North Country Snapshot #20 Matt Bassett

Name: Matt Bassett
Occupation: Retail/Artist
Residence: Danville, VT
Age: 41

1) Given the choice of anyone in the world, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would you want to have dinner?

“Tom Savini, the Special Effects Artist. A true pioneer in his field.”

2) What’s one of your favorite movies?

“Just one? Ugh. During October? John Carpenter’s Halloween. A Classic.”

3) Cat or dog?

“Dog. Short Snout Variety in the 20 lb range. My Boston Terrier, Lola, was my inspiration to experiment with hand-cut stencils and spraypaint as an artist medium.”

4) If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

“Hawaii, definitely. I’m pretty sure I’m one of only a handful of people in New England that has a fully furnished Tiki Bar in their house.”

5) What’s the last thing you remember hearing on the radio?

“It was last week, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. I immediately ordered the CD. And yes, I still order CDs.”

6) What’s your favorite thing about the North Country?

“Everybody knows everybody.”

7) Smartphone, flip phone, or rotary phone?

“Smartphone. I need my Instagram fix.”

8) What’s your least favorite thing about the North Country?

“Everybody knows everybody.”

9) What's the biggest problem facing the world right now?

“Small Minded people. It never ceases to amaze me how many well-respected people are still living in the dark ages.”

10) How do you like your steak cooked?

“Still Mooing. With hand-cut fries and Au Jus on the side.”

11) What’s something most people don’t know about you?

“I was born without a sense of smell. And yes, I can still taste things.”