So Emily Mills and I are in the UCB box office just now when the phone rings.
Me: UCB Theatre.
Very Sweet, Well-Intentioned Lady: Hi, what show do you have going on tonight?
Me: A free stand up show at 10:30pm called "See You Next Tuesday." And because it's free, you don't have to make reservations.
Lady: Oh, great. And you guys have shows seven nights a week?
Me: That's correct.
Lady: So you guys aren't affected by the strike then?
Me: (pause) No, live theatre isn't affected by the strike.
Lady: Oh, right. 'Cause it's not written.
Me: (longer pause) No, it's written. But the strike only affects TV and movies.
(she remains silent)
Me: The strike has no effect on live theatre.
Lady: Oh, great.
Cut to me and Emily laughing, as it just gets funnier the more we think about it. Not that we particularly enjoy bagging on a kind someone who is supporting live comedy, but the illogical nature of her confusion did rather tickle our funny bones. Other things we decided this woman thinks the strike effects: books, personal e-mails, children's schoolwork, MySpace comments, blogging, relating stories about your day to family members at the dinner table. My favorite jokes Emily made: all children are in tears because their mothers can't sing them lullabies and this woman is starving because she can no longer read menus.