Happy Leap Day! Welcome to the day that just doesn't count. What's the plan for the day? The sky's the limit, because all bets are off on February 29th. The mind races with the possibilities. I see BDH and Little Buddha huddled in the corner whispering excitedly. That can't be good. Let's start this day of magic and wonder by grabbing a medium DD and clearing out some Clutter. Everyone good with that? Excellent, here we go...
Mitt Romney lives to fight another day after winning yesterday's primaries in Arizona and his home state of Michigan. Rick Santorum might have had a chance for the upset in Michigan, and thus the opportunity to throw this nomination process into utter chaos, except for the fact that he keeps talking.
Maine Senator Olympia Snowe (R) caught everyone off-guard yesterday by announcing her intention to not seek another term. She was expected to win without much of a problem, but she said that the uber-partisanship had done her in. Having to follow the lead of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) can't be much fun for anyone who isn't an obsessed obstructionist. Democrats are now expected to have a strong chance at picking up Snowe's seat.
Snowe. (pic via pressherald.com)
With reports now coming out that Mormons posthumously baptized slain Wall Street reporter Daniel Pearl, I remain dumbfounded by this entire ritual. How can it be seen as anything but disrespectful to baptize someone of another faith when they are dead? That's a complete disregard for someone's identity.
Happy Birthday to any of you who are Leap Day babies. How do you celebrate this special day?
The upcoming Facebook IPO could be worth a good amount of money to California over the next five years.
Wait, application developers can steal the pictures off your iPhone without you knowing it? One more reason for me to stick with my BlackBerry until its final days. My pictures may be blurry, but they're mine, all mine.
Boston Red Sox players react to news of catcher Jason Varitek's retirement. I know it's time, but it's still sad to see the end of an era. It's now also time for Jarrod Saltalamachhia to step up and be a leader on this team. Good luck, Salty.
The guy who collected NL MVP Ryan Braun's drug sample is tired of getting attacked.
It's official: I'm off to see Van Halen at the TD Garden on March 11th! The tickets came in the mail yesterday, and I actually only paid $15 more through StubHub than I would have if I was able to get them through Ticketmaster. That's not bad. My friend Dave will be joining me for what I think is our fourth show together. That's fitting because he and I met each other through the band.
I was standing in line at the Strawberries Records in Saratoga Springs in the summer of 1993, waiting to buy the Right Here, Right Now album (which was actually a tape at the time, kids). The guy right in front of me bought his stuff, turned to walk away from the register, looked at my tape and said, "Nice choice," as he showed me his RHRN tape. Fast forward to September, and my friend Vanessa tells me I have to meet her new friend Dave. When I walk into his room, we both looked at each other and immediately said, "You're that Van Halen guy," and we've been friends ever since. Great music, great friends, you just can't go wrong with that combination. Let the countdown begin!
Benedict Cumberbatch could be coming to Doctor Who next year as The Master? If you listen real carefully, you can hear the sound of my head exploding into a million little pieces. This would almost be enough for me to root against the Doctor. Make it happen, Steven Moffat, oh lord of all things BBC.
Cumberbatch (pic via contactmusic.com)
I'll root for Medford native Maria Menounos to do well in the next season of Dancing with the Stars, but I don't think I'll actually watch the show. I reserve the right to change my mind on that one, though.
Maria Menounos (pic via tvguide.com)
Bill O'Reilly and I agree for once: Angelina Jolie needs to eat something.
The Affleck name will live on, and much rejoicing was heard throughout the land.
Reports are that Natalie Portman is married, but not to Timothy Hutton, which is disappointing, because I totally thought those two would have a future together once she turned 18.
A little creepy, but it worked. (pic via guardian.co.uk)
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think we'll let the mighty Van Halen take us out with today's, "Song of the Day." Apologies for the quality of the footage, but you know I'm a sucker for the first 90 seconds of a concert. I know this clip is 30 years old, but I expect the exact same energy level on March 11th. That's reasonable, right?
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Have a good one, and let us know all about your Leap Day adventures at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, stay safe, come back again soon (say, tomorrow), and we'll have even more fun. For now, that's the Clutter, and we are outta here.