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31: Velocity Hotels


00:00:00   Should we just stare into the corner? Should we all come around?

00:00:02   No, no. We're going now. I feel like we've broken the ice. I'm here. We're in San Francisco.

00:00:06   We're out here for the Macworld/iWorld.

00:00:09   The ultimate iFan event.

00:00:11   The ultimate iFan event. And I'm joined here on this episode by my friends Paul Kvassas

00:00:16   from Rogue Amoeba and Scott Simpson from the internet.

00:00:21   That's a way better—yeah. That's way better than my intro.

00:00:25   And so I feel like the elephant in the room of this thing

00:00:28   is that Macworld Expo, I still call it Macworld.

00:00:31   - Yeah, it's just Macworld, that's fine.

00:00:32   - It's weird and it's getting weirder.

00:00:34   - I feel like you need to get into Macworld,

00:00:39   to get onto the show floor,

00:00:41   you need a really complicated iPad case or a limp.

00:00:45   Like one of the two things.

00:00:46   - You cracked that joke yesterday on like a text message.

00:00:49   And then I was upstairs like on the third floor

00:00:51   and then I noticed it really are a lot of limps.

00:00:54   There's a lot of people at this conference

00:00:57   with leg injuries of some sort.

00:00:59   - Another way of saying that might be that

00:01:04   it seems that the overall demographic,

00:01:07   the overall average age appears to be a little higher

00:01:10   than it's been in the past.

00:01:10   I don't know, maybe I just always had a filter on

00:01:14   because every other year I've worked for Apple

00:01:18   and have been up here for something or whatever,

00:01:20   but now as a person who gives zero craps,

00:01:24   I'm sorry to interrupt. Also, can we swear or do we not swear?

00:01:27   Yeah, you can let him fly.

00:01:28   Okay. As a person who gives zero craps.

00:01:32   I think it skews older. I don't know that I think it's older this year, but Macworld

00:01:36   in general has always skewed. It's like the mugs and, you know, it's an older generation

00:01:42   that comes to these things, just in general, I think.

00:01:45   I thought you were going to say mugs and something that rhymes with mugs, like mugs and uggs.

00:01:50   No, like the Mac user group, you know.

00:01:52   Oh, I don't know.

00:01:53   You worked at Apple.

00:01:54   Yeah, but I don't know what that stuff is.

00:01:55   Yeah, and the user group thing, it's so old though.

00:02:00   It's too old? I'm dating myself here? I'm the youngest one in the room.

00:02:04   And I don't mean it, you know what, there's probably a lot of people who listen to this show who are still members, active members of a mug.

00:02:10   But, you know, I think then it's just, you know, you probably just have friends who just still get together and drink or whatever, I don't know.

00:02:18   But it used to be that you had to join a Mac user group to find somebody else to talk about

00:02:23   this stuff with because there were only like...

00:02:25   The 10 of you in that whole town.

00:02:27   Right, who had a Macintosh computer because in 1988 there was no reason for anybody to

00:02:31   have a computer.

00:02:32   Like before the internet, normal people had no reason to own a computer.

00:02:36   And so is that, so a lot of the folks who come to a Mac world, they come probably from

00:02:39   that culture.

00:02:40   Are they meeting up with their pals from other mugs, do you think?

00:02:43   Or they just, that's how they got into it and that's why they're still here?

00:02:47   I think some of them come every year and so they probably see some of the same people.

00:02:52   But I think it's something where why would young people come to this?

00:02:56   I think that's really the question is what is the draw for young people?

00:02:59   And they're certainly trying to get – they had Ashton Kutcher on there for his Steve

00:03:03   Jobs movie, but they had him and Josh Gad as like one of the keynote speeches and they

00:03:10   had Will.I.Am yesterday as well.

00:03:12   So it's certainly they're trying to pull in a younger demographic.

00:03:14   But younger people, you know, you can get this stuff on the web. You can find it plenty

00:03:20   of places. You don't necessarily have to come to Macworld to get information the way

00:03:22   that you used to.

00:03:23   So, I did just to, as a, you know, maybe it's the exception that proves the rule, but I

00:03:28   was on a panel this afternoon up in the conference thing, and then when it was over, some people

00:03:33   who read the website or listen to the show came up and introduced themselves, including

00:03:36   a young man, a high school student named Matthew, and he was very effusive, says he likes my

00:03:42   I was thrilled that somebody who's younger than me actually reads my site. I'm worried

00:03:46   to death that I've, you know...

00:03:47   - That you skew old as well?

00:03:48   - Yeah, totally.

00:03:49   - I've noticed your Bieber news going up as in some sort of attempt.

00:03:54   - And then I asked him, but then I thought, "Oh, hell, it's Friday." I was like, "How

00:03:58   are you here?" And he goes, "Oh, my dad called me out sick and took me here."

00:04:01   - Nice.

00:04:02   - And I was like, "Now, that's a great dad. You got a great dad."

00:04:04   - That's a good dad there, yeah. But it's open tomorrow. He could have been here on...

00:04:07   if you wanted to be at your panel.

00:04:09   I don't know that that's why he came and I certainly wasn't going to ask. I don't know.

00:04:14   But I don't know. It's actually cooler though if your dad is willing to call you out of

00:04:17   school sick and take you to Macworld. And he was very enthusiastic about it. Really

00:04:22   seemed excited about the show floor and some of the stuff he saw. So I don't know. I guess

00:04:28   there's one kid who's young and seemed to really enjoy it.

00:04:32   Yeah. Well, maybe some of it. I mean, I've enjoyed the couple of shows that I've got

00:04:35   either the podcast tapings and things like that have been nice and interesting, and that

00:04:41   seems vital and interesting still.

00:04:43   So it's like two different things.

00:04:46   Every year I always make this thing, but there's this conference where there's panels and presentations

00:04:52   and talks and stuff, and then there's the trade show, the expo, whatever you want to

00:04:57   call it.

00:04:58   And I feel like now it is never more separate, because now they used to have like the Macworld

00:05:04   stage where Macworld Magazine and that's that whole confusion where there's Macworld

00:05:07   the Magazine and Macworld the conference in there.

00:05:10   There's also Macworld the Lady, Macworld the Chocolate, Macworld the Bathtub. There's

00:05:14   so many Macworlds, it's so confusing.

00:05:15   Right. And some of them capitalize the W. Some of them don't. And they all get very

00:05:20   mad.

00:05:21   Which, however you screw it up.

00:05:22   Yeah, I flew into Macworld International once. It was supposed to be in Nevada, New Hampshire.

00:05:27   Wrong. The W was tall and not tiny.

00:05:31   But I did speak to somebody today, like I was on the show floor a little bit, and I

00:05:35   was talking to somebody, and I, you know, I'm not going to say who, but I knew them,

00:05:38   and, you know, and I said, "Just tell me the honest truth. Do you think it's, how do you

00:05:40   think it's doing?" And he was like, "Eh, so-so." But he thought that year over year that it

00:05:46   really has made a difference that that Macworld stage isn't there anymore, because people

00:05:51   would come through, you had to go through the expo to get to the stage.

00:05:55   Right. And this is the first year they moved that stage outside of the expo hall.

00:05:59   Right. And so it actually makes the actual presentations on that stage way better, because

00:06:04   it used to be like this acoustic nightmare where nobody could hear anything. And you

00:06:09   get up there and you're doing a panel and you're 30 seconds into it and three people

00:06:13   are shouting, "I can't hear you!" And then they…

00:06:16   Well, and half the audience was asleep because they were just there looking for a place to

00:06:19   sit down.

00:06:21   That was also very true. That's no exaggeration. Every time I've ever spoken at Macworld,

00:06:26   there are like older gentlemen sleeping in chairs.

00:06:29   Yeah, like maybe there's a nose pick going on, there's an ear hair trim.

00:06:34   And it's, you know, it's never to me high pressure public speaking.

00:06:38   Panels are easier than doing talks and, you know, you just have to be clever for 30 seconds

00:06:42   here and there.

00:06:43   But it is, no matter how relaxed you are, it is very unsettling to see somebody sleeping

00:06:49   in your audience.

00:06:51   So this is better because you got to climb a set of stairs to get there in the first

00:06:55   place.

00:06:56   Yeah.

00:06:57   But did you guys notice, did you guys walk to floor? There is, though, a lot of seating.

00:07:02   Right.

00:07:03   It seems like they maybe didn't sell out the entire show floor, and so they put in

00:07:08   some...

00:07:09   Some seating?

00:07:10   Some couches and stuff.

00:07:11   I feel like the floor was pretty full. I think compared to last year or the year before,

00:07:15   I feel it's pretty similar. I mean, I don't know what the numbers are, but I definitely

00:07:19   did notice some benches in various areas, which it's probably a good thing. It makes

00:07:23   cruising the floor a little easier.

00:07:25   Paul, do you guys have a booth this year?

00:07:28   No, we've always done the even number of years.

00:07:31   So the odd number of years, 2013, I just get to come out here and screw around.

00:07:35   That's great.

00:07:36   I've always wondered, how do you measure the return on investment and do you feel like

00:07:43   you can effectively measure that given that so much of it presumably is kind of a branding

00:07:48   thing?

00:07:49   It seems like probably a difficult decision given some of the costs involved.

00:07:54   I mean, the simplest thing we do to try and measure a little bit of the return is just

00:07:59   hand out a coupon of some sort, and we can track that coupon.

00:08:02   But in general, no, it's not something where you're going to—even if you're selling

00:08:06   on the show floor, I guess that would be the easiest way.

00:08:08   If you're selling a hardware product especially, like the Cosmonaut guys are there, the Aloclip

00:08:12   guys are there.

00:08:13   Oh, nice.

00:08:14   And if they're selling a physical product and they sell, you know, a thousand units

00:08:16   and it's 50 bucks each and it costs them 40 grand to be there, then they just made

00:08:20   10 grand and you can see we made money on this.

00:08:23   But yeah, certainly for us, it's not—branding is—you're not wrong to use the word branding,

00:08:27   but it's not something where we're like Coke just trying to get our name out there.

00:08:30   But it's—you know, somebody hears about us and six months later they realize they

00:08:34   need it.

00:08:35   And they say, "Oh, right.

00:08:36   I heard about something like that when I was at Macworld.

00:08:38   Let me look it up."

00:08:39   And you know, we have no way of tracking that sale.

00:08:40   That sale's not going to come back through our coupon or through any other system.

