I’m Chase Reeves, the guy who started FatherApprentice originally, and one of the main contributors. I figure you’ll be seeing a lot of me on here, so I should give you a little background/understanding about me so you can trust my trusty trustworthiness! So here’s a lil’ interview with yours truly.
What makes me qualified to say anything about this sh!t?
Well, first off, I’m a dad. I’ve got a son; a 1 year old son. His name is Aiden. He’s very cute and doesn’t sleep long enough.
Secondly, I’m married. More specifically, I married up. That’s hard to do, so I figure that gives me some credibility. My beautiful wife Mellisa is beautiful, and I often keep her awake at nights by typing things up for FatherApprentice on my iPhone in bed.
Thirdly, I had a “mixed experience” with my own father (Who hasn’t, right?). What I mean by that is that my father and I were typically estranged throughout most of our lives up till now. There were good times and bad times—my dad is a good man, always has been, but we never really connected when I was growing up. I say “typically estranged” because I don’t think that story is unique; It’s almost a right of passage to be estranged from and angry at your father when you’re an adolescent kid in America. I say “up till now” because that estrangement seems to have gone away in recent years. I think there’s more in the “up till now” part, so we’ll unpack that in a later installment.
Fourthly, I’m built with a sort of emotional awareness (thanks mom) and heightened articulatory faculties. My emotional/psychological awareness always has me observing my life as a third-party – like in every situation there’s me, what’s going on, and then a separate part of me acting as an auditor in the corner… with a clipboard. So at any given moment in my life I may be: 1) experiencing something real, and 2) maintaining an auditor conversation about that something real… Peep this hypothetical example:
Me: [ducks, screams:] “WHAT THE F*CK!?”
Auditor Me: [thinks:] Huh… that’s interesting. So, what did I say exactly? Something about our life together… about how she might be able to, maybe, stay more on top of the laundry. That elicited aggressive behavior… Most likely because she has existing insecurities this is playing on… Maybe she doesn’t know how to do this mom + working professional + housemaker thing naturally yet. I mean, we’re still brand new at this. Interesting. Also, mental note: look into when, exactly, people started using the word “f*ck” in situations like this.
I think a lot of people have this sort of self-awareness in life. What makes me unique is my heightened articulatory faculties which will make me want to go blog and tweet about this experience… which will only get more plates thrown at me.
Question & Answer Time
What are you geeking out about right now?
Well, besides my son, FatherApprentice is what I’m geeking out about. I’m constantly stubbing my toes on new ideas I’d like to write up, videos to record, etc. Other than that it’s cigars & cocktails on friday nights… I definitely geek out about that.
If you could choose between invisibility and flight, what would you choose?
I think flight. I would fly to work and back everyday, and to the burrito shack that’s far from my house, and maybe start up a unique courier company.
What’s your day job?
I’m the marketing director at a tech startup in Portland called Iterasi. So, I’m researching, developing the product, writing emails and blog posts, meeting & greeting clients, etc. It’s sort of a combination of business development, marketing, and sales.
How long have you been married?
5 years this Oct 1st, 2010.
If you had to choose between movies, books, or music, for the rest of your life you only get one kind of media, what would it be?
URGH! you’re asking me my hardest questions! I’d want to say books, I’d want to say music, but I’d probably say movies. I love movies.
UPDATE: after a recent conversation I’ve officially switched my answer to books because there are more excellent books than there are excellent movies. I could never read all the good books in my life, right? I don’t want to end up at 60 with only horrible movies left to me.
What’s a few of your favorite movies?
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Wes Anderson flicks, gotta say Braveheart, Bloodsport, Say Anything, those wildly cool ancient-new-school kung foo movies like House of Flying Daggers and Hero, new addition to the list would be Inception.
Alright, now that we’ve got the whole “can I trust you” thing out of the way we can move on to more dadly awesomeness… Stay tuned! Thanks!