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April 18th, 2009


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12:01 am - Facebook Responsible for Return of Lost Wallet, Film at Eleven
The Lieutenant of Inishmore, by Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman and In Bruges), is the funniest play about dead cats ever. It's also the only non-musical play I've seen where the entire cast ends up covered in blood. It's like a hilarious Irish version of 100 Bullets. Berkeley Rep, go see it!



Yesterday, my awesome neighbors Beth and Ari knocked on my door. Someone had dropped off a wallet; the woman's driver's license listed her address as one in our complex. None of us recognized her, though, so she probably didn't live there anymore.

I was on Facebook at the time, so I searched her name...and found exactly one person. I couldn't see her profile, but the small profile picture resembled her enough (white girl with dark hair) even though we couldn't see her face. I took on the task of contacting her, as Beth and Ari were on their way out. I checked her list of friends, and there were a lot in the Bay Area, so I figured we had the right person.

I sent a message at 6:42 PM. I got no response all night. Maybe she didn't check Facebook? I tried to think of other ways to track her down.

Then, this morning at 9:21 AM, a response! "Wait! This is fantastic!" It was her, and that was her wallet, and she was about to go out of town on a trip, so it sure would be great to have some ID. She'd already cancelled her credit cards, and she assumed there was no cash in the thing (she was correct). She didn't check Facebook often, so she gave me a phone number and e-mail address to coordinate the return.

I called her, and she was confused for a second, of course, but then she was excited and grateful. She'd lost it at Rite-Aid earlier, and the cashiers had been all, "It's gone, honey!" She didn't live at our complex anymore, but she lived only a couple blocks away, so I could drop it off on my way to work. I left it in a safe place on the porch and e-mailed her to let her know where it was. "Right on, thank you so much!" she said. "One trip to the DMV cancelled."

The magic of Facebook, you guys. I heart the Internet.
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From:ste_noni
Date:April 18th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
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Cool story! It's like the anti-axe-murderer story.
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From:sabra_n
Date:April 18th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
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The Lieutenant of Inishmore, by Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman and In Bruges), is the funniest play about dead cats ever. It's also the only non-musical play I've seen where the entire cast ends up covered in blood.

Well, if you ever want to see another play that probably requires the stage crew to use mops in the end (though it's more awesomely scary than funny), you can always try Bug.

Man, I loved Inishmore, though, and I think it was terribly overlooked when it was on Broadway. (The History Boys was the big play sensation that year.) Sounds like you had fun!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 18th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Well, if you ever want to see another play that probably requires the stage crew to use mops in the end (though it's more awesomely scary than funny), you can always try Bug.
The one they made a movie out of with Ashley Judd? I heard it was pretty good and creepy.
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From:sabra_n
Date:April 18th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen the movie, but the play was a pretty brilliant exercise in exploring the paranoiac mindset, to the point where people in the theater were scratching themselves because of imaginary bugs, too. I'm probably one of three people who liked that play more than Tracy Letts' next one, which won the Pulitzer. (That's August: Osage County, in case you're interested.)
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From:miniglik
Date:April 18th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Aww. You wallet returner, you. Aided by the internet and everything!
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From:shpyum
Date:April 18th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Did you read the story about the lost kitty whose owners had moved so the shelter workers couldn't find them, until they looked them up on FB? Kitty returned after like, 3 years presumed dead. Yay Facebook!
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From:mycenae
Date:April 18th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
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I like the McDonagh plays I've read, but I haven't gotten to see one performed yet. Clearly I am missing lots of fake blood. I'm not in the Bay Area or I'd totally go see that.

It's nice to be reminded that Facebook can be used for good as well as for stalking and time wasting.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 18th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Clearly I am missing lots of fake blood.
According to the program, they use 12 gallons for each performance.

It's nice to be reminded that Facebook can be used for good as well as for stalking and time wasting.
It is!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 19th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
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I saw that you posted on Whedonesque.com a comment concerning TSCC, thought this might interest you.

I just saw this about WB negotiating to get TSCC over at SCiFi. Maybe there is hope.

http://www.fmqinc.com/terminator-season-3-possible/

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