Well well well. Look at who Akemi and I ran into on our way to lunch today. None other than celebrated auteur, director, producer, writer, amateur boxer, and avid cyclist Cowboy Bruce McDonald! He’s jetting off to Luxembourg for a week to finish post-production on his latest movie, then returns to Toronto for more work – and lunch with yours truly. As most of you blog regulars know, I am a huge fan. He is immensely talented, a true professional, and a genuinely nice and thoughtful guy. Why, just check out these perfect pencils he sent me on the heels of Dark Matter‘s third season wrap –
Truer words have never been spoken – or printed on the body of a writing instrument. He knows me sooooooooooo well.
Running into him was a bit of a coincidence as I happened to come across his name plate during yesterday pre-pre-PRE-production location tour of a nearby studio. The place has a lot to offer – maybe a little too much as we’ll have to pick our spots, write to them, and then let our Production Designer do their thing. The premise of this sci-fi series offers plenty of room for visual interpretation of its retro-future feel.
Went to Portland Variety the other day for lunch to try out their $19 burger. Great bun but, damn, they cooked the shit out of that patty! I could only manage three bites before giving up and heading over to the nearby Burgers Priest for a deliciously superior cheeseburger at one third the price!
Today, Akemi and I had lunch at a place called Egg Bae in Toronto’s Kensington Market. It offers about a half dozen egg-themed sandwiches served on a peculiar house-made egg bun. Quite good. I remain unconvinced by that bun however.
Then, it was off to the newly-opened Pappa Roti cafe for their trademark Malaysian specialty – “delicate, coffee caramel coated crunchy on the outside pastry with its rich buttery filling”. We were frequent customers back in Vancouver. Akemi is a huge fan of their simple bun, while I prefer their version of the ice cream sandwich –
Today, I sit down to review potential series, story, and character arcs for one series, complete the pass on that polish for another, and wrack my brain over the series pitch for yet another and seriously wonder whether I’m just beating my head against a wall on this one. It’s like every time I near the finish line, it gets moved back a half mile. And, after this latest setback at the end of a lengthy marathon session, I’ve just stopped seeing it. Do I suck it up for one final burst, or pack it in and move onto the next race? I’m taking the weekend to think about it.
Also, I’ve got books to read and review!