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February 6th, 2008


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11:02 am
Still no sign of the cat, which is incredibly disheartening but thank you all for your comments and help and good words, even the cranks who prove why anonymous screening is a good thing. (Now go back to your YouTube comments and continue to make clever insights like "lol that guy suckssss fag". There's a good troll.)

Tracy has been diligently fliering the neighborhood, especially in the places where we've had reports of Big Fat Tuxedo Cat sightings (Kidder Ave and Highland Road, and Cedar and Somerville Ave.) If you would like to help poster we would be incredibly grateful. There are two versions depending on whether or not you have a color or B&W printer. They're currently on Yousendit but I'll be transferring them to a more permanent host later on today.

abbie-lost.doc (B&W poster)

abbie-lost-color.doc (Color poster)

We also have a map up of sightings and postering locations; I feel as if we need a giant six-foot map with radial marks drawn around the house as in a police dragnet story.

I'm hoping that once the weather gets a bit better and he gets a bit hungrier, he'll venture out from wherever he is. I just hope whoever finds him is good people and hears about where he should really be. I've been toying with breaking the fourth wall on his blog, as it were, and writing for the first time as The Guy. I figured, though, that there'd only be one time ever when I'd have to do that. This reason at least has hope.

In happier news, joyeous and I saw My Fair Lady at the Opera House last night. We were in the nosebleeds (er, "Clouds") which provides a smaller view than the steeply-raked and considerably smaller Colonial, but the show -- a straightforward revival, this time -- was very entertaining and the set design quite clever. The actress playing Eliza acted as spirited as she needed to be, and was absolutely lovely. The trash can Stomp! number during "With A Little Bit of Luck" was surprising to me, but it kinda worked, all things considered.

Oh, and the actor who played Freddy really smacked of Michael Crawford in his young, goofy, physical comedy romantic lead days, and I thought that was pretty awesome.

The neatest surprise for me at least was the fact that Marni Nixon played Professor Higgins' mother. Marni was the singing voice of Audrey Hepburn in the film version of My Fair Lady (she also provided this service for other film stars, including Deborah Kerr in The King and I and Natalie Wood in West Side Story.) So, for me, it was a real treat to be able to applaud this familiar voice but in person this time. Quite nice all around, though.

I love the Opera House and want to find out the answer to a mystery. The mens' room on the second level is off of what was obviously the original Men's Lounge (the room has a darker, more masculine wood, and there are still the original closet-like phone booths with stained glass fronts.) The door to the actual Facilities themselves is right next to a flight of stairs, only these stairs go up two steps and are met by a wall.

I wonder what is, or was, behind that wall. Mystery steps always intrigue me.

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From:ron_newman
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Somewhere I've read that those stairs used to go to a neighboring theatre that has since been torn down -- either the Bijou or the old B.F. Keith's (later called Normandie and Laffmovie).
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Judging from the position, I'd bet it was the Bijou.
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From:kalliejenn2
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
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i'm pretty sure i saw him at the end of kidder near college ave last night...i tried to grab him, but he ran.
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
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This is WICKED good news to hear, especially if indeed it is the ol' fellow. I should go hunt around there tonight with a can opener. Thank you thank you thank you!
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From:antikythera
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh boy... Muggles aren't supposed to be able to see those stairs.
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From:ron_newman
Date:February 6th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
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They go to the fnordth floor.
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From:hemlock_martini
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
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I don't know offhand how many Bostonians read my LJ, but I'd be willing to redistribute the link to that document, if it helps. I wanted to ask before I did so because your phone number's on it.

I was wearing my Abbie The Cat Has A Posse t-shirt last night and had to explain to my family that "this cat on my manboobs is missing." They were all very sorry to hear it and send along their most fervent finding-lost-cats mojo, along with their desire never to have me say the word "manboobs" again.
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From:amandaruth2001
Date:February 6th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
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My high school math teacher was a HUGE Julie Andrews fan and we celebrated Eliza Doolittle Day in her class. She felt that Audrey Hepburn should not have been cast in the movie since she couldn't sing her own part, and that robbed Julie Andrews of her big break. Of course, if she had been busy with My Fair Lady then we may not have seen her as Mary Poppins.


I've been thinking good "Abbie-come-home" thoughts for you.
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 6th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
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My high school math teacher was a HUGE Julie Andrews fan and we celebrated Eliza Doolittle Day in her class.

Did you celebrate with a mock beheading of Professor 'Enry 'Iggins?

Julie Andrews won an Academy Award for Mary Poppins. Audrey Hepburn didn't get nominated for My Fair Lady, primarily, I believe, because she hadn't done her own singing. Somehow I think Andrews got the better deal out of that one, though it would've been nice to see her in the film.
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From:byrneout
Date:February 6th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Our household is sad and hopeful for your poor missing cat. Fingers well crossed here.
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From:muse0fire
Date:February 6th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Hey, one thing I did when my cat went missing years ago - and you may have already done this - I went to my county pound and gave them a description. They gave me a list of all the vets in Georgia, and I called everyone that was in a 50 mile radius of Atlanta to give them a description and my contact info, in case anyone brought him in. I also called the pound every few days just to be sure.

(In my case it turned out my asshat ex-housemate had ignored a call from someone who found him, and didn't get a phone number, so at least I knew a family had picked him up, even if I had no idea who or where.)
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From:vylar_kaftan
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
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My thoughts are with you. I hope everything turns out well.
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From:ketzie
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
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I passed the flier links on to my bro who lives on Electric near Teele. One of his cats took off when he was moving from Davis about a year or so ago. Said kitty was recovered after a week or more, so he knows all about cat hunting in the wilds of Somerville. He'll certainly be looking out for the boy; I'll let you know if he is able to distribute fliers as well.

All best wishes from us up here.
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From:ratatosk
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
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Electric is not very far from Hall at all, and I haven't gotten out there with flyers yet. It would be helpful to have some up over there, along with somebody keeping an eye out.

For now, though, the sightings are clustering on the east side of College ( http://pics.livejournal.com/ratatosk/pic/000a0ww4/ ), so hopefully he won't wander over there at all.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:February 7th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
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The problem with this is that the thing I want to do most right now is fly to Boston and look for a cat. Which is what an obsessive nature gets you.
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From:maggiebex
Date:February 8th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Hey Spatch, I'm having trouble with the B&W poster, the image isn't showing up. Do you still need more posters, or maybe fresh dry ones after the rains? If so, lemme know what to do about that image.
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From:ratatosk
Date:February 8th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Email me at ratatosk @ livejournal.com , or AIM at Espaliered4, and I can send you some different formats to try, as well as discuss postering locations. Spatch has the flu and can't do a lot right now -- yes, there are a number of things that people could do to help atm!

From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 9th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
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I had a dream last night that Abbie came home from his adventure. I hope it turns out to be prophetic! Get home soon, Abbie.

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