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Evidently I'm never going to lose weight while blogging for this podcast. Will the food talk never end? I've given up hope and will be diving into my kids' dino chicken nuggets as soon as I write this. If I last that long.

So Burbank's on KIRO this week and… part of TBTL is on KIRO… but we're listening to it before it's on KIRO…? That was too confusing for me. I was actually listening to Burbank on KIRO before putting on TBTL and it was like old times… except I didn't start listening until after they were off the air. So… it was like an alternate Archie universe old times for me.

Are you following? Me either.

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If you're interested in reading the full ESPN story on Michael Sam — the first openly gay NFL player — you can do so here. Maybe it's because I'm a woman or because I'm quasi-liberal, but the fact that this whole thing is news just does not compute. Are we really naïve enough to think that straight dudes weren't sizing up other straight dudes in the shower? I mean, kudos to the Rams for making him feel like one of the guys, but… I don't know. The idea that guys showering after practice is a big deal just makes me shake my head in disbelief. Aren't there real tragedies occurring like the whole Cleveland-James debacle?

Time for me to have some nuggets.

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

P.S. I apologize for not keeping on the songs of the day and am getting back into the habit starting now. As a reminder, my music taste isn't all that great.

TBTL Song of the Day: Pizza Pie by Norman Fox & Rob Roys
My Song of the Day: What's Going On by Marvin Gaye

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Why are the guys determined to ruin my nights this week? Wednesday night it was talking about awesome food. Thursday night it was freaking me out with talking about torture and bugs and creepy movie scenes. Not awesome.

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Detroit should sell the art. I was going to find some way to ease into the topic, but that's the bottom line. If your people are suffering, your city is dying, and there's a means to an end (am I using that phrase right?) then the city should take that opportunity. It's like when I was struggling to pay rent back in my college days and I had to sell my nice guitar so I could make ends meet. I made the sacrifice for the better good. Sell the art, Detroit.

While I'm ranting about poor decisions, I am completely disgusted by the satire site saying that Curley had died. Not funny. Just rude and mean. Why make up mean things when there's plenty of real stuff to be mean about on the internet? And why be mean in the first place? This week I had a post go up on a super popular mommy blog and some of the comments towards the piece, and me as a mom, were just so awful. I don't understand why people have to share their anger issues on the internet. It makes me sad.

And oh my word I am so with Burbank on the favoriting tweets things. Retweet or move on. Unless you really like something I said. Then I guess I'll take a favorite. I need the positive affirmation.

This has been a rollercoaster of emotion blog post brought to you by the Widowmaker or whatever that ride is called.

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

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I'd like to thank the gents so much for talking about greasy, cheesy, unhealthy food for three hours whilst I scarfed down a salad for dinner. Were I able, I guarantee I would've been spending my life savings at 7-11 tonight. I hope the feeling passes because otherwise tomorrow I'll be writing the blog post from an intense food coma before signing up for CrossFit.

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Just kidding. I don't exercise.

Sport ball, sport ball, sport ball.

I've never seen Louis CK but I'm officially intrigued enough to maybe watch it. I like the idea of the show being exaggerations of how Louis views the situations he's in. I'm sure most of my life isn't as bad as I think it is in my brain space. Maybe. Hopefully. Oh gosh I hope it's not. Otherwise I'm in trouble.

And David's back to talk Song of the Summer! In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit I have the worst taste in music, but a lot of the nominees so far make me feel…dirty? Grungy? I'm so not cool. That Justin T song is a jam though. I could get down with that.

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

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God bless Burbank for doing whatever he can to get a podcast to our ear holes. Driving the old Space Car through the Pacific Northwest and sharing his travels with us—cloverleaves and all. I gotta say, though, it was a total trip for me to hear him name off cities he was passing and such because I knew precisely where he was.

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There's a chance I could have raced over to the freeway and wave at him as he zoomed by. And the gas station he stopped at in Woodland? I know the exact gas station he was at. My in-laws live there so I spend a lot of time driving by said gas station. Well, I'm not driving. Albino and all.

I'm glad Luke left CrossFit. I know that pit in the stomach dread feeling. I had a job like that once. I hated going. Loathed even. This is super embarrassing, but here's my story. I woke up one day and decided I was going to quit said job. How did I quit, you ask? I walked in, handed a note to the cashier who was working, and said, "See ya later!"

As Jerry Springer would say, "I wish I hadn't done that." I imagine Potato Salad Kickstarter dude may be saying that himself in the future.

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

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I'm back! I survived camping with two small children. Barely. It was touch and go there for a bit. If you wanna hear more about my experience you can read it here. Otherwise, just know I would never recommend camping with a mobile one-year old. Never ever ever.

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But I'm back! And Luke and Andrew are back! Exclamation points!

So… Luke moved TBTL HQ. I didn't really get the vibe that things weren't working out at the podcast's former location. Were there confrontations or were personalities clashing or something? Did I have to read between the lines to get it? Totally surprised. It sounds like a great residence, though, and who doesn't want a non-working fireplace to look at when it's 90 degrees outside?

Can we all agree that David is the coolest little brother ever? I want him to be by little brother. I wonder if he's available. Why was David on the show, you ask? Because Song of the Summer is back! We got to listen to three of the songs and it sounds like it's going to be a very pop-fueled list this year. Maybe I'm wrong. We'll find out throughout the week!

It's sincerely great to be back blogging for you fine folks. Home has never sounded so good.

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

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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, karaoke and of course TBTL.

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