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61 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Show 35 - The Wacky Happy Man Kris
We introduce Kris and talk about what he’s up to and how a small town newspaper provides a good amount of information to it’s subscribers.Snack 1 - Russell Stover Chocolate SantaWe jump into talking about movies from the 80’s and how PG was different than PG these days. Next we talk about living in a small town in Iowa and how people know each other, just like Cheers.Snack 2 - Hersey’s Candy CaneWe talk about our high and lows over the past year Check out https://www.kaleidoscopestoyou.com/Snack 3 - Little Debby North Pole Nutty Buddy We wrap up the show rating the treats we tried.
65 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Show 34: Vending Machine Challenge
We try the vending machine challenge and we eat one item from each slot from the machine. That's 19 items people. The anticipation is high, the expectation for completing the challenge is low, and I really hope no one gets a Darwin award out of this. This crazy idea was cooked up by our one and only special correspondent Brian Miller.—————————————————Reese’s - 210Swedish Fish - 320Baby Ruth - 260Heath - 210Kit Kat - 210Milk Duds - 585Tootsie Roll - 23Mr. Goodbar - 260——(Miller and Teeg Tap Out, Ryan Moves On)——Butterfinger - 250York - 1503 Musketeers - 240Payday - 240—————————————————Snacks we didn’t get too……Chatty Cathy’s took over the “Challenge” show.Snickers - 250Ferrero Rocher (3 pack)- 219 Toblerone - 540Twix - 250Hershey’s - 220m&ms - 230MilkyWay - 240—————————————————Total items consumed by Teeg and Miller - 8Total Calories for Teeg and Miller - 2078Total items consumed by Ryan - 12Total Calories for Ryan - 2958Total Items - 19 ItemsTotal Calories - 4907
58 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Show 33: Rebecca Carlson
Try This At Home Show 33 - Rebecca CarlsonRebecca Carlson is someone we’ve all known for years, a longtime friend. She’s a singer, a poet and a writer who lives in Santa Monica. Her EP, Proof of Love came out earlier this year. If you like storytelling, we’re twisting her arm to tell some stories and she’s really good at it. We get caught up with Rebecca and what she has been up to. Snack 1: Classic Honeycomb PeanutsHard shell peanut butter flavored candy. Think of a hard bufferfinger that probably should be thrown away because it's too hard.Teeg jumps into a story about circus peanuts and trying to be the old grandpa that hands them out to anymore.We next talk about Rebecca's memoir and she gives us a short, part one, read. We were blown away and can't wait to hear more.We also talk about Rebecca's singing style and the types of music she feels comfortable singing.SNACK 2: CINNA-PIXCinnamon tooth picks that have a little heat. Great to picking out Honeycomb Peanuts.Teeg tells a gross story on why toothpicks are not allowed in his home and Rebecca delights us with a small section of part two of her memoir.Snack 3: Reland Flat Fillets of AnchoviesMarinated in Olive Oil and Salt........Nope....Nope....Nope... (PS Ryan is typing this they are soooooo gross!!)Of course Teeg loves them and the rest of us are a hard pass. We rank the snacks and finish the show with a song from Rebecca's new album "Proof of Love" which can be found on all streaming services and you can buy it from iTunes. Go Buy It Now!
54 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Show 32: Just Us 3
Today we have a nice easy show with just the three of us talking stories and asking random questions.We start out by talking about Pocket Finds, items you find in your pockets days, weeks or even months after wearing a particular clothing item. Teeg wins this one…..hands down.Snack #1 Hitschler Soft Chewy CandyA safe for old people chewy candy. Bonus inside….temporary tattoo, which requires no water and sticks to your skin for days. OopsOur next topic…..Tattoos. We all talk about weather or not we have tattoos and what they mean. Of course this topic brings up some fun stories. Snack #2 Whistle Pops, the candy that you blow into and make annoying sounds to bug everyone around you. The upside.....they taste really good.Thanks to Rebecca for the idea we'll be starting a band very soonish.Teeg talks about being on TV for creating a keepsake idea that will let people remember the derecho that hit the midwest in 2020.Snack #3: Classic Chili Sauce from France.Holy Hotness.........Not a fan! Teeg actually likes it......he'll eat almost anything!
54 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Show 31: The Beer Show
For this show we sit down with a few friends and do some beer tasting. Thanks to the guys over at Bit Brewery for allowing Teeg to come in and sample beers. Also takes to Slade for stopping by Ryan’s place and bring some Sours. Check out Bit Brewery at https://www.bitbrew3.com/
59 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Show 30: Rose Danaher
Our first topic we talk to Rose about is her house and that fact that it was in a Grant Wood painting titled Young Corn. A little more info is that Grant Wood is best know for the American Gothic painting.Snack 1: KitsA sticky taffy that can pull out a cavity in less than a second. Good flavor just takes longer to get it out of the wrapper then it does to eat.Our next topic with Rose about her being a Nuffield Scholar, which is an opportunity for around 20 individuals each year to research topics of interest in either farming, food, horticulture or rural industries.Snack 2: Simply GumAll natural gum that has a pellet looking shape and if you are looking for a lot of flavor we'd recommend putting 3 to 6 in your mouth at one time.We move right along into talking about local farming, meat eating and climate change.Snack 3: B&M Bread in a canThis one is best described by listening and viewing....It's hard to truly write what the experience is.We finish up our conversation with Rose discussing getting outdoors, hunting and being an outdoors women.Ranking the snacksRose: 1. Simply Gum 2. Can Bread 3. KitsMichelle: 1. Can Bread 2. Simply Gum 3. KitsTeeg: 1. Can Bread 2. Simply Gum 3. KitsRyan: 1. Can Bread 2. Simply Gum 3. KitsThanks for listening
55 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Show 29: George Gray and the Elvis Experience.
George gives us some background on how he and the band got started as well as some history about Elvis becoming the King of Rock’n Roll.Snack #1Haribo Mega Roulette - Chewy Gummies that pack a good amount of flavor.Next we talk about the different types of food Elvis likes and the connection to Colorado. If you want to try one of Elvis’s favorite sandwiches stop into Nick’s Cafe in Lakewood and give the Fools Gold Sandwich a try.Another must do that we talk about is Graceland in Memphis. Ryan and George both have visited and admit it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss.Snack #2Abba-Zaba - Chewy Taffy with Peanut Butter CenterWe move our next conversation into some stories from George about his experiences being a tribute artist.George talks about going to someones house that is on hospice and singing a few songs to the patient and families as being one of the most rewarding thingsThe Hair……We talk about George’s hair.Snack #3Solely Fruit Jerky - the healthy version of a fruit roll-up. Truly kid friendly.We wrap up the show with George talking about why he is a tribute artist and bringing a smile to those that loved Elvis.
