Panic Blog

From the desk of Cabel
Portland, Oregon 97205

Steve American

Here’s a little known secret: Steve, co-founder of Panic, was actually born in the UK. His family immigrated to the USA when he was 6. He uses a British accent when he talks to his parents. When I met him, he actually pronounced vitamin “vit-uh-min”. In other words, Steve wasn’t technically an American.

Until now.

Last week, Steve filed the paperwork, took the interview, jumped through some bureaucratic hoops, and became an official American. Hooray!

I made a quick little video to document this fascinating and momentous moment — it was legitimately wonderful — and to illustrate some of Steve’s difficulties in adjusting to American life. As if in a sitcom. A sitcom where he hasn’t already lived here for almost three decades.

Welcome to America, Steve!

Posted at 1:49 pm 47 Comments

Reserving the first comment… just in case. ;)


1/26/2010 2:12 PM

Congrats Steve. Welcome to America. lol

Terrific ! The presidential speech part is intriguing : is it longer than what wee could see ? What do they broadcast besides NASA (yay !) or military imagery ?

Cobalt:Yeah, the presidential speech was much longer, as was the patriotic montage — maybe I’ll post the full clip for the curious at some point! It is definitely something you don’t get to see every day…

David Sinclair

1/26/2010 2:20 PM

Congratulations Steve, and great video Cabel.

I remember going through the naturalization process myself a few years ago. It was certainly lots of paperwork and effort, but well worth it.

Uh-oh. There goes the neighborhood!

Lucien W. Dupont

1/26/2010 2:33 PM

Congratulations Steve!

Congratulations Steven – I myself am UK born but about to become a Canadian citizen. Viva la North America!

Jeremy Votaw

1/26/2010 2:42 PM

That’s awesome man. Good for you! Congratulations.

Steven…never diss the flag lady. That’s patriotic rule number 732. But really, congrats!

Ahh Some beautiful video made by cabel :)

Congrat to Steven and beauty used :)

I want to click “Like.”


1/26/2010 2:55 PM

Great video. very well done. I even liked Obama – just for a minute.

Hilarious, thanks for sharing!

Congrats, Steven! But that flag lady will never forgive you.

Floggy Bottom

1/26/2010 3:13 PM

Great video, loved the salad dressing bit. But I gotta say Steve, 1992 called, it wants it’s foppy hairdo back. :)

Congrats Steve! :)
Great video Cabel.
BBQ Sauce(?) over Salad Cream on salad. lol.
By the way, no matter what you make, programs or blog all is done well!
I especially like the faint panic logo on your posts and this wicked comment form.

same boat, immigrated to america at age 5 – 30 years ago this year (eek), though haven’t done the citizenship thing. the obama bit got me interested, the god-awful song after that convinced me to stick to the green card

Ack! I hate that song! It actually makes me measurably less proud to be an American.

William Wilkinson

1/26/2010 4:42 PM

Cabel, you should just spend everyday making videos.

Martin Pilkington

1/26/2010 5:13 PM

Poor Steve, he will never be able to google “lovely fanny” again and have it be NSFW.

Congratulations… but something’s bothering me: In second 18, there’s a Panic dude behind Steve with a Noby Noby Boy t-shirt that is eating is own bogeys?!

LM: I can assure you that I’m in fact *not* eating bogeys. :) But rather simply playing with my mustache, which I’m prone to do from time to time.

Levi Figueira

1/26/2010 9:15 PM

The video is hilarious and really well done! Great job Cabel! ;)

Congrats Steve! :)

Thanks ! I’m definitely interested in seeing the whole footage.

I will like to be American some day, too. The underwears are great & so are all the woman.


OMG – this is so hilarious. I want to share with all of my friends it’s so funny. Do they really show Obama and play that proud to be an American song there? Or did you add that?! Hugs from Elena (& Matt)

Traitor to the crown!

Welcome to America!

And thanks for the montage. Man, today, I was sitting around, thinking, “I need a montage. Can I get a montage?” And poof! Here it came.

Christopher Downer

1/27/2010 6:15 AM

Oh no, we’ve lost another one to the nation…

Hilarious video.


1/27/2010 2:41 PM

Welcome to the U.S.A. I’m curious though, why did you do it? Was it a long-time desire? Was it just easier for living here? Was it a difficult decision?

hahaha lovely fanny. Love it!!!

The American welcome is very funny.

James Aitken

1/27/2010 8:03 PM

Julia Roberts over Mrs Slocombe and her pussy… Best part of the vid!

Sam Grover

1/31/2010 2:36 PM

That song was so cheesy. I got my permanent resident card from that same center last year. Just a few blocks from my place. Welcome to the ‘hood, Steve :-)

Awesome video! Some of the camera work reminded me of The Wrestler. Neat. Umm please don’t give up Heinz Salad Cream – I *always* have some in the fridge. Bad-ass on sandwiches too!

Congrats, Steve. I was in the same boat as you a couple of years ago. It was worse though. The ceremony involved like 8 thousand people at the LA Convention Center. We had to wait in an un-air conditioned area where we stood line for half an hour waiting for double doors to open. It was either to the citizenship hall area or straight to a cargo plane and we would all be deported. But the worst part of all? The back to back videos of Bush Jr. and Lee Greenwood. It was all worth it though, being able to say you’re an American.

David Stewart

2/11/2010 7:46 AM

I love the slow-mo iPhone camera pic. The mimicked pinch of an aperture on an LED is the flashbulb of the 21st century. Also, that the “I’m proud to be an American” song is used in official government communication to immigrants. I hate that song.

Bravo! Well done.

Now how about that Transmit v4?

(but congrats. The US tax laws should be reason enough… that’s what Nigel Mansell said.)

Welcome Steve! Congrats!

And covering up Mrs. Slocombe with Julia Roberts was the best! (Tho’ I still think dinner with Mollie Sugden would have been cool!)

Jakub Steiner

2/18/2010 4:11 PM

Props for embracing Ogg Theora! :)

That was quite amusing, but as someone who has lived in England my whole life, it just sounds wrong to say it any other way than “vit-uh-min”!

I’m glad your husband is American now, Cabel.

Philip B.

3/6/2010 11:27 AM

Congrats, even if I feel a little bit depressed that we lose another of our own citizens.

Eddie Forero

3/9/2010 5:00 PM

Wow, I think there’s a tear in my eye… yep! Congrats!

David Krug

4/5/2010 4:22 PM

It took me longer than I’d like to admit to figure out why music from The Abyss was an appropriate choice. Seriously, it was bugging me for days.

Holly… :-) It’s so unbelievable the patriotic aspect of *becoming* an American :-) Although I somehow *understand* it, it goes a little bit too far (the little flag they hand you out, for example). But it’s still *funny* to see, from an European perspective :) There’s just no way you would do that *this way* here :) That said, Steve, congrats – you’re welcome to become European whenever you’d like. What? you were? No buddy, you were British, not *really* the same :)

Poor Steve, didn’t Canada accept you? Had you never heard of Sweden or Norway? Would you have hated the mountains of Switzerland? Why would anyone choose THAT country? This question has got me really wondering for days.