Ruddle Me This! with Taylor Ruddle

50. Dan Bublitz Jr's 10 Tiny Joys

February 05, 2024 Taylor Ruddle Episode 50
Ruddle Me This! with Taylor Ruddle
50. Dan Bublitz Jr's 10 Tiny Joys
Show Notes Transcript

Today I'm joined by Dan Bublitz Jr, a comic based in Denver who I've been a fan of for ages and am stoked to be working with going forward. He's the first guest to join me in a new segment called 10 Tiny Joys where we celebrate the little things in life that get you through the day.

Dan's list of 10 Tiny Joys are:

  1. Gentle Puppy Kisses
  2. Ice-cold beer on a hot day
  3. Long Road Trips
  4. Finding a new comic book store
  5. Juicy Burger and fries
  6. Post Gig Gas Station Snacks
  7. Animal Videos/watching animals
  8. Completing a task/housework
  9. Beard Trim
  10. New Hat/Clothes

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Good morning everyone. Welcome back to episode 50 of Rattle Me This. I am as always your host, the high calorie man, Taylor Ruddle. Absolutely mad to think that we are 50 episodes into this little podcast that I started out. Done from literally my sofa in the living room with some pretty basic equipment and a whole pile of fantastic and willing guests are just willing to have a chat about everything. It's crazy to think that we've got a pretty decent little listener base that have stuck with me through the early onset weirdness. Started out the show talking about posters, moved on to the show talking about what came after the posters. It was like a piece of media or something like that helped shape the performer. And then we kind of figured out that the secret ingredient to the podcast was to just get somebody to talk about something they're really passionate about for about 40 minutes. So keeping in with that trend of trying new things with this podcast, episode 50, we are going to be doing another little experiment. This is an idea that you've probably heard me talk about a little bit leading up to this. If you're a comedian or just a person in my life, you've probably heard me talking about it. So today is going to be the debut episode of a new segment that I'm calling 10 Tiny Joys. And my first guest for 10 Tiny Joys is actually a comic that I've been a fan of for a long time. It is Dan Bubleitz Jr. He is a standup comedian based over in Denver in the United States. We get into that a little bit in the podcast. I have been following Dan's work for many years now, ever since I discovered a couple of articles that he had written. One of them was about how to book a comedy show and kind of run it yourself. And then the other one was about how to create a professional electronic press kit or EPK. So I'm absolutely stoked to have Dan with us on the podcast today. I have been looking forward to this for a couple of weeks now. We explained the format of the show a couple of minutes into the interview, so I won't chat to you anymore. Let's just get right on with the interview, roll the opening music, and I hope you enjoy it. 10 tiny joys. I'm your host Taylor Roddle and this is the show where we celebrate the mundane moments in life that brighten up your day. There's a lot of hardships in the world so in 10 tiny joys we take the time to cherish those little moments that make life worth living. So sit back, relax and let's begin 10 tiny joys. Hello Dan and welcome to Teen Tiny Joys. Thank you for having me. I'm excited to be here. Me too. You're actually the, you're the first dog being sent into space and the Sputnik dog. Oh no, I'm the guinea pig? Yeah, we we're going to be trialing it up. I mean, pretty much everyone I've run this idea by have loved it. And I've seen some people's lists who are going to be joining the show in the future. And It's so funny because I see every item on the list and I go, yeah, same. Like that's, that's amazing. Yeah. I really, I really had to think about it because I was like, am I going to screw this up? It's like, what are teeny tiny joys? Is it, are my joys teeny enough? Well, that's the thing is, people are worried that they're not exciting, but I think it's the mundane things that are what we want to get into the guts of. So, uh, you would have heard the intro of the listener listening to this 10 tiny joys we're just going to be talking about. 10 little mundane objects throughout my guests week or their month that bring them joy. So it's less holding my newborn son for the first time and more opening a cold soda on a hot day or something like that. So Dan's list is fantastic. Before we get started, anything you'd like to say to the to the audience or anything? I mean, I hope you enjoy my list. No, I mean, yeah, just follow me on social media, Debub Comedy, everywhere. Do the shameless plug. I don't know. Absolutely. We'll chuck all of that in the description below. So we'll get straight into your list. Your first item is gentle puppy kisses. That's right. I love my dogs. I have two small dogs and that their particular breed, they are lickers, but they're very gentle. Like when they're giving their little kisses. They're very... You know, uh, what sort of dogs are they? Excuse me. I have two Chorkies. So they're Yorkie and Chihuahua. And yeah, yeah. And they're brothers, but, uh, they're out of two different litters with the same parents. One looks more like a Yorkie. The other one looks like a Chihuahua. Oh, that's cool. So you've got the kind of duality there. Yep. And they're just the sweetest. Oh, that's fantastic. Are you someone that minds them if they like lick your, uh, your face and your mouth and stuff like that? Nope, not at all. Um, I'm, I'm a full on dog person. Um, give me all of it. Get up in my face. I, if you put me in a party and there's a bunch of people and there's a dog, I'm probably making friends with