Okay, some people may watch this Boat Guy episode and say, “Man, that was weird!” Well, you’re right! It totally is! During the rainy season, when we were just starting The Boat Guy, we invaded Pike Place Market and one of my favorite Lake Union boating destinations, Duke’s Chowder House, to find out why they call chowder, “chowder.”
When I was a race car driver, I was expected to appear at least somewhat “sane” or “normal.” After all, nobody wants to sponsor a complete knucklehead. But my racing days are long past and now I can do The Boat Guy however I want.
These days, it’s just nice to be on the water, free to have fun (it’s also nice to not possibly crash at 200 mph!). I’m surrounded by creative and fun people. Most are a lot younger than me, which is also a real plus. I mean, who wants to be around grumpy old people like me? Not me. Our “It’s Just Soup!” episode is a testimony to us trying to have some fun in Seattle.
In all honesty, we did the “Soup” shoot simply as practice, to get some experience walking up to strangers, sticking a camera in their faces and asking… well, almost anything! At The Boat Guy, we’re really just trying to amuse ourselves. We started making The Boat Guy because it was fun and we loved boating in the Northwest. We never want to lose that idea. If people out there find our videos amusing, that’s a great bonus!
I really like some of the characters in “It’s Just Soup.” For example, the look of astonishment on the man’s face from Alaska is really funny. At least, it’s funny to me. I also loved the “balloon animal” guy, and the guy I asked if he wanted me “to get back to him” about why it’s called “chowder and not soup.” The young Australian women at the opening make our Creative Director Sam and I crack up. They had no idea what the hell I was talking about. Frankly, I didn’t know what I was talking about. But I try not to let that fact get in the way.
The young couple from Florida were also interesting. She was not amused… at all! I think her boyfriend or husband or whatever was prepared to kick my ass. Not sure why he felt that way, but I’m confident it went through his mind. We exited pretty abruptly to avoid getting the crap kicked out of me, again.
Approaching strangers is not really comfortable. Sam gets SUPER uncomfortable when I do it. I’m confident that, at some point, with the camera rolling, it ain’t going to end well. I’m sure it will be funny though!
I’m interested in people and connecting with them (at least with the ones that don’t want to beat me up). That’s why I love doing The Boat Guy. Plus, I bet you didn’t now why it’s called “chowder” and not “just soup.” Well, now you do! You can thank me later.