874 – Happily Enrobed Swimsuit
What if there were swimsuits that made everyone feel good about themselves?
EPISODE 874 – Happily Enrobed Swimsuit
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SCOOTER: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and friends beyond the binary, it’s time for the podcaster, patrons…I’m not trying to be the apple of your eye but if I could be the apple of your closed eyes…the apple a day…the apple who brings the lulls today in a sleepy way because of you, your support. That’s how I do it. It’s time for Sleep With Me. Thank you so much; the podcast that’s here to put you to sleep, patrons. Thanks.
Hey everybody, this is Drew. This episode was recorded a little while ago so I just wanted to let you know, this podcast is here so you can feel less alone day or night. We’re gonna keep coming out Sunday and Wednesday nights as usual, but if you need more help, reach out for help. I have a list of resources in the show notes if you’re looking for more help in this current time ‘cause I’m here to try to support you with that. Thanks.
INTRO: [INTRO MUSIC] Hey, are you up all night tossing, turning, mind racing, trouble getting to sleep? Trouble staying asleep? Well, welcome. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. We do it with a bedtime story. Alls you need to do is get in bed, turn out the lights, and press play. I’m gonna do the rest. What I’m going to attempt to do is create a safe place where you could set aside whatever’s keeping you awake, whether it’s thoughts you’re thinking about, things on your mind, past, present, or future, physical sensations, anything you’re experiencing physically or anything that’s coming up for you emotionally. So, any feelings or thoughts or changes or…holy disruptions. I don’t know if I’ve ever said that before but I mean, that is something that you say well, that’s disruptive. I don’t want to make it about me too early but maybe I’ll tell you something that’s been disrupting my sleep that would be an example of when you would turn to the podcast.
In my case, I don’t necessarily do that, but so, whatever’s keeping you awake, I’d like to take your mind off of that. What I’m gonna do is I got this safe place set aside for you here. You could drift your way over here, or I could send it across the deep, dark night and I send my voice across the deep, dark night, too. I use lulling, soothing, creaky, dulcet tones like a dock in a…with gentle waves. Creaking like a dock; no one’s ever said that before. How come that’s never been in a song before? Say oh yeah, that was a classic, actually. Was that a bluegrass song? Creaking at the Dock. It was one of my favorites. You’d say who sang that one? Nickelpunch or somebody else? You say Nickelpunch? I never heard of that group. I say well, look it up. Imaginify, the new imaginary streaming service. You say is it anything like sitting on the dock at the bay? I say no, ‘cause you’re not so much sitting; you’re being rocked gently which is somewhat what I’m trying to accomplish.
Creaky, dulcet tones, pointless meanders, with my pointless meanders and my superfluous tangents. Hopefully I’ll remember that I was talking about that creaking at the dock at the bay. If you’re new, a couple things, ‘cause this show is very different than every podcast out there, or most podcasts out there; different than most other sleep solutions or sleep shows. It might be much different than what you expected so I want to one, acknowledge that. It’s totally normal when you first listen to this show to be doubtful or skeptical or make, you know, a Sour Patch Kids face. Whatever…or to just say I don’t know if I like this. Totally natural. That’s a normal reaction to the show. Let me give you some information. This show’s different. One of the things that’s different about it is, other than creaky dulcet tones and pointless meanders and my strange sense of near-humor or almost humor, is…what are the…oh, it’s a podcast you don’t need to listen to. That’s the other thing.
It’s the podcast you kind of barely listen to. Especially if you’re new, if you pay too close attention trying to figure out what I’m up to, you’ll realize it won’t work. You kind of got to look…if you…let’s just say you were gonna watch somebody organize their cabinets but they weren’t narrating it. You’re like, usually on an organization show they’ll narrate what they’re doing. Let’s say they were organizing their cabinets but they’re not…they have no organizational skills. They don’t have spatial relations or anything. Also, while they’re doing it, they forget what they’re doing so they’re just kind of moving stuff around in their cabinets. Maybe you were planning…you say well, I’d love to…I want to figure out how they organize their cabinets so I can organize mine. You were watching it, paying attention. It would be probably a frustrating experience ‘cause you say well, that person just took the beans, put them in the back of the lower shelf, then moved around some spices to all three shelves, then took the beans out again, put them on the second shelf, and then put everything on the counter again.
I don’t know what they’re do…I don’t know if they know what they’re doing. I’d say well, that’s me. You got it. That’s the podcast in a nutshell. Kind of listen loosely or barely at all, if you can. The other thing is, it takes two or three tries to get used to this show. That’s just what most regular listeners say. Give it a couple of tries and just see how it goes. There’s no pressure to like me or the show. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee it’ll work for you but I really hope it does. Here’s the other secret; this is the one sleep podcast…I’ve been doing this for a while but it doesn’t really put you to sleep. It keeps you company while you fall asleep. I’m here to take your mind off of stuff and be your bore-friend, your bore-bae, your bore-cuz, your bore-sibling, your bore-bestie, your bore-bruh, and just be at your bedside or talking to you across the room or across the internet as you drift off. Those are two or three things. The other thing is the structure of the show can definitely throw new people off.
