Daily Photo: Surf's Up
Published by Toronto Mike on September 21, 2014 @ 12:59 in Toronto Photo Blog

Daily Photo: Windy CityA beautiful windy weekend by the lake.

Surf's up, Toronto

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 91
Published by Toronto Mike on September 19, 2014 @ 10:41 in Podcasting, Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 91In this 91st episode, Mike and Elvis talk about Scotland's referendum, Rob Ford's cancer, the Jays collapse, social media disses and lots of Toronto radio and television changes. This episode is exactly 1:18:07.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on September 19, 2014 @ 08:08 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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George Kottaras Becomes 20th Canadian Blue Jay
Published by Toronto Mike on September 18, 2014 @ 10:20 in Toronto Blue Jays

George KottarasWhen George Kottaras got into last night's game in the bottom of the 7th, he became the 20th Canadian Blue Jay. Here's the updated list:

  • Dave McKay
  • Paul Hodgson
  • Rob Ducey
  • Denis Boucher
  • Vince Horsman
  • Rob Butler
  • Paul Spoljaric
  • Paul Quantrill
  • Rich Butler
  • Steve Sinclair
  • Simon Pond
  • Corey Koskie
  • Matt Stairs
  • Scott Richmond
  • Shawn Hill
  • Adam Loewen
  • Mark Teahen
  • Brett Lawrie
  • Dalton Pompey
  • George Kottaras

George Kottaras was born in Toronto and attended high school in Markham.

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Terry Cashman's "Talkin' Baseball (10 Years with the Jays)"
Published by Toronto Mike on September 17, 2014 @ 18:42 in Blue Jays Songs, Toronto Blue Jays

Terry Cashman's Last night, I watched the Baltimore Orioles clinch the AL East division with a win against my Blue Jays. That got me thinking back to better days when we clinched the division. Specifically, '85, '89, '91, '92 and '93.

In 1986, the Blue Jays celebrated their tenth anniversary. To commemorate the event, Terry Cashman of "Talkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey & The Duke)" fame made a Blue Jays version of the song. It's fun to hear the old names again.

As awesome as this is, Terry Cashman would outdo himself again with "Talkin' Softball", his song for Homer at the Bat in season three.

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Why I Hope My Kids Won't Smoke Pot
Published by Toronto Mike on September 17, 2014 @ 10:12 in Fatherhood, My 2 Cents

Why I Hope My Kids Won't Smoke PotI think I'm pretty liberal when it comes to marijuana. People very close to me use it regularly and I hold no judgements. I firmly believe it should be decriminalized, maybe even legalized. But I've chosen not to partake, and I hope my kids make the same choice.

It's not just the negative effect smoking pot has on the lungs, marijuana deposits four times as much tar into the lungs as tobacco, but that's worth noting here. It's what I've seen pot do to the creative mind. Marijuana, in my observation, is quite the dream killer.

This site you're reading right now is the result of some boredom experienced in the late 90s. The web piqued my curiosity and I wanted to learn how to write HTML. Months of trial and error later, I was writing fluently by hand I started this site as a sandbox of sorts. This is where I tried new things.

Throughout my life, when I felt that itch, I'd start projects. In addition to this blog, there's the podcast, an attempt to run a marathon, a ridiculous amount of archiving and various home and personal challenges. These projects come from a place of boredom and curiosity, and I've seen this space that sparks creativity and progression dissipate by the use of pot.

I don't want my kids' downtime and bored times "cured" by using pot. I want them to shake it up, experient, create, and better themselves and their lives when they have that feeling. My oldest is almost a teenager, and I know it's only a matter of time before a friend offers him some weed. My hope is he'll realize he doesn't need it.

Because he doesn't.

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Tuesday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on September 16, 2014 @ 08:25 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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The Return of Surge, the Citrus Soft Drink I Never Knew Existed
Published by Toronto Mike on September 15, 2014 @ 16:57 in Miscellaneous

The Return of Surge, the Citrus Soft Drink I've Never Heard OfCoca-Cola brought back Surge today. Surge was produced by The Coca-Cola Company to compete with Pepsi's Mountain Dew during the nineties, but I had no idea this soft drink existed before today.

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It's quite possible Surge was never sold in Canada, or perhaps I just missed it and its 37.2 grams of sugar per can.

Do you remember Surge? Are you glad it's making a comeback?

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Thanks for Your Support!
Published by Toronto Mike on September 15, 2014 @ 10:13 in Terry Fox | Terry Fox Run

terryfoxYesterday, I participated in the Terry Fox Run. I'd say I ran it, but that would be a lie. I walked it.

I hit you all up pretty hard for The Ride to Conquer Cancer, so you're excused for not pledging my Terry Fox Run this year. In fact, my expectations were pretty low, and you blew them away.

We raised $260 and I really appreciate your support. Here are my 2014 Terry Fox Run pledgers.

  • J
  • Teena in Toronto
  • Blind Dave
  • Cheryl
  • Douglas M.
  • Jason from Sudbury
  • Rick C in Oakville
  • Liz
  • Erin Davis
  • Broni
  • Faunie H.

Terry Fox Run

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Ethnic Honey Costs More
Published by Toronto Mike on September 14, 2014 @ 18:06 in Miscellaneous

At my local No Frills, they sell two different bottles of Billy Bee liquid honey. These 1kg containers are almost identical, containing the very same honey with only one exception. One is in English and French while the other is in English, French and Chinese.

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On this day, the honey with Chinese characters on the label will cost you $2.11 more. Go figure.

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