Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Love Cats, Star Trek, Strawberries and Tomatoes

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8:00 am


Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hello, happy campers! It is Thursday again, or so I have been told. Anyway, having internet issues now; it keeps going up and down so hopefully all will be saved and I can get this done. Sometimes I long for the days of just paper and pen, but then even the pen runs out of ink. Last night, my provider said there was an issue with their hub - what ever that is. This week I learned how to mix concrete. Getting quite handy in my old age.

My husband had built rock walls all over our property. He was a rock hound and we have some really great rocks in the walls, quartz, tourquoise etc. He had started a wall in Nov. and I just finished it. It is one course shorter than the rest of the walls, but I thought it best to let it dry and hope that it would not fall over. Anyway, it is still standing and a couple of friends have inspected the job, and I did okay. So I have sent Luke pics of the wall. Also sent a pic of the first harvest from the garden this year. Got some raspberries, 3 string beans and a tomato. I figure with all the water, plant food, etc. these are pretty expensive veggies. Ah, but they were fun to grow. At least I can write while the
net is down. So far it's been about 10 minutes...grumble, grumble.

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Memorial Day Weekend Open Thread

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

If I can be serious for just a moment...


No enemy's weapon felled my father-in-law, but he was still technically in service when his body failed him for good, and this is the first Memorial Day without him. As hard as he had it remembering all his Vietnam friends every time this year, so it will be for us from here on out. Whether you believed in the causes of the fallen or not, take a moment to feel for the loved ones left behind. I encourage anyone with tales of family heroes to share.

Also, an important programming note: due to Monday being a holiday for me, there will be NO Weekend Hangover list next week. So you'll want to spend extra time in this thread making sure you don't miss anything!

And now a few frivolous and fun things...

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A Worthy Dessert for the Doritos Locos Taco: The Reese's Oreo

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm


Could be the best flavor combo since chocolate and...oh. Right.

These are frustratingly displayed at, where it tells you cannot order them online but "in stores only."

What other brands would go together this well? We're long overdue for Coca-Cola flavored Ben & Jerry's, am I right?

h/t Marty Day

Weekend Hangover: 17 Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6:00 am


As you did or did not check out Godzilla this weekend, here are some of the other happenings you might have missed, as submitted by your fellow readers and occasionally me too. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair; this week's tipsters include Rx79immigrant84, SlyDante777, GallenDugall, Citrus King, troi, TImely_Flower-Hermit, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00.

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Weekend Hangover: 20 Stories You Might Have Missed 5-12-14

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

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From condoms to Constantine, we look at some of the stories you might not have caught over the weekend, as submitted by you and compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, idontactuallylikepie, TImely_Flower-Hermit, Rx79immigrant84, franciebrady27, bostorket, troi, GreggoryBasore, Gallen_Dugall, kegs.

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Weekend Hangover: 17 Non-Star Wars Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6:00 am


With May the 4th yesterday, the weekend was buzzing with Star Wars-related goodness - so much so that you may have missed a few things less Force-fully presented.

As always, we're here to rectify that. With the assistance of compiler Kyle LeClair, here are some of the stories you may have missed over the weekend. Tipsters include: Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, troi, Rx79immigrant84, jaganar, rkwsuperstar

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The Dilemma of the Edible Water Bottle

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm


I admit, the idea of being able to eat your water bottle rather than throw it away seems like a win-win. Less trash for the environment, more nutrition for you. But then you think about it. Dirt's gonna touch that bottle when you pack it wherever you pack such things, right? So how to keep the vessel hygienic enough to eat? Yup, gonna have to pack it in something else for that. Packing several into a larger container is one idea.

And then there's the description of the alimentary experience:

The jelly texture around [the bottles] is something we are not used to yet. Not all of the reactions were positive. Some people say that [the bottles] are like breast implants or jellyfish
...which tells me that more people have eaten breast implants and jellyfish than I would have ever imagined.

(I have actually eaten jellyfish as sushi. Cut into strips, it's like noodles made of squid. That probably doesn't sell you on the idea.)

The name "Ooho" is fun, though. That's what my two year-old cousin used to call Santa Claus.

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Fast Food Review: Arby's Smokehouse Brisket

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm


When I think of Arby's, if I think about it at all, it's as the place that serves hot lunchmeat.

Now, you have to understand that rule #1 of eating out is that if I can make it myself, I don't pay for it. Which is why I used to avoid Subway until they started toasting stuff and adding fancy sauces, and I will always pay for sushi because you have to train for five years before you can handle that stuff properly. Sliced processed meats are cheap, and the idea of paying for them on a bun seems like desperation.

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Weekend Hangover 4-28-14: 20 Stories You Might Have Missed

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 am


I don't know why I didn't think of this before. It was silly to leave the weekend recap to the middle of the day, and the Hangover was basically kind of a list anyway. So now I'm combining the weekend recap and the first list of the week into one. The downside is that a rare few weekends will do without the Hangover, but the upside is that freelance money will be liberated to do a bit more...something I'll elaborate on as weeks go by.

As always, these tips were compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, and tipsters for this week include: Anyone00, Dr.Gonzo82, SlyDante777, donnaryoko, troi, Gallen_Dugall, jaganar, skrag2112

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WonderCon in 20 Photos: The Great, the Genius and the Disturbing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Number 1: Furry's a Jolly Good Fellow.


WonderCon used to be the wholly reasonable, doable, manageable, less-crowded version of San Diego Comic Con...but that's gradually going away as more and more people figure it out. Yes, you can still get into some panels easily, and yeah, parking nearby is quite attainable if you're an hour early...and yes, most of the exclusive clips of movies shown here have been shown at prior festivals ( many people out there were STILL surprised that the new Godzilla has more than one monster in it? More than you'd think).

I took a few pictures. I thought you might like to see them.

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