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On Today’s edition of the Matt Masur Show, Matt talks a little about the impeachment hearings then he discusses the news of a new Basketball Stadium and STEM business and economic devlopment center being brought to Herkimer, NY by Alice Cooper, The Human Calculator and their organization Herkimer 9.
Later, Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ stops by to talk about his role in https://TheMerch.Link campaign to raise money to feed frontline healthcare workers.
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BBQs and Basketball The Matt Masur Show 02-10-2021
Matt Masur: [00:00:04] what’s going on. Everybody. Matt, Masur Matt Masur show back with you on Wednesday. Right? Third day, third episode. Of the the return, the new season. Maybe that’s what we should be calling it. The new season of the Matt Masur show. I like that. What’s going on, everybody. Check in on Twitch, Rattlers, already doing that.
What’s going on, man. Happy to have you there again, the purpose of doing the live show, even though. I fully expect the Masurity of folks to consume this after the fact that as a podcast or as a YouTube episode on demand. But the whole reason I, do this live is because I really want that live interaction.
And I’m hoping to [00:01:00] grow my Twitch channel basically from zero. Not totally from zero, but last time we were big on Twitch. It was a few years ago. So while I have a ton of followers, there’s a lot of good Bubba army guys that. That follow us. They may or may not be interested anymore. Also if you’re a big Bubba guy who used to follow me will publicize on right now I’m not really competing, but we are on the same time.
And if you’re a fan of his, you’re going to watch him first and I totally get that. Yeah. But it would be great. If you could check out the shows home page that’s three, one five live.fm/matt measure. Right on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen that is the home base of the mat Masur show.
It’s also got the links to all the other places and I realized there’s a lot of them. And I realize it’s a lot of work, but if, you could do me the solid [00:02:00] of you know, subscribing to our podcast on iTunes and Spotify and going to my YouTube channel. Following liking subscribing ring, the little bell, do all that fun shit.
It helps us out immensely helps the show out, allow me too do more, reach, more, get cooler guests when they see the following that we have. So that’s all good stuff we will as the show goes on, I’ve got a lot of plans. I’ve got a lot of plans for segments. I’ve got a lot of. Plans for events you know, at this point virtual events, but and I also have a lot of plans for giveaways and freebies for the show audience that I’m going to be putting into place pretty soon.
The other thing that we’re going to have starting next week is we’re going to introduce you to our man [00:03:00] Jack flange. Jack runs the and Mo cooking show. He’s a great independent single father who who was looking for work, looking for something to do. And he turned it into a cool cooking business that he shares with other folks, with the goal of helping families cook together, eat some better meals.
Sit around the table. It’s a good goal. He’s got some good things going on and we’re going to be spending some time with Jack back probably starting next week yesterday show. Well, I mean there’s, only three shows of this, season. So but yesterday show so far has been the best. I really, enjoyed both Phil Florida.
And Joe Driscoll the two of them helped us put on a great local centric show. And if you’re not from the three, one five, if you’re not from the area I realize it may feel like we’re getting [00:04:00] hyper-local and sometimes we will. But I think a lot of the issues that we face here, a lot of the issues that we talk about are not necessarily unique to our area.
So it’s my hope that even if you’re not from around here you can enjoy the local talk because there’s some value in it beyond just the area. But again, I think it was a phenomenal episode. I encourage you to check that out. I also encourage you to check out either on the three, one five live or on our YouTube.
I don’t just post the entire episode. I’m really breaking things down into segments so that you can a listen to, or watch back the entire hour, long episode every day. And that’s cool. But if you’re somebody who is a Joe Driscoll fan and you don’t care about any of my other bullshit you can grab just the Joe Driscoll interview and that’s a [00:05:00] separate standalone video that you can share and watch and enjoy.
Same goes when we talk about a bunch of these different news stories. Again, those will be cut out segments where we can talk about this, which is great because even if he did listen to the whole show, you know, maybe there was a particular part that really stuck out to you that you want to talk about.
You want to share on social and highlight again you can, share that piece. You don’t have to put out the whole podcast and life is good. Jack checking in, as I just mentioned, I don’t know. I don’t know if you heard me, but. Jack from the Jack and mole cooking show in the Twitch chat. I hope you’re doing well, buddy.
