Saturday, October 17, 2015


An original film by Stephen Erickson

Music by Clint Mansell and Stevie Wonder.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bank Heist

I really like this piece.  I wrote it.  You can read it... or not.  Take it or Steve it


(Scene: Credit Union on a Wednesday afternoon)

            "Sir, I'm afraid I can't accept this."  The teller was a young woman, perhaps twenty-three tops, but she was confident in her answer.
            "May I inquire as to why?"  The woman clearly had something against me, and I couldn't put my finger on it, seeing as I had greeted her with a congenial smile, complimented her on her smart nametag, and made some pleasant remarks about the upcoming holidays.  There had to be something…
            "Well, mostly it's because you're name is on it."
            "Darling, I don't mean to embarrass you.  So please don't take this the wrong way, but however else would I cash a check?! I can't simply take a check written out for my co-worker or any other John Smith and cash it in my own account.  Why, that would be madness!  Forget law and order, CSI, and NCIS; we would be back to our animalistic instincts, and I wouldn't fare well in the slightest because my new pants are much too tight and prevent me from moving anywhere with great haste.  So to prevent a chaotic and dystopian future society, I tend to obey the laws, which is why I only cash the checks with my name on them.  Don't worry, I won't tell your manager, though."  Surely my craftily formed explanation would silence her, and I could finally get my money.
            "No, don't worry about embarrassing me.  Yes, I see the check is made out to you, so there is no problem there, however, the check was written by you as well.  See right there?"  The girl had me caught.  Fish in a barrel.  Deer in headlights.  Midget in the circus.  White guy in a screening of The Hobbit movie.  I was dead to rights.  The security camera's red blinking dot seemed to be blinking faster now and directed right at me, looking at my dar soul; the walls of the room were moving inwards on me.  I couldn't catch my breath.
            "Oh, I didn't notice that.  That is quite the kerfuffle on my end."
            "Really, you didn't know you were writing yourself a check?  Where did you think the money was going to come from?"  Blackness was beginning to dominate the edges of my field of vision, growing ever larger to the point where I could barely see.  The jig was up; I knew it, and she knew.  I did the one thing a man in that situation could do.
            "For Narnia and for Ghandi!"  Like a bolt of lightning, my watch-clad hand shot out and snatched the check back.  I couldn't let security capture me.  I dashed left past the row of tellers.  That damned table!  The table I wrote my check at with the pens on the chains was occluding me from the exit, so I acted appropriately, pushing down on the edge and kicking my legs up and over, hurdling the obstacle in one fell swoop!  The chained pen broke off from its table captor, and I sprinted out the doors to the escape-mobile, pen in hand.  Sweet freedom!
            Hank, the new security guard jogged over to Sue, the young teller a moment later.
            "What was that all about?  That guy acted like someone set the building on fire!"
            Sue didn't look astonished in the slightest.  "Oh that's just Steve.  Yeah, he comes in like once a week and does the same thing every time.  You'll get used to him."

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Hello World,

I should start off by saying that every important person who has ever lived, ever, was a Steve.  There is no getting around this fact.  The very reason this blog exists is so I can pass on vital information for anyone concerned (preferably named Steve, Stephen, Steven, or some close alteration of these names) and to enlighten those in search of the meaning behind life.  "Why should I bother listening to a Steve?", you might be asking yourself right now.  Well, the meaning of the name "Stephen" means crown or garland, so every Steve should be listened to and obeyed as if he had the authority of a king or monarch.  My initial intention was to make these writings accessible only to those fortunate enough to be named 'Steve,' but modern technology makes this difficult, so I have decided to share these anecdotes, short stories, commentaries, and wisdom-nuggets with the world.  Besides, the clever blog title is in fact the brain child of a 'non-Steve' (credit goes to my sisters here).

**Note: persons without birth name of Stephen or some derivation thereof shall be referred to as 'non-Steves,' much in the same way non-magic folk were called 'muggles' in the Harry Potter series, or those without tamagotchies during the fourth grade were called 'nerds.'

Steves have done so much good in this world, I deem this online shrine to Steves more than appropriate under the circumstances.  Without Steves, I can guarantee the world at large would be deficient in laughter, a harsh thought I struggle even to imagine.  So now I toast all Steves, and may you, dear reader, join me in this toast.  I urge everyone to be thankful for the Steve(s) in his/her life.  If for whatever reason you don't feel the sentiments I feel towards the Steve-commmunity, then I suppose you could take it like a man and banish yourself from this place for good, or you can follow the highly suggested second option, and STEVE IT!

Your humble blogger,