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Ready to Make a Commitment
As I write this column, the news just broke that married actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt have split after eight years. ;ey’re both, by all accounts, genuinely likable and decent people, so I’m sorry
they’re going through such a hard time. But let me be clear: I intend to
make Anna Faris my own.
I’ve had a crush on Faris—the ridiculously cute, smart and funny star
of TV’s Mom, films like ;e House Bunny and the podcast Anna Farris
Is Unqualified—for years. Sure, at 40, she’s a little young for me, but,
fortunately, I’m immature for my age. ;is will be a big step since I
generally don’t like to make, you know, romantic commitments. Anna
will be the exception, with the understanding that we’ll live in separate
homes, never work on movies together (although my new career as a
Hollywood screenwriter is now practically assured), and babies are out
of the question (it’s best for everyone if I keep my genes to myself).
Don’t misunderstand: Just because I’m not exactly husband material
doesn’t mean I don’t have respect for people who are. When Michael
LaMarca of Master Pizza and I started planning this month’s cover story
(“;e Master Plan,” page 34), we agreed it called for a di;erent kind of
angle, one many of our readers could identify with—the challenges of
being both a family man and a hard-driving entrepreneur. I’ve known
too many business owners, in the pizza world and beyond, who barely
even try to strike that balance. ;ey mostly put their jobs first, fooling
themselves that they’ll “get around” to spending time with their kids and
spouses once they’re rich and successful. And next thing they know, the
kids are grown, the spouse has moved out, and the riches never came.
LaMarca shares how he has eluded that trap by learning to “manage
the business and not let the business manage me.” He shared many great
marketing ideas, too, some of which I squeezed into the story, more of
which I’ll publish in future articles. Still in his 30s, LaMarca has accomplished a lot in just a few years and is a born mentor.
And, Lord knows, I’ll need all the mentoring I can get once I nail
things down with Anna Faris. I’m ready to commit, Anna! You bring
your House Bunny costumes, and I’ll bring the pizza.
ON THE COVER:
Master Pizza owner Michael LaMarca shares a
pie with daughters Frankie (left) and Sophie.
Despite his passion for pizza and the pressures
of franchising a successful business, LaMarca still
finds ways to put family first. Photo by Sheila Pack
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