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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.

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The Key to a Good Crossover is Subtlety

The Key to a Good Crossover is SubtletyI watched The Simpsons / Family Guy crossover episode yesterday. It was okay, but not nearly as clever and funny as any episode during the first six seasons of The Simpsons. It was a full throttle crossover with the entire Griffin family ending up in Springfield and will likely result in a ratings spike.

The key to a good crossover is subtlety, and The Simpsons / Family Guy crossover was as subtle as a sledge hammer. I far prefer how The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street crossed over with an appearance by Richard Belzer's John Munch.

Here's 30 seconds of Detective John Munch on Homicide followed by 30 seconds of Detective John Munch on The Wire. I have no idea why this footage is so dark.

John Munch, by the way, has appeared on 10 different shows, which is surely a record.

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Why Don't I Read Novels?

Why Don't I Read Novels?You won't find a book review on this blog. I rarely read novels, and haven't cracked one open in about ten years.

I'm not proud of this fact. I majored in English at U of T and was forced to read a laundry list of classic literature. One CanLit course had me reading gems from Robertson Davies, Margaret Laurence, Timothy Findley, Mordecai Richler, Margaret Atwood, Hugh MacLennan and others. Another Classic American Literature course had me reading The Scarlet Letter, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Grapes of Wrath, Invisible Man and more. Not to mention a boatload of Shakespeare, Chaucer and poetry.

When I escaped University with my Honours BA, the last thing I wanted to do was read a novel. My ex was (and is) a ferocious reader who gobbled up books like candy. I preferred to surf the web, reading and creating digital content.

Thankfully, my children who are old enough to read love it. I know I loved reading for pleasure when I was their age. Gordon Korman was my favourite.

School destroyed my love of novels, and it's never returned. Now I fear it's too late. I'm missing out.

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Blue Jays Have the Longest Active Playoff Drought in MLB

Blue Jays Have the Longest Active Playoff Drought in MLBThe Blue Jays haven't been in the MLB post-season since Joe touched 'em all in 1993. That was 21 long years ago.

With the Kansas City Royals clinching a playoffs spot with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, that's by far the longest active drought in Major League Baseball. Seattle is next, having missed the playoffs every season since 2001.

As a younger man, I took the playoffs for granted. We were there in '85, '89, '91, '92 and '93. And that was before the wildcard spots. It's hard to believe we haven't been back.

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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.

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Rogers: Where Free Costs $935 @rogershelps

I have wireless, TV and internet services with Rogers. It's been three years since I got a mobile phone from Rogers, and under "Upgrade Your Phone" in My Rogers, I found this good news regarding my account.

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That's right, my device balance is $0.00 and I was told I could go to a Rogers store and upgrade my phone without penalty!

As it turns out, "without penalty" doesn't mean "free" like I thought it did. If you want a current phone, like the LG G3 (my preference) or the Samsung Galaxy S5 (my second choice), you have to buy the phone. Rogers wanted $90 for the LG G3 if I signed a two year contract.

Then, there's a "Connection Fee" of $15. I have no idea what this is for as I'm already a customer, I'm just taking my sim card out of one phone and into the other. Is an expensive two year contract and $80 not enough?

All of the above was disappointing, but what truly upset me was when they told me they would no longer honour my current wireless plan and I'd have to switch to one of their new "Share Everything" plans. You choose a device, data and value pack and pay that, regardless of what you were paying before. Matching my current plan would increase my current monthly payment by $35 before taxes.

To summarize, I have three expensive services with Rogers, and have been a loyal Rogers customer for many, many years. In order to upgrade my phone after three years, I'd have to pay $80 + $15 and an additional $35 a month over the next two years. That's $935 + tax!

I left the Rogers store having done nothing and feeling incredibly frustrated and angry. Toronto, what's my best option?

Update: I've got to give credit to @RogersHelps for making things right here. I'm actually now on a better plan for a little less money and they're going to courier to me a new LG G3 at no charge.

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How to Replace a File in Google Drive Without Changing the Link

How to Replace a File in Google Drive Without Changing the LinkI use Google Drive to share a number of documents at work, including PDF documents. I'll share a Google Drive link with everyone, but when I update the file, I don't want that link to change.

Updating the PDF without altering the Google Drive URL isn't nearly as intuitive as it should be, so here's a little tutorial as to how I do it.

