Welcome back. How are you? I'm staring out the window wondering how it's already time for the leaves on the Clutter Tree to be turning yellow. I have a friend who is ecstatic that the Dunkin Donuts pumpkin coffee is available. I'll have to confirm it later, but I suspect that the last of this year's Sam Adams Summer Ale is sitting in my refrigerator. It is still August, right? I mean, at least for another 48 hours or so. Okay, enough moping, there's work to be done. Help yourself to a nice (regular flavor) DD, and let's clear out some Saturday Clutter.
The Red Sox had a nice night against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, thanks largely to a grand slam home run by outfielder Mookie Betts. Boston pitcher Anthony Ranaudo threw six strong innings, and the Sox beat the Rays 8-4. Betts, who is just 21 years old, became the youngest Red Sox player to hit a grand slam since 1965. He's certainly shown promise since he's been up with the club, but the question is, will the Red Sox have a spot for him next year, or will he be trade bait? In any case, Allen Webster takes the mound tonight, and hopefully he'll continue to show improvement.
A sign of things to come? (pic via recorder.com)
What did President Obama do to warrant the following quote from Representative Peter King (R-Iowa)?
"There's no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday."
That sounds pretty harsh. Did Obama try to extend health care insurance even further? Did he try to take executive action on immigration or some other issue because Congress refuses to do their jobs? What was the big offense? Oh that's right, he wore a tan suit when talking to the press on Thursday. Can we just make a new rule that we can stop taking people seriously when they're this stupid?
It's good to hear that a federal judge struck down the latest anti-abortion law that was passed in Texas. What would be even better would be if lawmakers would stop their never-ending assault on a woman's right to make her own decisions.
Cheers to Jack Williams, who retired yesterday after 39 years of being the news anchor for WBZ-TV. It really is the end of an era.
The S&P 500 has now doubled in value from where it was 16. 5 years ago. This article gives a more detailed breakdown of the numbers, but the point is still the same: You have to be patient with your investing (i.e. don't spend any money that you'll need within at least the next five years.) There may be some sharp short-term drops, but if you've invested in sound things like index funds, you will eventually be rewarded.
A new study explains the subtle genetic changes that allowed for the domestication of bunnies. That fancy science stuff is all above Clutter's head, but I'm glad things worked out. We'd hate to have this happen every time a human met up with a rabbit:
I know I was just griping about the Summer Ale, but even I'm not sure about the idea of a 99 pack of beer. It's seven feet long, weighs 80 pounds, and BDH and Little Buddha just stared at me blankly when I asked them if they'd help me bring it into Clutter Headquarters.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Let's have Don Henley close things out with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, and we'll see you back here again for more fun (and bunnies) soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here like the boys of summer.