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Friday 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 on Toronto Mike

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Kathryn Humphreys Gone from CityNews (Updated)

Kathryn Humphreys Gone from CityNewsKathryn Humphreys joined Citytv in 1997 working on CityNews Weekend before moving over to CityNews Tonight. I've just learned she's no longer a part of CityNews.

When my son played tee-ball at High Park, I remember her covering a game as part of her popular Tee-Ball Tuesday coverage.

I always liked how Kathryn Humphreys talked up sports, never taking it too seriously. Here are my favourite tidbits about her as she leaves our airwaves after 17+ years:

  • She is married to Johnny Fay, a member of my favourite band, The Tragically Hip
  • Her father used to own the Oshawa Generals
  • Her replacement at CityNews is my friend's son's girlfriend who Jeff Marek and I talked about in episode 74 of Toronto Mike'd

Here's hoping Kathryn Humphreys returns to Toronto television.

Happy Update:

Kathryn Humphreys has welcomed twin boys. This might be the first time "family reasons" wasn't bullshit. Congrats, Kathryn.

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Girls vs. Boys

Girls vs. BoysMy son and daughter both love their new baby brother, but that's where the similarities end.

My daughter is a natural born nurturer. She wants to hold her little brother while singing to him and rocking him gently. Heck, she even enjoys changing his diapers. It's a joy to watch.

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Meanwhile, my son is never sure how to hold him and has no interest in singing to him or changing his diaper. Here he is with his baby brother slung over his shoulder as he watches the hockey game.

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Dementia: When Loved Ones Die Twice

Dementia: When Loved Ones Die TwiceI touched on this briefly during episode 78 of Toronto Mike'd, but after burying my grandmother yesterday, I'm in the mood to elaborate.

My grandmother died on Saturday, but I didn't shed a tear. After all, I had said my goodbyes years earlier.

In a sense, my grandmother died twice. First we lost her person, and this weekend we lost her body. My grandmother had dementia.

In her mid-80s, she completely lost her short-term memory. She'd literally call me, talk to me, and call back 5 minutes later as if she never called in the first place. This could result in dozens and dozens of calls in the span of an hour or two. At least when you spoke to her, she knew who you were and where she was.

About eight or nine years ago, her dementia advanced to a point where she didn't know who I was or where she was. She was in a long-term care facility, and my visits caused her such anxiety and distress I started going less often. At some point, I said my final goodbyes and mourned the loss of Grandma. Although her heart continued to beat, the woman we knew and loved was gone.

So yesterday, during the visitation, funeral and burial, I didn't feel sadness. I already experienced that emotion years ago when we lost her the first time.

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Maya Angelou, Dead at 86

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou was 86. She was the poet, author and civil rights activist best known for her autobiographical book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Here's her appearance on Q.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 78

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 78In this 78th episode, Mike and Elvis talk about Dean Blundell, cutting the cable cord, death, birth and Mad Men without spoilers. This episode is exactly 1:04:40.

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/.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

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Tuesday 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 on Toronto Mike

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Bike With Mike: Waterfront Trail

Bike With Mike: Waterfront TrailI went for a nice long ride along the Waterfront Trail, making my way to downtown Oakville before heading back.

Here's a taste of my journey on the Waterfront Trail in the west end, starting in Long Branch and ending at Port Credit.



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Daily Photo: Racoons

Daily Photo: RacoonsI pass these guys every day on my bike ride. This time, I decided to stop and take a photo.

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Knowlton Nash, Dead at 86

Knowlton NashKnowlton Nash was 86. He was a journalist, author, and former long-serving senior anchor of CBC Television's flagship news program, The National.

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Grandma, 1915-2014

bereavementMy grandmother passed away today. She was 98 years old.

We were quite close and I'm so sorry to see her go. She's left me with a ton of memories, but here's what I'll remember most.

Her Sense of Humour
My grandma was wicked funny. For as long as I can remember, every time I visited her she was armed with a good joke. In comedy, timing and delivery is everything, and she had perfect timing and an exquisite delivery. I'm going to miss her sharp Irish wit.