We got so many, crazy things going on. And the key to the mat Masur show here is to pick the right ones. And I’ll tell you what, as a, as I mentioned before, if you’re not familiar with me, [00:06:00] this used to be a three hour show. And every day we would do show prep, have it all laid out, have links, have videos, have all this stuff.
We would generally get two in a three hour show about a quarter of the prep that we set aside. So paring down to a one hour show. Has been an incredible challenge for me because there are so many things that I want to talk about right out of the gate. So many issues that I want to catch up on. And so many people I want to talk to.
And, there are people all over the place who have been asking to come on, who I’m excited to have on. There are a ton of other people who I’d like to have, and I’ll be honest 9.9 out of 10, who I asked to be on the show say yes. So I guess you could say I have a long list of great people who are going to be on the show, but trying to figure out [00:07:00] what to stick in the one hour, it has become an interesting challenge.
And I apologize to to anyone or any news stories that. Get cut off, unfortunately, because of it. But it’s what I got to do. In the chat question, what made you cut down to one hour time that’s the whole thing. Previously when we did the three hour show, mid days every day the goal was that was our job.
We were trying to sell advertising. We were trying to run that as a business and for a wide variety of reasons. Our, own mistakes included that wasn’t a viable business. So unfortunately we just couldn’t do that. And also the worst part about that was it was three hours, but it was also in the middle of the day, which was great for a show and a great if you’re working and you need something to listen to middle of the day, but [00:08:00] when that’s your job, it kills the entire day.
You have to prepare for the show in the morning, and then you’re done at 3:00 PM. The day is basically over it’s, hard to do any other business, any other work. So. I’m doing one hour and I’m doing it first thing in the morning so that I can put this out there consistently every day and I can still go out and run my business.
In the rest of the day. So the way I have my schedule built is, my company, my hours of operation, technically start at 9:00 AM. So I’m fitting in the hour podcast. First thing in the morning from eight to nine. And my business opens at nine. I, began to work with customers at nine, but I also, that first hour, I really kind of take easy on the customer work and that’s when I immediately edit and post the show.
So. With any luck I am putting no more than two hours a day in and not just doing the show, but getting it out, which was also a challenge for us previously. So in a very long-winded way, I hope that [00:09:00] answers your question.
One thing I will say though, is as we get rolling, you know, the one hour, that’s the standing thing, right? Every day, 8:00 AM. We’ll be here for now four days a week. I should say that at 8:00 AM, but. As other things go on. And I’ve got a lot of really interesting people who want to come on the show and who I want to interview, who are on the West coast and asking them to be on live.
You know, at 8:00 AM, East coast time just isn’t feasible. So there will be a lot of interviews. There’ll be a lot of breaking news stories and random things we decide to cover that I will just fire up, live on the chat or on the Twitter either at a random time in the middle of the day or night. I also play some call of duty and I’m going to try to do more of that on stream.
That’ll be later in the night. So there’ll be that type of content as well. And that’s why I also encourage people to follow or subscribe on Twitch. So when I do randomly go live, you get those notifications. One thing I will [00:10:00] tell the daily podcast audiences any of those interviews, I do, you know, we get somebody cool from California that I interviewed with.
3:00 PM in the afternoon, that will become part of the podcast. Whether we integrate it in the next days live show, or we just add that interview to the regular podcast feed. That’ll be stuff that I don’t want folks to miss. There will be stuff like the gaming streams and stuff on Twitch that are only ever going to live there.
So I highly recommend you like follow subscribe and all these different places. Jack says you were driving a hundred miles a day too. Yeah I was at that point driving to our Unica studio, which is about 60 miles from my home one way every day. And I had a real piece of shit car to man. It’s literally a miracle that I even made it at [00:11:00] the same time.
I didn’t beat up a good car going through all that. So I guess we could look at it that way. We are going to have in a few minutes with any luck, our band, Keith Rubino, Keith is a guy from Herkimer New York. Who’s going to talk to us about a local Herkimer New York story that shockingly hasn’t gotten a lot of play.
