Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? We hope that those of you who celebrated Christmas had a great day. BDH and Little Buddha each got a few books, some new Red Sox shirts, and a couple of Doctor Who DVD's, so they're happy campers. Of course, we also watched the Doctor Who Christmas Special, so all in all, it was a good day, and we didn't even grumble (that much) about all of the shoveling we had to do on Monday. Well, that "one" of us had to do. So, now we're into the final stretch of 2017, huh? Let's end it on a strong note. The guys say the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter!
The Pittsburgh Steelers released longtime linebacker James Harrison, so of course he just signed with the New England Patriots. Not sure how much Harrison has left in the tank, but the Patriots could use some help on defense, so if Bill Belichick thinks the 39-year-old is good to go (at least for a couple of games this year), so be it. Of course, it won't hurt if Harrison can offer any insight into Pittsburgh's defense before the two teams likely meet in the playoffs in a few weeks.
Our Twice Upon a Time review mentioned that it was great to see the return of a specific character, but that the sequence seemed choppy, as if it had been inserted at the last-minute or something. According to now-former-Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, that's exactly what happened. It was still good to see that person one last time for a proper goodbye.
Raise your hand if you predicted that Barack Obama's first official interview after leaving the White House would be with Prince Harry. Put those hands down, you fibbers. The two men covered a variety of topics, but just reading Obama's answer to what he was thinking during Donald Trump's inauguration makes us want to cry:
"The sense that there was a completion, and we [Michelle and Barack] had done the work in a way that preserved our integrity and left us whole, and that we hadn't fundamentally changed, I think was a satisfying feeling. That was mixed with all the work that was still undone, and concerns about how the country moves forward. But overall there was a serenity there, more than I would've expected."
On his best day, with all of his toadies helping him, Donald Trump couldn't come up with an answer that was half as coherent or well-spoken. What we wouldn't give to have an intelligent adult running this country again.
Just two guys having a chat. (pic via nbcnews.com)
We've had more than enough reason to focus our anger at the Great Pumpkin this year, but now comes word that Melania Trump has authorized the removal of a historic tree from the White House grounds, so we'll throw her into the mix as well. The White House would be better off keeping the tree and removing the Trump clan instead.
Saddened to hear that William Graham recently committed suicide. The son of former Washington Post publishers Phil Graham (who also took his own life) and Katherine Graham, was 69 years old. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Has the iPhone jumped the shark? First quarter sales estimates for the iPhone X are reportedly being slashed from 50 to 30 million units. We still have a hard time believing 30 million people paid $999 for a phone.
Did someone here order a Mad About You revival? We watched the show "back in the day," but not sure if we've thought of it once in the 25 years it's been off the air. Since reboots seem to be the new thing these days, what other shows would you like to see brought back?
On the other hand, the new Roseanne trailers look promising.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Christmas marked the one-year anniversary of George Michael's death, so how about we pay a little tribute to him with some, "Freedom '90," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Sounds like we're in a for a bit of a cold spell for a while, so be good, stay warm, and we'll meet back here again for more fun soon. Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.