the dog before the people. Yeah. That's kind of how I am. I would rather be around dogs than people. I can imagine that's a very common sentiment for a lot of listeners out there. I've recently discovered that I'm very popular with border collies. I've met two and they both adore me and I'm not quite sure why specifically this breed of dog like me, but so far I'm two for two with border collies. Did you have a childhood dog growing up? Yeah, we I mean, we did. We had a dog, Sassy. She was like, I want to say like a lab spaniel mix, if I remember correctly. And then we also had, you know, cats and stuff. So I've always been kind of a big animal person. But the dog, she was more of an outside dog, more my dad's dog. But I mean, we've had a couple different dogs over the time. I remember when I was very young, we found a Chihuahua named Tippy. that we named Tippi and she could jump from the ground into my dad's arms. That was like one of the most memorable things about this Chihuahua. She would like jump into his arms. That is crazy. That's so high for a dog. It is. You see- Especially a small dog. Yeah. I've seen my cat leap from the ground to the top of about a seven foot fence, but I've never seen a dog do that before. So that is a champion level Chihuahua. I was going to say as well, we could get a little bit into sort of your you're growing up like you're from Denver. So a lot of my listeners are in New Zealand. So this is cool to have our first guest from the states on which where did you grow up? So okay, so I live in the Denver area. I'm not from Denver, just to clarify that. I grew up in South Dakota, which is the upper Midwest. I grew up in a small town in central South Dakota. Here on South Dakota, it was about 20,000 people was the population. It was kind of a farming, you know, manufacturing type industry type of area. Um, the population has then now it's decreased actually, uh, it's our kind of a reception, uh, recession. So there's only about 13, 14,000 people that live there now, but it was quite a drop. Well, and a lot of it was because it was, uh, a lot of the economy was based on one particular business that, employed like a thousand people and then that of course feeds into the economy and then it just shut down one day without notice and then it kind of all went downhill from there. I've noticed that we just did a road trip down the south of the South Island of New Zealand and I remember driving past, I can't remember what it was called now, but it was a massive, I suspect it was a dairy, a milking because we've got a big dairy industry here in New Zealand and I looked at it and I thought, I wonder how much of the local area is basically only existing because of this behemoth of a structure, a factory. I'm not quite sure what it was, but it is quite shocking how quickly a town can just like almost disappear just based on the one, you know, a car factory or something, I think that was Detroit. the States, wasn't it? It was a big car. Yeah, the Stroyz a big, yeah, that's a good example of how dependent it is. And I mean, I think it still is pretty dependent on the car industry. That's right. So we'll circle that back to dogs. I was going to say, did you grow up on a farm kind of? No, we grew up in town, but like I said, it wasn't a very big town. But no, I never, I mean, there was a time I, it's funny you mentioned the dairy farm because my mom And my stepdad worked for a dairy farm a little bit. So we did, you know, lived on a farm, but most of my time, cause my parents were divorced, I joke about it, but most of my time was spent between growing up in a trailer park and living in a shack down by the river. That is, uh, you, we always hear about the American trailer park stereotype here in New Zealand, but, uh, you're the first person I've met that actually was in the park. I lived it. You lived it. I'm pretty, pretty white trash. I'm pretty trailer trash through and through. To be honest, I think I'm probably not far off the New Zealand equivalent. We were definitely middle-class for most of my life, but we did have some, we did have some, some times where we might've been fairly close to that. So we'll move on to your, your second tiny joy. This is number two, the ice cold beer on a hot day. I mean, I can get down with an ice cold beer any day, but I don't know. When it's like 100 degrees outside and you're just out doing yard work or whatever it is, and you need to quench that thirst and you just crack open that. Even just cracking the beer open. Sounds incredible. And when the foam comes out of it just a little bit, oh, it's so beautiful. And then you take that drink. Oh. The, um, have you always liked beer? Um, cause I, I've never been able to really get the taste of it, but from looking at like just you describing it there and seeing commercials and seeing people to it, it looks like it's the most refreshing thing in the world, but I just cannot get into the taste of it. So in my early twenties and in my, I was not a beer person. I had drank beer. Uh, I drank crappy beer and that's probably why I didn't like beer. Um. I would drink beer just back then, just to get, you know, you'd guzzle a couple of them and then the taste didn't matter. But what happened is I moved out, I lived in San Diego for a while and I got introduced to craft beer. And that's now I've acquired a taste for beer because of craft beer. So now I do like beer. Do you have like a favorite, like your, if you had to picture your perfect day where you're cracking open a cold beer. What would be your, um, my, my regular beer is, uh, pre grain belt premium, which is basically a Minnesota Bud Light. That's how I describe it. It's a beer that's, uh, brewed in Minnesota, but it's equivalent. It's a logger light and