Remember that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where Picard ends up living out his entire life on some alien world and then, at episode’s end, after decades have passed and he’s a very old man, he discovers it was all a temporal ruse? Well, that happened to me today. Sort of. Except instead of an alien world, it was the FedEx office on the corner of West Broadway and Cypress. There’s no such thing as a quick stop to send a package. Whenever I go, it’s like entering some sort of chrono dilation field where time and customer service no longer adhere to the rules of physics. It seems like a lifetime passes for me in that slow moving line and yet, whenever I exit, I’m surprised to discover it’s only been half an hour or so.
Summer is upon us and that means afternoons spent out in the backyard with the dogs (Lulu, Suji, and frequent houseguest Petunia), reading, while Akemi sits inside watching Japanese television on youtube or researching interior design ideas for our new place in Toronto. Akemi’s not big on getting sun and insists 21 seconds is the cut off for safe daily exposure. Whenever we go out, she wears a hat, enormous sunglasses, and a light jacket to cover her arms. As a result, when passersby stare, I inevitably wonder whether they think she’s some incognito celebrity or an escaped mental patient.
So the plan is to have everything packed up and shipped off (including ourselves) to August 31st. We’ve got the boxes, the tape, the movers in mind. The only piece missing in our masterful plan is somewhere to move TO – like, say, a place in Toronto. To forestall the possibility of our having to live out of my office, I’m going to fly to Toronto next week for a day of condo shopping and tacos with Ivon. My checklist includes: pet-friendly, patio, AC, open concept, regular-sized oven, proximity to a dog park, and home made guacamole. If I can find all of those things on my visit, I’ll be greatly pleased.
A few quick shout-outs before I wrap up today’s entry…
A shout-out to Chef Curtis Luk whose Mission Kitsilano restaurant has become my favorite go-to place for brunch and/or dinner. The crazy thing is I’m not a brunch person – and yet I’ll go once, sometimes twice a weekend because it’s that good. And crazier still, I’m not a vegetarian yet always get the vegetarian dishes whenever I go because they’re that good. There are dedicated vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver, and none can equal the brilliance of Chef Curtis’s creations…
He’s that good.
A shout-out to hot young Vancouver director – and comic writer/artist Kaare Andrews. Sat down with him a couple of weeks ago to talk genre television, and his comic Renato Jones, available on comixology and where all fine graphic novels are sold.
And a final shout-out to the Earl Grey/Lavender donut I had at Lucky’s Donuts. I know, I know. Earl Grey?! And Lavender??? But unquestionably the best donut I’ve eaten this year.
Tomorrow, it’s all about this Friday night’s episode of Dark Matter, “One Last Card To Play” (alternately titled “One More Card To Play” on various sites).
Happy 4th of July!!!
“Kid’s sketchy. Back to you guys.”