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TFC Advances to MLS Cup Final

I never played soccer as a kid. I think everyone did but me. It just wasn't a part of my childhood.

As an adult I started getting into high profile soccer events, like the World Cup, but that was it. It's not like we had a Canadian team I could get behind. Soccer may have been the world's game, but it sure wasn't mine.

When Toronto was awarded an MLS franchise, I snickered. Check out this snark from 2007. I figured the team would be gone in 5-10 years.

But then I attended a match at BMO Field. My buddy Elvis took me to a game against the LA Galaxy. We were in the supporters' section and it was unlike anything I had ever seen in my life. It completely won me over.

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Fast forward to 2016 and I've tuned in to watch every single playoff game. I just watched us beat Montreal to win the Eastern Conference and advance to the MLS Cup final and it was glorious. What a match!

Bring on the Seattle Sounders on December 10. Let's finish this thing we've started. Go Reds!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 206: Stephanie Smyth

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 206In this 206th episode, Mike chats with CP24 news anchor Stephanie Smyth about her years at 680, 640 and CP24. This episode is exactly 1:07:57.

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Getting to Say Goodbye in Radio

Last week I was chatting with Chris Zelkovich about Toronto's sports radio stations. I asked him to imagine what might happen if Bob McCown left 590 for the same timeslot on 1050. In this scenario, do you think Bob McCown would be permitted to say goodbye to his 590 audience during his last appearance on Prime Time Sports?

I've noticed a trend lately where radio stations are allowing their talent to say goodbye, even when they've quit for a job at a competitor station. This just happened Friday when Corus-owned Q107 allowed Maureen Holloway to say goodbye to her listeners, even though Maureen has left Q to replace Erin Davis on Rogers-owned CHFI.

It's not just Corus extending such a courtesy. Central Ontario Broadcasting's Indie88 let morning show host Raina Douris say goodbye as she left to host mornings on CBC Radio 2. That was very decent of them. And Bell let Darren B. Lamb say goodbye on CHUM-FM when he left to replace Mike Cooper on CHFI. Sure, there was a long pause between those two gigs, but it was still a kind gesture.

In all of these instances, the radio personality resigned. When the personality is fired, there are still no goodbyes. Jason Barr didn't get to say goodbye, Todd Shapiro didn't get to say goodbye, Jeff Woods didn't get to say goodbye and Maddog didn't get to say goodbye. I suspect the station doesn't want to deal with the inevitable blowback when one's favourite radio host is canned. The exception here is when they let someone go and spin it as a retirement. Christine Bentley suffered such a fate at Bell-owned CTV.

I've had radio veterans tell me the worst part of getting fired is being unable to say goodbye. Imagine a future where this isn't the case and every employee is treated with kindness and decency. I like to think we're getting there.

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Survey Says! What Your Feedback Tells Me

On Thursday, I asked podcast listeners for feedback. I built a brief survey in Google Forms and hoped for twenty or so responses. As of this moment, 176 people have shared their thoughts.

I've read every word. Of particular interest to me was the "Advice for the host" section. Because many opted to submit the survey anonymously, there's some brutal honesty here.

I'm going to respond to some recurring themes. The overwhelming majority of responses were very kind and complimentary, but I'm going to focus on the criticism and requests for change.

Stop Interrupting
Several people pointed out that I tend to interrupt guests. Some called it rude, others thought it was annoying, and a few felt it stopped guests from sharing stories.

This is actually something I've been working on. I try to wait until my guest has finished his/her point before I interject, but clearly there's still room for improvement. I will continue to work on this so there are fewer interruptions in future episodes.

Stop Name Dropping
I've actually been doing this on purpose, but several listeners do not approve. In my mind, if a guest mentions Erin Davis, I want the listener to know there is an Erin Davis episode of Toronto Mike'd in the archives. I consider it cross promotion aimed at the many who have just discovered the podcast and haven't been listening since the start.

Absorbing this mountain of feedback now has me convinced it comes across as either pretentious or repetitive so I'm going to reduce my use of this tactic.

Stop Talking About Yourself
In my last episode, I took 10 minutes off the top to talk about the Dalton Pompey-Electric Circus connection. I wanted to share this update with listeners because the story (which I think is fantastic) was born from the previous episode with Dwight Drummond. I wanted to share the story and play "Summertime Summertime" before beginning my deep dive with Chris Zelkovich.