62 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Show 28: Who's wants a haiku?
Show 28: Matt Roberts - Who wants a Haiku?Matt Roberts is a longtime friend. He co-founded a non-profit with Teeg and Ryan back in the early 2000’s. He’s an artist, a writer, a dad, he works in law … and he also lives with MS. In his writing, he lives somewhere between discomfort and hilarity.We catch up with Matt and talk a little about snakes and why Matt hates them. We also go into a funny story from Matt about Listerine Breath StripsSnack #1Pixy SticksOut first snack is one that as little kids everyone loves…..Pixy Sticks!Story #2 - Secret dungeonMatt’s second story, titled the “Secret Dungeon” is entertaining and scary all in one.Snack #2Plastic Fruit Powder CandyWe keep the theme of “powder” rolling along with our next snack plastic fruit powered candy. It’s the generic pixy sticks hidden in a plastic container/necklace.Story #3 - North PoleMatt talks about his MS and the stories about some people that just don’t understand how you should approach someone with a disability.Snack #4Grenades - Explosively, Strong GumOur last snack is a little extreme when it comes to gum. It does clear out all your sinuses….Story #4Access 2 Adventure (email@example.com)Our last topic is about Matt and his wife starting a new non-profit called Access 2 Adventure. Matt and his wife are building out a transportation bus with a ramp for people with disabilities so that they can go camping and enjoy the outdoors.Matt wraps up the show, after we rate the snacks, with a haiku!
58 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Show 27: Brian's Mystery Box
Teeg talks about the derecho that hit Iowa and the stories of the midwest’s worst storm in history. This is one storm that if you’ve not heard of or seen photos of please do a quick search on google and you’ll be amazed.Next we move on to talking about previous shows and all the things our special correspondent Brian like to send. If you’ve not watched the “Surströmming Challenge on The Try This At Home Show“ head on over to Youtube and give it a watch. It’s so worth ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_mS1LiCGREAlso give Show 22: It’s a Bug’s Life with Brain Miller fa listen as we try more weird snacks. :/ https://www.trythisathomeshow.com/podcasts/show22With all these weird shows involving Brain he dives into the why he picks what he does and it mostly focuses on “Close dated fish/meat” snacks that Teeg loves.First Candy: Brew Candy, a hard candy with three flavors, Hoppy IPA, Honey Ale and Toasty Stout. Everyone agrees that these hard candies are great. Not so heavy on the “beer” flavor but good overall. Ryan asks if we can call it a show and not do the rest but Brian isn’t having any of that nonsense.Second Candy: EITT SETT, Icelandic candy. Black Licorice and Milk Chocolate combination. This is a Teeg love child candy for sure. The rest of the group isn’t much of a fan. The Google Translate of the wrapper came back with the following “Serious length and liquor rice table”Not much needs to be said that you won’t hear or see but this third snack is one of the worst things we’ve all tried….Letting the audio and video do the explaining is really the only way to describe this mess of a snack.
61 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Show 26: TTAH with J. Roach
This week episode has everyone, but Ryan in their normal location. Ryan is on his way home to California and currently staying at a cabin in Colorado with no wifi or cell coverage. For this episode he is sitting in a van down by the town, unfortunately not a river just to get good cell service.Today’s guest is J.Roach, a comedian, speaker and leader who has earned the nickname "Mr. Hilarious Hope," because he's not just funny, he's inspiring. Today should be a lot of fun.Just a few of the topics we’ll cover with J will be trying out for a national tv show and also dealing with having Covid-19.Before getting into any big topics we’ve got to try our first snack. Lucky Charms Breakfast bar, the most American food every created, with convenient packaging and ready to go any time you need a snack or breakfast bar.Our first topic with J is how he and his family dealt with COVID-19 and that getting the virus isn’t cool like being bit by a spider and becoming spider man. It’s like being a villain who is part of the unjustice league.Our next treat, Sugar Babies, is one that brings with it some stories from J on his life in the military and easting MRE’s.J gives a great in-depth story on how America’s Got Talent tryouts go and how professional they whole thing is. Ryan’s talent for America’s Got Talent would making fart sounds with his arm pit?!?Last snack for this show is a #gushy good time. It’s Fruit Gushers….the snack full of gushy goodness.Teeg gets to enjoy a melted gusher and has a hard time talking while chewing a 1 pound ball of sticky gummy goodness.After cleaning out all the #gush from our teeth we move on to talking about J’s wife and her amazing chef abilities and catering.J goes on to talk about his role with the Grater Omaha Youth for Christ Chapter and helping the youth his area as well as traveling all over the world to help out.Our Gathering Place is our last topic of the show and one that everyone should check out. https://www.ourgatheringplaceomaha.org/Our Gathering Place is a community advocate for special needs families. Where the mission is to provide judgment free pop-up experiences for families with special needs kids, teens and young adults.Learn more about J and what he’s gouging on at the following:Facebook and Instagram: @jarellroachWebsite: jroachpresentations.com
52 minutes | Jul 25, 2020
Show 25: Spicy Chips Edition
Joining us on the Dad Deck: Matt Miskell, Herve Cantrell, Elliott Fridono, Eric Potter and Ken Kositzky. Joining Michelle in the Underground Producer’s Bunker, Shannon Day.We’re all pretty worried about these chips. Ryan sweats at anything hotter than ketchup, and Michelle won’t even eat restaurant salsa. Most of the dads like spicy food.Warmup act: Executive Producer Michael Mauro sent some Japanese chocolates, they’re all different types and flavors.Teeg has been catching flack for wearing the quick-dry zip off cargo pants. Truly the ultimate dad pant.Ryan insinuates that Cargo Pants went out of style.Michelle supports the cargo pant but thinks the cargo convertible is the worst of both worlds.Turns out the Japanese Chocolates were really good. They were surprisingly American. No weird flavors, plenty of sugar, bunch of tasty little flavors.For spicy food antidotes, we have an assortment of milk, fudgesicles, water, lemon juice, and beer.It’s Teeg’s 20th wedding anniversary. He shaves his head and his great idea was to do the Circle Beard to celebrate Amy … the secret to a long lived marriage is supposed to be if you can keep her laughing.