The show starts off with a greeting; hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends beyond the binary. Then, there’s business. That’s how we’re able to bring you this twice a week. Then, there’s an intro. The greeting and the business probably takes, I don’t know, what, four, six minutes or something? Oh yeah, then we have the credits and stuff like that. From around minute eight to minute twenty-plus is the intro. That can definitely throw people off ‘cause you say well, isn’t an intro…isn’t the definition of intro to introduce something and the subtext of that…me saying…isn’t the definition of an intro…? Subtextually, what I’m saying is your intro is too long and doesn’t get to the point. It’s not efficient. I’d say you’re right about that because yeah, ours is not efficient and it doesn’t get to the point. It does kind of introduce the show and it gives you an idea what to expect; goofing around and never getting anywhere. You say, like, if someone…if my nana was there while I was organizing that imaginary cabinet, she’d say what are you doing?
You’re just moving stuff around in that cabinet. I’d say well nana, you said I had to work on organizing the cabinet for two hours. So yeah, I guess I’m being…I’m passively moving stuff around in the cab…you’re right, nana. I am just moving stuff around in the cabinet. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even realize it ‘cause I was enjoying it so much. I kind of got into a zone and it was very soothing until you pointed out that I’m not really organizing; I’m just moving stuff around. I’m waiting for the organization to come to me, nana. Oh, nana walked off. Well, that’s good. I thought she was gonna S-H-A-M-E me or more. But I’m really enjoying just the feelings of these things in my hands as I move them; the paper, the cans, the bags, the heady scent of cabinet spices and all those things. It’s nice. The touch of contact paper against my fingertips is like…it’s something. Oh, but I was trying to explain why the intro is so long. The reason the into is kind of long and winding is one, it’s just what worked.
But the reason it works is because I don’t see my…for most of us, it’s not efficient to go to bed. We need a time to wind down and slowly get there. The intro, whether you start it before you get into bed or right when you get into bed, it gives you time to unwind and let the day drift away, just like you’re sitting on a creaky…the creaky dock on the side of the bay. I mean, most people, common sense would say what are you gonna do…go sit on a creaky dock for? You’re not gonna…you’re just gonna sit there. You say well, I may imagine myself fishing or something. But yeah, no, I’m just gonna go sit…it’s a well-made dock so it’s creaky but it’s not crickety, or whatever. I don’t think that’s a word. Well, it probably is if you’re very much like a cricket. You’re crickety. [00:10:00] Sounds like you’re saying it in the way, like, you’re too bossy; you’re a splainer like Jiminy Cricket. Maybe, but yeah, you mostly just sit on a creaky dock for the enjoyment of the way…motions and the creaking.
But if you were trying to solve math problems, it probably wouldn’t be the best place. You’d say well, this is irritating. I’m rocking and creaking. I can’t focus on these…with these complicated math problems. You say yeah, I’d probably do that inside where it’s quiet. That’s kind of what the intro is like; we’re just…I don’t know if…most listeners either start the intro before they get into bed or once they’re in bed, and some of those listeners fall asleep during the intro. 2% of listeners skip the intro, skip ahead to twenty minutes and just start the show there. As you get used to listening to the podcast, you can kind of see how it goes and see what you think and see what works for you, and then adjust from there. Then after the intro will be some business and then after that will be a bedtime story. It’ll be kind of a random visit from one of the more popular people from the Cusack family. They’re imaginary designers. They use their imagination to design things within my imagination.
They’ll be on, and then we have some thank yous at the end of the show. That’s the structure of the show. It doesn’t work for everybody. The reason why I make the show is because you deserve a good night’s sleep. You deserve a place where you can relax and unwind. You deserve a nighttime routine, or if you’re a second or third shift person, a bedtime routine free of rigamarole or pressure, internal or external that we’re all familiar with, all of us that can’t sleep or wake up or whatever it is. I think your world will be a better place if you get a little bit of rest and then consistently get more rest. That’ll reflect itself in the rest of the world. Your world will be nicer, maybe you could soon be in a place where you flourish and that’ll be better for everybody. It’ll be nice for you. You deserve something nice. I mean, really. That’s why I make the show. The flip side of that is because I understand the other side of it. I’ve been there and I know how it feels. I don’t want that for you.
That’s why I make the show. I think that’s really it; it’s like, I’m really glad you’re here. Give it a few tries like most listeners say, see how it goes. You don’t have to like the show. There’s no pressure at all. Just see how it goes and then if it doesn’t, you can check out sleepwithmepodcast.com/nothankyou, or there’s more and more sleep podcasts popping up every day so you could check some of those out, or the Empty Bowl. Yeah, there’s options out there but I’m really glad you’re here. I really hope I can help you fall asleep. I work very hard and I yearn and I strive to do that. I appreciate you coming by and for you regular listeners, here’s some of the ways we’re able to bring you this podcast for free. Thanks.
Alright, hey everybody, it’s Scoots here and I’m about to have a special guest on to talk about a new line of…a new imaginary fashion line they’re about to launch. But I wanted to set it up for you. This is a theme; I did one other episode about this. I don’t know if you…you’ll probably have heard this. I’m talking to you in the past. You’re in my future. It’s a theme around something universal we’re all sharing, or we’ve all shared in one point or another in our lives, most people. Not everybody, but if you haven’t shared it, you can probably put yourself…you could easily empathize or put yourself in the suit of someone who’s been through this. That’s the idea of losing your bathing suit or swimsuit, as some people call them, or swim trunks, or whatever; bikini. There’s thousands of words…I mean, maybe there’s not thousands of words for them. In a mer-world, they’d say oh yeah, we have thousands of words for…well, I guess they wouldn’t ‘cause they said yeah, we call it our bodies.
