12 Things About Chris Pardal

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12 things you probably didn’t know about Chris Pardal

Chris_Pardal14_300dpi1. I believed in Santa until a late age… a teacher told me he wasn’t real.

2. I hate eating w/ thin utensils. It’s uncomfortable between my fingers.

3. I was a male revue dancer (92 – 95) for the same group that Channing Tatum would dance for a few years later.

4. I was going to be named Nick (Nicholas) right up until the day I was born – then they decided on Christopher. A lot of my family called me Nicholas for the first few months of my life.

5. I don’t like being called “Christopher” at all – only by certain people. The flip side is that I don’t like being called “Chris” by my parents, sisters or most family members – that sounds EXTREMELY weird to me.

6. I survived a kidnap attempt when I was on vacation in Florida when I was 11 or 12. We were in downtown St. Pete at the park (not as nice as now) and I got lost from my family… I was a cute kid.

7. My mom & sister love to tell this story… I learned to walk at an early age and before I was a year old this happened: My mother was cleaning the kitchen and her neighbor came to the door and had me in her arms. My mom freaked out because apparently I had unlatched my crib and climbed out of it. I pushed a chair against the front door, climbed up and unlocked it. I walked down two flights of stairs, out the front door of the apartment building and I was a quarter mile down the street when the neighbor saw me and brought me home. Yes, I said that this happened before I was one. Here’s the kicker – neither my mom (nor anyone) knew that I could walk.

8. I was hit by a car driven by an undercover cop when I was in vacation in Florida when I was 14 years old. It was 30th Ave and 20th St. North and clearly his fault. I had tar in my eyes and my face was so badly scraped that the doctor told my family that the scars would be permanent. Suing was the last thing my family was worried about and I ended up healing just fine. A few weeks later the city of St. Pete sent my grandparents a bill for the tire damage done to the undercover cop car. Apparently, they assumed we would sue and they preemptively counter-sued which is a smart, standard move on the city’s part. Needless to say, my family never paid that bill. An interesting side-note is that my parents were going through a divorce and my dad argued with my mom about letting me go to stay with my grandparents for 6 weeks in the summer. When I got hit by the car, my dad and grandparents felt that the smart thing to do would be to keep it a secret from my mom until I went back home a few weeks later. Well the day after I was hit by the car, my mother called my father and demanded to know what happened to me because she knew something was wrong. Why? She had a dream that she was driving and hit someone riding a bike with her car. True Story.

9. In February of 2005, I flipped my dad’s car 3 times and literally walked away fine.

10. Even though I’m an actor, I don’t really like movies or TV. If I DO like a movie, I’ll watch it a bunch of times but as far as being an avid movie watcher – I am not. I watch movies and TV to watch performances because it’s literally my job and an acting teacher told me that it’s a must. My favorite movies are love stories and tragic romance. Titanic, Somewhere In Time, Notebook, The Professional, Romeo & Juliet, Endless Love, etc.

11. I don’t watch sports and could give a rat’s ass about who’s playing or what the score is. I don’t care if other people around me are watching, I just don’t care…

12. I had a motorcycle accident in 2004 and broke my ribs and punctured my lung. They had to re-inflate it. I had severe road rash on my leg and the doctors said that the hair wouldn’t grow back and the scars would be permanent. I healed fine and the hair grew back… the tattoo is faded though.

– ©2017 Chris Pardal

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Tribute To Friends I Lost in 2017…

Lost friends in 2017…

I didn’t want to bring the spirit down because 2017 was a beautiful year; however it was a year where I lost some great friends and I have to express myself the best way I know – writing to and about you.

Stan 7/1/17

Wow, man. We met as little kids, played Star Wars together, got screamed at by our mothers all the time… and we FOUGHT all the time too. You were a big kid and I was small so you’d kick my ass until I got older, but if it wasn’t for those fights, I’d never learn to become fearless against anyone twice my size. Haha….such toxic masculinity that I wouldn’t give up for the world. I am so happy we stayed in touch, even though it wasn’t as much as I would’ve liked and we won’t get to hang out when I get to the east coast next month, but I’ll never forget you or your brother, dude. On April 4th, 1988, at 15 years old, I moved to Florida to be with my dad and I said goodbye to you and Bryan Collin in the middle of the street with tears in my eyes. I thought I would come back – but of course, the sunshine, dancing and the girls kept me in Florida.

I never told you this when we talked but in my screenplay, “STREET BALLET”, there is a character based on you. Yeah – his name’s Stan.

I said it almost 30 years ago on that overcast day to you and Bryan, and I’ll say it again now: “You guys are cool, man. I’ll see ya later.”

RIP Stanislaw Gwiazdowski

Rob Leon 9/1/17

CITY LITES. That’s the first word I think of when I think of you…

It seems like yesterday we were in clubs. You, me, Don Nicholson, Sean Keane, Klaus Reinert, RJ (Roger Evans), Ronald RathboneJohn Jackson, Spicy J, Dobie ThompsonMichael Smith and the list goes on.

