“Hey, Joe!”said Ivon. “Pretend you’re sleeping.”
“Oh, no,”I said. “I couldn’t.”
“Come on!”he said.
So I shut my eyes and pretended I was sleeping.
“No,”he said. “Rock your head back and open your mouth like you’re in mid-snore.”
“Okay,”I said, rocking my head back and opening my mouth like I was in mid-snore.
All this to say, this explains that photo (ex) Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok is circulating of me seemingly asleep on the van ride back from today’s tech survey.
On a totally unrelated note, there’s something about riding in the back of a car, bus, train, or van driving back from a tech survey that puts me right out. I can only imagine my mom did a lot of traveling while pregnant with me.
On a related note, I went on a tech survey today for Episode 204. For those not in the know, tech surveys – not to be confused with location scouts – are field trips on which we scout locations for upcoming episodes. With my writing partner Paul on set on Episode 202 with director Steve DiMarco, I was fully expecting to spend the day writing…until I was reminded about our little outing.
All in all, I was glad I went. It’s always a treat to tour parts of Ontario I’d probably miss out on if I wasn’t seeking out suitable seedy bars and dilapidated warehouses for my t.v. show. And there was the added bonus-presence of stunt coordinator John Stead (who’ll be taking the director’s reins for 204). But the highlight of the day had to be lunch…
The initial plan was to eat at a place that essentially turned out to be a drugstore cafeteria. We elected to double back and check out THIS place we passed on the way.
Over a dozen varieties of schnitzels to choose from. Ivon was quick to snap a pic of the menu and send it to our old Stargate (and schnitzel) buddy Carl Binder.
To quote an Austrian: “Schnitzel as big as a toilet seat!”
And for dessert…