25 random things about me


So there's this thing called Facebook, where you join and then make friends, and do all the things your friends are doing like good little lemmings that we are.  Lately there's this 25 Things meme going around.  You write 25 things – be they interesting or mundane, obvious facts or little-known secrets – about yourself, and then you tag 25 of your friends (that is if you're cool enough, or Facebook-cool enough rather, to have more than 25 friends) and make them do the same thing.  But before that you must wait until you are tagged.  Because doing it before somebody asked you to would be totally over-sharing, and, like, totally uncool.

And so I was tagged, and I wrote this list of twenty five things.  And I was doing it totally because all the other cool kids were doing it too.  And on Facebook you don't want to be left out.  Not that you'd want to be left out in real life, but on Facebook you *really* don't want to be left out, because then it'd be like that time when Stefan was picked last to the team on Top Chef – that is to say, like, totally uncool.  And then I thought hey why not put it here too, and it totally save me writing a-whole-nother post for Monday.  And so here they are, 25 things about me you may or may not want to know.  But here they are just the same.

1. I've been dreading this, just a little.

2. It's been twenty years and I still miss my grandfather almost every day.

3. I believe beetroot-haters have the most discriminating of palates.

4. The most Tivo-ed channel on my TV is the Sci-Fi channel.

5. I fall asleep most nights between two things I love most in the world.

6. You will have to pry the tube of Kewpie mayonnaise from my cold dead
hands. It is, however, not one of the two things I take to bed each

7. I believe a sin worse than arrogance is false humility.

8. I am arrogant.

9. I know my cat Ella understands everything I say to her.

10. I make butter for a Michelin-two-star restaurant, and it's the best
damned butter in this country. And no, you can't buy it.

11. See #8 above. Also see #7.

12. I think the world will be a much better place if people listen to
themselves as they speak and taste their own food as they cook. I also
think the key to world peace might just be pork.

13. The best purchase I made in the last three months was the giant Bassine à Confiture made of copper I bought off eBay. As soon as my new iMac arrives this may change.

14. The worst purchase I made in the same period was a peeler from Williams-Sonoma. Touted as "the last peeler you'll ever buy", it will in fact be the first peeler I've ever returned.

15. I don't know what half the knobs and buttons on my camera do exactly. I'm not kidding, see #7.

16. I look forward to selling out one day. Really. Make me an offer.

17. I'm stoked that Daniel and Alexandra took the Sanskrit name I gave their son Julian as his spiritual name.

18. I believe George Carlin's "average guy" joke maybe the funniest – and most omniscient – joke ever.

19. I once went to a barn dance, in a real working barn, where people
actually danced – square and otherwise – and altogether enjoyed
themselves without a trace of irony. So did I. Or so I was told.

20. I want to be a curmudgeon when I grow up.

21. I think Toby Young couldn't decide if he wanted to be Simon Cowell
or Jeffrey Steingarten. News to him: he's no match for either.

22. I'm too eastern for the West, and too western for the East. So,
temperamentally, I am in the middle of the Pacific somewhere. Good
thing I'm a strong swimmer, though one day I may still drown.

23. I am running out of things to say.

24. I rarely run out of things to say.

25. I am now not done.

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  • http://www.dubdew.com w.

    Re #12: Hear ye, hear ye! Praise the lard! :)

  • http://www.oakmonster.com oakmonster

    Pork could be the key to world peace. Except there’s a bunch of people who don’t eat them…and probably are hating the rest of us for enjoying bacon. Heh.
    Good job, Pim. I got my 25 up on my site too. :)

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    I agree that pork could be the key to world peace but I don’t know why? And sci-fi channel…the weekend shows are so cheesy but I love watching it…

  • http://www.practicallydone.com helen

    Re #10: Very, very cool.

