Summer Solstice Open Mike

Published by Toronto Mike on June 21, 2013 @ 08:55 in Open Mike

Open MikeIt's finally summer and I'm feeling good.

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Kevin
June 21, 2013 / 09:12

On this longest day of the year I wondered "what's the longest movie I've ever enjoyed?"

I don't yet know the answer, but I'm going to google this and get back to everyone.

Kevin
June 21, 2013 / 09:17

I'm back with an answer.

The longest movie I ever enjoyed was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King which ran for 201 minutes.

Toronto Mike
June 21, 2013 / 09:19

@Kevin

I can beat that.

I enjoyed Lawrence of Arabia (227 mins.)

Does anyone here have any experience driving the Inifiniti M37? What do you think of the Inifiniti M37?

Sam in Pickering
June 21, 2013 / 09:26

Mike, did you find the video yet?

Ryan G
June 21, 2013 / 09:28

Not sure if anyone remembers this (depends on your age I suppose), but this freaked me out as a kid.

On Sesame Street they'd run this bit where Ernie is locked in a tiny brick room and couldn't get the fuck out.

Yet, right above him was an EXIT sign you see above doorways in buildings and such.

"Jesus Chris Ernie!", my 8-year old self would yell. "The EXIT sign's right there!"

Ernie would dick around for a few minutes before he figured it out, pressing on every side of that brick room until he made the connection.

Later I realized this was just a lesson for kids, but I'd sometimes judge Ernie when he'd show up in other skits based on his ignorance in the brick room. I think I remember something where the shop-owner Mr. Hooper needed someone to mind the store since he had to go run some errands elsewhere on Sesame Street. I just remembr thinking "Oh don't put Ernie in charge of that shop, he'll fuck that up for sure"

dale
June 21, 2013 / 09:34

What is going on at TSN? Onrait & O'Toole & now Cybulski have left all for greener pastures in the last short while. Jay & Dan to Fox Sports & James for the competition Sportsnet.

Toronto Mike
June 21, 2013 / 09:36

@Ryan G

I was raised on Sesame Street, but I don't remember that segment. I can understand why you'd judge Ernie after that, though.

I was haunted by this segment where Cookie Monster couldn't get the train through because a blizzard had dumped a ton of snow. It seemed scary at the time.

Cookie Monster ended up eating the snow to save the day.

Corey
June 21, 2013 / 09:57

There was a lot of focus here about weddings (for obvious reasons) so this story is timely. I came across this in The Star:

LINK

The Coles Notes version: Casual acquaintances (i.e.: not related or close friends) of the happy couple are invited to the wedding. The leave a gift basket of edible goodies as their gift with a note, “Life is delicious — enjoy!”

The bride freaks out and sends an email to the couple later indicating that the gift is unacceptable, and state that weddings are to make money for the future, cash is the preferred gift, and that they lost $200 by providing dinner to the invitees.

Discuss.

Anon&on
June 21, 2013 / 10:20

Once Upon A Time In America, 229 mins.
Also one of films I've seen the most times, so I guess I've blown a couple days on that one.

4x4 Time
June 21, 2013 / 10:22

@Corey - Unbelieveable, for sure I would never talk to her again, and probably respond with an appropriate email telling her what she could do to herself...I have a somewhat similar predicament comming up in August. One of my band mate's daughter is getting married.I nor my other band mates really do not even know her that well at all but everyone in the band is invited. Her father told us that "She is expecting cash gifts"..Maybe it is because I am old school, but I just find this whole expectation thing wrong.

Andrew
June 21, 2013 / 10:26

Gotcha all beat.

Saw Gettysburg at the Eglinton Theatre when it was released because I was doing a minor in history and am fascinated by The Civil War.

It runs 366 minutes with a 20 minute intermission. I love this movie and Jeff Daniels is outstanding in his role of Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The man, some historians believe and I do too, saved the North from a strong flank manoeuvre from the South overe Big Top and Little Big Top. If the Maine regiment hadn't stopped that, the South could have come around and attacked from two positions. Fascinating stuff.

Anyway, it was a great night at the theatre - maybe not everyone's cup o tea, but I really enjoyed it and the Blu-Ray disc is spectacular.

Cheers,
Andrew

Al The Royal Pain
June 21, 2013 / 10:31

"Dude, Where's My Car?" is the longest movie I ever had to sit through.

Duane
June 21, 2013 / 10:31

Now that the Ford video scandal has essentially disappeared, does anyone find it strange that of three reporters that viewed the video, not one of them had the foresight to "secretly" record the audio?

Al The Royal Pain
June 21, 2013 / 10:31

At least, that's how it felt.

