Remember when Des did an Ask Away Friday? Recently I thought it would be cool if I paired up with one of my favorite bloggers, but instead of asking each other ten questions, we would ask each other’s husbands to answer ten questions for us. And somehow, I got two takers already! Cassidy will be answering ten probing questions on my birthday (two weeks away, for those who want to send a moose), and today, he answers ten questions asked by one of my favorites – Christy of Sweet and Savoring.
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For Andy’s answers to my questions about photography, travel & life, go HERE. Here are Cassidy’s answers to Christy’s questions:
1. We get to hear what life is like from Tamara’s perspective all the time. Tell me what about a typical day in the life of Cassidy.
First of all, thanks for inviting me into this. It’s an honor to be “Ask Away’d”. I’m going to consider a “typical” day a work day. I am typically woken up by a kid or a dog. I am typically at work before 8am by choice. I’m an Operations Manager at a small company. I typically have an idea of what I come into work wanting to do and 9 times out of 10 my day never ends up like that. My workday can be anything from 1 to 100 issues ranging from completely unimportant to Defcon 5. I leave work when I decide to stop working on these issues and I leave work on the table every day without fail. No one watches my clock but me. Typically, I have 1-3 hours between getting home and the kids going to sleep – a strange couple of hours because it’s my favorite time of the day (being with the family) but admittedly I’m not always at my best. After the kids go to sleep, well you can skip ahead to #9 if you want.
2. I love Tamara’s How We Met Story! Do you have a favorite picture of her from your early years?
I’m going to choose:
I took this photo lying on the side of Route 2 in New Hampshire on the first weekend we ever met. When I think about Tamara to this day, this is what I think of her; hands on her hips, fearless, happy, bigger than the tallest mountain around.
3. What has surprised you the most about being a father?
I think I always had some notion about the depth of love being a parent would bring so if I take this question at face value I will go with what surprised me most…and that is how much I get off watching my parents as grandparents. This is something I did not think about too much before we had kids so when I saw it/felt it, I wasn’t prepared for how great it makes me feel. It’s a completely unique and incredible feeling I get when I watch my folks with our kids. I have often said that I would give up my own time with my kids just to watch that and store up that feeling. I am aware that won’t always be available so I would like to bank as much of that feeling as I possibly can.
4. I love how you create such magical experiences for Scarlet and Des. Did you have a similar childhood? Where do you get your inspiration?
Yes, I suppose I had a similar childhood. I did have elaborate birthdays and trips to faraway places, sure. Although the details aren’t necessarily the same I would say that at the core of it all I was given a childhood where my imagination was allowed to roam free. I was also an only child (for a long time) so that gave me a ton of time with myself, my imagination, dreams, etc…That is my #1 inspiration – my own brain. As Tamara can attest, I don’t do Pinterest. I feel like I am barely scratching the surface of what I already have going on in my own head. A lot of the crazy things I have done around our home are ideas I have had in my head since I was a kid. Most of the time I feel exactly as I did when I was 7 years old – except I now have a car and a line of credit at Home Depot.
5. What would you do with the family if you were given $10,000 and told you could travel anywhere together?
I would suggest going someplace beautiful that none of us have ever been to where no one speaks English.
6. What qualities of Tamara’s do you see in Scarlet and Des? What qualities of your own do you see?
Qualities of Tamara in our kids: thoughtfulness, kindness, love of animals, and Scarlet has become an excellent amateur photographer.
Qualities of me in our kids: thoughtfulness, love of gardening and cooking, adventurous spirit, and Scarlet can be alone with nothing but her imagination for hours and be totally content (self reliance).
7. How did you get your job with ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) and how long did you work there?
One of the craziest things about that job is that I got it from an ad in the Sunday paper that was less than 1″x1″. I still have the ad. In college I was a Talent Buyer booking bands. I had been in San Francisco for 5 years managing restaurants and then being an IT Buyer during the dotcom boom. I saw that ad in the paper and thought it was the longshot to end all longshots. I ended up getting an interview which lasted 5 hours. Among the many questions I had to answer were: “The Model Shop uses turkey vultures to sculpt the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. How do you procure a dead turkey vulture?” and “In the Witches of Eastwick, we needed 10,000 orange tennis balls. Regulation tennis balls are yellow. Where do you find 10,000 orange ones?” and “What’s your favorite movie?” (I judiciously answered “Raiders of the Lost Ark”). I was called back for a 2nd interview that lasted another couple hours and I think I knew I had it at that point. The first car I ever owned (a very old Camry) died for good on the way home from the 2nd interview on the mountain leading to the Golden Gate bridge. I worked there for exactly 4 years (give or take a day). I was laid off right after Episode 3 wrapped. I have a real soft spot for some of the movies to come out of that era (Van Helsing, The Day After Tomorrow. Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter 2 & 3, Minority Report) because I bought things that I can see onscreen in those movies. I got to be an extra in EP2 and EP3. I learned a ton in those 4 years, did some awfully stupid things, and made some lifelong friends. I ended up later going through another 5+ hours of interviews to be the Operations Manager of LucasArts. A byproduct of both experiences is that I really like being an interviewee and an interviewer. Grill me for 5 hours. Sling any question you have at me. I love it.
This is a photo of me with a Timber Wolf I rented for Van Helsing (I actually got in trouble for this because I did not insure the ILM campus against potential Timber Wolf attack):
8. You recently went to see Phish, and from what I gather you are very into music. Any stand-out concert/tour memories you’d like to share?
Yes. There are literally hundreds of Grateful Dead and Phish shows I could choose from. Hundreds that stand out. Hundreds that hold a piece of my heart forever. The one I will share is actually coming up on the 25th anniversary in a few days; 7/14/89 – The Who at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, MA. This was the 2nd concert of my life that I got to under my own power (aka, I was not driven to by mom or dad). This is, by far, one of the loudest concerts I have ever been to in my life. Aside from my own guitar playing over the years which as done the most damage to my ears, The Who did some significant damage that night. My ears were ringing for days after. After the obligatory set two closer “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, The Who came out for the encore without Roger Daltrey. Pete Townshend said, “Roger pulled something at the end of that song but we don’t need him to do this song…TWIST AND FUCKING SHOUT!” and then launched into that tune with Entwhistle taking the vocals. At the end, Townshend took his guitar and smashed his mic stand with it. I will never forget that moment. It’s one of many moments I have experienced in stadiums and ampitheatres across this country where I can pinpoint to the second where my life changed.
9. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a really crazy day?
Well, we’re talking about that sweet spot between the kids going to bed and me going to bed. 2-3 hours on average, right? These are precious hours. If I’m being honest (and I’m being honest) when I know the kids are down for the count I will head to the basement, smoke a bowl, come back upstairs and queue up one of two things on tv…either a) a series I have downloaded (I just finished Broadchurch and season one of Orphan Black) OR b) a movie which can range from good to extremely crappy – the most recent being “Noah” which is one of the worst movies I have ever seen and I was legitmately entertained for approximately 42% of it.
10. This has become a favorite question of mine: Write a haiku about yourself (a three line poem in which the first line is five syllables, the second is seven, and the third is five).
the gypsy flies coast to coast
he always knew home
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