We were rivals (Mr Ice Kicker – hehe). Rivals on the dancefloor and with the chicks… more immature toxic masculinity that I wouldn’t change for anything because I loved you then and I love you now.

My heart breaks for Don because I know what it’s like to have that bond with someone who is like a brother – and then lose him; and you two guys were most definitely brothers.

My screenplay, “REMIX” is about all of us…

Keep dancin’, bro and I’ll be up there soon.

Jerry, thanks for CIty Lites – haha!

Gurnee Braden 11/11/17

I typed your name, got to the letter “r” and started to cry.

Damn.

I wish that I could have another couple hours with you, knowing that you’d be gone. But isn’t that so fuckin stupid when we actually have that with so many people who are in our lives right now, alive.

There are very few people people who are truly kind, decent and good. You lit up a space with your smile and personality.

And even though you were nice, you were also courageous; I’ll never forget when you pulled me out of that house when guns were drawn and you said:

“A little too tense for me… and your brother would kill me if I let anything happen to you.”

We laughed about that night ever since.

Seeya at the after hours.

You’ve read and you know that my script, “RAVE” is about us and a tribute to our friends we lost… and to my other friend from the rave scene:

Mikey 12/18/17

Damn you, dude. I was gonna get my tat finished up by you next month.

Why did you have to go, man?

There weren’t a lot of guineas with that raised southern hospitality that someone can meet, but that’s you my Italian brother.

We knew each other in the scene through other friends but we ended up locked up together for a few days and we got to talk and get to know each other more; and I got a message out to Sherri for ya and we stayed in touch ever since…

Keep surfin’, fishin’ and cookin’ that Italian food, paesano.

That’s my tribute to the friends I lost in 2017.

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“I don’t miss you” – Chris Pardal

I don’t miss you…

…not at all. Not in the least.

I don’t even like you.

I don’t even think about you anymore…

……..I never really thought about you when we were hanging out together anyway.

I got over you easier than I did any other woman….

I don’t think about you kissing someone else….

Laughing with someone else.

Dancing with someone else……….

I don’t care if you laugh at me. It really never crosses my mind.

What do you want to hear?

That sometimes I do think about you?

Do you want to hear that I go to the fragrance counter in the mall and have your perfume sprayed on a card that I take home…..

Do you want to hear that I seal it in a bag with something that you used to wear that I’ve kept all these years…

Do you think that I do that so I can close my eyes and inhale deeply, your essence…..

……And that I open the bag ever so gently yet quickly seal it again so I can savor your scent… And so I don’t have to go back to the mall and get more…

Do you want to hear that I can’t even look at another woman the same way because all I do is try to measure her up to you and they never do.

You want me to tell you that your imperfections are more beautiful than all of their greatest attributes combined?

No.

It’s not true, and I won’t say that.

I won’t say that I don’t even know if I can make love again, because how can I if she isn’t perfect like you.

I won’t say that I listen to your voice on my answering machine, or look at your pictures and just wish that I had another one chance….

another one second…..

to touch you….

……one more time.

I’m not going to tell you that I long for one last goodbye….

…while at least knowing that it is a goodbye…

…so I can relish the long kiss before you leave.

I don’t wonder every damn night if I ever cross your mind.

And I don’t wonder if you miss me.

Because I don’t miss you at all.

You never owned…

nor could you ever…..

…break my heart.

– ©2017 Chris Pardal

“What will tomorrow bring” – Chris Pardal

“What will tomorrow bring?” – Chris Pardal

Okay… So I’ll put it down on paper. My feelings. My heart.

And perhaps she may never read, or know of these words.

A little more than a week ago she tried oysters, steamed clams and lying in my arms for the first time.

Her phone kept ringing, and in my ear she whispered, “I shouldn’t be here”…

…And then she sank even closer into me.

It is so right that it feels wrong only in theory. Not in fantasy…

…She said that with me, she was in her fantasy world.

I want to tell all those I love, that I have finally found the girl that moves the blood in my veins like tidal waves driven by violent gusts of passionate tenderness.

Just to write these words which have been hidden in the blackest parts of my conscience, proves only that she is the luminescent entity of beauty that I have yearned for.

Fate would bring me into a room, sitting feet away from her, knowing that it was meant to be.

Her lips are small, and her smile magnificent, and when they touch mine, in the slow, gentle way that she likes to kiss, I would never speak another word and only use my lips to touch hers if given the choice.

Would she believe me if I told her that my eyes are beautiful only because they are but a reflection of what I see, as I gaze so closely into her chestnut eyes.

Her hair is thick and usually pulled back, and a little shorter up front and resting to the left…

…Left is the direction she turns when she closes her eyes, and places her hand over mouth… and thinks deeply.

I have made love to her, by the very definition of what making love is supposed to mean…

…I have given her my heart with every touch, kiss, caress, and slow dance.

I am not supposed to push her away.

I am supposed to hold her.

What will tomorrow bring???

– ©2017 Chris Pardal