Douglas
June 21, 2013 / 10:55

I am laughing (loudly to myself - I'm at work) at the last three posts above, from Al (twice) and Duane.

@Mike - The Infiniti M series is, erm...interesting. A nice car overall, but brilliant design and execution combined with all-too-typical-Nissan corner cutting/cost saving. Handling is very good, but the ride is a touch too hard for the Toronto roads (and Hamilton, Durham Region). Great engine nicely matched with the transmission, comfortable seating for four (five in a pinch if at least one person in the back is shorter and/or thinner) and decent usable trunk space. Fuel consumption will depend completely on how heavy your right foot is. I am pretty sure I would like the control setup for the radio-satnav-HVAC with a bit more exposure, as they are tactile, not 100% touchscreen-based (see my rant from last Friday).

My two cents' worth from two days driving an M37.

Cheryl
June 21, 2013 / 11:00

Well, guess the days will gradually get shorter again. I have a bit of light perception. I can tell if it's light or if it's dark, that's it. Oh well, nice to have summer so I can play lots of tennis and baseball. Playing baseball is a whole lot better than listening to it.

Well, bruins in six. Let's hope they win tomorrow and Monday.

Icarus
June 21, 2013 / 11:14

It seems as though the longest day of the year should mark midsummer. There should be no difference between the day before and the day after in terms of seasonality.

Canadians can be confusing.

Ben Vidal
June 21, 2013 / 12:00

I saw world war Z yesterday. As far as Zombie movies go it was actually pretty good. In the end predictable, but pretty good. I also saw man of steel last weekend. The nerd in me loved it thoroughly and from the reaction of the audience they did too. The movie critic in me thinks it was a little disjointed. With that being said, much better than the last Superman movie. Also much better than the last two Superman movies Reeves did.

4X4 Time
June 21, 2013 / 12:22

I happened to be in a car three times this week driven by a Blues Jays fan who was listening to The Fan. I really found this baseball guy Dirk Hayhurst very much full of himself and he talked like only he really understood baseball in Toronto. I knew he was an ex player, but I looked him up. He only pitched 39.1 innings, had a 5.72 ERA, 0-2 record hardly the stuff to base a career on and be considered an expert. When Jack Morris talks, I 'll listen. Hayhurst talks, I'll switch stations.

Corey
June 21, 2013 / 12:27

@Ben -

I too saw Man of Steel last weekend. I had high expectations for this one, since it had a great cast, and Christopher Nolan's input (big fan of what he did with the Bat Man franchise). Man, was I let down. Maybe it's just time for me to admit to myself that I'm getting too old for this shit, but I literally could not wait to get out of the theatre. The brain melting overpowering music score left me feeling like I'd been beaten over the head with a baseball bat. The extended fight scene at the end, in which two invulnerable characters punch each other through buildings to no apparent damage (except to the buildings) seemed to stretch on for an hour. Incredibly tedious and stupid. If I wanted to watch explosions and nonstop fighting with no dialogue or plot, I would go to a Transformers flick. Don't people get bored of seeing this crap over and over again?

Fred Ennis
June 21, 2013 / 12:34

Has anyone else noticed that the Blue Jays are 13-6 since Brett Larwie got injured ?
Or,has anyone noticed that when Jose Reyes got hurt,had a cast on and was going to be out for 12 weeks he was still on the bench cheering his team on??
Or, did anyone notice that 2 days after number 13 got hurt he was sent to Florida for rehab? and has not been herd from since Hummmmmmmm
Are the Jays a better team without number 13?


I'mmmmmmmmmmm Fred Ennis

Dawn Keibals
June 21, 2013 / 12:48

@ Duane very interesting.A few years ago i was having a problem with my then neighbour.To make a long story short when he acted up again one time I just walked outside and laid my digital camera on my porch with video on .The video was not all that great but it sure caught all the audio.It came very handy when HE called the police on me.The police were very amused at what they seen & heard.
Remember,putting down your digital camera or cell phone and clicking REC can prove many things.

Toronto Mike
June 21, 2013 / 13:34

@Corey

We invited a guest + 3... so a family of four and they gave us a lovely card and nothing more.

Sure, I could whip out my calculator and tell you what that cost Monica and I, but I wasn't even mad. Maybe it was cultural? Maybe they're short on cash? Who knows... I was just glad they came and had a good time.

@Wayner

We had an open bar but everyone was pretty well behaved. We had to hire a security guard, but that guy didn't have to do a thing all night.

Sam in Scarb
June 21, 2013 / 14:11

According to CBC news "Hershey Canada fined $4M for chocolate price fixing".If anyone purchases a Hershey chocolate product again in Canada then they are quite simply an idiot!