Several people did not like this. They didn't think the story had anything to do with my guest and felt it took time from that conversation. One recurring piece of feedback is that I should not delay my deep dive with the guest and should stop talking about other topics or sharing personal stories. This advice had me noodling my current structure for days.

Here's how I currently structure episodes:

1. Opening theme and intro
2. Updates, current events, light chatter with the guest
3. Sponsor mentions
4. Deep dive with guest - typically an hour or longer
5. Closing theme and extro

Some would like #2 to disappear. I've talked to friends and family who listen about whether #2 detracts from an episode, and they all seem to enjoy it, and it's actually an important part of the equation for me. You see, I'm typically meeting a guest for the first time 5 minutes before we start recording, and I use #2 to establish some rapport and warm things up before the deep dive. Without #2, I'm not sure I'd be as effective with #4.

Some of course, enjoy #2. Here's what one listener wrote:

I think the format is perfect - the first few minutes are like the year-long ongoing conversation with the listeners, and then the next hour is the conversation with the guest. I'm curious to find out how the biking is going, how the Mazda is hanging on, how the house league hockey is going - because these are all things I can relate to as well.

I think I will hold on to #2, but I'll try and keep it brief and incorporate the guest more. Thankfully, the vast majority shares my passion for the Dalton Pompey-Electric Circus connection.

Enough Rohmer Talk Already
I admit, I'm fascinated by the fact Ann Rohmer retired twice and is on CP24 to this day. I'll also admit that topics I'm passionate about will seep into podcast episodes with great regularity.

I pledge to suppress my Rohmer fascination and only raise the topic when I'm speaking with someone who has worked with her. Otherwise, the Rohmer talk is off the table. Unfortunately for those who are tired of this topic, my next episode is with a CP24 anchor, so I might have to mention the cake one more time.

Length Matters
Episode length is a recurring theme. Some think episodes feel rushed and wish they were longer, but the majority mention that episodes are too long. There are suggestions I break up long episodes into two-parters. Others feel overwhelmed when an episode is listed as 1:40 or longer.

I'm not sure what the optimal length is, but I can certainly aim for an hour and only let it go if it feels there's more meat on the bone. I'll certainly do my best to reduce the number of episodes that exceed 90 minutes, but should I slip, please feel free to abuse your pause button.

More Sports! Less Sports!
When it comes to content, there seems to be too primary camps emerging. Some love the sports media guests and want more while others dislike the sports media guests and want fewer.

Guests typically reflect my own interests and passions, and sports is high on that list. Sometimes, when it seems I've gone too heavy on sports media personalities, I make a concerted effort to invite guest from other areas of interest. I'll continue to try and strike the balance here, but I suspect it will be impossible to satisfy both camps.

Other Contradictions
There were plenty of other contradictions. Some say I should be tougher on guests, others say I should be easier on guests. Some love the opening theme, others hate it. Many remarked that I was very well prepared but at least one respondent said I should do more homework. One person made my day by telling me I'm cute, but another told me I need to gain weight.

I'm so glad I collected this feedback and have taken it all to heart. With no broadcasting experience, I've been learning on the job and was craving constructive criticism. I'm confident I'll only get better and hope you'll be around to notice the improvement.

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Fidel Castro, Dead at 90

Fidel CastroFidel Castro was 90. He was the Cuban politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

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Daily Photo: Highway to Heaven

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Batteries for Children's Miracle Network

The following entry is sponsored by Duracell.

Each year, thousands of children and their families spend time in Canadian hospitals over the holidays. For children staying in the hospital, often something as simple as a new working toy or game can help make a child's hospital stay a little brighter, by giving them the power to imagine a better tomorrow.

For the 10th year in a row Duracell will be donating a year supply of batteries to hospital playrooms across the country to power smiles this holiday season and beyond. For every pack of Duracell batteries sold at Walmart in December 2016, Duracell will donate to Children’s Miracle Network. The goal this year is to raise $150,000.

To find out more on how you too can support Children's Miracle Network hospitals to power imagination of kids throughout the holidays visit Duracell.com/cmn.

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Open Mike

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Florence Henderson, Dead at 82

Florence HendersonFlorence Henderson was 82. She was the actress best known for her role as matriarch Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch. She was also the first female guest host of The Tonight Show.