* Stop what you are doing and Google “Circle Beard” *Teeg should have gotten her a trophy for our 20th anniversary.We got these from our friend Rick Riley and his friend Vijay who said they were like eating an electric fence soaked in kerosene.Ryan’s assessment … looks like a Dorito, smells like a Dorito … then you start to cough.Michelle & Shannon … Michelle’s eyebrows go up right away, Shannon is ready to eat them all up.Michelle switches to the fudgesicle after her first chip, “I’m crying uncle.”Shannon’s reco: these would be good in guac.Ryan: I now think we can do the One Chip Challenge. He’s a little hot and sweaty but it’s not that big of a deal.He’s been training all week. “I can feel it in my mouth and my throat and my tummy, so there is a heat factor there, but I might have a couple more.”Michelle, “I think my tongue has blisters.”Ryan thinks it’s not fair that the Dad Deck gets to warm up with with the Chile Limon chip. The dads all think it adds up, it’s cumulative. We’re building up our baseline.Chile Limon – not very spicy. Pleasantly spicy, but like a Spicy Cheeto, Spicy Dorito. They’re good. Any of us would eat that any day of the week.Michelle, who can’t tolerate anything, says that after the fudgecilce, the milk and half a beer, is still heat rising.Checking back in with Ryan, he gets to chip 6 and it’s getting discomfort, hot … Shannon is just grazing away. It builds up, but it’s not now, it’s later in the private room.Herve: My pores are open. My lips are burning.Ryan: Don’t touch your eye! He’s crying …His assessment: I won’t have these again, it’s a novelty.Michelle: Same – but Shannon is making her way through the whole bag.Herve says they’re a lot less scary than he expected.Miskell says the Taki Fuego is hotter, but it’s good.Elliott – Happy I tried it, Teeg built it up all wrong – this wasn’t as awful as any of us expected.Eric – good flavor, I’d eat this again with guac. I’m still scared of the chip in the coffin.Ken – I was expecting more, I feel let down.Teeg – I thought this would be funny because we’d all be in pain. But it turns out it’s no big deal.Ratings:Ryan thought the Japanese candy was standard candy. The chips win because they burned his eye and that made it fun.Michelle: Japanese Candy was middle of the road but ahead of the chips because they didn’t disappoint.Miskell: I was impressed with the Japanese Candy. As for the chips, a definite let-down. Big build-up, over-promised and under-delivered.Herve: I was a little nervous but now I’m a little disappointed. Give it to the Japanese candy. I’d try the One Chip Challenge.Elliott: Well, you brought a puke bucket and that didn’t get used, so …Eric: I would pick the chip – I was surprised that it had good flavor. It’s a let-down that it wasn’t hotter, but this chip has good flavor.Ken: This has nothing on the Buffalo Wild Wings Wall of Blazing. The chips were good. I had the lemon chocolate, it was very very good, and I’d put it way higher than the chips.Teeg: On the basis of expectation, the candy exceeded my expectation and Paqui didn’t.Next show: J.Roach – Mr. Hilarious Hope, he’s tried out for America’s Got Talent – inspires and changes the life of young people …
56 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Show 24: Ryan’s Experiment Edition
Ryan’s idea is that each of us picks three things. We each pick one thing we think each of the others would like, and one that’s just for us. Then we see how the others feel about it.First we all try our picks that we think Ryan would like.Teeg’s pick: couldn’t find anything like the Clark Cups – we all know that Ryan loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Teeg considered Reese’s Take 5 … but instead went a different way. For all the M&M’s we’ve ever had, we’ve never tried Peanut Butter M&M’s … and of course they’re good.Ryan’s verdict: Excellent choice. Probably #2 behind Reese’s for Theater Candy.Michelle’s pick: Michelle is on a cookie kick, and she saw Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Wafers, “The Peanut Butter Lover’s Cookie.” The idea seems good, the marketing is great, the cookie itself was totally disappointing. “It’s like a communion wafer that they tried to make taste like peanut butter.”Ryan’s verdict: It was a good idea. Not your fault that the actual snack was a total letdown.Ryan’s pick for himself: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup with Reese’s Pieces inside! Turns out that it’s basically just a peanut butter cup with some of the candy shell inside that makes it a little crunchy.Ryan’s verdict: “This seems like a shelf filler.” His love for the peanut butter and chocolate comes from his childhood for sure.Michelle: “Peanut Butter is candy gravy.”Michelle’s pro tip: Put M&M’s or Reese’s in your popcorn at the Movie Theater. Ryan’s reco: there’s a movie theater in Minneapolis that puts bacon in there. This is the ultimate offense to Teeg’s wife, Amy.Teeg tried an energy drink for the first time: Bang. The can should say, “For Millennials only, Gen X’ers or older, please just put this down.”Michelle and her family tried a little camping with their new camper. That will take more practice. Forgot a few basics like … toilet paper. But we had like 6 kinds of chips and an obscene amount of food.Ryan lived and traveled in an RV full time for a year, and now he’s a part-time RV resident, so he’s got what you need onboard totally dialed in.Ryan’s pick for Michelle: I know you’re into cookies, and definitely not into white chocolate. There’s a candy company in Iowa – the Palmer Candy Company – and they make what I’ll call an “Un-baked cookie” … The “Twin Bing”Better yet, Ryan ran across a local brewery – Ferson Brewing - who did a Twin Bing Porter beer.https://www.fernson.comTurns out that Palmer’s tried to do a Twin Bing partnership with Dairy Queen for a Blizzard in the Midwest, but they didn’t have enough rejects, which is what makes Blizzard ingredients.Michelle’s verdict: Great pick. I had one ages ago, and I loved it. Perfect mix of chocolate and peanut, but that cherry flavor is so good. Two big thumbs up.Maybe we should do a beer show one day?Maybe we should do an ice cream show, too?Teeg saw Black Licorice ice cream this week!Teeg’s pick for Michelle – Zoet Belgian Dark Chocolate Thins. Michelle used to live in Belgium, and she likes dark chocolate. White chocolate and sour apple anything is a definite no. These have a strong smell – they look like a Pringles made out of chocolate, and they taste amazing. Michelle says you’re supposed to not chew it. That’s hard to do.Michelle’s verdict: you knocked it out of the park. Belgian chocolate seems to be presented very well.Michelle’s pick for herself: she’s on a cookie binge. “I went whole hog and got the Oreo Most Stuff.”Quote for a T-shirt: “I’m more of a dunker and less of a twist and licker.”Teeg: “It looks like you’re holding up an ice cream sandwich.”Michelle’s verdict: It feels more whipped. I didn’t think I’d like it, but I love it!One of the things I’ve never been interested in is showing off what a badass I am by eating hot things. But. Our friend Rick Riley got like a case of the Paqui hot chips and he’s sending them to us!This is scary. Ryan thinks catchup is spicy. Michelle doesn’t even eat Salsa.Everything in the world is bad right now. And we just want to put out something that is a little fun, and that creates laughter.How you can help: stream the heck out of our show and share it!Michelle’s pick for Teeg: Dollar store Li’l Dutch Maid Oatmeal cookies. Basically the cheapest cookies you can get. “More coconutty than I expected.”This is quite a gift, because Michelle doesn’t like coconut. She thinks of it as eating fingernails.Teeg’s verdict: You know me so well!Ryan’s pick for Teeg: Spicy pickled meat! (Ryan’s hands are shaking.) Tijuana Mama! Made with chicken and pork, pickled in artificially colored vinegar. “It reminds me of Slim Jims … but a bad idea.”Teeg’s verdict: I LOVE THESE!Teeg’s snack for himself: My snack matches my shirt! Turquoise Hostess Snowballs – got these on a killer discount. 2 for $1! The wonder of these is that the springy stuff on the outside tries to get away from you. It’s like trying to eat something that you found growing at the bottom of the sea.