Blind Dave
June 21, 2013 / 14:14

@Dawn Kiebals

I did the audio recording trick a few times when I was in retail hell, and an irate customer would start to go a bit too far. Given the cowardly nature of most retail management when protecting their employees, it saved my skin more than once. I was, of course, reprimanded for secretly recording audio, but my defense made it such that the matter went no further.

@4x4 Time

I have no issue with Hayhurst. He may not have been a star, but he paid his dues the hard way and he has earned his stripes. His beliefs are strong and he doesn't coddle the Jays. He calls it like he sees it. He has the knowledge to back it up, if not the skill.

@Cheryl

Great post! I can see the dot when the baseball is coming towards me, and if it's slow I can move my glove fast enough to catch it. Please tell me what you do to catch. I am very interested.

Toronto Mike
June 21, 2013 / 14:50

Is anyone reading this from Calgary?

I just got an email from a friend visiting there...

This will be at least 1 billion dollars damage dude.  The entire city core (which is huge like Toronto) is shut down.  No trains are running.  The Saddledome is flooded to the 13th row, Jumbotron destroyed. Think 13 rows at the Hanger. 

It sounds bad... stay safe, Calgary... and let us know you're okay.

Elba
June 21, 2013 / 14:55

Should Dean Blundell have been fired for what he said about the hockey player?

http://www.thestar.com/sports/2013/06/19/sports_media_shock_jock_insensitivity_new_low_for_radio.html

Toronto Mike
June 21, 2013 / 14:58

@Elba

Blundell's comments were tasteless, no doubt, but I don't think he should have been fired.

It's not like those comments were made by Matt on Metro Morning. Blundell's show is mildly offensive and you know that when you tune in. I'm surprised he went there following a young man's suicide, but I don't think he should be canned for it.

Al Coholic
June 21, 2013 / 15:11

@Elba surprised this is a story at all Any Edge 102.1 listener is stoned when they fall against the stereo at night and it turns off then in the morning they turn the stereo back on when they think they are putting the coffee maker on.Putting sentences together to complain is out of the question.

markosaar
June 21, 2013 / 15:23

@Dawn ... I have a GoPro recording all my bike commutes. On hindsight, I don't even think it would be that tough to justify the cost, given the relationship commuters in Toronto have with one another, but since we own one anyway -- may as well. It's not just road rage and collisions, I've had some mean-spirited run-ins with cyclist-hating police. The camera would come in handy if they were to actually fine me.

Nothing super-notable has been recorded yet, but I've been amusing myself with taking screenshots of jerks and publicly shaming them.

More from today --

Non-nonchalantly weaving out from parked cars the wrong way on the commercial (very fast) section of Adelaide:

Cyclists don't need no rules:

This was just annoying ... sure keep walking on the street and make me miss the light:

The wide-angle of the camera makes this look not as bad as it actually was, but this guy basically pulled out in front of me while I'm doing 40 KM/h.

There were some far more egregious examples, like a cyclist going the wrong way down Spadina and making a left-hand turn on a red light, or a van veering in front of me to get a car-length ahead, but they don't look like anything from stills.

The police stories, with the caveat that the vast majority of my experiences with officers have been pleasant and positive:

1. Got pulled over and threatened with a fine for going through a crosswalk ... like I could have done something about a lady with a baby carriage randomly started pushing it through as I already crossing it. Lights weren't flashing, lady was just standing there chatting with a friend, and then as I'm crossing started pushed the carriage into the street. Police were particularly nasty and insulting. I had to grovel to not be fined.

2. A cruiser was just sitting at a light for a couple of minutes. I could see it in the distance as I was approaching the intersection. I was making a left-hand turn with no other traffic crossing the intersection, and it was still just sitting there, across from me, to the right-hand side -- looking sort of like it might make a right when they started moving again. I started making my left-turn with the cruiser still idle, and THEN the vehicle suddenly starts crossing the intersection. The police make a crazy turn, follow me and start hollering at me about right-of-way through the window while we're in unsafe moving traffic. Really wish I had that one on camera.

Liz
June 21, 2013 / 15:25

@Elba

I echo Mike's sentiments - tasteless, yes; fired, no. It's what those blow hards do every day. What they talk about isn't right or wrong - it's either something that holds your interest or it doesn't. You listen or you tune into something else or fire up a podcast or two.

@Ryan G

Funny post, dude. Yes I laughed!

As for the wedding thing, if someone is invited to my wedding it's because I want them there. Full stop. I could give two shits about gifts, money etc. Do me the honour of having a great time and I'll be happy. When attending weddings, I always write a juicy cheque - particularly if they're on the young side and just starting out. Money is always in style, always fits and never needs to be taken back. EVERYONE is happy receiving a piece of paper with numbers written on it!

