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Sleepy Rachel

When Rachel is really sleepy but trying to stay awake for a few more minutes, she goes off halfway into sleep, but still continues to carry on a conversation with me. Out of nowhere, she'll just mention completely random things, plucked from her dreams I guess, and usually I just play along.

Rachel: Was I talking about strawberries?

Me: No

..A little bit later...

Rachel: Strawberries are helpful

Me: Really? How are strawberries helpful?

Rachel: They help people get from place to place

She came out of it a little bit and realized what she'd said. She explained that she was actually thinking about wheelchairs and strawberries at the same time.

This actually happens a lot. It's one of the funniest things in the world.

Macgyver and Stargate SG-1 Connections

MacGyver and Stargate SG-1. Two shows, one action-adventure, the other one sci-fi, but they both have more than one thing in common. Yes, Richard Dean Anderson is the star of both shows. And both ran for over 125 episodes. That's not where the similarities end.

They were both filmed largely in Vancouver and British Columbia, Canada.  And there are a LOT of crossover actors.

Don S. Davis plays General Hammond - the "guy in charge" on Stargate. He also played stunt double for the character Pete Thornton - the "guy in charge" on MacGyver, for actor Dana Elcar.

Photo: Don S. Davis and Dana Elcar

Christopher Judge stars as Teal'c in the Stargate series. Before that, he made an appearance on MacGyver. In a season 5 episode called "Live and Learn," he plays Deron, a high school football player.

Photo: Teal'c and Deron

Dan Shea is a stunt double for Anderson and also plays Sgt. Siler. In MacGyver, he made two appearances as a van driver, and biker. He's also been credited in Macgyver as "hockey technical consultant."

Photo: Siler and Van Driver

Peter Williams, who played Apophis, had a tiny role as a video editor named Moe in "Collision Course," a season 4 episode.

Photo: Apophis and Moe

Bill Dow, who makes several appearances as Dr. Bill Lee had two unrelated roles in MacGyver - an officer named Danko and "The White Suited Man."

Photo: Dr. Bill Lee and Danko

Known as Colonel Chekov in SG-1, Gary Chalk makes 4 appearances in MacGyver. Twice as Detective Sweeney, once as Sgt. Harold Gray, and once by the name Tony Ellis.

Photo: Colonel Chekov and Sgt. Gray

Even one of the Ori Priors (Doug Abrahams) has made his way into a one-episode role on Macgyver, as NSA agent Robert Kelham.

Photo: Ori Prior and Robert Kelham

Before playing the lying, cheating NID agent Frank Simmons, John de Lancie played a lying, cheating weapons dealer named Brian Ashford in an episode of MacGyver.

Photo: Colonel Frank Simmons and Brian Ashford

Matthew Walker plays Merlin in seasons 9 and 10 of SG-1. He had a brief appearance as a swiss man in a MacGyver episode set in the Old West.

Photo: Merlin and Emmenthaler

Garwin Sanford plays Narim of the Tollan on Stargate SG-1. He made two appearances on MacGyver. Once as Rafael, a revolutionary leader.

Photo: Narim and Rafael

I actually know François Chau best for his role on LOST, as Dr. Pierre Chang. He was a Chinese ambassador in SG-1, and a Chinatown "bad guy" in the MacGyver episode.

Photo: Chinese Ambassador and Mr. Chi

And it just keeps going. Marie Stillin, who had a recurring role on SG-1 as High Chancellor Travell, had a role in an episode of MacGyver as Rachel, a church leader's assistant.

Photo: Chancellor Travell and Rachel

That's not a complete list. Just some of the more memorable Stargate characters. There are even a few episodes of MacGyver with the same episode title as an SG-1 episode: The Enemy Within, Last Stand, and The Road Not Taken. Just for completeness, I'll end with a photo of Richard Dean Anderson from SG-1 and MacGyver.

Colonel O'Neill and MacGyver

Update: A visitor kindly submitted Robin Mossley. He made several appearances as Macgyver's houseboat neighbor, Wilt Bozer. In SG-1, he played Malakai, the archaeologist trying to send himself back in time in the episode "Window of Opportunity." He later appears as Reimer, a soldier infected with a sleep parasite.

Malakai and Wilt Bozer


Red Green Macgyver

The driver's seat of our car has been extremely uncomfortable for almost a year. The foam padding started to deteriorate — leaving the driver sitting against metal frame on the left side (after a thin layer of fabric). It's sort of uncomfortable most of the time, but really HOT when it's summertime.

Today was the day for action. I went out there and spent a good 20 minutes just trying to get the seat cover removed. It was strapped down, wrapped around, and stuck to the frame with industrial-grade velcro. When I got it open, I saw a mess. The foam was split from bottom to top on the left side, and halfway down on the right. And since I already knew the foam was prone to ripping, trying to glue the foam to the frame would just end in a layer of foam ripped off the padding.

I've seen enough episodes of The Red Green Show and Macgyver to know just how to solve this one. I went inside, grabbed a roll of duct tape and went to work. The only way that foam was staying together is if it's wrapped completely around with duct tape, and that's what I did.

I'm sorry to say I didn't take any before and after pictures, because I was so excited to have somewhere comfortable to sit during my 22,000 mile per year habit. It worked great, and I drove around the block in comfort and style.

“If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy”

– Red Green

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

Had some old bananas, so I combined a recipe for banana bread with the recipe for Nestle Toll House Cookies.  This is the result:

3 ¼ cups Flour3 Eggs
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Salt
3 Bananas
1 cup (2 sticks) Margarine1 tsp. Cinnamon
¾ cup Sugar
¼ tsp. Nutmeg
¾ cup Brown Sugar
1 12 oz. bag Milk Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add bananas, and chop and mix and mash until only small lumps remain. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 9-10 minutes or until edges of cookie are golden brown. Cool on wire rack until completely cool.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

I'm Married

I've been married to Rachel Garrett (happily) since August 25.  This Christmas, it will have been a full third of a year.  Though it's been great, I don't have a lot to say about it.  However, I have to make this post or Rachel won't let me post anything else new to my site.

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