Welcome back! Now, I don't want to freak any of you out, but it is in fact Friday the 13th. BDH and Little Buddha feel like we'll all be fine as long as we don't make any sudden movements. I'm not sure how that will take care of things, but they're pretty confident, so I defer to them. In the meantime, help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's close out the week with some Clutter.
I know the holiday season can be a stressful time with a variety of family pressures, but at least no one in your family had their uncle executed for plotting against them, right? Yeah, I sleep fine knowing that new North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has nuclear weapons. No reason that should keep us up at night.
Color me impressed that the U.S. House of Representatives was able to pass a minor budget deal by an overwhelming margin. The simple notion of anything passing that chamber usually feels like an unobtainable fantasy. Dare I dream for a productive Congress in 2014? I know, that's overreaching.
Condolences to the family and friends of Loretta Fuddy, who died in a plane crash yesterday. Fuddy was the Hawaian public health official who killed the "birther" argument by confirming President Obama's birth certificate. Cue the conspiracy theories in 3...2...1...
I understand we've got some potential snow issues coming on Saturday, and the earlier I get moving, the better, but the first batch of Red Sox tickets goes on sale at 10am that morning, so I have to give myself at least an hour for the "virtual waiting room," right? I didn't like any of the pax that were on sale last December, so I skipped that sale, but I'd be happy to have a shot at several of this year's groups, so here's hoping it doesn't lead to me being stuck in a blizzard later in the day.
Apparently the New York Yankees aren't superstitious and aren't worried about introducing new center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury in a press conference today. I say they're playing with fire, but hey, to each their own.
What could possibly go wrong? (pic via bleacherreport.com)
So, former Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, and I find myself immediately not caring about him one way or the other now.
Cheers to the Boston Celtics and their fans for giving former head coach Doc Rivers an overwhelmingly positive reaction when he returned to the Garden on Wednesday. It was a classy response by all parties:
We have 12 days to go until Christmas (yikes, I still have shopping to do), which means there are 12 days left until Matt Smith leaves Doctor Who. You know, I'm okay with Smith moving on to his next adventure, but I'm starting to feel a little sad that this is going to happen during the Christmas special. His other Christmas specials had some nice holiday cheer to them, but knowing that his Doctor is going to die on the 25th is a bummer. Oh well, all good things must come to an end, so we'll enjoy one last run with Mr. Smith.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. John Mellencamp's song, "I Need a Lover" was playing on DD Radio a few days ago, and I was once again struck by how long the intro is. Coming in at 2m 30 sec, it's longer than some current songs on the radio now, isn't it? The internet seems to be telling me that Mellencamp released the song in 1978, which makes sense, because songs were more grandiose way back then. When did we lose the extended intro's? Was it the 1980's? More recent? In any case, here's Johnny Cougar with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Try to stay out of trouble today, and we'll see you back here again for more fun and coffee soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.