63 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
Show 23: Moldy Chum Edition
Ryan’s back in Iowa, and Teeg just ran across a cool Instagram account @werollwithit.Michelle talks “Boondocking” which is camping out on forest service land.We talk Winnebago stock – their stock hit the basement and weeks later it’s roaring. Why didn’t we all invest!?Fishing is booming right now because of the pandemic. Bikes too.The movie Wall-e was prophetic in a bad way. It’s a futuristic movie where even eating is too much work, and here we are, devolving more and more, but hopefully one good outcome from the Pandemic is that people will get outdoors a bit more.The Senate just passed the Great Outdoors Recreation Act which was a bipartisan bill, and we can all feel good about this.Brian got his start in the bike industry, and Ryan’s ridden all over – he’s a RAGBRAI guy, and he rode around some different places in Europe, so we talk about that.First snack: Old Fashioned Horehound Candy “Grandma knew about natural herbal candy.” This is their 100th anniversary.This is “if cough medicine was candy”Brewed in copper to bring out the horehound flavor. You can definitely taste the copper. It’s kind of like putting a penny in your mouth that’s been dipped in old cough syrup.This is hardware store candy, if you’re looking for it. This is the candy they’d be eating on This Old House.Brian’s jam: NECCO Wafers. Teeg thought they were out of production – not so. Brian corrects the record: they’re coming back!New England Confectionary Company – Brian likes mixing them, especially orange + black. NECCO Sundaes.Brian grew up in Brookline, MA so he could see the NECCO factory, and Charleston Chews, too.We talk “penny candy,” the Cow Tales, the little dots on the paper, and you could get so much candy for $1.Brian’s from Massachusetts and we try to figure out why he doesn’t have that accent.Teeg & Mike used to host The Fish Schtick, it was a podcast before podcasting became what it is now. We had guests like Shaw Grigsby, Richard Louv, Shane Davies, Bruce Condello, April Vokey.Shane had an amazing thing happen – he was kayak fishing in Texas, a rattlesnake tried to climb into his boat, he killed it, hooked it on, pitched it out, and caught a gigantic bass, so we tracked him down and got him on our show.Candy #2 – Smarties Candy NecklacesWe can’t get ‘em over our heads, Ryan manages to pull it off.Teeg can make a 1980’s tennis star headband situation happen.We all decide that they’re fun. Were they the rage when we were kids and they went away, or did we age out of them and they were always cool for kids of a certain age?They require a certain style of eating. Michelle said they used to taste like rubber, but not any more.Brian runs Moldy Chum which doesn’t mean he transports rotten fish. It’s a fly fishing website that started way back in 2005.It was right when blogging was becoming a “thing.” There were about five fly fishing blogs in those days, but in time there were zillions. It was pre-social media, and in those days, blogs sort of were social media.Conservation has always been a foundation of what Moldy Chum has been about. The site is more about that now than ever.15 years is an eternity in the internet world to keep something going. There have been maybe 3 or 4 days that it hasn’t had a live post. It’s become meaningfully monetized just in the last couple years.Back in the day there would be 300,000 page views a month, these days it’s more like 60,000 because so many more people live on social media. But people spend a lot of time on the website.Flyfishing is the petrie dish – the hyperfocus of everything that happens in the world.Brian had always wanted to do the podcast of fishing meets This American Life.“I’ve wanted to walk away hundreds of times – hundreds of times – over the years. Most of all because of the trolling.”Third candy: Another hardware store find – Dot’s Homestyle Pretzel’s Mr. Dot Bar. Pretzels and toffee with chocolate.We all agree these are amazing. If you’re not in a state that touches South Dakota, you’ve probably never heard of this.Like Nestle’s Crunch on steroids, or like a Heath Bar if it was 200% better.We get Brian talking about Christmas Island. Ever heard of it? Most people haven’t.There’s only one plane in and out each week.Really exotic place, and basically the only reason goes there is to fish. It’s a fishing paradise.The standard boat on Christmas Island is a standard outrigger, but they stumbled upon pangas and explored the blue water a lot more.You can catch tuna, dorado, sharks, barracuda, giant trevally …We get a true big fish story out of Brian … involves destroying every piece of fishing equipment they brought.They also helped with some research on Giant Trevally.Bonus candy: Chik-O-Sticks! We’ve tried them before but it’s worth another pass.Brian hadn’t tried one before. They’re like the inside of a Butterfinger – a naked Butterfinger.We all give the Mr. Dot Bar the top slot in the ranking.Brian wants to work a hustle and go to South Dakota to buy them by the case and resell them in Washington.Brian’s shows to know: Reel Pure Radio and Conservation From The Couch
62 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
Show 22: It’s A Bug’s Life With Brian Miller
The world is in an uproar, and our job is to keep things light, but we do stand in solidarity with those who are fighting for equality, we stand with those who are mourning, and all of those who are suffering losses.The last time Brian was on, we tried Surstromming. That was the most watched thing we’ve ever done, but it got cut off when the crew was just too grossed out to continue. So what happened next? Well, the boys nearly cleared out a hotel, and utterly confused the hotel cleaning staff. We start with the story of that debacle.Ryan’s worried about the snacks, so he started with a beer just to take the edge off his nerves, but the stuff he was hoping to get didn’t show up, so this should be not-that-bad. We talk about how Brian’s role as Special Correspondent means that he comes on when we eat the really challenging stuff.First snack: Hotlicks Ant Suckers. Brian got Watermelon, Ryan got Banana, Michelle got Green Apple and Teeg got Blue Raspberry. It’s a clear sucker with a bunch of little ants inside. Brian and Michelle, “It’s like a Jolly Rancher from China.” The sucker part is tasty. It’s a slow go to get to the ants inside. We hypothesize on how they get the ants to the center of the sucker. Seems like some would be on the outside. This had to be a make-good on someone’s mishap when ants got into the candy factory.Teeg’s wife Amy is a saint. Teeg tells the story of finding an old can of Kipper Snacks in the back of the cupboard this week. There was a turn of events that led the house to smelling pretty foul. It’s like Surstromming light. The oil