00:08:43   It's just hopefully we'll get that sale eventually.

00:08:45   But I think there's a lot of intangibles to exhibiting where just having the face-to-face

00:08:50   interaction with customers is super valuable and just things that—it's not just related

00:08:56   to sales.

00:08:57   That's a good point.

00:08:58   You guys have stuck to—I don't know if it's completely accurate, but every other

00:09:02   year?

00:09:03   Is that like your official—

00:09:04   Yeah.

00:09:05   It's 2004, '06, '08, '10, and '12.

00:09:06   And that's always been your strategy?

00:09:07   It sort of happened organically.

00:09:08   It just happened then.

00:09:09   Yeah.

00:09:10   We skipped '05.

00:09:11   We did '06.

00:09:12   And maybe at '08, we were like, "All right.

00:09:15   Let's just maybe do the even number of years," because it's cheaper and it's a whole

00:09:19   lot of work and especially for—we're a 10-person company. It's not—when—I

00:09:23   don't know, HP has a huge booth, but they've got 10,000 employees around the world. 20,000

00:09:28   employees, they send 20 people here. It's not a big deal to them. For us, it's pretty

00:09:31   much almost the whole company is there and we're shut down for several days. So it's

00:09:35   a much bigger endeavor for us to undertake.

00:09:38   I saw the HP booth. It seems like they're—most places, they go t-shirt. Everybody wears like

00:09:45   to come into the HP went with like a blue Oxford shirt. So they all sort of look like

00:09:51   they worked at Blockbuster.

00:09:52   Tim Cynova Wait, a polo or a button down?

00:09:54   Tim Cynova No, like a button down Oxford, like a light

00:09:57   blue. I mean, I actually, I'm not putting that shirt down. I actually have light blue

00:10:01   Oxford shirts.

00:10:02   Tim Cynova He's wearing one right now.

00:10:03   Tim Cynova Yeah, I'm sure. It's gray, but it gave it

00:10:07   like a Blockbuster. I don't know. Maybe I'm just dating myself by remembering Blockbuster.

00:10:10   Tim Cynova Yeah, I was going to say, what's a Blockbuster?

00:10:12   The thing, you know, you guys have nice polos that work well and you want to have some,

00:10:18   you want people to be dressed the same way.

00:10:20   Yeah, you need a little bit of uniform so people know these are the people I should

00:10:23   talk to.

00:10:24   Right, right. The thing that I feel like is there are certain cliches of the show floor.

00:10:30   The one that gets me the most that I dislike the most is the lab coat. Like, we're in

00:10:37   science right now and you should that's why you should buy our backup system or

00:10:42   whatever it is you know well I think does drive savers do that I think yeah

00:10:45   well they have like clean rooms where they're actually probably using like

00:10:48   that's like that the show floor is not well you're I get where they're going

00:10:51   you're right I get it right yeah and a variant on the scientist is the doctor

00:10:56   the doc yeah and maybe that's even what they do because maybe drive saver I

00:11:00   mean it's like a first aid sort of thing yeah but either way it's the same coat

00:11:04   it's right. You know, right, right. You just you buy a lab coat and that's your uniform.

00:11:07   Right. Whether you're a doctor or not. You ever have a doctor that didn't wear a lab

00:11:11   coat? No, you don't trust it. You can't trust that. They don't have the 40 bucks to buy

00:11:16   a lab coat. It's a great point. You need their uniform is a big part of the authority. It's

00:11:21   the making you wait and the lab coat. That's it. It is the making you wait. Oh, God, I

00:11:27   love a doctor's office. Here's I wonder about this all the time. And you guys are the perfect

00:11:33   two people to ask this question of.

00:11:35   So when you go to a doctor's office,

00:11:37   obviously you have to wait for 10 to 45 minutes.

00:11:40   How much rifling through the drawers do you do?

00:11:43   'Cause I, the dam broke for me one day.

00:11:48   I was like, well fuck this.

00:11:50   I got, I got, you know,

00:11:52   here are the two things that can happen, right?

00:11:54   Either I go through the drawers

00:11:56   and the doctor catches me going through the drawers,

00:11:58   which means they come in early.

00:11:59   Like this is sort of a Murphy's Law thing.

00:12:01   - And they didn't knock?

00:12:01   - Yeah, they just come in.

00:12:03   Yeah, no, they got a knock.

00:12:04   Yeah, they got a knock. They got a knock. So that will give me time and that will hopefully,

00:12:08   you know, hasten their arrival. But if not, you know, I got lifetime of tongue depressors.

00:12:14   Yeah, absolutely. You walk out of there with a backpack with cotton swabs.

00:12:17   Yeah, I got swabs up the, you know, where swabs go.

00:12:20   I rifle. I'll admit it. I rifle. I'm with you.

00:12:23   You're a rifler.

00:12:24   Yeah, absolutely.

00:12:25   Oh, I would have guessed both of you to be cold back and play, you know, that dumb word

00:12:29   game.

00:12:30   Yeah, that's exactly. I just sit there like that.

00:12:31   You're on the phone?

00:12:32   Although the last couple of doctors I've had to go to…

00:12:35   I've got no reception, I feel like.

00:12:37   They got lead-lined walls or something.

00:12:38   Oh, I've had that problem where the doctors I've gone to have…

00:12:42   They're in like Faraday cages.

00:12:44   I get that mysterious circle next to the word Verizon.

00:12:47   It's a circle.

00:12:48   You know what it means, but your phone doesn't work.

00:12:49   It means you're fucked.

00:12:50   It's like, "We're not even going to try."

00:12:52   It's like the phone is giving up trying to get an internet connection.

00:12:55   No, but when I had the thing with the finger last year and I had to go to a specialist

00:12:59   to have some surgery to repair a ligament that I severed. But with this doctor, and

00:13:07   he's a great doctor.

00:13:08   Tim Cynova John just entered a four-second fugue state.

00:13:10   John

00:13:10   Well, just thinking about it makes me very sad about the terrible injury.

00:13:15   But you're all right now.

00:13:16   I'm all right.

00:13:17   And the guy was a great surgeon and you guys can vouch that my finger, which I could move

00:13:21   at all—a year ago at Macworld, couldn't move at all and now it's great.

00:13:24   Whenever I met him though, it was a very nice waiting room, sort of almost like a—

00:13:29   Like a spa kind of thing?

00:13:30   Yeah, like an old hotel.

00:13:31   In fact, I think it maybe used to be an old hotel.

00:13:34   But then they would call me and I'd go into a little room and—

00:13:37   Was this a doctor?

00:13:38   Was this an actual doctor?

00:13:40   - That's a hand and arm specialist.

00:13:42   - Okay, alright.

00:13:42   - Hands, shoulders, and elbows or something.

00:13:44   - That is not a type of doctor.

00:13:45   - Head, shoulders, knees, and toes doctor, come on.

00:13:48   - A very nice waiting room.

00:13:49   It was a very nice waiting room.

00:13:51   It's just like I said, like an old hotel lobby.

00:13:54   And then when they would call me,

00:13:56   I'd go into a very small room, totally white, very small,

00:14:00   and there'd be a table, and I would come in.

00:14:02   There are two doors to get in the room.

00:14:04   One from this waiting room.

00:14:06   You just go right in, there's no hallway.

00:14:08   You go right from the waiting room into a room, and they were all—these rooms were

00:14:12   all around the perimeter.

00:14:13   So the waiting room is central, and there's eight doors.

00:14:18   And they would say, "You go to door six."

00:14:20   And I would go into door six, and there was nothing to rifle through.

00:14:23   It was just a white room with a table.

00:14:25   Did they lead you somewhere else after this?

00:14:26   Nope.

00:14:27   Did you just put your hand on the table?

00:14:28   Then the doctor would come in through the other door.

00:14:31   Wow.

00:14:32   He had a central chamber that could get to all of them?

00:14:34   Like a hallway that went around through them.

00:14:36   Okay.

00:14:37   And I almost now I'm thinking maybe it's like an anti-rifling.

00:14:41   It's possible.

00:14:42   Maybe that's a problem.

00:14:43   I mean, I always felt a real implicit social pressure, obviously, not to go through.

00:14:48   And I don't steal things.

00:14:49   So you give it a little bit of time.

00:14:50   And, you know, if they take more than about 30, 45 seconds, then you're allowed to do

00:14:53   it.

00:14:54   Right, then it's their fault.

00:14:55   And then last week, and just last week is when you bring it up, I was at the eye doctor.

00:15:00   And I have a family history of glaucoma and stuff.

00:15:05   So I go to a real, what do you call them?

00:15:07   Ophthalmologist. - Ophthalmologist.

00:15:09   - And they do these tests on the pressure

00:15:12   of my eyeballs and stuff.

00:15:13   So I don't get to just go in and read the eye chart

00:15:16   and get a new prescription and go out.

00:15:18   But there were like three or four different tests

00:15:19   I had to have.

00:15:20   And in between each test, they'd make me wait 15 minutes.

00:15:24   But every time, they would take me back out

00:15:26   to the waiting room.

00:15:27   They wouldn't let me sit in the room,

00:15:29   even though they were doing the tests in the same room.

00:15:31   And now, in hindsight, I'm convinced it's anti-rifling.

00:15:34   Interesting, yeah. That makes sense.

00:15:37   It sounds like something in your chart indicates you were a past rifler.

00:15:40   You've got a red star in the operating corner.

00:15:43   No, because the hand place, everybody had to do it. Everybody went into these little,

00:15:48   like, I don't know what you want to call them. They're almost like, they weren't even like

00:15:51   offices.

00:15:52   Sounds like an interrogation room, really.

00:15:53   Yeah, it sounds like a stall. Sounds like veal.

00:15:55   No, and it is, an interrogation room is what I thought. It seemed like something like the

00:16:00   cops come in and talk to you across the table.

00:16:02   Right, and they come in through a different door.

00:16:04   Yeah.

00:16:05   Yeah.

00:16:06   Was there a very large mirror along one wall?

00:16:08   No, but it really – it seemed like it would have been appropriate.

00:16:12   Right.

00:16:13   Right.

00:16:14   Interesting.

00:16:15   And that's where the chief is in there.

00:16:16   Right.

00:16:17   Right.

00:16:18   Tell me how guilty I am.

00:16:19   Do you guys ever eat at Backworld Expo?

