“I want you to do a favor for me,”said my mother.
“Okay,”I said, assuming she wanted me to look up some old friend now that I was in Toronto.
“I want you to call someone for me…”
“Phone [man’s name] and find out if he’s still alive.”
“I was his assistant many years ago,”she explained, ” and used to babysit his children. They came to visit once when we first moved to Montreal. Just phone and ask how he’s doing.”
Given the fact that my mother celebrated her 80th birthday last year, I thought it highly unlikely that a former employer whose kids she used to babysit would still be around. Still – “Hang on,”I said. “You want me to call up a complete stranger to find out if he’s still alive?”
“Oh, just say my name. They’ll know me.”
“Then shouldn’t YOU be the one to make this call?”
“I don’t have the number,”she protested.
“Well neither do I!”
“But it’s easy to look up somebody’s phone number when you’re in the same town.”
I wanted to point out that it was easy to look up anybody’s phone number anywhere now that we have this thing called the internet, but decided not to press. I was on speaker phone, driving back from a long day on set, and I didn’t want to risk getting into a more involved backstory.
So, yes, at some point, when I have free time, I need to ring a complete stranger and inquire about the well-being of their probably deceased father/husband. Remind me!
In the meantime, I’ve got a show to produce! Day #2 shooting in Hamilton has proven even colder than yesterday. Nevertheless, the show looks great. I was showing Akemi some of the behind-the-scenes pics last night. She is mightily impressed with THREE’S big gun (insert your own gag here) and the guys’ singing voices. Between takes, I caught them belting out a rendition of I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (EP assistant Alison Hepburn got a longer version I’d love to post in time – provided the boys sign off) and all four of them – Roger Cross, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, and Alex Mallari Jr. – were terrific. I already know that Canadian Idol Winner and broadway vet Melissa O’Neil has a beautiful voice and, apparently, Zoie Palmer can sing as well (which, I’m told, she did on Lost Girl). The only one I’m not sure about is Jodelle Ferland.
Rejoice! We’re another step closer to that third season musical episode!
The screen grab of the day:
And our sock of the day. Natalie Cooper goes a little bad-ass:
Tomorrow, I’m back on the home front as prep for episode #103 gets underway!