Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Pitch's Questionnaire with Escapist Skateboarding's Dan Askew

The record executive and skateboard gripper finds happiness in KC.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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Name: Dan Askew

Occupation: Owner of record label Second Nature Recordings; master skateboard gripper at Escapist Skateboarding

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Current neighborhood: Crossroads

Who or what is your sidekick? Wooden plank with four wheels, my cats and my special lady friend

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Woodworking

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Cafe Gratitude, Füd and Pizzabella

Where do you drink? LatteLand

What's your favorite charity? Farm Sanctuary

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: I like food - food tastes good.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Barbecue

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Blue Koi, hands down the best restaurant in town.

Finish this sentences: "Kansas City got it right when it ... " Revitalized downtown.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Revitalized downtown, particularly Power & Light.

"Kansas City needs ... " A good smoothie shop. And more bike lanes.

"On my day off, I like to ... " What's a day off?

"In five years, I'll be ... " "Celebrating the fifth anniversary of you asking me this question" ... and still quoting Mitch Hedberg.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? I can't watch shows while they're on. I power through them once they're released on Netflix. I don't have cable, and I'm allergic to commercials. I'm midway through Boardwalk Empire at the moment. Favorites are The Wire, Deadwood, Californication, Carnivale, Seinfeld.

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Radiohead, Jawbreaker, Joy Division, and mid- to late-'80s era of the Dischord Records catalog.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Pulp Fiction; Better Off Dead; O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Natalie Portman

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: The Internet generation

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Commercial-free Pandora

Favorite day trip: Lawrence

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Nothing comes to mind.

Interesting brush with the law? Fun patrol got me for skateboarding a few times. Court and everything ... ridiculous.

Describe a recent triumph: Finally going to Europe ... and realizing that America is so backward.

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