When in Rome, they say!!! As I am in Calgary, what have I been up to? Walking the malls, don’tchaknow!!!!
The schlep from Canmore to Calgary where Jeff’s costume department/production/studios for “Hell on Wheels” is about an hour drive. But behold at what I get to savor during this drive!
Snooooow caaaapped moooountaaaains. The famed Three Sisters! Hey, I ain’t used to looking at snow capped. Just the chaparral covered ones. SoCal, yo.
The studios are buzzing like a baby bee hive. But, for a crew that is supposed to start shooting in 2 days, you would never even guess it! Everyone is SO NICE!!!!! SO CANADIAN!!!! I LOVE CANADIAAAAANS!!! If it was a Los Angeles crew about to shoot in 2 days, faces would be getting ripped off.
Jeff introduced me to about almost every single person on the crew. We ran into Anson Mount, the lead actor who plays Cullen Bohannon. I met him last summer + as I put out my hand to shake, he grabbed me for a hug. Ooooh myyyyy, well don’t mind if I do!!!!
Smoky. Caliente. As all my good friends will attest, I’m a lady who never refuses a hug from a man with handsome facial hair. Anson’s performances as a former Confederate soldier out for blood is my absolute favorite part of the show. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone!
After leaving the studios, I headed towards the Cross Iron Mills shopping mall – the largest single story mall in Alberta. Jeff recommended that I shoot straight towards the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World!!!!!! Jeff knows me SO well!!!
I was starstruck to say the least. Can I say starstruck? Not really. Well, if the stars were the taxidermy animals, then yeah, ok.
This place was filled to the brim with dead animals. I mean, filled. It made me really sad, they were so beautiful. But, you couldn’t help staring at the attention to detail spent on the displays. Wolves chasing after caribou! Crazy!!!!
Aaaaaargh!!! The cursed Golliwogs!!!! I’m just so shocked that they are sold out in the open, la-di-da style. Check out my post on this British/Commonwealth affection for these rascally minstrel dolls.
Cross Iron Mills is ridiculously gargantuan. 1,178,000 sq ft, y’all!!!! I hung out at the Starbucks + the sweet, unfortunately acne ridden barista constantly laughed REALLY loud like Tom Hulce in “Amadeus”.
It was kind of annoying, but he was so sweet + joyous that I silently put my head down + plowed ahead on my computer.
Last night, Jeff took me to Chef’s Studio Japan for dinner in Canmore.
I call that facial expression Jeff makes, “Crazy Eyes”. The fish was fresh, the presentation was artistic + beautiful! The tempura, light + crispy! My compliments to the chef! Gochiso-sama deshita!!! This is a polite Japanese phrase giving respect to the preparer of your meal. Say this to the chef upon leaving + they will be happy little clams!
I’ve been having a hoot of a time in Alberta – more adventures are in my future!!!