I’m working as an extra today.

The fancy term for it is “background,” but no, I’m an extra. It even says so on the form. Before you get excited and ask what movie stars will be walking past me, I will tell you that this is a commercial (actually, a pair of commercials) for a restaurant chain. The most famous person involved is Dennis Grimes, whom some of you may remember as the guy with a bigger role and bigger trailer in that episode of Betrayal I shot half a year ago. Dennis is one of the principal actors on this shoot. I am an extra.

Being an extra is astoundingly boring. I have been here for four hours today, and actually “worked” for about thirty minutes. In the remaining time I have sat in the holding area, grateful for the free wifi. Let it be understood that I am not complaining. Like every film shoot I’ve been on, there’s just a LOT of down-time involved here.

During some of that time, I finished reading The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig, the third book in his “Miriam Black” trilogy. I enthusiastically recommend the series. It’s got one of the most kickass main characters I’ve read in a while. Rated R for language, violence, sexual content, serious parental issues, and more violence.

In other news, I’ve been reading about Brandon Smith, state senator from Kentucky, who made the awesome and hilarious claim that, “in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that.” This brilliant analysis of the facts was made in an attempt to argue against global warming, culminating in the statement that, “there are no coal mines on Mars”. It’s like he got all his science knowledge from watching Total Recall. Plus, I like how he implies that he himself is a part of “academia.” Now, I am not familiar with Roberts’ Rules of Order, but at some point can’t somebody interject with a point of order and declare that this guy is an idiot? I am eagerly awaiting any follow-up or explanation from the senator’s camp.

It looks like they are setting up for the lunch break. I expect it will be exactly like that last couple of hours, but with tacos. So I’ve got that going for me.