“Have a good day.  Don’t karoshi!” – Akemi, Every morning before I leave for work.

From wiki: “Karōshi (過労死?), which can be translated literally from Japanese as “death from overwork“, is occupational sudden death. Although this category has a significant count, Japan is one of the few countries that reports it in the statistics as a separate category. The major medical causes of karōshi deaths are heart attack and stroke due to stress.”

Hmmmm.  I suspect that, in her subtle way, Akemi is trying to tell me something.  But what?  WHAT?!!

Speaking of work – prep continues on my block (episodes #103 and #106, Sharks and Payback) as we try to cast, nail down locations, and get through that final round of meetings in advance of next Monday’s start of production.  Also, have my hands full with these seemingly endless script revisions.  This morning, I received a call from one of the broadcasters informing me that the script for episode #103 was in great shape!

And that I could expect the next round of notes by day’s end. sad

Anyway, the production express stops for no one.  I’m on board and racing toward the finish line – now December 2nd.  I’m sure that by that point, we’ll have a thoroughly awesome first season under our collective belts and will have established a well-oiled machine for the second season’s  team (And, yes, I have no doubt that there WILL be a second season).  Following Christmas in Montreal with mom and sis, I’ll be headed back to Vancouver for a much more easy-going 2012.  Hopefully, Akemi will be along for the return trip.

To all of you inquiring about Akemi’s future here in Canada – well, I’ve retained the services of an immigration lawyer to help us out.  With less than three months and counting before Akemi’s visa expires, here’s hoping we can figure something out.  I know that Carl would miss her terribly.  Tonight, we start by filling out oodles of paperwork!

A Weird Food Purchase of the Day video installment.  Deep-fried chocolate fudge!

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gforce
gforce

Oh Joe, watching that video just makes me pity your poor arteries. How much of a workout will it take to erase that day’s indulgences?

Great to hear that you have an expert working on Akemi’s visa issues. I’m really hoping that everything works out well there.

Lou Zucaro

Hey, Joe, thanks for that mailbag you teased us with last night! sad

(I’m still waiting for your list of the 20 best places you’ve eaten at in Toronto)

My chest feels tight just watching that video. Then again, fried dought is an Italian staple, so I guess I shouldn’t talk.

Debra

Okay I am so so so so happy to hear Akemi may be staying. She’s good for you and more important, good for us. smile
That said, your eating partners are wimps. For crying out loud, they have no sense of adventure (or an abundance of sense of self preservation).

Ponytail
Ponytail

If you married Akemi could she stay?

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Good luck with the lawyer! There are so many criminals, immigration should focus on the scumbags and let the good ones stay. Akemi should do well in interviews with immigration. She is so cute, how could they resist?

“Karōshi”? You really need to set up that twitter account. It was a stroke of genius.

So were you very sick post fair food?

Why ruin fudge deep frying it? It’s so good on its own.

Max doing ok?

sparced
sparced

At least now we know why the fudge was right near the bathroom….lol

(soooo gross)

Duptiang.
Duptiang.

Thanks for the Akemi update. I was curious but didn’t want to be a bud-in-ski. Don’t need to fill me in on the particulars, but glad to know you are working on a resolution. I know that when living in a SE Asian country there was a continual retreat for Ferong (foreigners of European genealogy) to the boarder to renew their VISA. Hope for the best.

Plus Debra@well said.

You know how Asian women have a circuitous way of telling you something.

Sparrow_hawk

1. Yum. Fudge. (Aw, come on Joe, it wasn’t really near the bathroom – that’s like the swimming pool/tootsie roll joke from Caddie Shack)

2. I love Akemi’s “don’t Karōshi” comment.

3. I love Akemi’s dress with the little sailboats in the picture where she’s eating edamame. She looks adorable, and very determined!

4. Good luck on getting Akemi’s continued stay in Canada approved.
がんばって!

cat4444
cat4444

That fudge may have been tasty, but it certainly looked rude. Must have been by the bathroom for some reason.