And we’ll get into that in a minute but, first I want to do some news.
I don’t, know if you’re really going to call this news. Well, I mean, it is news, but one of the things I want to talk about just for a minute, because it’s the hottest topic in the country is our last president is being impeached for the second time. And I’m not going to get too deep into this.
In all honesty, I will, when it’s over. This, whole watching every move. I don’t know. I’m not into that. I know a lot of people are, I’m not here, but what I am into is, watching [00:12:00] funny people and if the president’s lawyer or the former president’s lawyer, I should say is just a comedy among comedy.
So let’s let’s look at some video here. If we go down the road that my. Very worthy adversary here. Mr. Rascon asks you to go down. The flood Gates will open, but the political pendulum will shift one day. The pendulum, this chamber and the chamber across the way will change one day.
And partisan impeachments will become commonplace.
He’s really worried about that. I said, I’d be an impartial juror. So that clip wasn’t nearly as good as a lot of others. I was seeing, I was hoping it was, we went into that [00:13:00] one blind. But this guy. Went on just rambling, literally rambling. Apparently Trump was not very happy with the performance folks around him.
I can only imagine, but the idea is that he just kind of has lost his shit over this whole thing. And the, you got to understand why this idiot is there, cause nobody else would do it. Legitimate lawyer after legitimate lawyer either passed or had at one point signed on and before this began, they, ah, no, because he’s a crook, he’s a criminal, there’s no defense who wants to be the lawyer that signs onto that.
Apparently only this one idiot and he’s coming up with all kinds of just ridiculous, claims. In fact, one of his defense claims. Is [00:14:00] that you don’t need to do this impeachment thing. If Trump’s a criminal, you can just send law enforcement tomorrow Lago and put them in handcuffs. That’s a, defense attorneys defense.
I don’t, understand. I don’t understand. It’ll be interesting to see now. Of course the worst part is everybody knows that Donald Trump is guilty. A F we all saw it right live in real time. We know what happened. We know what led up to it. We know that aside from the speech that he gave that day, He encouraged people on Twitter for days and days come to DC, get ready for this.
Come here, do this. Eh, I don’t know. [00:15:00] It’s, a crazy thing. And it’s a crazy thing that he might get a pass. I don’t know how, I don’t know how It was actually the Antifa deep state gay communists. Yeah, I got to say of all of the excuses and you knew the excuses would come because again, we all saw this live, right.
We saw all the mega hats in all the blue Trump flags and all of the everything clear as day. I mean, these folks, nobody. Labels themselves. Nobody demonstrates their feelings on their shirt better than the Trump fans. And it was clearly a crowd of them and we clearly saw them go nuts. So, you know of course they had to come up with some sort of excuse.
Well, of course, yeah. [00:16:00] Our go-to Antifa violence in American streets go to Antifa. That’s what their handbook says, but of course that was the stupidest claim ever. Because you literally had people with anti Antifa shirts and, Oh, well they dressed up they, played the part. Okay. I’ve seen those movies.
Let’s look at these folks that we’ve arrested. These, actors. Oh, well, they’ve got five, six years of social media, history of being massive Trump fans and queue supporters. You think these Antifa guys have been really playing this long game for, years, just for this, it was the stupidest fucking claim ever.
You know that though I’m preaching to the choir. I’m hoping to boy, Keith is going to join us and he might be tied up. And if he is that okay. But I want to get into this story. This is kind of a, an interesting one. [00:17:00]
I’m going to pull up the local, the times telegram. This is the Herc Ramon Herkimer New York newspaper. Herkimer New York is a small town. It’s the County seat of Herkimer County. If you’re not from central New York, it’s also where I am from. And unfortunately for, a very long time, it’s been very economically depressed.
People have been moving away in droves. The people that have stayed, I’ll be honest. Many of them have not done a lot to keep things up. They’ve let things go to hell in, in the most basic terms. And for a lot of reasons I, can’t say that I blame them or that’s their fault when you don’t have any money and there’s no money.
In a tax base, it becomes a hell of a challenge, but people don’t want to be this way. Right? People want [00:18:00] to improve. Everybody wants to improve. Everybody wants to make your small town better. And the news has broken. And again, one of the things that confuses me is why this isn’t bigger news, but the news is broken that the small town of Herkimer New York.