In Google Drive, select the document you want to update, click the "more" menu and choose "Manage revisions...".

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In the "Manage revisions" dialogue box, choose "Upload new revision" and upload the updated file.

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If you'd like to get rid of previous revisions, as I do, simply click the x next to the older version and then "Delete now".

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That's it.

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Rob Ford, Doug Ford and the Crazification Factor

Rob Ford, Doug Ford and the Crazification FactorThe crazification factor is a neologism coined by blogger John Rogers to refer to the portion of the electorate comprising the nuttiest of the wingnuts and the batshit crazy. The passage relates to the 2004 Senate election in Illinois, and reads:

Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That's crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% crazification factor in any population.

Furthermore, another factor in Obama's favour at the time that Rogers didn't mention is that the original Republican candidate, Jack Ryan, had been forced to suspend his candidacy after his divorce and custody records were released to the press, revealing that he had taken his former wife, actress Jeri Ryan, to various sex clubs (including, in at least one case, a bondage club) and tried to have her perform sex acts on him out in the open. Keyes was the GOP's last-minute replacement on the ticket after the sordid details of Ryan's divorce came out. So not only was it a normal candidate running against a clearly crazy opponent, but the crazy guy also had the baggage of the last guy's sex scandal following him, and had been drafted into the campaign with little time to prepare.

This 27% support is tattooed in my cranium as the batshit crazy support I thought Rob Ford would end up with. With Rob out and Doug in, I suspect he'll end up with that same 27%.

And 27% won't win you this election,thankfully.

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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.

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The Power of Now

The Power of NowYoung people born into the internet age will never fully appreciate how crazy instant and borderless it all is.

At 3:48pm, I received an email from a Caterina who found me after Googling for Arnold Lanni's email address. Arnold Lanni, who I first wrote about here, is a former member of Frozen Ghost and Sheriff. Caterina's husband is also an A. Lanni and she's been getting voicemails intended for Arnold.

A half an hour later, thanks to Twitter, I had touched base with Arnold Lanni and forwarded to him a message left with Caterina.

It still blows my mind. An hour ago, I had never heard of Caterina and had never connected with Arnold Lanni (although I did own Nice Place to Visit on cassette). What an age we live in.

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There's a Leafs Game Tonight

There's a Leafs Game TonightThere's a chill in the Toronto air this morning and a Leafs game on television tonight. Summer is indeed coming to an end.

I enjoy Maple Leaf hockey so much I'll actually tune in tonight to watch the Leafs vs. Flyers. Following the blue and white, through good times and bad (mostly bad), is a great passion of mine. And now, my oldest son is just as excited as I am about puckdrop. This is now a shared experience.

It doesn't matter what happens tonight, and I'm sure they'll only dress a few regulars, but it's my Leafs and I'm psyched.

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Daily Photo: Surf's Up

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

Surf's up, Toronto

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 91

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/.

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.

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George Kottaras Becomes 20th Canadian Blue Jay

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)"

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

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

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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The Return of Surge, the Citrus Soft Drink I Never Knew Existed

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!

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

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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Not Cynical, Just a Realist Trying to Paint that Shit Gold

Not Cynical, Just a Realist Trying to Paint That Shit GoldI love sports, particularly rooting for the home team. I have a good friend who grew up near me in the Junction, and he's a die hard Bruins fan. I never understood that. I was born and raised in Toronto, so naturally I'm a die hard Leafs fan.

I don't think the Leafs are a very good team. I don't even think they'll make the playoffs next season, but I'll be tuned in hoping for the best. Many positive thinkers would find this attitude cynical, but I consider myself a realist.

In my life, where I have a great deal more control, I always look at the worst case scenario and do what I can to prevent that. I've been this way all of my adult life, and it can seem cynical and pessimistic, but I don't see it that way. I'm just not wired to be all pie-in-the-sky. Hope, in my opinion, only works when you have no influence.

I know a few happy-go-lucky people who always think positive and plow through life with rose-coloured glasses and a stern belief everything is for the best. I think that's bullshit. When you have no control, you do the best with the cards you're dealt. You grab a paint brush and paint that shit gold. When you have some control, you do what you need to do. Hope has nothing to do with it.

Worst case scenario is you're bored senseless by this Saturday morning introspective post. I can handle that.

