Coincidence? Perhaps
If you have not seen the film, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, I recommend it. Small, unpretentious movie starring Aubrey Plaza (the ditzy chick on Parks & Recreation) and Jake Johnson, the slob in the sitcom The New Girl.

A classified ad provides the premis for the story:

WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED

So far, so good. Now here's a listing that appeared on the Springfield, MO Craigslist in early 2011:

“I have a functioning time machine (i know it sounds unbelievable, but I assure you it works) that I need a 2nd person to operate with me. I’m looking for someone who is adventurous and reliable. Preferable a male; or a female that can do heavy lifting. I am leaving on January 20, 2011 , in the morning and plan to return February 3,2011. I am going to June 1983 to handle some business."

"If you are serious about time travel and are reliable, then please contact me. You do not have to pay anything, but you would have to provide someone to watch my cat for the time we are gone. The only qualifications needed are that you are reliable and that the circumference of your head is no more than 64cm."

"We will be leaving from Springfield,Mo. Let me know if you want to go with me.”

To which my friend David responded:

"I stumbled upon your advertisement on Craigslist on the afternoon of January 20, 2011 — too late to join you on your excursion into the past."

"Fortunately, having dabbled in time manipulation myself in the late 1830s, I was able to travel to January 17th, one day after you posted your listing, from which time I am responding."

"I am both reliable and adventurous, and well-acquainted with 1983, having spent that summer as an intern in the State Department’s Office of Botswanan Affairs. In addition, I have an elderly aunt who loves cats."

"Regarding your qualification that my head be less than 64cm in diameter, I assure you that, although my head is slightly too large for a standard time travel headpiece, I have crafted an adapter from a 1960s Oster beauty-salon hair dryer and the innards of a PlayStation 3 controller."

"Please let me know as soon as possible whether you still require a companion for your trip. If you have filled the position, I need to return to January 20 to take some brownies out of the oven."

In my fantasy world, SNG screenwriter Derek Connolly saw that same classified and it sparked the idea for the movie. Better still? He came across my blog post about the add.
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