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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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Fear not, dear readers. I will not be boring you with more talk about Bitcoin because I understand it less than Luke and Andrew. We do our best to live a cash only existence in our home so I'll probably get on board with Bitcoin about six months after everyone else has moved onto the next big thing. I'm not one to follow the cool things because they're cool. In actuality, I purposefully avoid the cool things because I think it makes me cool to not be cool.

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Are we cool?

Seriously, though, I was really into the gents' discussion about Dave Chappelle and The Wire and people's motivations for being a fan of certain things. I have totally been one to advertise myself as something simply because I wanted to be in the cool kids club. Being a vegetarian was one of them. I mean, yeah, I had done the research and was into the whole health aspect, but deep down I really enjoyed feeling a little smug when I would tell people I didn't eat meat. Thankfully I got pregnant with my daughter and my daughter wanted a burger. Who was I to argue? I did it with music, too, when I was younger. I had some cool friends who listened to whatever the cool, indie bands were at the time and I felt a little better than everyone else who just listened to the pop stuff on the radio. I have most definitely regressed back to my roots and couldn't tell you ten popular songs these days-cool or otherwise.


What IS cool, though, regardless of space or race or time, is Song of the Summer! I can't wait until the voting begins! Don't forget to get your nominees in!

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

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What got me into Emoji's was pure jealousy. "All of my friends are adding cool pictures to their texts and Facebook posts. I have to do it too!!!" I'm kind of weird about them though. I either add only one to a text or three. If I just use two it seems incomplete. Any more than that and I feel like I've become a tween. So one or three are the magic numbers. Some favorites of mine are the thumbs up, heart, and the face of utter confusion. I probably use that one the most when I'm telling a friend something one of my kids have done… like peeing in the vegetable drawer.

(And if you're interested in reading my thoughts and experiences in unplanned parenthood, feel free to like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, or check out my blog. Just a thought.)

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I don't remember a lot about the OJ chase. I was a bit on the young side so I don't think I fully grasped what was going on. It's really interesting to think that was the event that launched a thousand 24/7 news channels. Where would the news be today without OJ?

I'll end this super boring post on a fun note: Song of the Summer! Get your nominees in! It's going to be fun! I'm hoping, and I'm sure a lot of tens disagree with me on this, but I'm hoping at the very least the winner is a song performed in the English language. Call me a nationalist patriot, but that's how I feel.

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

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When Luke first said that American Top 40 was kinda lame, I admit I got super upset. Like #YesAllWomen upset. Not really! I kid!

I was a touch offended, though, because I grew up listening to that and whatever the country version of it was. America's Country Countdown I think. That was a big part of my childhood. And Delilah. Man, I listened to the radio a lot as a kid. I remember I had a yellow Walkman with the cheapest headphones available and I'd listen to all those shows when I should have been sleeping. I think at one point Delilah actually read one of my dedications on the air. Pretty sure it was Butterfly Kisses or something that I dedicated to my Dad. Oh memories. By the end of the episode though, I completely agreed with Burbank that Top 40 was pretty schmaltzy. But I think when we view our childhood memories through adult glasses, most things look that way. Maybe it's the cataracts.

Much like the gents, I was also into Duck Tales, but my favorite was Darkwing Duck.

I had this old red cowboy hat I'd put on, and I'd tie a blanket around my neck, and I was DW. I'd creep around the house looking for danger. I think all I found was my sister getting into trouble.

Anyways. That's my embarrassing nostalgic TV cartoon story. What's yours?

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

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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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