Welcome back. How are you? How's your week treating you? Wednesday was pretty busy, but it never reached full "WTF?" status, so I'll take that. We have more rain in the forecast for today, and BDH, Little Buddha, and I can't wait to see how the Clutter Tree looks when that's over. Until then, help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Thursday Clutter.
The GOP isn't the only party who can use a filibuster. Senate Democrats used the process to block an amendment that would have authorized people to carry guns around "water development projects like lakes and camp sites which are currently gun-free zones." It's disappointing that NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen was one of the Democrats who voted or that amendment.
South Carolina is a silly place for reviving Mark Sanford's political career this week, but North Carolina is up to some nasty business with a bill that would require a parent's permission before a teen can seek birth control or be treated for a STD, substance abuse or mental health issue. Listen, everyone wants parents and their children to have a relationship where they can openly discuss whatever issues the child is facing, and that type of communication should always be encouraged. But we know there are many homes where that's just not the case, and no legislation can mandate it to be otherwise, so are those kids just supposed to be left at risk of getting pregnant, or suffering major health problems as a result? That's outrageous.
It's starting to look like the stock market will never go down again, which of course means that we're about due for a major correction...unless we're not. This is why Clutter doesn't pay any real attention to short term market news. We have no idea what the market will do tomorrow, so we stick to our regular investment schedule, and if we happen to have extra cash at a time when the market takes a notable drop, then we throw in a few extra dollars. This whole "trying to predict the future" thing is for the birds.
Speaking of birds, I gotta admit, I've never had a turkey come flying through a window at Clutter Headquarters, and I'm feeling pretty appreciative about that right now. I'm sure BDH and Little Buddha would help it find its way out the door, but it would still be awkward.
By the time Tuesday night's Boston Red Sox 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins was finally over, it looked like I might have an opportunity to try out for back-up catcher and starting third baseman, as well as closer, but it's good to hear that David Ross and Will Middlebrooks seem to be okay.
I'm relieved to hear that Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ has already been released from the hospital after taking a line drive off his head Tuesday night. Happ was motionless on the ground for about eight minutes after being struck by a hit from Desmond Jennings of the Tampa Bay Rays, and it was a scary sight. Here's hoping he makes a full recovery quickly.
My most favorite thing about the Los Angeles Dodgers is that they took Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, and their gigantic contracts, last year. My second favorite thing about the Dodgers is that Matt Kemp plays for them, and after you read this story about his interaction with a special fan, you'll understand why.
Cheers. (pic via funscrape.com)
The new San Francisco 49ers park will be called "Levi's Stadium?" Not exactly the most intimidating name ever, but when you're being paid $220 million for the naming rights, I guess intimidation isn't that high on the list of important items. Hey, wait a second, this new stadium is in Santa Clara, California? But they're still going to be called the "San Francisco 49ers?" Screw that, they can join the "We don't want to admit we play in New Jersey" Jets and Giants as being the biggest liars in professional sports. If you have to lie about where you play, you know deep down inside, in places you don't like to talk about at parties, that you've done something bad.
I'll be at Mom Clutter's house for Mother's Day weekend, so I'll probably have to DVR Saturday's Doctor Who episode, but the more writer Neil Gaiman talks about his script, the more I think this is likely to be worth the wait. I'll enjoy some of the Gaiman experience before that, because I'm sure I'll be bringing my copy of American Gods for the trip. I tend to read things (too) quickly, so it's been a challenge to pace myself with this book, but it's been worth the effort so far.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think we'll let Mr. Eric Clapton take us out with today's, "Song of the Day." Enjoy:
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as aways. Try to stay dry out there, and come back later, so we can watch the Community season/series finale together. Until then, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.