“There comes a time when you have to stop peeing all over the place to leave your mark and instead you leave your mark on your kids lives to create your legacy.” These were the words from an interesting character I encountered this last week. As it turns out, Seattle is not only home to a real life costumed vigilante (Phoenix Jones), but we also house a retired superhero. Evidently, he retired in the good ol’ Pacific Northwest in order to settle down and become a family man. The following is my brief conversation with this Man of Steel with Kids who when from being a super man to being a super SAHD.
Me: So what can I call you?
MSWK: I would like to keep all identifiers out of the public, my name and my alterego, but you can call me Dave for the sake of this interview. On Twitter, I go by @ManofSteelwKids, so people can chat with me there.
Me: Why did you choose the PNW to settle down?
MSWK: Why not? This place is so peaceful from the long winter nights to the long summer days. It’s lush here, and a bit isolated because of the mountain ranges. Seattle is a big city, but it’s not as overpopulated and reduntant as many other big cities.
Me: What can you tell me about your family?
MSWK: I have two daughters, and they’re older now… out of the house, and I have one son who is still at home.
Me: How long have you been a retired superhero?
MSWK: A while now. I tried to continue while the girls were young and in school, but you miss acouple milestones and recitals and it puts things into perspective. I began to think about the legacy I would leave on this world, and having kids made that a tangible reality. It took me a few years, but I realized that they are my legacy to the world.
Me: Wow. That’s kind of unexpected. I know many guys who would love to have super powers, but to give up that life for your family must have been a hard decision.
MSWK: It was at the time, but I have not regretted it.
Me: Is there anything you’d like to say before we finish?
MSWK: I am just glad to have had a chance to talk about this. We should do this again some time.
Me: Absolutely, we should.
Go chat with @ManofSteelwKids on Twitter, and maybe I can get him back on here again someday. He is quite the character.