Now THIS was a Surprise...
Last week, I got an email from myself. A "friend invitation" from Facebook, actually.
No joke. No spam.
Just a guy with the same moniker as me reaching out to a namesake.
Now let me tell you something about the Nulmans: aside from our obvious audacity, we are all related to each other. The family originated in Kiev (now in the Ukraine), where a "Nul-man" was the guy who could make something from nothing (the word "nul" is literally translated as "nothing" in French and other languages). As a rabbi once explained to me:
"Put three zeroes together,
you have nothing.
Put a 'one' in front of the zeroes, and you have a thousand. THAT is the power of a Nul-man."
Apropos, don't ya think?
Anyway, this "other" Andy Nulman is a cousin--albeit a new found one--who lives in the Washington D.C. area. He's about my age, and off-beat enough to pose for a Facebook profile photo next to a display of gefilte fish (that's it above). And I was thrilled to hear from him; in fact, we're planning to get together soon, either in his hometown or mine.
You know, years ago, when I was at Just For Laughs, I had this idea for a reality TV show called "Me, Myself and I," where people who share the same name meet and are followed, discovering similarities, differences and conflicts along the way. No stupider than "Wife Swap," I tell you, and the opportunities for both hilarious comedy and wrenching drama are endless.
Maybe I'll bring along a camera crew when me and me finally meet.