I would like to dedicate this blog entry to the memory of Engr. Miklos S. Abdulaziz who passed away sometime last year under hopefully not mysterious circumstances. “Who?”you may ask. Well, most of you probably didn’t know Miklos. And the truth is, I didn’t either. Or, at least I don’t remember having known him. Nevertheless, the late Mr. Abdulazziz has left me 7.1 million dollars in his will according to the email I received the other day. “On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of the late Engr. Miklos S. Abd…” was the heading of the correspondence that popped into my inbox compliments of the Peters and Peters Law Firm, sandwiched between the transparently spammy “Urgent Stock Alert!” and the ever-so-intriguing “Be A Hero in Bed 65”. I clicked on the link and read:
“On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of late Engr. Miklos S. Abdulaziz. I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered.” – Returned undelivered?! Damn my Yahoo spam filter! It authorizes “ESTUDIA EN EL INSTITUTO PROFESIONAL LOS LEONES¡¡¡¡” but bounces back news of dear Miklos S. Abdulaziz’s passing.
“I hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email address stated on the WILL.” – Thank God Miklos had the wherewithal to include my email in his…wait, did you say “Will”?!
“I wish to notify you that late Engr. Miklos S. Abdulaziz made you a beneficiary to his WILL. He left the sum of Seven Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$7,100.000.00 ) to you in the codicil and last testament to his WILL.” – Now here is a guy who thought enough of me to include yours truly in his will, and I don’t even remember him. I feel terrible. Truly terrible. But the 1.7 million dollars helps dull the pain.
“The late Engr. Miklos S. Abdulaziz until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers.” – It’s no wonder we shared a connection. After all, we had so much in common, most notably our love of helicopters and electronic and electrical engineers. Had he been Vice President of the Eton-based Get Smart Appreciation Club, I’d swear we were soul mates!
“He was a very dedicated Christian who loved to be involved in charitable projects.” – Yeah, uh…errr….My mother was a minister and I have fended off many a charity phone solicitor in my day so there is some overlap.
“His great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his life time.” – God bless him and his work for the underpriviliged electronic and electrical engineers of this world. Also, his Cable Ace Award for sound editing in a comedy and/or variety series shall stand the test of time.
“The late Engr. Miklos S. Abdulaziz died on the 13th day of February, 2006 at the age of 80 years, and his WILL is now ready for execution.“ – Hot dog!
“According to him this money is to support your humanitarian activities and to help the poor and the needy in our society.” – Riiiiight. My, uh, “humanitarian activities“. I just want everyone to know that, of course, finding the right charity to support will be a time-consuming and costly process requiring much travel to far flung exotic destinations (ie. Tahiti, Hong Kong, Bora Bora) that may seem excessive to some but regrettably necessary. Also, I’m assuming “the money to support and help the poor and needy in our society” is a reference to some second will that doesn‘t really concern me.
“Please if I reach you this time as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. I hope to hear from you in no distant time.Yours in Service, BARRISTER: Stephen McCann.” – And not a moment too soon as evidenced by Mr. McCann’s rambling conclusion. Quick, before dementia takes hold! Send me the check!
So there you have it. I’m rich. Between this, the 2.5 million dollars issued to me by the Freemason Society of Bournemout in the form of a masonry grant (special thanks to the All Seeing Eye Master Nicholas Brenner for sending me the good news via email), and the 10 million dollars The British Lottery Corporation has informed me I have won (I don’t even remember buying a lottery ticket the last time I was in the U.K. Hell, I don’t even remember ever being in the U.K.!), I am rolling in it! Aston Martins for everyone!
The ratings are in for our back half premieres. When all is said and done, SG-1 did a 1.5 and Atlantis a 1.4 – not bad given the six month sabbatical and the fact that the episodes have already aired, oh, everywhere else in the world and online. And especially not bad when one compares them with the numbers for the first run, first time anywhere season premieres.
Dinner tonight: the Big Beef Rib Dinner from The Memphis Barbecue House with a side of pork ribs, one pulled pork sandwich, collard greens, and a Big Mac (Fondy’s special request).
Also, I’ve almost completed plans for Saturday night’s soiree. It’s going to be overkill but, hey, when I throw a party I throw a party. Check out a pic of the first shipment to arrive.
So what’s on everybody’s minds…
Smiley Face06 writes: “Will you tell us which episode will be Carter’s first appearance in season 4 of Atlantis?”
Answer: Sure. Oh. You mean now? Okay. Carter’s first appearance will be in the season four premiere, Adrift.
Bugguy writes: “Come on down and I’ll see you in my office tomorrow and fix you right up.”
Answer: Are you a general practitioner? What advice can you offer my mother who is a chronic migraine sufferer? She’s received conflicting advice (ie. “Don’t drink coffee. It’s a trigger.” “Drink coffee to ward off the migraine. You’re not drinking enough.”).
Anonymous #1 writes: “How about some more hints about the crossover Carl is writing? Was this person a main cast member on SG-1?”
Answer: Okay. This “person” is a part of the SG-1 family and has been known to walk and occasionally run onscreen. Two eyes, two legs, ten fingers and toes (although I cannot swear to the former as it is more an assumption on my part).
Peter writes: “…is the second part going to be written soon, or are you guys taking a break? And is Martin Gero writing it?”
Answer: We will be breaking the second part of the two-parter tomorrow. It will be written by wunderkind Marty G.
Alanna writes: “Have you read the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb?”
Answer: Not yet. But based on your recommendation, I may just check it out.
Purp writes: “I didn’t know Canada was going to show Alabama’s A-Day game but glad to hear you’re pulling all the stops and going big. But you better move the time up, its Saturday afternoon! ;) ROLL TIDE!”
Answer: Yea, Alabama! Drown ‘em Tide!
Lisa Saveard writes: “Have there been any other scripts you’ve written that have given you trouble like this one?”
Answer: Yeah. Pretty much all of them.
Lady writes: “Joe, would you rather be a pirate or a ninja?”
Answer: Easy. Pirate. Ninja’s live a fairly Spartan life whereas pirates party 24/7.
Ange writes: “I feel I must delurk to ask: NOAS = ‘Noxious Odor Advisory System’?”
Prior_of_the_Ori writes: “Was wondering also if the Apollo and Colonel Ellis will make another appearance in season 4?”
Joshua Meyers writes: “Can writers take ideas from fans or is there a legal issue still.”
Answer: Still a legal issue. Sorry.
Anonymous #2 writes: “A while ago you said Jason Momoa has a pink cadillac and promised pictures. So when do we get to see them?”
Answer: The next time he drives it to work.
Cheeky L’il Devil writes: “With the NOAS abrreviation (now Doppelganger), if someone got it right, would you tell us?”
Ankhmutes writes: “ I liked Bill Lee, too, and think he’d be a great guest.”
Answer: Well, you’re in for a treat then.