(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 we have a first here at I Need Friends Friday. I'm interviewing a married couple. Both of them at the same time. Eric and Sarah Ferrin, in a moment of either immense bravery or momentary insanity, volunteered to be interviewed within moments of meeting me. We were at the Springville, Utah library grand opening. People were walking around in costume. Chaos reigned. It is entirely possible a contagious form of mania was taking hold of attendees. There we were, pretty much perfect strangers, "Hi, nice to meet you" quickly became "We love INFF." "Do you want to be interviewed?" "Sure." It was madness. Madness, I tell you!
*deep breaths* They didn't back out. So here they are.
Time to meet Eric and Sarah Ferrin.
SME: Welcome to I Need Friends Friday!
Eric F: Can you hear the back ground music going? "I just need a little help from my friends"
SME: Niiice.That begs the first question though. Which version of that song do you prefer, Beatles or Joe ****er?
hahahaha! The filter took out part of his name hahaha!
Sarah F: That's awesome!
Eric F: Beatles for sure....
SME: Before I give my answer, let's toss the question to Sarah. Which version?
Sarah F: Beatles, definitely.
SME: I can see ours is a friendship made in music heaven. While I enjoy Joe's rendition because it reminds me of The Wonder Years, I too prefer the Beatles' version.
Eric F: We listened growing up to all the Beatles songs on LP - yes an actual record
Sarah F: Hey, I remember those!
SME: One of my earliest memories is of sitting in our living room listening to my dad's Simon and Garfunkle record.
Sarah F: LOVE Simon and Garfunkle.
Eric F: I just took a Soy Sauce Bottle to the kitchen (my microphone of choice) and sang to "Yellow Submarine"
SME: That song used to creep me out as a kid. I'm a bit claustrophobic and the thought of a ton of people living in a submarine was terrifying.
Sarah F: Yeah, I felt that way on the "Finding Nemo" ride at Disneyland.
SME: Amen, sister. About halfway through that ride, I turned to my husband and said, "If this ride isn't over really quickly, I'm going to scream." I came THIS close!!
Eric F: Oh... You aren't the type to get into a large tin can - and go diving thousands of feet beneath the surface?
SME: Keep that up, Eric, and you won't be my friend anymore. *shudders*
Sarah F: Will that be the first time you've ever kicked someone off of INFF?
SME: Yes. It would be a first. You two would be the first couple I've interiewed together and the first time I threw someone out of the INFF club.
Eric F: Sorry - close spaces aren't my favorite either - though the song is fun.
SME: Apology accepted, Eric.
We have many traditions here at INFF, not the least of which is my tendency to make sure food comes up in each and every interview. In honor of that... What kind of cake did you have at your wedding?
Sarah F: Go ahead Eric, let's see if you remember...
Eric F: White with raspberry filling.
SME: Is he right?
Sarah F: Yep!
SME: Mucho husband points!
Eric F: Starving best man or bridesmaid dug their finger in the middle of the cake like a little worm.
Sarah F: I think it was your two year old nephew, but it might have been my cousins.
SME: I say we keep going with "What does Eric remember of his wedding day" round of questioning. Hmm...
Sarah F: This is great!
SME: What were your wedding colors?
Eric F: Dark Green. I remember that on the napkins.
Sarah F: He just stuck his tongue out at me.
Eric F: I think the other one was a dark blue
SME: What kind of flowers were in the bridal bouquet?
Eric F: Roses. I do remember the Tulips all around on that day as well... They were gorgeous.
SME: Was there punch?
Eric F: There was, but I don't think I ever got any.
SME; Dude. The couple NEVER gets to eat or drink anything at the reception!
Sarah F: Are we getting all of the food groups? Dessert, beverage?
Eric F: I know the 4 food groups, Sarah....
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate and Chocolate.
Sarah F: Bonus points for you.
Eric F: I do remember all of the bridesmaids and best men disappearing quite a bit.
SME: Disappearing? What do you think they were up to?
Eric F: I know where they went - they went to get more food.
SME: And didn't bring you any? I hope you told them at some point that they were dead to you.
Sarah F: I think the most amusing point was when your grandfather stopped playing the piano, and we turned on the stereo, and someone had forgotten to change the music, and Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" came belting over the speakers. Awesome.
SME: Okay. One of the best wedding stories. Ever.
