Last night, we took a break from the pitching and spinning and spitballing and hatching and devising and scheming and planning and plotting and complaining about lunch to go out for a nice dinner compliments of our hosts (and series Execs) Andrea and Ashley.

I have to admit, I was a little… concerned going into the writers’ room for this show considering the number of voices and the fact that many of them were strangers to me, but I have to admit I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well it’s all working out.  It’s a room full of diverse voices with very different, equally wonderful ideas, all very collaborative and easy to work with.  We’ve barely finished our first week together and I already know I’m going to miss each and every one of them.  Except, perhaps, for Ivon who I’ll still see on weekends because he has NFL RedZone.

A great time was had by all.  Maybe a little too great because more than a few of us were pretty damn exhausted by the time 4:30 p.m. rolled around.  Still, it was another amazing day that saw us continue our world building,  break down a couple of our main character arcs, and still find time for cookies and donuts.  Talk about multi-tasking!

The Smell Attack

Following up on Ivon’s recent issues with the guy across the hall (see Monday’s blog entry – #LiquidAss).  Ivon is undecided as to whether or not he should press charges.  He’s leaning towards NOT pressing charges and simply putting up with this weirdo while  I believe he SHOULD press charges – or give Shitty McStinkerson the option of moving out.  What do you think Ivon should do?

P.S. I was stung by a wasp.  Please post your thoughts and sympathies in the comments section below.


31 thoughts on “Dinner with the Writers!

  1. It’s great that the new room is working out so well! I think it helps that the show runner is such a great guy and a real team player. 🙂

    I hear you on the wasp sting. They HURT. It’s definitely the time of year when they’re out and about. The upside is that the pain goes away pretty quickly, and the itching? No more than a month or so. 🙂

    Ivon SHOULD press charges! What’s to stop the weirdo from doing it again? Or worse, upping the stakes. He should at least be evicted.

  2. I don’t think Ivon should press charges on that guy . . . yet. It might not be personal. That guy may target everyone in the building. Wait and see if he does something else, then beat the snot out of him!, um, I mean, gather evidence, then press charges, and move out. I would avoid him at all costs.

    So sorry about your wasp sting! Were you doing something stupid?, um, I mean, sometimes they can be unprovoked and sting you just to be mean. One time in the backyard, I reached into a little group of tall weeds by the fence to pull them up and came back out with a wasp on my hand. Boy that hurt! There was a wasp nest right where I was reaching. I learned not to stick my hand in places I can’t see.

  3. Dearest Joe,

    I was saddened and shocked to hear of your near demise at the hands, or more accurately, ass, of the deadly Wasp. Such an evil villain is a scourge upon the face of this fine planet and I implore all good citizens to band together to swat down this evil-doer before it returns to finish you off.

    Please tell us where to send the flowers, sympathy cards, and letters telling you to man-up because it’s just a freaking bug. If I can help you with any other dangerous creatures, please do not hesitate to reach out. I can fend off even the fiercest of kittens and am an expert at protecting against aggressive marshmallows. Oh, and lest I forget, there’s not a cotton ball in existence that stands a chance against my defenses!

    I’ve got your back, man.

    Eye-rolling regards,

  4. I can sympathise,having 1 sting me in the neck 2 days ago whilst shopping, not sure what was worse though, the sensation of being stabbed,the battery acid it inserted into my neck.

  5. I assume you meant you were stung by an insect and not a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. You probably already know this, but if it were me, I’d apply rubbing alcohol to the wound if possible or just clean the area as much possible to remove as much of the venom, then apply a cold pack to reduce swelling. If it were me, I’d take a large swig of whiskey to dull the pain as well. I once got stung on the nose when I was 12 and that’s what I was given to make forget how much it hurt.

  6. Liquid Ass is made in the USA and never ships from China. Sums it up, really.

    I’m a wimp and probably wouldn’t press charges unless the behaviour continued.

    I remember one Christmas Day when my dad was out watering the garden and he decided to stick a water hose into a wasp nest in an attempt to kill them. Then next thing we knew he was running across the backyard waving his arms and yelling with a swarm of wasps flying around him. He learnt his lesson.

    I’ve been stung a couple of times and it hurts like hell! Still, I’d rather be stung by a wasp than many of the other things in Australia that could sting or bite me!

  7. Ouch on the wasp sting. I hope you are okay. Better than an Iratus bug. I hope I spelled that correctly.

  8. Just had a thought – instead of pressing charges, you guys could throw a wasps nest into the guys apartment in retaliation.

