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I was going to phone this one in, but then Burbank said I was funny or something so now I'm feeling a whole lot of pressure.

I break under pressure.

I'm breaking now.

So Walshtastic came clean about a joke he subconsciously stole from a co-worker and the gents got into a surprisingly short conversation about memories and stories and recall and such. Short is relative when the guys go down a rabbit trail, but the show in its entirety was less than an hour long so that's why I'm saying it was short.

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In all serious, though, memories are weird. I had this traumatic experience when I was 4 or 5 where my sister and I went outside to wait for my mom to come home from work and I sat on ant hill. All I remember is seeing one ant, two ants… and then I remember my mom frantically brushing my hair and the bath water running. That's it. That's all I remember. Evidently I survived since I'm telling this non-story here, but I do have a good reason for having a disproportionate fear of bugs and insects of all kinds which is why the fly from Thursday's blog post is still lurking around my house.

So now I'm breaking under pressure and terrified. Sounds a lot like the reality shows Luke's into. But I'm fully clothed.

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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Confession: I wasn't fully focused on Wednesday's show when I listened to it. I was busy doing three things.

1. Trying to locate our baby monitor… which is still MIA.

2. Building up the courage to kill some giant flying bug… which is still lounging right next to the comfiest part of the couch.

3. Waiting for the food related stories… which never happened.

So tonight was a real winner for me.

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There was something about Ikea? Andrew doesn't care for it, and Burbank prefers to buy stuff at surplus stores. Also, Andrew's office is sad and Luke isn't the best furniture maker you'll meet.

That was my takeaway from the show. I'm off to raid the pantry in search of the baby monitor and Reese's.

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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If you haven't listened to Tuesday's show, here are my 3 pro tips.

1. Don't eat while listening.

2. Don't operate heavy machinery while listening.

3. You may wanna bring some Kleenex.

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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I started a conversation on the sTens page that made Andrew nervous. My bad! I was just genuinely curious where everyone started entered into the TBTL story. And Luke, if you're reading this, you are still beloved. But don't read the comments. Don't ever read the comments.

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So over the weekend I asked on Facebook what the whole Ice Bucket Challenge thing was about. I had seen stuff on the interwebs, but much like Burbank, if something is becoming super popular I shy away from it. Mostly for a couple months until it's not "the thing" anymore and then I'll hide under the covers and check it out so no one knows I finally gave in.

There were some mixed reviews on the whole thing and I'm not really sure what side of the fence I fall on. I guess I'll go with the gents and say that if it's actually raising awareness, and if it's actually raising money, then I guess I can't say bad stuff about it. But… water is kind of a valuable resource these days and parts of the country are going through a drought so.. is that cool? Just something to chew on.

And Song of the Summer! Get your votes in! It's a real barn burner this year.

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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I always love when Sean's on the show. It's nice to have a fresh voice in my ear holes every now and then, ya know? Maybe some of you feel that way about the blog. And that hurts, guys. That really hurts.

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So Sean got his Vibram toe shoes and he and Luke are going to go for a jog together to test them out. For no good reason, these guys trying out these shoes is still one of my favorite things they've done since the Hell Pizza challenge. I just love the idea of them jogging together with their segregated toes. And, in an unlikely turn, all the positive feedback from the listeners regarding them… kind of makes me wanna take up running again. Kind of. Maybe. I've tried twice in my life to be ‘a runner." I think it's something I'd enjoy — the alone time to think my deep thoughts, the exercise, the freedom from spilled milk. Every time, though, I come to the same realization:

I don't like running.

But maybe… since everyone says to start slow… and I don't think I could run around the block without oxygen waiting for me at home… maybe I should give it a try. I'd have to get some real running shoes anyway. What do you think? Should I do it?

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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TBTL Backyard Picnic
When: Thursday, August 28, 6:30pm to 9pm
Where: Chateau Ste. Michelle lawn | Map
What: It's down home potluck style, so bring a dish to share with your Tens friends. Well behaved and leashed dogs are welcome. There will be lawn games and, of course, TBTL.

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