crisp, very similar to a Bud Light. It's just not, uh, their distribution is more the upper Midwest. So like anytime I go back to the Midwest, if I drive, a lot of times I stock up on it. Like I'll bring a couple cases home because I can't get it in Colorado. Yes, that's always a great experience when you go. But like if I ever went back to Japan, I would have to probably bring a second suitcase for the certain bits and bobs that I would be wanting to bring back that you just cannot get here in New Zealand. I was going to say as well, because you're a fairly design-minded individual as well, right? Is that fair to say? I'd say that. The craft beer space is fascinating to me because it has almost created its own style of graphics that you see on the cans. Oh, absolutely. There's some really cool beer labels. We have one here. in New Zealand, I don't know if it's an international one, but it's called Panhead. And it's like, it's all styled after like V8 engines and that kind of racing. I don't know what the... Part of that, because I come from a background in marketing. That's what I went to school for. That's what I do for a regular gig. I think part of it, the reason you see that, the design is because it is marketing because now craft beers become so popular, like... where I live, just in the town that I live in, this isn't even counting around, this is just the town I live in, there's like nine or 10 breweries just in my town. Yes. I mean, so it's become such a saturated space that you really have to go, I feel like they have to go above and beyond on their graphics to get people's attention, to like stand out in the beer cooler. That's a great point. Um, so would you have a lot of these mountain, um, mounting breweries, uh, popping up in that kind of area? Oh, probably. Yeah. I mean, yeah, yeah. I'm starting to think that we have a place called Queenstown, uh, which might be the Denver of New Zealand because there are a lot of, when I come visit next year, which I can't, we're going to Queenstown and, um, we'll take, there's a famous bar. with a mechanical bull. That's kind of the touristy thing to go to. So being that you're from America, you might have an edge there in the rodeo space. Being that you grew up in a trailer, you might have some space. You just completely obliterate like the high score record. Although rodeo is just because I'm nerdy. It has nothing to do with growing up at a trailer park. It's just cause I'm like, Oh, game. I have to win. Yeah. You see the score on your light. Yep. Got it. I know what I got to be it. So then, um, number, number three on your list is a long road trip. So I feel like this kind of goes hand in hand with being in a band or a comedian, probably other types of entertainment. Yep. And that for me, cause you know, I travel a lot. I typically. don't like to fly. I mean, I will fly. I'm not like afraid of flying. But I would rather drive because I really just like, for me, a long road trip, that's where I it's probably not safe at times because I'm up in my head a lot. It's where I work on material, I just daydream, I, you know, throw on a podcast and don't listen to it. It's there for background. And I'm just like, just drive in and my mind is just in a million places thinking about whatever it is I'm thinking about. And then the next thing I know, I'm like, Oh, I just pull back out of the road. Wow. That's like, it's like time travel almost. It really is. I remember watching the TV show Supernatural growing up. And that was a big, a big thing there was that how they, the two brothers can drive pretty much everywhere in the States. I think with it, there were I don't remember why they didn't fly. I think something to do with demons or there was some reason they didn't fly. And I think because they wanted to drive their kick-ass car everywhere. They needed it. And that's really very true. I was going to say as well, there's nothing sweeter than, um, when you know, you've got a big drive coming up and a new podcast, you like releases a new episode and it's like a good hour and 40 minutes, that's definitely a tiny. Sometimes I even I'll bank it. I'll know I'm like, Oh, I have. I have a road trip coming up. I'm traveling somewhere for comedy. I'm not listening to my podcast on my normal routine. I'm going to wait for the road trip. So I have them for that. Yep. Absolutely. Save them for that. I've absolutely done that before. That's, that's it. This is the thing that's fascinating about this show to me is I'm realizing how we all kind of do the same stuff, but we just don't really, you don't know until, until someone points it out. I was going to say as well with your number two, can you remember a particular day that you had? Like is there one memory that stands out over the rest of them of a particularly crisp beer that you had after a hard day? Ah, no, I can't think of a particular. Understandable. Particular time. No, I really, yeah, there's not one that like stands out more than the rest. Everyone is sweet. Anytime it's hot and there's a cold beer. So then with, I was going to say with road trips, do you have a particular memory of maybe you shared a road trip with some other comics or I don't know, you had, uh, you just had a great, uh, great time on the road trip. Is there anything that stands out as one of your favorite road trips? Oh, absolutely. It was probably, uh, so I used to be kind of in a comedy troupe called the distinguished scoundrels. And there was three of us and then we, and then there ended up being, uh, fourth after the tour, I guess, uh, Anyway, the three of us, we were like, we produced shows together and then we put on a tour. And then we brought a fourth person who ended up kind of becoming part of the troop to film it or whatever. We