Her Acre of Fun
Until her health failed several years ago, my grandmother owned an acre of land in Gilford, Ontario. Several weekends each summer were spent there where we played football, baseball, flew kites, climbed trees and had as much fun as you can imagine. I'll always remember the BBQs, watching the train go by, trips to the candy store with grandma's money and hours and hours of fun with my siblings and cousins.

Her Love
Very few people in this world will love you unconditionally. My grandmother loved me unconditionally. I'll never forget her love: so strong, so constant, so mutual. I'm going to miss that the most.

Here she is with her beloved husband Louie in 1991.

Grandma and Grandpa

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Questions for Barb DiGiulio

Questions for Jason AgnewNext week, I'll be interviewing Barb DiGuilio on my podcast. Barb was on The Fan 590 from 1991 until late last year and might be best known for her role on Gord Stellick’s Big Show.

Me and Barb DiGiulio

I know what questions I'll be asking her, but I'd love to know what you would ask her. What questions would you like me to ask Barb DiGiulio?

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John All's 70-foot Fall

John All is an American climate scientist who fell into a 70-foot crevasse on Mount Himlung in the Himalayas. He broke his arm and five ribs, dislocated his shoulder, and captured most of it with his camera.

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With no room for error, it took him five hours to climb out.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 77

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 77In this 77th episode, Mike and Elvis shoot the shit and hilarity ensues. This episode is exactly 1:00:40.

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/.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

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Friday 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 on Toronto Mike

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Do You Shop at Target? Why?

Do You Shop at Target? Why?When Target opened in Canada, taking over former Zellers stores, I confessed I couldn't care less.

While at Cloverdale Mall for another matter, I did pop into the newly opened store to see what all the fuss was about. I remember a lot of empty shelves and being rather underwhelmed by the prices and selection. It really did feel like a Walmart that wasn't quite ready for primetime.

Lately I've been reading that Target Canada is bleeding money. It will likely become a case study in how you shouldn't launch in a new country. The Target Canada experience, apparently, doesn't measure up to the Target USA experience.

I have a simple question for the hive mind. Do you shop at Target in Canada? And if you do, why?

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A 60 km Bike Ride: Gradual Progression

A 60 km Bike Ride: Gradual ProgressionI went for a 60 km bike ride yesterday. Maybe you're snickering because you went for a 200 km ride this past weekend, but 60 km was an important milestone for me. It was the longest ride of my life.

You don't just hop on your bike one day and decide to ride 60 km. You start small and gradually and safely increase your distances. Last summer, for example, my typical ride was about 10.5 km. Here's what my August 2013 looked like.

August 2013

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By December 2013, my typical ride was only 3 km longer. Not a single ride that month hit 15 km. Note the time I had to stay off my bike due to the ice storm.

December 2013

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I tried to bike every week of this winter, but sometimes it was simply too cold or too dangerous. This was a rough winter for biking. This was my March 2014. By the end of the month, I was up to 22 km rides.

March 2014

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I had to take some time off for the birth of my son and while he was in Sick Kids hospital, but by the end of April 2014 I was regularly biking 30 km. My longest ride at the time was 36.63 km on the last day of the month.

April 2014

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And that brings us to yesterday's 60 km ride. With the 36 km ride on April 30 I planned to ride 40 km during the first week of May, 50 km in the second week and 60 km in this third week. That's exactly what I did.

May 2014

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Last summer, 13 km was a "long ride" for me. Today, 25 km feels like a "short ride". If you haven't been biking lately, get out there for a 5 km cruise. You don't start at 60 km, but with gradual and sensible increases, anyone can get there.

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Ride to Conquer Cancer Update: Almost There

Pledge My Ride to Conquer CancerThe big ride is less than three weeks away, and I'm feeling good about it all. I can now bike 50 km and barely feel it so I'll be ready for 220 km.

