Friday, December 31, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: The Year 2010


(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 INFF guest is that really old guy with the beard and the cane with the number 2010 on his decrepit looking top hat. You know. The guy that *is* the old year and who's gonna get kicked to the curb tonight by the little baby in the diaper with 2011 on his shiny, oversized top hat. Yup. I'm interviewing The Year 2010.

SME: Welcome to INFF.

2010: Thanks for having me, but you're cutting it a little close. Only a few hours left, ya know.

SME: This is a pretty big day for you. Do you have any plans for the big hand-off?

2010: Not really. Just gonna show up. It'll all happen whether I do anything or not.

SME: That's gotta be a little depressing.

2010: It's enough to make a year feel pretty unwanted.

SME: If it makes you feel any better, I'll probably still be writing 2010 on my checks for the next two months or so.

2010: I appreciate that.

SME: I have noticed around the blog-o-sphere that a great many bloggers are posting their end-of-the-year lists: favorite books, favorite things they did, highlights, that sort of thing. What are the big things you noticed during the past year?

2010: It was a mixed bag. On one hand we saw some good books.

SME: Yes we did.

2010: And the elections added some spice.

SME: Nothing like grown people bickering like school children to liven things up.

2010: The FIFA World Cup. Not every year gets to have one of those.
SME: We enjoyed that at the Eden house. Except for those buzzing horns. *shudders* That's a sound that'll haunt a person's dreams.

2010: Speaking of which, this was also a big year for Justin Beiber. Good kid, but no self-respecting year wants to be defined as "The Year of Justin Beiber."

SME: If it helps at all he has a big ol' movie coming out next year. Maybe 2011 will have to be known as "The Year of Justin Beiber" and you can just be remembered as "The Year of the Annoying Buzzing Horns at the FIFA World Cup."

2010: That is comforting. Thanks.

SME: Are you going to stay up until midnight tonight? Is that part of the job description?

2010: Sure is. I'm not allowed to pass the torch preemptively.
SME: Do you have any big plans for your bon voyage party?

2010: The usual. Junk food. Soda. Hours of mindless television in which the hosts repeatedly tell us how many hours are left until the new year even though there is a countdown ticker right there on the screen.

SME: Been there.

2010: Then at 11:59 I'll give the new guy a pep talk.

SME: Really? Have you been working on the pep talk? Or is it going to be completely off the top of your head?

2010: I've got something prepared.

SME: Could you give us a few highlights?

2010: It'll start out something like this.
"New guy. You haven't done this before, so let me give you some advice. People are going to get your name mixed up. Some might call you "Twenty Eleven." Some might say "Two-thousand Eleven." Some might just say "Eleven" for short. Don't get in a snit about it, just go with whatever they come up with. Also, a lot of people are swearing that your year is the year they are finally going to stick with their new years resolutions. When they have all given up by the end of January, don't get all depressed and start eating hohos by the dozen. It's what happens every year."
There's more. But that's the opening paragraph.
SME: I like it. Very motivational.

2010: Thanks.
SME: Well, 2010, as far as I'm concerned you were a great year, and I'll always look back on you fondly. You were the year my first book was published with Covenant. To add to the joy, my second book hit shelves a little early, so it's part of 2010 as well. I attended writing conferences and retreats. I learned a lot of good stuff, made friends. As a writer, 2010 was a fabulous year for me.

2010: I appreciate that. Was it a good year from a non-writer perspective.
SME: Yup. But that's not what this blog is about.

2010: True.

SME: Well, before your reign is over, I'd lie to draw a portrait of you. Do you mind?

2010: That would be great.

*draws a fabulous portrait*

2010: That is a very good likeness of me.

SME: I drew dozens of portraits this year, so I think I'm getting better. Now, the final question of the interview--and the year, when I think about it. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

2010: 1-You caught me on my big send-off day, so that makes it pretty great.
2-I never was interviewed on a blog all year long.
3-Found out you had a good year and that always makes me happy.
4-I was reassured that I will not be remembered as "The Year of Justin Beiber."
5-I have a portrait for posterity.

SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
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!

5 comments:

Angie said...

2010 was a good year for me too. Cute interview. Happy New Year!

Terry W. Ervin II said...

I was gearing up to avoid putting 2010 on my checks in 2011 too. Funny thing, this is becoming less and less of an issue for many folks, but I guess I'm still not 100% go with this online bill paying route yet.
Have a great New Year!

Karlene said...

Santa gave me $$ for Christmas and I just spent some of it on your new book! Excited to read it. :)

Krista said...

Fun interview. I've never felt so much compassion for a finishing year. Thanks, 2010! Happy New Year, Sarah!

natalie palmer said...

i just found your blog and i have to say this interview with 2010 made me laugh out loud. kind of makes me want to go out and buy your books right now (but i guess thats the goal right? :)) anyway, i just had my first book published and i'd love to get the word out by being one of your friends on a friday. let me know if you have a spot. (natapalmer [at] yahoo [dot] com) thanks!

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