Grace, Netta. Netta, Grace

Here’s Grace Park, whose performance as Boomer on BSG all the fanboys are salivating over.

Cocktail-reception invitation with address, date, and Grace Park holding a pistol

She’s such a pistol!

You knew she was “guesting” on The Border, right? Well, she is. And there’s a cocktail reception tonight – at the abandoned Rochester Ferry terminal, 8 Unwin Ave., from 1700 to 1900 hours. That’s the scale-model simulacrum of “the airport” that is used on The Border. It rents for $2,500 a day – more than its daily income when the Rochester catamaran was actually serving it. (The building itself cost $12 million.)

Naturally, I RSVPed: “I’ll be there.”

Erin O’Reilly of CBC public relations Media Profile wrote back: “Great[,] Joe. See you there.”

Late yesterday, I suddenly received the following from Erin’s apparent superior, Netta Rondinelli (top-postings elided): “We don’t have your name on our invite list. This is a Border media event.”

I wrote back: “I already RSVPed and I’m going. Unless you want to instruct me in writing not to go, which I will duly report.”

“I’m fine with that,” she wrote. “This is an invitation-only event and your name was not on the list.”

“Then put me on the list,” I replied. “Be honest about what you’re doing: Intentionally excluding me. Fine with that too, Netta? Because that’ll be reported too.” Whoops! No response to that one.

I also asked CBC spokesperson Jeff Keay a question for attribution:

Did you or did anyone at CBC instruct anyone at Media Profile not to invite me to CBC press events or, in particular, disinvite me if I RSVP to an invitation to such an event?

Further, are there standing orders to have me removed from the premises if I attend anyway?

Radio silence there, too.

I do a better job promoting the CBC than Media Profile does. The Tea Makers is a legitimate news outlet (even if you liked Tea Makers Classic better). If Dead Things on Sticks is legit, this sure as hell is.

Media Profile is known to call up reporters and complain that their coverage was too critical, implying that the reporter was a guest there, hence a full-on rave was expected. Knowing that, what actually happened the last time I attended a Media Profile–sponsored event for the CBC? (Apart from giving the PR girls my card and asking them to send me everything they have from then on?)

Say hi to Fatboy for me, I guess. This is how low they can go, Den(n)is.


  1. Fake Ouimet
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 12:15 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    That may be true. But at least he can spell Omelette.

  2. Fake Omlette
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 11:16 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Someone has a thin skin…..

  3. Anonymous
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 8:16 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Isn’t it supposed to be silly?

  4. cbcfrank
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 5:26 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I find the idea of a show where Canadians wave guns about to be silly, and suggests this show was aimed at ‘other’ markets.

    As someone employed by the broadcasting industry, I’m not tooo concerned about content, especially if there are buyers. God knows Hollywood operates that way.

  5. Fake Ouimet
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 5:30 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    An unlikely scenario, Anonymous. Would you also like a pony?

  6. Anonymous
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 4:58 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I wish CBC would ban you from all of their buildings.

  7. Allan
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 3:47 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Every director in in the world is impressed with The Border. Impressed that it hasn’t been cancelled yet.
    So explain what would be gained from seeing and hearing this event.
    Or any event relating to The Border.

    Now Howie Mandel, that’s an event.
    But The Border? Please.

    What’s your guess as to why they’ve added this character.
    Are they investing in the Asian market after seeing Heroes?
    What do you think they were thinking?
    It’s a business decision after all.

  8. Fake Ouimet
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 3:00 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    No, what I “wanted” was to go to any and all CBC-related events. I’d already been to one of them no problem.

    Oh, and not to have my RSVP rescinded.

    Clearer, Allan?

  9. Allan
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    You want to go near the cast and crew of The Border?
    How pathetic, joe, and appropriate.
    I wouldn’t be caught near a show like that. Just the thought makes me feel like a hollow human being.

    Why the fuck would anyone want you at the press party? Seriously.
    Perhaps as a joke, on you, maybe.
    So they sent you an invitation by mistake, and that deserves The Wrath of joe
    And all you’ve done here is prove to several people that you are certifiably a pain in the ass.
    You think because you have a blog that makes you so scary important?
    A lot of Doylie and the Mafster in you, master joe.
    You need a refresher course at the Jedi Academy.

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