Thanks to these 74 amazing people, I've raised $4,640. I'd really like to hit $5,000 before I ride on June 7, so if you haven't yet pledged, please click here and join the list.

  1. Ellen M.
  2. Rick C in Oakville
  3. Mike Kic
  4. markosaar
  5. Speysidephil
  6. Dale
  7. Brian A.
  8. Doug
  9. Rick2
  10. Al The Royal Pain
  11. Christine H.
  12. Mike from Lowville
  13. Cheryl
  14. Il Duce
  15. Michael Muzzin
  16. Liz B.
  17. Blind Dave
  18. Alex Patino
  19. Mike Engell and Colleen
  20. Cousin Jen
  21. Aunt Maura
  22. Brother Ryan
  23. Jason from Sudbury
  24. Jamie
  25. Mom
  26. Zachary
  27. Faunie
  28. Douglas
  29. Steve M.
  30. Kevin W.
  31. Katherine R.
  32. Marie C.
  33. Erin Davis
  34. Matt W.
  35. Chad H.
  36. Nigel Trousershrapnel
  37. Brother Steve
  38. Philly-Bob
  39. Audrey
  40. TheSweaterTuck
  41. Cathy S.
  42. Tim
  43. Domenico
  44. Julie N.
  45. Helmut
  46. Daniel M.
  47. Claire H.
  48. Andrew
  49. Jackie S.
  50. Gwyn
  51. Mofo
  52. Nicki
  53. CJ
  54. 519 Rob
  55. Pete F.
  56. Glen S.
  57. Darren C.
  58. Niel W.
  59. Humble and Fred
  60. Mike P.
  61. Chris M.
  62. Adam T.
  63. Jeremey
  64. Teena in Toronto
  65. Rosie
  66. Daniel
  67. Stephanie
  68. Lorne
  69. Elvis
  70. Argie
  71. McNulty
  72. Boomer
  73. Michael Z.
  74. Patricia B
  75. Peter S.
  76. Steven M.
  77. Greg Brady
  78. Karim K.
  79. Stephen Y.

I've now got my jersey, my name plates, and my time chip. This is going to be something special.

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Tuesday 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 on Toronto Mike

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Door-to-Door Unsolicitation

Door-to-Door UnsolicitationSince I've moved into the new home, I've had plenty of unsolicited visitors.

Last week, a nice young gentleman was in the area aerating lawns. He offered me a great discount. I declined.

An even younger fellow wanted to see my Rogers bill to tell me how much I'd save with Bell Fibe. He had a special offer, apparently. When pressed for specifics, his prices were actually higher than I was paying now.

Usually my unsolicited visits are from people very interested in my furnace room. "It'll show up on your Enbridge bill", they tell me. They're hawking everything from a new energy efficient furnace to hot water heaters. Again, I decline them all.

I likely notice the unsolicited visitors more now than ever because I work at home and am around to answer the door. The fact is, they could be offering me lawn aeration, digital cable and a new furnace for free and I'd still decline. That's my rule. I'll always say no, no matter how compelling the deal.

When I'm in the market, don't call me... I'll call you.

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In Praise of Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker

In Praise of Ubiquitous Synergy SeekerLike many of you, I first heard Ubiquitious Synergy Seeker when 102.1 started playing the mess out of "Hollowpoint Sniper Hyperbole" about six years ago. I loved that single, caught them live a few times and scored myself a copy of Welding the C:/.

I loved every track on Welding the C:/. This Parkdale-based duo rocks a sound that totally appeals to my sensibilities. It's this unique rap / rock / folk / electronica hybrid I can't seem to get enough of.

Questamation was great. Approved was great. And now I'm enjoying their new album, Advanced Basics. You likely heard "This is the Best" a million times on 102.1 or "Yin Yang" on the radio and TSN's NHL playoff coverage. Here's the official video for the extremely catch "Yin Yang".

I don't care whether it's cool to like USS or why they're not a bigger deal, all I know is that when I need to get my heart pumping and my feet pedalling, nothing does the trick faster than throwing on a tune from these guys.

