I saw James Vanderbeek in an Italian market last weekend
My friend looked over and asked, “Isn’t that the guy from Dawson’s Creek?” and immediately, my head whipped around. Yup. It was him — buying a sandwich and getting the typically surly service associated with old-school South Philly guys who don’t give a shit – “Rye bread?! NO! It comes on a hoagie roll!”
Growing up, I was Team Dawson through and through. Yes, Pacey was quippy with the grand romantic gestures and the hipster lite wardrobe but Dawson would watch movies in bed with you, engage you in passionate, articulate conversations and probably make you pancakes too.
16-year-old Jaime was all about that.
Hell, 28-year-old Jaime is all about that.
Filled with pluck (and by pluck, I mean the interminably strong Pimms Cup I had with brunch), I decided I wanted to say hi, so I marched on over, waiting in line behind him and when in the surly sandwich maker asked what I wanted, I mumbled something about beet salad and slunk away.
Yes, I chickened out, but with good reason.
While waiting in line, I realized that by interjecting myself into the situation — I’d be coming between a man and his sandwich.
Do you know what I would do if someone came between me and my sandwich? Particularly an Italian Market sandwich?
Buildings would be razed! Throats would be punched! By the time I was finished, that place would look like Nero’s Rome.
What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
As we were leaving, we were clustered in a narrow part of the store. Everyone around us jostled and shoved wordlessly but Vanderbeek politely said, “Excuse me” and walked on by. Nice guy.
Oh and for the record, I would have been polite had I been gutsy enough to speak with him – “Excuse me, sir? I just wanted to say I’m a fan of your work. You were great in Rules of Attraction and I really liked your cameo on Franklin and Bash a few weeks ago. Thanks!”