Because I just can’t get enough of them during our 12 hours workdays, I met up with members of the cast and crew this weekend for the very first Dark Matter Picnic! Organized by Melissa O’Neil (TWO) and (conspicuously absent) Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza, the event promised “fun, picnic potluck, and hangs!”, “12:30 onward til sun sets”. Hmmm. Since the sun sets at approximately 8:00 p.m., that would give us roughly seven and a half hours to pack in the fun and/or hangs.
“Is that set in stone?”I asked Melissa. “What if I want to stay past dusk?”
“You can stay as long as you like,”she informed me.
I brought along the family – Akemi, Bubba, Lulu – along with treats: pork buns, curry beef buns, chicken buns, bottled water, a Jodelle Ferland, a Jodelle Ferland’s sister, and a Jodelle Ferland’s dog. Others brought dessert.
And sporting equipment. Melissa had it mostly covered: basketballs, a football, frisbees but, sadly, no jai alai pelotas or xisteras. When I asked her about the oversight, she pretended she didn’t know what I was talking about and suggested we play hornussen instead. Which was cool until stand-in Matt was injured by a faulty shingle and someone’s labrador made off with our nouss. Should’ve just gone with my second choice: sepak takraw. 🙁
To keep from misplacing my keys, I’ve taken to inserting them into the various food items I bring along to the potluck gatherings. It works!
Bubs and I scoping the scene.
Bubba working on his tan.
Came across this portly black pug, Higgins, that Bubba initially seemed to assume was our late Maximus. He bounded over, tail wagging and then, as the realization apparently dawned it wasn’t him, he ambled back over to us. A little heartbreaking.
Gena let’s it all hang out.
Tomorrow, back to it as we heard into our third to last week of production!