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Teemu Selanne

Teemu SelanneLast night, when the Anaheim Ducks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, Teemu Selanne's NHL career came to an end.

The 43-year-old finishes his NHL career with 684 goals and 1,457 points in the regular season and 44 goals and 88 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 and is one of the most decorated and productive players in the history of international hockey. Oh yeah, and he's a class act who was impossible to dislike.

Here he is mic'd during the handshakes last night.

Well done, Teemu.

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Friday 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 on Toronto Mike

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Libby's Zoodles Ad Uncovered

Over seven years ago, I wrote about that Zoodles ad. I've known the words by heart since 1980 and I've never forgotten.

FInally, thanks to Retrontario, I can see this old ad for Libby's Zoodles again. Here it is.

Related: I uncover the Alpha-Getti Gobbler ad.

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Do You Believe in an Afterlife?

Do You Believe in an Afterlife?Do you believe that after you die you'll continue on in an afterlife of some sorts, call it heaven or otherwise?

Please let me know in the comments.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 76: Greg Brady

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 76In this 76th episode, Mike and Elvis chat with Greg Brady, morning show host at The Fan 590. He talks about working in Detroit, working at AM640, his move to The Fan 590 and why it didn't work out with Jim Lang. This episode is exactly 1:25:20.

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/.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

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Working on the Radio - The 102.1 Band

Working on the Radio - The 102.1 BandNash the Slash passed away on the weekend. He played electric violin on The 102.1 Band's "Working on the Radio", a song by CFNY and about CFNY, written by Brad McNally and Jim Bird.

Here's "Working on the Radio" from 1979.

Download this MP3 here.

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Being a Leafs Fan is Tough, but Being a Penguins Fan is Tougher

Being a Leafs Fan is Tough, but Being a Penguins Fan is TougherI grew up a Leafs fan. I remain a Leafs fan. It's been tough.

We've never made the Stanley Cup final in my lifetime, and we've only made the playoffs once in the past decade, when we lost in the first round. There's not much hope for next season, either. But as tough as it is being a Leafs fan, being a Penguins fan is tougher. Allow me to explain...

Since the Penguins drafted Sidney Crosby first overall in 2005, I've rooted for them once my Leafs were eliminated. I just love how he plays the game, so I adopt the Pens as my team throughout the playoffs.

Don't get me wrong, the Penguins don't replace my Leafs, I just enjoy having a rooting interest. I believe Crosby is the greatest player today and I truly admire his work ethic and focus.

Rooting for the Penguins these past few years is tougher than rooting for the Leafs. Our Leafs have never had the best team, and certainly never had the best player. We've never been expected to win it all, so when we fall short, it stings, but it's not a big surprise. We typically finish exactly where we should finish.

The Penguins, on the other hand, are loaded. They don't just have Sidney Crosby, the greatest player on the planet, but they have Malkin, sometimes the second best player in the league, and Kunitz, Letang, Niskanen and Neal. That firepower makes them perennial favourites.

Despite that fact, they've done nothing but thoroughly disappoint since winning it all in 2009. Why they haven't upgraded Marc-Andre Fleury is beyond me. He waffles between being okay and junk, and dragging him out there every spring is a complete waste of Crosby's prime.

As a Leafs fan, I find solace in the fact we're just not very good. Penguins fans don't have that luxury, and that's a tough pill to swallow.

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Tuesday 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 on Toronto Mike

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The Apple Store

The Apple StoreI have a work-issued MacBook Pro I've been using since 2011. It's the machine I use when I need to do heavy lifting, and lately it's become rather sluggish.

I'm not an Apple guy, so I didn't really know the process. Silly little me hopped on his bike during lunch on Friday and pedalled with his MacBook Pro to the Apple Store at Sherway Gardens to talk to someone there about buying more RAM to improve performance. Apparently, you can't do that.

I was nicely told I had to make an appointment before I could talk to an Apple rep about buying more RAM. This is the Apple way.

