Last Friday we mentioned Chas McFeely, a man on the Internet with a plan to pay whomever can find him a wife — a real, legit woman who he actually marries — the not unimpressive sum of $10,000. We were intrigued, especially because Chas, who’s 40 and obviously single, seemed refreshingly honest, up front, and earnest about his project. We got in touch and asked him a few questions. The $10,000 is for real.
How did you come up with the idea to start the site? I had good momentum with some personal creative projects. I was single and working
too much. The idea just kind of appeared. I thought, if I could pour as much creative
energy into myself as I do for my clients, I just might get somewhere.
How many women have you dated seriously over the years? Five.
Why do you think your previous relationships didn’t work out? Why now? It’s taken me a long time to get to know myself and settle into who I am as a person.
What sort of woman are you looking for? I’ve never been very good at articulating “my type.” At least not without the usual cliches. Fortunately, I think Hook Chas Up captures my personality pretty well. So if it resonates with someone, we’re off to a good start.
Do you really think this will get you a wife? How long do you plan on doing it? I really do. And I’m in it until I find her.
How many responses have you gotten, ballpark? Around 700.
Any favorite or most intriguing responses? On the “is this for real” front, I was put in touch with a popular European musician. On a less inspiring, funny note, a woman offered to jump on a plane and fly her ‘crusty eggs’ out to San Francisco.
How will you decide who to go out with? I read the emails. I look at the photos. If something clicks, I get in touch and see if there’s any interest in meeting. I also have my best girl friend lending a perceptive eye.
What have you done on your dates so far? This site went up two weeks ago, so I’m just starting to schedule dates. Though I did have one. We met for a drink at the La Folie bar. The girl surprised me with a monkey portraits book. All in all, a nice time, but wasn’t the connection I was looking for.
What can you tell women about you that they don’t already know from your site? Here goes nothing. Years ago, I was watching that Paul Potts thing at work. A passing coworker was like, “Dude? Are your eyes tearing up?” I could watch something like that 10 times. And all 10 times, I’ll get choked up. My mom’s the same way. Guess I inherited a weakness for schmaltz. And, oh yeah, I like to get to the airport super early. Sorry in advance.