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Chris VanDijk
Christopher T. VanDijk is an actor, writer, firefighter, and dad. He is a recent New York City expatriate, loading the family up and trekking out to the high mountain plains of Denver, Colorado.

His first (and arguably best) HuffPo post is here... Yes. Two profiles. Twice the fun.

Chris is a probationary firefighter with the South Adams County Fire Department and can be found in the local parks chasing a precocious preschooler, sipping great coffee, and discussing everything from politics to pasta.

The script for his film "Cowboys Versus Indians" is currently in pre-production and his latest script, Tuff Mutha, is ready for anyone who wants to read it. He is a proud member of Partial Comfort Productions and is the organizer for the "Denver Dads Group.

You can also find him raising cain online at his blog, Skinned Knees In Short Pants, on facebook, or in the twitterverse @skinned_knees. Feel free to follow and say hi.

Entries by Chris VanDijk

What Did You Do on 9/12?

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 6:33 PM

"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live." -Marcus Aurelius

Every year the dreaded day comes around: Sept. 12.

We all have our stories about the day before. Mine took place 1.2 miles away from the maelstrom.

But, it's...

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Dads Love The 'C' Word

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 12:16 PM


A couple months ago I participated in my first At-Home Dad Convention. For those of you shaking your head, yes, we have a national convention. It reminded me of the very thing I had been lacking since I moved to Denver from New York City almost a year...

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9 Tips for New Fathers

(8) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 1:03 PM

Three of the men dearest to me, lets call them Adam, Rishi and Chad, are all having (or have had) their first child this year. One is my actual brother and the other two might as well be. Last year, I shared what I'd learned as a stay-at-...

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The New Kid(s)

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 10:30 AM

"I miss the city. I miss my library. I miss my friends."

I didn't expect my 3-year-old to say this. He's 3, how attached could he be to a place, to other 3-year-olds?

At this moment, very.

He is seated alone on the far side of the...

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30 Years, 61 Mass Shootings.. Can We Talk About It Yet?

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 4:27 PM

Friday morning, I spoke to my writing partner, Ambarish Manepalli, and we sent off two scenes for a network diversity showcase in Los Angeles. The scenes, from a screenplay we'd written a few years ago, is one of our favorites and the script is one of our next projects.

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Flying With Children Should Not Be Such An Ordeal

(61) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 5:09 PM

Ah, flying. Going to the airport and seeing the flight attendants in their pill box hats and the pilots with their air of nonchalant cool.

For some reason, this is still the image we have in our heads. An image completely divorced from reality.

This is one of the reasons...

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