00:16:22   Like, when you're – like, now, a normal person like us who just walks in and sees

00:16:27   what's new, then we leave to go.

00:16:28   But, like, when – Paul, like, when you're –

00:16:30   Oh, when we're exhibiting?

00:16:31   Do you get the food?

00:16:33   Well, there's like something in the back of the expo hall that's atrocious and exorbitantly

00:16:43   expensive because you're trapped there. So, I'm sure I've eaten something there.

00:16:48   I don't remember it. I probably blacked it out, but I wouldn't recommend it. There's

00:16:52   plenty of good places right outside the expo hall if you can get there.

00:16:55   Boy, I tell you… May I? May I? I'm not a political person and I don't have strong

00:17:02   feelings about unions. I feel like they're really good about certain things and not so

00:17:05   great about others. But as a person who's been involved with conferences more on the

00:17:10   book side, like in publishing, oh boy, just the nonsense of conferences and how, you know,

00:17:17   for the carpentry stuff, you have to talk to Bob.

00:17:19   Oh, you're talking to half a dozen different people.

00:17:21   And you absolutely can't talk to Randy, who doesn't talk to Susan, and the concessions

00:17:25   are all a part of it. And it's a nightmare. It's expensive. Yuck.

00:17:30   - Yeah, and I feel like, you know,

00:17:32   and it's, you gotta talk to Joe, the internet guy,

00:17:35   to have an internet connection at your booth,

00:17:36   but he doesn't do wifi.

00:17:38   - Yeah, and also, you can't bring your own trash can.

00:17:40   If you don't want a trash can,

00:17:41   you have to get the trash can guy,

00:17:42   and then if you want a trash can liner,

00:17:44   you gotta talk to a totally separate guy

00:17:46   who's in Delaware right now.

00:17:48   - All of that is a hassle, though, for the exhibitors,

00:17:51   right, where, you know, you can't have a trash can,

00:17:54   you can't set up your own internet,

00:17:55   you can't get the cable underneath the carpet,

00:17:59   you've got to have the carpet guy come and put the cable in.

00:18:01   - There's two separate guys, yeah.

00:18:03   - The food thing, though, is where the unionized

00:18:07   restrictions and this is all we can offer,

00:18:09   it really affects everybody.

00:18:11   Because-- - If you're at the show

00:18:12   and you don't want to leave the show, yeah.

00:18:13   - Right, and somehow, as the decades go on,

00:18:16   it spiraled out of control, and now it's like prison food.

00:18:20   (laughing)

00:18:22   'Cause I noticed today when I was going through,

00:18:24   I did notice, and I was going through what I believe

00:18:27   would be prime lunchtime.

00:18:28   know, it was like sometime around one, and there was nobody getting food. I mean, and

00:18:34   you know, and there was a lot of people in this expo, you know, it seemed pretty busy,

00:18:38   I think that's our, you know, the consensus, and there was nobody back there. It's just

00:18:41   like these lunch ladies, you know, ready to serve people and nobody in line. And it really

00:18:46   kind of smelled bad.

00:18:49   Nobody pays for prison food.

00:18:50   Right.

00:18:51   And here they're trying to get you to do just that.

00:18:52   Yeah, it's really, I mean, it's the – convention food is on the same trajectory as food that

00:19:01   was available in the Soviet Union in the 80s. Like, it's centrally planned. They have

00:19:05   no incentive to make good stuff.

00:19:07   It's part newspaper.

00:19:08   It's part newspaper. There are, you know, ladies with rugged waistlines and no, you

00:19:17   know, no smiles. You have a rugged waistline?

00:19:19   No, see, I don't—I think you're unfairly criticizing the lunch ladies. I think they're

00:19:24   fine. I think it's just the food.

00:19:25   Oh, yeah? All right, fair enough. I mean—

00:19:26   I think they're just working.

00:19:27   Yeah.

00:19:28   I think it's really the food.

00:19:29   Yeah, all right.

00:19:30   But they definitely have no incentive to make it any good because—

00:19:32   Yeah, and I feel like in a hypothetical world where you could do this and you could reset

00:19:37   the food contracts at Moscone back to zero and just say, "Look, all of these rules,

00:19:44   whatever—whoever's already got these concessions, get rid of them. We're going to start all

00:19:47   all over from scratch. It's probably not gonna be great food.

00:19:50   - It'll be like a ballpark, right?

00:19:52   - Yeah.

00:19:52   - It'll probably be like a ballpark.

00:19:53   Like you'll get some garlic fries

00:19:54   and some clam baker dips and stuff.

00:19:58   - But yeah, I think that's a good analogy.

00:20:00   You know, the hot dog you get at the ballpark is not great.

00:20:04   But it's a hot dog and it's good and it's at least hot.

00:20:08   - Yeah, you have options. You have options.

00:20:10   What would you?

00:20:11   Oh guys, I think about this so much.

00:20:13   You know, you're too smart, guys.

00:20:16   I would, it would be so exciting to go into business with you too. You know, just in like

00:20:23   to build a restaurant with both of you would I think be delightful. So if you're ever

00:20:28   in the market to do a food concession, maybe a food truck, we could do a truck. Wouldn't

00:20:32   take too much time. I have all the time in the world. I have no job.

00:20:36   Do you have the truck?

00:20:37   I have no truck.

00:20:39   You're out.

00:20:40   Yeah. What about food truck minus the truck, just the food? Call it a food. It's a food.

00:20:46   you just bring it places? I guess so. Food bike? Food trucks, it seems like that's

00:20:51   a new hipster thing. I noticed that there's a food truck now in the Mint Plaza where Blue

00:21:01   Bottle is. There's a food truck there. They used to be super low-end. It was hard-working

00:21:09   immigrants. I often think about the people who work in a food truck or a cart even. Some

00:21:17   of them don't even have a truck in Philadelphia. It's just a cart. You're standing in a

00:21:22   little—you've got maybe two square feet of space, no seat. You're standing all day.

00:21:27   David Buehler Yep. Cooking food, greasing.

00:21:30   Dave: Right. Often, they have a remarkable variety of food available for something that

00:21:35   making in a little cart. But now I feel like it's jumped and now it's gone to like…

00:21:40   It's gourmet. It's…

00:21:41   Yeah.

00:21:42   Yeah, absolutely. Well, I think they started out… Probably the most popular food trucks

00:21:45   were, you know, construction sites, things like that, where they're just driving there,

00:21:48   they're going to grill you up some burgers and that's it. And the first place I saw

00:21:52   one though was using Twitter. That was their big deal was they were some like sort of little

00:21:56   upscale burger thing, but it was like, "We're going to be at this street…"

00:21:59   Right. Twitter made it easy.

00:22:01   Right. It was a way to find where the truck was going to be.

00:22:04   Right, right.

00:22:05   And then, I don't know if that helped exploded or what, but that's where I first saw them

00:22:09   was using Twitter, using the internet to move around town and not need to get a standalone

00:22:16   restaurant and the permits that that requires.

00:22:18   Gee whiz, I can't remember the name of it now, but there's a cluster of food trucks

00:22:22   in San Francisco.

00:22:23   What are they called?

00:22:24   They're named, I'll think of it later, but it's a bunch and they all kind of rove

00:22:27   to one place and then they all set up there.

00:22:30   Together?

00:22:31   Yeah.

00:22:32   a festival of fun and they're coming down

00:22:34   out of San Francisco and yeah, it's great for food options.

00:22:39   As long as you're on board with funny puns.

00:22:44   - Oh yeah, gotta have a pun.

00:22:45   - One of the most popular food trucks here,

00:22:47   I think still is Chairman Bao.

00:22:48   You have to have definitely some sort of surprising fusion.

00:22:55   Like fish meets sand.

00:22:58   Like sand fish.

00:23:00   or, you know, banh mi, like creme brulee in a banh mi.

00:23:04   - When I was at Drexel University,

00:23:08   Drexel had a, I don't know if they still do or not.

00:23:10   - Oh, did they have the Chinese food truck?

00:23:12   - No, they had, we had a whole street

00:23:15   right in the middle of campus, like a little side street,

00:23:17   where it was every day, all day, you know,

00:23:20   it was just from one end of the corner to the other,

00:23:23   all food cart, or trucks, trucks and carts.

00:23:25   And it was almost like a food court you could go to,

00:23:28   you could get anything, you know, there was one,

00:23:29   It was like an Italian family and they made good meatball sandwiches.

00:23:33   Was it near Penn though?

00:23:34   Was it near like…

00:23:35   No.

00:23:36   It was…

00:23:37   No, it wasn't that close.

00:23:38   Well, I remember one.

00:23:39   I was at Penn for a summer and they had a Chinese food truck and it was Y-U-K space

00:23:45   K-E-E apostrophe S. It was Yucky's Chinese Food, which was the worst possible name I

00:23:52   could think of.

00:23:53   So, you had complete variety though?

00:23:56   Well, not…

00:23:57   it was like, "Do you want a meatball sandwich or do you want a cheesesteak?" And everybody

00:24:01   had soft pretzels.

00:24:02   But you got to know the people though. And that was part of the thing. And I wish—I

00:24:07   was always curious about such things but never—I don't know. I wouldn't ask. Whereas now,

00:24:12   I would ask. And I'm curious like—because they always had the exact same spot. Like

00:24:17   they were—

00:24:18   Tim Cynova—Oh, they lined up the same way?

00:24:19   Justin Perdue—There might have been—I would say there were eight or nine trucks

00:24:21   and they were always in the same spots. Never, never, never ever changed. And I always—you

00:24:25   There's no—surely there's no legal right to have that.

00:24:29   Well, now that the cities are licensing where they can park and I know Boston has like—this

00:24:35   is food truck parking and I think maybe they agree within each other amongst themselves,

00:24:41   "You'll park here, I'll park here."

00:24:43   Also the local chambers of commerce tend to be against them because they compete directly

00:24:48   with existing businesses that pay things like rent and taxes to the neighborhood and I'm

00:24:53   that food trucks don't have to pay tax to the place in which they're parked. I really

00:24:57   don't know how that works.

00:24:58   But...

00:24:59   I don't think so.

00:25:00   They must have permits or something though. So...

00:25:01   Yeah, they must have... Yeah, that's true.

00:25:02   That's where you get your money from, I would think.

00:25:03   That's true. But I don't... I think those chambers of commerce tend to dislike the existence

00:25:08   of those food trucks because they'll be gone tomorrow and they'll just have stolen your,

00:25:12   you know...