Pete
June 21, 2013 / 16:20

I think the generally accepted process is to gift at least the amount that it "probably" cost to attend the wedding, i.e. how much was dinner and drinks, write a cheque for that amount or more. If the bride has registered, there is nothing wrong with buying from the registry, besides, they picked it, they better damn well like it then. I think it's the attendees choice to go gift or cash.

@4x4 time, if you or your band mates don't want to go to the wedding, just send a gift (present or cash) when you don't attend, you can give less. You don;t have to give a reason either, just return the RSVP as "no" and follow up with an envelope or something from the registry.

Having said that my wife and I got married (in a Catholic church, not on the beach) in the Bahamas. We knew guests were going to be out of pocket just to get there and so we put it on the invitations that we did not want gifts. We were (and still are), older than most people get married for the first time, so we considered that as well. The bottom line was we only wanted their company, not their gifts. We also paid for a number of people that we knew would struggle or just plain not be able to attend.

Longest movie that I saw was probably Out of Africa, seemed like it was 12 or 13 hours and I will NEVER get that time back. Longest movie that I enjoyed, don't really know... According to wikipedia, I haven't seen any of their list of long films. I have seen all of the Harry Potter and Star Wars films that make up the multi-part films, so I guess it's HP.

Dean Blundell should be fired. Not necessarily for that incident, but I am sure there is enough justification to lose that dead wood. I honestly don't know anyone that listens to that morning show anymore.

@markosaar, love the GoPro, getting one for my next dive trip and will use it as a dash cam and handlebar cam when riding. Was recently hit by a TTC bus while driving, would have been fun to watch the jerk on video. Good thing was I had an excellent witness that saw the whole thing from the sidewalk. Insurance settled with TTC in 2 weeks flat.

#Bruinsoutin7

--Pete

Lived in Calgary
June 21, 2013 / 16:31

I picked a bad time to be in Calgary for some work & I am currently a few blocks from the evacuation zone.

- There are 24 communities evacuated, most along the river & in the city core. Some 75,000 people have been evacuated. People are asked to leave an X on the door if they are gone

- MacLeod Trail near the Stampede, Talisman & casino is under several feet of fast flowing water

- The Stampede Corral is flooded, water apparently up to the 13th row. The electronics are destroyed. In fact most of the Stampede Grounds (as large as the Ex) are under water.

- Much of the east side of the Downtown Calgary is under water, sometimes more than waist deep. Chinatown is completely flooded, so is Victoria Park. Areas in the Mission are also underwater including my former condo.

- Canmore, a small mountain town, about 90 kms away is wiped out. The Trans Canada is washed away & anyone anywhere near Cougar Creek has lost their house or the homes will be so unsound they'll need to be destroyed.

- Media is reporting the major highway (Calgary's 401) the Deerfoot Trail may have a part of it washed away.

- Hundreds of Edmonton police and CFB Edmonton military staff are here to help & keep things under control.

- There will be BILLIONS of dollars of damage from this. Banff is reporting 250 mm of rain since Wednesday. It all flows downstream.

Here is a link to some of the photos of what's going on around here.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/21/flooding-under-control-for-now-second-surge-feared-as-calgary-becomes-watery-ghost-town/

Pete
June 21, 2013 / 17:11

@Lived in Calgary,

Wow, I was emailing a client in Calgary this morning, she indicated that they were working from home as there was some flooding, but I think she under sold that.

From those pictures that's some serious damage.

Best to everyone in Cow-town, stay safe and dry.

--Pete

markosaar
June 21, 2013 / 17:24

@Pete, yeah we only ever bought one because of my girlfriend's diving. She was kind of disappointed with the footage, but having not been there myself, I think it's awesome.

@Calgary, yikes. Some dear family friends live in Canmore. I assume they're alright, but their property presumably isn't.

On the slight chance anyone cares, here's what my ride home looks like from a GoPro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9_LzpUOWc0

(Turn the sound down/off ... my bicycle is very squeaky.)

Starts at South Kingsway and Ormskirk

1:00-16:00 Martin Goodman Trail
(16:00-18:00 is waiting for a long ass light)
26:30- approaching downtown

Also there are two small sections where it APPEARS like I'm riding on a sidewalk. I swear to Hitchens I'm not ... just coasting, hanging off the side of my bike, prepared to stop the moment there's any need to.

Toronto Mike
June 21, 2013 / 17:30

@markosaar

Nice footage! I love the Martin Goodman Trail.

Liz
June 21, 2013 / 17:52

@Pete

You sound like a good guy.

