The discovery of my eclecticism was a pinnacle of self-realization. Two diversely opposite cultural genres collided at the junction of a shared a family tie that very few would notice without a broad reaching association with two distinct worlds.
As a sports fan it is reasonable for me to be familiar with the fiery diatribes of the vociferous sports commentator, Skip Bayless. Since I am a Seattle resident, Skip’s interview of Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman had a distinct impression on me. Normally unflappable, Sherman was goaded into rendering prickly responses to Bayless’ abrasive interrogation.
As a Food Network enthusiast and aficionado of Mexican cuisine it follows that I would be familiar with the television show “Mexico: One Plate At A Time” hosted by the soft-spoken and even-tempered, Rick Bayless.
While not a common surname, neither is Bayless an unusual name. I enjoy both of these celebrities but I never considered the possibility that there might be a family connection and therefore I never bothered to investigate. It was during a random Google search following up on one of chef Rick’s television episodes that I discovered, in fact, that these two are actually brothers.
Granted, my discovery of Rick’s and Skip’s fraternal relationship was serendipitous but had I not been aware of the elder Skip in his capacity as a sports journalist, I would not have taken note when his name appeared during my research into Rick’s culinary pursuits.
One is an accomplished sports journalist, the other a nationally recognized chef and author. I can only imagine how enjoyable it would be to share a meal together at a sports bar with these two luminaries.
Thanks to the Bayless brothers, my standing as a renaissance man is set! Rick and Skip, if you’re ever in the Seattle area together, lunch is on me.
See Skip in action https://youtu.be/j6x-O3kb1sI
See Rick in action https://youtu.be/k95Qb_XFm8Q