Eric F: I agree... That was one of the highlights of the evening.
SME: Now that we know the details of your big day, tell us a little more about you.
Eric F I have the scariest profession in the world - I teach Junior High Algebra! Cue scary music....
SME: Wow. That is frightening.
Eric F: I teach computers, help with the school musical, science fair, and anything else I can think of. I have to find a way to keep up with my wife - who is far more efficient than I am.
Sarah F: *snort*
SME: Tells us a bit about you, Sarah. (Besides the fact that you spell your name CORRECTLY)
Sarah F: EEK. Talk about myself? Well, I am a domestic goddess, superwoman, and champion of the local PTA. *sigh*
SME: Eric's right. He has to get up pretty early to keep up with you.
Eric F: I agree... she is a domestic goddess...
Sarah F: Actually, he has to stay up late. He's the early bird - I'm the night owl.
SME: My husband and I are exactly the same way. I'm no morning person, and he turns into a pumpkin at about 9pm.
Eric F: Things that she is not saying about herself
*is she is an avid reader*and there is _no_ way I can keep up with her.Sarah F: I did stay up really late recently reading a great new book, called "Friends and Foes" *shameless plug*
SME: I've heard that book is AMAZING! *shameless plug #2*
Eric F: Then she was gracious enough to let me read it.
SME: Wow. Wife of the year right there!
Eric F: Yeah... I am the luckiest man alive - she lets me read her books....
Sarah F: *snort*
SME: See and I *force* my husband to read my books.
Eric F: Well, what I hide behind my "Snoopy Loving Exterior" is a shameless romantic side. Just don't tell anyone.
SME: It's our secret. No one reads these things anyway.
Sarah F: Maybe I will have to start a training camp for husbands, where they can be instructed in fine arts of remembering special occasions, reading romance novels, and enjoying chick flicks.
SME: I think you have quite the idea there. I say run with it!
Sarah F: I've been told that I need to specify that I am NOT recruiting husbands for myself.
SME: hahaha! Good catch.So, you guys. What's your favorite continent?
Sarah F: Do we have to agree?
Eric F: I am partial to Europe myself.... Someday I want to go get a Eurorail pass and go from place to place exploring.
Sarah F: I would say Europe also, because I love all things British, like Jane Austen and Colin Firth.
SME: Agreed on all counts!
Sarah F: Is this the part where we get to see our portraits?
SME: I was just about to say that! Dude... you are so totally reading my mind!
Sarah F: *claps hands with excitement*
Eric F: Wow... very well done. I am standing next to the good looking one...
SME: Yes. Yes you are.
Sarah F: Thanks for the long curly hair! That's just what it looks like!
Eric F: She has beautiful hair... and I have been generously given more than I truly deserve.
SME: I don't know what you're talking about. My portraits are always entirely accurate.
Eric F Yes... I totally agree. And, Sarah, you really are that skinny.
Sarah F: *snort* Which Sarah are you talking to?
Eric F: Both.
SME: Nicely done, Eric. Nicely done.
Sarah F: We are just cracking ourselves up.
SME: Always an important part of an INFF interview.
As is the traditional final question... Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview y'all have ever done. Ready. Go.
Eric F: 5. I get a beautiful picture of myself next to a beautiful girl
4. I can admit to being a hopeless romantic
3. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
2. "shameless plugs" for one of the best books I have ever read.
And the number 1 reason why this is the best blog interview that I have ever done.....
1. I get to be on INFF with my wife!!!!!
Sarah F: OK, Here I go.
Number 5 - I've never had such an amazingly flattering portrait of myself.
Number 4 - I got to share stories of my wedding reception with complete strangers.
Number 3 - I was inspired with a new line of employment (husband training camp)
Number 2 - Our interview actually triggered the censor. Love that ****
Number 1 - I can be sickly sweet, and say the same thing as my husband. I got to be on INFF with him!
SME: Yes on the censor--though no one has tripped it as many times as Rob Wells.
Eric F: That's true... I still laugh when I reread that post.
SME: Guys--this was so fun. Our first INFF couple. I even feel like we had a little INFF Wedding Reception. Love it!
Eric F: Thanks for inviting us to be a part of it.
Sarah F: Thanks. It was so nice to meet you, in real life.
SME: A pleasure! *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!