Administrivia: 11 February 2022

Update on the move: It’s been weird. I have this whole backstory that involves my life having also blown up in 1999 and I ended up in a weekly rate motel then, too. The place I’m staying in now is a good bit nicer, though I think it’s a one-star motel and deserves to be. (That should tell you something about my 1999 digs. At least there were no rats or visible roaches?) This time I just have me to worry about, not me and an almost-three-year-old son, so it’s much less scary. I have still had my moments though. So today, when things looked like they were finally going right, I ended up in a better mood a bit out of proportion to what was actually going on. At this point I’m just hoping the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train, and we’ll leave it at that.

Long story short, I may end up with a job by the end of this month and perhaps an apartment by the end of next month or possibly in April. I am earning right now, it’s just not what we in the States call a W-4 gig, and the earnings are not consistent at all.

Let’s put it this way: If you order restaurant delivery, please tip your driver. And SHOVEL AND SALT YOUR DAMN WALK. Jesus FUCK. I didn’t even get the worst of it from a private residence, though I came close. Oh no, I almost broke my damn wrist when my feet flew out from under me at Taco Bell. What the hell are you people DOING with all those profits? You know the Northeast and part of the Midwest got slammed by that winter storm — CLEAN UP!

grumble grumble grumble

It’s much better today, though.

Along with the general theme of today going really well by comparison to everything else lately: Got another Google Alert about Rory. The Google Alerts have been a mixed bag ever since his voice-acting gig was announced. For some reason, all the Scottish tabloids felt it was important to the future of humanity that we were all reminded of Rory’s late-nineties Scotts Porage Oats gig. I love a tall hairy man in a kilt as much as the next red-blooded heterosexual American woman does, but tell me something new. Anyway, the other stuff in the alerts has been about the voice-acting gig, mainly.

As with this.





ahem. Okay.

Also, if you are not familiar with this franchise — I’m not — here’s what Rory’s character looks like:

Duke Vedmire

So now I’m having flashbacks of this guy too:



Other randomness:

1. I’d love to know where people are finding these random candids of Rory. He seems to have attended a wedding or two in recent years as well. Naturally people are wondering if one of them was his. You know where I stand on this, though he also may have married since that scandal broke, for all we know. Anyway, yeah. Anyone who knows the big man and shares snaps of him online should just count on them being stolen and passed around. Hope you’re okay with that. I have no room to talk, anyway. (Sorry, Mr. Bennie. But thank you for sharing it!)

2. As with the whole notion that Rory lives on a boat, I’m beginning to question the Rory-lore that Rory spends a lot of time alone. Funny how he keeps turning up places and partying with people. But I also don’t know how often he does that versus going off by himself, of course. I just really get the notion that he’s gotten wind of what we all say about him and, where the rumor encourages people to leave him the fuck alone, he is happy to let it stand. He certainly gave enough signs when he used to be more candid in interviews that all the off-screen attention had caught him off guard.

He also gives me the impression that one of the reasons he likes to go drinking is it serves as social lubricant. My dad was the same way. Very not social, but let him get a good buzz going and he got almost gregarious. Sound familiar?

I can’t talk. The only time I’ll dance in a club is when I’m drunk. Ha ha ha.

(I haven’t been in a club, bar, or pub in a long time, not counting one afternoon when I went for a Diet Coke with another martial-arts mom because I knew I’d be driving my kid home and I’m a lightweight, and that was still at least four years ago. Not likely to go again unless I’m traveling to certain areas of the world, either.)

3. Can people pay more attention to the photos they share instead of saying stupid shit? One lady posted a pic of Rory with a woman, probably a fan (the way things are going, I don’t think he’d willingly pose with a partner for anyone outside his inner circle — and you can bet no one is sharing those where fans will find them, if such exist), and they were standing really close together, as tends to happen, and the comments were all like “omg he’s so SKINNY!”

Okay, first off? He got bullied for being skinny when he was little. Maybe he got over it and maybe he didn’t; he seems to have more than a bit of Scots machismo and isn’t likely to ‘fess up, so we’ll just have to wonder. Doesn’t mean it’s nice to remind him. He does still have a slender build but it’s more like Skinny Kid Morphs To Dad Bod. Cuddly without being fat. I’d snuggle up to that, for sure. (I would also snuggle up to a fat guy, and have. Just saying.) Don’t diss my dude. He already gets endless comments about his height and every bloody thing else.

But secondly, the woman he was standing with was wearing a light-colored top and Rory a dark one, black if I remember correctly or maybe navy blue. At a glance maybe he looked like he’d gotten emaciated… in the torso, his face still looks completely normal. So yeah, it was an optical illusion, that’s all. Maybe all the commenters were on their phones and the sun was shining? I don’t know, but a closer look would have told them what was going on. Make the effort next time, ladies. You’re already wasting time commenting on a celebrity’s body, so take that extra thirty seconds. Thanks.

Okay, that’s enough for now. Hopefully will do some work on the site soon, when I’m not so much in crisis mode. Ta.