00:25:13   Like gypsies.

00:25:14   ...25 lunches. Like gypsies.

00:25:15   Well, it does... Part of it, the fact that it's a business on wheels. If you think about

00:25:20   it...

00:25:21   It's very fly-by-night.

00:25:22   to it. But I remember when I first got to Drexel and first encountered them, and I just

00:25:25   thought, "Well, this is really weird having food that's made in a moving vehicle."

00:25:29   Right?

00:25:30   Right.

00:25:31   That they could, like, if something goes bad, if, you know…

00:25:34   If they kill some people with some food poisoning or something, they could just drive right

00:25:37   out of town.

00:25:38   Right. They're gone.

00:25:39   Here's the problem. Here's the problem. The problem is then it becomes a thing that

00:25:41   everybody gets super excited about. Like, I can only eat out of a truck because that's

00:25:45   just what we do now. Wait. Where did you get the steak? From a regular kitchen. That's

00:25:50   It's a terrible idea.

00:25:51   The place in San Francisco that I do recommend that it's on Facebook and Twitter, it's

00:25:56   called Off the Grid and it's just that roving band of food trucks that's delicious and

00:26:00   great.

00:26:01   And they're on Facebook and Twitter?

00:26:02   I think.

00:26:03   You tell me.

00:26:04   Well, no, but it's called Off the Grid?

00:26:05   I mean…

00:26:06   I think it's called Off the Grid.

00:26:07   All right.

00:26:08   I have to go to SF for something.

00:26:09   Yeah.

00:26:10   And the other thing, it's like random reminiscing, but there was a genius guy when I was at Drexel.

00:26:19   His name was, it's what we called him,

00:26:22   and it was the name of his truck, Taco Lou.

00:26:25   And--

00:26:27   - Now do you think he got the nickname before the truck?

00:26:29   - Well, I don't know, but it just,

00:26:31   the truck said Taco Lou's.

00:26:34   And like all the other trucks, he served lunch,

00:26:37   breakfast to lunch, daytime hours.

00:26:40   And then you could eat at three or four in the afternoon,

00:26:43   but they were starting to put stuff away.

00:26:44   Taco Lou's genius idea was,

00:26:47   He started parking his truck up by the fraternities on Friday and Saturday night.

00:26:54   All of a sudden, at midnight, he'd open back up.

00:27:00   And again, hardworking guy.

00:27:02   There's a guy who spent all day Friday serving people lunch tacos.

00:27:05   I guess maybe he went somewhere and took a nap and then started.

00:27:10   And the drunk taco line was just unbelievable.

00:27:14   I don't think I ever even got one because it was like nobody goes there. It's too

00:27:19   busy. It was crazy. We all thought like, "Well, Taco Lou is a genius." We thought

00:27:27   that he should jack the prices up.

00:27:31   At 2 a.m. or midnight.

00:27:32   Yeah. It's still like $20 tacos. But he didn't. He had the same prices he had during

00:27:36   the day.

00:27:37   He's a good man, Taco Lou.

00:27:39   Let's find him. Surely he's living in a palatial mansion today. Let's go find him and ask him.

00:27:47   Maybe we'll get an audience.

00:27:49   I'm just pouring myself some more bourbon. You guys didn't comment on how I elegantly took my sweater off.

00:27:54   Well I didn't know if we wanted to talk about your... I don't know what to call that.

00:27:58   I just call it Hootie and the Blowfish rhythm guitar player.

00:28:01   It looks like you could be at a ranch.

00:28:04   Super gay ranch.

00:28:06   - Scott, I like to roll my sleeves up.

00:28:09   Do you like the button on the elbow where you can--

00:28:13   - That's a great question, Jon.

00:28:14   That's a great question.

00:28:15   I do like an elbow button, but I often feel like

00:28:18   that mandates how far I'm supposed to take it up.

00:28:20   And you know what?

00:28:21   - Maybe you wanna show off the biceps.

00:28:22   - Yeah, you know what?

00:28:23   That's true, although to be fair, I have two arms,

00:28:27   but just they share a bicep.

00:28:29   - Maybe you wanna show off the bicep.

00:28:30   - Thank you.

00:28:31   They're innies.

00:28:33   Yeah, so there's three types of button-down shirts that you can roll up. There's the one

00:28:37   that doesn't have any sort of aid. There's ones that have a button.

00:28:41   Oh, a little bit above the cuff.

00:28:43   A little bit above the cuff. And then there's the ones that have a strap. You ever see that?

00:28:47   Sure, sure. Yeah, I own a couple of those.

00:28:50   I don't care for the ones with the strap.

00:28:51   You know, honestly, we should just say that no conversation about clothes should take

00:28:56   place in the presence of Paul Kefauzis.

00:28:58   Wow.

00:28:59   Well, and I say this with love, you're the master of the functional wardrobe.

00:29:06   Thank you.

00:29:07   All right.

00:29:08   We've had conversations about those crazy toe shoes.

00:29:11   We've had…

00:29:12   I run in those.

00:29:13   I don't wear those.

00:29:14   Let's be clear.

00:29:15   I saw some people at the show wearing those.

00:29:16   I'm not wearing those on a day-to-day basis.

00:29:18   Have you seen the formal ones?

00:29:20   Have you seen the leather ones that they make?

00:29:21   They make leather ones.

00:29:22   Do they really?

00:29:23   Yeah, that's not a joke.

00:29:24   Like to wear to prom?

00:29:25   Like to wear to dinner, you know, with your…

00:29:27   I don't know, you don't have a wife obviously if you're wearing those shoes.

00:29:31   By yourself, I don't know, on a date, I don't know.

00:29:33   But yeah, they have fancy leather ones.

00:29:36   But we've had conversation about the zip-off pants.

00:29:39   Functional?

00:29:40   Super functional.

00:29:41   So yeah, I say, you know, I think...

00:29:42   I've got button-down shirts.

00:29:44   I can rock a button-down shirt.

00:29:46   I've seen you dress up and you're very handsome when you dress up.

00:29:49   I just choose not to.

00:29:51   Fair enough.

00:29:53   I feel those, the shoes with the toes.

00:29:57   It was a clever idea. They must be very comfortable, I guess, for some people. Some people must

00:30:04   find them very comfortable. But it's one of those things that seemingly has very quickly

00:30:09   become a religion. And I think that's why they might be—I was not aware that they're

00:30:14   making dresser leather ones, but I believe that it's because the people who get into

00:30:18   it self-identify now as—

00:30:20   Tim Cynova, Jr. "Toeshoe people?"

00:30:21   Tim Cynova, Jr. "Toeshoe people?"

00:30:22   Tim Cynova, Jr. "Toeshoe people?"

00:30:23   Tim Cynova, Jr. "Toeshoe people?"

00:30:24   Tim Cynova, Jr. "Toeshoe people?"

00:30:25   Tim Cynova, Jr. "Toeshoe people?"

00:30:26   Tim Cynova, Jr. "Toeshoe people?"

00:30:27   sporting equipment.

00:30:28   I agree.

00:30:29   The same way you have bowling shoes.

00:30:30   Right.

00:30:31   And I'm wearing bowling shoes right now.

00:30:32   Exactly.

00:30:33   But, you know, if I see you in a gym with the five-finger shoes or whatever they're

00:30:36   called, okay, fine.

00:30:37   I'm not going to, you know, I'm not going to punch you in the nose.

00:30:41   But you know, if we're out at the steakhouse and you've got the patent leather five-finger

00:30:46   shoes, ugh.

00:30:47   Is it just my experience or do you guys find that the toe shoe people want to tell you

00:30:53   about their toe shoes?

00:30:54   - A lot of excitement in the TSC,

00:30:57   or the TOSU community, it's true.

00:30:59   - They want you to try them,

00:31:01   and they're not gonna take no for an answer.

00:31:03   - Well actually, I think about this a lot.

00:31:06   You know, I have certain things in my life

00:31:07   that I will proselytize, right?

00:31:10   A lot of people feel this way about Apple, of course.

00:31:14   I have, I think, well certainly the one thing

00:31:17   that I will talk up and down all day

00:31:20   is the Tempur-Pedic mattress.

00:31:22   love a Tempur-Pedic mattress.

00:31:24   Scott Benner 0 The talk show this week is sponsored by Tempur-Pedic.

00:31:27   David A.

00:31:37   the mattress, or I'll let you sleep in my bed for a night. And yes, I will have sex

00:31:41   with you. But that's basically—let's call that like a tip, right? Like, I'm changing

00:31:47   your life.

00:31:48   I have to admit, you've got me here, Scott, because I'm not—you really are a—

00:31:54   Yeah, that's true. I really am.

00:31:55   This is actually true. It's not just a bit.

00:31:56   It's looking at us like we're idiots for not having them.

00:31:59   No.

00:32:00   Right.

00:32:01   I want to know—this, to me, now we've finally found what this episode is about. Tell

00:32:05   me. I do.

00:32:06   - Right, no, tell me about it.

00:32:07   Is Tempur-Pedic a brand or?

00:32:09   - It's a brand and I think it's also the sort of the parent,

00:32:13   like the generic version is memory foam, right?

00:32:16   So it's instead of a spring,

00:32:18   you just sleep on a giant slab of memory foam.

00:32:21   And I would never have switched over

00:32:24   to this kind of mattress if I hadn't been,

00:32:26   my wife and I were house sitting for friends of ours.

00:32:30   - And you slept in their bed?

00:32:31   - And we slept in their bed.

00:32:32   - Oh, like you do.

00:32:33   We slept all over the, up and down the bed.

00:32:36   I don't know what that means.

00:32:38   We, so you lay down in it, and it's this very strange

00:32:43   sort of like--

00:32:45   - You sink a little bit.

00:32:46   - You sink a little, you make sort of an impression.

00:32:47   It doesn't push back, you push into it.

00:32:50   And I leaned back and I thought,

00:32:52   well this is a really strange.

00:32:53   (imitates

00:32:53   (snoring)

00:32:55   And then I woke up 10 hours later feeling wonderful.

00:33:00   And let me tell you another thing about it that's amazing.

00:33:03   As a person who, now my job involves going out at night

00:33:06   and then robbing people of their money

00:33:08   and then coming home late.

00:33:10   And so I will come home at 1 a.m.

00:33:13   and my wife will be long asleep.