were like making a documentary, whatever, you know, big plans, all those things. And we did this big tour where we went from San Diego out to Texas, and then from Texas up the Bible Belt to South Dakota. Then we circled around through Arizona and then back. to San Diego and we were out on the road for like, I don't know, like two weeks. Cool. Of the two weeks, I think we had like 10 shows or something like that. Awesome. I don't remember the exact. That's great. Yeah, it was, yeah. And it was just a great time. Um, but through like three hours into the trip, we were, we were at the, the state line, uh, there was a checkpoint in Yuma, Arizona, and, uh, we almost got uh, arrested. because we had a bunch of edibles in the. So, yeah. My, my follow up question was going to be, do you have a particular road trip snack? I think everybody has, um, their own particular snack, but I think maybe you answered that question. No, for me, I'm not, cause I'm not a weed guy that was there. So that was other people's on the trip. Now my, uh, my road snack, I like popcorn. I love, um, What is it? Smart pop or something or smart corn is the brand, I think, but it's just like the white cheddar. That's probably my number one or spicy nacho Doritos. Is it those purple ones? No, they're just, they're just not your cheese, but spicy. They're more of a fiery red, I guess. And then it's more of a, uh, I think it's more of an American brand, but they're called Salcitos. Oh, as a corn chip. It essentially, yeah. It's kind of like a round Dorito and like a salsa. It's so good. Yes. I think we have an equivalent here. And, um, the one thing I've noticed about those particular ones is they're a lot firmer than the typical Dorito. I feel like the Doritos fall to pieces, um, quite, quite easily. The, um, You might laugh at this actually, but Doritos have been around for a long time in America, I assume. So I can genuinely remember the way they drip-fed the flavors of Doritos into New Zealand. So we started off with a brown flavor that was barbecue. And then I believe they introduced two different, it was like yellow and a red one, they're both different types of cheese. And that was it for a long time. That was it for probably 10 years. Then they introduced those purple ones, which blew everyone's mind. And I think those are probably the most popular ones. Those are the chili, I think. Yep. Sweet Thai chili. Sweet chili. Yep. And then probably three years ago, we got Cool Ranch for the first time, but we didn't have Cool Ranch up until very, very recently. Wow. Which is that's wild because Cool Ranch was kind of their signature. Like their signatures, their two flagships are just nacho cheese and Cool Ranch. Those are the two main. made ones for the longest time. I think Kiwis probably don't quite get the scale of how ranch is in the States. Oh my God. I'm not a big ranch. For me, ranch is only good on salad and for dipping vegetables. Rather than that, I get almost offended anytime somebody asks. I went to Applebee's today and met a friend for a happy hour and I got mozzarella sticks and they're like, Do you want ranch with your marinara? And I'm like, no, I don't want ranch with these. What do you, get out of here. Get out of here with that. That's, that is an interesting combo. I also suspect the ranch you can get in New Zealand is different to the American ranch. I'm sure. It feels here like it's treated more of a salad dressing than as a dipping sauce. There are some- Well, as it should be. as it should be. It is a salad dressing. That's fair, yeah. Maybe we've got it right then. I know, we have a Carl's Jr. here and they do quite a good ranch dipping sauce for the tenders. But that's the only time I've really enjoyed it. The ranch Doritos didn't really do it for me either. We're really getting into the weeds with these chips. I hope we're gonna make it through all 10, but we'll see how we go. This is the... Like I said, it's the pilot episode. So number four, finding a new comic book shop. Yep. That's like my favorite thing when I'm out on the road for comedy. Uh, anytime I go to a new town, one of the first things I do is I look up to see if there are any comic book shops nearby. And I will, I try to make time to go visit them when I find them. What are your, um, What are the series is that you, uh, are you like a Marvel guy or are you like an image comic or independent? So I, a lot of image, I have a lot of image comics and then even smaller publishing companies, even smaller than image too. But do you have any like, maybe like a top three, um, just like series is that you, that you follow? Um, I mean, I'm kind of all over cause I, I w the nice thing about independence is a lot of them are mini series. They're not. They don't always do like a continuing ongoing series. It'll be like five or six issues and then it's done. So they wrap up real nicely. But I do have some favorite, like my favorite creative team is Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. They did the criminal series. They did Fatale. They did Faded. They have a new series called Reckless. They've got a new book that just came out in December. I still haven't read it. I have it. I just haven't read it called Where the Body Was. They do a lot of true crime, like Noor crime, which I'm a big crime person. So when it comes to comics, I love reading crime comics. Noor, that kind of stuff. So you listen to superhero type stuff and more like, I guess what they would describe as like graphic novels. But I'm more like, Like when it comes to like comics, I want more of a story that, you know, superheroes are fine or whatever, but that's what's nice about independent comics is the storylines typically tend to be a lot. There's a little more little more substance