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Toronto Mike'd Feedback Desired

If you listen to Toronto Mike'd, I kindly request you take a couple of minutes to complete this short survey. Including your name and/or email address is optional, but it might help me if I have follow-up questions.

Thank you in advance!


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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 205: Chris Zelkovich

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 205In this 205th episode, Mike chats with sports media critic Chris Zelkovich about his years at The Toronto Star and Yahoo! and the current state of Toronto sports media. This episode is exactly 1:14:31.

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ParticipACTION

When I was growing up in the early 80s, ParticipACTION PSAs ran often. This ad, for example, is forever etched in my mind. I will sing this song on demand.

Then, there's Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod. Their Body Break clips were everywhere. If they look like a couple, it's because they were. They married in 1999.

Get with the action!

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Open Mike

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Exclusive: Dalton Pompey's Father's Electric Circus Past Revealed

A couple of days ago, CBC Toronto news anchor Dwight Drummond dropped by for a chat. Dwight started at City TV and worked on Electric Circus as a security guard. He mentioned the cowboy hat wearing dancer.

Immediately, I remembered a story Maestro Fresh-Wes told me about this cowboy hat wearing dancer on Electric Circus back in the day. Maestro referred to him as "Soul Train meets Dukes of Hazzard". This guy was so notable a commenter referenced him in this comment left here back in 2011.

I'm more curious as to where the cowboy hat wearing guy that used to "dance" on Electric Circus every week is now. He could really hold that cheap cowboy hat and bust-a-move!

Dwight shared a bizarre legend he'd heard that this cowboy hat wearing Electric Circus dancer was Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey's father. That sounded too good to be true, but I was curious. So I asked Dalton.

Confirmed! The legend is true! Dalton Pompey's father, Ken Pompey, was a regular dancer on Electric Circus back in the day! Ken Pompey was the Cowboy!

Here's Ken Pompey dancing on EC.

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Here's Ken Pompey today.

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You can see more of Cowboy Ken Pompey dancing on Electric Circus in this Retrontario clip.

Update:

Dalton Pompey's father, a.k.a. Kenrick "Cowboy" Pompey, famed Electric Circus dancer, released a house track in 1992 entitled "Summertime Summertime". It was distributed by Sony Music Canada and included a radio mix, a club mix and a smooth mix.

Deborah Cox is listed as a writer and, according to Dalton Pompey's mother, did the backup vocals. Here's the cover of the album and vinyl:

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Here's the radio edit of K. Pompey's Summertime Summertime featuring Deborah Cox. If Dalton doesn't make this his walk up music, I've lost all hope in humanity.

Thank you to Brian McKechnie for getting me the MP3 and Steve Magyari for ripping it from his personal CD collection. Awesome!

Update 2:

Tristan Pompey has shared the music video for Summertime Summertime to his YouTube account. Here it is.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 204: Dwight Drummond

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 204In this 204th episode, Mike chats with CBC news anchor Dwight Drummond about his years at City TV and the CBC, being racially profiled by police in 1993 and his cameo in Maestro Fresh-Wes's Let Your Backbone Slide video. This episode is exactly 1:14:04.

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Janet Wright, Dead at 71

Janet WrightJanet Wright was 71. She won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Bordertown Café, but is best known for her role as Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian sitcom Corner Gas.

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Leon Russell, Dead at 74

Leon RussellLeon Russell was 74. He was the legendary singer, songwriter, pianist and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee who wrote songs such as A Song For You, Shine a Light (as (Can't Seem to) Get a Line on You) and Superstar.

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Bluegrass Brunch in New Toronto

You don't normally consider your local billiard hall when thinking about brunch, but I was intrigued by the Sunday morning bluegrass brunch I saw promoted at NTB Lakeshore. NTB Lakeshore is on Lake Shore between Fifth and Sixth Streets.

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A live band played cool bluegrass music while we enjoyed all-you-can-eat bacon, eggs, sausage, french toast, hashbrowns and fruit salad. I couldn't afford to do this every week with a family of six (even though the baby didn't partake), but it was very cool.

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NTB calls itself Toronto's best kept secret, and it might just be. We were one of three groups there this morning. I recommend checking this out while you can.

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The bluegrass brunch is every Sunday at 10am, and despite the monkey giving you the finger, it's definitely kid-friendly.

