The Interview: Chad Smith

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Pictured above is Chad Smith with wife Angie.

From Staff Reports

This month, The Paper publishes its Q&A with Chad Smith.

Briefly describe yourself and what you do/did.
Full time cook for a small family restaurant, The Mad Mexican, that my wife Angie owns. Graduated from Georgia Southern with a Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional degree with a minor in Small Business.

Best piece of advice you’ve received.
The reason the rear view window in a vehicle is small and the windshield is so big is to never look back at the mistakes you might have made – always look forward to what you can change or do better.

If I had it to do over …
I’d done things on my own without any help.

You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take?
Van Morrison – Days Like This  (What my mom would of told me.)
Eric Church – You Make It Look So Easy (What my wife would of told me.)
Drake White- The Coast Is Clear (What my dad would of told me.)

No books I don’t like reading.

Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know.
I’m a certified PADI Scuba Instructor and trained Cajun Chef.

You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why?
My dad, because I’m the person I am today because of him and miss him every day.
My late father-in-law, Tommy Maddox, because he taught me to do it my way and not worry about other people.
Willie Nelson, because he did it his way and never changed.
Johnny Cash, because he’s just amazing.
Ronald Reagan, because he’s the best president i’ve ever seen.

Name an as yet unfulfilled dream.
To go see a concert at Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado.

If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be …
I’d be in Bora Bora as a scuba instructor.

Your go-to food?
Pizza.

Favorite movies(s)?
Brave Heart, Tombstone.

Dogs or cats?
Dogs, I’m allergic to cats.

Favorite Quote:
“Time is Money,” Benjamin Franklin.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life doing nothing,” George Shaw.

Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished.
Opened a small family business where we could feed friends/customers and give back to a community that I grew up in. I’m glad that not only did The Mad Mexican step up after the tornado, but so did other food trucks and the whole community to ease the pain and help start to rebulid our home town.

What advice would you give your younger self just starting out on their own? 
Be true to yourself, do your best, and don’t be afraid to try something new. Always give it your best, don’t ever look back. Make friends not enemies, hug your family and friends because tomorrow is not given. Live every day as if it’s your last. Most of all, do it your way and not someone else’s.

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