Is going to bring in a semi-pro basketball team and build a brand new sports stadium and business complex. That part is also seemed to be left out of the story and the coverage from everywhere. So the one that covered it the most is the, local, the times telegram. I did find that the local TV news station had a written article about it.
I didn’t see any video. So. Maybe they talked about it on the news, but they didn’t even send a camera man to interview folks. And that was the extent of the coverage on this massive economic development story on your [00:19:00] calendar. So guest appearance. Thanks, Alexa, computer stop.
I love when Alexa just chimes in, she should be my cohost.
But there’s an organization led by a guy known as the human calculator and one of his good buddies, Alice Cooper from everything I can find out yes. That Alice Cooper and these folks put together a, an organization called Herkimer nine and they are bringing. A semi-pro men’s basketball team and a stadium and an entire new complex to downtown Bernie Ark.
The initiative Herkimer nine.org is where you can find the information from this organization. There is more there than there’s an, any of these [00:20:00] news articles which, upsets me quite frankly. They have one quote in the news article from the mayor of Herkimer gentlemen, by the name of Mark Netty, he’s very excited.
He says some of the players could watch in Herkimer you could watch and Herkimer could make it to the NBA, which is of course the the drug, any semi-pro team. Right. You’re going to watch a guy who’s going to become huge. It goes on to talk about, they’re going to build this stadium that hold approximately 2,500 seats.
Keep in mind, this is a town of 6,000 people. And they go on to talk about the vision also includes economic growth and STEM focused education and research jobs. This is one of the big parts or this whole story and, as you can see it’s, the end of the story. [00:21:00] Again, I don’t understand what the deal is.
I don’t understand. Maybe if people don’t have faith in this actually coming to fruition, even though it says this is happening. And it’s, very unique and surprising to see in Herkimer New York. So I, get it, but I, think this is something we should be talking about. I pulled up the strategic plan.
From these folks that have put this together, they put this out, there’s a PDF on this website, Herkimer nine.org. And this shows exactly what they’re going to do. This is the existing, like Google maps picture of downtown Herkimer in North main street, which is of course the North Thoreau, the main thoroughfare, by the way, I used to have an apartment I used to live like right over here.
One of these places. When I was in college, nice apartment [00:22:00] what they’re going to do well, I’ll save you all the texts. You can read that, but this is the best. So this shows there’s a couple of existing buildings. There’s the historic Herkimer County jail. That’s. That is an incredibly historic place.
Some famous murderers were kept to there historically. And it’s been around for like 4 billion years or some shit. This is an old bank that they’re going to get rid of. These are some old I think at one point manufacturing buildings, I think this is another bank. So they’re gonna, they’re gonna knock down all these portions of these buildings or, entire buildings here on this block, and they’re going to build this, entire complex.
So we’ve got some parking we’ve got, I believe like a park area. This is the actual stadium for the basketball sports. Somewhere in these buildings. Here we go. We got all the [00:23:00] new athletics complex the park, a museum. They’re going to build a factory museum, which is pretty cool. Love museums, open slate for local retail.
Somewhere over here, it shows some of the other. Yeah here’s, another angle of what this proposed thing could look like. Again, one of the big things about it is this business and technology in STEM investments that I wish we were talking about more. These are wonderful things. I’m not a big sports guy.
I understand the economic development in the reason you would bring sports to a town and I’m not against it, but this is more than sports and that is lost in this underreported [00:24:00] story. I think that’s the end of the, Oh no we got, more pictures. It’s really just kind of showing you where the layout of things are.
But I think this is an incredible thing. I think it’s good news again. It’s shocking to me that this is something we’re doing in Herkimer in the best possible way. I got a title screen fat look at that. See that? Cool. Supposed to put that on first.
I’m excited. I’m cautiously optimistic. The, one thing that we’ve had in central New York, one of our biggest challenges is a lot of people have good ideas like this, and it either doesn’t come to fruition or it ends up being far less than we were ever promised. I hope this isn’t one of those pipe dreams.