  • http://www.ambrosiaquest.com Paula Maack

    On #7: Right on, sister! My sentiment exactly.
    On #8: Welcome to the club!!!
    Ugh, Facebook. Everyone has been badgering me over the last few weeks to start a page, again. I quit all of the social networking sites a few years back – those things just soak up so much precious time. I suppose I should dive back in. If only to enjoy the fun of being *tagged*. Far be it from me to miss out on all the fun the cool kids are having.
    I love your list and look forward to sampling your butter in a few weeks, actually. Maybe I should ping you for the inside scoop on what to order before we head over for dinner at your beloved’s fine dining establishment. :)
    ~ Paula

  • http://www.ambrosiaquest.com Paula Maack

    Ok, here’s a question:
    Why the string on the kitchen utensils in the photo above?
    I’m baffled and intrigued. Do tell…
    ~ Paula

  • adkim

    this may be the best list in the history of lists.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594415820&ref=profile Amy

    I’ve seen this go all over facebook and was surprised to see it on a food blog!
    Needless to say I am entertained : )

  • Elisebeth D.

    Re # 5: what are those things?? lol.

  • Walt N.

    #10. Wouldn’t it be fun to test this? Fly in butters from all over the world and have a Battle Beurre? That said, your butter is the only thing I’ve ever taken from from a Michelin-starred restaurant. Yum:

  • phedon

    not to worry. your number 20 is already true.

  • http://tokyoastrogirl.blogspot.com/ Anne

    I loved reading your list and wholeheartedly agree with #6, 7, 9 (cat= Cory) and 12.
    I’m proud to say I’m a member of The Kewpie Mayonnaise Fan Club on Facebook. You should join!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0105370d6eb0970b eatWashington

    So what happens if you DON’T respond to a 25 things thing? Are you cast into the Facebook cellar?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    Probably. And no one will ever speak to you (or write on your wall rather) ever again.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    I’ll take it as a compliment.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    Bring it on! ;-)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim


  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    If more people ate pork? Think about it a minute. ;-)
    Geeks unite!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim


  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    I was a bit tentative at first, but now I love Facebook. It’s so much easier to keep in touch with friends who live far away if you’re a part of their day-to-day mundane things, exchanging a line or two of notes, taking a glimpse into their lives through photos etc. I love it.
    Do the tasting menu at Manresa, of course, and ask for my butter. Sometimes there isn’t enough so you must ask for it.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    Just a random shot from a flea market. The strings are price tags.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    The best is a big compliment! Thanks!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    I’ll never tell. ;-)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    A Facebook fan club for Kewpie mayo, I love it!

  • http://www.eatWashington.com Julia Watson

    Ye Gods! See, I’m British. So it’s TORTURE to reveal ONE random thing about me, beyond that little tidbit…

  • http://virsanghvi.com shona ghosh

    Hi Pim,
    Love your blog. Am afraid I am one of those people who doesn’t have 25 friends on Facebook.
    But one of them posted a link to me for an Indian website which also has some good pieces on food. It’s the personal site of an Indian journalist called Vir Sanghvi who is a big fan of all things Thai.
    In case you want to check it out, log on to virsanghvi.com

  • http://maisonannette.blogspot.com Anna

    And what about those of us who try just to eat acorn-fed and country-bred porks? Even if we can afford to eat it not very often?
    Are we integrists? It’s not about religion, it’s just I can’t bear those CAFO’s that stuff grunting pigs into tiny drawers full of stress and urine. I just feel too much pity. I appreciate my food not just with my palate, I need to feel good about it.
    I understood the sense of your words, though.
    Congratulations from a small town near Barcelona, Spain. Your blog is very inspiring

  • http://plazajen.com/blog PlazaJen

    I loved #7, but even more, I loved #8. And, fwiw, you do not write with arrogance. You just know what you know and you know it well, and if that threatens someone, well, too bad. You have numerous talents and skills. Why hide one’s gifts under a bushel basket?

  • Ruth Lieu

    Being the cheesy person that I am, I have to say that I find #5 very sweet.

  • gwencalisch

    thanks, Pim, you’re the best!!

  • http://eatdrinknbmerry.com eatdrinknbmerry

    pim, thanks for sharing. of the 25, there’s nothing more beautiful than pork. it’s created friendships, it’s a staple at entertainment events and it keeps us alive for more days of pork consumption. 25 things is a lot to say, indeed.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0105368e742d970b John Whiting

    You’ll never make it as a curmudgeon until you sincerely wish that people still wrote to each other in longhand.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0111685092d6970c chepdaoNYC

    I’m totally with you on #6 and #12. As for #5, I think you and I may have similar things, one of which is a big body pillow? (as most Thai kids grew up with it.)