  9. Get some calamine lotion , apply with cotton ball and repeat several times a day. It soothes the impact area and dries it up, heals. So sorry you suffered this gruesome attack.
    Great that Ivon is working with you! Also glad the collaboration is creative and productive among all writers. Good vibes about this new show!
    So, when will the other writers say hello to us here?
    We really almost never bite…

  10. Wasp stings hurt like crazy! Ivon should put a gas mask on and just stare down the crazy guy. I’m hopeful hearing about the progress with your work. Yay!

  11. Press charges. I don’t say that lightly, given how aggravating the process is, and the potential outcomes which can ruin lives. But a passive aggressive stunt like that can easily escalate, and you can only deal with lunatics to a certain extent. I guess being an American, I’m a touch paranoid. Ugh. (Yes, I just filed a police report myself. Like I need the added stress, but it had to be done).

    Wasps suck. I have two yellowjacket ground nests in my backyard. I need to call a professional I guess. I don’t even go into the far end of my backyard right now. Bastards.

  12. Sorry to hear about the wasp sting. But very glad to hear ‘that’s all it was’.
    When my spidey senses were tingling yesterday, it seemed something slightly more dire.

    Ever just the same,
    I’ll be sure to start a petition to take to
    the U.N Security Council
    demanding they take immediate action
    against any and all insects harming others!

  13. Ouch – sting. Yes, swab generously with alcohol.
    AND…if you have any of the Salonpas pain relieving Jet Spracy, use it.
    Yeah, sounds nuts, but I have used it for mosquitos and related bites.
    Hope it improves.

  14. What if the guy thought he saw a wasp and was spraying in Ivon’s door to save him?

  15. I feel I need to hear the wasps side of the story before I offer you sympathies 🙂

  16. I have been stung by wasps. It hurts! So my thoughts are with you.

    Sounds like you are having a great & creative time with your new assignment & I hope the meal you all shared was better than that sad sandwich from before.

    I hope Ivon gets that neighbour sorted out. The building manager should be dealing with it, I’m pretty sure there are some tenancy breaches there!

  17. Probably skip filing charges, but a conversation is in order. Regarding the sting, my violin is currently occupied by the residents of N. and S. Carolina. Not that stings don’t hurt.

  18. Update on Mallozzi tragedy in TO:

    The UN Security Council has officially announced
    an APB has been issued for the individual offending wasp
    and the international coalition will see to it justice is swiftly served.
    In the meantime
    they suggest Mr Mallozzi take his mind off the matter
    via sitting down in front of his computer
    to implement the 403 fix.

    Personal note to Joe:
    Bring your computer with solution instructions to work
    and let one of the youngsters in your new writers room handle it.
    (File replacement is fairly quick & easy,
    even for WP beginners with no coding experience,
    and can be done during lunch break).

    If it doesn’t work …

    Plan B: Return to original – basic subscription
    that you should not have been so quickly impatient to get rid of in the first place.

    Plan C: Crawl under rock, far away from any wasp nests, bee hives,
    mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, snakes, to live out rest of days.

  19. Great news on the Writer’s Room! Why are you going to miss them?

    Ivon should definitely file charges. For all we know, this guy is just practicing for an anthrax attack. And to speak plainly: Fuck that guy. He’s an asshole, and he deserves what he gets. Up to and including being evicted from the building.

    You have my deepest sympathies in light of your recent wasp sting. Please share information for the services as soon as they are available. I would like to pay my respects.

  20. I feel for Ivon, you don’t want to escalate but it’s already at an extreme point. Having the record on file would help to establish a pattern and may reveal other issues. My sisters have had stalkers and harassers, office creeps and nutbag ex husbands, I’m more inclined to tell them to go the police but when I’m the one harassed and more inclined to not want to escalate. It sucks.

    I had a wonderful farmer’s market outing yesterday that yielded amazing peaches, ground cherries, homemade ice cream. I got chocolate chip cookies that were a little soft; I popped ’em in the oven 5 minutes and they were perfectly crisp and chewy. It was a terrific food haul.

    Does anyone have good recipes for ground cherries?

  21. Echoing the jimfromjersey comment (and fellow jerseyan)… why are you “going to miss each and every one of them” (the writers)? Are you going somewhere or are they going some where? Come on… give!
    I don’t know how I missed this in my first read of your post. A slyly dropped hint!

    Anyway, really try dabbing on the Calamine lotion for that wasp sting. It’s pleasingly pink, doesn’t stink and does help with all manner of bug inflicted, nasty stings, bites, etc. Cleared up the poison ivy on both arms, a few years back, very well indeed.

    @Drea… I realize you are satirizing, but never expect the UN to be helpful about anything. You will spare yourself from the inevitable disappointment.

    I voted to press charges on the sneaky stink sprayer and I see in the poll results, many here agree. Good luck Ivon.

  22. Update from UN Security Council:
    The offending wasp has been apprehended.
    A stern warning has been issued
    from the international community
    and heavy sanctions levied against it.

