10 Things Dan Levy Can't Live Without

There are a few things Schitt's Creek star Dan Levy can't live without when he hits the road. From aroma matches to bubble tea, these are Dan Levy's travel essentials.

Released on 11/13/2019

Credits

Starring: Dan Levy

Transcript

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Fun tip, reapply if you want.
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[clapboard clapping]
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No, dude, is there an intro?
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[upbeat hiphop music]
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I'm Dan Levy, and these are my essentials.
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First up, I am a writer, so it's integral
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that I have something to write on, and this is my MacBook,
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and it's real thin which means I can store it quickly
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or just grab it and go, which,
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I mean, I'm not being chased often,
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so I don't really need to grab it and go,
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but it's thin and light.
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I use Final Draft, which is a pretty standard
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screenwriting software, but I also use Notes.
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I just got into dictation on the phone,
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on the computer and the phone, so now I just
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say things and it types for me.
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Hi, I'm from 1965.
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Speaking of writing apparati, my next item is my notebook.
00:50
[upbeat hiphop music]
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If you are a writer, this is an essential.
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I think you need your technology,
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but you also need something very practical to just,
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nothing like pen on paper, you know what I mean?
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I keep this by the bed, because oftentimes
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when I'm falling asleep, I never fall asleep,
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I'm an insomniac, I will come up with ideas
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sorta as I'm drifting off and I need something
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quick to jot the notes down, so oftentimes
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there's a pen in here and a lot of scratch
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and then I'll wake up in the morning
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and not be able to read any of it,
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'cause oftentimes I write in the dark.
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So, if you are going to take notes in the night,
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turn the light on, that's the first step,
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and this particular notebook has a lot of sentimental value
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to me because it was a prop in my store on my show,
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and my show is now finished so this means a lot.
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There's about 10 pages in here of top secret ideas.
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Let's see if they go anywhere.
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We'll do a follow-up in a year and see what happens.
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Nice leather-bound notebook.
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If you are a writer, invest in one.
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[upbeat hiphop music]
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Next essential, the Diptyque Tokyo candle.
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Now, this is gonna be a weird brag.
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This candle is only available in Tokyo,
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so whenever I like to travel,
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I try to find things that are unique to the place
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and it's hard to bring back delicious food from Japan,
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so this is always a very special gift
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that I will bring back for myself and some friends.
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It also happens to be my favorite scent
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out of this collection of candles,
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so I try to collect them.
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I think it's pretty special.
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I think, if you know anyone in Japan,
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or if you ever visit Japan, a worthwhile investment,
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a great gift, and always impresses at a dinner party
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when you show up with something that nobody else has.
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Let's open it up.
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Now, I am not a perfumer, so I'm gonna give you
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a description of this smell based on
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my college dropout education.
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[sniffing]
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Okay, it's clean, smells like fresh laundry.
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I think there's lavender in there, probably not.
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It basically smells like you are a clean human,
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you know what I mean?
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I think for me, my favorite smells are that
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of just hygiene, general hygiene, and this candle,
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when lit in your home, makes you smell clean.
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[relaxing music]
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Speaking of being clean, my next item.
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This is a travel mist, and for those of you
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that aren't plagued with a fear of germs and getting sick,
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skip past this item, but this is essentially
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a general disinfectant for airplanes.
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I'm pretty sure that you can use this everywhere,
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but they seem to be making money off of this
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being specific to an airline.
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[scoffing]
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So, great.
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This was sent to me a long time ago,
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and I have used it religiously ever since.
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Simple spray, it says shake well, so I will,
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and basically once you get to your seat in the airplane
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or if you don't like the person sitting beside you,
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just everywhere, and it apparently disinfects
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not just the space but the air as well, so,
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[table clanging]
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I've just told you all a deep, dark secret about myself,
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but there are a lot of people who are into airplane hygiene.
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Fun tip, re-apply if you want.
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[inquisitive music]
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Next essential, these are matchstick incense.
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They are perfect for a bathroom, a bedroom.
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They're perfect to throw into
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a piece of luggage if you travel a lot.
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Again, I found these in Japan.
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I go there often, so it's another little secret surprise,
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and essentially,
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[box scraping]
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you take them out, light it up, let it burn.
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It comes with a little disk.
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I don't have it here, but the actual kit
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comes with a little disk, so then you blow it out,
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and it's a delicious Japanese cypress scent,
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and if you're having guests over,
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I often like to put them by the toilet
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in case of any kind of emergency.
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Let the guests feel comfortable in times of need,
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but it is a delightful smell, and they last for 10 minutes,
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and sometimes if you're traveling
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and you are staying at an Airbnb that's really smelly,
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and you wanna make it smell just as smelly
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but good smelly, witchcraft.
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Very worthwhile, affordable, and for those of you
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that enjoy the incense experience, it is a delicious flavor,
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Japanese cypress, but they come
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in a bunch of different flavors.
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HEE-BEE, HIB-EE, they do good, they do good work.
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[upbeat hip-hop music]
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Essential, Joan Didian, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
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my favorite of all of her books, and I include this
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because I feel like while this might be my favorite,
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it is important for everyone to have a book
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in their essentials list, and for me as a writer,
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she is someone that inspires me a lot.
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She's able to articulate her life and observances
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in very thoughtful and interesting and left-of-center ways,
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so I always like to have one of her books around
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because in times of need, I will turn to it for inspiration
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and motivation, so books, essentials.
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[hip-hop music]
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Next essential, 'kay this is a bit of a splurge,
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but to me I feel like this essential covers a lot of bases
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so if you want to splurge this is a great investment.
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This is a pair of Prada slacks.