DP
DP

You worry so little about your health. That’s gotta’ be less stress.

Akemi
Akemi

@Sparrow_hawk

Thank you smile
Ganbari masu!

dasndanger

AAAAARRRRGGGHHH!! None of your videos are showing up for me! I can hear them, just can’t see them. sad Not at home, not at work. I am very, very sad.

Also, that blog entry above sure as hell doesn’t look anything like a mailbag to me. wink

Take care of yourself, sir…I totally get the job stress thing. But look on the bright side – at least you’re not working for family. razz

das

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

Hi Joe, smile

Speaking of circuitous… (good word, Duptiang)

Are you or are you not going to be executive producing for Transporter: the Series in Toronto next year?

Will you be writing scripts from Vancouver and flying into Toronto now and then, like Carl has so far?

Or will you be leaving Transporter completely and working on another project, to be determined?

archersangel

i’m in awe of akemi’s chopstick skills. she looks very intense in that picture. must be concentrating not to loose her grip on that edamame.

i agree with this entry title.

Gilder
Gilder

So glad to hear y’all are working with an immigration attorney. As a former US gov’t. immigration employee, I would have recommended that move.

dasndanger

So, now I have a crush on a dude that appears for less than 30 seconds in a commercial…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIfwdAxOXjU

This is almost as bad as my crush on the Bing vampire guy… razz

das

Yumenoko
Yumenoko

I’m sure the lawyer can think of something. I think Akemi chan is pretty much a Canadian mascot now, if nothing else, so she simply can’t go. Akemi chan, 私たちはあなたを手放すことになります!!!!

Deep fried fudge actually sounds good. It makes a little bit of sense since I’m used to having the soft chocolate ooze out of volcano cakes. ^__^Y

I know I totally missed it, Joe, but when did you actually make the decision (get the okay?) to move back to Vancouver at year end? Anyone point me in the direction of the blog post of note? Thanks in advance!

Sue Jackson
Sue Jackson

Oh…I sure hope that Akemi is able to stay. Y’know…Joe…I think it’s time you did something about it. smile (*wink wink* *nudge nudge*) I think it’s time you show her how much you really love her. Pop the question already. wink

Michelle
Michelle

Are you actually quitting Transporter or just trying to scare the suits into leaving you the f**k alone? I hope it’s not the German network giving you notes. Remember they produced “Sumuru”, which just about ended Michael Shanks’s career. Not really, but let’s just say he often apologizes to anyone who ever watched it.

Akemi is awesome and I’m glad you’re fighting for her!

Bill Jaeger in ariZona
Bill Jaeger in ariZona

Glad to see your attending to Akemi’s dilemma. Hope all works out well for her.

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

That gave me heartburn just watching it.

Good luck to Akemi. Hope things come to a swift resolution and she can stay in Canada.

Andrew
Andrew

Musical doodle……. brutal…… futile…… ARGGHHHHHH WHYYY????????????

That is all.

Patricia Stewart-Bertrand

I suggest you have Frank Cassini and his brother John as two evil Italians in your series. They’ve never actually worked together in a scene. Can you believe that? I’m sure you could find a cozy spot for them.

Also, how on earth can you eat all that stuff from the CNE? Those meals were heart attack on a plate. I’m so jealous!

Patricia

sylvia
sylvia

Well, Carl is not the only one who would miss Akemi.
WE, your and Akemi’s loyal followers, would miss her too!
And, don’t forget you have 4 other family members who would miss her.
So, when are you getting the “Akemi’s words for the day.” or “Akemi’s words to live by” Twitter account going?

Speaking of other family members, how are Max and Jelly?
ok..will behave and stop bugging you.
nite nite

Patricia Lee

So can some one tell me what player i need to down load to watch the videos? they use to play for me and now they won’t… I can watch youtube video’s so why can’t i watch these? thanks for the help.