As for the Blundell show, seems that boys graduating from high school/entering university listen. At least that's been my personal experience. Farts and dick jokes seem to amuse them - along with the badgering some guy called Adrian seems to be a sucker for - and The Edge plays some of the music they're interested in. I often overhear what Dean and the other geniuses are carrying on about - I roll my eyes and get on with life. This too shall pass.

But I have to say these kids are WAY more into the Jay and Dan podcasts - they can recite them syllable by syllable.

@Toronto Mike

Your Monica is gorgeous! And, I hear she's talented inside the kitchen and out :) You're a lucky man (and I have no shame :)

Elba
June 21, 2013 / 19:23

@Liz. Who are Jay and Dan? Onrait and O'Toole?

Liz
June 21, 2013 / 19:28

@Elba

Yep! That's them. Or, in their vernacular, 'Toolsey and Alright.' The latest favourite is the telling of drinks in LA with their agent. Heard it on the way to Trent with my son last Saturday. It was pretty funny.

dale
June 21, 2013 / 20:00

@ Elba

Jay Onrait & Dan O'Toole, fixtures on TSN for many years.
James Cybulski another veteran gone to rival Sportsnet after many years also.

Live in Calgary
June 21, 2013 / 20:25

Entire city core from 9th ave to the Bow River & from Elbow River over to 14th Street SW is on mandatory evacuation. This is an area that houses the offices of 250,000 people. I'm very close to that area in my short term rental. It's dead quiet. Many of the neighborhoods in on the east side of downtown are underwater.

If you've been to Calgary you might have gone to the Zoo. It's underwater. Princes Island Park, the home to most Calgary festivals is completely underwater. Many of the most wealthy areas in the city like Kensington, Roxboro, etc are underwater. These homes are 100 years old & worth millions of dollars.

This is a catastrophe. The damages will be in the billions. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people will have damaged or entirely destroyed houses. The notice to evacuate for many came when they were at work and with limited notice because of the sudden swell of the 2 rivers.

Hwy 1 is washed out. Hwy 3 through BC is rumoured to be closing. There is no way to Vancouver without a very long drive (2+ days). And the elevators in this complex are now turned off.

I have to say one thing. I've been reading the comments in some newspapers, notably the Sun. They are a sea of STUPID political comments & negativity. STFU. People are sitting on rooftops waiting for choppers or swimming in raging rivers to safety and you debate politics. Un fucking believable.

Live in Calgary
June 21, 2013 / 20:38

A video of Canmore, a quiet mountain town just west of Calgary. The sea of brown water was once a creek.

Ben Vidal
June 21, 2013 / 21:09

don't know if anybody caught john tory yesterday speaking with john moore yesterday about the trudeau piece, if you didn't you should check out the article John moore wrote. and listen to podcast if available.

http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/3479286/
also a great article that was in the national post and on hhuffington

Ben Vidal
June 21, 2013 / 21:13

@live in Calgary. don't worry out east we are thinking about you. my company started raising money yesterday for Calgary. I can't imagine what you all are going through. I hope things recede very quickly and the city can soldier on and rebuild. if nothing else Albertans are a hardy people and you folks will come back stronger

Patrick
June 21, 2013 / 21:17

@Fred Ennis. Nice observation. Jays have been more fun to watch and maybe it is the absence of sideshow distractions.

Rick C in Oakville
June 21, 2013 / 21:41

I was working in Calgary, Lethbridge etc. the last 2 weeks and stayed in Canmore last weekend and hiked just east of Canmore on the Heart Lake trail. Weather was perfect. Then drove from Banff to Jasper to Edmonton Awesome!. Left Wednesday night and the forecast was calling for 100mm of rain, followed by another day of 100mm of rain! got out just in time!
Friends live in High River and he has been out sandbagging the last couple of days. Fortunately they live near the Highway. This is becoming too common. I was in Medicine Hat in June 2 or 3 years ago and it started to flood also. Either drought or flooding seems to be in the June forecast for Southern Alberta.

Derrick
June 21, 2013 / 21:41

Muni Kawasaki!!!!

Rick C in Oakville
June 21, 2013 / 21:46

Meant to add that of all the provinces i visit, Alberta is my top choice for scenery and just feeling relaxed. The wide open spaces, mountains and the general optimism I sense when out there is very reassuring. Other parts I travel too just aren't as optimistic as Albertans seem to be. Just my opinion.

Rick C in Oakville
June 21, 2013 / 21:49

Hope this posts, pictures I took while travelling to Jasper. You need to see the Rockies once in your lifetime.
https://www.facebook.com/rick.cameron.1694?hc_location=timeline

Matt
June 21, 2013 / 22:58

So my insurance was up for renewal and lo and behold it had gone up 300$. That was my reward for yet another year of clean driving.

