That's all this post is, a round-up of thoughts that aren't individual post-worthy, but I still want to chronicle.
By Olympics 2010, Jessica and Scott had been boyfriend and girlfriend for 3 years, as extensively displayed on facebook. More to the point I'm about to make, Scott had attended a Dube family wedding in 2008 (a cousin) and vacationed in the Dominican in 2009 with not just Jessica, but her siblings. Jessica spent Xmas 2010! with Scott and the Moirs. She got a Tiffany key pendant, and Alma captioned the photo with "The key to?..."
Why weren't the Dube parents in the stands watching Scott and Tessa compete at the Olympics? Why weren't any Moirs (nor Scott) sitting in the stands with the families watching Dube Davison the way Jessica was planted next to Cara to watch Virtue Moir? Scott's close to the Dubes according to facebook. So are the Moirs, according to that terribly convincing Paris album of Jessica's. Same with Canadians, actually. When Virtue/Moir skated, Jessica was dead center between the Moir and Virtue families, next to Cynthia Phaneuf.* When Dube/Davison skated, the Moirs were nowhere to be seen, nor was Scott, but the Dubes and Davisons were glued together in the stands.
Come to think of it, although the Virtue/Moir families were in adjoining seating at Canadians, at the Olympics, they separated. That's okay. After better than a decade working together for this moment, sit apart. Prioritize the sham - even if only in your half-brained way of thinking would the families being seated separately support the sham. Tessa and Scott are so platonic their families don't even sit together at the Olympic games!
Why didn't any national broadcast - not in Canada, not in the US, mention Jessica Dube in the stands with the Moirs, even with the camera focused on the family and the commentators identifying other family members?
How to be a dick:
When asked when your webpage might be updated, say "Soon!" even if you have no fucking idea. Even if you habitually ignore most questions. Just toss out that chum and disappear. If it's a year later, well, language is flexible.
You want to restrict your facebook, which has previously been open to nearly 5,000 people, because the current privacy settings have become inconvenient.You figure you can launch a fan page and move all the people you intend to restrict (actually delete) as friends over to your fan page, and they'll feel acknowledged and taken care of.
Here's the best way to do it. Announce on your original facebook that you are "shutting this one down" because you don't want to "leave anyone out." Go ahead and launch your fan page with only the most purposefully unengaging photographs in your file. (Scott at a crafts service table from yards away. Scott mock smooching Marina from 2008. Scott sitting like a lump in the WTT Canada condo. Like that.)
Then, don't shut actually shut your original facebook down. Instead, switch out your profile picture on your original facebook to one with your fake girlfriend (for the first time ever. Although you've deleted so many people from your facebook, you don't want to lose them as your stooges. They can see your profile picture despite you deleting them, so make that profile pic sham). Now, delete a few thousand fans while keeping your original facebook active where everyone you've just deleted can see it, and retain a select number of fans who go around rubbing it in the faces of the rejected. Neglect your new fan page, while those left on your original page boast and hint as to its exclusive content.
Next, after being largely unresponsive to fan comments on your fan page, surface on your "fan" page to acknowledge dozens of birthday wishes, for the first time in your facebook history.
It's a set-up.
In the same time frame, appear on your facebook to solicit suggestions for a profile picture when you already know what you're going to put up as your profile picture. Watch as fans fall over themselves trying not to scare you away, trying to appease you, while still asking earnestly, as politely as they can, for a photo of you and your ice dance partner. Watch as these suggestions accumulate. Show up to acknowledge the great ideas. After a beat, post a photo of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. Watch as fans choke down their disappointment and fall over themselves telling you it's a great photo.
Call out fans who make friend requests to "Tessa Virtue" on facebook, because that facebook is fake. Announce it's just not cool to support a fake facebook account.
Continue to set fans up and bash fans over the head on facebook with your fake relationship with Jessica Dube. When you're called out, go whack-a-mole.
Skate a summer exhibition that's a full house when you and your partner skate. Ignore the fan congratulations on your fan facebook. Another birthday passes and ignore all of the well wishes. Show up to announce you are closing down your fan facebook, and direct fans to your webpage for new updates. Remind fans the new season is just around the corner (implication - updates will correspond to new season).
Withdraw from the new season's first competition.
Ignore withdrawal on webpage.
In October 2012, webpage is up-to-date as of August.
That's how it's done.
ETA - there were so many conspicuous, "personal" conversations conducted on a public wall visible to thousands of figure skating fans, but Alma's with Jay Loosley remains a favorite. Loosley is a local, a neighbor of the Moirs, involved in figure skating, with a brother who is a figure skater. I suspect Alma has Jay's phone number and email. After all, he attended Leanne Moir's wedding and I didn't see any invitation on Jay's facebook wall.
