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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.

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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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I'm an A++ ten because I knew the reference in the title. Those were good times.

I will not spoil anything, but Luke explaining how his mom used to get in her daily water intake made me laugh way too hard. Man, I love that woman. We need to get her to the picnic.

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The gents have been a bit cynical this week. Is it just me? Facebooks, life hacks, indie films, upworthy, they are leaving no pop culture phenomenon unscathed. I agree with them about most of the items they're going after, but, as Gob would say, "Come on!" How's about we stop pointing out what drives us crazy and celebrate what makes us happy? Of course, I remember Jen describing the show as a discussion about what fills them with joy and what makes them angry, so I guess they're doing exactly what they should be. I'll answer the question everyone's asking: My podcast is fine, thank you.

Not really. I don't have a podcast.

Monkeys, intellectual property, Wiki… I couldn't sum up an opinion. Tell me yours.

I'll admit I spent most of my time waiting for the McDonald's story so I don't really know what happened for most of the show. Feel free to fill me in down there in the ole comments section. As much as I waited… I don't really have much of an opinion on it either. I guess my kids sucked the opinions right out of me along with my energy to do anything more than lay on the couch and watch Top Chef on Hulu. I'm on Season 6 and I'm still upset Marcel didn't win.

This is a mess of a blog post. I'm sorry.

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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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