got on Amy’s plate, on her, on everything.At around :30 this leads to hysteria, laugh until we cry mania.Brian commits to the fact that Teeg has to eat some Surstromming. Michelle’s vote of confidence is that “if anyone can eat it, Teeg can.”Second snack: Magical Unicorn Tears. We all got basically the same flavor as our first treat. It’s like a test tube full of goo with edible glitter in it. It’s like a “shooter tube” of loose gelatin that is insanely sour. Shockingly sour, so much so that it dries your mouth out and makes you salivate like crazy at the same time. Has a bouquet kind of like dish soap. Might cure covid. It’s a strange but positive experience.Michelle introduces everyone to a game called “first corn.”It’s played when you eat corn for dinner and then the first person who … finds corn later …We’re going to play “first glitter.”It’s sorta what it might be like to eat a glow stick. It looks like a glow stick. Which reminds Teeg of why glow sticks are banned at his house. It’s another “Amy is a saint” story.Every story ends with Amy getting hurt.The warning labels on products are specifically for Teeg.Snack #3: Jalapeno Garlic Roasted Crickets They come in a little tube, and there is a lot of them in there. Brian says he doesn’t want to eat anything that once had a soul. Brian thinks they smell like grass clippings on a hot summer day. Maybe the spice aisle at a grocery store.Allergy warning: if you’re allergic to shellfish, you might also be allergic to these.Michelle thinks they smell like fish bait.Teeg: eye appeal is bad. Looks like dead waxworms.Brian thinks it looks just like what you find in the corner of the garage or the basement when you sweep once a year.Teeg’s approach: make a handful and pop them in your mouth all at once.Michelle’s approach: cut one in half. Which seems ludicrous.Brian’s approach: pour the tube into his mouth.Ryan’s approach: Just eat one.They’re nutty. A little spicy. A mix between soy nuts and the seaweed on sushi. Maybe some corn nuts. Brian thinks they’re like the red skin on Spanish peanuts.Ryan says one is enough.
58 minutes | May 27, 2020
Show 21: Ryan’s Birthday Edition
Ryan cut his own hair, and refuses to show it to us. The guard failed on his razor. It becomes the fodder for the whole show for both us and the online viewers.“I look like a chubby jelly bean.”First candy was something we’ve tried before … ZOTS!Ever wondered what makes them fizzy? Bicarbonate. Science lesson today. Ryan sent all the flavors.Michelle doesn’t like green apple candy – it tastes like body odor to her.Ryan and his wife Jess are headed back on the road in their RV – slowly making their way from California to Iowa.Candy #2 was a sugar free – a coffee hard candy – Coffee Rio. It was like a very dark roast Werther’s Original, and not gross like a lot of hard candies. Caffeine free.If Teeg would have started another podcast, it would have been called The #2 Podcast on iTunes and it would have only been about #2.Michelle has a newborn – what’s quarantine been like with a tiny baby? He was born right around the time the pandemic began. Really, it hasn’t been that much different … it’s mostly the same, because you don’t do much when you have a newborn.Michelle scored a background playground swingset thing and it’s a pretty sweet one … it’s been hard to get right now, stuff like that is totally sold out.For our final treat, Atomic Fireballs. If you haven’t had them, they’re an old school candy (1954) and they’re a tasty cinnamon treat. They come out of pop culture’s obsession with everything “atomic” in the 50’s.We talk about breaking your teeth on hard candy – people talk about not biting down on it, but who has actually broken a tooth doing it? This week, Teeg’s friend Tye.We circle back to Ryan’s hair, which he says looks like the butt of a monkey … he gives us a tiny little sneak peek as the highlight of the show!
66 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Show 20: Michael Mauro / Truth & Legend
Mike and Teeg had a podcast back before podcasts were cool – The Fish Schtick, a fishing podcast with Brian Bennett from MoldyChum.com.Now, Mike hosts Wild & Exposed – an awesome podcast for people who are interested in wildlife, photography, and for sure wildlife photography.Mike sent an amazing case of candy, and we dig into it today. We don’t try it all, but we give away a giant gummy hamburger that Mike sent to us.First candy is the Super Cola. Super Japanese. Smells like a cleaning product. Michelle spits it out immediately. Ryan is shocked. Tastes like a cleaning product at first. You have to power through that, and then it’s like having flat generic cola.Ryan, “It’s like an extreme lemon drop dipped in Lysol.”Michelle, “I can’t remember the last time candy caused physical pain.”Ryan, “On some of the trips we go on, you’re in the field for 10 or 15 days. If I had this, I’d gut through it on those trips because you get so hungry for sugar.”This candy came from an Asian market in Chicago. It’s like a bunch of little food trucks, but inside. You order by picture. But in addition to that they have a grocery store, and they have these crazy candy aisles. So Mike went through there, and got the funkiest stuff he could find.10 years ago, Mike & Teeg shot a TV pilot. Michelle helped with one of the early versions. Randy Joe Heaven, Marcia Rubin were the co-hosts.We were going to fish 50 states in 50 days, you’d see it as it’s being made with daily “webisodes.” There would be events every three days or so, so people could be PART of the show. We were before our time – the world wasn’t ready for that kind of thing. We had some network offers but they were bad offers.We were going to start in Hawaii and end in Alaska.The pilot: https://vimeo.com/4668897?fbclid=IwAR3wGAAyGz5ZUKQ8IeoZWKUcpzUzCjh3f_4Y12rcxOAMqe6Tu39-W5i8XYUDifferent Edit: https://vimeo.com/9728709Mike has shot other pilots and full shows – but rather than digging into that, we dug into one of his most recent adventures. He rebuilt a 1987 Toyota truck that he always loved. Then he drove the Al-Can highway from Denver to Anchorage by way of Yellowstone … that’s like 3500 miles. First breakdown happened by the time they reached Yellowstone.Canada is just so vast … and by the time you get to Alaska, you still have 10 hours to drive. You don’t see other people. You might see one car an hour up in the Yukon.There are two routes, they did the northern route because it has more settlements. The other way is prettier, but they wanted to play it safer with this old vehicle.They thought they’d camp along the way, but not knowing if it would have been safe, they ended up staying in little hotels.Mike’s advice: if you ever do it, give yourself three weeks minimum, one-way.Jumping into Candy #2 – another Michael Mauro find. Japanese Flower Kiss Candy. The wrappers