I hope that it actually [00:25:00] does come to happen because like many cities and towns across this country that have found themselves in the position that Herkimer has being depressed, being rundown for lack of a better term, it has incredible potential. And it’s filled with incredible history. There are properties there from homes to commercial buildings that have been around forever and could.
Easily be remodeled into something incredibly upscale and trendy. It’s a quiet, you know, tree filled type community. It could again be a beautiful place to live. Generally it’s a safe place, although, you know as poverty has increased as his crime, but I think that’s something that could be turned back pretty easily.
And these are great things. So, and I know I keep harping on this, but the [00:26:00] fact that the meat media is just totally sleeping on it locally, when really what the fuck else is going on locally, that you’re not going to talk about a massive economic development project in a town that hasn’t had a new growth since they built a Lowe’s 15 years ago.
Or, before that the biggest development project was building a new jail, which by the way, they don’t need anymore. Now that we’ve changed the laws, eh, no, I don’t know where they’re at on this, but we’ll do it. The mat Masur show three, one five live we’ll cover the shit out of this and tell all your friends.
RD says, if they figure out a way to make it attractive to drunk ass college dudes it’ll be successful. It’s true. And that’s unfortunately in addition to everything else at Herkimer has the Herkimer community college. It’s where I went to school. It’s a [00:27:00] great school. And unfortunately, well, not unfortunately, but you know, it’s full of people from outside the area.
So locals that don’t care about anything Are there? What, was that? I got a ding. There we go. That’s our man, Dick. Join us. There he is. How are ya? I’m gonna put you on, I’m gonna put you on the screen here. So turn you down just a little bit because you got a you got a reasonable set up there.
Yeah. Like, so some of these people that I got to crank down, you know it’s, horrible. All right, great. Yeah. Too much. So Dick is our man from smoke, incorporated. [00:28:00] Barbecue and, I’ve got a graphic. I’m going to make sure I don’t fuck up the graphic this time. Here we go. We’re going to use it. I made this for a reason.
And, Dick is a guy. If you are an OJI Matt Masur show listener, or a fan of the billionaire shows, you probably already know Dick, he is I guess you would say our go-to local food guy. Because he makes incredible food and he’s got a great business that he helps folks in many ways with so he’s a great guy to promote and talk to.
So the reason that the Dixon today and the thing that I’m working with him on now is this little project through the merchant link. And I’m going to throw up this graphic one more time. But if you burn through the merge.link [00:29:00] that is my kind of t-shirt apparel clothing store. It’s got branded merch.
It’s got funny. T-shirts we’ve got a lot of pandemic you know, pro nurse pro hero style stuff. And what you’ll find on there is. That we are giving away a portion of the proceeds to people affected locally abide by rather this whole COVID situation. And there’s two groups, right? There is the restaurant industry.
That’s, just been decimated because people can come in, can’t come in to eat, anymore. And then we’ve got our frontline healthcare workers, the nurses, the doctors, the respiratory therapists, all these people that are. Are keeping us alive. And especially in central New York and like an upstate hospital, they’ve been doing a ton of this vaccine research that got us these [00:30:00] vaccines to, begin with these people are working like crazy.
So I had this thought how can we, help with this? And then it became pretty simple. Well, I actually asked around. I said, what a nurses, what a healthcare professionals, what would they like? And I shouldn’t have been too surprised cause I think it’s honestly what anybody in any profession would like as a thank you.
And that is just some good food right there. You can’t ever go wrong with thanking someone with a meal. And we decided that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to put the proceeds towards that. And we’re going to partner with a local restaurant, a local caterer. Who could do that now? Dick and, smoke incorporated.
Barbecue is our first kind of partner. I’ve had this campaign going on a store for a couple of weeks now. The sales have been coming in and [00:31:00] I’d like to go at least another week or so. And, see how much money we have at that point, we’ll decide exactly who and, how big we can make the first donation.
But the one thing I want to point out is this will be just the first donation. This isn’t going to be a one-time thing. We’re going to keep it ongoing. My goal is to hopefully generate enough money that we have more work than Dick can handle, and we can go on and intern at another restaurant and you know, another.
