Tommy Ryman is anxious. “I’ll wake up and have two things to do,” he says. “I’ll have an email to write, and then I’ve got to take out the trash. Then I’ll remember another thing I have to do, like pay a bill, and then my brain shuts down and I think, ‘I’m just going to lay in bed. That’s too many things.’” To help him relax and relieve his anxiety, he recently bought a hedgehog. “I didn’t know where you get them,” he says. “My wife was like, ‘I want a hedgehog.’ Well, do you go to a pet store, do we walk around the backyard for a while? Apparently you go to a lady’s house. That’s where you get them.” As they drove to pick up their new pet, Ryman wondered, “‘What’s a lady that sells hedgehogs like? It’s an interesting person that choses to do that.’ We got there, and she had a room filled with cages of rats, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and rabbits. It smelled amazing.” A bit of an odd choice in pet, they are becoming more popular. “They’re like a hamster with spikes,” Ryman reports. “They’re not blue like Sonic the Hedgehog. You can’t find blue ones. That’s what I wanted.” 18+.