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Is anyone else surprised that Walsh has never been to Vegas? I have zero desire to go. If I want cheap entertainment and large crowds I'll go to a family function at my in-laws.

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I thought Luke said something pretty insightful during Andrew's tax-related meltdown. He said that the stress comes from the not doing. Dude. Welcome to every thought I've ever had ever. Ever. I stress out about paying bills I know we have the money for. I stress out about what to eat when I know we have food. I stress out over if the sun will come out when... oh wait... I live in the Pacific Northwest. Yeah, that's worth the stress.

Ordinarily I'd dive into an inspirational "don't worry, be happy" monologue, but I'm too stressed it wouldn't live up to my unreachable standards. I should do something about that.

I'll only say this because I know he doesn't read these, but I met Luke at LiveWire this past weekend. I have to say that he is one of the most genuinely kind, selfless, warm-hearted souls I've met.

And, for my money, Former President George W. Bush listens to Ke$ha.

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

Song of the Day: Party Pit by The Hold Steady
My Song of the Day: My Love Remains by Ayron Jones & the Way

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I'm battling a sinus infection which causes me immense pain when I shift my eyes. This means I'm having to completely turn my head to see something and, consequently, appear to be doing an impression of Stevie Wonder jamming to Ebony and Ivory.

All that said, this blog post will suck, but I wanted to get the info out there.

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There's some dudes who hold a patent that in some other world means all of those who are podcasting are doing so illegally. Adam, and many other podcasters, are fighting a legal battle and it costs money. If you're interested in more information, and to donate, click here.

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

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Chris Hayes! Am I the only person who wants to give him a giant bear hug and have him regale me with stories of the Bulls? I don't even watch basketball, but if anyone can make me care I bet it'd be him. Seriously, though, I applaud any man who's willing to sacrifice time at his job to spend time with his wife and their newborn child. My husband used up his vacation time when both of our kids were born, and having him available and present during those weeks of immense adjustment made us a stronger family unit.

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I thought Chris made a great point in his defense of CNN when he noted that these 24 hour news cycle networks aren't meant to be watched all day. They're mainly designed to tell us what's going on and where it's going on so we can feel informed and then change the channel to watch Saved By the Bell reruns. Framed that way, I feel like big news stories are almost a disservice to these networks. They feel like they have to be giving us more and more information albeit useless at times because they don't know if the viewer has been watching for five hours, or just tuned in while making their box of mac and cheese for dinner. That was an incredibly long sentence. Moving on.

Finally, Luke straddling the fence on the work-life balance discussion seemed a bit contradictory to me. (I swear I love Luke. He knows I love him. I'll stop disagreeing with him when our ratings start dropping.) After all, he moved to PT to get away from the hustle and bustle of Seattle life. He's admitted that, though he's taken a drastic pay cut, he's never been happier. That's a pretty dramatic change to his quality of life. Maybe there's some French blood swimming through his Albanian veins.

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

TBTL Song of the Day: Some French Song
Tens Song of the Day: Anonymous Club by Courtney Barnett (suggested by @fettwalp via Twitter)

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It's so convenient that Fred Armisen just happened to stop by the Aladdin Theater when they were taping Live Wire. Talk about a stroke of good luck!

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The interviews on Wednesday's show with Fred and Carl Kasell were absolutely delightful. When Fred was saying he began to realize music wasn't his gig when he just wanted out of the studio, I could totally relate. That's how I feel about motherhood. I just want out. Like yesterday.

I kept thinking during Carl's interview about how much history was embedded in his tall body. So many years of being involved in the news. So many stories. All the people he's met. It made me wish I had more respect for the elder folks I come in contact with. Maybe I should stop getting annoyed that they're in my way at the grocery store, and instead ask them to tell me what life was like before the war while I sit on their knee. That wouldn't be weird, would it?

Today's song of the day was suggested by "Susan Melvin Thaler" over on the sTens Facebook page. I'm unsure if it was Susan or Melvin. Maybe it was a joint effort. Either way, if you have a suggestion for a Song of the Day, email me, tweet at me, post it on the sTens page, send me a smoke signal, etc.

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

Song of the Day: Helmet by The Bobs

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Did anyone else hope that Andrew would actually take Luke's Mickey Rooney advice and just go home in hopes that elves would do his work and an angel would get its wings?

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I loved Luke's Mickey Rooney impression, but I think the sentiment is no bueno. Things don't just magically work themselves out following an inspirational speech. If you're stressed about getting something done at work... you're still going to have to complete said thing at work whether Tony Robbins tells you it'll all work out or not. Stuff's gotta get done. Luke knows this and is kinda sorta the same as Andrew in terms of the hustle and bustle and stress. The difference is his stress manifests itself as a toothache in his hair roots.

To Luke's credit, though, I think he was just trying to give Andrew an audible chill pill because, as we all know, Andrew is wound a bit too tight. So kudos to Luke for trying, but kudos rescinded because I disagree with the position.

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

TBTL Song of the Day: Swimming Pool Blues by Miniature Tigers
My Song of the Day: When We First Met by Hellogoodbye

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