Today José Andrés and Eric Ripert have designated June 25th as Anthony Bourdain day. They ask that you post a toast to Anthony Bourdain on social media to celebrated his life. Today would have been his 63rd birthday. Rather than being sad over his death, they chose to celebrate his life.
I am not sure anything has given me as much despair and Anthony Bourdain’s suicide. Half of my DVR was filled with all of his Parts Unknown episodes. Last June I rewatched most of them while crying. Then I thought I could never watch them again and have been slowly deleting them over the past year. Just this week I began rewatching them again. I didn’t realize it had been a year since his death. Last June people reached out to me saying that they too were suffering mightily from the loss of Anthony Bourdain. People he had never met, he had touched in so many ways.
For me it was kind of the cyber version of when Princess Diana died. I was living in Tallahassee Florida and there was a bar near my house, I think it was like a TGIF sorta place. But in reality it was more like Cheers. I very rarely paid a tab. Everyone knew everyone and my tab was usually paid by some of the car salesman guys. Or maybe the bartender. Someone picked it up more often than not because I used to be kinda cute. And we would play trivia games (I usually won). And so when Princess Diana died, my immediate reaction was to get to my friends at the bar. We all sat there watching the news and crying. We didn’t know her, but we were all profoundly sad.
Despite what you might here, there are zero photos of me online. I am not cute anymore and when I was social media was not a thing. So I will not be posting my photo on social media today With a toast to Anthony Bourdain. But I hope that all of you will.
Instead, I’ll be making a donation to José Andrés amazing charity, World Central Kitchen. It’s unbelievable how much this man gives back to the world. If you would like to join me click the link.
Also, there is a post by Jason Rezaian on the Washington Post today about his experiences with Anthony Bourdain that is worth a read. You can read my coverage on the Jason Rezaian hostage situation here.
You are very much missed Anthony Bourdain.
“Where lies the final harbor, whence we unmoor no more? In what rapt ether sails the world, of which the weariest will never weary?” Herman Melville