History defines every generation by its heroes, its heartbreaks, and the happenstance in between. Meanwhile, the ever-droning bagpipes of our collective dreams and desires continue to expand and contract with the rhythm of life. 7th and Santa Fe is humbled and honored to get up-close and three-wide with the daydreamin’ everyman who’s dead set on blowing his own bag to the beat of our times, and in doing so, redefining what it means to be alive and good-looking in the new decade: Chango Budelwood, Jr.
7&SF: You’re so driven. What drives you?
CB, Jr.: A 1994 Ford F-150.
7&SF: If you could touch just one person with your work, who would that person be, and how would you like to touch them?
CB, Jr.: I generally don’t like specifics. Though, it gives me a huge rush, a thrill, whenever I touch some body. Especially, when they don’t know that I’m touching them. Do you know what I mean?
7&SF: You can be kind of a jerk sometimes. Care to comment?
CB, Jr.: That’s a fact. Its well documented. Did I really come here to discuss how big of an asshole I am? Who is this clown?
7&SF: Let’s play a word association game. I’ll say a word or a phrase, and you tell me the first word or phrase that pops into your mind. Get it? OK, let’s start: Hot dog.
CB, Jr.: Pass.
CB, Jr.: Is this how the whole interview is going to go?
7&SF: Host of TV’s Dancing With The Stars, Tom Bergeron.
CB, Jr.: Not familiar.
7&SF: That was fun. What would you say to someone who’s wondering what you’re going to say right now?
CB, Jr.: I am going to let you in on a little secret that everybody else already knows. Control is an illusion. Nobody knows what’s going to happen next. I think you have gotten a glimpse of that, and you’re scared. You might not have the courage to ask me another question. You may never have had it.
7&SF: A personal question (our readers are dying to know): Does the carpet match the pubes?
CB, Jr.: I have hardwoods.
7&SF: Anything you’d like to add?
CB, Jr.: I think everyone should just slow down. Take a yoga class – core training, that’s where it’s at. Eat a falafel. If you have more than three things on your itinerary for the day you should reevaluate. Busy schedules are for bankers and sports agents. Although, I have based much of my professional persona on Tom Cruise‘s character, Jerry Maguire – romantically speaking. I mean, how do you know how someone will perform in a work environment until you have slept with them. Right? Anyways, that’s how I feel.
Some advice for the next generation: stay hungry, eat out when you can. Also, I learned this one the hard way: Always ask to speak with council. I can’t stress that enough. Somebody told me once, “you can do anything you want in this country as long as you’re innocent”.
And to the huge bald guy at the gym that whispers in a heavy German accent before every set, “finders keepers – losers weepers”: I see you my man.