We don’t wear swimsuits. But maybe they do. If they did, they…actually, everything they wear, they’d have…they would have thousands of words, technically, for suits…clothing you swim in because of their socks…would be swim…they’d be…they live underneath the water, right? They move by swimming instead of walking. They’d say well, we call those socks but they’re technically a swimsuit. That’s what I meant when I said we have thousands of words, actually hundreds of thousands of words for swimsuits down here. You’d say okay, I guess I understand what you’re saying. It wasn’t quite as…I guess I took it on a meander that…it was eloquent when you first said it and then I kind of teased at it in a way, a teasing way, like picking at it to understand it better. Your undergarments; you’d say well, that’s a swimsuit. They’d say well, kind of. It’s about what you wear under your swimsuit. Was there a point in the history of your mer-world that you were just…do you have some sort of universal mer-myth?
Did you used to swim unclothed? Like we humans…the rumor; as we humans, we once frolicked…also, there was a…do you know anybody that lives in a pineapple under the sea? Or have you ever…do you have the…have you visited an octopus’s garden? Hello? Oh, I lost the mer-people. I didn’t get the chance to find out about their mer-myths. Looks like this shell phone has been disconnected. ‘Cause I was just curious; I was gonna ask the representative of the mer-people were they once frolicking as we once imagined good old Adam and Eve running around? I don’t spend my time imagining that, just in case you’re wondering. Yeah, you’re right, we should just move on because…but that was just something I was thinking about right when I started talking about swimsuits. But we live in a time right now where we’re recording this where I thought an empowering term would be…when you feel like saying this, you say I feel like I’m losing my swimsuit, or my bathing suit. ‘Cause at different points during the day, I feel that way.
But it’s not as…it’s in the grey area, right? ‘Cause when you lose your swimsuit, as I talked about in the other episode, it’s not exactly the best thing but not the worst thing, either. But it comes with a lot of distinct feelings so that’s what I mean. What I found during…talking to people, is that a lot of people have lost their swimsuit at an inopportune time. Most other people understand it ‘cause it happens in movies or you’ve seen someone lose their swimsuit and you say wow, that was an emotional journey you went on with the losing of the swimsuit. ‘Cause normally, it does happen. Did I talk about this at the other episode? It does happen in a very emotional journey thing ‘cause you never expect to lose your swimsuit. If you’ve expected it, it’s not…you’re not technically losing it; you’re shedding your swimsuit which is different. It’s always unexpected. Most of the time you’re very vulnerable when you’re wearing a swimsuit, obviously, and you feel vulnerable because you’re more closer to things you think about, right?
Then a lot of times, you’re frolicking. You could use other terms but most of the time when you’re in a swimsuit…or you could be chilling, though I haven’t thought of many times where you’ve…lose your swimsuit when you’re just chilling. Yeah, that’s quite an emotional journey. That’s probably like every emotion…those are different emotional journeys my brain tells me about at bedtime. Says oh boy, we can’t frolic now…how could…what are you thinking…going frolicking, man? I say wait a second, is this just your…my swimsuit talking? My brain says what do you mean? Swimsuits don’t talk. I say well, more I was using it in a metaphoric way. Like, when I…are you just…you just never recovered from that time we…that you imagine we lost our swimsuit, huh? My brain’s saying well, that’s a representative moment; I don’t want to get…I say okay, I respect that. You don’t want to get into it, but you could say that’s a representative moment that people could relate to. Could you say that?
Maybe I should call the mer-people. Yeah, it’s probably not the…they’re not taking my calls. I’ve been dialing it the whole time I’ve been talking on this…I don’t know if this is a conk or…I don’t know. I put four sand dollars in there. Anyway, that’s the theme of episodes; this is the second one about…it’s okay if you feel like you’re losing your swimsuit. It’s not as…it’s a universal feeling and you could say that and you could say wow, today I feel like I lost my swimsuit, the whole day. I could say I understand, I might not know exactly how you’re feeling, but I understand. Like I said, that’s quite a journey you go on when you do that. If you’re experiencing something like that, I really [00:20:00] feel for you. When I thought about this, then immediately, the Cusacks called and Reginald was the first one who said well, my sister’s been…I haven’t been on in a while. I said well technically, you helped me with the last one. Reginald said well, my family’s been working on a new line of swimsuits.
We want to launch them, so they wanted to do a episode and I was…said okay. Now, you might not know who the Cusacks are, and for some reason my brain always fogs up with…there’s a family of designers and brilliance. I mean, I’m not even…using it…sarcastic way, that got ahold of me; the Cusacks. I forget…not Joan or John Cusack or any of the…maybe Randy Cusack was one of them but they said yeah, we’re…I don’t know if they’re related to any of those famous Cusacks. I mean holy cow, if they’re related to Randy Cusack, I’d say who’s Randy Cusack, again? Oh okay, so you’re related to that Cusack. What about John or Joan? You say you’re…then it makes me think of the Gyllenhaals. Are you related to either of the Gyllenhaals? You know, that would be a really hard word to spell if it wasn’t…if I hadn’t seen it in bright lights. Who’s my favorite Gyllenhaal? I don’t think I have one. Probably Maggie but not only because I get feelings, but Jake is great, too.