00:33:14   The beauty of the Tempur-Pedic,

00:33:16   you've presumably seen that commercial

00:33:17   with the bowling ball and the glass of wine.

00:33:19   Do you know how handy that comes in?

00:33:22   when your spouse is already asleep and you're just trying to pass out bed next to you.

00:33:28   Yes, yes.

00:33:29   Now are you a Tempur-Pedic specific? Because I have a memory foam mattress, but it's not Tempur-Pedic.

00:33:34   Well, I don't know. I think is it 100% or is it…

00:33:37   No, it's not the pillow top. It's the whole thing.

00:33:40   I don't know. I don't know what the difference is or if there's…

00:33:43   I've certainly become a brand…

00:33:45   Okay, you're a loyalist.

00:33:46   - You're a loyalist.

00:33:47   - Loyalist only because the weird thing about beds

00:33:50   is how often do you sleep in other beds

00:33:52   except in a hotel and then you don't know what it is.

00:33:55   - And it's a big investment.

00:33:57   I mean, they're like--

00:33:58   - Yeah, it's like $1,200 or something.

00:34:01   - $1,200, $2,000, yeah.

00:34:02   - Yeah, and then I see that this is one of those things

00:34:04   where I, you know, I love to sleep.

00:34:07   God, I love to sleep.

00:34:08   - You gotta give it a shot, and I think there are even like,

00:34:10   I think there's even a way to like--

00:34:12   - I think they've got like a 30-day--

00:34:13   - Take it for a test drive kind of thing.

00:34:14   - Yeah, which is weird.

00:34:15   Oh, it's gross. I hope I didn't get a…

00:34:16   I think you'd get the used one.

00:34:18   I hope I didn't get… Or maybe like a thrice used one.

00:34:21   Right. Right. Like when your 30-day thing is over and you're like, "Well, it's

00:34:26   great. I'm in. I'm going to just buy it. I'm sold." And they're like, "Well,

00:34:29   we'll send you a new one."

00:34:30   Yeah. You got to send that one back for sterilizing.

00:34:32   Oh, yeah. You don't want to keep that one. That one is not the one you want to sleep

00:34:35   in for more than 30… We're actually legally not allowed to let you sleep in that for more

00:34:38   than 29 nights.

00:34:39   That's right. FDA mandated, right.

00:34:41   We have to show up. It's not a cost thing. We're not being cheap. It's just ringworm.

00:34:45   Now the problem I found with the mattress though is I lost some weight and the mattress

00:34:51   shapes itself to your body.

00:34:52   Oh, okay.

00:34:53   Interesting.

00:34:54   And so, if you lose a good amount of weight, you're just going to sink into that bed.

00:34:58   Interesting.

00:34:59   Yeah, I haven't had that problem.

00:35:00   I've been consistently gaining weight for 14 years.

00:35:03   So that's working for you then.

00:35:04   That's good.

00:35:05   That's good.

00:35:06   So it doesn't—see, now, you see, I assumed that once I woke up—

00:35:09   No, it springs back.

00:35:11   But it has some—

00:35:13   Well, that may actually be the difference between the Tempur-Pedic and other versions.

00:35:17   I have a lesser mattress.

00:35:18   I don't know. In all honesty, I don't know if they don't last as long. We flip ours

00:35:24   every six months or something. I really do. Like, again, that was the first thing I thought

00:35:30   about.

00:35:31   You're an evangelist.

00:35:32   People get excited about things. I get excited about the Tempur-Pedic mattress experience.

00:35:35   God, I wish I loved anything as much as you love the Tempur-Pedic mattress.

00:35:38   Right. No, no. If I knock on your door wearing a white button-down short-sleeve shirt and

00:35:42   a tie with my name tag on my –

00:35:44   And a lab coat.

00:35:45   Yeah, and a lab coat.

00:35:46   You're a sleep scientist.

00:35:47   I'm a sleep scientist. Then let me in and let me show you the glory of a mattress.

00:35:55   Do you like sleeping in a guest bedroom at somebody's house?

00:35:58   I'd rather pay for the hotel.

00:36:00   I'm a hotel guy.

00:36:02   Well, why? What's the problem?

00:36:04   Noises, odors.

00:36:07   Your noises, your odors, your odors are theirs.

00:36:09   Everybody's. I mean –

00:36:10   Yeah.

00:36:12   I think there's nothing nicer than coming to a friend's house for, let's say, a dinner

00:36:17   or just for a few hours and to have somebody open their home to you. It is a sign of friendship

00:36:24   and generosity. It's a way to get to know people and I think it's just great.

00:36:27   And the nicest thing you can do is to leave after a house.

00:36:30   Right. And to me, sleeping in their house is just way too intimate. There is nobody

00:36:34   -- I'm lucky that I like to sleep in my own house.

00:36:37   Well, I think we make a mistake when we measure sort of age or, what's the right word, phases

00:36:45   of our life with our ages, right? Because one of the big life changes is when you do

00:36:50   have both the financial means but also the impatience to switch over to not staying at

00:37:00   people's houses. Because what people do when they're 24 and they're traveling around is

00:37:03   they sleep on their friend's couch because they have to. And at a certain point you're

00:37:07   like, "I will just pay." Or it's like the same thing happens when you switch your luggage

00:37:13   from a backpack to a suitcase. You're like, "This is a life change and we should have

00:37:18   better linguistic indicators of our ages that make use of those transitions rather than

00:37:23   just a number." Because that is a specific one that if the three of us were like super

00:37:30   brand is staying at friends' houses, it would be strange because we're out of that phase

00:37:34   of life.

00:37:35   We're too old for that.

00:37:36   Yeah, there's nothing wrong with being younger and doing that, of course, because that's

00:37:40   how you do stupid things when you're younger.

00:37:42   You know, I think about it.

00:37:43   What I want is my own toilet.

00:37:45   That's really what it is.

00:37:46   It's huge.

00:37:47   I want a home toilet.

00:37:48   If I'm at your house, that's your toilet.

00:37:49   Yeah, although I would love to show you my toilet.

00:37:53   You've got some evangelizing to do by your toilet as well.

00:37:55   It's a Tempur-Pedic memory foam toilet.

00:37:58   It's waterless.

00:37:59   just the bed. That's how you make a Tempur-Peed waterbed. Now we are getting somewhere with

00:38:06   the show. It's usually so boring. When you're in a hotel, you could do anything

00:38:11   to the toilet. I mean, you could destroy the toilet. I mean, really. And the bed too, really.

00:38:19   And they are equipped to deal with it. You can take a two-hour shower. No consequences.

00:38:26   Exactly. And worst case scenario is you just leave a little bit more of a tip.

00:38:31   Right.

00:38:32   And you're out of it.

00:38:33   Right.

00:38:34   Guilt for conscious free.

00:38:35   Maybe a note.

00:38:36   Maybe a note.

00:38:37   Maybe a note.

00:38:38   So sorry.

00:38:39   Those are not shards of glass. You should use gloves either way.

00:38:43   I actually have in my – the bag that I travel with a pad, a notepad.

00:38:47   Of apology – pre-written apologies?

00:38:49   And it starts with so sorry. I don't have to write that. It's just – I just rip

00:38:53   it off and I don't even have to begin it. And then it's...

00:38:56   It's in sort of a fun 60s cursive font.

00:38:59   So sorry, I...

00:39:00   With your floor and your sheets.

00:39:01   Yeah, the carpet or whatever. Whatever the case is.

00:39:04   Oh! Okay, tell you, I got a good story.

00:39:06   Do you have checkboxes?

00:39:07   I got a good story.

00:39:08   Do you have checkboxes? You say, "So sorry, checkboxes about the carpet."

00:39:09   No, I should know. I think checkboxes...

00:39:10   Checkboxes.

00:39:11   Checkboxes. I should make them up with checkboxes.

00:39:12   Right. Get it printed up.

00:39:13   Yeah.

00:39:14   And you can just check off whatever happened.

00:39:15   That's a great idea. And I love, like, you know, the possibilities. Like, you could put

00:39:19   things on there that may never happen. Genocide. I don't know.

00:39:22   so sorry about the genocide.

00:39:23   Yeah, you never check it. Good to have.

00:39:25   It's good to have.

00:39:26   It's good to have in your back pocket.

00:39:27   All right, so you have a story?

00:39:28   I'm quoting Miss Leany.

00:39:29   Uh, yes.

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00:42:57   Scott Foundas (00;01;00) Talk show one.

00:42:58   Steve

00:43:02   Yeah.

00:43:08   Scott

00:43:18   Scott, you have a story.

00:43:19   - Yeah, I was also just thinking about--

00:43:21   - About apologizing to maids, I believe.

00:43:22   It's where we were going.

00:43:24   - I'll tell you.

00:43:25   I'll tell you what happened.

00:43:27   This happened when we were in,

00:43:29   staying in a hotel in Seattle.

00:43:33   Woke up one morning, my wife was just staring at me like,

00:43:35   "So, what are we gonna do?"

00:43:37   I was like, "What are you talking about?"

00:43:39   And she said, "You don't remember anything."

00:43:40   - Was there a body?

00:43:41   - No.

00:43:42   Well, she said, "Last night, you got up out of bed,

00:43:46   And then about three minutes later, I heard you knocking on the door.

00:43:50   And I opened the door and I said, "What are you doing?"

00:43:58   And you said to me, she said, you know, you said to me, "What are you doing?"

00:44:01   And I walked in.

00:44:02   You were real surly.

00:44:03   Yeah. She said, evidently, what happened was you got up, presumably, to use the restroom.

00:44:08   Oh, God.

00:44:08   And then you went out the wrong door in your sleep, peed everywhere in the hallway.

00:44:14   (laughs)

00:44:16   and then knocked on the door to get back into the room

00:44:21   and came back and went right back to sleep.

00:44:23   And as she was telling that story,

00:44:26   - You said, "This sounds like me."

00:44:28   - I was, you know, sleepwalking is a thing,

00:44:30   but the thing that bummed me out,

00:44:31   I just listened to that story and it's like,

00:44:33   the character in that story is awesome.

00:44:36   (laughs)

00:44:38   And it's sad because I can't remember it

00:44:40   and I'm bugged about that.

00:44:41   I don't know why, oh, I just,

00:44:42   pee pee jokes, pee pee stories.

00:44:43   But yeah, no, that was a thing.

00:44:47   And so that actually was, I went on app.net.

00:44:50   Maybe I had done that before,

00:44:51   like so how much should you tip for weird stuff?

