5.04.2006

Victor Scargle!

I saw Victor Scargle on TV!

I understand this might not be exciting for you, but if you knew me during 6th grade, you would understand everything and I wouldn't need to explain a thing. For everyone else, I'll reveal that 6th grade is when I went genuinely "boy crazy," and Victor was the singular object of my affection. We probably had many classes together, but I only remember that we were in the same home room and English class. Mrs. Bendix, our English teacher, clumped desks in groups of four around the room, and Victor and I sat in the same clump. He was a very interesting character, though it's hard now to remember why. All I remember is that he was sort of funny and charming, and that he had a hard time spelling "answer." I think we were friends, but I suspect (and hope) he had no clue about my severe infatuation. He also had a girlfriend, Tricia...the dreaded Tricia! Actually, she was a nice girl too but she had Victor, so it could only get so friendly between us--not that she knew this. (Funny how important secrecy was back then--everything hinged on NOBODY knowing ANYTHING about ANYTHING that was said at lunch, written in notes, discussed at slumber parties...) Nothing ever came of my "relationship" with Victor. The next year, he went to another school, and we never saw each other again (that sounded so dramatic I felt it deserved italics).

So why did I see Victor Scargle on TV? The other night I was watching Top Chef, and they went to a restaurant in Napa Valley called Julia's Kitchen, where the executive chef was...Victor Scargle! He looks totally different. First, he's, like, a MAN. He's all TALL and GROWN-UP. His hair has gotten a lot darker--I remember he had these light blond curls, a really unusual (and terribly cute) style--it's now cut short and...grown-up. Plus, he's a master chef, which I guess I wouldn't have predicted, though now that I think about it, I couldn't have predicted anything about him. (If you'd ask me to, I guess I would have said he probably ended up as...a...hm...you know? I couldn't tell you--it was 6th grade after all, and in reality Victor and I were not exactly close friends.) But there he was, executive chef in Julia's (yup, that Julia) Kitchen, hanging out with Napa's finest chefs, talking truffles, drinking rare wine, and determining the fate of four fine reality show contestants (btw, they totally should have picked Lee Anne because that Tiffani is so full of herself!). I was so happy to see he's done well for himself.

Perhaps even funnier was when I was telling this story at work at lunch, and I said, "I saw Victor Scargle on TV!" and the girl sitting next to me said, "I know him!" Clearly, Victor has still got it goin on....

8 comments:

jfh said...

ohmygosh, mental, that is really amazing. i remember the famous 6th grade victor by name, but now i'm wondering if i ever actually saw him, in real life, when you were that age. and no, I DID NOT READ YOUR JOURNAL! love, mom

jfh said...

I like your new layout. I just googled V.S. and he is quite the celeb. Do you think he has ever seen you on TV?

Anonymous said...

That's so cool! My sixth grade paramour, Raymond Dunham, became a jail guard and never moved out of Pittsfield.
-Carrie

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, I am a good friend of Victor's and I too went to E.A. Hall. I was one year behind you guys. He called me to see if I recognized your picture. You look totally familiar so I busted out the old year book from 1985. I'm not the best with age progression and the year book doesn't provide full names. Just wondering what your full name is. It's pretty neat that you commented on Vic's success and middle school days. Hopefully you get this message. -Danny Hall

Jennifer said...

Danny, it's been a long time since 6/7th grade, hasn't it...that's cool that you are still in touch with Victor. I just whipped out my yearbook and it was just a tad bit frightening! I'm listed as Tsao, J. there (I shudder to think I'm actually directing people to those horrible school pictures taken in the mid-80s!) But alas, one can't stop the power of the Internet...

Say hi to Victor! Tell him I'm really pissed now that Tiffani is in the final two on Top Chef... damn that idiot Dave for only making 2 dishes! I lost a bet on him ^.^

rhonda said...

i am trying to locate victor to reconnect with him and his wife, kim ... kim and i worked together and she is my daughter's godmother. victor no longer works at copia in napa ... they said he is now in st helena at a restaurant called dead fish ... however there isn't such a place in the napa area. if anyone knows how to contact him or if you're reading this victor, tell kim your beautiful wife that rhonda is trying to find her! xoxox

Ryan said...

ok now this might be the most random thing, but victor is my boss. i work at "go fish" (not dead fish) and it is indeed in st. helena. i would look it up and contact him through that channel. his menu is great and you should eat at go fish if you are in the valley. -random employee

Anonymous said...

How bizarre and totally random! My sister just told me about Victor being on Top Chef and she went to school with him too, in 6th grade. Apparently, Victor had a crush on my sister and asked her, "Will you go around with me?" My sister didn't know what that meant and asked me. I told her(ROFL), that it meant holding his hand while walking around the playground together... She said that she sent him a note saying, "NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!" Funny thing is, I remember his name and how darned cute he was back then, but I totally didn't recognize him on Top Chef when they said his name. I was in denial that I could possibly "know" anyone famous... Anyways, I think this is totally funny! I remember the name Mrs. Bendix from my sister, so the two of you must have been in the same class...