Barbara was bragging to me one day, "You know Jai, I know everyone there is to know in the world. Name someone, anyone, and I know them."
Tired of hearing Barbara boasting, I said, "OK Barbara, how about Brad Pitt do you know him?"
"Sure, yes, Brad and I are old friends, and I can prove it." So Barbara and I fly out to Hollywood and knock on Brad Pitt's door, and sure enough, Brad shouts, "Barbara Friedberg! I just finished reading your blog! Great to see you! You and your friend come right in and join me for lunch!"
Although impressed, I was still skeptical. After leaving Brad's house, I tell Barbara that I think her knowing Pitt was just lucky.
"No, no, just name anyone else," Barbara says.
"President Obama," I quickly retort.
"Yes," Barbara says, "I know him, let's fly out to Washington." And off we go. At the White House, Obama spots Barbara and I on the tour and motions us over, saying, "Barbara, what a surprise, I just finished reading your blog. You and your friend come on in, let's have a cup of coffee to catch up."
Well, I was a bit shaken by now, but still not totally convinced. After we leave the White house grounds, I express my doubts to Barbara, who again implores me to name anyone else.
"The Pope," I reply.
"Sure!" says Barbara. "I've known the Pope ever since he subscribed to my blog."
So off we fly to Rome. Barbara and I are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Barbara says, "This will never work. I can't catch the Pope's eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the Pope."
And she disappears into the crowd headed toward the Vatican. Sure enough, half an hour later Barbara emerges with the Pope on the balcony. But by the time Barbara returns, I had fainted and was surrounded by paramedics.
Working her way to me, Barbara asks, "What happened?"
I look up and say, "I was doing fine until you and the Pope came out on the balcony but then the man next to me said, "Who's that on the balcony with Barbara?"
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