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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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Dearest tens,

I wanted everyone to know that I am alive, that I did not get fired, and I'm still your TBTL Future Former Blogger. As you are reading this, I am somewhere on the Oregon coast (I left my attack dogs at home) camping with my in-laws and two small children. Right this second I am probably telling my son to stop eating sand, or telling my daughter that, no, our luggage does not want to go swimming. I will no doubt be asking myself, "What am I doing here?"

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I'll be back next week ready to blog it up for you guys. Until then, have a fantastic holiday weekend!

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

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Mike Pesca makes me tired. I love the guy, and maybe it's because I'm not feeling well, but today's show ended and I felt like I needed one of those gel pack things that marathon runners carry in their fanny packs.

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My favorite Mike Pesca moment is from the olden days during a segment called "On the Bubble." One of his answers as to what was on the bubble was… ice.

I fell in love with Mike at that point.

And, really, how do people not know what a podcast is? My 73 year old mother knows what a podcast is for crying out loud. I kind of agree it's becoming a bit of a dirty word, though, because everyone does seem to have one these days. The only thing worse than having a podcast is having a blog. And I have my own blog.

And I blog for a podcast.

Mama, Mama, Mama…

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

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Confession: I've never seen The Wire. In an effort of full transparency, I thought the show was a comedy before I heard this interview the first time it aired. Isn't that awful?

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Confession: I don't think I have an opinion on the war on drugs. Well, I have an opinion, but I really don't think this blog is the best place for it, ya know?

Confession: I don't think I like David Simon that much.

I'm pretty sure this post not only makes me a bad blogger, but a bad ten. I guess I should be looking for my pink slip soon…

Anyone else wanna confess something?

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

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Did ya miss me? I turn into a pumpkin after 10 p.m. so I've been snoozing instead of blogging. But I'm here now! I'll never leave you! At least not until the former blogger curse gets me… or I get fired.

First up, I have to tell you that when the gents were discussing the baseball announcer dude talking about his biggest fear, and Andrew said, "I would've said spiders," I thought I was going to die laughing. Super brilliance on Walsh's part.

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Maybe it's because I do live in Portland, but I have been enamored with the Tiny House movement for a couple years now. I think I almost had my husband talked into it, but then we had kids. It's hard enough for me to retain my sanity living in a small two-bedroom apartment so I'm pretty sure I wouldn't survive if we were in a tiny house. I love it though. Love love love it. I love the idea of minimalism. I love the idea of parting with all the extraneous stuff in my life. I love the idea of less square feet to keep clean. I love it. Someday I'll do it. Heck, I may even get my own tiny house now and let the kids have this place. They already run the joint anyway. This next part will sound like I'm sucking up, but I already have this sweet gig so I don't really need to do it. I'm being completely honest when I say this.

I am a struggling survivor of Internet Gullibility and it's all thanks to TBTL that I'm in recovery. I admit I used to believe most stories that sounded vaguely like they could happen. "Killer whale drops from the sky and lands in Des Moines? Sure, that could happen." This here podcast saved me, though, and taught me to be more discerning and to scrutinize the integrity of stories. Nowadays I take a lot of joy when I pull up something on Snopes and gently reveal to someone that there is no such thing as a blue watermelon. Is that smug? I may have gotten that from TBTL too.

-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, karaoke and of course TBTL.

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