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Blue Jays Sign Kendrys Morales

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent Kendrys Morales for three-year at $33 million. Morales batted .263 with 30 home runs last season for the Kansas City Royals.

Morales is primarily a DH, which means re-signing Edwin Encarnacion seems highly unlikely to me. Unless Edwin primarily plays first base, which is possible. Personally, I think Edwin is gone, but I also thought Hillary would win easily.

Assuming Bautista and Encarnacion sign elsewhere, and I'm guessing they do, I hope the Jays strike a deal with the Reds to bring Joey Votto home.

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Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

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Open Mike

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Leonard Cohen, Dead at 82

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen was 82. He was the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter best known for songs like "Suzanne", "So Long, Marianne", "Bird on the Wire", "Everybody Knows", "Closing TIme" and "Hallelujah". He was also an accomplished poet and novelist and a personal favourite of mine.

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 203: Sophia Jurksztowicz

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 203In this 203rd episode, Mike chats with Sportsnet host Sophia Jurksztowicz about her career in sports media, the attractiveness double standard, her various excuses for postponing her visit and much, much more. This episode is exactly 1:47:35.

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I'm Tired of Being Wrong

In 2000, I didn't think George Dubya Bush had a chance. I wasn't blogging yet, but if I was I'd be linking now to an arrogant post about how Americans aren't dumb enough to elect an idiot like Dubya. I did write this in 2003 and called him naive and stupid.

Fast forward to 2004 when I was certain John Kerry would win the Presidency. It seemed obvious to me. Once again, I was wrong.

Then, there was 2010. I'm still trying to live this entry down. I'd delete it, but it seems to bring such joy to my friends like Il Duce.

Rob Ford, they seem to like you in Ward 2, Etobicoke North. Please run there. Toronto's next mayor won't be a bike lane hating, Transit City killing social conservative who promises to "cut everything but police spending to tame the city budget. Libraries, parks, whatever."

We all know what happened next. Once again, I was wrong.

At this point, I should have learned my lesson, but I most certainly did not. Donald Trump so turned my stomach, I could only handle him in very small doses. I didn't need to worry about him actually winning the election because I was certain Hillary Clinton would prevail. All the analysis, most of the polls, and almost every pundit reinforced my belief that Americans would do the right thing.

Last night, I asked my oldest daughter if she was ready to witness history. At 7pm, I was still confident. In fact, I wondered aloud if they might call Florida in her favour by 9pm and shortly thereafter realize Trump had no path to victory. I smiled at my sleeping 7-month old daughter when I realized she didn't even have to live a full year without a woman president of the United States of America.

In reality, by 9pm I was reassuring my oldest daughter that everything would be okay. Once again, I was wrong. In fact, I think this is the wrongest I've ever been about an election.

Winston Churchill once said the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. I need to stop overestimating these people. I'm tired of being wrong.

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Erin Davis Announces Retirement from CHFI

Erin Davis, a fixture on Toronto radio for 28 years, has announced her retirement. She records her last morning show for CHFI on December 15 and will then move with her husband to British Columbia to "begin a new life".

I had the pleasure of being visited by Erin for episode 84 of my podcast and it remains a personal favourite. She shared the goods about getting fired and rehired by CHFI, her classic Blue Jays songs, sleeping with the boss (scandalous!) and lessons learned along the way. If you've never heard it, I urge you to correct that oversight by clicking play below.

Earlier this year, Mike Cooper retired from mornings on CHFI. Mike was replaced by Darren B. Lamb who came over from CHUM-FM. There's no word as to who will replace Erin on CHFI after December 15.

Erin, if you're reading this, I wish you peace, love and happiness in BC. You deserve it. And since I forgot to take my customary post-podcast picture with you, I'm hoping we can correct that oversight before you depart in December.

I'm closing this entry with a great old ad with WKRP's Herb Tarlek and CHFI's Don Daynard and Erin Davis. Classic!

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TFC Thoughts

Toronto FC debuted in MLS back in 2007. I was pretty snarky about the team back then. You see, I didn't grow up with soccer, never played, and was only interested for a few weeks every four years during the World Cup.

But then, I went to a few games at BMO Field. Usually I was taken by my buddy Elvis who has seasons tickets in the supporters' section, but there was that one time I had my own section. It's true! If you bought tickets for my section that day in 2010, we all got scarves and were taken on the field at halftime.