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Rob Ford Exits Mayoral Race, Doug Ford Enters Mayoral Race

Rob Ford Exits Mayoral Race, Doug Ford Enters Mayoral RaceRob Ford is no longer running for mayor of Toronto, and instead will run for his old Ward 2 councillor post. You know, the gig he once told Doug was "part-time work". His brother Doug has added his name to the list of mayoral candidates, but he has even less of a chance of winning than Rob did.

It was clear Rob Ford was going to lose this election. Doug, who is even less popular, doesn't have a chance. Never a dull moment these days in Toronto municipal politics.

Update: This was predicted back in July.

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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.

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Dalton Pompey Becomes 19th Canadian Blue Jay

Dalton PompeyWhen Dalton Pompey hit an RBI groundout to first yesterday, he became the 19th 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

Dalton Pompey is from Mississauga. He had made four appearances as a pinch-runner but made his first plate appearance yesterday.

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Where Were You on 9/11?

7 Years Ago Today9/11 was 13 years ago. Ten years ago, when we were three years removed from that infamous day, I shared my memories of that infamous day.

Ask anyone where they were three years ago today and they'll tell you. 2,749 people were killed in Manhattan, 184 people died in Washington and 40 died in Pennsylvania as a result of the worst act of terrorism ever to take place on North American soil.

I remember that day vividly. I had been working away in front of my PC in the office since 8:30am and the day seemed typical. I had a glass of ice water beside me and I had just finished reading and replying to my email. Walter arrived and shared some news he had just heard on his car radio. This is when the day stopped being typical. A plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York City.

At that moment, I had no idea it was a large commercial passenger plane that was flown into the tower intentionally. I immediately assumed it was a Cessna that had perhaps flown off course. Still, I found it intriguing and jumped on the web for further details. Soon thereafter, the reality of the situation became apparent. A second plane struck the second tower and this was no accident. About a half hour later a third plane struck the Pentagon and then a fourth plane went down in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The United States of America, our geographical neighbour, was under attack.

Fear. That was the primary emotion throughout the remainder of that day. We had no idea what was going to happen next and nothing felt as secure as it did when I awoke that morning. Nothing would ever again. I made contact with my wife who was pregnant with James at the time and heard through my mom that she and my brothers were okay and that gave me some personal relief. The large news websites were choking on the traffic that morning but I managed to stream a live news feed from CP24 which I stayed glued to. The occurrences and disposition of the day was surreal. So many dead, such devastation, so inhumane, so pointless.

I remember driving home that evening, looking toward the sky and realizing everything was different. I got home and wondered what world would be awaiting our son when he arrived. I felt such sympathy for those who lost loved ones that day and simultaneously felt relief that I wasn't one of them. I wondered if we would ever be able to laugh again and enjoy our freedoms and liberties once more.

We are now three years removed from that fateful day. We're laughing again, we're enjoying life, this nation is abuzz about a semi-final hockey game tonight at the ACC. I'm planning to enjoy a BBQ with my beautiful family who I adore with all my heart and then I'm going to watch the game and see Kid Rock at the Molson Amphiteatre. We, as a society, have not only survived but have returned to enjoying this precious life. You can't kill spirit. You can't destroy hope. We've proved this. I can vouch for it.

What do you remember about September 11, 2001?

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Don't Provoke Richard Kiel!

Don't Provoke Richard Kiel!In the mid-80s, there were a series of Midas ads featuring Richard Kiel. His line "don't provoke me!" became a personal favourite to this 10-year old.

Richard Kiel, best known for his role as the Bond villain Jaws in the 007 movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, and as Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore, has died aged 74.

Here's the first of those great Midas ads from 1985.


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Mike Tyson live on CP24: "F#@* You", and "You're a rat bastard piece of s#@%"

Moments ago, reporter Nathan Downer asked Tyson if the fact he was a "convicted rapist" would negatively affect Rob Ford's chances at the polls.

The response was pure gold, and Downer just about shit himself. As of this writing this link works, but audio very low:


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Camping in Canada Finally Digitized

Camping in Canada Finally DigitizedEight years ago, I shared the story of Camping in Canada, a Sesame Street cassette I thoroughly enjoyed in the early 80s. I knew the words to every song and just loved the story of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch attending a summer camp in Ontario.

