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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 258: Colin D'Mello

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 258In this 258th episode, Mike chats with Colin about growing up in Kuwait, his years at 680 News and anchoring CTV News. This episode is exactly 1:51:12.

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18 Months Straight of Cycling 500+ KM

Yesterday, I surpassed 500 KM of biking for August. I currently sit at 508.97 KM for the month.

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That's 18 consecutive months of clearing 500 KM. The last time I fell short was February 2016 when I only managed to ride 482.65 KM. I'm blaming mother nature.

Since I started biking again after an inexplicable 15 year break, I've almost pedaled 30,000 KM. In fact, I should reach that milestone later this month. Here are my yearly totals since I got back on the saddle.

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Every KM I've ridden has been on a hybrid bike, without clipless pedals and biker shorts. During these 29,493 KM I've only had to bury one bike. If you have any questions about biking Toronto, ask away in the comments.

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Bryan Murray, Dead at 74

Bryan MurrayBryan Murray was 74. He won the Jack Adams award as NHL coach of the year in 1984 with the Washington Capitals and executive of the year as general manager of the Florida Panthers in 1993. He coached 1,239 regular-season games over his NHL career, compiling a record of 620 wins (10th most in NHL history), 465 losses, 131 ties and 23 overtime losses.

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Podcast Potpourri

It's the dog days of summer, so here's some podcast stuff for the curious.

Firstly, those who thought the folding Costco chairs podcast guests had to sit on should be upgraded will be happy to know that's happening today. Blue Sky Agency in Liberty Village has donated a couple of beauts and I'll be adding them to the podcast studio tonight. According to the schedule, Colin D'Mello from CTV will be the first to sit in them.

And I know they're great chairs because they weigh a ton!

This summer, I've started a new series of podcasts I call "Kick Out the Jams!". That exclamation mark is very, very important. Some love these episodes (as do I), but I've had some feedback that they miss the regular style episodes.

Admittedly, there have been a lot of KOTJ episodes lately, but this is primarily because it's tough to get a new guest to visit during these dog days of summer. Larry Fedoruk, Alex Pierson, Michael Hainsworth, Ziggy and Bob Mackowycz were regular episodes, and Colin D'Mello next week will be a deep dive, and come September there will be more of these. KOTJ episodes are just so damn fun, and a great way for a guest to return for a brief catch-up, so I'll be continuing those as well.

As always, in an effort to please everyone, I'll please nobody. :)

Here are some important podcast links I'd like you to be aware of.

If you experience any technical issues with the podcast, or would like me to make a change to the way I write the metadata or create the MP3, this is a great place to share.

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Glen Campbell, Dead at 81

Glen CampbellGlen Campbell was 81. He was the singer and guitarist best remembered for a string of country-inflected hits that ran from the mid-'60s to the late '80s: "Gentle on My Mind," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Southern Nights" and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" among them.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 257: Ivar Hamilton Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 257In this 257th episode, Mike and Ivar Hamilton play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:29:44.

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Don Baylor, Dead at 68

Don BaylorDon Baylor was 68. He won the 1979 American League MVP with the California Angels, playing for six teams over a 19-year MLB career. He later went on to manage the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.

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Halton County Radial Railway: TTC Time Machine

With the day off, we drove to Milton to visit the Halton County Radial Railway. It was like discovering a time machine.

Having just seen the Spoons this weekend, I was playing their video for Romantic Traffic and telling the kids about the old red subways. Little did I know I'd be inside one mere days later.

Here are some pics of the subways and streetcars on display.

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Here are some old ads that were still on display in the old subway cars and streetcars. These really took me back.

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