Oh, then I was also…these are questions I won’t ask, Reginald, but it does make me wonder one; do you know the Cusacks? I think Reginald’s rolling Reginald’s eyes right now. Also, on the Gyllenhaal question. Also, I would ask…I’m just getting these questions out of the way so that Reginald doesn’t feel…just to get them out of my brain, I guess. If you had to choose between the…what is it? Do you listen to the Bacon brothers or the Bridges? I think the Bridges were in the Fabulous Baker Boys, so I don’t know if Beau Bridges and Jeff have a band or not. I would assume they do, or at different times they do. Who do you think’s closer, Beau and Jeff Bridges or Kevin Bacon and the other Bacon boys? Bo Bacon; that’s my…you say what’s your favorite Bacon, Scoots? I say well, you already know that it’s Bo Bacon. You say is that…no, it’s B-O. Might be B-E-W, Bew Bacon, not B-E-A-U Bacon. That’s B-E-A-U Bridges, Beau Bridges. I don’t know if any Reginald or any of the other Cusacks; they say well, when I kick back, I listen to…first, I listen to some Baker Boys and then the Bridges…what would the Bridges band be?
‘Cause if they were already in that movie Fabulous Baker Boys…Bridges Over Troubled Waters. That’s what we could use right now. If any Bridges are listening to this…also makes me think of another…one of my favorite Bridges is Todd Bridges. Maybe they could get…what other Bridges are there? How many Bridges could we get? They could have a benefit; Bridges Over Troubled Waters, along with…also featuring Bo Bacon and the Fabulous Bacon Boys. Bacon Brothers; I know that’s what it’s called. Bo Bacon, I can’t get Bo Bacon out of my…you know, I got Bo Bacon on my mind. Who would you like to meet on a bridge over troubled waters, Scoots? Well, Maggie Gyllenhaal. If not, then probably Bo Bacon. Scoots, do you know…I’d say well, maybe that’ll be one of my new imaginary friends then, Bo Bacon. How many times can I say Bo Bacon in a podcast? I don’t know; I’d have to…I had a…if you look at my brainstorming notes, somewhere in there it does say Bo Bacon, or the Bacon Brothers? Question mark…could that be an episode?
Okay, so with further ado, in this case I want to turn things over to Mr. Reginald Cusack. Oh, thank you Scooter. It’s so good to be here with everybody. You could call me Reggie Cusack. Just don’t call me Bo Bacon. I mean, or Bo Bacon, feel free to call me. I’m Reginald Cusack of the Cusacks. Many other Cusacks you may be familiar with, but mostly it would be my siblings. We’ve been designing for…welcome to our virtual showroom here. I’m so glad to have you here. Scooter also forgot to set up one more part of the episode, so after I introduce myself, I’ll set up that part of the episode and then we’ll move on. We here at the Cusacks, we run shops like Virtually Enrobed, or I forgot the name of that shop. We don’t have it anymore. Believe it or not, Morpheus loved our shop so much that Morpheus took over. Then we did have the famous skincare line that my sister ran. That one, of course, was acquired…Morpheus acquired our robe shop, God of…God and Goddesses’ Sleep.
I don’t know, I think it was Athena or Venus. I don’t know, or maybe Athena and…Athena, Venus that acquired our skincare line. Now we’re here, we’re starting up once again and we’re starting…we’ve got a new bathing suit launch ready to go. Bathing suits for all occasions. Not just bathing but if you should choose to bathe or swim or bathing, as Scooter’s father calls it, a bathing suit, we’ll be providing all those. Or you say I just like to wear one. Oh, that’s another thing about Scooter you might not…or maybe you do know it if you listen to his podcast a lot. Scooter’s life goals…and he doesn’t even actually know this all the time, but his ideal goal is to live…or his idea of a vacation is when you wear a swimsuit from…you don’t wear it to bed but when…from when you get out of bed or after you’ve had your coffee ‘til you’re ready for bed, if it’s warm enough to air dry. But Scooter doesn’t like…I guess apparently doesn’t like to wear…that’s why he was…he talked about his favorite bathing suit; doesn’t have the undergarment.
I think that’s because it doesn’t…it’s not as…just a little thing about Scooter; he would like to just…no, that would be the only thing he would wear. Maybe something on his feet. That’s his dream. That’s the kind of lifestyle. He’s laughing now; he’d say yeah, with the Kool Aid moustache or…would be perfect, or from a popsicle. I’m here with the Cusacks, so we’re gonna be talking about our new bathing suit line. You say Reginald, where do you and the Cusack family get your inspiration from? We say well, the wide world, the diversity of human experience and perspective, our own lives, Scooter’s imagination, a healthy…well, mostly that. Phish set lists from The Baker’s Dozen, a set of thirteen shows, I believe, that Phish, the band, did in 2017 I believe. I don’t have it in front of me. Maybe 2018. But a few years ago, Phish played thirteen shows over a span of a few weeks in New York City at the Madiskin Square Garden. Oh sorry, Madison Square Garden.