Experiencing TFC live was crazy fun. This was before the 2015 Blue Jays revival, so there was really nothing else like it in Toronto sports. We sang and chanted throughout the 90 minute game and it was awesome.

Flags, Streamers and Glee

Still, until last season, I had never tuned in a TFC match on television. Last year, I watched for five minutes to see how TFC did in their first ever playoff game. We were pummelled by Montreal. It was far less fun than casinosenligneca.com.

This year, I've tuned in for every TFC playoff match, and I've been loving it. The other day at Yankee Stadium, we made a statement and smoked NYCFC 5-0 to win the series 7-0. And they say soccer is the land of 0-0 finals.

Now I'm all in, incredibly psyched for the conference final against Montreal. When this team was born, I snickered at their prospects, but I'm now fully converted. It's a fun atmosphere, and we no longer suck.

C'mon you Reds!

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Taking a Look at the Top 3 Casino Resorts in Canada

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Canada is a huge, beautiful country with plenty to see and do and, quite aside for being one of the best countries in the world in which to live, its offers plenty of opportunities for holiday makers too. For those wanting to take in a bit of the old casino night life while enjoying Canada's best resorts, though, the country offers a number of options that must surely rank among the best in the world.

Here, then, is the crème of the crop of Canada's very best casino resorts.

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort

As the name suggests, this exquisite resort is situated in such a way that each of the hotel's rooms has a stunning view overlooking Niagara Falls and comes equipped with everything you could want from a world class holiday resort in the form of live shows, a spa, numerous dining options and boutique shopping. On top of all that, though, it's also one of Canada's largest and best gaming facilities. Coming in at a whopping 2.5 millions square feet and offering over 3000 slot machines, much like the ones at Slot-machines.ca, and 130 gaming tables - all with that spectacular view just a glance away - Fallsview Casino Resort easily earns its reputation for being one of the world's greatest gaming destinations.

River Rock Casino Resort

The only 4-star hotel/ casino in Western Canada, River Rock is situated in Richmond, British Columbia and offers the best in accommodation, entertainment and nightlife. Whether enjoying one of the resort's indoor pools (perfect for those nasty Canadian winters), being pampered at its lavish spa or enjoying a delicious meal at one of the resort's finest eateries, River Rock has you covered for all your holiday needs. It's also a perfect, picturesque location for a wedding. Along with all that, it also offers a fully stocked casino with 1000 slots, numerous table games, poker rooms and VIP gaming rooms to cater to every gaming desire you could possibly have. It's the perfect real world compliment to something like Onlinecasinos.ca.

Casino Rama

Located just north of torontomike.com/2006/12/link_toronto_transit_map.html and only a mile away from Lake Simcoe, Casino Rama is the venue of choice for top-drawer Canadian and international entertainers alike. A large resort with 300 luxury suites, fine dining, shopping, entertainment and just a short ride to one of Canada's great lakes, it's a top notch holiday destination for a reason. As part of that experience, the night life is bolstered significantly by a fully stocked casino with a wide variety of slots and tables games, all of which come with special promotional bonuses and free credits for guests of the resort.

These resorts are only three of the very best gaming resorts in a country full of them. Canada remains a progressive technology leader with evidence of this found at scienceadvice.ca and a peaceful country in an increasingly troubled world; an oasis from much of the rest of the world so it's perfectly fitting that it offers such wonderful holidaying opportunities for international travelers. And with its liberal attitude towards gambling, it's all the better for those wanting to win a bit of extra cash for their travels.

And, of course, for the residents of Canada, one of the largest and most beautiful countries in the world which can been seen at lonelyplanet.com/canada, such resorts also offer ample opportunities for Canadian residents to explore and truly get the most from their beautiful country.

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I'm a Bike Courier!

My wife recently started a children's clothing company called Mint + Chip. She does lots of custom orders, and sells various kids stuff that she makes at home. I'm no expert, but I'm told it's well made quality clothing and she enjoys hammering away on the various sewing machines.

She sells her goods via her Facebook page, and if someone lives within a reasonable distance from our home, it's free delivery. It's free delivery because I'm the unpaid bike courier.

Every day at lunch I'm told what package needs to be delivered to what address, and I plan my route accordingly. I love it. On days when there are no deliveries, I'm actually disappointed.