It blows my mind that insurance companies can get away with blatant discrimination.

I get screwed for rates because I'm a young (turning 24 in a couple of weeks) I'm male and I live in Brampton.

I've been driving for 5/6 years now and have never had so much as a parking ticket yet because of the reasons listed above, I get screwed over.

My favourite part is that in a little over 12 months when I turn 25 it'll drop big time. The only difference is that I will have another year of driving under my belt.

I realize that some drivers my age are jackasses, but after 5/6 years with a clean driving record I feel like I should get some sort of break.

Corey
June 22, 2013 / 06:34

@Matt - sorry to say you're going to have to get used to it. I've been driving for over 25 years with a clean record and a couple years ago RBC decided my rates needed to go up $300/year for no reason other than my postal code. I switched companies. My advice to you is always shop around when it comes to insurance.

Rick C in Oakville
June 22, 2013 / 08:18

@Matt. My son is the same age and has the same issue. He did save some by shopping around. The cynic in me believes we will see rate increases just in front of the so called Liberal/NDP 15% decrease in insurance rates.

Cheryl
June 22, 2013 / 08:40

that Calgary stuff sounds bad, really bad. Luckily I'm not there.

As for baseball, I put my glove on. My trainer throws the ball and I catch it in my glove. I take it out of my glove and throw it back to him. Playing baseball is a lot better than watching it. The diamondbacks are in first place though. That's good. I hope they stay there.

As for Dean blundell, I never listened to him and I don't want to. Most morning shows are bad anyway. The only exception was Pete Griffin. He made a morning show really good. Too bad he's gone. I was sad when he left CHUM FM. One day he was there and then the next day he was gone.

Well, Bruins in six. They will win in six.

Douglas
June 22, 2013 / 10:22

@Sam in Scarborough - and everybody else who buys chocolate

Hershey Canada are being fined $4,000,000, yes - but they are the ones who blew the whistle on Nestlé, Cadbury, Mars et al on the price fixing. Hershey Canada cooperated and gave evidence to the federal Consumer and Corporate Affairs team that conducted the investigation. Any chocolate producer in Canada that participated in the despicable act of price-fixing is guilty, but let's not pick on Hershey, who appear to have been the better of a bad lot.

Douglas
June 22, 2013 / 10:39

I'm not into bandwagon jumping, on or off, for any team, but it certainly is a pleasure to see the Blue Jays playing well and winning. They once again got off to a good start early in the game Friday night, but kept on battling back to win on Rajai Davis' single in the bottom of the ninth.

I am a Munenori Kawasaki fan, though. One cannot help but love his enthusiasm for the game and team, and at age 32. That's the best that I can do with words; those ones just don't do him justice. I hope someone kept the ball from him hitting his first-ever professional home run. I loved Mark Buehrle's "push" on the game. VIdeo clip of the home run and celebration: http://wapc.mlb.com/tor/play/?content_id=28228735&topic_id=8877962&c_id=tor I don't envy John Gibbons' decision to make with respect to Kawasaki.

Gump
June 22, 2013 / 11:26

Wow.
I just watched some videos from the Alberta flooding. Incredible. I urge everyone to take a look. Definitely a disaster.

Argie
June 22, 2013 / 12:20

I think I'm the only one outside of Miami who wanted the heat to win the Championship. I don't necessarily like the Heat but Lebron is freaking awesome.

I know its sacrilege to say he's better than MJ but he is. I also know 2 rings are much less than 6 but give him a few more years and he'll be there.

No player in the history of the NBA is able to do what he does - that's essentially play any of the five positions on the floor. Not only that, he can play them all extremely well.

Cliché Man
June 22, 2013 / 13:52

Lebron is THE MAN.

But is he Jordan?

Only time will tell.

He's definitely the greatest player in the game today.

markosaar
June 23, 2013 / 00:51

Yay. First serious road rage incident ... but I was on Bixi so no GoPro footage.

Left a late Distillery District event, and opted to take Church north instead of Sherbourne for ... safety.

We were turning left onto Dundas, and the car behind my girlfriend and me freaked the hell out. A couple of drunk blonde bitches started hurling abuse from the back seat and the male driver started laying on the horn. We both shouted back and I gave the finger ... and they made a crazy turn and actually followed us.

My adrenaline was running and I got a look at the driver, deciding I could easily take him if it came to a physical confrontation, so I kept my finger up. I probably should have considered the consequences if he'd decided to use his car on me. They finally turned away one block from home fortunately.

My only regret is I didn't try to take a picture with my phone.

