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Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How was your weekend?  Mine was nice, saw some friends, played with a great dog, took care of a number of errands, and enjoyed the lovely weather.  I'd be happy to have the summer be filled with more of that.  However, that was then, and this is now.  It's time to get to work, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Monday Clutter.

It's hard to think of a better way to spend a quiet Sunday than watching the Boston Red Sox take care of business.  The Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-5 yesterday, with the fun starting when Big Papi just kept doing Big Papi things by hitting a 3-run home run.  There were only two things I had a problem with yesterday.  First of all, Jim Rice was a Hall of Fame slugger, but as an announcer...he was a Hall of Fame slugger.  I have no idea why he has a job with NESN.  He rambles on and on, and his "analysis" is almost never useful, but that doesn't keep him from talking right over the game.    We need you back now, Jerry Remy!

The second problem is that the same guy in the bleachers caught home run balls hit by Mike Carp and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  If I was gracious, I'd just say, "Hey, that guy had a great day at Fenway."  However, I'm not, so instead I say, "Damn it, I've had that same seat, and I almost broke my hand the one time someone hit a home run my way."    What can I tell you, I'm a petty petty man.

So, now the Sox are off to Tampa Bay to face the Rays, and then it's Baltimore to take on the Orioles.  They will have a secret weapon for that second series because Mom Clutter and I are taking a road trip to see the Saturday and Sunday games.  I'm looking forward to it.  I've been to two games at Camden Yards, but it was during work trips to Washington, so I just darted in and out of Baltimore and didn't get to see any of the city.  I'm excited for both the games (obviously) and a crab cake or two...or three.

Crab cake
Yum!  (pic via baltimoresun.com)

A man named Edward Snowden outed himself as the source of the recently leaks about the activities of the National Security Agency.  It takes a brave man to publicly come forward.  He's done the country a great service by forcing a discussion of what activities we are willing (or not) to accept in the name of "national security."  I'm sure this is just the start of what is already a fascinating story.

Condolences to the family and friends of former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci, who died yesterday due to complications from Lou Gehrig's Disease.  He was 65 years old.

Nelson Mandela is in "serious but stable" condition after being admitted to a hospital once again for a recurring lung infection.

So the Boston Bruins will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals, huh?  I better figure out who I'm friends with in Chicago so I can start talking trash to them before the series begins on Wednesday.

Has Matt Smith's replacement on Doctor Who been decided?

Former professional wrestler / New York Times best-selling author Mick Foley is a big Santa Claus fan (which I think he's mentioned in several of his books.)   He's currently involved in the production of a documentary about professional Santa Clauses (is that how you say that?) and you know, it looks kind of interesting.  Check out the film's Kickstarter page to see for yourself.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  It's been a while since we had a good mashup to close things out around here, so how about if we let The Beastles show us what they've got with today's, "Song of the Day."

 

Yeah, we should do that more often.

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 soon, because BDH and Little Buddha start getting anxious when they don't see you, and no one wants that.  Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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