Even though my wife claims I’m very sociable, I am, to a certain extent, quite anti-social, preferring the option of sitting at home with a good book over outings and parties. And so, to be honest, this whole lockdown thing hasn’t been all that hard. As someone who enjoys routine, and has spent plenty of time writing from home, I got this. Still, there are a few things I do miss:
Lattes from my favorite cafe
Browsing a good bookstore (although, in all fairness, I haven’t done that since I moved away from Vancouver)
Going out for tacos
Going out for fried chicken
Going out for dim sum
Going out for dessert
Discovering new restaurants
So, what have YOU all been missing?
Holy Smokes! I’ve have truly been remiss! It’s been over a month since I updated my rundown of the Amazing People With Whom I Have Worked…
Grant Boyle was First Assistant Director on #DarkMatter and #UtopiaFalls. A hell of a nice guy with a great attitude who can always be relied upon to ensure a smooth-running set. pic.twitter.com/TVT5v2kOxw
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 14, 2020
The enormously talented Kelly Diamond was Art Director on #UtopiaFalls. Before that, she was the Assistant Art Director on #DarkMatter for two seasons. pic.twitter.com/tBlEwmljAg
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 15, 2020
Derek Filiatrault (@DerekFilly) was first assistant director and second unit director on #UtopiaFalls. He was always the calm and disciplined force at the heart of an occasionally chaotic set. I'm a huge fan. pic.twitter.com/7BiR1V4WvU
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 16, 2020
Saddened to hear of the passing of the great Fred Willard. He guested on #Stargate as Vala's opportunist dad, Jacek, and I remember how we all looked forward to watching the dailies for HIS scenes. A true master of comic performance. pic.twitter.com/4t2XnPiMwY
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 17, 2020
Writer-Producer Nikolijne Troubetzkoy (#Killjoys #OrphanBlack #Transplant) is my story editor, creative counterpoint, and voice of reason on #TimEscape, the new sci-fi series I'm developing. She is absolutely brilliant. pic.twitter.com/GkLjmnxbGq
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 18, 2020
I worked with actress Rachel Luttrell (@rachel_luttrell) on five seasons of #Stargate Atlantis where she kicked ass (often, literally) as Athosian leader Teyla Emmagan. pic.twitter.com/pLCThC8Mu0
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 19, 2020
Jamil Walker Smith played the role of Master Sergeant Ronald Greer on #Stargate Universe. A really solid actor and an incredibly warm and gregarious guy behind the scenes. pic.twitter.com/x7nwae8QZ7
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 20, 2020
Actor Brendan Murray played the role of Victor, the revolutionary-minded android, on #DarkMatter. I was a big fan of his sympathetic, nuanced performance. pic.twitter.com/TQ7s65edXy
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 21, 2020
11 thoughts on “June 24, 2020: What I’ve been missing. And more Amazing People With Whom I Have Worked.”
Some farmers market are re-opening … so should be able to visit.
I miss JAPAN.
I don’t know what I’m missing. I like this new world. Spending less on gas, skipping the anxiety of dodging the drivers who didn’t know the sun would pop around that one curve right when they were supposed to merge, being able to sit in my car instead of waiting rooms, showers are a point of anxiety for me so less is more, never having to worry about unexpected visitors while even the expected ones just leave stuff on the porch, I get to experiment with my diet in ways I wouldn’t if I had to be in reasonable condition for a commute, teaching my son algebra, day-drinking, teaching my son algebra while day drinking.
Now that things are opening up a bit more here, I’m seeing more people that I know again, which is the thing I missed most. Even the coffee shop I went to regularly (just a Second Cup) is open for sit down again (with social distancing). I do miss the mocha-chinos at SOMA, though! 🙂
I had the honour of meeting Jamil Walker Smith at the Stargate convention in Vancouver back in 2011. What a great guy. He really seemed like a deep thinker.
Speaking of things that I’ve missed that I’m getting back to, starting tomorrow I’m heading out on a three night backpacking trip on the Fundy Footpath. Wish me luck!
I’ve missed my Sunday-afternoon stitch and bitch sessions with my yarnworking friends. We’ve done a few video chats in the meantime.
Husband’s 50-year high school reunion was postponed, date TBA. I was looking forward to meeting his classmates.
My 45-year HS reunion in New Jersey is still scheduled for September, but I’ve decided not to go due to the pandemic. First, because I’ve come home sick after air travel a few times; second, because NJ has just imposed a quarantine on travelers from TX.
Joe, I still hope to visit TO, but it won’t be in 2020.
Oh, hey, yes, Grant. Yes,,,,Grant. Yes.
I’m missing eating out. My workmates and I were working our way through all the local pubs near work for a Wednesday “team lunch” which had to stop since we weren’t going into the office anymore. I was on the hunt for the best Chicken Parmigiana in Melbourne! Now we’ve heard that there will be an internal reoganisation and we won’t be in the same team from July 1 so we may never complete our pub crawl!
Other than that I’m not missing much. I love not commuting. I get more work done without the constant distraction of an open plan office.
Been missing fairs and festivals; all summer plans down the drain.
I remember you mentioned a while back – when the Expanse got renewed – that Cas Anwar was a good friend of yours. Do you guys still keep in touch? What are your thoughts on the allegations of sexual assault and harassment of minors by Cas Anwar? Looks like a lot of it happens at conventions where guests abuse their fame to target young people. The film/TV industry seems like such a toxic environment with all these truths coming out.
You might consider writing a fanzine and not just a blog – there is a limit to what you can keep saying about Sushi bars and café lattes! Maybe journey to another planet? The world you create may be picked up by some producer, you never know!
I miss the absence of “news” constantly informing us of which well known person has tested positive. I wish the best for them but do I really need to know this? I miss local/world news instead of being bombarded with covid fear the media is thriving on, constantly. Surely, there must be something going on other than covid?! Even the take over of Hong Kong is being completely downplayed.
If anything this pandemic has shown me how political the WHO/CDC/local health officials really are in making policy. My trust in those orgs are gone. I will, forever, examine anything they recommend and wonder if it’s true. The veil has been lifted.
Other than that, I miss chilling with friends. The casualness of taking a beach weekend and the ease of scheduling a trip. We have a trip booked for Universal in September. Who knows what will be happening then…
Ha. What I miss is in layers, like the Grand Canyon, and mostly not related to the pandemic at all.