Feeling nostalgic back in 2006 and wanting to hear Camping in Canada again, I found a vinyl copy in a little shop in Saskatoon and had my buddy Mofo dub it to cassette. I always intended to have it digitized to MP3, but never got around to it...

Then, yesterday afternoon, this comment from Swiss-Canadian Ignacio was published.

Hello

I came across your post in 2009, that is when I became a father. And I wanted my son to grow up with the same record I grew up with. So I bought a Vinyl on ebay and digitalized it to mp3s. I took my time with removing the vinyl sounds, and I think it came out great. If anybody wants the files, just ask me.

Cheers Ignacio (SwissCanuck)

Twenty minutes later, I had the MP3 of every song from Camping in Canada. Jarvis is going to love this...

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Bon Jovi / MLSE Group Fails to Buy Bills. Let's Tear Down that Damn Banner!

Bon Jovi / MLSE Group Fails to Buy Bills. Let's Tear Down that Damn Banner!Terry and Kim Pegula have struck a tentative deal to purchase the Buffalo Bills. That means the group fronted by Jon Bon Jovi with financial backing from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Chairman Larry Tanenbaum and Rogers Communications heir Edward Rogers III has failed.

Can the next order of business be to discreetly remove the Bon Jovi banner currently hanging from the rafters at the Air Canada Centre? It stunk then, and it stinks now.

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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.

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The Untold True Story of My Pinched Nerve From Cycling

The Untold True Story of My Pinched Nerve From CyclingOn June 7th of this year, I biked 123.95 km to Hamilton as part of the Ride to Conquer Cancer. My previously longest ride was a little over 60 km. That means I doubled my longest distance ever and I felt great.

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My legs weren't sore, I wasn't overly tired and I was rather pleased with myself. I had a training plan, I stuck to it, and I reaping the reward. I was ready for day two and the final 103.38 km of my journey.

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I was probably about 50 km away from the finish line at Ontario Place when I noticed my fingers were numb. I chalked it up to the constant vibrations from so much biking in two days. Then, with about 30 km to go, I started feeling a sharp pain in my upper back under my shoulder blade. But with 30 km to go in a 230 km quest, I wasn't about to slow down.

I finished my ride with no pain in my lower body, but this sharp pain in my upper back and completely number fingertips. But I finished, and I was happy. Off to brunch I went with my family.

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I took the next day off, but went for a couple of 20+ km rides on the Tuesday. The sharp pain in the upper back returned, morphing into numbness mere minutes after completing my ride. My fingertips remained numb. I decided to take two more days off, finishing off the week with a couple of 23 km rides.

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I was able to bike about 20 km painfree before the sharp pain and numbness struck. Because I'm an idiot, I banged my head against this wall 8 more times until I realized I needed to take a break. When severe pain strikes, biking ceases to be pleasurable, as you can imagine. In hindsight, I don't know why I rode in pain for so long.

Following my ride on June 25, I promised myself I wouldn't touch my bike for an entire week. When I resumed biking on July 3, I capped my rides at 15 km for a couple of weeks. The back pain never returned, and my fingertips eventually got their feeling back.

I've Googled the mess out of this, and as far as I can tell I had a pinched nerve. I don't know if it was due to poor posture or simply a result of biking 230 km over two days. I do know it was extremely painful and to this day I won't bike over 30 km at a time for fear of it returning.

Has anyone else experienced a pinched nerve from cycling?

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Terry Ran a Marathon a Day on One Leg, You Can Wake Up Early on Sunday

terryfoxNext Sunday is the Terry Fox Run. I'll be at High Park for 9am, and that means my kids will be there.

My oldest son is 12 going on 17. When I wake him up on a weekend before noon, he deems it cruel and unusual punishment. You should have seen the look on his face when I told him we were going to be in High Park at 9am next Sunday.

I looked my sweet boy in the eyes, reminded him that Terry Fox ran a marathon a day on one leg, and told him he can get up at 8am next Sunday. He didn't complain again.

Thanks to all who have pledged my run thus far. If you can spare a dime or two, I am collecting pledges here.

Here's my soon-to-be teenager six years ago.

James

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Bev Rescues Dogs

A few years ago, I asked who wanted to date Bev. Christopher and James bravely took the challenge, but alas, no love connection was made.

