Welcome back, and a happy Labor Day to you all. Before we go any further, I just want to thank everyone who made August such a busy month at Clutter Headquarters. We had about 630 visitors from 22 countries and 43 states. Thankfully, you all came at different times, because even the massive Clutter Headquarters couldn't hold that many people all at once.
Now, it's time to turn the page and acknowledge that September is finally here. The first positive of that news is that it meant I no longer have to look at nasty John Lackey on my Red Sox calendar. The downside is that he's been replaced by Stephen Drew. Oh well, it's still a step in the right direction. September 1st also means that about half of Boston is moving today. BDH, Little Buddha and I are extremely grateful that all we have to do is walk around the moving trucks while we do our errands. However, we've got work to do before those errands, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.
Oh Clay Buchholz, you will be the death of me. The Red Sox pitcher was at the top of his game yesterday, throwing a three-hit shutout on 98 pitches, as Boston beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0. I've been to games where Buchholz threw his 98th pitch in the fourth inning, so all I want to know is, where was that guy? This is why he's so frustrating, because you know he has it in him to be this good, but there's just no consistency. Oh well, cheers on the win, Clay. Rubby De La Rosa takes the mound tonight against the Rays.
How do we get more of this guy? (pic via gazettenet.com)
We're two episodes into Season 8 of Doctor Who, so what's the feeling so far? I'd say that the stories are fair, but that Peter Capaldi continues to do a great job of putting his stamp on the Doctor. He's much more alien than past versions have been, and there's a darkness about him. However, he's also aware of said darkness, and how he deals with that should make for good adventure. I've mostly given up on Clara, though. I can't connect to an assistant who refers to the Doctor as "one of (her) hobbies," as Clara did last week. You have the ability to travel anywhere in space and time with a madman, and it's at the same level as stamp collecting? See ya.
As Massachusetts voters think about the future of gambling in the Commonwealth, they'd be will-advised to look to New Jersey where the Revel Casino and Hotel is about to close after just two years in business. Clutter isn't much of a gambler. We've spent a few bucks in Las Vegas and a handful of other casinos over the last 20 years. At the end of the day, gambling is going to cost Massachusetts much more than the casinos would ever generate for revenue. We can do better than this.
Give them credit, the Florida GOP set up an alternative to the Obamacare exchange in their state, and the enrollment numbers speak for themselves: That's 30 people using the alternative (that's right, 30), vs. the almost one million who found private coverage through the exchange. That still leaves almost 800,000 people who are being denied coverage because Florida refuses to expand their Medicaid eligibility.
Apparently Jennifer Lawrence and some other celebrities are the latest folks to have nude photos stolen by hackers. If that's really what happened, it's obviously a terrible violation of their privacy. However, as we've said here before, the cynical view would be that these "leaks" are publicity stunts to generate some press every now and again when things are otherwise quiet.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. In honor of everyone who is packing up and throwing their belongings into a U-Haul today, let's have The Animals 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 you know you're welcome to come back later if you want to watch the Red Sox game with us tonight. Otherwise, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.