to them. Yeah, exactly. My, um, my favorite series for comics has probably been the Hellboy stuff. All that I love. Was he image or was that Dark Horse? That was Dark Horse. And it's funny because we just talked about that. We just recorded a new episode of a new podcast that I'm coming out about. Where can people find it, Dan? They can find it wherever they listen to podcasts. It's called Panel Picks. Anyway, but the reason I mentioned that is because my co-host just finished reading a bunch of the Dark Horse or a bunch of the Hellboy stuff. He's been getting a big audience. I love that. And he said he just finished volume 12 or something. Fantastic. That is something about those books to me is just very satisfying. Something about the size of them and the paper they use and the way Mignola's artwork is on the page. Like, yeah, those are chicken soup for the soul, I believe the expression is that I heard that the other day. Absolutely. And that's how I feel about comic book, a new comic book. I love going. Like I said, when I travel, I always go and if a town, if I'm in a bigger town and they have more than one, I'm trying to hit them all. Yeah. As many as I can. I did that not too long ago. I had some shows down in Colorado Springs, which a couple of hours from where I live, but I stayed there for the whole weekend. I just planned my Saturday. I was like, okay, this shop is here, then it's 10 minutes to this shop. I just did a big circle until I got back to my hotel. I love it. I've always been so jealous of the American comic book store experience because growing up here, we didn't typically, it wasn't really the done thing to have a comic book store. You would have maybe like a toy store that would also do comics and collectibles. So we would always be watching these American TV shows like, I don't know if you remember this, do you remember the Beetleborgs? Mmm, Trinus. They were like a sort of Power Rangers. It sounds familiar. It does sound familiar, but I can't quite. They're they're they were quite big here in New Zealand. And it was my favorite TV show and I was about five years old. And their hangout, their local hangout was a comic book store. And we had nothing, nothing like that in New Zealand. I remember just watching that being like, why do we have this here? That's amazing. We also didn't really have arcades here in New Zealand. We had a chain called Time Zone, which was more about those games where you get tickets to exchange for prizes. Oh, yeah. Yeah. Weirdly enough, if you wanted to go and play fighting games here in New Zealand, you would have to go to a fish and chip shop. And a lot of them would have like a Street Fighter II cabinet. Of course they would. Of course you're going to get in a fish and chip shop. Yeah, exactly. And so growing up, I always remember being so jealous of just, it seemed like it was so easy to get. uh, comic books and, and that kind of whole, it's either growing up. It really was. Cause even when I was growing up there, I mean, there were comic book shops. They weren't as, uh, as there weren't as many as there are now, but you can get like comics, they sold them at like your local drug store, like where, like magazines. So it was like where the magazine rack was, there was usually a rack for comics too. So you can just go to your local drug store. get some comic books. And they were cheap too. They were like a nickel or something, right? For, for, um. When I was a kid, they were like a quarter or whatever, but yeah. That's, um, I guess it's- I'm old, but I'm not that old. Yeah, true. That might've been more like silver and golden age prices. I just remember listening to a podcast about, um, they, it was like Marvel and DC both kind of agreed to go up to 25 cents and then one of them reneged and only went up to 20 cents. So you could now get five comics for a dollar. Whereas the other one you can only get four. So that just, their sales skyrocketed because of that. Oh man. That's some sneaky, that's some sneaky stuff they got there. I believe illegal too. I'm not quite sure. Yeah. I don't think the comic industry was very regulated back then. So it was the one west. I don't think it is now either. Good point, good point. So number five on your list is a juicy burger and fries. Mm hmm. I love me a burger like I'm not a big meat person. We either actually find that out. I know people find that interesting. I love vegetables. I love, you know, fruit. I'm not really I've never really been a big steak guy. Not a big chicken guy, not a big fish guy. But when it comes to eating meat, if I if I get to choose, it's going to be a delicious. juicy burger. I love, and especially like off the grill, a grilled burger with all the fixings. What's making myself hungry thinking about it right now. I can only imagine the kind of stuff you can get over there. I was going to say, do you have a, is there a particular chain that you like them from, or is there a restaurant that it would be if you could just click your fingers and it would appear? What would that be? I mean, in and out burger is pretty good. I've heard the rumors. And then also Culver's is really good. Oh, it's another chain. It's like a, yeah, it's another chain here. I actually just had a Culver's burger. They do what they call butter burgers. Oh yeah. Yeah. And, but anyway, yeah, I just had one last night. That's what I had for supper last night. Uh, but it was mostly because I wanted their fries. They have crinkle fries and I love crinkle fries. Yes. But. As far as like a chain goes, I don't know. I think probably in and out would probably be the thinking about it because, yeah, I mean, there's a lot of places that have pretty good burgers. I was like Burger King because they do the flame broiled. That is