00:44:55   - For mandating all over the hallway.

00:44:57   - That's right, that's right.

00:44:58   - Right, and that is a little outside the normal bounds

00:45:00   of hotel tipping, where you're tipping within your room,

00:45:03   you tip the person who's gonna come in and clean your room.

00:45:07   Whereas if you've done some--

00:45:08   - Oh yeah.

00:45:09   - If you've done some--

00:45:10   - Some hall stuff.

00:45:11   - Put a $100 bill on the wall and just stick a knife into it

00:45:14   and just in the hallway.

00:45:16   And they'll know what it's for.

00:45:17   - Yeah, you definitely, I guess the moral of the story

00:45:20   is in your notepad with the check marks

00:45:23   according to the reasons, you definitely want an other.

00:45:25   - Yeah, you need an other with a couple lines.

00:45:29   - 'Cause you never would have predicted that either.

00:45:32   - I would have seen it coming.

00:45:33   - You know, I mean, during your anecdote,

00:45:34   you pointed at me because you know

00:45:36   that I've had several similar circumstances.

00:45:40   Yeah, and you know, it turns out it's fairly common. Like, it happens, like, people will

00:45:44   sleepwalk...

00:45:45   Two out of three people in this room have micturated in a hotel room in a place that

00:45:50   was not the toilet.

00:45:51   That they know. That they know. It's possible.

00:45:53   You think I'm three out of three and I just don't even know.

00:45:56   You never know.

00:45:57   It's possible. You're right. You're right.

00:45:58   You have to have independent verification.

00:46:00   Yeah, and for me, and I guess I always had the wrong idea about what sleepwalking was,

00:46:05   You know, it was my understanding of sleepwalking was informed by like Popeye cartoons.

00:46:10   - Right. - Arms out.

00:46:12   - Arms out. - Right.

00:46:13   - Bumping into walls. - Yeah.

00:46:15   - Eyes closed. - Eyes closed.

00:46:18   And it's really just sort of like, I guess what it really is, is you're just sort of semi-waking up.

00:46:24   - Right. - Like, and, you know,

00:46:27   I think very probably commonly because you have to pee, you have to urinate,

00:46:31   and your body as an adult,

00:46:33   once you reach that stage where you, you know,

00:46:36   no longer talk. - It doesn't let you just go.

00:46:37   - Right, like you actually can't.

00:46:39   Like that's actually, like the Jackass guys had that thing,

00:46:41   or maybe it was Howard Stern, I don't know.

00:46:43   But one of those shows where people do crazy stunts,

00:46:45   they were trying to pee their pants all together,

00:46:48   and none of them could like bring themselves--

00:46:49   - Couldn't perform?

00:46:50   - Sorry, even consciously?

00:46:51   Like just in a room? - Yeah, yeah, it was--

00:46:54   - Interesting.

00:46:55   - Well, I'm sure readers, or listeners of the talk show

00:46:57   will point it out because I think it was,

00:46:58   I forget if it was Howard Stern or Jackass.

00:47:00   I think it was Howard Stern, though.

00:47:01   I think it was Howard Stern, and they all put on Depends,

00:47:04   and they were trying to pee their pants on air,

00:47:07   on purpose, as a gag, which is kind of a funny gag,

00:47:10   and they couldn't do it.

00:47:11   Like, you actually, like, your body is hooked up

00:47:13   not to do it, so you're--

00:47:14   - It's probably a good thing.

00:47:15   - You have to pee, your body wakes up, you start walking,

00:47:18   but you're not really up, and then next thing you know,

00:47:21   you're down there at the front desk of the hotel,

00:47:23   wearing your underwear, saying, you know--

00:47:24   - Hanging on your underwear.

00:47:25   - I need my room key.

00:47:26   - Yeah, I'm sure that, you know,

00:47:28   At Cornell Hotel Management, it's a 300 or 400 level class, but it's like dealing with

00:47:33   sleepwalkers, dealing with confused men in their underwear.

00:47:38   Now let me get your opinion on this.

00:47:41   Waking a sleepwalker, yes or no?

00:47:43   Well, I think they instantly die.

00:47:46   That is what I – Every Nancy Drew mystery I've ever read shows that they instantly

00:47:48   die.

00:47:49   See, now I think that that's one of those things where I have this misconception that

00:47:54   you do – for God's sake, whatever you do, don't wake a sleepwalker.

00:47:57   And you just let them piss all over the whole hallway or whatever.

00:48:00   Right, right. Whereas what I think is the times that I've had these problems, I think

00:48:03   like a good slap in my face is what I needed, you know?

00:48:06   Right, right, right.

00:48:07   Oh, the toilet, right. Sorry. Sorry.

00:48:09   Right. And I'm lucky too where I've always, you know, I am a—no matter what happens,

00:48:15   I can always get back to sleep. So it wouldn't be like, "Oh, you woke me up and now I can't

00:48:19   get back to sleep." I get back to sleep anyway. But I think like something to make

00:48:23   me a little bit more conscious so that I know that, yes, this is the bathroom door, not

00:48:26   the door to go out in the hallway, it would be good.

00:48:31   So now somebody's going to do it to you and you're just going to keel over dead and that'll

00:48:35   be the end of it.

00:48:36   How did John die?

00:48:37   Somebody whooped him.

00:48:38   This is episode 227 of Touch.

00:48:39   Well, the other thing too is there's like the standard format for a hotel room where

00:48:44   the bathroom is just to the right or left of the entrance.

00:48:49   But then there's some weird hotels that are like, you know, like octagon shaped and then

00:48:54   it stuffs at different angles.

00:48:56   ultimate fighting in there for some reason.

00:48:57   David: Have you heard the story? I can't remember if it was a This American Life or like some

00:49:01   sort of, you know, it was one of those--

00:49:03   John: White Guy Radio?

00:49:04   David; Yes. It was a WGR story where they--it was about a guy who--blind guy, very confident

00:49:11   in his skills, has great, you know, has been blind I think his whole life, could not find

00:49:16   the bathroom in his hotel room. And it's because it was an unfamiliar configuration and there

00:49:21   was some goofy thing or maybe it was the door, but it was some goofy thing that just kept

00:49:25   tricking his ability to walk around the room and feel what was happening around the room

00:49:30   and he would just pass right by the actual opening.

00:49:32   And so he was just going in circles?

00:49:34   Going in circles for a long time. It's a cool story. Yeah, we should find it because

00:49:38   it's fascinating.

00:49:39   See, at that point, you can just go wherever you want. It's like the doctor's waiting

00:49:42   room. If it's been that long, just go. That's on them.

00:49:46   Yeah, that's called blind guy prerogative too. Like you can just do—that's fine

00:49:50   and everybody's on board with that. That's Cornell Hotel Management 324.

00:49:54   So, restaurants sometimes are in a truck, as we talked about. This is what I'm thinking

00:50:05   here with your story.

00:50:06   Right, right.

00:50:07   In a bathroom truck?

00:50:08   Hotel truck.

00:50:09   Oh, hotel truck. No, no, I don't trust it. I don't trust it.

00:50:12   What about hotel van?

00:50:13   Oh, God.

00:50:14   Just a Queens' mattress.

00:50:17   Hotel windowless van.

00:50:19   Hotel windowless van.

00:50:20   No, I don't trust it because the hotel could move while I'm asleep.

00:50:23   Or maybe you want it because the hotel will move when you're asleep and it's like the

00:50:28   moving castle.

00:50:29   Suddenly you wake up and maybe you're in Vegas.

00:50:32   Who knows?

00:50:33   Maybe you're in Omaha, Nebraska.

00:50:34   It's a surprise.

00:50:35   See, I'm thinking though much like Taco Lou's genius of go to where the hungry people are.

00:50:40   Go to where the sleepy people are.

00:50:41   Go to where the sleepy people are.

00:50:42   Yeah.

00:50:43   But the sleepy people don't need anything from you.

00:50:45   They can just go to sleep.

00:50:46   Not necessarily.

00:50:47   Not if they have to get home, for example, or, you know.

00:50:50   Think about Las Vegas. I think Las Vegas, maybe that would be a place where the...

00:50:54   That would be a good city for it because you might wind up two, three, four miles away from your hotel.

00:51:00   Isn't this just called a cab though?

00:51:03   Maybe you don't want to ride that cab. Slow down, Paul. There's something here. Alright, I'm sorry.

00:51:08   I, you know, maybe that's what normal people do is you say you just get in a cab, take you back to your hotel.

00:51:13   Tell them you're at it, fall asleep.

00:51:14   Yeah, you're 25 minutes away from going to sleep.

00:51:17   Whereas if it was right there, you'd just check right in.

00:51:20   Ooh, also, oh my god.

00:51:22   You could check into the hotel van.

00:51:23   We're gonna be millionaires because, you know who sponsors this?

00:51:25   Tempur-Pedic.

00:51:26   They are never able to give people that nighttime sleep experience.

00:51:30   There it is.

00:51:31   So we just buy an old school bus.

00:51:34   A VW Vanagon.

00:51:36   Yeah, or a Vanagon.

00:51:37   Throw a Tempur-Pedic in there.

00:51:38   No, it's gotta be bus size because...

00:51:40   It's gotta be a school bus?

00:51:41   Alright, we're gonna throw 10?

00:51:42   It's gotta scale.

00:51:43   So we're going to throw in like 10.

00:51:44   And you can just cruise the strip.

00:51:45   Cruise the strip and sleepy school bus.

00:51:46   And you're going to get everybody hooked on the Tempurpedics.

00:51:50   Sleepy school bus.

00:51:51   And back to Nancy Drew, my favorite Nancy Drew mystery is sleepy school bus.

00:51:53   The sleepy school bus.

00:51:54   The mystery, okay, the curse of.

00:51:56   But yeah, Tempurpedics sponsors it and I presume pays for everything.

00:52:00   I don't know how sponsorship works.

00:52:02   But we're going to be so rich.

00:52:05   One way or another, Tempurpedic owes us money.

00:52:08   Just send them an invoice, right?

00:52:10   No, the sponsors pay for everything.

00:52:11   Squarespace bought the the mictors sour mash bourbon.

00:52:15   Delicious.

00:52:16   Delicious.

00:52:17   Which is actually really good.

00:52:18   We got, I feel like, I feel like you can hear in the show where, you know, we got a little looser.

00:52:25   WWDC.