Caterer. I also have thoughts about bringing in a couple of the local coffee companies and supporting them. We’re not asking them for donations, but rather to purchase their stuff and again, give to these healthcare workers. So I’m very excited that Dick, you were eager. To step up and help these folks.
I think you see the need and the desire to thank them as much as everybody. So absolutely always [00:32:00] willing to help for that week. Very much appreciate let’s. You know, the whole point though, is to also help your business and help the restaurants. So if you could tell people a little bit about. What’d you do?
What type of food do you do? What type of service you offer? Cause you’re not, I know I’m talking a lot about restaurants. Dick is primarily a caterer. He’s got a professional kitchen, but he doesn’t have a dining room. He’s going to come to you. He tell folks a little bit about the, type of stuff you do.
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:32:26] Private party private party catering mainly weddings, graduations. Now with COVID we’ve, turned into a, you know, smaller gatherings We do all the barbecue standards pulled pork, chicken ribs, brisket. We do a pig roast. We show up. Cook most of the food on site serve your guests.
Very professional. We’ve been around for a, this will be our [00:33:00] 12th season actually. Oh, wow.
Matt Masur: [00:33:02] Yeah. 2010. We started. That’s awesome. Yeah, it seems like it’s 20, 2010 doesn’t sound like that far away, but it really was. Wasn’t it? Yeah. So Dick, you’d say, you know, It’s about the barbecue, right? So that, that’s your main thing, but you do a wide variety of things.
Cause I know you, catered our Christmas for me. And, by that, I mean, you know, my wife and I decided, listen with the pandemic. We’re not going anywhere. There’s not a lot of people coming over. I normally like to cook for the holidays, but I’d like to cook for folks. And I thought, you know what?
Let’s, give ourselves the break, do some business locally and have it catered. So. Appreciate it. I went to Dick and I said you know, here’s what we’re thinking about. What can you do? And he says, I can literally cook anything. Sure. And he wasn’t lying. We got a bunch of trays of some different things.
We [00:34:00] were able to eat on for a few days and it was just, it was incredible. And and I highly recommend if you’re in the central New York area. Think about something like that, reach out to Dick. And honestly, even if you’re not reach out to some of these local caterers that you think about for your, party, your graduation, your wedding, and talk to them about you know, making me a few nights worth of dinner in one shot.
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:34:28] Yeah. There you go. And don’t ever be afraid to ask somebody to make something that you don’t find on their menu.
Matt Masur: [00:34:34] I think that’s, I think that’s incredible advice. There’s a lot of folks think that’s, kind of what you’re limited to. But obviously if you’re going to somebody who’s, cooking this stuff, this isn’t, he’s not pulling it out of a freezer pack and heating it up.
You know we’re, talking about fresh food made from scratch. In a, professional commercial kitchen you know, not to knock [00:35:00] anyone who runs businesses out of their home. I run my business out of my home, but the fact that he does this out of a professional kitchen you know, he has to follow every safety, standard and health code and a lot like you talk about to me, that’s the coolest part is when you have these events, when we can do these events in person, And you can come on site and roast a pig and a, and like you say, cook a lot of those things right on site to me.
That’s, really cool. And that’s, a whole nother level.
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:35:33] Yeah.
Matt Masur: [00:35:33] It’s a lot of fun. Dick what do you, know, as we’ve gone going through this pandemic, you know what do you think are some. Some tips or just some advice you could give to folks in your industry who are struggling and just having a hard time, whether it be with business or just the stress of life right now
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:35:59] just keep plugging [00:36:00] away, I guess.
Everything seems to be opening up a little bit, you know, a little bit at a time, things are getting a little bit better. We were just approved for gatherings up to 150
Matt Masur: [00:36:09] people.
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:36:10] Yeah. I don’t know how safe that’s going to be right now, but hopefully another few months would a wedding start opening up and things like that.
Maybe we can actually do some business. So just hang in
Matt Masur: [00:36:22] there. Yeah. I, think that’s, the key, the, one of the things that we were talking yesterday with Joe Driscoll and Phil Farda and I said you know, one of the things I’m cautiously optimistic about, and it was ironic. I had a phone call later in the day.
