Awhile back when the buzz for Clint Eastwood's new film Gran Torino kept on growing, I began to wonder who else was in the cast...of course, that's what IMDb is for, and so you can hardly imagine my shock to see that Eastwood's co-star was an unknown from Fresno, California named Bee Vang.
You see in my current job I regularly deal with a variety of people online and through e-mail that I've never met face-to-face, or even spoken with directly. One of those people who's name I see constantly is an associate who works out in California named Bee Vang.
Now, my local co-workers have discussed previously whether we thought with the name Bee Vang we were dealing with a male or a female and this was a constant random curiosity we would hypothesize about.
So when I saw that Clint Eastwood's film stared a male Bee Vang, I couldn't help but wonder if it was the same Bee Vang I dealt with on an almost daily basis...my hopes in this prospect dwindled when I saw that Gran Torino's Bee Vang was born in 1991...I assumed that the Bee I worked with wasn't only 17...but how could I know?
So, I decided to check out facebook - I was suprised to see if there were more Bee Vangs in this world than I might have expected.
To my surprise there was/is. In fact there are 44 Bee Vangs currently with profiles on facebook. Interestingly enough they are both male and female, so the question of my work associates gender was not solved...nor did I know for sure if the Bee I worked with could possibly be an upcoming star.
(Incidentally, these 44 Bee Vangs seemed to live mostly in Minnesota and Wisconsin, not California).
So...after further discussion in my office about the possibility of us working with "The Real" Bee Vang, we found out the answer for ourselves...and the illusion died.
The other day there was a situation that warranted a phone call to Bee Vang in the office. One of my friends who pondered these questions about Bee's identity called to discovered "our" Bee Vang was a female, and thus not "the real" Bee Vang.
Needless to say, we were disappointed.