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....