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The TBTL Chateau Ste Michelle Song of the Summer Picnic is only a few weeks away! And Jen is going to be there! If you were on the fence about coming, I hope having Flash in the flesh will persuade you to join us!


Here's what you need to know.

When: August 28, 2014 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Chateau Ste Michelle Winery
What: TBTL! Potluck picnic! Lawn games! Karaoke! There's a chance that I may be doing a duet of Closer to Fine by Indigo Girls with the awesome Christy.
Who: You! Me! Luke! Jen! Sean! Carrie! Rudy!

Food Assignments:
A-I: Salad / Side
J-P: Dessert
Q-Z: Main Dish

TBTL will be providing cups and forks and plates and all other accouterments.

The event is all-ages, free of charge, and friendly, leashed, emotionally stable dogs are allowed.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email!

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

Unlike the gents, I was a fan of Robin Williams. Not so much his stand-up, and I understand Andrew's irritation of his persona in interviews, but I found a lot of his movies to be special and heartwarming and powerful. Patch Adams, Good Will Hunting, and World's Greatest Dad I found to be especially compelling. Many of his movies had an emotional impact on me and I believe that's what art should do. He was a comedian, an actor, a philanthropist, an icon, and will be deeply missed on screen as well as off.


I posted this on my personal Facebook page so I apologize if you've already read this, but here are my thoughts on his death. I know many view suicide as an easy out, as a selfish act, but as someone who struggles with depression herself, I just can't view it that way.

Depression is a cruel puppet master. My heart grieves for anyone who is at its mercy as it tugs and pulls and distorts ones vision so powerfully that they feel no other choice but to give up the fight and lie down.

Let us not view Robin Williams' death as an act of selfishness, but rather a call to action to love and truly see those who are still fighting and offer them help and hope.

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

In light of the gents talking about their legacies and what others will think of them after they pass on to the Langer's in the sky, I thought I'd write a eulogy for TBTL. The show is still on. Don't freak out. It'll be back tomorrow. But if it wasn't…


Too Beautiful to Live began as a radio show on KIRO on January 7, 2008 and soon began to delight tens of listeners in the Seattle area. Luke Burbank of public radio fame led the show with his unabashed and hilarious insights into his own life and society around him. Jen "Flash" Andrews, a longtime friend of Burbank's, was the producer and pop culture savant who did her best to run a show that was tight and on topic… most of the time. Sean DeTore was the sound engineer who regaled the audience at times with his cooking segment as well as his jaw-dropping stories of how he made a little extra cash.

The radio version of the show sadly ended in September of 2009, but was kept on the roster as a podcast or, as it would come to be known, an "imaginary radio show." One could say that the show really took off once it was no longer subject to serving its P1's. The team was able to let the swears, the unimaginable stories, and the Big Dog out from time to time earning itself a worldwide audience.

Throughout the years the show saw its share of changes. Jen Andrews traveled the United States in search of fun and adventure and perhaps a paycheck. Sean DeTore was no longer the engineer but would pop in occasionally to entertain the audience with his puns, dating stories, and, of course, his cooking. Added onto the roster was Andrew Walsh, a radio producer hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, who brought his own views on politics, feminism, and pastrami to the show.

At its core, TBTL was more than just a podcast. What began as a radio show grew into a community experience that truly brought Jen Andrew's vision of "curing global loneliness" to fruition. Thanks in part to Jon Takemoto creating a Facebook page for the listeners, and a myriad of bloggers, the show grew into an interactive experience where everyone was welcome. Fans became friends, and some friends even became life partners. Laughter and heartache were shared, and lives were altered because of this little radio show.

The insight and vulnerability that Luke, Jen, Sean, and Andrew shared allowed others to feel less isolated regardless of their own life situation. If you were a hiker, biker, or albino, there was a place for you. If you were a teacher, musician, or former bank robber, there was a place for you. If you were a liberal sports nut and die-hard Game of Thrones fan with an affinity for Us Weekly, there was most definitely a place for you. Everyone was welcome… unless you were a dummy.

The show will be sadly missed, but the stories, hilarity, and audio drops will forever live on in the minds and hearts of the tens.

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

TBTL Song of the Day: I'm Your Man by Wham!


This is the kid Luke and Sean were talking about. Gotta tell ya - I hope one of my kids is this adorable when they reach the ripe old age of five. That's actually why I had two so I had twice the chances of my child becoming rich and famous and giving me a life beyond my wildest dreams. Lord knows this blogging gig ain'tgonna pay the bills.

Do not crash Sean's party! We're all aware of the tens sleuthing skills and this is not the time to demonstrate them. PSA over.

Here's a secret. I'm terrified of ever having a caricature done of me. Everyone knows I'm uber white, but what you may not know is I have yet another physical anomaly. Above my right eye I have this lump of skin. It's just a bump. Of skin. It's only quasi-noticeable, though, as can be evidenced by my knowing people for years and them saying, "Did you run into a door or something?" because somehow "the bump" has revealed itself. So my fear is that a caricaturist will run with that and give the bump a face or something. So no caricatures of me, thanks.

I told Burbank in an email that he and Sean testing out those five-fingered "shoes" is inexplicably my favorite thing they've done on the show in awhile. I don't know why. I just love the idea of them both running in these things around their neighborhoods. We all know that Luke sees himself as an athletic hero to his elderly neighbors—what are they going to think of him now? Is he going to run in normal shoes until he's out of sight and then change into them? Will he end up embracing The Shoe and become their new spokesperson? Only time will tell.

And, finally, come to the TBTL Picnic sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle! I'll be there, as will Mr. Whitest Ten.

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

TBTL Song of the Day: Your Feets Too Big by Fats Waller
My Song of the Day: 29/31 by Garfunkel & Oates

Luke's back! Sean's here! No Andrew… Sad horns. But I'm back as well! Happy horns!

Who knew our Sean was such a talented parody song artist? I guess it shouldn't be a huge surprise considering his love of music, puns, and music in general. He needs to write a song about puns… maybe a take on "Happy" but instead it would be "Punny." Anyone with me? Be sure to email your suggestions to Burbank and we'll put Sean to work!


And speaking of work… nope. Can't make that segue. Just gotta say it. Using the bathroom on a boat for two days sounds awful. Everyone pees in the water? And you're supposed to hold in your deuces for two days? How is that even possible? I couldn't do it. Don't ever invite me onto your boat if that's your policy because the vacation won't end well. Or smell well. I can't believe I'm saying this to all of you.

End scene.

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

TBTL Song of the Day: We Are Done by The Madden Brothers
My Song of the Day: Everything is Awesome by Tegan & Sara feat. The Lonely Island

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