They did not repeat any songs over that thirteen-night run. This also is going out to Harris; Harris, we love you buddy, so this one is for you. That’s actually a Phish song. That’s a line in a Phish song. I think that’s one of the ones that makes Scooter cry. But so, we’re…we’ve…’cause Scooter says well, I need some randomness. You can’t just give me bathing suits designed with the finest materials and the finest construction and visionary…combined family career of thousands of years in the garment industry like our friends Anne and Michael, who this episode’s also going out to, who we’re sending this…straight up to Harris and then straight out across the country to Anne and Michael. But so, where was I? Scooter said there has to be some randomness. We can’t just…you can’t just straightforwardly talk about bathing suits. He said that he was explaining to me the great Scooter method which may…basically, if you want to [00:30:00] understand what it’s like to hear that, you just loosen your jaw, let some drool pool behind your back teeth, un-focus your eyes, and drift away.
Then come back and say oh okay, Scooter, sure, I’ll just…give me the random things and we’ll build it from there. So, we’re ready to start. You may be starting and you say well, I’m looking for a bathing suit that makes me feel good but that maybe reflects some of my hobbies, but also kind of gives me some confidence and makes me feel really good. I’d say, we’ve got you covered. This next one…now again, I guess before I go off, we make bathing suits or swimsuits for everyone. Wherever you are, we make one for you. We do believe in making bathing suits and clothing and different products for people that make you feel good about you. We know there’s a history of that not happening; we’re all human. It comes up at times. That’s why that’s a time when you feel like you lost your bathing suit. We want you to love you, treasure you, accept you. Maybe you just start with that; you say well, you know…but we really want you to hold yourself closely like you were a tiny dancer and not worry about the headlights on the highway.
They can be too bright. With that in mind, you say well, what is…the constructionists? We say well, we personally will…these are the conceptual swimsuits here. You and your mind are L-E-W-K…you’re putting that together for yourself and then we will deliver on that concept. But we do know that there are some of you that enjoy jarring; we know that there are some of you that enjoy canning and preserving honey. We know there’s those of you that enjoy making the most of the bounty of sweet mother earth. There’s others of you that have a little Winnie the Pooh in you and you enjoy consuming the bounties; jars, jellies, jams, honeys, or maybe it’s a pickling, or maybe it’s just a vegetable that’s been stored and you’re having it out of season. Maybe you feel like a pickled beet. You say not only do I feel like I lost my bathing suit, right now I feel like a pickled beet. I’d say, like, you taste like…actually, pickled beets don’t taste like dirt. A regular beet does, as Scooter does say.
Can taste the dirt in that beet because that’s exactly what it tastes like. I’d say Scooter, I think you have a tongue that’s sensitive to goat milk and beets. But a pickled beet does not taste…it has a hint of the sweet, sweet earth. In that method, I want you to picture the color of a sweet, sweet pickled beet. Maybe not so sweet, though; you’d say well, I prefer my pickling on the non…I say okay, just that color. Is it ruby? Is it purple? Is it maroon? It’s the color that draws you in but also, you’re peering at the beet through a liquid and through a jar. That is the swimsuit we present to you; a sample in a jar. For, when we put this swimsuit on your body, not only will the colors of the rich, rich beets be reflecting the highlights and tones of your skin, but we will put it with a fit. Now, this isn’t a tight fit but it’s a fit that preserves you as you. We want you, when you’re sashaying about, to say well, look at that sample in a jar. It’s a reach; you say well…at first, you would say well, what’s that thing called?
I can’t tell if it’s purple or a deep red. I’d say oh no, no, no, you’re only looking at the surface. You need to understand the whole thing. The reason that person’s walking with such confidence and self-love is their heart may be the same color, too. Their heart’s connected to those shades of beets. As they shake it, they feel like a sample in a jar. We continue on this summery spring theme because that is not always when you’re wearing a bathing suit, but it is…times when you’re wearing a bathing suit and of course, the energy of a bathing suit, as Scooter’s talked about in the past, goes…you know, there is an energy to bathing suits that goes beyond just swimming. We want to subtextually keep that energy there without going there too deeply. We also make our bathing suits for everyone. This doesn’t have to do with cut or fit; it has to do with the spirit that we’re looking…our suits bring out the bathing suit within you, obviously.
Our next bathing suit is titled…well, let me give you some more details. Now, our bathing suits don’t always come scented and this one actually doesn’t come scented, but it does…we’ll trigger some scents in you, the scent of fresh-cut grass. I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at fresh-cut grass when the humidity is at a level so the fresh-cut grass is moist and you’re looking at it from thirty or forty yards away; the air is heady with that grass scent. You could hear the buzzing of beings in there. I don’t know what kind of beings there are; cicadias or flying things or frogs or toads. I don’t know. But you know that moment; the air, the moisture in the air is kissing your skin, your ears are buzzing with the sound, and the grass is filling your nostrils. There’s a green there, and it’s a rich green, and it’s shades of green that you’re seeing as you look at that fresh-cut grass. That is the color of the suit, is beautiful, beautiful shades of green. Again, there’s clumps of grass and there’s moist grass.
