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Survey time! How many of you have already looked up Andrew's famous-ish barber? And how many of you emailed Luke about how to get emojis on his phone? I'm guessing many, many of you on both counts.

It was so good to hear the gents! I missed the two of them bantering and joking and driving next to giant trucks on the 5. While I enjoy the interview shows, they're a bit hard for me to blog about. After yesterday's show I was like, "Well that was fun. I could write about… nope. I got nothing."

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Thursday's show, though, is one I can talk about. A little bit. Set your expectations low for this blog post. The guys seemed to get a bit off track when it came to the tip shaming conversation. I know it's hard to believe they colored outside the lines a bit as they're normally super on track every minute of the show, but it happened. The original point of the conversation was asking if it was okay that the restaurant tip shamed the famous dude who's name I don't even remember at this point. (I told you to set the bar low.)

My thoughts?

No! Don't do it! Why do people feel like it's okay to call someone out like that? All of a sudden the internet has turned into a girls locker room where they talk smack about the weird guys in homeroom. If someone ticks you off, wrongs you, whatever… tell your family. Tell your friends. Don't post a picture of their poor tipping or their poor decisions in your opinion. It doesn't help the situation. It didn't make famous guy write the restaurant a check for the supposed proper tip amount. It just started a wildfire of internet hate and we've gotta stop the cycle.

I will be stepping down from my soapbox… now.

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

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Sorry about being quiet last week, folks. Sometimes life gets in the way of my favorite podcast. I did, however, catch up on last week's shows as well as listened to a couple episodes of the Nerd Out Loud podcast and the Takedown podcast—both of which are done by fellow tens—while I cleaned my entire apartment today. I'll be holding a vigil tomorrow afternoon for all the dust bunnies that lost their lives today in the Battle of How Did It Get This Dirty?

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I did come back to an amazing show though! Monday night the guys were on their game. And I'm not just saying that because I'm contractually obligated. The first 20 minutes made me laugh so much and it was much needed after the war I waged today. I won't go into details as I don't wanna spoil the fun for you, but let's just say Luke's not walking too great and he's got a new way to order from a drive-thru. That Burbank…

One thing I will get in to because it's kind of rare is a disagreement I have with something Andrew said. He was talking about Steve Almond and how Almond has chosen to stop watching pro football because of all the negativity it's caused. Andrew made a point that when things need to change, we shouldn't just walk away from it, but rather make some noise and fight for changes to be made. I understand Andrew's point, but I do think there's an argument to be made that if enough people stop watching pro football until changes occur, that could send a very loud message. Not nearly as loud as Luke with his new toy, but loud enough.

I still love Andrew. Don't send me hate mail. And don't worry about sending corrections to Luke. He can handle it. And if he can't, well, how's your podcast going?

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

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Well, we made it through the show without Magic! In return, we got the worst mashup ever imaginable. So… it's a cup half empty situation. Although while listening to it my two-year-old decided to finally go to bed. So I guess the glass is half full.

Did you guys know Andrew was on a rap song about the Seahhawks? True story. Kind of true. Maybe true. You should listen to find out.

Spoiler alert! Hodor's hightailing it off of GOT. As someone who's never read the books, never seen the show, and thinks Mr. Martin is a strange bloke, I… feel bad for all of you that care. Honestly, I wouldn't know Hodor from a heart-shaped hole in Andrew's heart, but, sincerely, if you're a fan of the show and you're gonna miss this dude, I'm sorry. Plot lines that leave characters by the wayside suck. Just ask Jamiee Foxworth, the third daughter on Family Matters that ceased to exist in the fourth season.

I didn't even have to Wikipedia her name. I just knew it. Am I embarrassed? Just a little.

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I gotta say, I didn't find Luke's discussion about the leaked pictures to be flippant either on Tuesday or Wednesday's show. He is in a job(s) where he's gotta be up on what's going on and it's not like he was doing a Google search for them. Personally, I assume that anything I do on my computer or on my phone can be viewed by anyone whether it's my neighbor or the government. That's why I try not to do anything I'll regret except for running a mommy blog called "The Mom Who Never Wanted the Job." It's not like I get burned by that every week or anything.

And, to pull back the curtain, I'm legally bound to agree with Luke on a number of things to keep this coveted position and I'm not in any financial position to do anything that would lead me to receive my digital pink slip for this non-paying gig. Just 7 more posts and I can call him out on something.

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Andrew was in Pismo Beach! That's where I'm from! Well, technically I grew up a stone's throw away from there. It was super surreal hearing the gents talk about my hometown. They're right about the Redneck Riviera thing. I still have no idea why people wanna go there. It's just… overpriced shops and food with an ocean view. But I guess I'm a bit biased.

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I am totally 100% with Andrew on the idea that we just need to remove the reclining feature on airplane seats. It's rude, it's uncomfortable, and, as Burbank said, whatever it's adding to your flying experience isn't worth it. It's just not.

Can we all agree that the conversation about Magic! has to end now? I am a diligent blogger. I take my job seriously and try to actively listen to every minute as a good blogger should, but at this point my ears begin to glaze over when that song starts up. Thank goodness Burbank put the kibosh on it. No more Magic! As Hank Williams, Jr. would say, "Oh yeah!"

This has been an oddly negative blog post. I'll be happier tomorrow. So long as they don't mention Magic! Fingers crossed.

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

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Not only was there a huge build up to the TBTL Picnic sponsored by Chateau Ste Michelle, and then there was the actual event, and then there was the show taped during the actual event, but now there's a blog post about it! In case you're burned out on it, there's a small consolation:

I have pictures.

The picnic, or as I called it, the Dessert Bar, was awesome. Tens meeting tens, albinos meeting Jens, Rudy's gnawing on a blogger's hand. I got to play some Pat-A-Cake with a cute little boy named Jackson, and my husband, also named Luke, got to babysit kids of all ages while he flew his drone helicopter overhead during some of the taping. There was even a little karaoke sung mostly by our littlest tens. I think me and another ten (Jenn?) decided kids should be called 9's. So it was a fun gathering of 9s, 10s, and 11s.

I missed Andrew, though. Heck, I still miss Andrew. I'm looking forward to the show, the weather, and my life heading into the autumnal season.

Okay fine. Here are the pictures you've been waiting for. Many thanks to Linh for taking these and sharing them with me and with all of you!

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

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