are all different colors, but the candy inside all seems to be the same. This is Grandma candy dish candy. It’s good. It’s kind of like the strawberry wrapped hard candies. Fruity and good. Nice. Sweet. Sweeter than a lot of Asian candy. Like American candy sweet.Michelle: “I’ll carry these in my purse in about 20 years.”Mike: “Kind of like grapefruit, passion fruit, lychee.”Ryan: “Too bad it’s not Durian!”Mike started out in biology, and he tells his origin story at Mesa Verde National Park. He chaperoned a photographer in the back country.The gear changed a lot, he was shooting just stills when he went to Antarctica but back then, carried a mix of film and digital.Going to Antarctica on a Russian icebreaker crossing the Drake Passage, one of the roughest pieces of sea in the world. The crew didn’t speak English, so Mike just watched their faces “to see if they seemed nervous.”There were 110 or 120 people on the ship, and the first morning, only 10 showed up for breakfast. The seas are so rough that everyone has an upset stomach. Walking down the halls was like being a pinball in a pinball machine. Laying down in your bunk and looking out the window, you’d see sky … then sea … sky … then sea.Mike was hired not just to take photos there, but to teach people on the way there during the over-seas passage how to take good photos. He was a presenter.You’d expect Antarctica to be all ice. In reality, you see beaches, cobblestones, rocks, grass. The ship would be in the bay, and they’d run ashore in inflatable Zodiac rafts. They photographed all kinds of penguins, seals, whales and birds like cormorants.Since those animals see so few humans, they’re not afraid of us. But the fur seals will run you down.Beaches were surrounded in ice, and glaciers and icebergs calved off all the time. You could gauge if it was a big enough piece of ice to get you wet by if the penguins would run.Teeg can’t resist post-holiday candy, so Teeg had to get us into some after-Easter super discount candy.Russell Stover Truffle Eggs and Russell Stover Sours Watermelon Eggs.The Truffle Eggs are of course delicious.The Sours … it’s impossible to imagine that any company made this with the intention of producing pleasure.Ryan: “This is uncool. It’s white chocolate with sour watermelon flavor, but it’s extremely gross.”Michael: “THE AFTERTASTE!”Ryan: “It’s like someone said, ‘Hey, I got an idea!’ And now they’re fired.”Michelle: “You know how Super Cola started disgusting and then got OK? This starts OK and then gets awful.”Teeg starts out liking it … keeps on liking it … conversation about potted meat … STRUCK BY ABHORRANT AFTER TASTE comes later, and Teeg can barely talk.Meanwhile, Mike talks about eating food in Africa. “You never know what you’re eating. It’s some sort of meat in a sauce with noodles or something.”He gets sick every time he’s in Africa … but he doesn’t think it’s from the food. He thinks it’s from weird germs over there.Eating zoo animals: “I had elephant and I didn’t like it. They cherish it. It was dried meat. I wouldn’t search it out, but I’d eat it if I was really hungry.”The best eating is in Argentina. The best meat in the world.But Mike also lives in Alaska part of the time, so he eats moose, elk and bear. He doesn’t hunt bear, but he gets it from people. Favorite is moose. If you like bison, you’d like moose. It’s the most natural eating.Mike hung out with Sean James, the guy from the myselfreliance YouTube channel for a week. Sean follows the footsteps of Dick Proenneke. He has a cabin out in the wilderness of Alaska.Last show we had Teeg’s brother Ben on, he has the Benstown YouTube channel, he built a cabin and does antique tool restoration.Mike’s taken an interest to watching YouTube channels about guys building tiny experimental planes, and he’s had his share of time flying into the back country in small planes, landing on skis or floats.We rate the candy, talk about Sporting Dog Podcast, and Mike teases a potential future show: our friend Travis Ford recently shot a documentary about a chocolate maker in Guatemala.
59 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Show 19: The Brother Ben Episode
Teeg just got invited onto the Mossy Oak Fishing Pro Staff, and we open the show talking about where our clothes come from. Teeg wears almost exclusively clothes-that-were-given-to-him. Michelle made it through maternity on hand-me-overs from other moms. Ryan’s style is shorts, T-shirts & flip flops, and he kinda has to buy them.It’s a shelter-in-place Easter, and we’re talking about how we’re planning our Easters at home.Brother Ben lives in Stuart, Iowa – kinda in the middle of the state. He lives in a turn of the century church, and he describes it as, “the house in Fight Club.” It’s a project that never ends.Ben and Teeg look similar, and Ben famously has a big bushy beard … which he just shaved. It’s weird in the livestream. Imagine if the guys from ZZ Top or Duck Dynasty shaved their beards. Teeg & Ben’s Dad couldn’t recognize him in a picture.When Ben bought the church, it had been vacant for 10-12 years. Dead birds, waterfall inside the building when it rained, stuff like that. But the building had stood in the town for over 100 years so everyone in town has some kind of connection to it, and they felt like it was an important structure to save. Best finds: old church literature, old advertisements, little bells – and bats that lived in the walls.There was a giant bell up in the bell tower, and the bell tower had gotten pretty rotten. He got help lifting it out of there with a telehandler and put it in his front yard – but he took out the clapper so that every kid walking by wouldn’t ring it and wake them up all the time.Part of living in a church is that sometimes homeless people stop by looking for a place to stay.Teeg,”So do you put ‘em up?”Ben, “W’shure! There’s one that’s still living here!”