Fred Ennis
June 23, 2013 / 03:12

The Blue Jays are now 15-6 since Brett Lawrie has been tanning in Florida in the witness protection program. A coincidence OR a statistic that simply can't be ignored.

Cheryl
June 23, 2013 / 08:04

The game sucked last night. The Bruins lost so now looks like it will go to a game seven with two games left. The Bruins are still going to win the cup. I know I said I love hockey, but I'm tired of games starting 20 minutes later than they're scheduled to and wish they would start earlier anyway like 7:00 instead of 8:00.

Well, Calgary is a disaster, that's for sure. That's going to take a long time to repair.

My Diamondbacks are in first place. I can always look at the sbandings. Diamondbacks will win the World Series. There you have it. I love Arizona so that's my favourite team if anyone asks.

Lorne
June 23, 2013 / 13:08

@Mike: What blogging software do you use for this site? Is it Wordpress? If so, what comment/anit-spam settings / plug-ins do you use?

I'm setting up a blog, and I really like how you have your comment system set up. I'd like to steal it... I mean, emulate it. =)

(Feel free to reply via my email on file if you don't want to post details in public).

Thanks!

dave
June 23, 2013 / 13:24

The last three starting pitchers for the Bluejays..Dickey, Wang and Johnson...I think Penis starts on Monday.....

Jason from Sudbury
June 23, 2013 / 13:56

Go Hawks!

markosaar
June 23, 2013 / 14:00

@Lorne, he's using Movable Type.

I dislike that there's no notification for comments.

Matt
June 23, 2013 / 14:46

I hate hashtags but I'll make an exception here.

#Lovethisteam

Enjoy your weekend folks.

Blind Dave
June 23, 2013 / 15:56

Leafs acquire Bernier for Scrivens and Frattin.

Could be an interesting training camp and first ten games of the regular season.

Cheryl
June 23, 2013 / 18:23

Well, the Bruins are going to win because they'll win it in seven games now. It will be a Habs and Coyotes final next year with the Habs winning. No playoffs for the Leafs.

Patrick
June 23, 2013 / 20:03

My summer goal is to be comment 69. The Wyld Stallyns ROCK.

Ben Vidal
June 24, 2013 / 09:28

Another season of mad men has come and gone. Thankfully no one really cares about that overrated show. I had more fun watching new grass grow then any episode I've ever seen of mad men.

Toronto Mike
June 24, 2013 / 09:34

@Ben Vidal

I'm glad you brought up Mad Men.

I love the series, and thought the sixth season finale last night was absolutely brilliant.

I love how one man's trash can be another man's treasure.

Mississauga Phil
June 24, 2013 / 12:46

@Cheryl - Really...Habs and Coyotes...whats the basis of that theory other than the fact that they are your two favorite teams??

Duane
June 24, 2013 / 13:09

Why do some people insist on picking on Cheryl? She seems like a good spirit. It seems she gets bullied alot.

Mississauga Phil
June 24, 2013 / 13:51

@ Duane - We had a whole post on this last week. I'm not picking on Cheryl here. But you have to understand, any post, whether it involves hockey or not, invariably comes back to the following with her:

She doesn't like the leafs
She does like the Habs and Coyotes
Baseball is boring
John Mellencamp and Bob Segar are the best musicians ever

As such, pretty much every post (especially during hockey season) ends with the habs and coyotes will play for the cup, and the Leafs will loose.

After 3 years of this, yes, I would like to know the basis of this theory.

I'd also like to know what qualifies Smitherman to be mayor, other than the fact that he was nice to Cheryl that one time she met him.

markosaar
June 24, 2013 / 14:00

Phil, we all know that. You're not making any point nor accomplishing anything. Probably best to just drop it.

Duane
June 24, 2013 / 14:24

You obviously have never been bullied. As a victim I know blatent bullying when I see it. I did not see the previous weeks post on this topic, but how do think you make this woman feel when you pick on her opinion? The only thing you accomplished in your post was to strike at an innocent being. You must be proud.

Ben Vidal
June 24, 2013 / 14:40

Duane, off your high horse please and please drop the "as a victim I know..." This isn't facebook, nor did people go seeking Cheryl out. She posts as she posts, often times quite aloof of the world around her. Nobody is sending her emails or seeking her out.

I never comment on what Cheryl has to write, because it's the same drivel all the time and none of it interests me. I do watch what she writes and what she doesn't write and people here are free to come and go as they please. Or comment on what someone else has said. Yes there are condescending remarks or sarcastic responses, but that's life.

I don't see eye to eye with Phil all the time, but I don't think what he said was bullying towards Cheryl nor what most people have said.

Mississauga Phil
June 24, 2013 / 14:40

@ Duane - I had a whole diatribe to you written on my screen, and I decided "fuck it" and hit delete.