00:52:30   So there's a big conference and hotels get tight.

00:52:34   Yeah.

00:52:34   Yeah, they fill up.

00:52:35   And then you start, you know, if you're on a, you know, you don't want to spend too much.

00:52:39   and then all of a sudden you're looking at hotels six, seven blocks out.

00:52:44   South by Southwest, even better examples.

00:52:46   South by Southwest, they literally sell out of hotels.

00:52:49   And if you book too late, you actually, no exaggeration, no hyperbole,

00:52:53   they recommend to you hotels that are like Dallas.

00:52:56   Like La Quinta in Dallas.

00:52:58   Yeah, and there will be a shuttle.

00:53:00   Right.

00:53:01   You're going to have to get up at 3 a.m.

00:53:03   You'll miss the morning sessions, but you'll get there by 1 p.m.

00:53:07   But it doesn't make sense for the city of Austin to build up hotel capacity just for that one week.

00:53:14   Oh, Sleepy School Bus comes in.

00:53:16   Yeah, just like a food truck.

00:53:17   Well, I think South by Southwest, we'd have a fleet of them.

00:53:20   Oh, we have. Yeah, well, I mean, they're called--

00:53:22   Don't get-- Please, don't let me just force that name upon us.

00:53:25   That's just my working title, Sleepy School Bus.

00:53:27   But, you know, we have-- Yeah, exactly.

00:53:30   - Just every-- - It doesn't sound upscale.

00:53:32   - You know what happens, though? - Can we upscale it a little?

00:53:33   Like, when people see this-- Let's-- Okay, let's think about the title.

00:53:36   once people see the sleepy, sleepy valet, the sleepy valet rolling into town and they

00:53:42   see, you know, bus after bus coming in, you get, you get citizens out on the streets clapping

00:53:47   like, "Woo-hoo! Let's do this! It's party time!"

00:53:50   I, again, the name you're doing, that's a, that's a, it's a working title. Code name

00:53:56   or something. Right, sure, sure, sure. No, I'm thinking that we're shooting for like

00:53:59   four star, four and a half star. Yeah, it's upscale. I mean, let's face it, we're not

00:54:02   going to get a fifth star.

00:54:03   No, you can't get a fifth star.

00:54:05   If you don't have a foundation, there's no fifth star available to you.

00:54:08   Right.

00:54:09   But I think we could shoot for four and a half stars.

00:54:13   And settle for four.

00:54:14   And we'll probably get four.

00:54:15   So do we have one bus that's just the business center?

00:54:18   One bus that's a gym?

00:54:19   It's got a printer, right, exactly.

00:54:21   It's a hotel on wheels, but it's like 47 wheels.

00:54:24   It's like so many wheels.

00:54:26   It's a half mile of hotel.

00:54:27   That's another half mile hotel.

00:54:29   Let's check these off, though.

00:54:30   What are the hallmarks of your, you know, like a nice...

00:54:34   Right.

00:54:35   Not great.

00:54:36   You're not talking about the Four Seasons.

00:54:37   You're looking for a Sheraton level experience, right?

00:54:38   Yeah, exactly.

00:54:39   Four Stars.

00:54:40   So you've got to have a bar.

00:54:41   Oh, yes you do.

00:54:43   Now...

00:54:44   Well, wait.

00:54:45   Isn't the Sheraton the one that doesn't have bars?

00:54:46   No, that's Marriott.

00:54:47   That's Marriott.

00:54:48   Well, Marriotts have bars, but they're run by the Mormons.

00:54:50   Yeah, they close at like 6 p.m.

00:54:51   They're open from 5.30 to 6 or something.

00:54:53   They're only open when you don't want to drink.

00:54:55   Right.

00:54:56   They're open from 5.30 to 6 a.m., right?

00:54:57   You look thirsty, slam.

00:54:59   So, you need to have a hotel bar.

00:55:04   You need a bar.

00:55:05   But I think you need a workout room.

00:55:08   I love an elliptical treadmill.

00:55:10   You're never going to get four stars without the health club.

00:55:12   You will.

00:55:13   You need a health club.

00:55:14   Now, how are we going to do the pool?

00:55:16   That's really the problem.

00:55:17   You don't need a pool.

00:55:18   I don't think you need a pool.

00:55:19   You mean get away without the pool.

00:55:20   I think you can get away without a pool.

00:55:21   Yeah, that's true.

00:55:22   Pool is a great thing to have in a hotel, but I think you can get away without it.

00:55:24   We can't do like a rooftop pool on these buses?

00:55:27   That's a great idea.

00:55:28   That's a great question.

00:55:29   You know, you go...

00:55:30   Can we get somebody to look at this at least?

00:55:31   Yeah, we need an intern.

00:55:32   The double-decker bus.

00:55:33   Yeah.

00:55:34   Oh.

00:55:35   The double-decker bus.

00:55:36   You can get like a...

00:55:37   You can get a bed and there's just nothing up there.

00:55:40   That's like the Starlight bedroom.

00:55:42   Yeah.

00:55:43   Ooh, yeah.

00:55:44   I'd pay extra for that.

00:55:45   Private bathtubs on the roof.

00:55:47   Yeah.

00:55:48   It just jumped out to me because we were in New York last week for the day and saw a tour

00:55:53   bus going through Times Square and it's January in New York and it was...

00:55:58   It's sort of like a cold snap, so it was colder than usual.

00:56:01   And there were people on the second deck, and the second deck was half covered, half

00:56:08   uncovered, and there were people in the uncovered part.

00:56:11   And I thought, "Well, that--"

00:56:12   Well, you really want to get those smells.

00:56:13   You want to get the smells of New York.

00:56:15   People love a Double D. It's true.

00:56:17   Well, I can't believe that people would volunteer to be driven in 20-degree weather, open air,

00:56:24   but buy those buses, but put that pool on the open part.

00:56:27   We don't even have to retool the bus.

00:56:29   We don't even have to refit them, yeah.

00:56:30   This is pre-built for success, is what you're saying.

00:56:33   Right.

00:56:34   And then, so maybe the elliptical trainers, they're in the covered portion upstairs.

00:56:40   Oh, I see.

00:56:41   So we've got our pool and our gym right next to each other.

00:56:43   Oh, I see. So it's the patio. Go up to the patio, get some sun and some sweat, and then come back down.

00:56:48   Now, I do have a question, not to be too practical about this horrible idea.

00:56:54   Let's be frank.

00:56:55   Let's be frank.

00:56:56   How, you know, as we all have mentioned here, one of the most important things is privacy

00:57:02   in both the shower and bathroom context.

00:57:06   I think this is something where you are just sleeping.

00:57:08   I don't think you get a chance and maybe that's where we're losing our half-star.

00:57:11   We're going from four and a half to four.

00:57:14   If you need a restroom or your shower, tough shit.

00:57:18   Yeah.

00:57:19   And you know, the ace, some of the aces, a lot of the rooms at the ace hotels don't have


00:57:24   Shared bathrooms?

00:57:25   - Our shared bathroom is with the Denny's.

00:57:27   - Yeah, our shared bathroom is the Hilton

00:57:30   that we park in front of.

00:57:32   And steal their cable too.

00:57:33   - The Ace is the model for this,

00:57:36   because the Ace, I have stayed in an Ace,

00:57:38   and they do some incredibly aggressive

00:57:42   design techniques on their bathroom.

00:57:44   - There's some austerity.

00:57:45   - Right, it is very much an upscale hotel.

00:57:48   It's not cheap, it's upscale,

00:57:50   but they're doing some weird things.

00:57:52   I stayed in the Ace in Portland a couple years ago,

00:57:56   and my shower was just in the room.

00:58:00   And not frosted glass.

00:58:05   It was glass enclosed,

00:58:06   but it was just perfectly clear glass.

00:58:10   - They call that the sexy suite, actually.

00:58:12   - Yeah, I was gonna say, I saw that on RedTube.

00:58:15   - Well, I'll tell you--

00:58:16   - But you on RedTube.

00:58:17   - Yeah, I was gonna say-- - You specifically.

00:58:18   - Me taking a shower is not sexy.

00:58:21   taking a shower is gross. Now, I happened--I was there by myself. So it--

00:58:28   So it's fine.

00:58:29   In a sense, it shouldn't have mattered. But yet, even though--

00:58:32   You still felt violated?

00:58:33   I--not violated. I felt incredibly embarrassed.

00:58:36   I totally agree with you. The standard in New York does the same thing where it's a--it's

00:58:40   a glass--it's a--not even frosted. It's just a plain glass barrier between the bed--and

00:58:46   it was just me. But I felt like--

00:58:48   The dresser should not see you naked is what you're saying.

00:58:50   you naked. Well, that is true. Yeah, as little as possible. What I thought was, well, what

00:58:55   if I were here with Amy? What if my wife were here? She'd be out there like on her iPad

00:59:00   sitting in bed reading or something and there's my gross... You're scrubbing your ass. Yeah,

00:59:04   yeah. Well, how about worse? How about if you're a business traveler and, you know,

00:59:09   you sometimes have to double up for business travel. Oh, yeah. And that's just horrible.

00:59:13   Yeah. That's not gonna work. Then you go into like the cleaning, like, you know how you

00:59:17   shower or I imagine people do shower when they think other people are watching. It's

00:59:23   like a different kind of showering. Like you don't really get in there like you do when

00:59:27   it's just you. That's all I'm saying. Hey, it's just me here. Paul and John stepped out

00:59:33   for a second. So I'm going to just take a second to mention that this episode is sponsored

00:59:37   by...

00:59:38   -Empropetic.

00:59:39   -And Mictors Sour Mash Original Whiskey.

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00:59:44   -Are we taking it too far? It's a little loose.

00:59:47   I don't, you know, I think this might have, let's just say it's not watertight.

00:59:54   It's, you know, we can't...

00:59:56   Unlike our buses, which will be.

00:59:59   That's right.

01:00:01   You know, it does occur to me, this is random, it's out of the blue.

01:00:05   Scott, you're not really a sports fan, you're not really a sports guy.

01:00:08   Paul, you know, I'm medium, I'm not an anti-sports.

01:00:11   He said throwing his wrist out of joints.

01:00:15   Because you see the thing this week where there's a new performance-enhancing drug scandal

01:00:19   with baseball and some very high-profile names.

01:00:22   It sounds like Chinese medicine.

01:00:24   Right.

01:00:25   Right.

01:00:26   The story is it's a clinic.

