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Monday, November 9, 2009

The Sneak vs. the St. Louis International Film Festival

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3. Get the best equipment. If you, like me, use the next two weeks to trust your true mettle as a long-distance sneak, you'll need to be prepared for eventualities. Here's a good, basic survival kit to keep in your car.

- One set heavy-duty plastic cutlery (knife, fork, and spoon): preferably in black for lowest visibility. Don't depend on restaurants to include a fork with your order and don't bank on your ability to remember to ask for one when you're running to catch the show. Just bring your own and the problem's solved. Becoming particularly adept at the use of chopsticks also highly recommended.

- One roll aluminum foil

- Three plastic zippable sandwich bags

- One plastic zippable gallon-size bag

- Individual paper packets of salt and pepper: These often come prepackaged with plastic utensils and a napkin. Learn to identify the different packages by touch alone or you may end up with an unexpected flavor surprise in a very dark theater. Blindfolding yourself and sorting a mixed handful of these into two piles for practice is the sneaking equivalent of washing Mr. Miyagi's car.

- Gum: You never know -- you might meet someone cute in line for 24 City and have gyro breath. That is assuredly not the international experience that person desired when he or she came to the film festival.

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