I am not bullying anyone, when it got brought to light how much people DISAGREEING with her upset Cheryl, I was the first to apologize, so You have no idea what you're talking about.

Please explain how asking Cheryl what her basis for the belief that the cup final next year being 2 teams that probably won't even make the playoffs is bullying??

Since you didn't read the previous weeks post, maybe you should before commenting on things you have no idea on.

Mississauga Phil
June 24, 2013 / 14:42

Thanks Ben

Duane
June 24, 2013 / 14:57

You had to delete a long diatribe that you wriiten as a rebuttal? Did you delete it because it was another form of bullying this time to me?
I was not taking a pot shot at you personally, I was merely pointing out that words may not seem abusive when they are stated intentionally, but the impact on the receiver can be viewed in a different way than the delivery was intended.

Corey
June 24, 2013 / 17:20

Rob Ford attended his first flag raising ceremony for Pride Week.

Of course he was met with the jeers of those open-minded, embracing individuals for whom no gesture will ever be good enough.

http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/posted-toronto/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/24/rob-ford-attends-first-pride-flag-raising-as-mayor-to-surprise-cheers-and-some-jeers

markosaar
June 24, 2013 / 18:11

From your own link...

"Mayor Ford’s reading of the proclamation drew applause, boos and some people who told those who were jeering to be quiet."

...seems like a diverse range of opinions!

Duane
June 24, 2013 / 18:24

It seems that even amongst the LBGT community there is some Ford support. Hopefully enough open minded people to help get him re-elected.

Liz
June 24, 2013 / 19:33

Okay, as the MBA a-holes say, "Let's unpack this."

@Duane

Be clear, very clear, that @Mississauga Phil is not a bully - the farthest from it. When he thought he might have hurt Cheryl's feelings, he fell over himself apologizing. So don't ever go there. You're not up to speed on things.

Bullying? Give me a fucking break, pal. You must be super-sensitive and all Barbara Hall-ish.

Re-read what @Ben Vidal had to say. I'd say this guy is sensible and has been around these parts long enough to have earned an opinion - an opinion that I respect, actually.

Climb down from your high horse. And take that stick out of your ass while you're at it. And don't waste your time telling me that I am bullying you. I'm just calling you on your bullshit.

It's been said that Cheryl is not entirely self-aware. Well, this is the big bad world and being the funsters we are, the repetition can start to enter water boarding territory. Some of us get uber immature and act like assholes, which we own up to.

Mike Boon is a far nicer guy than most - and he has a good heart. So he asked nicely for those of us who are shits to try and behave ourselves. I think we've done that, to date anyway. You know, Mike's all in love with a super talented woman (by his admission :) who is now his wife so of course he wants everybody holding hands in a trust circle :)

That bullying phrase aggravates me to no end - obvioulsy.

So are we all unpacked now?

Cheryl
June 24, 2013 / 19:48

I want the Habs and Coyotes in the final next year. How do you know they won't make it. Next year they will. I hate the Leafs and always have hated them.

Anyway, Bruins win tonight and Wednesday.

Liz
June 24, 2013 / 19:49

Grrr...obviously, not obvioulsy.

That bullying phrase sends me to the moon in 10 seconds flat - so for shits and giggles I thought I'd just quickly scan this Open Mike for posts by a certain regular. Yep, waterboarding territory. After all this time, it can drive you to distraction. I totally understand what @Mississauga Phil was asking - and what he was trying to get at. And who the fuck are you, Duane, to show up throwing the bullying bullshit around? Get a fucking clue.

Liz
June 24, 2013 / 19:50

And the great pontificator is at it again - CASE IN FUCKING POINT.

james
June 24, 2013 / 19:51

@Liz
A thousand times freaking thank you. Were you local, there'd be a shot or three of vodka with your name on 'em.

@Duane
You have just summarized the victim mentality that gives us today's more ridiculous bullying laws. If I say X and you hear Y, the problem is not with me. Especially if a room (Or comment section?) full of people also hear X. Phil was joking. Cheryl mistranslated. Phil explained he was joking. Soap opera over. You coming in here and playing the hero, were I to take a view not entirely too dissimilar to your own, is doing more damage to Cheryl than any of Phil's jokes. How dare you presume to speak for Cheryl, particularly when she has at a minimum demonstrated the ability, in what passes for her own way, to speak for herself. Talk about undermining the disabled. See? Easy. Now back off already.

markosaar
June 24, 2013 / 23:11

Sorry Cheryl ... always next year, right?

Cheryl
June 25, 2013 / 06:31

I don't want to talk about the game last night. It sucked. Oh well, no more sports until October. I was wrong. The game went the other way.


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