Welcome to the first edition of a new Clearing out the Clutter feature called, "Five Questions," where we'll be posting interviews with people from a variety of backgrounds with interesting stories to share. We're thrilled to kick things off with Noel Monk, who was formerly the manager of Van Halen from 1978-1985. Monk is also the author of the new book, "Runnin' With The Devil: A Backstage Pass To The Wild Times, Loud Rock, And The Down And Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen." (You can read our review here.) Monk got his start working for legendary promoter... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We're moving a bit slowly at the moment here today, but that should hopefully resolve itself pretty soon. As longtime Clutterheads know, I help Dad Clutter park cars during the big NASCAR races in New Hampshire, and yesterday was the big fall race. (Actually, it was the last big fall race here, but that's another story.) It's a fun time hanging out with his regular customers, and yesterday seemed to go by particularly quickly. However, it's always challenging on the feet to stand on that uneven surface for hours, and that ends up... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? I had a brain cramp and showed up to yesterday's dentist appointment about an hour late. However, there was still enough time to confirm that I need to schedule gum surgery soon. Sweet. It won't be for at least a few weeks from now, but the dentist gave me the post-surgery care sheet anyway. I gave it to BDH and Little Buddha when I got back. It's unclear where hot beverages fit into this, but their eyes got big when they realized we might have to skip... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? It's a gloomy Friday here at the moment. First off, it's raining, although that's always good for the Clutter tree. Second, yours truly has...has...has a dentist appointment. I should know better than to schedule these things for the end of the day on a Friday. That's no way to end a week! Oh well, might as well get it over with. BDH and Little Buddha assure me that everything will be fine and they'll find something else for me to drink for a little while if needed. (They're far too good to me.)... Read more →


Hey Red Sox fans, The team has secured a playoff spot, and while they're still battling the New York Yankees for the AL East title with 10 games to go, we wanted to make sure you knew that postseason tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, September 22! This is only for the Wild Card and ALDS rounds for now. We forward along information about anything after that when the time comes. If you've never ordered playoff tickets before, don't worry. If you end up with tickets to a game that doesn't get played for any reason, you'll get... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Had a bit of a challenging day here yesterday. Long story short, I had a conversation with someone about something that's been on my mind for years. It wasn't fun, and it left me in a funk for the rest of the day. However, BDH and Little Buddha reminded me that at least I can take that off my to-do list now, so that's good. They're always looking on the bright side. Plus, they wanted me to know (and tell all of you) that we have coffee! There's a fresh pot ready to... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem like it rained here, so it's a good thing I watered the garden yesterday. It looks like the weather forecast calls for fairly warm temperatures through the end of the month, so maybe a few of the flowers will stick around longer than usual, and hey, maybe a couple will still bloom. That would be nice. For now, let's sort through some headlines. There's a fresh pot of coffee ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? I had some strange, strange dreams last night that involved cars and college, but other than that, things are fine. We're still waiting for the remnants of Hurricane Jose to arrive, which might throw off some plans for tomorrow, but for now, it's time to get to work. There's a fresh pot of coffee ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter. The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 in 11 innings last night. This team is addicted to playing extra... Read more →


Linkin Park fans have been wondering about the band's future following the suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington on July 20. There's still no official word about that yet, but the group announced that they'll be performing a benefit concert in honor of Bennington on October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the show will go to Music for Relief's One More Night fund in honor of the late singer. This concert will be the first time that Linkin Park has played in public since Bennington's death, and it's sure to be an emotional night for... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? It's looking pretty grey out there this morning. Sounds like we're going to get some remnants of Hurricane Jose on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I guess I better take care of some outdoor errands today. Of course, I could just be falling for yet another rain forecast that doesn't come to fruition, so who knows. What I do know is that we've got plenty of coffee to start off the week, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter. The Boston Red Sox lost 3-2 to... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? It looks a little gloomy outside at the moment, but I'm pretty sure the forecast calls for a sunny day, so hopefully these clouds will burn off soon enough. I've started cutting back the garden a little bit, but there are still a few flowers hanging in there, and a couple of new lilies just showed up! I told them that they're welcome to stay as long as they like. Oh, it sounds like the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and... Read more →