One day in August 2010, Alma posts on Jay's wall (this is the style/gist but I'm not digging up original for exact details).
"Hey Jay! I have that picture! How about lunch on Sunday!"
"Sounds good, I have to [blah blah blah] but am free after 11:00!"
"Scott has to work out in the morning so how does 1:00pm sound at SHOELESS JOES!"
"Good! Casen [baby] is excited!"
"It's a date! Joe, me, [name], Scott [name] and will be there with bells on!"
Goes the fandom: Gulp - Jessica!
Before the day is out Jay Loosley uploads on his own public wall. "Casen's lunch with Scott and Jessica!" You know, because unless he'd put Jessica in the title, the total strangers (fans, stooges) this is aimed towards might neglect to click on the link to receive their scheduled dose of propaganda.
Shoeless Joes was empty. Jessica was posed to the side of the family Loosley, apart from Scott, and she posed solo with Casen. Cara Moir posted that she was sorry she had to "miss this photo shoot."
They somehow thought it worthwhile to recruit a neighbor to pose with, and to buffer, Jessica and Scott in the middle of what appeared to be a completely empty early afternoon, two people who appeared to be in that restaurant purely for the purpose of being photographed, as it doesn't seem food was consumed. A short time later, Jessica and Scott posed for one photo at Leanne Moir's wedding, so why bother with this "lunch"?
These people (Moirs, Virtues) enjoyed fucking with the common folk. They enjoyed it.
Still - weird that a woman such as Alma, who so prefers arranging lunch dates with neighbors on facebook, has not the time to update Scott's facebook fan page for him.
And another thing. If I recall correctly, the original edit of Menage a Trois Sur La Glace was released in early 2009. Also in early 2009 was the World Team Trophy. In Menage, Bryce faces the camera and volunteers that it is difficult to see Jessica with her boyfriend (unnamed by him but which the voice-over tells us is Scott Moir). Bryce and the boyfriend had been friends since childhood, shares Bryce, but "We're not anymore."
Remember, this is Jessica and Bryce's show. They speak directly to the camera. They volunteer stuff nobody had known about til the two of them apparently decided to bellow out some truly tacky information directly to us. Jessica is for definitely dating Scott Moir, so just because you don't see the two of them around each other at competitions doesn't mean they're not dating, cause they so are. It's even wrecked Bryce's friendship with Scott!
That's exactly the sort of information privacy-seeking figure skaters are apt to share. If nobody is super sure you're dating someone (as they hadn't held open house on facebook yet) - just broadcast it on Tellement Sport for internet fans, as these are the people figure skaters are most eager to keep posted about their intimate lives. Be explicit on the web broadcast that even though you and Scott Moir are so private nobody sees you together when you're at the same event, you are totally dating. I hope we're clear.
Then along comes World Team Trophy and Scott completely ignores Jessica while he and his ex-friend Bryce fall over each other making jokes and kidding around together, right under the camera's nose. This is like, seconds after Bryce tells us all about how he and Scott aren't friends no more.
It would be one thing if Bryce and Jessica had attempted to keep the sad rift with Scott a secret, and Bryce and Scott were attempting to spin/deny the story after some expose'. But, that's not what happened. It was Bryce who broke this news. Then he and Scott display bromance all over the cameras in Japan.
FF a bit less than a year later when Bryce and Jessica make the Olympic team, Scott grabs Bryce arm and hugs it. Jessica, on the other side of Bryce, may as well have been stuffed.
I don't think these people understood that people who read facebook also read interviews. People who watch Tellement Sports also watch WTT.
*Cynthia. We remember Jerome (Jay) LaRochelle, who co-starred with Jessica and Scott as Cynthia's boyfriend during Worlds 2009. There was an entire facebook album of Jessica's dedicated to the sightseeing tour the two couples took of Los Angeles highlights. The foursome even shared a hotel room. The following year, Jay was still Cynthia's beloved, surfacing in Catherine Miller's "Ete 2010" album as Cynthia's date to Sophie Richards' wedding (where all the sham couples were seated at the same table).
Cynthia has announced her retirement. No longer is her boyfriend Jay LaRochelle, but a hockey player, and she intends to relocate to Pennsylvania, USA, to be with him. Boy, that is some whirlwind romance. When she was with Jay, she trained with Annie Barabe. Between then and now, she changed training centers, split with Jay, found a new bf, was injured, and the relationship with the new bf (a very busy, professional hockey player) developed to where she's moving to the US to be with him. She traded a very metrosexual sort of guy for a more rough and ready sort of guy. Ah, figure skating romance.