always pretty good. Yeah. Because that's my thing. Like, I want to grill burger. I would rather grill burgers at home than go to a chain. You know, like that's. I've heard that's a rite of passage for men as you get older, as you suddenly get really into grilling and smoking meats. Has that particular mania taken hold? Oh yeah, I love to grill. I've been trying to talk my partner into letting me get a smoker. I really want to get into this go all in on meats. I've heard the options are get really into World War II or begin smoking meats. Yeah, when I'm going with meat. Yeah, that sounds like it's a lot more productive. I'm already into World War II, so I don't know what's gonna happen when I hit that age. Okay, so that, I just got the thingy, the warning from Zoom. We've got 10 minutes left and we're halfway through this. Yeah, let's get through. So, number six, we bonded on this before the post show gas station snacks. Now, there's a trend here. Obviously, you can tell I'm from America because I'm like, my little joys, beer, burgers, gas station foods. What is your, what is your go-to gas station and your, and your, um, your ideal post show gas station snack? Okay. So here, and I can't even get it where I'm at, but in where I'm from originally, there's a, uh, there's a small franchise or a chain called Casey's and they have the, some of the best pizza. You wouldn't think that for a gas station, but it's really good. Um, but yeah, give me a case, a, a slice of Casey's pizza. And a coffee, a Casey's coffee. Oh, I'm so, I'm so there. That sounds fantastic. There's something about it that kind of one in the morning, um, you stumble in and there's just like the night guy working and he's playing his own music, you know, like, uh, they can, they can sort of, they can sort of do what they want at that hour. Yeah. Um, I will say this at that hour, I'm not getting anything out of the. like prepared food, I'm probably grabbing that popcorn. It's OK. So good point, actually. You're one of the maybe stay away from the Casey's pizza. Yeah. After a certain time, I'm like, I'm not I'm not trusting this prepared food. Yeah, because it's been sitting there for a while. I like your I like the cashier's vibe, but I'm definitely not testing this food out. You just look his hands and they're kind of dirty. And you're like, OK, no, I'll. I'll give that a miss. So then I don't know if we get anything else there. Number seven, you like watching animals. I do. I like watching hummingbirds. I love when they're on a hummingbird feeder with a bunch of hummingbirds. It's one of my favorite things to do out in the mountains. We go visit my partner's dad. He lives in southwestern Colorado, and he lives up in the mountains. And yeah, the hummingbirds come and. hang out. It's pretty cool. Also love watching animal videos. Just, yeah. It doesn't matter. Just them kind of existing in the wild. Well, not just that, no, but like domesticated animals. I love watching dog videos, dogs doing silly things, cats doing silly things. Yeah. Being cute and adorable. I love it. Sleeping. I love a good video of an animal sleeping. It's just so adorable. Fair enough. Fair enough. So then number Completing a task or housework. That's another relatable one, I think, for the people out there. Do you have a particular, like a routine when you, when you, you know, you kind of start with the easy tasks to get yourself rolling? Do you have, what is your kind of? Yeah, I mean, I really, I like to clean the kitchen. I think, you know, do some dishes, get to, you know, put the load, the dishwasher, wipe the counters down. get it kind of all reset. Um, uh, and then, yeah. And, and then just like straightening up, you know, I like organization, like I'm kind of OCD. My partner gives me a lot of shit about this, but I'm very OCD, like, like in my closet, like if she puts my clothes away, she now she's trained. I hate to say that way, but like, she knows it's gotta be a certain way. I can. I can't have solid colors mixed with graphic t-shirts. Wow. My long sleeve shirts got to be together. Yeah. Even in my like, my dresser, my, I'm very, yeah, like I got one drawer for shorts, one for pant. Like I'm very OCD about it. So it's not necessarily a bad thing. I've, I like some organization. Yeah. I read this subreddit called 2x chromosomes, which is a just like a women's, it's like a women's subreddit. And I just read it to see what's going on, you know, see what kind of issues they're facing, everything. And the biggest one you see every week, there's like three or four threads on is like weaponized incompetence, as their partner's not tidying up the kitchen, putting plates on the thing. Oh yeah, yeah. I think in this day and age, you're, you know, some people say floor, but I think a lot of people would... I really appreciate having a partner that actually tidies up the house and, um, you know, all sorts of, um, you read about, uh, all sorts of, uh, partners that you see, you tell them to do, uh, you do one thing and then they freak out or it takes them. It takes them much longer than it does for the other person to do it. And so it's just easy to do it yourself. And so, yeah, I think, um, I think the listeners will be going, yeah, good, good on you, Dan. Yeah. Well, that's one of those things I think, cause I've always been pretty goal oriented and I like to, you know, just complete the, it's like, it's easier just to go, just get it done and then it's done and out of the way. Yeah. And I've always been, uh, get it done. So it's out of the way. So then you can go play. Yeah. It's a good way to look at it. Kind of my philosophy. Are there any chores that you loathe doing? Um, I mean, even though it's not that hard to do. I'm not a big fan of vacuuming and I'm not a