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vol 7 - issue 04 (dec 2004) :: everyday people
EVERYDAY PEOPLE: KATIE AND ABBY STEIB
Interview tag-team by Wayne Chinsang and Vinnie Baggadonuts
Photograph by Justin Shady

THEY'RE NOT CELEBRITIES. THEY WALK PAST YOU ON THE STREET, BRING YOU YOUR FOOD AT A RESTAURANT, AND LIVE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. THEY'RE EVERYDAY PEOPLE. JUST LIKE YOU.

DECEMBER 2004: KATIE AND ABBY STEIB

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! HE'S ALSO MAKING A LIST AND CHECKING IT TWICE, AND COUSINS KATIE AND ABBY STEIB SWEAR THEY'VE BEEN NICE. READ ALONG AND FIND OUT IF THEIR NAMES-- AND WAYNE AND VINNIE'S NAMES, TOO-- ARE ON SANTA'S GOOD LIST.

Wayne Chinsang: So, why donít you two start by telling me what you got from Santa last year?

Abby Steib: Um... the only thing I can remember is a doll.

Katie Steib: The only thing that I can remember is a camera. (pauses) And a Barbie head.

All: (laugh)

WC: A Barbie head? Whatís a Barbie head?

KS: One second. Iíll show you, because itís hard to talk about it.

[KATIE GETS UP TO SEE IF HER BARBIE HEAD IS IN THE ROOM, BUT REALIZES IT ISNíT]

KS: Itís upstairs in my room, but itís just like a head of a Barbie.

AS: Yeah. I have one, too.

KS: Itís as big as your head.

WC: Do you do her hair or something?

AS: Yeah. You can do its hair.

KS: One time, me and my babysitter braided all the parts of her hair. Mine has pink and blonde hair.

WC: Whoa.

AS: Well, I just have ponies [ponytails] that I can put in Barbieís hair. I got it, but nothing came along with it. But then I got some ponies to go with it. And then I did her hair.

WC: You didnít get that for Christmas, though, did you?

AS: No.

WC: What did you get that for?

AS: Mmmm... it was at the church garage sale. We have that sometimes.

WC: Oh, okay.

KS: And another thing that I remember that I got for Christmas was a camera.

WC: You got that last year?

KS: Yeah.

WC: Is it a digital camera or a film camera?

KS: Itís a Bratz camera.

WC: A what?

KS: Bratz camera.

WC: Oh, a Bratz camera. I thought you said it was a brass camera.

All: (laugh)

WC: So, are you guys excited about Christmas this year?

AS: Yes.

KS: Yeah. I made, like, six Christmas lists.

All: (laugh)

WC: Six?

KS: Yeah.

WC: (to Abby) Did you make your Christmas list yet?

AS: Ah, no. The only thing that I really want, the only thing that Iím going to probably get, is another doll. Iím collecting these doll princesses. Something like that.

WC: Why do you think youíre gonna get it?

KS: Because they come, like, every year or something.

AS: Yeah. And this year itís Princess and the Pauper.

WC: Oh, okay. (to Katie) What did you ask for? I know you have six lists, but whatís the main thing?

KS: More Bratz things. Iíve got, like, a thousand dolls. I have a Bratz pool.

WC: A Bratz pool?

KS: Yeah. It comes with a volley ball.

WC: Ah, cool. So, have either of you ever seen Santa Claus before?

AS: Iíve seen him.

WC: Whereíd you see him?

AS: At Brookfield Square Mall.

WC: Oh, yeah?

KS: When I went my first time, he spit on me.

All: (laugh)

WC: He spit on you?!? On accident, I hope. Or was it on purpose?

All: (laugh)

Bob Steib [Katie's father]: He was probably shocked by the ten lists.

All: (laugh)

WC: So, he was just talking to you, and he spit on you?

KS: Yeah.

WC: (to Abby) So, did you get spit on by Santa at Brookfield Square?

All: (laugh)

AS: No.

WC: So, you both have seen him at malls, but have you ever seen him in the house? Or are you both in bed?

KS: Weíre in bed.

WC: Do you put cookies out for him?

AS: Sometimes I put cookies out for Santa.

KS: I put cookies and carrots out.

WC: Carrots?

KS: For the reindeer.

WC: Oh, for the reindeer.

AS: I put out cookies and milk. And then carrots, too.

WC: You put out carrots, too? You people are strange.

All: (laugh)

KS: Well, some reindeer need food to eat.

WC: Thatís true. Who is your favorite reindeer?

AS: Rudolph.

WC: Good one.

KS: I donít know.

WC: You donít have one?

KS: No. I donít have one.

WC: So, when Christmas morning comes, do you both wake up really early?

KS: Yeah. First I wake up my parents with my sister. She wakes up at 8:30, and then she wakes me up. And then we go in the living room. And then we wake up my mom and dad.

AS: Well, first I wake up my mom and dad, and then we go in the living room.

WC: Because you canít open anything until your mom and dad are awake, right?

AS: Yeah.