This isn’t just one shade of green and it isn’t a consistent shade. You could see the puckering and the stitching of the fabric we’ve used. It does have a bit of webbing look to it. It is one of those super fabrics, or whatever they’re called. Very, very good for swimsuits but again, I’m more concentrating on this episode. But it does give you a sense of layers of layers of grass for…grasses, not just one plain bolt of fabric. It’s tactile, it has touch and it has something to it; layers, you might say. But there’s also a feeling when you put on this suit, and that’s where the title comes from. Now it may be a feeling you’re projecting inward or it may be a feeling you’re projecting outward, as in hello. You may be looking in the mirror and saying to yourself ‘hello’ or you may be looking across and saying ‘hello’. Or you could be the one doing this and that is why we call this suit Lawn Boy. You could be just trying to graze that spirit of the boy who just mowed the lawn.
You’re doing a favor, you’re getting some work in, you’re sweating before your swim. But oh no, no, we don’t just stop there. You could go on wherever you want. We only call it Lawn Boy because that is what we were presented with by Scooter but it could be Lawn anyone. I think you understand why we just use that term, because it’s the name of the song but it also captures that spirit of the fresh-cut lawn. Anyone could cut the lawn and anyone could wear something that represents not just cut grass but an experience and so much more. That is the suit we call Lawn Boy. Now, next up is a suit and a set of suits, in some cases, depending…this is an optional thing but a lot of times, you say to yourself okay, well, I have my swimsuit, I have my favorite swimsuit. But you also have people that come to wherever you are and you might be swimming, and they come unprepared. This is one of our suits that comes with a back-up suit that you could [00:40:00] have for a guest.
Believe it or not, so I’ll tell you about the guest suit first. It’s very flexible, it could be worn by anyone. It’s a very flexible suit and many different ways to adjust it, but it starts with a short…but within the waistband of the short is a top that you could take out, a swim shirt, or whatever you wish to call it, so that anyone could wear it. It’s all the things…then it’s made with copper and silver fibers. You say well, no, no, this suit is…not only did we clean it since anyone used it before you, but it’s made from…but we’ve…there’s platinum and gold, probably. We haven’t launched this again. You say well, this is the cleanest suit you’ll ever wear. That’s your guest suit. You just have it as a back-up. Maybe it just gives you peace of mind knowing if anyone comes, you have a swimsuit for them. But again, this is more about the suit inside of you. Again, as a counter to the feeling of losing your swimsuit in those times, you feel that way.
This suit will fit you like it knows you because it’s been designed to be that way. Again, we’ve looked for fabrics that both feel comfortable, have some air flow, help with you loving you. This suit does have a couple layers to it, but they’re very thin layers. But we want it to be very, very comfortable. This suit could be good for swimming but it could also be good for sitting around. Despite the multiple layers, it will dry very quickly. All our suits were made to dry very quickly because we think okay, if Scooter…we’re gonna be working with Scooter; he wants a suit that dries quickly so that he could wear it all day long and not say well, this suit still feels wet. It’s driving me up the wall. Now I gotta change out of it, so that would defeat the purpose of making a swimsuit for Scooter. This is an idealized…now, this is another thing I’ve learned from Scooter, actually, not to go on a tangent, but to strive beyond what you’re capable of.
Scooter says with his show, with Sleep With Me, he’s…not just striving to put people to sleep; that’s the goal of the show. He’s striving to delight them and to carry them off into dreamland with a smile on their face, with comfort within them. He says if that’s what I’m striving for, even if I don’t get there, I’m doing pretty darn good. That’s what we’re striving for with our suits as well, and this suit in particular. It feels good, it looks good. Now, it is a very stylish and simple color, a color that matches almost everything. You’d say well, is it a black or is a midnight? I’d say well, Scooter loves to use the term matte black, so we’re calling this…you could say the color of this suit is matte black. Also, Scooter was joking about inventing a detective named Matt Gumball. Hopefully he’ll remember that. But when you have this suit on, and when you have the backup suit for your guest and your guest comes to the house, whether they need a suit or not, when they see this suit on you and they see how you feel wearing this suit, they’re going to say to you my friend, my friend.
That’s just what we’re calling the suit, My Friend, My Friend. Oh, wow, do you look like you feel good. That is that suit. Now, our next suit…no, it’s modern day and it’s a day of devices and device usage, and of controversy in the swimsuit-making business because you say do swimsuits need pockets or not? How do we, as creators of swimsuits, deal with the fact that of course you’re gonna want your device, at least your main device, with you at most times? But not every device can get wet or even damp, or even touch the water. How do we empower that without…we’ve been really thinking about this. You say well…because should we just remove all pockets? But then what do you do? Where do you put it, in your waistband and then you gotta put it out, and you put it in the sun. Your phone gets too warm, or your device. It can also be hard to see. You say okay, what’s our responsibility to our users? We don’t want their phones getting wet. There were so many iterations of this suit.
We worked very hard but we wanted a suit where you could put your device. Maybe you could put your wallet or some money for an ice cream cone, or you could even put other things that you’re looking to hold on…there’s a lot of people that listen to this podcast that know the time where they are, so 4:20. We respect those listeners that say well, this sun’s gotta blaze, man. We want to be ready. We know that they need swimsuits, too, for all of them. Now, this suit is also colored in a green but it’s not a grass…well, you’d say, well, it’s a different kind of grass green. It’s a much richer, deeper green, earthy with some browns and some rusty oranges all mixed in. You say wow, there’s even some reds in there. Yes, we’ve got a pattern on there. You say well, that’s a very hypnotic pattern but very earthy. Then within this suit, we’ve worked very hard to create a super-structure so that if you have a phone or larger phone in your pocket, one, it won’t feel like it’s there.
