Moving to a new place always requires a bit of a readjustment.  Many of the aspects of your last home that you grew to know and love may be different, if not altogether  non-existent, in  your new home.  Things like roominess, grass, or a comfortable bed.  Sure, you can focus on the negatives – “It’s a miserable city”, “The people aren’t friendly”, or “Driving around is hell” – but why not focus on the positives instead: “The parking spaces are bigger than the ones in Vancouver!”?  Why not?  Well, for one – complaining is much more satisfying…

I’m not “one of those teenagers who’s always playing their rock and roll music ’til all hours of the night” that Carl Binder complains about.  So why is the volume lock on my television set so low?  At maximum, I can barely hear the t.v. if someone is talking loudly outside the door of my apartment – and not at all if someone is taking a shower.

After my third morning in a row boiling water in a pot for my morning green tea, I wished I had a kettle. Well, seconds letter "wish granted" when Akemi pulled this out of the bottom drawer. Unfortunately, I failed to wish for the accompanying cord that would allow me to plug it into an electrical outlet.

"Hey, Phil, have you seen my headless, armless dummy? Oh. Here is is!"

I hate modern art as much as the next guy, but this makes it too easy.

Speaking of new places, we switched writers’ rooms today – leaving the dark, airless environment of the old writers’ room for the bright, noisy, somewhat chilly environment of the new one.

The sun! It burns!!!

Inspired by the change in location, we finished breaking episode 3, started breaking episode 4, had another conference call to discuss the European shoot, and even found time to eat some chipotle-chicken burritos.  How’s that for prolific?

Rob pitches.
Carl tries to stay warm.
Alex, living the dream.

Tonight, went to check out two new possible Toronto homes – the first cold and cramped, the second old and possibly haunted.  Two more on tap for tomorrow night.

Fondy reports Jelly and Maximus have settled in comfortably at her place.

Hopefully not too comfortably.

Tomorrow afternoon, Jelly and Maximus go in for their “assessment” at St. Roch’s School for Gifted Canines.

They’re gonna look so cute in those uniforms!

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Penny
Penny

Oh Joe!! You make me sad.
Cheer up things have to look up sooner or later, right??

If I were to add a complaint word press seems to have employed a new mobile version that I’m not thrilled with. If I make a mistake and don’t notice it doesn’t let me select an area. I have to backspace the whole thing. I’m using my iPad and can’t “x” out of when it tries to auto correct which is why wordpress was one word. Just figured out how to trick it. Yeah me!!

A fix for your tv would be to manually adjust the tv not just the digital terminal (in case you haven’t tried that but doubt you haven’t cause you are one smart cookie)

Glad to know the the puppies are adjusting at least.

Have a good night.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Hell, I’d just move back in with Fondy. Nice place!

And that’s some serious matcha you have there. I usually only get it in small packages. Joe, have you ever participated in a traditional tea ceremony?

I do hope you find a good place soon. Keep looking! Are you looking to buy, or rent? I guess if you’re looking to rent it might be harder finding the right place in the right location. I do not envy you your situation. I hate being unsettled. Of course, you could incorporate the experience into a story someday, a sort of Sullivan’s Travels where you’re a producer who goes on the road disguised as a tramp to learn about life, only to have a rude awakening in Toronto. Hmmmm…Joel McCrea – J.M. – Joseph Mallozzi…SEE?? It all connects. smile

das

Ponytail
Ponytail

Your new writer’s room looks more like a hospital waiting room or a jail holding cell. You know your new building there is haunted, don’t you? They just filmed a Silent Hill sequel there, right? (I love that movie btw) Don’t be surprised if weird things start happening.

Are you taking pictures of your house hunting? We want to play House Hunters with you. You show us pictures of at least 3 homes you are considering, and we pick the one we think you will choose based on your personality and stated needs. Loads of fun!

I hope that new doggie-day-care-academy doesn’t change your dogs. I’d hate to see them get snobby and all full of themselves. But, I hope Lulu makes cheerleader!

Jenny Robin
Jenny Robin

The continent feels lopsided now that you have moved cross-country.

Moulinneuf
Moulinneuf

could always go extreme luxury yatch boat :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cel2-oStCZU

you do know you cant order a lantian type house in toronto right wink

Sg1efc
Sg1efc

“the second old and possibly haunted.”

Did you say “haunted”? Buy that house quick, as the SyFy channel will definitely want you to do a 20 season “ghost” show series… Lmao. smile

PBMom

I would go for the cold room with sunshine versus the warm room without sunshine. Jeff loves his man-cave. It drives me nuts. I’m always going around pulling the miniblinds all the way up, and he hates when I have the front office’s curtain pulled over so I can see outside (and people can see in and have desires of stealing my computer equipment per him). I NEED to see sunlight. If I don’t, I get depressed quite easily.

Any word on Jelly’s UTI?

While Jelly and Maximus get schooled, I’ll be finally getting around to going to the nephrologist. Another “ist.” I’m always that “interesting” patient for them. “Thank you for referring this very interesting patient.” LOL. More like “weird” or “body has a mind of its own.”

