“What do you do?”asked the custom’s agent.

“I’m a writer-producer,”I told him.

“Anything I’ve seen?”

“Well, I worked twelve years on a show called Stargate…”

“Didn’t really watch it.  Didn’t really like the way the stories went.”

“Was it the human form replicators?”I wanted to ask.  But instead I said: “Well then you can check out my last show, Dark Matter.  It’s on Netflix.”

“I don’t do Netflix.”

“Then maybe my next show.”

Which brings us here to L.A. where I will be spending the next six nights with a “privacy” button by my bedside that, when it switched on, bathes the room in an eerie red luminescence that makes me feel like the potential victim in a Mario Bava movie.

The alternate would be NOT to turn it on and risk housekeeping kicking down my door at 7 in the a.m.

This morning, I kicked things off by having breakfast with my new production partner, Vanessa Piazza, who is in town on her own meet-and-greet tour.

I’m pleased to report the weather in L.A. is overcast and downright cool, perfectly mirroring my mood.

Vanessa works on her tan.  Brrrrrr.

Following my first meeting of this L.A. trip, I met up with Tauri Jay and Yael (they of the former Dark Matter AfterBuzz show and sundry others).

I ordered sliders.  Hilarity ensued…

I offer photographic evidence lest you doubt.

Retired to my room this afternoon where I screened the first episode of Stranger Things 2.  So far, so good.  Going to try to squeeze in another episode before bedtime.

Tonight, it’s dinner with the lovely Torri Higginson, then drinks with an old friend.

Tomorrow, it’s four more meetings, two of which will touch on material right up my alley…

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Tam Dixon
Tam Dixon

Thanks for the food porn! Those sliders look yummy. Can’t wait for the rest of your culinary adventures in L. A!

Have fun, good luck and be safe!

scottjwaldron
scottjwaldron

I wonder if customs agents have special training in keeping passengers humble, haha.

Line Noise
Line Noise

Finished Stranger Things 2 last night. So good! I enjoyed it more than the first season although it was quite predictable.

Those sliders look huge!

I went out to an Argentinian restaurant last night. So much meat! The hanger steak was amazing! I know where to send you if you ever come to Melbourne, Joe.

arcticgoddess

Everybody leaves Canada and goes to Hollywood. Sad.

Bailey
Bailey

You just missed the 104 degree (F) weather last week!

maggiemayday

Oh, those sliders look perfect. All I had was homemade chicken noodle soup. Good, but not sliders. Not at all.

Hope the meetings go well!

Albert E. Bernard
Albert E. Bernard

Much success. Break a leg !!!

KathyC

LOL the customs agent must have watched Stargate for a while, then watched it for a while longer to know which way the stories went…hee hee

baterista9 AKA gildermcc
baterista9 AKA gildermcc

On behalf of my former colleagues in what is now US Customs & Border Protection, thank you for not being upset with the culturally-illiterate inspector.
😆😆😆

baterista9 AKA gildermcc
baterista9 AKA gildermcc

But on second thought. you COULD report the incident as evidence of poor public-contact skills. Seriously.

baterista9 AKA gildermcc
baterista9 AKA gildermcc

As for that nightlight, you could ask the front desk for a couple of strips of masking tape; you could them tape a tourist brochure over the offender.

baterista9 AKA gildermcc
baterista9 AKA gildermcc

…and I can probably find an effective address for the USCBP port director at YTO or LAX.

luis811

Slider’s is that another name for a hamburger?????

Ponytail
Ponytail

Wow. That customs agent was just a bundle of joy, wasn’t he. Ass. Must be so unhappy he has to spread it around. Oh boy, this trip is going to be hard on me since I’m on a diet. Those sandwiches look awesome.

Duptiang
Duptiang

Well it’s getting more play than when it was on Sci-Fi. Customs agents are go at giving non information. Nice color on Venessa’s toes to, too bad she doesn’t like to show her teeth. must be a cultural thing. Nice to hear you made it safe to L.A. Glad to hear the hotel follow the “do not disturb” sign like in Los Vegas.

Carol G
Carol G

Good for you Joe. You see your talent keeps you busy. All we can do is just wait and see when the fruit of your labor de televised. smile

Kendrajb
Kendrajb

Couple of thoughts: Tape a piece of paper or something over the button to darken it & sleep better… Or leave it creepy red & write about the strange dreams u have & make them into a show/comic.

Debra From The South
TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

🎃Ooow, intriguing.
Happy Halloween 👻
Good luck with all your meetings this trip

MaggieL80
MaggieL80

I’m thinking custom’s agents have special training in “anti-customer service”. Wow!

I’m hoping the rest of your trip is sunny, warm and full of promising meetings about town. Keep us posted on your many food exploits.

Letter is in the mail.

ceresis64

Do I spy sweet potato fries in ‘the sliders’ pic?
These are my food obsession at the moment!

mitpay

That ain’t no slider!
Customs officer was an undercover fan, he probably wanted to jump across and hug you but he couldn’t … kudos to his professionalism!
Dinner with Torri Higginson??!!?! … damn you!!!! Take me with you dammit!!

Seriously Mike

Oh great, you just made me hungry.

shinyhula
shinyhula

Almost drooled on my desk, now I need to talk myself out of stopping for burgers on the way home. Hi to Yael and Tauri, they get yummy burgers, hilarity and cool names to boot? That privacy button, ohhh-kaaay. What kind of “hotel” is that? Is the manager named Krueger? Don’t order the steak tartare.

JM

yeah, and th ebuggers record your movements via the electronic key card in your door and the camera outside the room….please dnt put anything in the room safe, first place they look when they know you out! Spray paint might sort out the red privacy light…let u sleep….plea self defence when the perps try and criminalise u as they usually do, and get away with it? sad

Jasoncrazylegs
Jasoncrazylegs

I wonder if that agent was an ex-program director at Syfy…

Randomness
Randomness

Watching SG-1 and not liking it is crazy talk. You won’t find a more family friendly scifi series out there.

Randomness
Randomness

Life after Dark Matter isn’t going so well. Recent numbers.

Superstition S01E02 – 334k, 0.08 18-49
Ghost Wars S01E04 – 498k, 0.10 18-49
Van Helsing S02E04 – 456k, 0.11 18-49
Channel Zero S02E06 – 374k, 0.11 18-49
Z Nation S04E05 – 600k, 0.16 18-49

At least the numbers are proving that you can’t replace Dark Matter. One of those situations where you can look back and both laugh and cry that such a terrible decision left the network with so many bombs.