01:00:29   An anti-aging clinic.

01:00:31   Anti-aging clinic.

01:00:32   Anti-aging is in quotes.

01:00:33   And a lot of this was all new to me.

01:00:36   And it's the Miami New Times.

01:00:39   And I guess that's a small newspaper.

01:00:41   And all hats off to them.

01:00:43   A huge scoop and the reporting, it was just incredibly well-written.

01:00:49   This is why America has newspapers.

01:00:50   Really just a great job.

01:00:54   But I learned so much.

01:00:55   It's this anti-aging clinic.

01:00:58   And the idea is, and this is all news to me, that if you classify aging as a disease, that

01:01:06   you are there for, and you're a medical doctor, you've got the piece of paper, you can write

01:01:10   prescriptions, you can just write people prescriptions for human—

01:01:13   All kinds of stuff.

01:01:14   All sorts of stuff.

01:01:15   Human growth hormone is what you're about to say.

01:01:16   Right.

01:01:17   Human growth hormone and this stuff, because you're afflicted with this disease called

01:01:20   aging, which—

01:01:22   Called, yeah, going to die someday, itis.

01:01:25   I think we've all got that.

01:01:26   Right.

01:01:27   And instead—and that this whole anti-aging thing was really just a front, and that what

01:01:31   they were really doing to make money was selling the same substances to athletes, you know.

01:01:37   And wasn't one of them like deer antler velvet?

01:01:43   Like without joking, like I think something that came up.

01:01:47   That is Chinese medicine style.

01:01:48   That was where I thought you guys were going with that.

01:01:50   I thought part of the story was that one of the sprays or something is made of deer antler

01:01:55   velvet or something.

01:01:57   I don't know.

01:01:58   It's a weird thing and I understand...

01:02:02   I don't know.

01:02:03   As a guy, you know, we're sitting here drinking bourbon.

01:02:04   It's poison, technically poison.

01:02:06   It's not like I'm Pollyanna about putting substances in my body.

01:02:11   But I do feel though that with these athletes, that it's like, I guess I understand the motivation

01:02:15   that you want to stay on top of your game and if you can get an edge over your opponents

01:02:18   it even helps you.

01:02:20   But if you had this phenomenal body that let you be a professional athlete, why in the

01:02:24   world would you risk screwing it up with these weird, crazy substances that you're getting

01:02:30   from a guy illegally?

01:02:32   Who has the same lab coat as the DriveSavers guys?

01:02:36   I'm a doctor.

01:02:38   Take this pill.

01:02:41   There is no equivalent in our fields for performance enhancing drugs.

01:02:45   There's just performance de-enhancing drugs.

01:02:50   We all start at zero and you can only be minuses.

01:02:56   We voluntarily decide to go minus.

01:03:02   So checklist, we're going to open up a suite or a fleet.

01:03:09   A fleet, that is the word, yeah.

01:03:11   Of hotel buses.

01:03:13   Hotel buses.

01:03:14   Hotel bus fleet.

01:03:15   We don't have a name for it yet.

01:03:16   We'll find that out.

01:03:17   We'll figure that out.

01:03:20   Pools on the top.

01:03:21   Yeah.

01:03:22   Ellipticals.

01:03:23   Ellipticals.

01:03:24   We're going to invoice Tempurpedic.

01:03:26   Tempurpedic.

01:03:27   They owe us a lot right now.

01:03:28   They're going to fund it.

01:03:29   That, and a big selling point is you're gonna sleep great.

01:03:32   - Yeah. - All right.

01:03:33   - We're going to investigate the science of sleepwalking.

01:03:35   - Right.

01:03:36   - Figure out whether, in fact, people died--

01:03:38   - Should you wake them up or not?

01:03:39   - Yeah. - All right.

01:03:40   - Should you wake them up?

01:03:40   - All right.

01:03:41   Do we guarantee that when you wake up in the morning

01:03:45   that the hotel is still in the same spot?

01:03:48   - No, absolutely not.

01:03:49   That is not something we can do.

01:03:50   - I thought the whole point was getting you

01:03:51   to your real hotel.

01:03:52   - No, no, no. - No?

01:03:53   - That is so, I don't even know if that,

01:03:55   if you've been listening this whole time.

01:03:56   - Yeah. - That's,

01:03:58   And my guess is that what people do when they sign up for, again, sleepy school bus, I don't

01:04:04   know, when they sign up for sleepy bus, they're rolling the dice. Like maybe they'll luck

01:04:10   out and wake up in front of their house. Maybe they'll wake up outside of a meth lab in

01:04:15   Tempe, Arizona.

01:04:16   Odds are pretty much against them, it sounds like.

01:04:17   Odds are against them.

01:04:18   What if we guarantee that you won't wake up in the same spot?

01:04:21   Well, let's put it this way. It's a real monkeys and typewriters situation. It's just

01:04:25   going to be random. So it's possible that you'll wake up in front of your house. It's

01:04:29   possible that you'll wake up in front of the White House. Who knows? We don't know.

01:04:33   We're going to need hotel restaurants. Yeah. Yeah.

01:04:37   I believe they're just trucks driving alongside of our buses.

01:04:40   Right. So we just…

01:04:41   We just lean out the window and ideally the same speed but, you know, within a couple

01:04:45   of miles an hour.

01:04:46   Oh, that's very smart. Oh, so this is how you'll, for example, check in. You'll

01:04:50   just check in on the interstate. You'll get on the bus. Then that bus will pull up

01:04:54   at speed with the bus next to you, which will be your route.

01:04:57   Because we don't have time to slow down.

01:04:58   Oh, we're on the run/move.

01:05:01   So you do get a phone.

01:05:02   You'll get a phone, and it'll have those buttons.

01:05:04   Now you don't have to dial numbers.

01:05:06   There's little icons.

01:05:07   There's little concierge.

01:05:09   Right.

01:05:09   And so obviously, space is at a premium.

01:05:13   You'll press the little luggage button to get the valet desk.

01:05:17   Right.

01:05:17   Then the valet bus--

01:05:19   --pulls up next to you.

01:05:20   --pulls up next to you.

01:05:21   And what do you want?

01:05:23   What color is your bag? And then he'll hand you the bag and you can get what you need out of it and then hand it back to him.

01:05:30   Yeah, yeah, yeah.

01:05:31   So you're gonna have to tip and change so that you can throw it at him.

01:05:35   I think that this would be incredibly fun.

01:05:37   Oh, this is a moneyma- it's a moneymaker, it's a genius idea.

01:05:40   I mean, it really takes advantage of the superior highway infrastructure that we have in this country as well.

01:05:46   Thank God for Eisenhower. He made this all possible.

01:05:50   Thank you, Ike.

01:05:53   I think it's set. I mean, I think we've got this thing covered from…

01:05:56   So this is probably the last episode because by next week, we're going to be just driving

01:06:01   in money.

01:06:02   Yes, so rich. So rich.

01:06:03   Well, we'll have the hotel. We'll sponsor the show.

01:06:05   Okay.

01:06:06   Yeah, at a minimum.

01:06:07   At that point, it'll just be a labor of love, not a… It won't be commercial in

01:06:11   any way.

01:06:12   Right. Anything… What else? We want to thank Squarespace, the actual sponsor of the show.

01:06:18   there squarespace.com/thetalkshow and the code is the talk show digit two.

01:06:24   I mean we covered pretty much everything that happened this week in technology.

01:06:30   Yeah. So you know what the other great thing and you know this from from the you

01:06:33   you look nice today because you guys have always been very generous on that

01:06:37   podcast with your business ideas and convey them. Oh yeah, totally. And that your

01:06:42   audience has always respected you by not you you share these ideas before you

01:06:47   implement them. And they never rip you off. Not one time. And I think we can trust the

01:06:52   talk show listeners. They're probably...

01:06:54   They're not going to rip off hotel buses.

01:06:55   They're all probably ready to book a couple of nights stay, but they're not going to rip

01:07:00   us off and go and do it ahead of us. They're going to wait for us to...

01:07:03   And they can use coupon code "THETALKSHOW2" to save at least 20% on their room.

01:07:08   I say for the people who jump on early, you get... Book two nights, get one night free.

01:07:14   All right.

01:07:15   That's cool. That's fine with me. I mean, again, three nights of driving can take you

01:07:21   upwards of eight states from where you got on the bus. But if you're on board with that,

01:07:27   then you're on board with that. That's our slogan. If you're on board with that.

01:07:29   If you're on board, you're on board.

01:07:31   When you check in, part of the paperwork might be whether or not you have any legal problems

01:07:36   with our…

01:07:37   In specific states.

01:07:38   States. Great question. Great question. You do want to know…

01:07:40   Which states should we avoid?

01:07:41   Right.

01:07:42   …who's wanted in…

01:07:43   You know what? We could probably make some money with that too.

01:07:45   Bounties and whatnot. If they tell us, "Don't go to Nebraska," we should probably go to Nebraska.

01:07:50   B-line for Nebraska. That's our actual business model.

01:07:53   Yeah, all these companies have no business model. We've got two business models.

01:07:57   We're going to take your money and then we're going to sell you to the bounty hunters.

01:08:00   You think you're checking in to a 200...

01:08:07   Four, four and a half star hotel bus.

01:08:09   And the next thing you know, you've got...

01:08:11   You're in the clink.

01:08:12   pay all of your child support for the last 30 years that you've been ditching because

01:08:16   you're...

01:08:17   Oh, boy.

01:08:18   I think we get a percentage on that, too. I believe that's how that works.

01:08:20   Yeah, I think you could totally...

01:08:21   This is a real moneymaker.

01:08:22   My standard for the success of a podcast is when you can't tell if the thing you just

01:08:27   talked about for 90 minutes was brilliant or really, really stupid. And we just exceeded

01:08:34   that standard/went under that standard.

01:08:37   Cheers. We limboed under that bar.

01:08:38   That's right.

01:08:39   I could totally see too is at a trade show like at Macworld Expo next year

01:08:44   we'll have one of the hotels on the show floor

01:08:47   oh yeah you can just drive it in there we'll drive it in there it's there and

01:08:52   then the people on the show floor can just come in and you know and they can

01:08:55   try their Tempur-Pedic mattress absolutely right and they can they can

01:08:58   sign some paperwork and maybe we drive them I don't know I could sign up with

01:09:02   450 pages of paperwork all right thank you guys this is great thank you thank