How it all happened
In my haste to get this site up yesterday, I neglected many details as to how exactly the Bears became lost. This is what happened. It all started with a trip to the movies. My girlfriend, myself and the bears set out on a rainy Sunday morning to see Avatar. We tend to take the Bears with us most places, for contrary to popular belief, bears are actually very social creatures. Ours particularly like blockbuster movies with lots of visual effects, so it was a natural family outing. We got our tickets at the touchscreen machine outside the theatre and proceeded to our seats in the auditorium. It was then that we realized the Bears were not with us.. We searched on the floor around us-nothing. I decided to go check the car before the film started- still nothing. At that point we met in the lobby and weighed our options… Did we leave the Bears at home? Could we have dropped them at the touchscreen ticket machine? We went outside to look. We looked on the ground. We looked in the garbage. We looked everywhere- no Bears. We decided to drive home and check for them there… We were both frantically hoping that they would be there, maybe sitting on the bed- cute as always, that look of total indifference… Well, they weren’t. We went into immediate action, making up signs to distribute around the theatre in case someone found them, and grabbed a poker to poke around in the trash. Yuck!
When we returned to the theatre, we alerted security (who thought we were insane, but were still incredibly helpful), and made our plan. We talked to the janitors, the manager of the theatre, and everyone else who worked there. They told us when the movie let out and assured us that we could go through the theatre after and search for the Bears. We decided to cover the exits between the two of us-each with 2 homemade signs held high to catch peoples attention.
We were out there for about 90 minutes before the movie let out, and managed to grab the attention of everyone who was coming out of the theatre or going in. When the movie let out, it was a lot of people, but nearly all of them looked at our signs -and then at us, rather quizzically… Everyone was surprisingly kind, lot’s of encouraging words, but no clues. Then a man approached me!
“I think I saw them… I got some popcorn, and was walking into the theatre to see Avatar and there was this little transparent package on the ground with two little stuffed animals in it.. ”
We had dropped the Bears!!!
I got the full description of where and when he saw them and went to work. We scoured the lobby- nothing. We went through all of the garbage cans (nasty! but still nothing). We looked in the theatre. We looked EVERYWHERE! We were there a long time, but in the end we left- without our dear friends. We left our information with everyone at the theatre and drove home.
I came home and set up this blog- really just trying anything I could think of.. We had been working a video of the bears, so I added in some text leading to this url (video at end of this post)- just throwing out hooks really. Hoping to catch any clues….
Later that evening, I was having dinner with a good friend who’s mind is well adapted to solving puzzles such as these…. We examined all the information we had. It turns out that two movies let out while my girlfriend and I were at my house making signs. One was “Tooth Fairy” and the other was “Book of Eli”. For various reasons, we decided that someone coming out of these movies most likely saw the Bears and picked them up. We hypothesized it was most likely a young teenager. There is of course the types of movies these are, but more important is that they left the theatre with the Bears. I don’t think any adult would pick up two little Bears in a bag and take them home, and a child would most certainly have an adult with them who would either turn the Bears into lost and found or just leave them… Of course this is all just speculation. This thinking let to the idea that maybe some youngsters took them, goofed around with them outside and threw them somewhere once they got bored.
Late Night at the Theatre
My good friend and I returned to the scene of the crime. I must say that the staff of that theatre deserves to be congratulated for their kindness, helpfulness and tolerance. They never wavered in their desire to help us find our furry friends. As my friend asked questions and got behind the scenes, I checked under, around and behind every object in the place.. We left and combed the parking lots (of which there are plenty), looked in bushes, around the railroad tracks. There were no clues and it was late.
The next day..
This morning I awoke with a headache and a heartache… What else could be done? We put together a flyer and I went around posting it near schools in the area in hopes that some kid who knows something will see it and go after the reward..
I headed back to the theatre (I never thought I would be so familiar with that place) and gave fliers to the theatre, security and the janitors in the mall surrounding it.. I also checked in other odd places we missed the night before. At this point I am not sure what to do next. I am going on intuition. I got the video on youtube and am hoping it will attract some people here. If you read this and want to help, you can post this to your facebook etc, email people the video, or download and print a flyer here. In addition, happy thoughts and wishes of the Bears safe return are also helpful. Any ideas? I am open to it!
And now, without further ado: