The hero of our story goes by the name of Patrick Moberg who works for Vimeo, the video-hosting site. On the 4th of November, he saw a pretty girl whilst riding the subways of NYC but never approached her. Having missed the opportunity to talk to her, he proceeded to do something about it. That something involved registering the domain name “NYGirlOfMyDreams.com” and posting up a “seeking Susan” ad:
In his words:
You: Fancy braided hair, flower in the back left, rosy cheeks, scribbling in a journal, blue gym shorts, blue tights.
Me: Not insane, skinny, tall.
His site URL got passed around the net-savvy and media-connected populace of New York City. Two days later someone who works with the mystery woman recognised the description. Turns out she’s an Australian girl who works as an intern at BlackBook magazine. And she’s currently an extra on the set of the “Sex and the City” movie.
They’ve now been put in touch with each other. Whether or not it would work out is unknown.
A lot of commentators on the posts asked why didn’t he just talked to her on the train? As he explains in this video below (3:00), he was working up the courage when the train stopped and she got off. In the midst of the rush of people coming in and out of the train, he lost sight of her.
I can definitely understand how nerve wrecking cold-approaching a stranger would be. Plus he also noted, she might not have been in a receptive mood and might have thought that he was a creep. And he was probably too nervous to come off coherent and not-insane.
How would this have worked out without websites, email, online video …?
One thing that strikes me about this story is that he would have never met his dream girl had it not been for the power of modern media and social networking. He had used his position and connections at Vimeo to great advantage.
Imagine the alternative of printing out posters and sticking it around the neighbourhood like you would do for a lost pet. How many posters and how much effort would that have taken?!
Also, being able to see him on video probably helped her decide that he was worthy for a meet-up. In hindsight, his elaborate way of getting her attention might work out better than had he made a bad first impression on the train.
And I understand why he didn’t talk to her on the train. Not only because of the reasons which he had mentioned in his video, but also because I’ve been there myself many times. But I’ve as yet, not did what he did and put up a website to search for that lost connection.
p.s. Some of the comments on Gothamist mention the possibility that this is all a media prank, or stunt marketing for Vimeo, BlackBook and maybe even for the “Sex and the City” movie. The cynical side of me thinks that is a distinct possibility. But it’s a great story nonetheless. If this storyline hasn’t been done in a movie yet, I’m betting that we might just see it happen.
Remember “You’ve Got Mail“? 🙂