Friday, June 09, 2006

Petty Thieves Do the Darnedest Things...

So. Day before yesterday I got a mysterious slip in the mail saying I had a parcel at the post office with $4.05 in postage due. Today I went to pick it up - and it was my purse!!!! With everything in it!!! Well, not everything. The two dollars and the metrocard were gone. But my credit cards, my driver's license, Eric's keys that I'd had, every business card I've been handed in the last year and a half since I last cleaned out my purse, taxi receipts I can write off... even the beer mat from my reading in Bath that Hannah had made special and has been sitting in my purse ever since... all there!

It's enough to make you regain your faith in humanity, or at least in the humanity of purse snatchers, regardless of their ethnicity and moped-riding habits....


Blogger Bri Ana said...

See, that would never happen in Los Angeles. But you might find it being resold for $$$ at your local *vintage* store as "vinatge, distressed handbag with accessories".

11:15 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Maybe they dumped it and someone dropped it in a mailbox?? Well good for you anyway. It's gotta make you feel good.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Good job fellow human!

1:21 PM  
Blogger No Sluggo Dave said...

And you got to support the USPO. Everybody wins. In Memphis, someone would have been killed.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hooray! I hear that the NYC post office has an actual "stolen articles desk" dedicated solely to wallets, purses, etc that get stolen, then tossed in the mailbox. Funny.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Loren Shlaes said...

i was amazed and thrilled to read that your purse was mailed back intact. life continues to be a surprising proposition.

my purse was snatched once by a man {whose ethnicity i will omit here -- let's just say it was different than mine} who rode by me on a bicycle. it was a fashionable little envelope, sans straps or handles, that tucked under the arm. needless to say i stopped carrying that style of purse, but at least it didn't bruise my arm when he pulled it out from under me.

i also confess that after i read your blog, i was walking home late one night and swerved on the sidewalk in order to avoid a large dark skinned man who was walking toward me. i obviously offended him deeply, since he made a point of saying something, and i felt terrible about it. this is such a difficult world to navigate.

anyway looking forward to reading your next project.

10:38 AM  
Blogger meyer said...

Just wanted to say that someone recently recommended your book to me and I sat down this weekend not sure what to expect. When I came up for air on Sunday afternoon after finishing the book, I immediately got on the phone with several people to recommend that they try it out! I loved it!

Then, when I got into work this morning, the first thing I did was check out your old blog and was thrilled to find you had a new one. Sorry to hear about your mugging experience, I have a story I love to tell friends about my attempted mugging in a bank at Grand Central but will not bother since it is better heard in person (facial expressions being 90% of the humor), but I was extremely anxious to tell you - somewhat in person - how much I enjoy your writing style and your fabulous book. Thanks so much!

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Blogger Mudpuppy said...

I just finished reading your book, after having it on my Amazon wishlist since it was first released. I really enjoyed it (well, except for the lobster cutting and mouse smacking parts), and I think my gf will be reading it next. I described it to her as, "a book about a woman who writes a blog about cooking, and who loves "Buffy", and who hates Republicans, and who's an atheist!" She was immediately hooked :)

By the time I'd finished the book, my gall bladder did sort of have a dull ache. Many of the recipes you described interested me, but I'm so put off by all the alcohol used in them. Not that I mind the concept of alcohol -- have all that you'd like! I just don't like the taste of it, and worry that "eggs poached in red wine" would just be a waste of perfectly good eggs. I've got cheap-ass taste buds.

10:05 PM  
Blogger mimulus said...

ok so you probably are used to people gushing about your book here, I was late for the party, but did manage to finally get up to speed and just read your book while staying at an isolated fire lookout tower in N California.

I absolutley loved it!! I could not put it down and was so happy for you that you made it...and bummed I was coming to the end of the book. Since I was away from electricity and civilization (although we had two sticks of butter) I could not go and see what you were up to online...but I see you are stilll alive and well and writing in your pj's. I will get caught up and must try some jalepeno pizza. I posted a pic of me at my blog reading at the can even make out the cover.

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Blogger mimulus said...

oh, I almost forgot, my son has a ball python too....named Sqeegee though we feed him live rats (the bathtub is the killing field). Anyway, Ben was so thrilled to here ZUZu Marlene mentioned. He wanted me to say hi to the snake.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Just in the midst of listening to your book on CD. So far, you have saved me from a bad thunderstorm with your witty humor and willingness to keep going when the going got tough! Thought the lobster murders were hilarious, although I did sort of feel sorry for the poor guys! haha

So happy you are still blogging.

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Blogger Kristin said...


I am almost finished with your book, it is the most entertaining book i've read in a long time!!!
thank you,

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Blogger Lindsey said...

So maybe I'm a little late in coming onto this whole concept/project/life change, etc....but I have just finished Julie's book and, let me just tell you, I'm feeling very inspired today! Congrats to Julie for keeping up on her blogging and writing and taking on such a unique challenge. I know there are plenty of 20-something women like me that have fallen in love with this foul-mouthed, domino's eating, incredibly funny woman. Kudos to Julie and to all chefs trying to find a little something more about themselves through butter and a hot skillet.

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Blogger Leigh C. said...

Lost my wallet once in Philadelphia. I was going from place to place in the center city and it slipped right out of my coat. I didn't realize it was gone until I went back to the hotel where I was staying and discovered I had no room key because the key card was in said wallet. Spent the rest of the night crying into my cups and canceling all my credit cards. My then boss let me sleep in the next morning, where I got a call from the front desk. A nice couple had found my wallet on the street, discovered the hotel key card inside, and returned it completely intact. I was Miss Ecstatic for the rest of the day.

Something like getting your stolen or missing property back in the mail can really make your day and restore some faith in humanity. Now if only my fanny pack contents stolen from me in Madrid would show up in the mail sometime...

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