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“Latins are tenderly enthusiastic. In Brazil, they throw flowers at you. In Argentina, they throw themselves." -- Marlene Dietrich

My hollow victory on Wonkette; or, giving credit where credit's due

If there is a proper analogy in this world for what it’s like to get honored for someone else’s work, then I’d like to hear it. Wonkette, one of my favorite blogs of all time, picked up my friend Kwest’s story about WaPo restaurant reviews. My Internet traffic spiked 700%; friends are e-mailing me their accolades; and yet, I know I'm basking in someone else’s glory.

I told The Princess when I first started this blog that getting featured in DC Blogs is cool; getting a mention in the Express is great; but getting picked up by Wonkette would be the Holy Grail. Now that it’s happened, though, I can’t help but feel like it’s undeserved. The only way to justify this to myself is to say that it was MY headline and MY vision to have Kwest guest blog. After all, I DID suggest it during one of our coffee breaks. I’m like the conductor of a symphony: I don’t actually PLAY the instruments, but the music doesn’t happen without me. As my friend Kevin Iaccocca told me this morning, “Get other people to do your work and take credit for it. That’s true leadership.”

If you missed it, you should go back and read Kwest’s post. It’s funny, interesting, and well-written (all attributes I look for in a guest blog). Of course, he’s now banned for life from ever guest-blogging again. I think the Wonkette mention is going to his head. He’s already asked me when he’s getting his royalties.

As long as I'm confessing, my friend Dennis helped me write the title of this posting.
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