It means get it right at the beginning.
My thinking now is what are the odds we will see a romantic honeymoon style photo shoot from Aruba? I think excellent.
Calling it. Although it doesn't take a genius.
It goes without saying that this sham is so far up its own ass we'd need a speculum to have any idea what makes these people tick. Their behavior is basic, so one might surmise the behavior reflects lowest common denominator thinking behind it, but why they've let that thinking - whatever thinking is going on - govern their choices in the sham is the question.
We've also got Scott who thinks he's good at thinking for two - himself and everybody else. While I don't know how much of this sham output is his styling, Tessa's styling, or just expedient for reasons we can only guess, he does think he's smarter than the average bear. He always knows what someone else is thinking. He's gifted like that. We don't know him at all - not at all - we're always so so wrong. But he knows all about us and every bit is on point. I recall his "Monaco" announcement, how his tone fairly dripped with ennui. Fans are just too easy sometimes.
I'm not judging him - he's said this himself. How many times has the guy let us know how wrong we are? A lot of times! That's his MO. (Tessa's MO is killing a question until it splits into atoms and runs screaming into the void. I don't know what to call what she does. Tess-splaining?)
It looks like if they conducted this sham in better taste than the Jessica sham, it would be admitting the Jessica sham was conducted in bad taste, so this sham has to be conducted in bad taste as well.
There's the fact that Scott was 20-22 back then and he's 26 now, so there's no reason the fucking thing has to look the same on that basis alone, even if it WERE real, but I don't think their thinking is that nuanced. I think it runs to: "We made no mistakes and continuing to do the same thing proves it."
And the Jessica thing can be flipped on its head as well. I.e., that was flamboyantly horrible, and if this one isn't flamboyantly horrible, maybe people will think something shady is going on with this one, that the sham is hiding something. Not the main something (that he's with Tessa), but another something (that he may be enjoying sham perks). Nope, best to be as in your face gross as before.
OT: The Scott golf photo is so hideous. So bad one wonders if he posed blatantly awkwardly-intimately on purpose. It's as if the point of that photo wasn't fake couple-ness, but to make a production of how incredibly awkward he feels. It's so unnatural for him!
I thought I'd also go down memory lane:
Above is Cynthia Phaneuf and Jerome LaRochelle from their extensively chronicled double date with Scott and Jessica in Jessica's 2009 "LA & Santa Monica" facebook album.
Here is Cynthia with Max
It's hard to pin down the subtle distinctions just based on a photograph, but working simply with face value attributes here, one difference is that this appears to be the first time Jay has actually touched Cynthia, and he's still getting his sea legs.
I also like how this profile pic:
was replaced by this one:
|She's a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus and Canada, too.|
P.S. - meant to include this as well - Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier showed at HPC and didn't skate, presumably because his leg is still not tip top - or their skating isn't because of the leg, or both. Piper continues to present as if going to Sochi is a matter of citizenship only, not winning a spot at Canadians, and who am I to argue with her. She acts entitled but she never pretends to have entitlements she doesn't actually have, such as the amazing amount of swag bestowed upon an 18th place finisher at the last World championships, such as the extraordinary amount of promotion bestowed upon a sidelined, third-in-their-own-country ice dance team (and actually on par with a bunch of other teams) by Skate Canada.
As Piper believes she's going to Sochi, I believe she's going to Sochi. She may not actually skate in Sochi. If she and Paul can't be placed on the team, I'm putting money down right now she attends as Skate Canada's athlete/guest social media blog correspondent, even if her personal channel (the still off-line Skatebuzz) isn't back on line at that point.
So this post includes two predictions:
1) There's a professional, romantic photo shoot from Aruba in our future; and
2) Piper is going to Sochi under Skate Canada colors, whether she skates or not.
Also, I've been reading Marnie McBean's web page as she's a professional mentor for many Canadian Winter Olympians, has been mentioned by Scott Moir, and apparently she was a speaker at this HPC.
Alexander Bilodeau is almost exactly Scott's age (September 8, 1987) which puts him at 22 when he won his Olympic medal in Vancouver. McBean writes about managing stress, how an athlete needs to be comfortable with stress, and, you know ACKNOWLEDGE it and deal with it. Bilodeau did this:
“As soon as you put meaning to what you do, there will be stress. You need to be comfortable in that stress.” Alex Bilodeau combats his stress and ‘what if’s’ with his “I Know…” list. In 2010 at the top of his last Olympic moguls run, that list led him to believe he had done everything he could to be prepared. He had no regrets. He had managed his friends and family by sending them an email about a year out from Games, directing any Olympic questions to go only to his dad. Important as they all are to him, he wanted nothing to do with their plans and planning.Unbelieveable. One imagines Bilodeau would have sent such an email even if he'd been from Ilderton, whether Moirville liked it or not. Along with Scott and Tessa's shamming, another striking component is how Moirville never puts itself in check out of consideration. They're fans and groupies to the bone, that's why they don't. None of them have any business commenting on fans among the general public.
|Apparently Skate Canada had a meeting of its politboro this past weekend.|