Friday Clutter: Trump, Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort Released, Remote Facebook Employees, Netflix, MLB, Christopher Nolan, John Krasinski, Blue Bloods, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, and more
Monday Clutter: Trump, Coronavirus, UK Scandal, GOP War on Voting, The Match, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen, and more

Saturday Clutter: Joe Biden, Trump, Dentists and Haircuts, New Contraception, Hertz, Pac-Man, New York Jets, Elvis, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  We were just trying to figure out today's plan.  It's going to be pretty quiet at Clutter Headquarters.  I don't want BDH and Little Buddha to get bored, but they insist they're happy listening to the birds chirp all day.  The guys think the birds are still talking about whether or not baseball will start this year.  If they're good with that, then I'll probably take care of some cleaning.  Like I said, quiet day.  At least the weather should be decent.  In any case, you're here, we're here, and now the coffee is here, so let's hang out for a bit.  Grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Saturday Clutter.

Joe Biden apologized yesterday for a stupid joke he made earlier in the day that African Americans who support Donald Trump "ain't black."  We've got no standing to wade into a discussion about racial identity.  However, the simple fact that Biden apologized after making a mistake showed he's capable of functioning like a normal human being in that situation, unlike his opponent who feels any acknowledgement of being wrong is an unacceptable weakness.   Give us the guy who doesn't claim to be infallible every time.

Donald Trump tried to pretend yesterday that he has the authority to force governors to allow churches to reopen.  Who wants to take a guess about whether or not that's a lie?   Good, job, everyone!  It was yet more empty bluster to pander to the religious conservatives (who seem to be leaving him) as he panics about his re-election prospects.

Do you all remember when Donald Trump had that mystery visit to the hospital last November?  The one where he claimed he was starting his annual physical?  That seemed like an obvious cover story at the time, and Trump still hasn't finished that supposed exam, so what is the White House hiding about his health?

Dentists are slowly seeing patients again.  We understand and appreciate the importance of good oral hygiene, but scheduling a simple routine cleaning doesn't feel like a comfortable idea right now.  You're sitting there with your mouth open for an extended period of time while there's the possibility of  something being in the air from a previous patient?  It sounds like new safeguards are being implemented, which is important, but it's going to take some work to get comfortable with making an appointment.  All the more reason why it's so important to floss regularly, friends!

You can also cross "get a haircut" off the list of anything we're going to do soon:   A Missouri hair stylist reportedly exposed as many as 91 people to the coronavirus over eight days.  BDH and Little Buddha say they're happy to watch some "how to give a haircut at home" videos on YouTube.  We're not ruling that out.  The other option is to stock up on hair gel and hope for the best this summer.

Interesting to hear that the FDA approved a new type of contraceptive gel.  Any product that can safely prevent unintended pregnancies is a positive development.

Hertz filed for bankruptcy yesterday after getting slammed by the traveling prohibition imposed by the global coronavirus pandemic.  The 102-year-old rental car company hopes to be able to restructure its debts so that it can stay in business, but who knows how long the travel slowdown will last.  Right now, we're still hoping to be able to make next year's spring training trip, but we wouldn't bet the house on it.

Happy belated birthday to Microsoft's Solitaire game which turned 30 years old yesterday.  We can't begin to calculate how many hours we've lost to that game over the last three decades, but it's always been a relaxing way to tune out for a little while.

Hold on, yesterday was also Pac-Man's 40th birthday.  It's impossible to look back on a childhood in the 1980's without thinking of every different place we played that game.  The arcades, the pizza joints, various bars (where we drank soda as minors), and so on.  There was a console in a Washington, D.C. hotel where if you hit the bar below the coin slot (which was there to...keep you from stealing the money?), the machine would give you more lives.  We played for hours on that trip and spent a total of about 75 cents. 

If memory serve us correctly, we had a Pac-Man lunchbox in either 1st or 3rd grade.  Maybe both?  We also remember watching the Saturday cartoon, although that didn't last long.   Oh, and our neighbor had an early Atari, which had a horrible version of the game.  The graphics were a distorted orange and blue, and the sound was like nails on a chalkboard, but we were playing video games at home, and that's all that mattered.  Happy 40th, Pac-Man!

Pac-Man May 23 2020Are you ready?  Go!  (pic via cnn.com)

The New York Jets will reportedly sign beat-up quarterback Joe Flacco to a one-year deal worth up to $4.5 million.  This is another reason why the New England Patriots should be more worried about the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins as they start the post-Tom Brady era.  Who could possibly think signing Flacco does anything to improve the Jets?  Even if he's just the backup to Sam Darnold, he's bringing almost nothing to the table as he continues to try to recover from neck surgery. 

We're sorry to hear about that NBA Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan died yesterday.  Sloan, who led the Utah Jazz for 23 seasons, had been battling Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.  He was 78 years old.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, fans, and former players.

We're also sorry to hear that Georgetown coach/former NBA player Patrick Ewing has tested positive for the coronavirus.  We wish Ewing a full and speedy recovery.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We're feeling a bit of an Elvis vibe at the moment, so here's the King to close things out with, "A Little Less Conversation," for 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, be good, stay safe, and we'll catch up with you again soon.  BDH and Little Buddha will also let you know if they have any updates about the bird conversations.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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