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They are a technical fabric, slim fit pant
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and I got them not really thinking anything of it,
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put them on, and not only are they incredibly flattering,
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they've certainly given me an ass
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and I normally just have a back that splits into legs,
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so thank you to these pants for doing that,
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but also they are an amazing dress pant
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but they're also a great everyday pant
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and to me, that's a twofer so you're buying
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a pant that covers a lot of bases.
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You can wear them with a blazer and a shirt and a tie
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and some great shoes out for a night on the town.
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You can wear them with some Converse and a t-shirt,
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like I like to do.
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They come in like, I think this is a navy, sorry.
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I think these are just two shades of black.
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One's just a little bit lighter.
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You don't need to do what I did
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and buy two of the same pair, but pick one
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and I promise you not only will you live in them
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but you will be thanking me when you ever
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run into a situation where you have to go
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from day to night very quickly.
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Great, great, great investment if you can swing it.
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[hip-hop music]
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Second investment item in the essentials list.
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These are a loafer made by Loewe.
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These are my favorite.
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They're in a brown, sort of embossed croc, I believe,
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and the back goes down so you can wear them really casually
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or sort of keep the back up
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and wear them as a traditional loafer.
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I always like to sort of cover all my bases.
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I can wear these dressed up.
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I can wear these dressed down.
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I can wear them with shorts and a shirt if I'm on vacation.
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They can just, be thrown into a bag,
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and they're a nice alternative to a sandal.
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They're a nice alternative to a Chuck,
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and they just, they sorta make you look
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like you know what you're doing.
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So for those of us that don't know what we're doing,
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these are a great investment to trick people
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into believing the opposite.
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[funky music]
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Next essential is my dog, which at this point
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I guess is sort of would we call him a life partner?
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I don't know, best friend, confidant.
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He has been around for all six seasons of my show
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and I feel like the great thing about, he's a rescue.
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If you are going to get a pet,
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I highly encourage you to rescue one.
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Many sites that you can go to to rescue animals,
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and he's a Dachshund and a Corgi mix,
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which I believe is the Queen's breed.
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I think the Queen actually originated the Dorgi
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and then, speaking of a baller move,
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when her last dog died, she did not breed it again,
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'cause she doesn't want anyone else
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to have her breed of dog after she dies.
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That is absolute gossip,
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but something that I believe to be true.
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This little guy changed my life, so this is Red.
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Redmond is his full name, and he's pretty great,
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so he's one of my essentials,
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and hopefully we'll be until he's 900 years old.
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I would like to die long before him.
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[funky music]
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'Kay, so this is arguably going to be
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the most divisive essential on my essentials list.
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When I am in dark times,
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oftentimes I will turn to bubble tea.
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Now, people are home are probably saying,
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Dan, you're disgusting.
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I'm changing the channel.
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That's fair, a lot of people agree with you.
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I don't know, I can't, I don't know what to say.
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I always turn to a bubble tea when I need one the most.
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Now, these are not my flavors but they are for somebody.
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I prefer a traditional black milk tea
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with a normal tapioca pearl, and a pearl is what
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bubble tea drinkers refer to as the bubbles
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at the bottom of the glass.
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You'll get to know the vocabulary
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the more you wade into the waters of bubble tea land.
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I'm gonna try this one.
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This seems to have, like an apricot pearl,
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which scares me a bit, I'm not gonna lie.
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Oh, absolutely not, nope.
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Oh, they explode, okay, don't get the ones
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that explode in your mouth.
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That has some sort of jam inside
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that just burst in my mouth and now I'm feeling lightheaded.
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I would recommend a black milk tea
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with a traditional tapioca pearl.
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[film beeps]
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[Producer] Oh wait, so you like Boba tea.
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I guess I like Boba, do we have to amend this?
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I guess so.
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Um, we're making a quick amendment to that last thing.
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I have since learned that Boba
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and bubble are two different things.
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Bubble is what I was drinking.
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I do not love bubble tea.
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I like Boba tea.
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Boba are the tapioca pearls, so, that's the latest with me,
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and, yes, black milk Boba tea.
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No offense to bubble tea drinkers.
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I am a Boba tea drinker, I've now learned.
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So Boba, tapioca pearls, bubbles pop in your mouth.
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Okay, I like a Boba tea.
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[upbeat pop music]
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Last essential.
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I can't do the Mac wireless in-ear things.
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They always pop out.
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I honestly don't know whose ears
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are built for those little things
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because I take one step and those things
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are flying out of my ears.
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So these are the Bose wireless in-ear headphones.
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They have a wire, there's something
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that makes them stick in your ear.
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It's like a more ergonomic thing.
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You can really find them anywhere,
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but the Bose are my favorites.
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Wear them every single day, I walk a lot, I podcast a lot.
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I like to listen to everything on my trips.
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What's on my playlist right now?
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I was like, last night, I was really enjoying
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a Fleetwood Mac radio.
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A lot of your parents' favorite hits are coming up on that,
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like the Eagles, a Steely Dan.
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I just got back to California,
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so I'm feeling like some nice California anthems.
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In-ear, wireless headphones,
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a nice alternative to what comes with your phone,
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and the case is a lot bigger and charges itself
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so you won't necessarily lose that little pill case
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that those other ones come in.
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[upbeat music]
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Well, that was it.
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These are my essentials.
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Hope you enjoyed, hope you lived,
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laughed, and loved with me.
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See you next time.
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[upbeat music]