big fan of laundry. Even though the machine does it, I just, I don't know why. Laundry seems to be a big thing for people. It's funny because you do the laundry and then I have like a hamper and it kind of just sets it. Well, you don't even do the laundry. The freaking washing machine does the laundry. And then I think, but what I mean is putting the laundry away seems to be a big thing. People get stuck there. And, um. I've genuinely considered buying another hamper just for the clean clothes. And then I just take them out of them. Like once it's washed though, and dried, I have to put it away. I can't. It goes into that OCD with like having my closet organized. I gotta have, I gotta be able to find my stuff. Yeah. So then we'll let's, let's sort of combine the last, so we got a couple of minutes there. So number nine is a beard trim and then number 10 is a new hat and clothes. Um, do you go to, do you visit a barber for your beard? I do. That's something I started doing in the last year. I was trimming it myself for a long time because I was cheap. Then I was like, you know what? I'm going to just start treating myself. I don't have hair. I'm a bald person. Yeah. So I don't have to worry about haircuts. That's true. So I'm like, you know what? I'm going to treat the beard. So I have started going to a barber and there's just something so refreshing after. having it trimmed, they put in some beard stuff, they make it all look pretty and just, it feels so good. You just feel fresh. That's the thing a lot of people might not realize is, your beard, you actually have to like oil it and, and kind of, you sort of wash, I guess, to an extent wash it. Yeah. Well, and the beard, like doing like the beard oil is more for your face too. Yes. Your skin gets dry. Yeah. And then so last. Last one, new hats. Are you quite, are you an aficionado? How many hats would you say you have? Like 50? Oh, wow. I was looking in my room and I moved them. I've got in my view. Yeah. I have two, four, six, eight, 10, just in my view. And that's, that isn't even where I keep all my hats. Wow. I keep them downstairs. I just bought a thing that holds like 30 hats, I think. Oh yeah. I probably have a 50 hat, over 50 hats. I love it. Yeah. I like a good hat. Yeah, no, they're hard to find good ones here, but I do like a good snapback or something like that. Those are great. So that's the list. We've got about a minute and a half left. Shall we do the announcement before we run out of time? So Dan, you've just started a podcast label called Tape Tech Media. And I think we can officially announce, we signed the contract a bit a week ago that right on me, this is joining the tape tech media empire. That's right. He's going to be part of the family and we're going to, we're going to be making that transition throughout this week. And you're going to be officially on the network. I'm looking forward to that. It's going to be fantastic. Yeah. No. So folks, your, your feed might change slightly, but I will make a proper posts with all the, all the information in it. But yeah, so very exciting about that. It's kind of the dream really. Big fan of Dan for many years now. And then when he announced he was starting a network, I inquired about it and here we are today. That's right. And looking forward to the partnership. Yeah, yeah, absolutely. So just before we run out of time, you're on social media as? D, Bub, Comedy, and then Tapedeck Media. And then you've got a new website, don't you? Is that the same thing? Jay, it's just It's my same website. I just bought a new URL. I'm all about branding. I wanted it all across the board. I can appreciate that. Well, thank you for joining me, Dan. Really appreciate it. And I look forward to working together, man. Thanks for having me. And we are back. Wow. That definitely was what I would consider a successful pilot run of the 10 Tiny Joys format. Now obviously the pacing needs a little bit of work. I need to work on pacing myself through each question. We kind of ran out of time about halfway through and then ripped through the rest of them. But to be honest, what I think the conversation that we did have leading up to that was all really, really interesting and entertaining. And I hope you found it relatable. I hope it helped you remember a few of the smaller joys throughout life that you that maybe you forgot you enjoy and you can go and you can go out and experience them again yourself. So like we said, the podcast, go and check out Dan on Facebook and Instagram, all that. I'll check his links down into the show notes below. Follow Tapetech media on Instagram and Facebook. I'll chuck that into the links as well. I imagine you'll be hearing a little bit more of Dan in the future, given that we're going to be working together with the Tape Deck Media podcast Empire. I'm looking forward to meeting some of the other hosts, doing a little bit of crossover with some other shows. Maybe I'll be a guest on some of their shows, that kind of thing. Really, really looking forward to that. I'd like to talk a little bit about the format of the Teen Tiny Joys and just the inception of it, where the idea came from in case that sort of thing is interesting to you. It's kind of no secret that since I've been doing the whole... Roddle Me This Podcast project. I've been looking for what I've been calling a game of the podcast, and I'll explain what I mean by that. There are certain podcasts that are, I don't know how to explain it exactly, but they have a game to them. There's no way I can think of to explain it. A great example is the RU Garbage podcast. If you're not familiar with that podcast, I highly recommend you go and check it out. It is absolutely hilarious, and their format is fantastic. So the format of