Sometime back I received an email from my freshmen year roommate/super friend Ashley (fun fact: she knows the man who invented special features for DVDs). In this email, Ashley informed me that I reminded her of Kendra and that if I ever happened to meet Kendra, we’d be insta-great friends because we are so similar.
But then it occurred to me-
Ashley had thrown her name out in the email as if I would immediately recognize it. She had made no mention of who exactly Kendra was or in what ways I was so similar to her. She provided no last name, no identifying information- just simply Kendra.
Evidently Kendra is such a big deal that everyone should know who Kendra is by the mere mention of her first name. No further explanation is needed. She belongs to that very exclusive club of very accomplished people that are known by just their first names- like Aristotle, Mozart, Sinbad, Nico, Lassie, and Shaq. Who is Kendra? Kendra is Kendra.
Even though I had no idea who Kendra was, I assumed it was a compliment to be compared to her. If you can be referred to solely by your first name, you must be pretty great (exception: Bono).
I was really excited to find out who this amazing human being was and about all her wonderful qualities (that made her so much like me). Clearly, I had been out of the loop for not knowing who she was, but from that point on, I made an effort to keep my eyes peeled for any illuminating information on the mysterious and ostensibly magnificent Kendra.
After awhile, Kendra faded from my mind as I had many matters of utmost importance to attend to.
But just yesterday, for whatever reason, Kendra came to mind. I decided to finally put an end to the mystery and make the tremendous and time-consuming effort of googling her name:
Kendra Leigh Baskett (born June 12, 1985), also known professionally by her birth name of Kendra Wilkinson, is an American television personality and glamour model. She is well known for her role on the E! reality television series The Girls Next Door, on which her life as one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends was documented. Although not a Playboy Playmate, she has appeared in three nude pictorials.
I failed to see the connection- Glamour model? E! Reality television series? One of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends?
The textual description of Kendra provided no information on our shared attributes. Perhaps a visual depiction would shed some light. So I google imaged her name. At first glance I did not see any similarities. But then I performed a very complex computer-generated cross-analysis (see below) which finally revealed why I remind Ashley of Kendra.