Tokyo Delayed. Again!

January 3, 2008: A Farewell, A Foray, And Some Fragrant Experimentation.

There was a time when I would visit Japan once a year.  But, for the past two years, the fates have conspired against me. First and foremost are the unfathomable delays we've faced in attempting to get Akemi's permanent resident card renewed.  It's been about ten months that we've spent, filling and re-filling and re-re-filling…

Montreal Wrap-up!

Montreal Wrap-up!

That's it!  This Montreal trip is a wrap!  I head back to Toronto tonight for an emotional reunion with Suji and Lulu.  I'm sure Akemi will be happy to see me as well. The jumbo smoked meat sandwich (medium-fat of course) at Smoke Meat Pete. Grocery shopping with mom.  She bought 14 eggplants and various…

Montreal Day #1!

Montreal Day #1!

While Akemi and the dogs are back home holding the fort, I'm in Montreal to: a) celebrate my sister's birthday and b) eat! Day #1 in photos... Lunch with mom and sis. Ribs and friendship cake. Handsome Fernando. My best buddy, Ralphie. Turkish ice cream.  I was pleasantly surprised by the texture and flavour.  The…

Throatpunch!

Throatpunch!

First, let's start off with a great podcast interview I did with The Nerd Party's Lee Hutchison in which I cover everything from the challenges of breaking into the t.v. industry through Stargate and Dark Matter memories to what lies ahead.   Nerd Party's Interview with Joseph Mallozzi Worth a listen: The Green Light Poll…

September 29, 2016: The Japan Round-up!

Posting all the pics that didn't make the blog while I was in Japan... We visited a "space" exhibit in Ginza.  This paper cut-out display challenged you to discover three contrary cut-outs in the crowd: a child, a woman with an umbrella, and a cat.  I found the woman with the umbrella and think I…

September 17, 2016: Tokyo Day #4!

So, that finale... Yeah. I'll avoid commenting suffice it to say we are hard at work, providing answers to a few of the, uh, outstanding questions we were left with at episode's end.  And, I guarantee you - BIG answers coming your way in season 3. But, for now, I'm still enjoying Japan with Akemi. Yesterday,…

September 17, 2016: Tokyo Day #3! Oh, and that Dark Matter season finale!

Tonight, following the season premiere of Z Nation, it's the season 2 finale of Dark Matter. This episode changes everything.  Trust me.  Fans are going to be feeling passionate after this one. And, while you're all watching Dark Matter, I'll be continuing my Tokyo travels. Yesterday, we took the shinkansen from Osaka (arriving in a lightning 2.5…

September 12, 2016: Tokyo Day #1!

September 11th back west but the 12th here.  This blog entry comes to you from the future! So, the fallout from Friday night's Dark Matter double-header continues to resonate.  I'll hold off talking about it until our international fans have had a chance to catch up but, suffice it to say, if you found the ending of…

May 2, 2014: Places you may want to avoid! Cast your vote for our July Book of the Month Club read!

I'm enjoying reading your comments on yesterday's entry (My Top 5 Never-Before-Visited Vacation Destinations!) both for the travel recommendations AND critiques. Don't be shy or fearful of offending.  I'd love to learn about your those negative experiences as well.  After all, not every city is for everyone.  For instance, I've only been to New Orleans, San…

May 1, 2014: My Top 5 Never-Before-Visited Vacation Destinations!

Tokyo, Montreal, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.  Whenever I travel, it's usually to one of these four cities.  But I've been thinking.  Maybe it's time for something different.  Not Hawaii or Hong Kong or New Orleans or San Francisco - all places I've already visited.  I'm talking about somewhere I've never been before. Somewhere brand…

December 14, 2013: Planning the Fan Campaign! And next year’s Group Holiday!

Okay.  Pursuant to yesterday's blog entry, some careful strategy is required. I think that, rather than striking out now as everyone - especially those in a position to make the decisions - prepares for the holidays or, in some cases, is already off on holidays, the campaign should hold off in order to maximize its…

November 20, 2013: Tokyo Day #15!

The old adage is true.  You never truly appreciate something until it's gone.  Like, say, your appetite.  Or even the ability to eat something without having it transform your stomach in a raging maelstrom.  At the beginning of this trip, I was on the top of the world, assuming I'd get to try anything and…

November 19, 2013: Tokyo Day #14! Back on the horse! Oden! A return to an old favorite! And, of course, desserts!

I think I actually put on some weight on this trip.  No.  Really.  Upon my arrival in Tokyo, I had a choice between two notches on my belt - the first, a little tight; the second, a little loose.  I opted for the latter and, fourteen days later, that loose notch is actually kind of…

November 18, 2013: Tokyo Day #13! The Fine Art of Ramen! H.H. Giger prepares my meal at Chikuyotei! I finally pay the price!

Nobody appreciates the fine arts like I do and it should come as no surprise that there's nothing I enjoy more than hitting the local museums whenever I visit a foreign city.  Such was the case yesterday when Akemi and I woke up early so that we could catch the bullet train to Yokohama and…