That was complicated ‘cause we wanted something that would hug it against your body in a way that doesn’t…so that it’s against your body so it’s not shaking around, but it doesn’t feel like…you say well, that phone’s stuck to my body, so it almost feels like it’s a part of your body. I don’t know if you’ve had that experience but you know, when you wear a backpack and it’s resting on your hips. We’ve designed that and then we’ve put it in a zippered waterproof container. You just put your phone in that pocket, you zip it up, and whatever your phone…you could have a flip phone in there and it’ll be fine. There’s a lot of nano technology going into that and we’re pretty confident. We’re very confident in that. Then there’s another smaller pocket on the other side where you could put a phone or another device, or a bag, or some money. Whatever it is that you need to keep dry. I wouldn’t put s’mores materials in there, but if you’re getting ready to have…make s’mores, you could put that in there. We’re calling this suit Stash. Obviously, it's clearly that.
Now, our next suit, oh boy, am I proud of this one ‘cause I said…Scooter said what do you want it to be called? For these suits, like I said, it’s more about what’s inside than what’s outside. But one of the ways we do that here at Happily Enrobed…I guess we could still call our business that. We didn’t sell…you’re still happily enrobed when you’re swimming in a swimsuit, so let’s agree to call it that. But so, this suit, we wanted something that was a blue, but not a sky blue and not a naval blue, but a summer blue, like an…when you look at a ocean from the sky and it has a turquoise that makes you feel something. That’s the color of this suit. You say whoa, where in the world is that? I need to go there and get in that water. Well, you’ll be getting in the water in this suit, so that’s part one of the suit, but part two is how do you feel when you’re inside it? The fabrics and the design is made to feel…now, you have to be a stretch, but I want you to think about the great Carol Burnett.
If you don’t know who Carol Burnett is, I want you to rent the movie Annie, the original Annie or the second…the Annie with Carol Burnett in it. Also watch the Carol Burnett show. Do yourself a favor; it’ll change your life. But I want you to think about Carol Burnett in a bathtub of [00:50:00] bathtub gin and how she would feel if she wasn’t…if she was just the Carol Burnett from the movie Annie in a bathtub of bathtub gin, without any of the hassles she was dealing with in the movie, without all the responsibilities. How would she feel? She would feel free for the time being. She would feel…all her pores would clearly be open in a good…now, this is an imaginary practice, so don’t say well, realistically, Reginald…I’d say hold the phone. I want you to think about being the spirit of Carol Burnett in a bathtub of bathtub gin. Oh boy, would you feel good, ‘cause you would be her. You would be cracking people up and cracking jokes, making yourself laugh, and singing songs.
That is a bathtub gin. Now, Scooter’s told me we’re now on the speed round because I…when it’s so many…so much depth…so, the next suit we had, of course, you can’t have a bathing suit…you can’t have swimming and the feel of summer without the sunsets. Of course, we wanted to capture those colors in a suit, those late-day, early evening colors, the complexities. We’ve used a variety of materials so that where you’re looking at the suit, whether you’re looking at it from above or below or the left or the right or straight on, you’re getting different shades of purples and oranges and yellows and whites and blacks, even some blues, just like you were watching the sun transitioning across the horizon. You know, when you’re really soaking it in. Then the feel of the suit is a feel of what someone will say when they see you in this suit which we’re calling Fuego. That is the next suit. The suit after that is a suit that we wanted to just represent comfort and comfortable materials, and something a little more casual.
Let’s say you were being in a…you were in a drum circle or you had to run out and you said well, I don’t want anything. I don’t need these fancy suits, Reginald. I want a down-home swimsuit that makes me feel fancy. Like, deep down. But not present myself as fancy or even in the front of my mind. That confidence without…I don’t need prestige and I’d say well, we got a simple suit for you. We’re calling it Thread. It feels good, it looks good, it…again, it actually has very similar pockets to Stash so that if you have to go out to the…you’re running around or whatever, you have that, and that is Thread. Now we’re having a little fun with our next suit ‘cause we wanted something that you could wear to a birthday party or wear around children that would make them laugh. So, something a little bit less straightforward and that’s bright and vibrant, that has swirls and a little bit abstract patterns built into it, but also a suit that makes you feel like you’re having fun or feel like you have permission to have fun, and when you see these bright colors in this suit in the mirror, you’ll say that.
I say well, what do I…what am I feeling? What kind of fun am I having? I say well, this is the kind of fun you have on vacation. Then you say you could take it all the way to the title of this suit is how you’ll feel when you’re in it, cross-eyed and painless. Now, we have another suit for our friends that say this swimsuit’s just gotta blaze, man. I’m here and it’s time and I’m here to chill. Or, you know, keep the chill and chillaxing. We say well, we want something that…what about if you had to put something in your…you know, you say well, I don’t live in one of those states. I still need to keep the things dry. Like maybe your wallet, maybe some…maybe you picked some dandelions that you want to keep dry for later, for pressing or whatever. But you don’t want to have to worry about it when you’re out and about. Well, this suit’s called Makisupa Policeman. It’s a suit that’s just…it actually is the color of dandelions and you could see how it carries the different shades of the life of a dandelion; the greens, the yellows, but also the powder whites and even some of the browns.