KS: Last year they got me a portable DVD player.

WC: Your mom and dad, or Santa?

KS: My mom and dad.

WC: So you get gifts from Santa and your mom and dad?

KS: Yeah.

WC: I never did. But my mom and dad did spit on me.

All: (laugh)

WC: So do you both like the Holidays? I mean, do you like decorating and putting ornaments on the tree, and all that kind of stuff?

AS: Yeah. My birthday is in December.

WC: Really?

AS: Yeah.

KS: My birthday is four days before Valentineís Day.

WC: Wow.

KS: And last year we had a party on Valentineís Day. It was at Chuck E. Cheeseís.

WC: Whoa! We were just at Chuck E. Cheese two weeks ago.

AS: Last year I had my birthday at Chuck E. Cheese, too.

KS: I had a Valentineís birthday cake.

WC: Wow. Youíre lucky. (to Abby) So, Abby, your birthday is in December. When in December is it?

AS: Um... the 3rd.

WC: So your birthday is soon.

AS: Yep.

Vinnie Baggadonuts: So you get birthday gifts from your mom and dad, and then you get Christmas gifts from Santa and your mom and dad?

AS: Yeah.

VB: Does Santa get you birthday gifts?

AS: No.

All: (laugh)

WC: Does St. Nick come to your house on the night of December 5th?

AS: Yeah. Three days after my birthday.

WC: Right.

KS: Last year, St. Nick got me an Ashley doll from Mary-Kate and Ashley, and then Santa got me the Mary-Kate doll.

WC: So you had to wait three whole weeks until your Olsen collection was complete.

All: (laugh)

WC: Do you both hang stockings for St. Nickís?

KS: Yeah. Me and Ann Marie [Katieís older sister] take our stockings and put them on the TV cabinet doors.

WC: (to Abby) Where do you hang your stocking?

AS: Ummm... (pauses) I think I canít remember.

WC: (laughs) Thatís okay. Do you usually get only one thing from St. Nick? Or do you get candy or anything like that, too?

AS: I get three things.

KS: Yeah. Last year I got the doll and some candy and... something else.

AS: Me, too. I got a Barbie doll and some candy and... I forgot the other one. It must have been some stuff to go with the doll.

WC: What do you think Santa should bring for your mom and dad?

AS: Nothing.

All: (laugh)

KS: Well, last year, my mom got a digital camera.

BS: From who, though?

KS: I donít know.

BS: It was from me.

KS: Oh.

WC: (laughs) Give credit where credit is due. What do your parents want? Or what do they deserve?

KS: My dad wants the second season of Buffy... on DVD.

AS: I donít really know.

All: (laugh)

KS: And my mom wants a CD player for her car.

AS: I want a CD player for my car with earphones.

WC: You want a CD player for your car? You have a car? How old are you?

AS: Iím going to be six.

KS: Iím going to be seven.

AS: Iím going to be six in, like, two weeks.

WC: One week, actually.

BS: One week from today.

WC: Right. So, if Santa happens to read this interview before he comes to your house on Christmas, what do you want to tell him?

KS: Ah... thank you?

WC: Thank you for what?

KS: Presents.

WC: For all the presents in the past?

All: (laugh)

WC: Donít you have anything you want to say to him?

KS: I sent him six letters already!

WC: Oh, you sent him letters in the mail?

KS: Yeah.

VB: Donít you just email him?

KS: No. I know his address.

WC: What is it?

KS: 1 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole, Arctic Circle.

WC: Thatís right. Very good. (to Abby) Do you want to say anything to Santa?

AS: (pauses) Ummm... toys?

All: (laugh)

WC: Have you both been good this year?

AS: Yes.

KS: Yeah.

WC: What have you done thatís good? Anyone can say they were good.

KS: Iím not telling you.

All: (laugh)

WC: Then it must be a lie.

KS: I donít lie.

WC: So you did good things, but you donít know what you did?

BS: Were you always good? No notes home from the teacher? No getting yelled at by your parents?

[NEITHER KATIE NOR ABBY SAY ANYTHING]

All: (laugh)

WC: I guess thatís a no. Well, thatís about it, guys. Thanks for doing this interview with me.

BS: What about that famous question?

WC: Oh, yeah. Do dogs have lips?

[BOTH KATIE AND ABBY JUST STARE AT WAYNE WITH A CONFUSED LOOK ON THEIR FACE]

All: (laugh)

WC: Iím serious. Do you think dogs have lips?

AS: I think they do.

KS: I have a dog book from my schoolís library. Iíll go get it.

[KATIE GETS HER LIBRARY BOOK]

AS: (looking through the book with Katie) Oh, I see lips.

WC: Yeah. Thatís a lip.

KS: Where? I donít see any lips.

AS: (pointing) There. Itís purple.

KS: (shocked) Oh my God! Thatís a lip?!?

All: (laugh)

KS: It does not look like a lip.

VB: Iím with you. I donít think they have lips.

KS: Well, I think they have lips. But I donít like it having purple lips.

All: (laugh)


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