But for today RICK and I are going to interview each other. So this is how we went about it. We heard about this wicked awesome Cat who is an expert in interviewing people. That's a picture of the Interviewing Cat up there. But that Cat was a little bit intimidating, don't you think? HA HA!! So we thanked the Interviewing Cat for his/her time but decided to just interview each other.
Anyway, since I am the Host for the Post (OMG that rhymed!! HA! HA!), RICK allowed me to make an introduction to the interview by welcoming him to the Post today. And then we just decided to let it flow from there. We recorded the whole thing so we could make sure we got things right for this post and so we wouldn't forget what we said. After we finished the interview we then decided what to leave in and what to edit out. We are planning to maybe occasionally make this a regular feature so you will get to read other things we talked about.
I know the length of this post looks really long, but the sentences are short and once you get started it goes by pretty quick.
So here goes.
Sam: Thank you for stopping by today, Rick. Are you nervous?
Rick: Thank you, Sam. A little bit.
Rick: Because of your first question.
Sam: There's nothing to be nervous about. Unless you are trying to hide some thing.
Rick: I won't hide anything, but you were grinning when you asked the question.
Sam: I won't try to trip you up. Promise.
Rick: Ha ha! Now you're grinning again when you said you wouldn't try to trip me up.
Sam: Do you trust me? [totally serious face with no grinning]
Rick: Of course I do.
Sam: So why are you grinning now?
Rick: Because you make me happy. And because I like how you're dragging this out because that's so typical of you. Ha ha!
Sam: Why do you like me dragging things out like this?
Rick: Because when you do that, there's always this big surprise at the end that totally catches me off guard. I can always tell you're heading somewhere that's going to make me want to hug and kiss you.
Sam: We don't have to wait. You can hug and kiss me now.
Rick: Is this going to be in the interview?
Sam: Of course.
[We apologize for this brief pause in the Interview. We will return momentarily.]
Sam: [clearing throat] Are you relaxed now?
Rick: I'm relaxed.
Sam: Okay, so the first serious question I want to ask you is this: When you saw me for the very first time that day when my battery died, what did you think and why did you come over to offer your help?
Rick: Well, you had the hood of your car up and you were leaning over and how could I not enjoy the view? And I just wanted to see if I could help since I had some jumper cables.
Sam: I was so nervous when you came over.
Rick: You were? Why?
Sam: I wasn't use to talking to strangers.
Rick: You warmed up pretty quick. Remember how you showed me those landscaping books from the library? The ones stacked up on the passenger's seat?
Sam: I had forgotten about that.
Rick: I still remember it. I didn't know anything about you. We had just met, it was late at night, your car battery was dead, and you were explaining landscaping designs to me.
Sam: Did you think I was weird?
Rick: I thought you were mysterious. And beautiful. I was afraid you were thinking I was weird because there we were, two strangers, late at night, and I kept asking you all kinds of questions about landscaping but I just wanted to keep you talking. And I wanted to see you smile. That actually startled me that I wanted to see you smile.
Sam: Startled you. Why?
Rick: Because that's never happened to me before. We had just met and I didn't know who you were but I wanted to see what you looked like when you smiled. I was guessing you probably had dimples.
Sam: You've never told me any of this before. I was so self conscious because of my stutter.
Rick: That's part of why you were mysterious to me. I just thought you were maybe nervous or shy or something. But that didn't really matter. I was after those dimples I knew were probably there. I wasn't leaving until I saw them. And you kept talking so that kept me there.
Sam: This is all new to me. You never told me this stuff before.
Rick: I have lots of memories of that night. When I got home I tried to remember what you were wearing, what color your eyes were, the color of your hair, the sound of your voice. And what you looked like leaning over the hood of your car.
Sam: I remember getting super sad after you got my battery charged and we were going our separate ways. I was afraid I'd never see you again.
Rick: I felt the same way. After I gave you my number I didn't know if you would call me.
Sam: You gave me the perfect reason to call you. You said your dad worked at an auto parts store and you could get me a discount on a new battery.
Rick: I even dreamed about you that night
Sam: Are you serious? I'm learning things I never knew.
Rick: Yeah. Maybe because you were talking about landscaping, but I dreamed about a landscape maze. The kind with hedges. When you were showing me your books, that's the one you seemed really into. I could tell it fascinated you.
Sam: What happened in the dream?
Rick: I was in the maze trying to find you. For some reason I thought you were lost and I was the only other person in the maze so it was up to me to find you.
Sam: This is making me cry.
Rick: Why? What's going on?
Sam: I don't know.
Rick: Have you ever felt like you were lost in a maze?
Sam: I've never told you this but you know how people talk about dreams they keep getting over and over again? Like the same dream?
Rick: Yeah. Is that one of yours?
Sam: Yes. Even when I was a kid. I remember seeing a movie with some one lost in a maze and it freaked me out.
Rick: Wow. You've never told me that. Do you still have that dream now?
Sam: I don't know. Let me think. I don't think I've had it for over a year now.
Rick: When did we met?
Sam: It was October 7th. In 2013.
Rick: That was the night we first met?
Rick: Then that was the night I dreamed about you being lost in the maze.
Sam: Oh my God. Maybe that's when I stopped having those dreams.
Rick: Whoa. That's a little freaky.
Sam: Yeah. Good freaky. I swear I don't have that dream any more.
Rick: Oh man.
Sam: Can I ask you some thing?
Sam: In the dream you had... did you find me in that maze?
Rick: I did.
Sam: Okay. And what happened when you found me?
Rick: I don't remember all the details but I do remember us hugging. And we were both crying.
Sam: What kind of crying?
Rick: I'm not sure. I think I was relieved I found you, and you were just clinging onto me.
Sam: What happened after that?
Rick: I don't remember anything after that. You know how dreams are.
Sam: You didn't take advantage of me and ravish me in the hedges?
Rick: I might have.
Sam: Why are you smiling?
Rick: I love the way your mind works.
Sam: Do you think this is one of those times when I joke around when some thing hits home?
Rick: What do you think?
Rick: Tell you what. If I had that maze dream now, I'd be taking advantage of you and ravaging you in the hedges.
Sam: I'm glad you found me in that first dream.
Rick: Me, too.
Sam: Know what else?
Rick: What's that?
Sam: I'm glad I don't have that dream any more. I hadn't even realized until now they had stopped.
Rick: That makes me happy.
Sam: Me, too.
Sam: Know what else?
Rick: What's that?
Sam: I love you.
Rick: I love you, too.