Guy said the same thing to me. One of the things I’m cautiously optimistic about is the fact that we’ve been held back all this time and we couldn’t go out and we couldn’t go to restaurants and all this. It’s my hope that when it opens up, it will just have a renewed desire for everybody to more than they did in the past.
Yeah, get out, go to events, go to dinner, go to parties. [00:37:00] I’m hoping we see a resurgence of, crowds, I guess.
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:37:04] Absolutely. Everybody’s, dying to get out there and do something. So I think when it, does open up, it’s gonna, it’s going to come on fast.
Matt Masur: [00:37:14] What do you think about and we’re going to get a little, off topic, but what do you think about the, government’s response and.
Have they done enough to help the food service industry and food service workers in particular?
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:37:32] I, don’t think so. I think it could have been done so much better. You know, sending stimulus to the individuals is one thing, but then, you know, you’ve got the restaurants limited to everything they can do.
And businesses like mine where I, didn’t do a single wedding or graduation last year. That’s my bread and butter. And I received absolutely no help from the government other than those two stimulus checks. So you know if I, was paying a high rent and [00:38:00] I had employees and things like that, I would be, I’d be done right now.
Luckily I was able to hang on just because I’m, you know, I’m very low
Matt Masur: [00:38:08] overhead. Yeah.
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:38:11] So yeah, I think it could, have been handled much better,
Matt Masur: [00:38:13] much, much better. It’s a little crazy because we see, you know, everybody talks about the essential workers. Everybody talks about how, much we need them and how much we should support them.
But the same type of folks are against. The help for these people. And you know it’s, just frustrating because the financial industry immediately got all the cash they could possibly want when this thing started. But, you know, everyday restaurants and, there’s some places where I kind of understand, all right, well, business dipped in, whatever, but these are places that it’s, through no fault of their own.
They [00:39:00] just, as a matter of the restrictions, As a matter of the public health crisis. And I believe we needed these things. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have done these things. I’m not one of those folks, but I don’t mind, I guess, if you want to call it a bailout for these industries that had no choice, right?
To me, that’s not the same as like the auto bailout where a car company made bed choices and got themselves in trouble or the financial bailouts were again. They gambled lost and we covered their losses. This isn’t that situation. So when you talk about, and I know like the cruise lines and people will talk about, well, they got all this money and they’re incredibly profitable.
I can see that, but at the same time, I can see yeah. Helping them out because their industry is screwed. Same goes for, you know, venues and you know, music, venues and theater and everybody that works in those types of things. It’s not their fault. They didn’t [00:40:00] get in this position because they fucked up.
And I think that we, as a society should have just been paying their bills. Quite frankly. I know people want, we could just hand no we should have, gone to these companies. And, maybe even in a more intelligent way, because again, there’s a lot of folks, especially folks on the left that get mad about like the the cruise ships, but maybe rather than just giving them a blank check.
Maybe if there was a way to say, what is your overhead, what does it cost you to keep all of your employees on the payroll? Even if they’re not out on ships and we pay you that amount. And like I said we’re not, contributing to your profit. You might take a loss this year, but no one gets laid off.
No one gets their income cut. That’s meth soapbox of the day. But you know it’s, what a lot of other countries have done. You know [00:41:00] but it’ll be interesting to see. But again today I don’t want to talk about the failures more than I already have, and I really want to focus on the successes and the successes are these healthcare professionals.
And that’s the reason that Dick and I have come together with these efforts to, help them and thank them more than anything, show our appreciation. These are folks that sure they signed up to be in the medical field and to help with emergencies and, to help with these other things. But I don’t know that they signed up for this.
They’re being worked to the bone on top of the stress of Brian, bring home this virus. I mean, most of them now are, vaccinated. But a vaccine doesn’t necessarily mean it might mean you, you can’t get it or you might get it in a very, a lesser amount, but you could still carry it. Right. And, these folks all have [00:42:00] to worry about not only working 12 hours a day, but then am I coming home and bringing this horrible deadly virus to my family.
And I think a lot of folks don’t really realize. What this is doing to them and what they are doing for us. And, you know, like I said, for that reason, I’m very excited to be able to come together and hopefully do something cool for them. And at the same time, we’ll get some folks, some cool merchandise on emergently.