Lawren
Lawren

I couldn’t help but notice you blurred out that piece of paper behind Rob but failed to blur out his wedding ring. Now everyone knows he’s married. Kiss that most eligible Canadian writer title goodbye.

Tammi K
Tammi K

I don’t know, Joe. I’m kinda’ diggin’ the modern art.
(And, as someone who’s moved 13 times in the last 25 years, I’ll say, “Just hang in there. It’s sure to get better!”

Alexis
Alexis

I was going to comment, but now I am just going to LOL at Ponytail’s post instead. I think Lulu would make a wonderful cheerleader and the boys would be great football players.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Yes, I agree with you about the apartment. It’s the little things that get you down.

Fondy’s house is starting to look like a rescue center. Which is awesome in my world!!!!!

Thanks for the laughs this morning. The dogs will look cute in their uniforms grin .

Lisa R
Lisa R

I hope you find a place soon–I hate feeling unsettled as well.

And tv volume–well, that’s a whole other story. Have you ever watched tv and had to turn the volume way up when the show was on and then get BLASTED when the commercials come on?? Syfy is especially guilty of this, but other networks have done it too. One of hubby’s and my pet peeves.

Well, hope your day is just as productive as it was yesterday.

Joan001
Joan001

Holding auditions for Frank??—-> Mike Dopud smile

Ultracurious
Ultracurious

Ahh….the Toronto parking spaces *are* awesome! Definitely a bonus!

I drive either a large SUV or my husbands impossibly large pick-up (like every other person in Alberta) and always have to park at the fringes of the parking lot just so I can open my doors without banging into someone. Toronto parking was a dream smile

drldeboer
drldeboer

Looks to me like you’re doing ok for the moment Joe, keep hanging in there! Another bright side, apartment is temporary and at least you have found houses to look at and decide. Personally, the haunted ones wouldn’t bother me unless things were flying through the air when I opened the door. That was always annoying.
DD

Duptiang.
Duptiang.

55555, some funny stuff. “every new beginning comes from some other new beginning’s end.”

Once you get that palatial estate and all settled in things will come around.

Gilder
Gilder

I still have something warm to send, as soon as you can release a PO box or studio address.

Echelon
Echelon

So, I have to ask. Why is there a dummy on the furnace? You would think that might be considered a fire hazard.

Are you under contract to live in that apartment for a length of time, or are you free to move just as soon as you locate something else?

Here’s a news story I thought you would find interesting.
http://theweek.com/article/index/212944/the-30-gps-jammer-that-could-paralyze-us-cities

Debra
Debra

WTH with the dummy?

::: So why is the volume lock on my television set so low? At maximum, I can barely hear the t.v. if someone is talking loudly outside the door of my apartment – and not at all if someone is taking a shower. ::::
Joe, if our power goes off, we have to manually turn the sound up on the cable box to max, THEN the tv will go on high. Otherwise, I need a hearing aid. Not sure if your cable box has a sound button, but try it because the remote controls the tv sound, not the box on any I have had.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Upon further inspection – and reflection – I find your dummy rather disturbing (you kinky bastard, you!).

And the modern art? Equally as disturbing.

I liked it better when you were all nerdy and stuff back in Vancouver with your supervillain figures and Asian schoolgirl fetishes. Now you’re in Toronto, and suddenly I’m getting serious serial killer vibes here. It’s like…it’s like now your Evil AU Joey…all you need is a mustache and goatee. smile

das

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

*you’re

Ugh.

das

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

Detective time. We want the story behind that dummy. And I’ll pay ten bucks for the modern art. I can find some schmuck to buy it for 20….here’s hoping things get better for you, and that you can find a level of contentment outside the workplace in Toronto.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Okay, you have a dummy. But who’s Phil?

Randomness
Randomness

@So why is the volume lock on my television set so low?

Probably just a really old TV Joe thats on its way out lol, I’ve only found lowish volume for some programs on HD channels when they’re showing 5.1 sound films/programs.

Speaking of Silent Hill, average film at best, one of Jodelles best roles of recent years, she’s been in some pretty bad films in her career.

Anyway my main complaint with Silent Hill, asides from it borrowing heavy from the first and second videogames, they ruined any chance of a film adaption of the second Silent Hill game, which just so happened to be one of the best games to come out of Japan in recent years.

They could of done an adaption about James Sunderland going to Silent Hill after recieving a letter from his deceased wife Mary. Which by the way has James being stalked by Pyramid heads due to his guilt.. lol

Anyway Joe, the film that was done in that studio is an adaption of Silent Hill 3, with Heather Mason(18 year old main) as the main character. Don’t know much more than that as I don’t have a clue how they’re going with that film, asides from the fact they’re bringing back Sean Bean and whats her name from the first one.

But if they follow the third games plotline it should be a really amazing film. Creepy too.

Not really much of a gamer myself, just happened to play the Silent Hill games ages ago lol. They’re creepy games, Japan made Silent Hill 3 so creepy that I had to stop playing near the start of the game, the atmosphere and mood was just so.. creepy, when the shopping mall Heather is in turns all hell like, with the sounds of creepy monster things.