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Full disclosure: If you're a new reader, be aware that Clearing out the Clutter is unabashedly pro-David Ortiz. Of course it began with the 2004 season, and we were in his corner without exception from that point forward. We created "The Big Papi News Desk" as a sign of support during his struggles on the field in 2009, and "the News Desk" ran until Ortiz's retirement in 2016. As the fates would have it, we were at Fenway Park for his final game, and it was an honor to be able to say goodbye and thank you. Now that we've... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back. How are you? Moving a little slowly here at the moment. I woke up in the middle of the night with a serious headache that still hasn't left yet, which is a bit of a drag. However, with BDH and Little Buddha in my corner, we push forward. How about that storm yesterday, huh? Did you get a lot of snow? I think we got about five inches here. The roads seem to be clear now, but rather than going to the gym, I think today's workout will be trying to clear the snow from around... Read more →


My Birthday List

As some of you may know, BDH and I have a birthday coming up on February 14. (Yes, we're clearly the greatest Valentine's Day gifts ever.) BDH will be turning five years old (man, does time fly by.) I asked him what he wanted for a present, and he said that just hanging out with Little Buddha and me is all he needs. No wonder this dog brings happiness wherever he goes! I also don't really ask for much in the way of gifts. In fact, I'm also good with hanging out with those two. I mean, I'd be fine... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Well, it's time. We're really doing this. President-elect Gaslight takes over at noon today, although he apparently doesn't want to do any actual work until Monday. Ugh. Don't know about you, but we're not watching any part of today's Inaugural ceremony. Might do a Doctor Who marathon instead. This is going to be an ugly few years, but we'll get through it together. BDH and Little Buddha say they're prepared to do their part, and they've got a fresh pot of coffee ready to go, because they're the best. Help yourself to a nice medium DD,... Read more →


Hey everyone, How are you? The day took a bit of a left turn here at Clutter Headquarters this morning when we realized we had multiple plumbing leaks that required some immediate attention. Merry Christmas! Oh well, the plumber is here now, and at least we can feel confident that 2017 will start on a dry note which is always nice. Sorry we don't have any snacks for you at the moment, and all we can offer for beverages are water from the pitcher and some coconut-flavored seltzer. BDH and Little Buddha want me to make sure you know they'd... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. Let us take your coats. How were the roads out there? Hopefully you didn't have too much trouble getting here today. BDH and Little Buddha will be here in a minute. Oh, wait, scratch that, they're here now. Hey guys, are friends are here! Our dynamic duo made you all a fresh pot of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter! The day is just getting started, and we're already thinking ab0ut the nap we'll need later this afternoon so we... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? It's pretty dark outside right now. It would be good for the garden to get some rain, so I hope that's coming soon this morning. That would mean no bike ride for me, but the plants come first, you know. In any case, we'll keep an eye on that. The coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Sunday Clutter! There are few things that do a Boston Red Sox fan's heart as much good as watching the team beat the New York Yankees in... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back. How are you? Things are okay on this end. Woke up in a bit of a funk this morning, but I'm going to tonight's Red Sox game, and that's always good for the mood. You know what else is good? That's right, coffee. We've got a fresh pot ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter. Were the Boston Red Sox happy to be home after another long road trip? The Sox crushed the Baltimore Orioles 12-2 last night, so yeah, they seem pretty pleased to be back... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How's your weekend going? Yesterday was productive on this end, as I crossed a number of errands off the old to-do list, which was nice. I also started reading a new book. It's called Good Omens, and it was written by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman. It's the story of an angel and a demon who are trying to prevent the coming Rapture. Only a few chapters into it, but it's been very entertaining so far. All of that has almost been enough for me to be able to ignore... Read more →


Decision Time

I have a decision to make. Crap. I can't say this sneaked up on me. I've known all year that I'd have to make this call, and it's been clear for at least the last four or five months that it would happen in August. Yet somehow, I'm still a little surprised that decision time is here. I've managed to pull off the trick of simultaneously obsessing about something while still not giving it nearly enough thought. Neat, huh? I sit and look at the paperwork spread out before me. This is a clear opportunity for my "fight or flight... Read more →