I made an appointment for today, and biked back to Sherway Gardens to learn if I could salvage this MacBook Pro. They ran diagnostics and everything came back A-OK. Here's photographic evidence my hard drive passed the test.

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So now I've been asked to see if the performance is better. I'm not sure they did anything, so I don't know why I'd see an improvement, but I biked home agreeing to come back if things are still shitty.

Of course, I have to make an appointment first. The appointment is mandatory.

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Nash the Slash, Dead at 66

Nash the SlashNash the Slash was 66. He was the Toronto experimental musician born Jeff Plewman, whose projects included the progressive rock band FM.

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Photo by Phil Taylor

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Prepd Ingredient and Recipe Delivery: Give it a Try for Free

There's a new service called Prepd opening today in Toronto. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak last week.

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Delivered to my door was a mealkit with a wholesome, delicious recipe and the precise amount of fresh ingredients needed to cook this recipe. Our meal was top sirloin with dill smashed mini potatoes and garlic roasted asparagus.

Here's how the top sirloin arrived.

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It took 30 minutes to prepare and it was delicious. Sign up for yourself at eatprepd.com.

Prepd has given me coupon codes for $60 off (ie free order for 2 people) with a limit of 2 uses and $30 off (ie 50% off an order for 2 people) with a limit of 4 uses. I'll email these codes to two random commenters below. Just make sure you live in Toronto, because Prepd only delivers to Toronto, and leave your comment be the end of May 16.

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Jarvis Turns One Month

Happy 1 month birthday, son!

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Friday 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 on Toronto Mike

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Randy Carlyle Signs 2-Year Extension

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I Pay for Hundreds of TV Channels but Only Watch 11

I Pay for Hundreds of TV Channels but Only Watch 11According to Neilsen, Americans on average receive 189 channels but only watch 17.

That got me wondering how many stations I watch. Let's see....

I watch a lot of sports. That includes:

  • TSN
  • TSN2
  • Sportsnet
  • Leafs TV
  • CBC (for HNIC)

And I watch a lot of CBCNN. That has us at 6 stations. And Mad Men is on AMC and Cosmos is on Fox, that's two more to bring us to 8.

I popped over to CP24 the other day to hear what they were saying about the newest Rob Ford crack video. That has us at 9.

Hamilton's channel 11 provides me with 60 Minutes and Jeopardy!, so that brings us to 10.

Throw in a titch of TVOntario and we're done at 11. I've watched a grand total of 11 stations in 2014.

Like I said, I'm getting completely screwed by Rogers.

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Early Alan Cross on CFNY 102.1

Early Alan Cross on CFNY 102.1Here's how Alan Cross used to sound in his early days on CFNY 102.1. After listening to this vintage clip, click over to my interview with Alan Cross from earlier this year.

Download this MP3 here.

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Farley Mowat, Dead at 92

Farley MowatFarley Mowat was 92. He was the acclaimed Canadian author who wrote Never Cry Wolf.

I remember seeing Disney's film adaptation of Never Cry Wolf in theatres back in '83. It left quite the impression on this youngster.

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One Month to Go, $455 to Go #RTCCTO

Pledge My Ride to Conquer CancerThere's only one month to go before my Ride to Conquer Cancer. Here's a little update on my progress and another plea for pledges as I gun for $5,000.

I chose to ride this 220 km on June 7-8 for my dear friend Mike Kic, who was battling stage IV esophageal cancer. Sadly, Kic passed away in April. He was only 32 and left behind a wife and young daughter.

I try to ride as often as time permits. Yesterday, I rode 40.37 km. Last week I managed to ride 131 km. If you're curious, here's how my training's going.

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So far I've raised $4,545, but I'm aiming for $5,000. If you see your name below, I owe you a huge thanks. I couldn't do this without you. If you don't see your name below, click here and get pledgin'!