  • Cathy

    #15 is very comforting, since we have the same camera and I don’t either.

  • http://www.digitalgrace.info Grace

    It means if we can get the non-pork eaters to eat it, we will achieve world peace. I love pork!

  • http://www.christianfrench.com x

    Keep a good supply of your butter handy. It might just keep you afloat if you wind up in deep water…

  • http://mikesowden.org/feveredmutterings Mikeachim

    4) The SciFi Channel? Do I detect a hint of Battlestar on your TiVo, Pim? (Fantastic show – even if everyone on it is eating algae at the moment, ugh).
    And because of 16) and 20), you’d obviously be a good person to share a beer with. Not that you’d have the time, since you’d be too busy selling out / chasing people off your property with vile language.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    Spanish pigs are the best. They are. My life will be complete when I have a leg of iberico jamon strapped into a ham-holder in my kitchen.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    Depends on what the basket holds? ;-)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    My kind of curmudgeon is when you expect everyone to reply in 140 words or less.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    No, that would not be it.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    Glad to hear I’m not alone.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    Bravo! Bingo! You got it!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    Metaphorically speaking I hope. Because in reality it would just melt.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pim Pim

    Galactica, totally.
    I do love to get creative with my vile language. :-)

  • http://farmgirlpaints.blogspot.com Becky Strahle

    I’ve been “tagged” a few times already, but I’m just not smart enough to figure out how to tag someone else back. What’s up with that? Someone needs to write a how-to guide for Facebook. Love your blog by the way:)

  • http://www.cookingwiththejoneses.com lesley

    Hello Pim
    I saw that “25 things on FB”, haven’t has time to submit anything yet, but what made me surprised was how many people didn’t have 25 things to say about themselves, maybe 10 would have been easier, oh well someone’s thought up the idea so “we’ll give it a go”! (There’s one of my 25 already)

  • http://pixieate.blogspot.com pixen

    Hi Pim, I enjoyed reading your 25′s things about yourself. Way to go! I totally agreed on No: 12 & the porc. One of my best friend’s uncle used to say ‘With one, you can stay and eat with them but you cannot befriend them; The other, you can befriend them but you cannot eat and live with them’ I wondered what will happen if world ran out of meat except porc?hmmm…

  • http://blog.foodista.com Alisa

    I totally agree with #12, I laughed at #7,8 and 11! :)

  • http://www.porktopurslane.com Michelle @ www.PorktoPurslane.com

    So I am new to your site (and the blogosphere in general), and after confession #12, I am addicted.
    Wonderfully put Pim. Wonderful.

  • zee

    Pim, I know what you mean about missing your grandpa.
    I lost my dearest grandpa 3 months after my coming to US for studies from India. I could not go back because I didn’t have any money at the time for the flight back. I miss him so so much.
    I am also training myself to be more arrogant ;)
    I love your blog.

  • Karen Roongrojana

    Hi Pim or should I say Swatee Ka.
    I find it very funny. You are from Thailand and wrote about Pennsylvania food, I am from Lancaster, PA originally and I married a man from Bangkok, Thailand who is now a Chef at the Ritz Carlton here in Florida. One reason I married him, I always tell my friends is because I love Thai food and he is an excellent cook. We’ve been married 23 years. You can write me if you want.

  • Bell [pantip]

    Hello Na’Plub[Pim]. This is Bell ka.
    #2 I wish I could meet my great-grandfather; he sounds like an interesting man, a great man [from what my mother been tellng me].
    #12 is very funny ;]

  • http://britinbangkok.typepad.com Michelle

    God I just can’t get into Facebook. I have 20 or so friends signed up, people I haven’t seen in years, so yeah, it’s cool to know what they’re up to….but overall, I think I’m more long-winded than Facebook allows so don’t really see the point :-)

  • http://www.whiskthepantry.blogspot.com whiskthepantry

    I’m joining your club for #22. 100% understand what you mean!

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