I’ll fess up – I’m a bit of a Facebook whore. If you send me a friend request, I’ll probably accept it as long as you’re not a really hot chick with only one picture on your profile and broken English on your Wall. I also tend to avoid folks with facial tattoos, which probably isn’t fair. Anywho, so far I have almost 1,300 “friends” on Facebook and I have no idea who 1200 of them are. But I know my newest one very well because I watch her every week on Bravo’s Top Chef.
That’s right, the beautiful and articulate Padma Lakshmi is the latest addition to my Facebook menagerie of friends/people I’ll probably never meet. I don’t know why I’m so excited about this, but I felt like sharing.
Maybe it’s because she’s a VERY attractive foodie, or because she’s on the tee-vee, or because most of the people she “friends” are relevant to the food and drink conversation. Basically, I feel validated by an attractive celebrity and I’m bragging about it. That’s sums it up nicely! 🙂
Now before you get all pissy in the comments, I value all of you guys and gals as Facebook friends too (and if you post here I certainly know who you are), but this is different. It’s like seeing a D-list celebrity at the mall or meeting Tom Cruise’s second cousin, or buying John Voight’s car. A real brush with greatness.
The downside is that it looks like she checks her Facebook account once every couple of months and her Wall is a wasteland of sycophantic ramblings and “I’m a chef” come-ons from people trying to win her favor. I didn’t see a single post from her – seems she’s more of a Twitter girl, and even that’s pretty barren.
I think the chances of parlaying our new found “oneness” into an interview for the blog is pretty remote. I’ll still give it a try, because it’d be cool to hear what a NYC gourmand thinks about how craft beer fits into the foodie scene. We shall see.
In the meantime, it was fun to see my wife’s reaction to me saying Padma just confirmed me as a friend on Facebook. She looked at me like I was a big deal for a second there, which is always pretty cool. If that’s all I get out of this, that’s plenty enough for me.