Administrivia: 01 February 2022

[looks at dates on recent posts]


Um… ahem… I need to edit some stuff. The blog posts will still be there, but they will have different URLs because I’m changing the year to be correct.

How many of you are old enough to remember writing checks? Remember how you used to forget to change to the new year when writing checks in January? Right. I basically did that here, but with blog post titles. FUCK.

The only way this matters is if anyone linked to any of those posts anywhere. The links will now be broken. Sorry about that.


I’m back in Ohio. Only just arrived tonight (it’s almost 9pm my time as I write this), could be more thrilled with the accommodation, but I should be getting into better digs tomorrow if everything goes well, so it’s all good. Hopefully well ahead of the shit weather we’re supposed to be getting, or at least ahead enough that I won’t be much more than cold as I’m moving things out of my car.

I went through something a lot like this in 1999, and am annoyed that I’m going through it again. Some aspects of the situation are worse than before, some are better, and hopefully it will all balance out. I am also not as big of a dumbass as I was at age 25. That will surely help.


For some reason, entertainment media in Scotland have decided to recycle the Rory-as-Scott’s-Porage-Oats-Man story they did back in ’19 like “ha ha, remember when the Hound had ladies looking up his kilt?” Rory’s got a new voice-acting job, so I guess that’s what inspired them? So right now my Google Alerts are 2/3rds Porage Oats Man and 1/3 “Rory has a new acting job.” Okay, uh, thanks?

But hey, Rory, if you ever read this thing, I’m not saying I mind you in a kilt or, uh, anything. Ahem.

Okay. I have some plans to draw up and shit to do. Like, well, editing those fucking blog posts. Grr.

Administrivia: 21 January 2022

Looks like Rory has a new voice-acting gig. I don’t know squat about Vox Machina, but I think we can all agree Rory should get lots of voice work.

Mmmmm. Rory voice…



In other news, I see the site is still up. Don’t get too comfortable. The financial weirdness I mentioned in the previous post has sorted itself out. I had bought gas (petrol) several days ago and the transaction had gone through and then, strangely, it disappeared. So it really was a toss-up which transaction would go (back) through first. The gas did, thank Glob (that would have been interesting to deal with), but it’ll mean we have a brief outage here.

I can’t wait til this isn’t a problem anymore. Sooner rather than later, I hope.

Anyway. There you go. Rory news!

Administrivia: 14 December 2021

Google Alerts tells me as of yesterday, though I didn’t see it til today, that Rory McCann has been sighted at La Lanterna West End restaurant in Glasgow.

Rory McCann at La Lanterna West End, Glasgow, late 2021

Rory McCann at La Lanterna West End, Glasgow, late 2021

The link to La Lanterna’s Instagram is in the article I linked to up there ^^^. Interestingly, nothing in the article or the IG post states any sort of time period. Not only leaving off mentioning the date but not even so much as a “last weekend” or “a month ago.” This is consistent with usual patterns in reporting Rory sightings and I rather suspect he’s had some influence on that. (What the blue hell are you fangirls doing to my poor dude?) So you’ll notice I say “late 2021” in the alt code for both pics. Best I can do.

The pandemic’s ticking up again in the UK (and everywhere) so be careful, big man.

Also: new blog post category! Might as well.

Edit: I swear to Glob I really can spell “lanterna.” Have major brain glitch today, I guess. Fixed.

Administrivia: 18 April 2021

First up, I think we would all be amused to see this. I know I was.

I think we have pretty well established that fuck is Glasgow native Rory McCann’s favorite go-to cuss word, possibly followed by See You Next Tuesday, the latter demonstrated with lyrical fluency here:

In other news, and better language (for those of you who got the vapors), Google gave me this:

Meet the actor that became the ‘heart’ of Game of Thrones and he’s got some great stories

The only reason this got sent across my radar is it mentions Rory in a sentence. Here:

Aside from this, who else knew that in real life, Rory McCann (The Hound) has a history of looking after chickens (Thrones fans are probably immediately thinking of that scene)…

Oh, that’s just classic. And given everything I’ve heard about Rory in passing, like as not Rory and this guy Andy were chatting randomly between scenes and Rory regaled him with personal stories. Because oddly, given his reputation as a recluse, that’s what Rory does. That’s how he inspired Annie Griffin to write The Book Group, which kickstarted his whole fucking career in the first place. It’s so him.

I’d just about kill to be his biographer, but that’s not gonna happen, so this is close enough, I guess.

Oh, and I was delighted to learn I have the documentary the article mentions. I will have to watch that at some point and see if Andy mentions Rory any more. I like the show well enough, for all its flaws (not a dig at Rory, more a dig at book-to-film culture), that I’ll likely enjoy the rest of it too but I’ll be looking for that in specific.

Meanwhile, Breaking Bad continueth apace. I’m on season 5, either in the middle or close to it. Last call. I get done with this, I’ll go more in-depth on The Irregulars and see just how many times Rory shows up. A lot of you are ahead of me by now but I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers. All I know is Rory has been hitting my Google Alerts far too often lately to have only been in the story twice. Or maybe I overestimate the worth of entertainment media. I guess we’ll just have to see.