Creepy Discovery on Lake Ontario Beach

During my bike ride today, while the snow was falling, I decided to leave the beaten path for a photo op. When I see something I want to photograph, I now force myself to get off the bike and take the picture. I used to be more concerned with stupid stuff like split-times. Did I think I was training for the Olympics?

But back to my story. I stopped and rolled down to a remote part of the beach because I wanted to take a shot like this:

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And this:

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And this:

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But I found this, and it will forever haunt my dreams.

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WTF?

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Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur is retiring. The 42-year-old is joining the St. Louis Blues front office. It's bizarre he retired a St. Louis Blue. He played seven games with the Blues after 24 seasons with the New Jersey Devils.

I enjoyed Brodeur's entire career, and it was awesome. Unfortunately for him, he'll always be compared to Patrick Roy and when you're hanging with your buddy in a bar and he/she asks "If you could have any goalie play for your team in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals", the answer will never be Brodeur and will always be Roy.

A tip of the hat to Martin Brodeur and his amazing career. Here's his final tally:

  • 691 victories (NHL record)
  • 125 shutouts (NHL record)
  • 3 Stanley Cups
  • 2 Olympic gold medals

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Do You Want to Work at The Fan 590?

On the heels of hiring Dean Blundell as their new morning man, The Fan 590 is looking for a few more good men or women

Well, at least two. There are at least two job openings at The Fan 590 for on-air positions.

MORNING SPORTSCASTER

Job posting

Sportsnet 590 The FAN has a very rare full time opening and is seeking a Sportscaster for their Morning Show program. Reporting into the Program Director, the talented individual will play a strong role as part of a three-person sports talk show, plus deliver time-sensitive, entertaining sportscasts 3 times per hour.  If you Live, Eat and Breath everything sports, we want to meet you.

Dean Blundell & Co. already includes current morning show co-host Andrew Walker, but Rogers is looking for a third person to work with Blundell and Walker. If that's you, you should apply.

AFTERNOON CO-HOST

Job posting

Sportsnet 590 The FAN has a very rare and exciting full time opening and is seeking a Co-Host for their 1-4p afternoon show. Reporting into the Program Director, the talented individual will offer strong opinions on the world of sports and be an entertaining on-air and social media presence.  If you Live, Eat and Breath everything sports, we want to meet you.

Greg Brady has been moved from mornings to afternoons, and now they're looking for someone to co-host with him. I actually hope Andrew Walker applies for this job.

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Winter Ride in Toronto #biketo

I strapped on my GoPro for yesterday's bike ride. I wanted to show people how safe my route is, even when the trails are covered in snow.

I'll ride every day unless one of the following is true:

  1. It's colder than -20°C with the windchill
  2. Snow has been falling for a while and plows haven't got out yet

This winter, there have only been two or three days where one of the above was true. it's been a fantastic winter in Toronto for cycling.

When there is snow on the trails, I do precisely two things to reduce the chances of my ass hitting the pavement. I will:

  1. Reduce my speed to ~22km/h
  2. Widen all turns - a sharp turn on ice or snow is a sure-fire way to fall

Some think it must be awfully chilly out there. The fact is, when I layer up appropriately, only two parts of my body will get even a little cold:

  1. My toes
  2. My fingers

Here's yesterday's 20km ride along the Waterfront Trail in southwest Toronto and Mississauga.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 108: Raina from Indie88

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 107: Elliotte FriedmanIn this 108th episode, Mike chats with Indie88 personality Raina about her years at Edge 102 and CBC Radio and everything you wanted to know about Indie88 but were afraid to ask. This episode is exactly 1:10:47.

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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Tuesday Open Mike

Welcome 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 on Toronto Mike

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Do You Snore?

Several years ago, when my firstborn was a Beaver, we went on a father-son camping trip. We were sleeping in bunk beds in a rustic old cabin and the father in the bunk next to ours was snoring.

It was horrible. It was like trying to sleep next to someone operating a chainsaw all night. It might be the worst sleep of my life. I remember literally counting down the hours until I could escape the torture.

I've been assured by the two women I've shared a bed with the past twenty years that I'm a silent sleeper. I don't snore, but I know guys who do snore. So I'm curious....

Do you snore? How does your significant other cope with this? Have you tried anything to reduce the noise?

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Toller Cranston, Dead at 65

Toller CranstonToller Cranston was 65. He was the Canadian senior men’s figure skating champion from 1971 to 1976 winning the free-skate segment of the world championship four times and the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

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Best Songs for the Days of the Week

There are many great songs about Sunday. Think about it. In fact, there are many great songs entitled "Sunday Morning".

Vocativ studied 57 years of Billboard charts to see which days of the week get the most love from songwriters. As you'd likely guess, Sunday, Saturday, Monday and Friday are the big winners. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday get very little love.

Here are my favourite songs for each day of the week. We'll start with Sunday and work our way to Saturday.

Sunday

Sunday Morning - Velvet Underground

Monday

I Don’t Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats

Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday - The Rolling Stones

Wednesday

Waiting for Wednesday - Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

Thursday

Thursday's Child - David Bowie

Friday

Friday I’m in Love - The Cure

Saturday

Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting - Elton John

With apologies to No Doubt, U2, The Mamas & the Papas and New Order.

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Ernie Banks, Dead at 83

Ernie BanksErnie Banks was 83. He was the shortstop known simply as "Mr. Cub" after hitting 512 home runs over a 19-year career spent entirely in Chicago.

Playing double headers with my slo-pitch team, I'd often remark "let's play two" in honour of Ernie.

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