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a little letter.

ben of (soon-to-be) outsourced fame.

ben is my friend.

we are both from houston. and we both like mexican food.

we met the summer after our junior year. in chicago. not houston. (go figure).

ben was my prom date. it was 80's themed. he wore a blue t-shirt with a gray blazer. and yes, the collar was popped. i wore a metallic blue dress that i had gotten off of ebay. (and so much eye-shadow that i will never speak of it again).

and then ben and i both went to juilliard.

i've blogged about him before. because he's funny. and he makes me laugh.

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the week before i left for my three-month-summer-sojourn i got to see ben quite a bit. there's something about spending time with a person who's known you for a while. who comes from the same place. and shares the same love of food.

we talked about how i was on a saturday morning flight to houston. and ben on a flight to los angeles that same day. we talked about this several times. (at least three) but never mentioned the time of the flight or from the airport from which we'd be flying.

i was on a terribly early flight--a flight that only i would choose.

i remember being unbelievably afraid that morning. walking out of the apartment. the cab to the airport. my god, what was i doing?

getting through security. rolling my large suitcase. panicked heart-beats.

and arriving at the gate. at something like six in the morning.

and i looked over. and there across the sea of blue seats was ben. head-cocked, looking at me.

and i laughed. because he'd chosen the crack-of-dawn-flight too. and he'd gotten there even earlier than me. kindred spirits we are. yes, he was off to la, but he was catching a connecting flight through houston. go figure.

ben's presence that morning (and the surprise of it) was a little gift of some higher power. to calm my breathing. and remind me that we're given what exactly what is needed, exactly when we need it.

we talked our way into neighboring seats. and as i began the first leg of my journey, i did so with a friend.

ben was off to la because he got this little job. doing a television show. no big deal. he's the lead, but whatever. and it's on nbc following the office, but you know, that's life.

i've seen the pilot. and i must say the show is lovely and funny and so well done. and ben is gorgeous in it. absolute perfection.

i'm most excited for the people-magazine-spread about him that is sure to come. because they always dig up high-school prom photos (and need i remind you that we went to prom together?).

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i suppose this is an open love letter to ben. a thanks for his friendship. (despite kinda ditching him at the dance, despite the hard years of school, despite my hermetic tendencies).

ben, darling, i'm so proud of you.

and sorry ladies, he's taken. and not by me.

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watch ben on outsourced this thursday. 9:30/8:30 central.

(ps: i totally have a crush on the guy playing "man-meat")


Emily said...

i seriously laughed out loud so many times during that trailer! hahaha

he's a looker! and i agree on man-meat.

i am definitely watching this show.

Mary Grace said...

Awww...such a sweet, amazing story about your unexpected meeting with Ben. It made my day.
You are so lucky to have as a friend. Especially that he does look cute.

P.S.:'Man-meat' is kinda cute.

suzain said...


Friendship letter to Best Friend

Camilla Leila said...

oooh mr. ben is quite a cutie pie. so is man meat.

sweet friendship you have :)

miliusia said...

serendipity :)
p.s. I'm also interested in your acting. Maybe there is somewhere in internet your performance? It would be very interesting to watch :)

Emma said...

I love chance meetings like this, that come just at the time you need them.
And how exciting that your friend is the lead in a TV show - fantastic! I'll have to check it out when we're in the US in two weeks.
"Man-meat" is a British actor, hooray! (Always makes me happy to see Brits make the leap across the pond)

becky said...

This made me beam. What a lovely little story!

HanneeNz said...

I just loved this post. It made my whole entire body tingle with absolute happiness.
You are so lucky to have such a wonderful friendsip. =)

Carrie said...

I loved this post, so very sweet - it's nice to have friends that you can just "be" with. Outsourced looks so funny!

Alyssa said...

Life works out in funny beautiful ways sometimes!

I am putting in the first request for a signed copy of you in People magazine :)

Micaela said...

it's moments like these that i believe in God's perfect timing.

Oh my goodness, that's YOUR ben!? ahhh love it!
i saw the promos and told myself i had to see it...

this preview has convinced me to DEF. watch. I worked at a call center so it will bring me back to that for sure ;)

ps. i was hoping you'd say you were doing the "taken"... how handsome is Ben!?

and OMG, ha! about the prom photo... you had me in giggles Meg Fee :) can't wait to see your electric blue eye shadow.

Sara Louise said...

You two meeting at the airport is heavenly!

And I am so freaking happy you posted this clip. I live in middle of nowhere France, and have no idea what good shows I should be checking out on my laptop, and this one looks too funny! Definitely going to watching your Ben :-)

Alex said...

How neat!! I'll definitely have to check out the show Thursday; it looks pretty hilarious. Also, Ben looks kinda like Ryan Reynolds, no?

P.S. All prom photos should be destroyed. Why is it that dresses/makeup/hair that you think looks so hot is SO not?

suzyjaclyn said...

I loved this post, Meg!! There are those few people in our lives who always seem to come back around, whom we always run into, even in other cities, and these events make life--and strange cities--seem a little less intimidating. It makes life, and our worlds, seem small and welcoming, like you never know whom you might re-encounter. I have a few of those people in my own life.
Also, his show looks awesome!!

Taylor Yves said...

i love long-term friendships. that's a wonderful story about the airport meeting :)

Taylor Yves said...

i love long-term friendships. that's a wonderful story about the airport meeting :)

ahlin said...

that's so awesome. i love connections. i'll be sure to tune in!
sounds like he's a good friend.

Charlotte said...

My hubs and I have been really excited about "Outsourced" - we think it looks hilarious - and I can't believe you know "Todd" aka Ben! He is crazy cute, and definitely looks much better with scruff and tacos than clean shaved.

Maureen said...

Aww that is so awesome and sweet! I love that he is such a good friend to you.

Maureen said...

ps i guess i haven't clicked over from my reader in awhile... when did you get the new heading? i love it.

iheartkiwi said...

how cool is that! i'll be sure to tune in.

have you seen the original movie the show is based on? kiwi and i watched it on netflix a few weeks ago and just loved it. i'm sure the show is just as good!

communikate. said...

how cool is that?

Anonymous said...

the thing is, meg... this show is really offensive. yeah, it might be funny. but the jokes are at the stake of indians all over. not cool. :/

wilybrunette said...
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wilybrunette said...

dear anonymous,
i appreciate your opinion, but i do hold firmly to the belief that oftentimes what is offensive and what is not is in fact, in the eye of the beholder. this is simply a preview. whether or not the show as a whole is offensive to a culture or a group of people has yet to be seen. but it is my belief that the writers, actors, and all involved are doing the show with the spirit of great love, affection and the willingness to laugh at themselves, regardless of their heritage, demographic, religious inclination or what not. and in the world we live in a little laughter (done in the right way, yes) is much needed.

Shell said...

I love this post, lucky you to have a friend like Ben, a male friend is always good to have.

I'll be watching this show! it's very funny! and your Ben is handsome!



Amanda said...

That's the coolest thing! And so true too: we are given what we need just when we need it :)

And I've heard about that show. Looks great! Go Ben!

Chelsea said...

aw, this story put a smile on my face.

how cute are you!

Chelsea said...

ps, man meat is hot.

karman said...

This seems really funny.Would love to watch it if it ever aired here(India)

but I have to say is this the only way Indians are seen by Americans?sad.

Sara said...

Oh man! My friend Guru is also on that show. Also, he's from Houston. I'm so happy for him, and now for Ben. Those boys deserve it something serious. It's a beautiful thing when all your hard work in the art profession starts to come to fruition. Good for them! And I love your blog

A fellow Houstonion turned New Yorker...Sara