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Monday Clutter: Tropical Storm Ida, Coronavirus, Trump and North Korea, Hot Dogs, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets Meltdown, New England Patriots, CSI: Vegas, Ed Asner, Dire Straits, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  This will be a busy week for our crew.  We've got a long to-do list, and it starts with dropping off the car for some overdue work after we're done here.  I only put that off for roughly the entire summer, no big deal.  I'm trying to figure out if I can walk back from the auto body shop.  It's a hike and a half, but it would certainly count as my exercise for the day. 

BDH and Little Buddha don't think that's a great call, so they asked me to at least write down the number for a taxi in case I change my mind.  That's fair.  They also point out that it's supposed to rain this afternoon, so I should use that as motivation to walk at a brisk pace.  If we're not here tomorrow, it means I misjudged the length of this adventure. 

Hold on, we have to be here on Tuesday, because that's the return of the Clearing out the Clutter store.  Well, I'll figure it all out later.  For now, let's sort through the headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Monday Clutter.

Our thoughts remain with everyone in Louisiana and the surrounding region who is dealing with the impact of now-Tropical Storm Ida.  The former hurricane slammed into the region yesterday afternoon, causing rampant flooding, and reportedly at least a million people are now without power.

Given the current number of folks being hospitalized with coronavirus cases, it's possible that there could be another 100,000 pandemic-related deaths in the United States by December.  There's no need for any of that to happen when the solution is right in front of all of us:  Listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci and get vaccinated.  Forget about whatever great ideological war you think you're fighting, stop putting yourself and your loved ones at risk, and get two shots.  Don't eat cow worm medicine, or whatever the next con turns out to be.  Just.  Get.  Vaccinated.

Doctor Anthony Fauci August 30 2021It's really simple - just listen to the doctor.  (pic via abcnews.go.com)

Dr. Fauci also said health officials are currently sticking with the recommendation that people get booster shots eight months after being vaccinated, although that is subject to change if the data warrants it.

The European Union is expected to reinstate travel restrictions on people from the United States and five other countries, due to the surge in coronavirus cases.

Let's see if we've got this straight:  Donald Trump spent four years kissing up to North Korea, and the country is still restarting its main nuclear reactor for weapons fuel.  Republicans would be having a meltdown if it had been Joe Biden or Barack Obama in this position.  They'll try to find some way to blame it on Biden anyway, but never forget their almighty leader loves foreign dictators more than the United States.

A new study estimates that eating a single hot dog could take 36 minutes off your life.  That sounds about right.  No one who eats a hot dog could ever be under any illusion that they're doing anything positive for their body.  In fact, if you stay really quiet while eating it, you can probably feel that time leaving you.   Our staff might consume five hot dogs a year, but they're one of those foods that you can't think about what you're actually eating for a second. 

The Boston Red Sox lost 7-5 to the Cleveland Indians yesterday, thanks to an eighth inning collapse from the bullpen.   Boston starter Tanner Houck had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, but he gave up three runs and three hits in short order.  The young pitcher has a lot of potential, but the coaches still have work to do to help him master facing a line-up a third time.  The Red Sox now start a crucial four-game series against the first place Tampa Bay Rays tonight.  The Sox are eight games behind the Rays in the AL East, but Boston still has a 2 1/2 game lead for the second wild card spot.  Nick Pivetta takes the mound for Boston tonight.

The New York Mets had a great first half, and now they're falling like a rock.  As expected, Mets fans have expressed their displeasure with the team, and now the players are returning the favor by flashing a thumbs-down gesture every time they do something good on the field.  That's outstanding.  This is some off-the-charts pettiness that has the potential to be historically messy by the time this season is over.  The fact that Javier Baez is one of the players complaining about the fans, when he's only been with the team for a couple of weeks?  That's the icing on the cake.  Looks like we'll be following Mets games for the rest of the year.  Did not see that coming.

The New England Patriots beat the New York Giants 22-20 last night to finish the preseason at 3-0.  That means a Super Bowl appearance is pretty much guaranteed, right?  The last preseason game feels like it's about players on the bubble fighting for a roster spot more than anything else, but a couple of quick notes:  1) We still expect Cam Newton to be the starting quarterback this year.  It seems like it's his job to lose, so unless he has a meltdown or gets hurt, he'll get the nod.  2) Mac Jones looks like he'll be ready whenever his time does come.  3) The New England defense looks terrific.  4) Running back J.J. Taylor has impressive speed, and we hope to see a lot of him this year. 

Now we wait two weeks for the regular season to begin with the Patriots playing the Miami Dolphins. 

Good for the NBA for reaching an agreement for almost all referees to be vaccinated before the start of next season.  There are medical and religious exemptions, however.  We need someone to explain the religious exemption to us.  Which religions oppose the vaccinations?  Christian Scientists and Jehovah's Witnesses?  The league probably doesn't want to deal with the hassle of a court case, but a person's religious beliefs don't keep them from being a potential health risk to others.

This linked article is heavy on speculation, but it appears that a cast member of The Sopranos may have a key role to play in the upcoming prequel, The Many Saints of Newark.  Or...maybe not.  Either way, we're excited to see the movie on HBO Max when it comes out on October 1.

We've got the first trailer for the new CSI: Vegas, which sees the return of some familiar faces.  We watched the original series for a few years and then sort of tuned out, but we might take a peek at this when it debuts on October 6.  Have a look:

Sorry to hear that Ed Asner died yesterday.  The actor had a long and storied career that ranged from playing newspaper editor Lou Grant in the 1970's and 80's, to the widower in the Oscar-nominated Up in 2009, with a long list of roles in-between.  Asner was also a noted political activist and strong opponent of the death penalty.  He brought joy to millions over the years, and he will be missed.  Asner was 91 years old.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

Many soap opera fans remember Kimberly McCullough as Robin Scorpio on General Hospital.  The former actress made the transition to directing 10 years ago, but McCullough recently sat down with current GH star Maurice Benard, where she had a number of interesting things to say about her time on the show.

Here's a funny little story about actor Sean Astin photobombing the same woman twice 26 years apart.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  This feels like a good time to have Dire Straits close things out with a live version of, "Walk of Life" 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, and we'll catch up with you again soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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