My Newest Facebook Friend

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.




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22 Comments on “My Newest Facebook Friend”

  1. August 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Is your fatwa insurance current? She was married to Salman Rushdie for a few years.

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

      I know – he’s not much to look at, so he must have a really big…intellect…

  2. Jake_boston
    August 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I’m genuinely ecstatic for you and feel some oneness with Padma by association. My friend once told me that he would drink Padma’s bath water. I think that sums it up nicely…

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

      That’s flattering…and gross.

  3. ScottG
    August 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    What was the look when that first second was over?

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

      Right back to normal. 😦

  4. August 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Why did she misspell her own last name on her Facebook page? *Lakshmi

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      Aw crap – did that whole “John” Voight / “Jon” Voight thing just happened to me?

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

      I’ve decided it’s to throw off internet stalkers – they’ll never find her with the “e” on the end!

      • August 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

        That must be it! Very clever.

  5. August 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Unless you’re getting paid, I think the proper term is “Facebook slut”. And thanks for taking the wind out of our sails by putting that “before you get all pissy in the comments” warning in. No fun! No fun at all! 😉


    PS… Who knew eating spare ribs in bed could be so sexy! I wonder if that’s why Rushdie and her broke up. “Padma! How many times do I have tell you about eating BBQ in bed? Do you know how many books I have to sell to pay for those 10,000 thread count sheets???”

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

      She’d reply “shut it, Salman, or I’ll call Bin Laden.”

      • ScottG
        August 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

        Less of threat, now.

        • ScottG
          August 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

          Less of A threat.

        • August 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

          Yeah, but not when they broke up a few years ago!

  6. August 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    It’s probably just an intern.

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      Probably. I’m surprised she doesn’t have a PR company running her online persona…

      • August 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

        No offense, but it probably isn’t a high priority.

        • August 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

          None taken, but you’d be surprised how many people have others representing them online. Some are a lot further down the food chain than Padma. Guess she’s not a raging egomaniac or an ambitious TV personality.

  7. August 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    My friend saw your photo with me and thought you were Jim from The Office. Maybe this chick thinks the same.

    • August 9, 2011 at 11:56 am #

      Not the first time I’ve gotten that. Besides, if you work the same place I do, I AM Jim from the office…

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