that show, two hosts H. Foley and Kipi, they ask the guest a series of questions and then based on whether the answer is yes or no they determine whether the guest is classy or garbage. So some of the questions can be anything like did you have a above-ground swimming pool? Did you have a second fridge in the garage that was only used to keep beer? That kind of thing. And I think the real genius in a podcast format is that it gives you a loose structure to follow, a skeleton if you will, and then it is just up to the guest and the host kind of improvising the content. And are you garbage is a fantastic vehicle for that because my guests are often, they're a little bit nervous that their teen tiny joys are not like funny or interesting. But I think to me, the 10 Tiny Joys are more like a diving board that we launch off of. And it's more about where the conversation ends up versus, you know, the actual 10 Tiny Joys being this hilarious, gut-busting situation. Another great podcast with a game is the Blox podcast. I'm very heavily... It's OK. If I tell you that I'm inspired by it, it doesn't count as ripping it off. The Blocks podcast by Neil Brennan is a phenomenal podcast. The blocks, the titular blocks, if you will, are all the things in Neil's life that he feels make him isolated or feel like he doesn't belong. That kind of stuff. He did a special on Netflix called Blocks. Fantastic special. Highly recommend you go and watch that and then go and listen to the podcast because the. The podcast is essentially just he brings the guest on, they bring their list of blocks, and then again it's about where the conversation goes based on these blocks. There are all sorts of other podcasts that inspired me like Jim Jeffreys' podcast, I Don't Know About That is another good example of a podcast with a game. Jim has set himself up beautifully there to simply turn up and perform essentially, and the gist of I Don't Know About That is they get an expert on a topic. And then Jim has to basically, with full confidence, he has to explain everything he knows about this topic, and then the guest will correct him. And again, very, very simple premise, but it just allows Jim to improvise and be loose with it and see where it goes. And you often find that you'll learn more about your guests by getting them to talk about things that they're passionate about. versus the standard questions of like, where did you grow up? What's your writing process like, et cetera, et cetera. And genuinely, the impetus of the idea of 10 Tiny Joys is I was sitting in a McDonald's drive-through and I was just waiting in between, I think I'd placed my order, and I was waiting to drive up to the second window to pay for it. And I was just shocked at, it's as dumb as it sounds, I was shocked at how happy this experience made me, which, you know. If you're familiar with me, you're aware that I have weight issues. And I'm sure this lends itself to some kind of psychological damage and that I'm associating McDonald's with happiness. So don't worry, that's definitely not lost on me. But the idea stuck in my head, I thought it's really interesting to think about rather than, like I said at the start, less about holding my son for the first time and more about like... playing a PlayStation game for the first time, kind of small joys like that. And I thought I've never seen anybody do a podcast like that before. I did heaps of Googling to make sure nobody else had kind of done a similar format. And to my surprise, no one has, no one's jumped on it. So that's when I started thinking about names, the alliteration, 10 tiny joys. To be honest, it's probably more efficient to do five tiny joys, given that it was about five we got through in the 40 minutes that the zoom 40 minute limit but I think alliteration and branding counts for a lot so we're going to keep it as 10 tiny joys like george carlin said 10 is a psychologically satisfying number I suppose it also gives me a little bit of room if the interview if some of them are duds we can gloss over them a little bit versus certain ones which will give us a lot of meat on the bone to talk about as it were so anyway that's basically it I just thought I would give a little bit of an update tell you about the idea, where the idea came from. I hope you enjoyed it because I really enjoy having these conversations with people. You can catch one in person on the 14th, sorry no, the 13th of February in Little Andromeda here in Christchurch the day before Valentine's Day. We are doing a live version of 10 Tiny Joys with two very good friends of mine, Matt Lily and Georgia West Cahill, two stand-up comedians from Christchurch. They also have a podcast that I understand is on hiatus at the moment, but it's called Playtime with Georgia and Matthew. They've each submitted me their list of Teen Tiny Joys and they understood the assignment too. So I'm really looking forward to getting into the weeds of that with them. Just visit the Little Andromeda website to get your tickets for that. They are 10 bucks. So anyway, that's all from me. Hope you enjoyed it. Hope you look forward to hearing more of these kinds of conversations. I'm really enjoying the format. Follow me on Facebook, social media, et cetera, at TayloruddleComedy. I'll talk to you again next Monday. Thank you very much for listening. Really, really appreciate you. Ruddler out. Thank you so much for listening to 10 tiny joys. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you came away from it with a newfound appreciation for some of the little things in life. Have a fantastic rest of the week, whatever that looks like to you, and I'm sure I'll be talking to you again very soon. We'll see you next time.

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