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Since then, I married Bev's cousin and Bev has turned her attention to dogs. She's asked me to ask you to visit her new site at http://www.rescueourdogs.com/.


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Daily Photo: '39 LaSalle

'39 LaSalleWe spent the afternoon in Erin, Ontario visiting Boot Hill Automotive Resurrection and taking in their annual car show. Here's a 1939 LaSalle. If you'd like to see more photos from the day, they're here in this Flickr album.

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My Thoughts on the 2014 Toronto Municipal Election

My Thoughts on the 2014 Toronto Municipal ElectionI tried to ignore this mayoral race throughout the summer, pledging to plug myself back in after labour day. Now that I'm back, it's clearer to me than ever that this city I love needs to send Rob Ford a message that we deserve a mayor with far more self-control and self-respect.

The past four years under Ford have been extremely divisive. He's pitted the downtowners against the suburbs, he's refused to work with council and he lies so often and effortlessly, it's shocking. His ignorant refusal to participate in the pride parade and frequent racist and bigoted comments have made him a laughing stock. I'm not even going to mention the videos of him smoking crack, the skeezy activities with his buddy Sandro Lisi, his firing from the Don Bosco football team, and the objectifying comments he's made about his own wife.

But even without the circus sideshow antics, Rob Ford is bad for business. His policies are short-sighted, often presented without appropriate research and sufficient details, and he's completely ineffective as a leader. We simply can't afford to make this mistake twice.

Ideally, David Soknacki would win on October 27, but he won't. Of the favourites, my preference is Olivia Chow, but like many Torontonians in 2014, I'm willing to alter my vote in a strategic effort to keep Rob Ford out of office. I'm willing to vote for John Tory, and here's why.

All I want in a mayor is a sensible, intelligent person who is willing to work with council to reach consensus. I want my mayor to represent all Torontonians, regardless of sexual preference, skin colour, gender or even income and postal code. I want a mayor who unites the city, and moves us forward without providing embarrassing content to late night talk show hosts. Both John Tory and Olivia Chow fit this mould and both would make fine mayors.

My values better align with Olivia Chow's, but if Olivia Chow and John Tory split the anti-Ford vote, it gives Rob Ford a chance. That's not a chance I'm willing to take.

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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.

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Joan Rivers, Dead at 81

Joan RiversJoan Rivers was 81. She was the comedian and actress best known for her appearances on The Tonight Show, hosting the Joan Rivers Show and co-hosting red carpet specials and Fashion Police.

As a kid, I knew Joan Rivers from Hollywood Squares, The Muppets Take Manhattan and Spaceballs. I always found her funny and entertaining.

And I loved this appearance on Louie:


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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 90

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 90In this 90th episode, Mike and Elvis share stories and laughs, chat about Robin Williams and go off on MLSE and some cyclists. This episode is exactly 42:08.

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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I'm a Loner, Dottie. A Rebel.

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What Do You Shave With?

What Do You Shave With?I've been shaving with a Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power razor and it's amazing. It's a very clean shave and it's got some weight to it so it does feel like it has some power.

Prior to switching to the Fusion ProGlide, I shaved with a Gillette Mach3 for about 15 years. My buddy Mark bought it for me back in '99 to thank me for driving him to work and back every day. At the time I remember thinking "three blades... that's crazy... why would you need three blades?" I think the Fusion has five.

That's my recent shaving history. What do you shave with?

Update: The folks at Gillette found this entry and want to send 3 of you Gillette grooming packs. So three commenters on this entry will be selected at random tomorrow morning to get these gifts. So comment, yo!

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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.

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20 Years Ago, AT&T Predicted the Future and Here's How They Did

Back in '93 and '94, AT&T released a series of "You Will" ads touting the future. For fun, watch them all in this compilation and see how accurate they were.

Some of this they nailed. I attend meetings all week long in my bare feet with people on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Some of this we've long surpassed. We're not video talking at a phone booth or buying concert tickets and renewing our driver's license at a kiosk, we're doing it all from our computers and smartphones from just about anywhere in the world.

We're not quite there with a few of these predictions. I can't buy groceries that way, although I can scan my own items. I also believe Canada is lagging behind on that whole "medical history in your pocket" concept. And opening your door with the sound of your voice? That just sounds dangerous.

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