Just working on bibs over here. #bibsfordays

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No pressure, but if you'd like to ensure I have more free deliveries to make, spread the word about Mint + Chip.

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I Witnessed a MuchMusic Reunion

Last night, I was at The Royal Cinema for an event billed as MuchMusic Retro Mixtape. It was a discussion with Christopher Ward and fantastic video collections curated by Retrontario. Along the way, other veejays from the era would take the stage to share stories. It was awesome for this nostalgia addict.

In addition to Christopher, who was my guest for episode 202 of Toronto Mike'd, the following veejays made appearances:

  • Michael Williams
  • Laurie Brown
  • Denise Donlan
  • Kim Clarke Champniss
  • Master T
  • Simon Evans
  • Ziggy

It was three hours of great stories, vintage videos and a wonderful trip down memory lane. And I finally got a picture with the first MuchMusic veejay.

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Open Mike

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Things that you don’t know about carpet cleaning

Carpet is one of the most vital things in the home. A good carpet can make your home elegant and beautiful. However, a good carpet does not really mean a costly designer carpet from a big brand. It is often indicated as a neat and tidy carpet. Carpet has the power to beautify your home but it attracts dirt and needs to be cleaned. However, it is not very easy to clean a carpet.

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Traditional Approach
Carpet is nothing new and has been in fashion for many decades. Even before the technology came in, carpet used to be cleaned with a soft brush and baking soda. These are still considered as vital ingredients for carpet cleaning. However, you cannot make your carpet clean with only these. We know that these are very important but what we know is that these are not sufficient enough.

Technology
The first thing that comes into the mind for carpet cleaning is possibly the vacuum cleaner. It is indeed one of the greatest inventions and is frequently used for the cleaning purpose. We all know that. However, extensive use of the vacuum cleaner can actually damage the glow of the carpet. Also, it is very likely that the age and longevity of the carpet will be significantly reduced. Then what is the best way to remove the dirt and clean the carpet?

Professional services
Today, many professional services have mushroomed for the carpet cleaning. However, the best one follows a balanced and optimal approach to clean carpet. The first thing that we often miss is the pre-treatment of the carpet. Many can find this as an unnecessary step. However, frankly speaking, this is the most important thing of carpet cleaning. This basically prepares the carpet for the cleaning process. Also, this protects the carpet from the harm of over cleaning. The glow of the carpet remains intact and the longevity also gets increased. So, you get your same carpet after cleaning but with the new carpet like shine and contrast. We got this tip from Carpet Cleaning Oakville.

Cleaning the carpet is not only about making it suitable for the room again. However, the carpet cleaning basically removes all the particles so that nothing can affect your health as well. The professional services ensure that the carpet is ready for cleaning and it becomes easy for the cleaner to take out the particles.

In the modern world, carpet cleaning is one of the most underestimated household works. Many people remain under impression that home cleaning is sufficient for the carpet. However, they are actually ruining the carpet and also inviting health complications with it. It is therefore very important that carpet is properly cleaned. If you are not really sure that you can clean the carpet well, then contact professional services to do it for you. In longer time, this is budget friendly and also good for your carpet.

Remember, we know few things about cleaning carpet but what we don’t know can actually enhance the quality of cleaning.

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Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

After 108 years, the Cubs have finally won the World Series. What a game!

That's a long drought, and immediately I thought of my Leafs. I've never seen them play in a Stanley Cup final, as their last appearance was in 1967. But there are franchises with far longer droughts than my Leafs.

Here are teams franchises with longer championship droughts than the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  1. Arizona Cardinals since 1947
  2. Cleveland's MLB team since 1948
  3. Sacramento Kings since 1951
  4. Detroit Lions since 1957
  5. Atlanta Hawks since 1958
  6. Philadelphia Eagles since 1960
  7. Texas Rangers since 1961
  8. Tennessee Titans since 1961
  9. Houston Astros since 1962
  10. San Diego Chargers since 1963
  11. Buffalo Bills since 1965
  12. Atlanta Falcons since 1966

Yes, I've included franchises that have relocated or rebranded, because it makes me feel better. Someday, we'll go all the way, too.

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Dave Broadfoot, Dead at 90

Dave BroadfootDave Broadfoot was 90. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce on radio from 1973 until 1993.

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