Welcome back, come on in. How are you? How's your week going so far? Monday seemed a little crazier than usual, though no harm done. It ended nicely as I went to the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill with my friends Kate and Weber. It's been about a year since the last time I was there, and I must have made quite an impression, because they put me (and Kate) on their homepage. Can you find us?
After that, we took a walk through the Boston Marathon bombing memorial on Boylston Street, which was moving. I can handle flowers and balloons, but all of the teddy bears got to me a bit. I gave BDH and Little Buddha a hug and a kiss when I got home, and that was that. It's looking like another gorgeous day outside, so help yourself to a nice medium iced DD, and let's clear out a little Tuesday Clutter.
Congratulations to NBA center Jason Collins for becoming the first athlete from one of the "big 4" leagues to come out as an openly gay player. It took a lot of courage for the former Boston Celtic to step forward, and here's hoping that he's made it easier for others to do the same. Cheers, sir.
For all of you Massachusetts Clutterheads, don't forget to vote in today's U.S. Senate special election primary. It will be a low turn-out day, so your vote counts even more than usual. I will be voting for Representative Ed Markey to replace John Kerry. It comes down to two things for me. First, Congressman Markey has a consistent record of supporting women's health for over 30 + years, and second, he voted for the Affordable Care Act, and neither of these things are true about his Democratic opponent. Whoever your candidate, and whatever your reasoning, please take the few minutes that are required to express your opinion.
This is interesting, New York is considering raising the legal age for smoking from 18 to 21. What do you think, Clutterheads? If the drinking age is 21, why should smoking be any different?
I'm glad to see that New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte isn't the only senator to face a backlash after voting against background checks for gun purchases. I just hope this criticism is sustained and has lasting consequences for those who would object to such a basic public safety measure.
Sorry, still thinking about those teddy bears:
Listen to the bear. (pic via bostonglobe.com)
Big Papi says he won't let personal issues get in the way of his job, and given the way he's crushing every pitch he sees, I wouldn't bet against him, would you?
I hear that the New York Jets finally abandoned their ill-fated Tim Tebow experiment. I can't imagine who would really want the guy at this point. As much as I generally love the Boston Globe's Chad Finn, his suggestion is awful.
Oh, I had so much fun watching the classic Doctor Who adventure, "The Pyramid of Mars" Sunday night as part of BBC America's ongoing tribute to the 50th anniversary of the show. This adventure featured Tom Baker, who was "my" Doctor, and I was immediately a kid again right from the start. The entire show was slower-paced, with cheesy production values, and so much scarier than the modern day episodes. Tom Baker was funny while not being cute, and constantly reminded the viewer that The Doctor is an alien. Baker and his longtime companion Elisabeth Sladen had terrific chemistry, and they both looked on the verge of cracking inappropriate smiles at times. It was a great trip down memory lane.
The best pairing ever? (pic via frenchfriedgeek.com)
Arrested Development announced another guest star. Do you like this choice?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. It certainly wasn't surprising to hear that Van Halen recently brought the house down during their appearance in Australia. What was unexpected was the apparent formation of a new supergroup called "Kings of Chaos," which features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clark (Guns 'N Roses), Joe Elliot ( Def Leppard), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple.) I don't know if this is more than a one-off thing, but here they are 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 make sure you come back again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.
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