(No, not really, they gently send them on their way.)Ryan loaded our envelopes with easter grass, which is basically like opening an envelope full of glitter. But Ryan was trying to make up for Teeg not getting Easter baskets after killing the Easter Bunny.Bonus snack: Krabby Patty’s Gummy Burgers inside an Egg.Real Snack #1 in the All-Egg Episode is the Reese’s Egg. Nothing fancy about it, it’s just an Easter Classic. This one is truly egg shaped, and not their flat egg. This is kind of a step up. Ryan has to pick Reese’s because it’s his favorite. More peanut butter than chocolate in this Reese’s treat. Michelle: “There’s so much more to it when it’s round.” Brother Ben: “It’s what you’d expect. I like it.”We revisit the despicable Brach’s Easter Eggs from the week prior. They taste like sugar dipped in something made by Monsanto. Ryan tries to defend them, inexplicably.This week’s a CVS-specialty, mask-on, Easter Aisle picks. Michelle has a newborn, so she hasn’t been out of the house, and she misses the Easter Candy Aisle. Teeg awaits the day that it all goes to 70% off.Ben & Teeg lived across the street from Bernie’s Depot, which later became Scott’s Shoppe. Bernie was a crabby old man who was suspicious of all the kids. Scott was a real real nice guy, but he had a firm policy on can returns, which is how Ben & Teeg earned all their candy money.Ben & Teeg would get the Garbage Pail Kids there, but the candy ranged from nickel candy up to the fancy stuff, like the giant gummy rat.Ben & Teeg would ride up and down the alleys collecting cans on their bikes. Different times. Their co-conspirators were the Bradley kids next door. 9 kids. Greg was the naughty one, and he’d always have can getting schemes that were definitely stealing.Candy #2 – the extremely popular, classic Cadbury Crème Egg. Started in the 1920’s. Somehow they made the shipment without being crushed. The very best thing you could get in your basket at Easter. The only sad thing is that they seem to have gotten smaller.Brother Ben was always into cool stuff, like rebuilding VW Beetles and ripping around town in go-karts. One of his buddies had a long flowing mullet, and that poor kid’s hair got sucked right into the motor one day and a random stranger had to cut him free with a rusty old pocket knife.Anyway, Ben got a fascination with the failures of the major auto manufacturers. He had a Chevy Vega that was really nice, but one of Chevy’s worst cars ever. He had a Ford Pinto, a Plymouth Horizon, which is like a Dodge Omni. They had a Ford Grenada, which is an old dog of a grandma car. They’re all disposable cars, but fun thing about it is that everybody has a story from when they once had one. Michelle shares hers – her first car, that she saved on its way to the junk yard, and slapped in a $35 Pamida car stereo.Teeg’s favorite story is when Ben had to deal with the wastewater. The effluent. The outcome of “when we flush the toilet.” There are a lot of stories, this one is suitable for a show where we’re gonna eat chocolate.“Just your run of the mill sink hole.” Rick fell here.Candy #3 – Whopper’s Mini Robin Eggs. Lucky us! Nothing fancy, but it’s a “taste worth tweeting about.” We all love crunching them up. Ryan’s observation: every once in a while you get one that’s weirdly chewy and like, not ripe. Like a sunflower seed that a worm got into.
57 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Show 18: Built In Iowa with Jared Doerfler
This week it’s the “Stay at Home” Show …Baby Max is doing great, but Michelle had to barter for diapers. Ammo in trade for baby wipes! True story.Jared’s a dad too, his daughter is five months old – and she takes after Jared’s wife; she’s a good kid.Ryan proves which one of the hosts is not a parent when he suggests that we could fashion diapers from duct tape and paper towels if we need to.First candy of the week: Peeps. What’s Easter without the Peeps?We live in the Golden Age of Peeps. So many amazing flavors. Ryan gets Sour Watermelon. Teeg tries Fruit Punch. Michelle gets Chocolate Pudding. Jared is rolling with the Party Cake, but he’s “not a Peeps Guy.” So we all like them, except Jared. These Peeps are super fresh. We debate if the Fruit Punch Peep has electrolytes and could replace Gatorade in certain instances.Jared’s released five episodes so far, has 20 in the can, and 7 in the pipeline to record.His favorite so far: Sydney Chardima & Hayley Allmon from Bark Avenue Pet Resorts. They were 22 and 16 when they started back in 2008 during the recession. They used their Dad’s Harley as the collateral to start their business, and it’s grown to three locations and 70 employees.Danny Strabil from Rackhouse Whiskey ships two bottles of whiskey to you every other month. They go around to local distilleries around the country, tell the story, and then you get two bottles from that distillery. The company is based in southern Iowa.Dane Cooper from Performance Beef is an Ag Tech company in Ames. They’ve got 45 employees and they’re growing like crazy.People don’t always think of tech when they think of Iowa, but Iowa has a lot of tech. Apollo Healthcare Technologies in Iowa City was created by a couple of medical students, and the company has pivoted to help with Coronavirus.What makes these businesses uniquely Iowan? The people seem to be uniquely hardworking and humble. Jared’s point in his show is to inspire people – to say, “if this person took a risk, so can I.”Snack #2 – The Reese’s Peanut Butter Bunny Rabbit. It’s sort of an Easter Classic, but we got it just for Ryan, because he loves Reese’s. Michelle’s came pre-broken. She thinks, “boring,” Ryan thinks, “delicious.” Jared loves it, he even gets the Reese’s peanut butter in the jar.Jared’s #1 snack choice: Combos. The pretzel pepperoni one. “I pump myself full of Combos.”We discuss whether or not Iowa is really the epicenter of the Hidden Valley Ranch scene.Teeg tells the story of when he stopped getting an Easter Basket. It’s when he killed the Easter Bunny. Michelle calls it the darkest Easter story of all time.What is it about Iowa that’s so great? Jared thinks that we have a level of energy for getting things done. We live in a place where neighbors help one another out. Des Moines is booming. One of the best engineering schools in the nation at Iowa State. The University of Iowa is in the top 5% of Universities in the World. We get four true seasons, too.Teeg takes a stab at disparaging the state and Jared jumps to its defense: Each city has a certain renaissance. People who are trying to build companies, people who are trying to transform their little cities. A core group of people who are trying to make troubled towns better. Jared’s fascinated by people who mortgaged their lives to create jobs, and that’s creating a renaissance in this state.Final snack: Brach’s Marshmallow Easter Hunt Eggs. Teeg is dumfounded that anyone even gets these, or that it’s viable for a company to produce them. Teeg thinks they’re shaped like an elephant’s toe. There’s nothing marshmallow about them. It’s like confectioner’s sugar mixed with something made by Monsanto. Jared, “I’ll never eat one of those again.” Stunningly, Ryan likes them.Jared always asks people “Hawkeyes or Cyclones,” so we go around the horn. Ryan is a full-on Hawkeye, Michelle waffles around and says Drake, kinda admits Hawkeyes. Jared went to the University of Northern Iowa and we won’t let him say “Panthers,” so we pin him down and he’s a Cyclone. Teeg too.On ranking the candy, we are a house widely divided!Catch Jared’s podcast, Built In Iowa: https://www.builtiniowa.co
52 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Show 17: Ed Kressy
