When I saw “BOURDAIN” printed in neat block letters on the thin FedEx envelope, I felt my eyeballs boing out of my head like some cartoon character.
Possessing my own little streak of snarky cynicism, my first thought was, “Oh great, a ‘cease and desist’ letter from his lawyer.” But inside I found an unmarked red envelope containing this:
Still suspicious of a practical joke, I studied it with a magnifying glass (and would have dusted for prints if I knew how). But after counting no less than 19 of his books on the shelf behind the Christmas tree, I concluded the card’s genuine. Nobody but the author himself keeps so many copies of his own books.
I asked Santa to bring me Typhoid Mary to round out my own Bourdain collection, but a Christmas greeting from Tony and Ottavia is beyond amazing. The thought that he or one of his peeps spent even a moment looking up my address gives me shivers — in a good way.
Now I can definitively answer the question readers have asked: Yes, Virginia, Anthony Bourdain is aware of Cats Working. I think he sent this greeting knowing I’d have to share it with you, and it’s his way of saying “Happy Holidays” to all of us.
Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Bourdain, for giving us this charming glimpse of your lovely daughter Ariane, and for providing Cats Working with what I believe is a worldwide exclusive on Lupetto. Now even my cats are your fans.
[A Christmas bonus: Faithful Cats Working reader Adele found the Washington, DC, episode of No Reservations (which hasn’t officially aired yet) under “News & World” on Comcast On Demand. It has limited commercials and is supposedly available until January 15, but watch it ASAP because it’s probably a mistake and the Travel Channel will yank it.]