Can you imagine stepping out your front door to THIS? From a distance, it looked like a really bad paint job – but, upon closer scrutiny, that bad paint job actually turned out to be thousands of tiny, carefully-applied post-it notes. How long do you figure it would take to pull off something like this? Half an hour? An hour? Try two and a half hours. How do I know? Well, as it turns out, my writing partner’s wife was responsible. I showed him the pic the other day and he nodded: “Yeah, that was Michelle.” Yep. Two and a half hours and her hands were numb by the time she was done, but it was a practical joke well worth the effort. No word on how long it took the victim to remove the post-it notes or the state of his hands.
My friend Ivon Bartok is the Imelda Marcos of Vancouver, more for his outrageous collection of Nike running shoes than his failed Presidential bid in the 1998 Filipino national elections. The other day, he dropped by and showed off his new kicks. It think these are the shoes that Cartman wore on that episode of South Park where he goes undercover to live among the smurfs. Them’s bluer than blue!
Speaking of blue, check out Akemi’s new outfit, a recent purchase on the heels of my assuming the position of Fashion Consultant for Akemi Aota Enterprises. I’m also going to go ahead and take credit for this –
And this –
But the purse is all her.
Hey, guess who I was driving behind the other day. Go ahead. You get one guess.
Pictured above, our new technical consultant on the miniseries Paul and I will be writing. We’ve been breaking the story over the past few days. Twelve acts down, another four to go – then I’ll spend the weekend writing it up, bounce it over to Paul who’ll do his pass after which we’ll deliver it, get notes, and then it’ll be smoooooooooooth sailing!
No doubt inspired by our latest foray into okonomiyaki-making (see last Saturday’s blog installment), Akemi makes her own version for dinner complete with mayo message topping.
Months ago, I decided I should get around to doing a little spring cleaning. I have stuff sitting in boxes that I haven’t touched since I moved to Vancouver – over twelve years ago! I started with the garage and, as I sorted through the endless boxes, I realized that half the stuff in there wasn’t even mine. There were office chairs, filing cabinets, and a giant jeweler’s microscope from Fondy’s old office, a barbecue and various things belonging to my former lodger (Lawren BW), about four boxes of muppets and various shoes belonging to my former fellow Stargate producer Marty G., as well as a number of items of unknown origin. I’ve got back issues of New Scientist I hesitate to turf given that they may prove useful from a future research standpoint even though they’re at least five years out of date and I can’t ever imagining myself leafing through the individual magazines in search of a specific topic. There’s an entire office full of bank, corporate, and investment statements I’m reluctant to throw out for fear I may need to reference them at some point. And I haven’t even gotten around to the crawlspace full of boxed toys, comic books, and superhero/villain statues. Akemi has been bugging me to downsize because she thinks the house is way too big (and, possibly, haunted), but I think I’d need to move to a place equally big just to store my belongings.
Which brings me to this little item that had been sitting in the garage, gathering dust. We tend to walk the dogs separately because at thirteen and suffering from hip dysplasia, our eldest pug Jelly has a hard time keeping up with our other two dogs, nine year old pug Bubba and four year old French bulldog Lulu. But she seemed perfectly content to go for a ride the other day, letting the youngsters do the walking while she kicked back and enjoyed the scenery.
And, since we’re on the topic of elderly pugs – as many of you know, I’m looking into taking in a couple of lovable seniors. I was contacted by the Seattle Pug Rescue who requested pics of the house and a letter of reference from my vet. All good, but I thought that – as some of you have suggested – I should also consider supplying links to this blog. I’m presently in the process of compiling a list of suitable dog-related posts for forwarding. Off the top of your heads, any specific posts stand out?