    I doubt he will ever trouble Mr Mallozzi again.

  23. Oh yikes! A wasp. You DO have my sympathies.

    Ivon should file charges. If people don’t have consequences for their actions, they will continue to think what they do is okay.

    Sounds like you had a great week. Looking forward to finding out what it is and when it will air.

  24. Ponytail: That’s odd about your 403 (laptop vs. phone). For me, it’s anything that uses my IP address. Today seems fine though.

    1. I think I have it fixed. It seemed to be a security plugin conflict. I also changed the commenting system so folks could reply. Hope this works for you.

  25. Recently I was woken up at four o’clock in the morning by a sharp pain in my finger and the feeling of something crawling on me. I found two wasps in my apartment a little later so I assume it was one of them. My finger swelled up and hurt like the dickens all morning. It was a “great” way to wake up on a Saturday when I planned to sleep in late. So I feel your pain on that front.

  26. Thought I’d sort of update everyone on what happened to me. I went to see my orthopedic physician’s assistant on Aug 31. It was already 5:00 p.m. but she felt like I needed emergent MRIs. I told her I could not get these done until the next day. Found out because it was a holiday weekend (even if I got it done at 6 p.m. on Friday night) I would have had the same problem–no available radiologist to read a report. I went down the hall and told the ER “I guess I was going to be their patient.” They did stat MRI’s on my cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. She was feeling that I had a strong possibility of having something called cauda equina syndrome.

    The nurse practitioner in the ER told me it might be a little while because they were going to have to call in the radiologist to read the reports. I had finished up my morning pet sits so I was okay waiting.

    The nurse practitioner plops herself down in the chair and said, “Well, you’ve got it.” I didn’t expect that reply. I was expecting her to say my herniation in my lumbar spine got bigger and maybe I had additional ones, but not cauda equina. I looked at her and said, “FUCK ME!” and I started shaking uncontrollably. It didn’t stop until they knocked me out.

    Cauda equina is a very horrible thing. 20% of the outcomes are not good. I had a very limited amount of time to notify my clients that Jeff would be taking over for me.

    The neurosurgeon came in and said if I emptied my bladder, and then they put a catheter in me and it was only 5 cc or so, he would feel comfortable in letting me go home over the holiday weekend and get stuff squared away and we could schedule the surgery. If it was like 100 cc then this was a surgical emergency. Basically the main big things that could happen were paralysis (paraplegic), loss of bladder function or bowel function forever. Those are pretty big main things. I had 150-175 cc. Yeah, no leaving the hospital for me unless I was a stupid person.

    They took me up immediately. I didn’t get to see Jeff or Patrick before going under. It was a pretty long surgery. I think it was about 4 p.m. they took me back and I think I remember being in my room at 9:30 p.m. This affects about 1 in 70,000 people a year.

    It was a rough recovery in the hospital. At some point I was going to have to go to some sort of skilled nursing so I picked the place I would want to go to and they went about clearing that with my insurance. Meanwhile I worked so very hard with physical therapy to be able to perhaps go home and do home health PT and what not. I was able to come home.

    I can’t tell you the number of medical professionals who believe my recovery is kind of a miracle (in that I can walk). My surgeon said he knew pretty early on I wasn’t paralyzed, but his big thing was what would happen when they took the catheter out. He said he was holding his breath for that one. But I was able to go on my own, not have any accidents and had muscular control. The bowel took a little longer but everything is okay there, too.

    I cleared my pet sitting schedule through the end of October (I may need to extend that). I don’t know when I’ll get to drive and do all those things again. I’m walking with a walker. They started home health PT but after doing the exercises I have a CSF leak so I’m grounded in bed mostly for the next few days since I didn’t want them sticking a needle in my incision to create a blood patch. Besides, how would they actually know where it is? I hope they wouldn’t have to just poke around. If it isn’t better by Monday I’ll consider it.

    Jeff has been a saint. He’s had to find some way to take Patrick back and forth for that 4-hour drive to his day hab; he is taking full care of Patrick; he’s taking care of me when I need help (which I try not to have to ask him, but showering is definitely something I need help with); taking me to doctor appointments; and trying to work his full-time job in between this. He is going to have to take care of one pet sit in October for me. My client volunteered to take care of another client’s pets for me (for pay of course) but she couldn’t do the Fri, Sat, Sun dates. So Jeff will do those for me.

    2018 has been a truly sucky year. I look forward to a better year in 2019.

  27. @pbmom Very sorry to hear about the follow up infection but really really glad you are home and NOT paralyzed. Get some rest. Will email to catch ya and up on everything, sometime in the next few days. XO

  28. When stung by a wasp or any insect, immediately apply a drop of aspic lavender essential oil on it. It works like magic. The sooner the better.

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