Hi everyone, Welcome back. How are you? How was your weekend? It was pretty good on this end. I had some quality time in the garden and also had a chance to go for a bike ride, so no complaints. There's a pretty solid rain falling here at the moment, which I think is supposed to last all day. That's fine, the plants could use it. Other than that, there's not much else to report. Oh, we have coffee, can't forget that. There's a fresh pot ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear... Read more →

There's an ancient book called Veritas which presents one small problem: Everyone who translates it then dies shortly afterwards. Can the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole figure out what's going on? We've reached the midpoint of the season, and things are are about to get more dangerous! Observations: As I mentioned last week, I'm excited that we're starting the so-called "Monk trilogy" this week. It sounds intriguing, and Steven Moffat kicks things off with a fascinating mind-warp of an episode. While Moffat's era as show-runner may be uneven in spots, I've always enjoyed the stories he's written, going back to the... Read more →

When the news came out Thursday morning that Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell had died "suddenly and unexpectedly" the night before, I hoped that meant something like he'd had a heart attack or perhaps a drug overdose, both of which seemed like reasonable possibilities for a 52-year old rock god. Not that you would "root" for either of those things to happen to someone, but the alternative explanation felt much worse. However, by the end of the night, it was confirmed that Cornell's death was a suicide, as the singer hanged himself after Soundgarden's concert Wednesday night. I'd heard stories in... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back. How are you? Enjoying our mini-heat wave? I had this intense and detailed dream early this morning where the basic premise was that I had a date with a friend to go to a water park today. When I woke up, I spent a few minutes trying to figure out how that was going to work in to today's schedule, especially since I don't have her phone number, before I realized it was a dream. Problem solved! What I do know is that you're here, BDH and Little Buddha are here, and of course, the coffee... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back. How are you? Are you ready for our heat wave for the next few days? The birds seem to be chirping particularly excitedly right now, so maybe that's what they're talking about. Anyway, the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter. The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 last night, thanks to yet another quality start by Eduardo Rodriguez. The Boston pitcher gave up the three runs and five hits over six innings, and it's starting to feel like everything is clicking... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back. Come on in, have a seat. How are you? We're still waiting for news about the Clutter Tree, which feels a bit like the Sword of Damocles at this point. We were told by a third party that a decision is expected this week, so...we'll see. Otherwise, things are pretty good. The garden looks great so far, and it sounds like we're finally going to get some warmer temperatures around here, so the first bike ride of the year should be any time now. Oh, and we have coffee. Never forget the coffee. In fact, help... Read more →

The Story Always Continues

"Loss" was the theme of the day this past Friday, which is really no way to start the weekend. Mother's Day was coming up, and that automatically invokes thinking about my mom; I'm also still worried about the Clutter Tree. No final decision has been made about its removal, or at least nothing has been communicated to me, but I'm not really wired to expect a positive outcome; A friend had to say goodbye to her adored dog of 16 years on Friday. He was a character of a pooch, and she made him a constant presence on Facebook. We... Read more →

The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole respond to a distress call from a space station. 36 people have already died. Can they save the remaining four? It's a future where oxygen comes at a price! Observations: Confession: The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine makes it clear that there's an exciting three-part story, referred to as "the Monk trilogy," starting next week. I was somewhat mentally skipping ahead when I sat down to watch "Oxygen." Thankfully, writer Jamie Mathieson immediately refocused me. It's no surprise really. Mathieson wrote three terrific episodes before this one, ("Mummy on the Orient Express," "Flatline," and... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? It's business as usual here. Still haven't heard about the fate of the Clutter Tree, which feels a little mean at this point. Part of me wants to follow up again with the decision makers and demand an answer, but if the answer's not a good one, I'm not in any rush to hear that, so...we wait. BDH and Little Buddha are looking for the birds in the tree right now, but they still made all of you a fresh pot of coffee. Help yourself to a... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back. How are you? Still haven't heard a decision about the Clutter Tree, which is stressful. BDH and Little Buddha don't understand why anyone would want to cut it down if it's not hurting anyone, and I don't have an answer for that. The leaves are starting to fill in, and the view once again makes it feel more like Clutter Headquarters is located in the woods, and not in Boston. Anyway, we need to get a number of things done today, including going through the headlines, so let's get started. Help yourself to a nice medium... Read more →