I was at the post office as dawn broke to sign for a surprise express mail piece from Anthony Bourdain, expecting the long-awaited Cease & Desist. But he did me one better — he made me feel like a total cheapskate — but in a good way.
Regular Cats Working readers know that I plan to drive to Durham, NC, to attend An Evening with Anthony Bourdain on February 19. I recently read that he has sold out the house with 2,700 tickets. I went mid-range and paid $35 for my ticket, regretfully taking a pass on the $100 option that included a VIP book signing afterward.
Well, guess what?
I now have a pass to the VIP signing.
It was exciting to contemplate being in the same theater with Bourdain. Now I have to wrap my head around the prospect of meeting him face-to-face and answering for all that has been written here — the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s overloading my circuits. I hope he just yells, but doesn’t hit.
We’ve all seen Tony’s soft side emerge on No Reservations from time to time, and Ariane seems to turn him into a big gooey marshmallow of a dad. But he’s really outdone himself with this gracious, unexpected gesture toward a humble blogger.
He’s shown me beyond any doubt that my admiration for him and his work has not been misplaced. He’s a class act.
Extra: A bit of bad news. It looks like we may not be seeing any new books from Tony in 2009. But my source site’s Canadian and I have no idea if they have the same release dates as the U.S. Maybe Bob can tell us.