Then it has a waterproof waistband place to dangle your stash or to put your money or your dandelions in it. Now this suit, I don’t think we could get Scooter to wear and we normally recommend not wearing a bathing suit to bed, but some people want something that they can wear all day long, so we’ve again taken some of these fabrics that we’re able to work some silver and some platinum and some copper into. We’ve looked for things that are both comfortable, wicking, that dry very quickly, and that have no chafing at all, or any roughness. Very, very soft suit so that if you were sleeping in it, whether you’re wearing the shorts version of this or a bikini version of this, or a one-piece version, or a swim shirt and a swimsuit version, however you like your design, it’ll be perfect. You may say, once you’ve worn it, and we’ve seen this in the testing; my sister came back to me and said this is like pajamas you could go swimming in. I laughed and I said oh boy, you are brilliant.
As we’re calling this suit End of Session, so for the end of the day, if you fall asleep in this swimsuit, you’ll be fine. You might buy two just so you can sleep in one and then say well, I woke up and I’m gonna go swimming. Now, the next suit is for those of you that have working vacations, like Scooter and a lot of other people out there. They may have to take their family on a vacation but they may have to work. Again, building on some of these successes we had with Stash, with waterproof pockets, very fast drying, but also looking for something with a little more classic look to it. You say well, I may have to be on camera or…I say well, this looks like a casual…nearly like a business short but you know, not…a little bit more…now there might be people that golf that want to purchase this suit but this is a suit that you could wear to the office if your office allows shorts, which every office should. We’re calling that Tuesday. Very simple.
But you’d say oh, well what about the other Tuesday? I would say yes, this is a very dark, deep…it’s a purple so deep it looks black. We’re also…you say well, isn’t that Wednesday? We say thank you, and onto our next suit; thank you. Now, Scooter is a fan of greys and those kind of colors, too. We said okay, well, we’ll find something for you, Scooter, in a deep grey that has some sort…different shades like rocks and granite and obsidian colors in the color of the suit. When we think about you swimming in this suit or imagining yourself in this suit, we want you to think about one of those brochure-level…underwater where you go in and then you’re in some sort of giant area, you’re shaded from the world. It’s a bit like a utopia and we’re calling this Cavern. It’s a place like you discovered. Also, on the waistband, for everybody, it does say ‘take care of your shoes’ on the waistband, just for giggles on our end. Now, there’s another suit we want to get to, here.
This is a callback and you say…and I know that when I work with Scooter, I become very close to him and I want to get to know him because we work here. We’re not making swimsuits; we don’t just make them out of thread and nano-fabrics and brilliance, and then put in some cosmic energy. Oh no, no, no. When you make suits like these, you have to work in comfort and love and depth of personality. Nostalgia is another thing that we try to be aware of, ‘cause you could use it [01:00:00] correctly or incorrectly in designing these things. Now, there’s a place that Scooter has never ordered something from that he can remember and it was always called…it was in malls, it’s still in malls sometimes. Now it’s transitioned to one of these multi-places that also sells stuff for other companies. But it was before smoothies and smoothie shops were popular. It was called Orange Julius. We’ve taken some of the colors from there because they had this…again, we said well, we have a sunset colored suit but orange suits, we are into here.
We wanted something more with a frothy orange. Maybe an orange creamsicle, you could say. But this has…you say this is a little bit light on the cream, but it has that feeling, that feeling of unknown, of something I’ve never tasted or tried before. When you’re in this suit, you’ll say this might be the day I’ll taste it finally. I’m gonna step outside of my…I’m so comfortable in this suit. I’m going to step outside my comfort zone. I’m going to forget the feelings that I’ve had when I’ve lost my swimsuit in the past. That’s a goal with all our suits, is to give you that kind of feeling about yourself. You deserve that feeling. It is tough to achieve and it’s not always there for any of us. Sometimes you have to take these tiny steps but what I want to do is imbue that. I guess it is like a talisman; these suits are talismans you inject with your own meaning and your own magic. They merely make you aware of that which was already there to begin with. ‘Cause again, we’ve all lost our bathing suits more than once or in more than one way.
Kind of right now, when I’m recording this and working with Scooter, we all kind of feel that way. We’re together in that sense, separate but together. Of course, some of us have lost a lot of bathing suits or we feel…you say well, I’m always…I say okay, yes, yes, I respect that. That’s why I work so hard at this designing, and why I strive. I can never reach the pinnacles that we’ve set for ourselves, but I can try to get there. This analogy to finish off is to say well, I’ve lost my bathing suit in the past but today I do feel like that sample in a jar. I do feel a little bit of that Fuego or someone said to me, My Friend, My Friend. I do feel like Carol Burnett in a bathtub of gin. I am going to say hi to that person who mowed the lawn or that person that makes me feel…or, I’m gonna say hi to everybody. I’m gonna go run through the lawn and thank the beings that are making those summer noises. I’m going to kiss the humidity in the air. I’m going to dance like I’m cross-eyed and painless. I hope my suits can bring you closer to that goal. I can’t wait to launch. Of course, working with Scooter, things can be delayed. But thank you for having me in your ears tonight, Reginald Cusack of the Cusacks, friend of Bo Bacon, saying goodnight.
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