Miscellaneous, Movies

Ask Luke’s Mother-in-Law: Malloy, Magnum and Memorial Day



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 all, happy Thursday. This week I am including a couple of new photos of the garden progress. I have put in more tile, completed the table and bench for the area. The bench is completely made out of an old bathtub and the back splash. The table was also reclaimed, but it was always a table. Also sent Luke a pic of a blooming cactus in my yard – next week it may be even better.

Sunday a friend and I went to see a play in 29 Palms. Nunsense Blvd. It was very good. We don’t have all the bells and whistles that you get in LA or New York, but they put on a darn fine show. Even had a live 2-piece band for the music.



Other than that, I have been busy doing my normal work. So let’s see what you all have for me this week.

Which is the most nerd friendly sport?

In my opinion, for what it is worth, for outside I would say swimming or tennis, and inside chess. They don’t need a whole gaggle of people and most nerds have at least 1 or 2 friends.

Are karaoke taxis still a thing in Japan?

I think so. We don’t have them here in my part of the world – only available in bars and parties.

Kyle A
How often is too often when it comes to re-watching Firefly?

If you like it, there is no number that is too often – have you also watched the follow up movie Serenity? I watch a station out here called ME TV and it re-runs old re-runs. Some of the shows I have seen so many times I know the dialogue.

Does this look infected to you?

*drops pants*

If you think it is then yes, maybe, not sure.

Will the current nostalgia trend ever end? And if it doesn’t will we eventually become nostalgic for the pre-nostalgia saturated days?

Nostalgia never ends; it just recycles. I’m seeing toys come out now that I played with as a kid. I can even dust off some clothes, jewelry et.c that last saw the light of day in high school. I don’t think there has been pre-nostalgia, except maybe before recorded time.

Are there any movies that you think are as good as or better than the source material?

Nope – the book is always better as the author only had their hands on it. When ever it is placed in another format some one is monkeying with it and generally mucks it up somehow.

Even Mary Poppins?

Yep – Ioved the Disney movie – but the books are way much better (bad English). The series of books is magical. Disney only scratched the dust cover.

if you could have a type of immortality where people allowed you to somehow have your mind live inside of their subconscious but have no way of controlling or interacting with the outside world and only really are aware of anything when they are dreaming wherein you could communicate with them and are a mind within a mind a being of thought that could move between one person and another learning everything there is to know would you do it

I got lost in your question. But I don’t think I would want to be immortal in any format. I would miss all of my family and friends.

Hi Luke’s Mother-In-Law:
Thanks for answering my question about who is hotter, Reed or Malloy. I asked my wife and she said, “Reed is a BOY. Malloy is a MAN. Next question,” so that settles that.
My question for you this week is: Who would win in a fight, Jim Rockford or Thomas Magnum?

Hi , I totally agree with your wife on the Reed/Malloy issue. Now for Rockford vs Magnum. Magnum hands down. Rockford is an old man and out of shape. Magnum on the other hand is younger and in better shape.

I just read a book named The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It’s awful, poorly written and I think disrespectfull to women, cancer patients and holocaust victims. Perhaps even to book authors. Having limited free time, this took hours I’ll never get back. So, here is my question: whom should I demand compensation from? The hack of an author who looks like a total douchebag or the “friends” who egged me to finish this awful, awful, awful book?
Picture of author for reference: http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/015/484/johnning.jpg

I think I would chat with my friends on the issue – not that it will do you much good. But hopefully they will never recommend a book again to you. Discover them on your own.

That’s all for this week. Remember to be safe over Memorial Day. This weekend in Yucca Valley we are having Grubstakes Days and a car show. Going to the car show – it will be at the RTE 66 diner in Yucca Valley, should be fun. Huggs and see you next week.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist