(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)
Today's friend is Steve Busch: Arizonan, cool guy and a particularly avid fan of October the 31st. I couldn't have asked for a more fitting guest for this very special Halloween Edition of I Need Friends Friday.
This should be a real treat. (Get it? Treat? Trick-or-Treat? I love themes!)
SME: Welcome to a special Halloween-themed INFF!If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
Steve: Thank you for welcoming me! I feel quite welcomed!
SME: I am especially happy that you are my friend today because you are a Halloween aficionado.
Steve: It is true.
SME: Is Halloween your favorite holiday?
Steve: It is my favorite. It's better than Christmas... well the commercialized aspect. I feel a bit sacrilegious saying that...but you know.
SME: Growing up there was a house down the street that only decorated for Halloween. Nothing else. Not even a flag on 4th of July or a blow up Easter bunny on the front lawn. That house was scary. It was also painted all black. The windows were always dark, too.
Steve: Hmmmm... I wonder if we are related.
How long have you been, let's face it, obsessed with Halloween?
Steve: Well it has had a place in my heart for as long as i can remember, but I would say the past 10 years has really brought it on strong. I'm not going to lie, it's almost embarrassing. For example, my wife had a piano recital this week and I was mortified to have people in our house wandering around like it was a museum.
That's right folks, I'm a grown man... It happens.
SME: What kind of decor do you sport in honor of Scary Day?
Steve: Well, its actually very Disney's Haunted Mansion-esque. That was actually my inspiration, so every Victorian creepy: old candelabras, creepy old photographs, spider webs. The kitchen is the Nightmare before Christmas enhancement.
SME: Spider webs, eh? So I have been decorating my house for Halloween all year round. Good to know.
Steve: Heh heh. I don't doubt it, with all the books you have been putting out, who has time for lame housework!
SME: Have to ask. What's your favorite continent?
Steve: I'm going to have to go with Africa...
SME: Our first Africa. Cha-ching!
Steve: *bows* Thank you, thank you!
SME: Any reason for choosing Africa?
Steve: It has giraffes and really, who doesn't love a good giraffe?
SME: Giraffes are very tall. Something I cannot relate to.
SME: In true INFF tradition, I have fashioned a game for you to play. If you're interested.
Steve: I've been waiting for this moment my whole life......or since I knew of this interview.......
SME: One of the great Halloween traditions is costume competitions. We're taking it a step further. You're not merely judging the best costume. You're judging the real thing. I call this game "The Ultimate Creature Smack-down." I'm going to throw out two different versions of the same mythical creature/horror-film character/Halloween personality and you get to decide who did that particular role best.
Steve: Alrighty.SME: #1: Who does the better ghost: Beetlejuice from "Beetlejuice" (1989) OR Pig Pen from "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" (1966)?
Steve: Beetlejuice! He is the ghost with the most! My brother and I used to trade off days growing up watching either Ghostbusters or Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice was my pick then, and I'm going with it now!
SME: Excellent. To this day I can't hear the Tally Me Banana song without thinking of that movie.
Steve: I cringe every time I see shrimp cocktails.
SME: #2: Who does the better mummy: Boris Karloff from "The Mummy" (1932) OR a roll of toilet paper (around 1880)?
Steve: That's a tough one. They are both so versatile and absorbent, but I am going to have to go with Boris. He had better character development-- the other fell flat.
SME: Yeah. TP does lack personality. Two questions down. We are on a roll. *pun intended*
Steve: you clever author you.....
SME: #3: Who does the better vampire: Robert Pattinson from "Twilight" (2008) OR Bela Lugosi from "Dracula" (1931)?
Steve: I'm going to have to go with Team Bela. WAY less drama. He knew exactly what he wanted and he went for it...typically a neck. He also understood the power of hair gel. But I digress.
SME: A brave move, my friend. Tween girls all over America have just become your enemy.
Steve: I know, I hate to do it, but I just can't jump on the Twilight train. I tried, I really did, but I just don't care that she is permanently depressed and pensive looking and he has identity issues.
SME: Again. Tweens now hate you. Brace yourself. If it's any consolation, I am not a tween.
#4: Who does the better Prince Charming: Prince Charming from "Cinderella" (1950) or Steve Busch at Disneyland (200-something)?
Steve: AHHH! I can't believe you used that photo against me. Well, he may be more fit that I, but the one thing he is lacking in is personality.... and a goatee. Is it wrong to vote for me?
SME: If you don't vote for yourself, you are officially a loser.
SME: You do have the goatee, so points for you. But, you have to admit, Prince Charming appears to have better moves than you.
Steve: PAINTED moves. But darn it if he isn't suave!
SME: It's easy to be charming when you're a cartoon.
Steve: So true. Ok, Steve it is.
SME: Shocking as it may seem, I believe you answered every question correctly. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that there are no incorrect answers. I'll have to look into that. In the meantime, you are today's winner!!
Steve: What?!?!?!?! ME?!?!?!!?!? I am so excited! Take that junior high p.e. coach! I AM a winner!
SME: Now on to the portion of the interview where I draw a portrait of my new friend--you!
Steve: I cannot wait! I hear these works of art are priceless...
*The sound of pen on paper along with the occasional ghost or ghoul just for ambiance*
Steve: That's fantastic!
SME: I kept with the Halloween theme and drew you in costume, choosing for you what I figure will be a tremendously popular costume this year. I included a warm pair of Halloween socks. 'Cause I heard it was snowing up around your place.
Steve: My hair looks so lifelike!
SME: Sticky-uppy hair is all the rage I hear.
Steve: Check out that costume! It makes me look WAY more trim than prince charming!
SME: And far less conflicted than Edward Cullen.
Do you like how the pumpkin looks just a little surprised. I wonder what's going through its tremendously empty head.
Steve: He is probably trying to understand the Twilight fad, too.
SME: The pumpkin is thinking... "Why are there so many vampires around. And why don't any of them comb their hair?" Uh-oh. Now all the tweens hate me, too.
Steve: Its ok, I will protect you with my rad new cape!
SME: It's a deal.
Steve: That is so cool! I have never had such portrait! I cant wait to put that on the wall in my office. I'm not even kidding!
SME: I am very glad you like your portrait. Vampires aren't a lot of fun when they're ticked off.
Steve: That's bitingly true
SME: Wow. The puns are killer today.
And that brings us to the traditional final question of INFF: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.
Steve: 1. I got to discuss Beetlejuice and his amazingness
2. I got the best portrait EVER
3. I enraged countless tweens who should be doing something better with their time
4. I got to talk to my friend who is basically amazing
5. AAAAND I brought Giraffe awareness to the public forum.
SME: I have always been about educating the public. I am sure giraffes everywhere thank you. Even if millions of 12 & 13 year old girls despise you.
Steve: And who would you rather have on your side? Clearly the giraffes.
SME: So very very true.
Thanks for stopping by for our Halloween edition of INFF!
Steve: Thank you for inviting me to be a friend! I was insanely honored!
SME: As you should be.*cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!