My 5 Favourite Quotes About Cycling
Published by Toronto Mike on July 28, 2014 @ 17:37 in Biking in Toronto

John F. Kennedy

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."

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Ernest Hemingway

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best."

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Albert Einstein

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."

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Arthur Conan Doyle

"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking."

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H.G. Wells

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race."

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54-40 Live in Southwest Toronto for Free
Published by Toronto Mike on July 28, 2014 @ 11:33 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus

54-40 Live in Southwest Toronto for FreeI like 54-40. They had a string of hits I dug, including "Baby Ran", "I Go Blind", "One Gun", "Miss You", "Nice to Luv You", "She La", "Radio Luv Song", "Assoholic", "Ocean Pearl", "Love You All", "Lies to Me" and "Since When". Rather prolific, weren't they?

They're playing a free show this coming Sunday at 9pm at Colonel Sam Smith Park. If you don't know Colonel Sam Smith Park, it's a great park in New Toronto.

This is all part of Lakeshore Mardi Gras so you also get lots of food, a midway and fun activities for kids. But I'll be going to see 54-40.

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How I Ended Up On Instagram
Published by Toronto Mike on July 28, 2014 @ 09:33 in Fatherhood

How I Ended Up On InstagramA couple of years ago, I wrote many words about why I never liked Instagram.

When Instagram came on the scene, I hated how people were intentionally and artificially processing their pictures to make them look old or Polaroided. In my opinion, the aged look of a photograph only has value when it's earned. In other words, a picture looking old is wonderful when it's an old picture, and the Polaroid-zation of a pic makes perfect sense when it was taken with a Polaroid camera, but forcing these effects is phony and ruins an otherwise nice picture. I never created an Instagram account.

About a month ago, I created an Instagram account. What changed?

My daughter, who turns 10 tomorrow, is on Instagram, and I couldn't see her posts without an account of my own. I wanted to see her posts, and now I can. I love seeing her pics and clicking that heart icon next to each one. I can't like them fast enough.

And that's how this Flickr Pro user ended up on Instagram.

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How Often Do You Shave?
Published by Toronto Mike on July 27, 2014 @ 09:38 in Miscellaneous

How Often Do You Shave?During a more corporate period of my life, I'd shave my face every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I've always hated having to shave my face.

For the past few years, I've fallen into a nice routine where I shave every five days or so. I actually feel more confident with a few days growth.

Gentlemen: how often do you shave your face?

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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on July 25, 2014 @ 08:58 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike

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Who Should I Interview on Toronto Mike'd?
Published by Toronto Mike on July 24, 2014 @ 10:19 in Podcasting

Who Should I Interview on Toronto Mike'd?I've been podcasting since August 2012 and have 85 episodes in the can. Until this year, episodes were me and my friend Rosie shooting the shit about current events and happenings in our lives. That was a lot of fun, but then Rosie got a job a million kilometres away.

In 2014 I started doing two types of episodes:

  1. One-on-one interviews with public figures I was interested in
  2. Fun chats about current events and pot pourri with my buddy Elvis

Although there were one-on-one chats with Humble and Fred in 2013, having a famous person join me in my studio is primarily a 2014 thing. So far this year I've spoken with Jonathan Torrens, Todd Shapiro, Alan Cross, Jason Agnew, Jeremy Taggart, Greg Brady, Bingo Bob, Barb DiGiulio, Jim Richards, David Marsden, Neil Morrison, Jeff Marek, Down Goes Brown, and Erin Davis. I've enjoyed each one of them.

I'd like to continue shooting the shit with my buddy Elvis, whenever he can drop by, but I'd like to have more interesting one-on-one convos with public figures of interest to me. Over the next couple of months I will be sitting down with George Stroumboulopoulos, Mark Hebscher, Jim Lang, Raymi the Minx and 88.1 PD Adam Thompson. But who else should I add to that list?

Let me know who I should ask, and bonus points if you know them personally or know someone who knows them and can help broker the deal. And no, I haven't heard back from Maestro yet, but I'm not giving up. If you know him, tell him to do my show!

And if you want to go back and hear these chats, they're all archived here.

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The Rogue BiWay
Published by Toronto Mike on July 22, 2014 @ 16:12 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus

The Rogue BiWayWhen I was a kid, there was a BiWay on Annette street just east of Jane. If a kid came to school wearing BiWay brand Champion's Choice clothing, the kids would let 'em have it. If you don't remember the BiWay, it was a discount department store chain that was shuttered for good back in 2001.

Although the BiWay doesn't exist anymore, there is one rogue BiWay that survives to this day. I snapped this picture yesterday on Lake Shore just west of Islington.

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At least this rogue BiWay added the word "Zone" in small type and changed the logo. A mere five years ago, this is how that Rogue BiWay on Lake Shore appeared.

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Tuesday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on July 22, 2014 @ 09:06 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike

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Free $100 Gift Card from MasterCard #PricelessToronto
Published by Toronto Mike on July 21, 2014 @ 09:01 in Win Free Stuff

Free $100 Gift Card from MasterCard #PricelessTorontoDid you know you can save money on fun Toronto stuff simply by using your MasterCard? For example, I recently learned that I can take the kids to Canada's Wonderland and save 38% off each ticket. I'm totally going to do that.

If you'd like to see more Toronto deals when you use your MasterCard, visit https://www.priceless.com/en-ca/toronto/play.html. If you'd like a free $100 MasterCard gift card, simply leave a comment letting me know your favourite GTA destination for fun. I'll randomly pick a winner on my daughter's birthday, July 29.

I actually have this card in my possession now, so I'll have to work it out with the winner how to pass this card over. Good luck to all!

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James Garner, Dead at 86
Published by Toronto Mike on July 20, 2014 @ 10:11 in Celebrity Deaths

James GarnerJames Garner was 86. His whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western Maverick led to a stellar career in TV and films such as The Rockford Files and his Oscar-nominated Murphy's Romance.

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