  1. Ellen M.
  2. Rick C in Oakville
  3. Mike Kic
  4. markosaar
  5. Speysidephil
  6. Dale
  7. Brian A.
  8. Doug
  9. Rick2
  10. Al The Royal Pain
  11. Christine H.
  12. Mike from Lowville
  13. Cheryl
  14. Il Duce
  15. Michael Muzzin
  16. Liz B.
  17. Blind Dave
  18. Alex Patino
  19. Mike Engell and Colleen
  20. Cousin Jen
  21. Aunt Maura
  22. Brother Ryan
  23. Jason from Sudbury
  24. Jamie
  25. Mom
  26. Zachary
  27. Faunie
  28. Douglas
  29. Steve M.
  30. Kevin W.
  31. Katherine R.
  32. Marie C.
  33. Erin Davis
  34. Matt W.
  35. Chad H.
  36. Nigel Trousershrapnel
  37. Brother Steve
  38. Philly-Bob
  39. Audrey
  40. TheSweaterTuck
  41. Cathy S.
  42. Tim
  43. Domenico
  44. Julie N.
  45. Helmut
  46. Daniel M.
  47. Claire H.
  48. Andrew
  49. Jackie S.
  50. Gwyn
  51. Mofo
  52. Nicki
  53. CJ
  54. 519 Rob
  55. Pete F.
  56. Glen S.
  57. Darren C.
  58. Niel W.
  59. Humble and Fred
  60. Mike P.
  61. Chris M.
  62. Adam T.
  63. Jeremey
  64. Teena in Toronto
  65. Rosie
  66. Daniel
  67. Stephanie
  68. Lorne
  69. Elvis
  70. Argie
  71. McNulty
  72. Boomer
  73. Michael Z.
  74. markosaar
  75. Patricia B.
  76. Bruce M.
  77. James Edgar
  78. Jenny M.

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Tuesday 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 on Toronto Mike

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10 Worst Albums of 1985 According to CFNY

10 Worst Albums of 1985 According to CFNYCFNY runs down the 10 worst albums of 1985 in this vintage audio clip.

Download this MP3 here.

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My Favourite '90s Songs Were A Bunch Of Filler Garbage


[via CBC Music]

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Daily Photo: Warmer Weather is Coming

Daily Photo: Warm Weather is ComingFear not, GTA... warmer weather is coming...

Picnic Tables

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Mind Games I'll Play

Mind Games I'll PlayOccasionally, I'll play little mind games with myself. For example, a couple of days ago the Raptors took a big lead in the third quarter. When the lead exceeded 20 points, I made a deal with myself. I'd watch as if 20 points were shaved from our total. So, instead of a 26-point lead, I'd treat it like a mere six-point lead. My reasoning was that this would somehow prevent me from assuming the game was in the bag so I wouldn't be devastated if we somehow managed to blow it.

I admit, that sounds stupid, especially since I wasn't playing the game, I was just watching. It reminds me of my high school years when I'd set the alarm for 30-minutes earlier than I had to get up, just so I could lay in bed with that wonderful feeling I had another half-hour to go before jumping in the shower. As I'd learn as an adult, that was valuable time I could have been actually sleeping.

As a young adult, it was tough financially, but I'd put $200 a month into RRSPs as if I never had that money in the first place. By having that money taken directly from my payroll, I essentially tricked myself into budgeting with what was left over. That $200 a month, as far as I was concerned, did not exist.

More recently, I've been increasing my bike ride distances as I train for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. If I'm aiming for 30 km, and have 10 km to go, I'll tell myself I just have to do what Usain Bolt does in 9.58 seconds, but 100 times. Somehow, that makes the 10km seem like almost nothing.

What mind games do you play with yourself?

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Friday 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.

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The Guvernment / Kool Haus Closing

The Guvernment / Kool Haus ClosingThe Guvernment / Kool Haus Entertainment Complex at 132 Queens Quay East is closing its doors for good on January 31, 2015.

The last gig I saw at the Kool Haus was the CASBY Awards 2008. You can read my recap of that event here. Looking back, that was a pretty awesome show with USS, Tokyo Police Club, Sloan, City and Colour and more.

What's going to replace The Guvernment / Kool Haus? Why, condos, of course!

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