Earlier today I Facebook-friended Dirk Smiler, the flamboyant sommelier and fixture of Washington’s goth scene who died Monday night. A few hours later, he friended me back. This was, at first glance, a little creepy.

Judging by how Smiler’s friends have described him to me, I’m fairly sure he would’ve liked that. (The page, by the way, is being updated by Smiler’s friend, Skot Braunfeld.)

Even though we’re now Facebook friends, I wasn’t a real-life friend of Smiler. He had many though—-Braunfeld told me yesterday that a wake this Sunday could attract hundreds. If you did know Smiler, and you’d like to talk about him, write me an e-mail.

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