We got some fun stuff on there not to to plug my own thing. But the other thing I want to point out is if you go to the merchant.link, And you say, I don’t fuck this guy. I don’t want to buy your t-shirts. There’s an option right there where you can just donate yeah. To this effort where every penny of that, you know, there is no overhead, there’s no shirt I have to make.
So every penny of what you give can go to [00:43:00] Dick basically to so pay him to make food. I turn pennies into food. That’s what I do. I like that. That’s a good, that’s a good slogan. Turning pennies into food since 2010 Dick circling back to this this food industry a big trend. Has been the food trucks in the past few years.
Yeah. Do you think that those guys, are they in a better position or a worse thanks to this? Well,
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:43:33] it really depends on how much, their monthly nut is. You know, if they’ve got $1,500 in overhead in that truck it’s, pretty tough. It’s It’s a hard gig running one of those trucks. I mean, it’s full time if you’re not crapping, you’re selling and if you’re not selling, you’re prepping and shop and it’s, ridiculous.
The amount of hours that are involved to run one of those trucks. So it’s like it’s literally running a restaurant [00:44:00] on wheels. So it’s it. I couldn’t imagine if I had a truck in this. I mean, I might’ve been able to put it to use, they were doing some driveway pop-ups and neighborhood pop-ups and things like that.
You know, I think they’re doing okay, but it’s, a hard grind.
Matt Masur: [00:44:20] That’s what I was. That was what I was wondering because you know, they don’t have the dining room, obviously, so I wasn’t sure how the restrictions and things like that might affect them if they could just. Pull up anywhere.
Like they used to be able to, obviously I know you can’t just pull up anywhere. You have to have permission and permits and things, but you know it’s, interesting. The other side of that is though, you know, that’s a one or two man operation. So even if you can go get some good food from them, they’re not supporting 10 waitresses and you know, five cooks and things like a traditional restaurant does.
So [00:45:00] It’s a challenge. Yeah. And then we’ve
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:45:05] got winter, right. That takes four or five months a year out of the equation. For the most part, I mean, I know a lot of guys are trying to push through, but it’s tough. You just don’t get the crowds in
Matt Masur: [00:45:16] the winter time. Right? Yep. And I mean, that’s understandable.
Central New York is a cold frigid place and we don’t want to leave. When we, want, we, like, we love it, but yeah. What are you gonna do? Dick we’re just about out of time, but one more time. Can you tell everybody specifically about your website and phone number?
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:45:44] Websites smoke. I N C bbq.com.
Telephone (315) 558-1009. That’s my cell phone. So if you want to text me my phone is in [00:46:00] my hand, if I’m awake for the most part don’t be afraid to call, but I might not be
Matt Masur: [00:46:06] able to answer. Okay. And Dick you’re based in Syracuse, but Syracuse, what is your kind of territory? Like how far will you go for various events?
Dick from Smoke Inc. BBQ: [00:46:16] traveled two and a half hours for a wedding before, so I’m not. I’m not really a, I’m not locked
Matt Masur: [00:46:22] down to anything. That’s awesome. That’s awesome. Dick from smoke incorporated. Barbecue. It has been a pleasure. Thank you for joining us. Thank you for all you do. And and, I’ll definitely be in touch.
I, you know, what I’ve been thinking about is talking to you and doing a deal like we did for Christmas. Just, randomly, just some, week I don’t want to cook and I don’t want the same three takeout options. I might get ahold of you and say, make me a couple of nights worth of dinner that I can throw in there.
There you go. It’s easy enough to do that. That’s the way to go. The site again is the [00:47:00] merchant.link. If you want to support this effort and otherwise check out Dick. Dick. Thank you again for joining the show. Thank you, Matt. And we will talk to you again soon. My friend sounds good. Have a great day.
Dick is a a wonderful guy and a wonderful friend of the show, and I’m so happy to have had him on. I want to thank everybody for listening to today’s show tomorrow, Thursday, we’ve got the famous or infamous Tuttle should be joining us for the show. That’s going to be a good time. So check that out.
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