainment.com.

Hugs!

Patricia

@iom666
@iom666

Hey Joe,
I got to say that I am surprise how fast one can change job and move cities…
I guess you didn’t give yourself time to be scared or depressed … or maybe the circumstances didn’t let you be. And the job will keep you busy, which is after all the best motivation of all to overcome such a big change. Very interesting to see the result of that new show. Personally I am past mourning SGU. I’ll miss it a lot, but I’m over it.
It’s so good to see you brought Rob and Carl over!

And BTW Joe, come on man! You’re a Montrealer, that’s not a snowstorm, come on!

me
me

Hate to tell you, Joe, but this was today:
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Beautiful and warm. wink

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

About this Frank fella…

Some requests:

Pick a hot guy.
Pick a hot guy who can act.
Pick a hot guy who has HAIR. Tousle-able hair is sexy hair.
Pick a hot guy who looks good with his shirt off.
Write scenes where the hot guy has reason to take his shirt off (e.g. removes shirt to snuff out an engine fire; removes shirt to make a tourniquet; removes shirt to sew up a chest wound).

It’s not too much to ask for, is it? I mean, if I really wanted to be demanding, I’d be asking for the hot guy to be an albino. smile

das

Debra
Debra

LOL the French locations seals it… since Transporter is to film in both… not that we didnt’ already know.

@Thornyrose

Listening to my friend in Winnipeg matter-of-factly talk about the -10C temps and thrice weekly snowfalls, I’ve wondered about the sanity of most Canadians.

Not just Canadians… how bout them Minnesotans? MOVE SOUTH.

ganymede
ganymede

ha! That was Ottawa on Monday [1st day of Spring?!!]… Actually, it was rather nice and SUNNY Here today! !

Rule ONE about “Ontario” and Winter – Don’t even THINK about taking the Snow Tires “off” UNTIL *MAY*! As well as keeping that Windshield Scraper/Brush nearby.

You know… seeing Carl & Rob [7 whoever else from SG] with you on this “Project” and considering all the probs, couldn’t you guys have just stayed in Vancouver and “phone it in”…? Cause, unless IT goes for more than 2 Seasons, is it *really* “worth” it? …just saying…

archersangel

what happens if one dog isn’t accepted to st. trinian’s, i mean st. roch’s? is it an all or none kind of thing?