My boy Maximus (above) has been feeling under the weather. At first, I assumed it was summer heat-related (thus the cold compress Akemi applied – again, above) but as time has worn on, it’s become pretty clear that there’s more to it.
Sure, he’s been a little more low-key, a little slower than usual, but the biggest indicator has been his loss of appetite. He used to inhale his meals, snap up treats (and, occasional fingers) quicker than you could offer them but, lately, food just doesn’t hold the thrill it used to for him. Sure, he’ll eat – but not with the ravenous “This’ll probably be the last morsel I’ll ever get!” relish. Even his walks to the park are now devoid of his typical mud-eating. Something’s up.
And so, tomorrow, he’s off to the vet for a full physical: blood test, x-rays, poking, prodding, and the occasional squeeze. Hopefully, they’ll be able to find out what’s wrong with him.
Failing that, I guess we can just go with the never-fail cure-all: vanilla soft serve!
So the other day, my friend Mega was lamenting the fact that she didn’t have an Akemi to make her bento breakfasts. Well, I told Akemi and, this morning, she sent me off with this…
For Mega. It contained one of my favorite chocolate-hazelnut cookies from Soma. And the operative word here is “my”. It was MY last chocolate-hazelnut cookie I’d been saving for tonight’s dessert!
Anyway, Mega was thrilled and loved the/my cookie. And, before I headed off today, she gave me something for Akemi…
What a first-rate home made card! This weekend, I’m picking up the construction paper, sparkles, stickers, and funny scissors Trevor will need to fashion the most awesome wedding card ever. A friend of mine is getting married in August and I felt she deserved the time and effort only an Executive Producer’s Assistant can provide. And, before you all get on my case about making Trevor do this, let me point out that I will ALSO be putting in the time and effort. These things don’t approve themselves, y’know!
Deni writes: “Elway’s doing great, the huge lump under his shoulder muscle is a lipoma, no more seizures, hopefully a happy weekend ahead. Thanks again, everyone! Xoxo”
Answer: Great news, Deni. Give Elway a big kiss on the nose from me.
Dasndanger writes: “Joe, I just realized you had a mailbag and didn’t address my suggestion to come to the shore. You gotta come down…you have a connection here! I mean…you and me, and our childhood! We probably watched Jaws together in the same movie theater! You may have stayed at one of my sister’s in-laws motels!”
Answer: We stayed at a bed and breakfast. I remember going on an amusement park ride and then watching my little sister throw up the chocolate-covered banana she’d eaten prior to boarding. I also remember my uncle getting so badly sunburned that he had to crawl on his hands and knees from his bedroom to the bathroom across the hall. Yep, good times. Good times.
dasndanger also writes: “Also…can Akemi make a Todd bento box?”
Answer: I showed her a picture of Todd. She said – “I think easy.” You going to send her a home made card?
JimfromJersey writes: “Has there been an announcement as to which network Transporter TS will air in the US? I’ve seen HBO and Cinemax mentioned, but don’t know if that’s perhaps an “in association with” scenario?”
Answer: Nope, HBO/Cinemax in the U.S., HBO Canada in Canada, RTL in Germany, and M6 in France.
ytimynona writes: “Hey Joe, Long time no read! Sorry about that… been busy getting my BA in math!”
Answer: Congrats! Good luck on the move. Whenever I travel, I just buckle the dogs up, securing them through the loop in the back of their harnesses.
Randomness writes: “Both the SG1 movies actually made money, it wouldn’t just be making to show on TV exclusively but making to sell on DVD/BD, Itunes etc, you can’t honestly say these wouldn’t of made any losses for MGM.”
Answer: So if they were such a sure thing, why didn’t the movies go into production?
Randomness also writes: “Thing is, I wasn’t the one saying Brads making a Stargate movie…”
Answer: Actually, I reported he was trying to get a movie off the ground, not he was “making a Stargate movie”. Please get your facts straight.
Randomness also writes: “The blame here, and always should be, would be the writers, not the cast, crew, or anyone else. The writers dictate the direction of the show.”
Answer: Sure. And looking back on three shows, two movies, seven seasons, and over 350 hours of television, I’d say that direction was a pretty good one.
Randomness also writes: “Obviously you have followers that will lap up everything you say as truth, but I dunno Joe, actually erm.. provide proof for once?”
Answer: I don’t see anyone lapping up anything. I see me (and only me) calling you out for making erroneous assumptions. If you really feel that you’re in a better position to know everything that went on behind the scenes (presumably through osmosis while perusing some message boards) then far be it from me to burst your bitter bubble.