Hey, it’s been ages since I’ve done one of these!
noellam writes: “Also, if you are in the business of answering questions today, why is it that even bad potato chips taste good?”
Answer: The fact of the matter is they don’t. Have you tried those Lays baked potato chips? They taste like crispy sweat. I’m afraid you are a salty (as opposed to a sweetie, like yours truly), roughly half the human population that is genetically predisposed to enjoying salty snack treats regardless of quality. I believe you can find pills to help this condition. You’ll find it at your local drug store, somewhere between medication for Restless Leg Syndrome and liniment to treat chapped earlobes.
gforce writes: “Did you ever further consider adopting more pugs, as you were a few months ago (that were ultimately otherwise placed)?”
Answer: Yep, think about it all the time. I’ve hesitated because I’m not sure what the situation will be re: my living situation. If I’m in Vancouver and I’m staying in the house, then I can certainly make an addition to the pack. If I’m moving to, say, L.A., or moving into a condo, then getting a new dog may prove trickier.
Jeff W. writes: “How are things going on the Dark Matter front? Last I remember was that things were stirring. Any updates?”
noellam writes: “Hi Joe, what’s the news on Dark Matter?”
Answer: No news…yet.
Wendy writes: “Hey Joe, have you eaten at Wilderbeest yet (120 W Hastings?) We were there last night and it was amazing. Great atmosphere and amazing food.”
Answer: Haven’t been yet but it tops my list of Restaurants I Have to Visit. Crispy pork skin with spiced salt? Roasted sweetbreads with caramelized buttermilk? Pork jowl? Hell, yes! What did you have?
Tax Dixon writes: “What is the difference between toad stools and mushrooms?”
Answer: Uh, with all due respect, the difference is pretty obvious.
Answer: Nope. Recommended viewing?
Sparrow_hawk writes: “what is the best way to use Matsutake mushrooms? Raw? Stir-fried with other food? Added raw to soup or broth and allowed to cook for only a short time?”
dasndanger writes: “Also, pretty sure that first mushroom is the poisonous amanita muscaria, so I hope you weren’t picking any of those.”
Answer: Right you are. I just identified it moments ago. Apparently, it’s a hallucinogen. Also, occasionally deadly. Pretty to look at though.
dasndanger also writes: “It was really hard sending him away – he was sooo scared! And so was I. I know the operation is relatively simple, but any operation can have complications. Also, he was soooo scared!”
Answer: I can empathize as I run through these exact same feelings every time my dogs go under.
Sparrow_hawk writes: “Oooh! I just noticed that you added Sky High to the list! My kids always loved that one and they (we) still watch it sometimes.”
Answer: Uh, your kids didn’t happen to love The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, did they?
Sparrow_hawk also writes: “Doing anything besides restaurant hopping in Tokyo this time around?”
Answer: Oh, I’m sure I’ll be able to fit in some outings between all the restaurant visits. For instance, Akemi has expressed an interest in checking out the weird ice cream flavors at Ice Cream City. I may also visit the Curry Museum in Yokohama.
Airelle writes: “Joe , How goes the immigration process for Akemi?”
Answer: Seemingly never-ending. We’re a year into the process. Earlier this week, Akemi went in for another medical check-up because the last one expired while we were waiting for word.
gforce writes: “As I mentioned before, a couple of weeks ago I was down in the Grand Canyon for a vacation/four day backpacking trip as well as a trip around to the North Rim as well. I love photography and promised to share some pictures, so here they are!”
Answer: Wow. Great pics. I should hire you to do some artful shots of the dogs – lounging about, playing poker and such.
archersangel writes: “1. what happened with the dogs you were looking to adopt? (or did i miss that?)”
Answer: See above. I’m holding off until I know where I’ll be living next year.
“ 2. any weird food purchase of the day videos on the horizon? maybe something in tokyo?”
Answer: Chances are good, especially in Tokyo when we visit Ice Cream City. Seaweed ice cream here I come!
“3. while doing your days of stargate past entries do you think about what could’ve been done differently? should’ve gone with a different actor in a part or wrote a line differently? (for examples)”
Answer: Oh, I’m sure everyone second-guesses themselves in terms of decisions made. It’s very easy to reconsider choices made with the benefit of hindsight. As for examples – well, you just gave me a terrific idea for a blog entry.
dasndanger writes: “Do you find Christopher Lee as sexy as Sparrow and I do?”
Answer: While he’s admittedly dreamy, if we’re talking Hammer Films I’m more of a Susannah York or Ingrid Pitt fan.