Welcome back! Sorry it's been so long since we hung out. The Northern Estate isn't connected to the Internet, and it would take me about a day to type more than a paragraph on my phone. I had a good trip there, but it's great to be back at Clutter Headquarters. BDH and Little Buddha did a great job of keeping an eye on the place while I was gone. The only issue is that I didn't sleep that well, and by that I mean, I slept horribly, so I'm counting on today's coffee (more than usual) to keep this coherent. My apologies if that plan doesn't work. So, help yourself to a nice medium iced DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
Hey Clutterheads, good news, the Boston Red Sox will have home field advantage in the 2014 World Series, thanks to the American League's 5-3 win in last night's All Star Game. Also, in case you hadn't heard, it was Derek Jeter's final All Star appearance. Is he retiring? I hadn't heard. What I also hadn't heard is that Jeter's real first name is Michael, but thanks to CBS News, that secret's out of the bag. I have to say that from The Green Mile to the World Series, Michael Jeter had one hell of a career. Also, while I'm no fan of the Yankees, for Jeter to die in 2003 and come back to shine in the All Star Game 11 years later is impressive. I tip my cap to the guy.
Seriously, Derek, Michael, whatever the hell your name is, congratulations on a terrific career and this well-deserved tribute by your peers:
The Red Sox are off until Friday, which just happens to be my next game, so hopefully they'll continue the momentum they had from winning their last series before the break against the Houston Astros and increase their winning record in games I attend.
I won't lie, I'm starting to twitch a little bit waiting for the return of Doctor Who to get here. However, I still won't look for the leaked footage of the season premiere. I would consider it if it wasn't Peter Capaldi's first episode, but you only get one chance to see a new Doctor's debut, and I want it to come with all the bells and whistles that apparently aren't in the leaked version, so we wait. At least there's this new trailer to enjoy for now:
Clutter was sorry to hear about the death of Lennie Sogoloff who died on Saturday. Mr. Sogoloff owned a legendary jazz club, and Dad Clutter was a bartender there at one point. I've been hearing stories about the man and the club my entire life and it sounded like both were fascinating. Condolences to his friends and family. Mr. Sogoloff was 90 years old.
To the women of America: Not only is the GOP launching a continuous policy-based assault on every aspect of of your lives, they don't think you're smart enough to understand it. You really have to give them credit, they make no bones about their contempt for anyone who isn't a really rich white guy.
Former Representative Todd Akin (he of the "legitimate rape" claim) feels that his downfall is like that of Joe McCarthy's. Apparently he thinks that analogy makes him sound like a victim.
Cheers to the school officials who sent home these letters to students applauding their work on a recent standardized test, but explaining that this kind of testing is only one of many ways of evaluating a student, which is something we all need to remember.
If you're a Hershey's fan, your sweet tooth just got a little more expensive, as the company announced an 8% price increase for their products. I have to guess the fine folks at the Mars company will eventually do the same thing to my beloved Peanut M & M's.
Ladies and gentlemen, a moment of silence for 73-year old comic book character Archie Andrews who was shot and killed today. Click on this link to hear more about the circumstances, because it's an interesting look at the injection of reality into today's comics.
An important story. (pic via archiecomics.com)
"Weird Al" Yankovic is back with a new album, and we are all the better for it.
Gotham looks like it might be a fun watch this fall. Random note: The role of "Alfred" is played by Sean Pertwee who is the son of the late Jon Pertwee who was the third Doctor. All things tie back to Doctor Who in the end, Clutterheads:
Saturday Night Live will be having some cast changes. I only know one of these actors, are the other two a loss?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think "Weird Al's" parody of the song "Happy" might be my favorite tune of the year so far. See for yourself with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to catch up with you. I'm not sure what tonight's plan will be, since there's no Red Sox game, but you're welcome to come back to hang out later anyway if you like. Otherwise, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more randomness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.