This Week in TBTL: Pulling the nose up on the negativity train

May 22, 2015

A hand-crafted, shade-grown, beard-forward recap of the last week’s goings-on in the TBTL universe.  It will run every Friday morning, because I know none of you reads on the weekend.

(Last) FRIDAY: The TBTL-a-thon wraps up with a discussion of alternative first names and the trailer for True Detective Season 2.

MONDAY:  Luke’s celebrating his anniversary on his boat while talking to Andrew about Louis CK’s SNL monologue and the series finale of Mad Men.  Andrew also said this, about which I have no idea:

what the eff, walsh
I don’t know what this means.  Is this a regional colloquialism for the people of the Cuyahoga River Valley?

TUESDAY: I’m not kidding when I say Luke and Andrew’s discussion of trigger warnings was legitimately insightful, especially in the context of the Game of Ice and Spoilers discussion at episode’s end (and with them being two straight, white dudes).  Lighter fare: Boy Scout water pistol bans, Facebook updates, and Luke correctly pointing out the mid-’80s goodness of John Waite’s roller skating makeout jam “Missing You”:

WEDNESDAY: Danny Farquhar, Seattle Mariners reliever (pictured above)?  You are on notice, buddy.  Also, Luke exorcises (a handful of) Andrew’s demons and the Jay-Z/Marina Abramovic beef is examined.

THURSDAY: The show opens with a drop from Cabin Boy, one of the finest American comedies of the last 25 years, before a deep dive into David Letterman’s final show.  Plus, a naked man at the airport.


Here is Letterman’s entire performance in Cabin Boy.

I checked the other 1994 Supporting Actor nominees, and while I’ll allow that Samuel L. Jackson and Martin Landau were both probably better, Letterman should have at least been in the running.  Bullets Over Broadway sucked.


What’s your name and where do you live?
Cheryl Churchek. Salem, Oregon.

What’s the most interesting thing about you?
I have listened to TBTL in at least three different countries on two continents.

What are you usually doing when you listen to TBTL?
Cooking dinner for my two toddlers, or doing household chores.

What’s your secret shame food?
Chocolate chip cookie dough. Raw eggs? Salmonella? HAH! Bring it on – I like to live on the edge.

If you could make everyone in the world watch one movie, what would it be and why?
Say Anything, with John Cusack. Because we could all take a few cues from Lloyd Dobler.

Who was your very first celebrity crush?
Kirk Cameron. Yes, really.

There is not one correct fashion choice in this picture. Not one.

What’s a special skill you have that you’re most proud of?
I speak Mandarin Chinese well enough to get by, and get compliments on my pronunciation from native speakers.

What’s the worst nickname you’ve ever had?
“Pickle head”. (Thanks, Mom.)

If you were driving down the street and you saw Luke and Andrew on the sidewalk, what would you yell at them as you drove passed?
Um, let’s see. If I were driving past it’d have to be kind of quick, so I think I’d do my best impression of the “RAWR!” sound effect from the good old days of “Awesome/Not Awesome.”

What’s your favorite TBTL moment?
Hands down: Andrew and Luke on the roof of Luke’s former house and the Blue Angels whooshing by overhead.