Michelle is back from a little break, she had another BAAAABBYYY! Welcome Maxson Clyde, Mesa’s little brother.Teeg was on a podcast about the world of Experiential Marketing for the American Association of Event Professionals. If you’re into events, check out the Don & Mike Show.Ed sets up his story by saying that he hit life’s lottery: idyllic childhood, great education, incredible job – but rather than being grateful, he focused on “the first thing I ever felt good at, which was drinking.” That became heavy drug use and 11 years of methamphetamine abuse, but that’s not where he is now. Clean, sober, and realizing his life’s dream of becoming a writer.Ed: “I felt that the worlds of fantasy and imagination were more real than the world around me.”“When you reach the top of the mountain, don’t curse the path that got you there.”First snack: Puchao Ramune and Puchao Cola – kind of like a Japanese Starburst. Chewy, the Ramune is kind of like 7-up or Sprite, but this also has kind of a soap taste. Not like bar soap in the shower, but like car wash soap. We all agree that it’s kind of nice and refreshing. The cola one tastes like Tab or RC or something, Michelle had to spit it out.World Market find by Ryan. Since one was red and one was blue, Ed thought we were setting him up for a Matrix moment.We touch on Michelle’s baby cravings and the wild stuff that happens to moms. She couldn’t be in the same room as raw meat. Deli meat grossed her out, too. But now a lot of things taste different.Ed gets us into the story of how he got arrested by the FBI. It was the result of a methamphetamine psychosis. He used to tear apart electronics, punch holes in his walls, he was sure he was being tracked and followed. He developed a grand, global conspiracy and he was at the nexus of it.Ed’s point: comfort and happiness are often not the same. Are brains aren’t wired for happiness, they’re wired for the familiar. Sometimes we pursue the familiar, even though it’s not making us happy.How does a smart guy who has heard all his life, “don’t use drugs,” end up using drugs?Ed’s wisdom, “Addictive behaviors are a false solution to a problem. We’re using that behavior to solve our problem. And even though it’s a bad solution, when you stop doing it, things get worse, so you keep doing it.”Snack #2 Sesame GIM – it’s is a seaweed snack – Ed likes it, Teeg loves it, Ryan thinks you should crumble it up and put it on top of a fish bowl. Teeg: “It’s tasty, it’s just not satisfying.”Ed, “I liked them, but whether or not I’d buy them, uh …”How did Ed make his comeback? “Amazing people inspired me to a path of spirituality, self improvement and service to others.”Whatever I’m doing, if I can look at what I’m doing and find that it fits into one of those three categories, maybe it’s something I should keep doing. If not, maybe I should change what I’m doing.On quitting drugs, “I quit drugs a thousand times. Every morning after a binge, when I was in a state of demoralization and self hatred, I quit, but staying quit was the problem.”Ed’s turnaround moment? The only clothes he owned was a fithly tuxedo that he owned because he’d been working at a strip club. He stumbled into a wedding reception at a hotel ballroom to get some food, thinking he’d blend in. In that moment, he realized that he’d missed the wedding of five of his best friends in the prior year, and that was the moment when he turned it all around.Last snack of the day, Ryan’s supplied us with Gin Gins. One of Teeg’s favorite things! They’re like a Werthers Original made with Ginger instead of Coffee. Ed’s a raw ginger fan, so he’s up on the ginger candy. Ginger helped Michelle get through her pregnancies on settling her tummy. Ryan’s reading the package is worth getting to this point in the show.Ed tells the story of how he became honored in Washington DC by the FBI, and offered to help any listener who needs it.Ranking the snacks was fun – Michelle put seaweed at the top of the heap. Ed told us that he’d cut sugar out of his diet, so he picked the seaweed too! Ryan’s cutting them off his Christmas Card list.Take Ed up on some of his offers at EdKressy.com.
69 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Show 16: American Non Sequitur with Bryan Harding
Ryan’s getting settled into his new home in Seal Beach, CA and before the boxes are all unpacked, he’s started a new “thing.” This thing? The Citizen’s Police Academy. What!? We bust his chops.Ever seen The Parking Lot Movie? That was basically Brian’s life when we met, but he ran a storage facility. They had a nice parking lot and it was just right for whiffle ball games, and that’s how Teeg & Brian met.Snack #1 were Moser Roth Privat Chocolates. Sea Salt Caramel chocolate bars – the caramel has kind of a toffee-like quality. We all loved it.Brian’s first story: waking up covered in thousands of ants. A real ant disaster. “They could have picked anywhere in the house, why did they pick me and my head?”Teeg tells the story of being a landlord and having a terrifying … infestation.Bryan writes an epic annual Christmas letter … where nothing is true. One year, he took it to the next level by having family pictures made with people who were not his family.A lot can be said for someone pulling off the shenanigans that the rest of us joke that we OUGHT to do sometime.Bryan’s life advice: surround yourself with people who will do that stuff.A failed T-Shirt company founded on the concept of “The Awe of Touching Big Corn,” didn’t lead to any sales, but did lead to someone encouraging them to get help for an assumed drug problem.Second snack: Lavriano Hazelnut Crème candy bars. Second tasty snack of the show. Big hit with Michelle. Ryan’s on the fence. Twix wafer with something creamy. Bryan ate the wrong thing and thought we were describing this candy bar horribly.Bryan treats us to a little reading, and we talk about his unusual sense of humor.Bryan’s pro tip on how he went about it: it’s almost exclusively a download of a decade of Facebook posts. He formatted it for bite-sized reading and published via Amazon.Unless you’re gluten intolerant, you probably never get gluten-free products. So Teeg decided to try one, it’s the Live G-Free Caramel Apple bar. Brian thought it was good, but Teeg, Ryan and Michelle weren’t into it.Bryan on feedback: it’s really uncomfortable.Analysis: This book is not for the masses. This book is for quirky people.Bryan’s advise to someone who’s thinking about writing a book: do it! It’s been democratized. We live in a time where if you want to be published, you can be.Final snack: Sim’s Jerky Trail Mix – glorious meat sniff the second you open the package. This leads to Ryan’s new nickname, “Spicy Sweetbeef.”All four snacks came from ALDI this week, and they were all really good! Teeg is shocked to hear that there is no ALDI in Colorado. Had to fact check it live on the show.
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