Welcome to the first edition of a new Clearing out the Clutter feature called, "Five Questions," where we'll be posting interviews with people from a variety of backgrounds with interesting stories to share. We're thrilled to kick things off with Noel Monk, who was formerly the manager of Van Halen from 1978-1985. Monk is also the author of the new book, "Runnin' With The Devil: A Backstage Pass To The Wild Times, Loud Rock, And The Down And Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen." (You can read our review here.) Monk got his start working for legendary promoter... Read more →


The Boston Red Sox had Thursday night off, so it seemed like a good time to see what's been sitting on the DVR. Top of the list? The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck. Ben plays Chris Wolff, a man with a high-functioning form of autism who is, (you guessed it) an accountant for some major bad guys. Somehow his autism makes him both a genius at numbers as well as an elite assassin, so yeah, we've got problems right off the bat. My expectations were low, but I thought there was some potential for an interesting story, and I had a... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Feeling pretty pleased with myself right now, because I think I finally fixed a longstanding problem at Clutter Headquarters. There's no need to go into details, but after many false starts, and a healthy dose of procrastination, I located the problem and made the repair. It might take a couple of days to be sure it's better now, but we're off to a promising start. BDH and Little Buddha were very pleased, and that's good enough for me. The only other thing I can report right now is that we have coffee! There's... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Notice anything different? That's right, all of the scaffolding is finally down at Clutter Headquarters! It's about time! It's much brighter in here again, we can have all of the windows open during the day, and BDH and Little Buddha don't have to feel uncomfortable about people looking in the windows. They even tried to offer the construction workers some coffee but never got a response, which was awkward. However, they know you'd never turn them down, so they made a fresh pot just for you. Help yourself to a nice medium DD,... Read more →


Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller figure out who raped Trish Winterman, as Broadchurch comes to a close. Warning: Spoilers ahead Observations: Well that was quick! Hardy and Miller arrest Clive Lucas in the first few minutes of the show. I thought he was the most likely suspect. Wait, what are we going to do for the rest of the hour now? We're not done yet, are we. This interrogation is going especially badly for Clive. Now we're done, right? No, there's still too much time. What's he covering up? Ed Burnett is right, if he really used that twine to... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! What a crazy week this is turning into. We only got a little rain in the morning yesterday, so I ended up having to water the garden in the evening after all. That's fine. It's a very relaxing activity, and it was also a welcome distraction from all of the craziness in the world. Plus, if you missed it, I passed Steven Tyler on my bike ride yesterday afternoon, so you just never know what the day will bring. Well, that's not entirely true. You know that the day will bring you a fresh pot of... Read more →


I don't think anxiety used to be such an issue for me. It's probably always been there to some extent, but the events of the last seven years have made it a larger challenge on a regular basis. I'm always trying to find the balance between taking as much control over my life as possible and still recognizing that there may be times where the world just has other plans, and there's nothing I can do about it. Some days, that's a bigger fight than usual. There's also a specific subset of anxiousness for me which has to do with... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? I got stung by a bee in the garden yesterday. First time that's happened in ages. My initial reaction was that it seemed pretty rude, considering how much work I put into being a good host for him and his friends every summer. Then I realized it was probably my fault. He was in a pile of weeds I had forgotten about earlier, and I probably startled him when I picked up the pile. In other news, it's pretty gloomy outside here at the moment. The weather forecast originally called for rain for... Read more →


We can't get over the fact that the President of the United States of America can't call out Nazis. That's a sentence we never would have imagined we'd have to write, but here we are. What an epic failure for this country. We need to check out for a minute so we can focus on something besides continually thinking about Donald Trump's complete lack of humanity and decency. We need a jolt of something positive for a quick mental reboot. We need to check in with the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker! We just had the chance to watch both of... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We're dragging a bit on this end at the moment. Sunday night baseball games are brutal. 8:05 p.m. is too late to begin with, and you know it's going to go long when we're talking about the Red Sox and Yankees. However, it's all worth it when the Sox win. Plus, BDH and Little Buddha said they'd make the coffee a little stronger this morning. They're the best. Anyway, enough whining, we've got work to do. Help yourself to a nice medium (slightly stronger than usual) DD, and let's clear out some Monday... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in. How are you? I'm still a little annoyed with myself for not going to Boston Comic Con yesterday, partly because I can't figure out why I didn't go. Something tells me I'm going to think the answer is lame when I figure it out. BDH and Little Buddha remind me that there are other conventions in other cities, so maybe it's time to think about a road trip...or at least get my act together in Boston next year. Either way, time to move on. Thank you to everyone who wished us a happy... Read more →