My Birthday Open Mike

Open MikeIt's Tuesday, and you know what that means... it's time for another Open Mike.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind, but try to resist the urge to post as Cheryl's trainer. He doesn't read this this blog.


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Sweet victory for the black hawks last night and sweet for Toronto fans too see the Bruins collapse. We know how it feels.

June 25, 2013 @ 7:41 AM


Happy Birthday Mike!

June 25, 2013 @ 7:46 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - Happy Birthday!!!

@ Speysidephil - Couldn't have said it better!!! GO Hawks GO!!!!

June 25, 2013 @ 8:07 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Happy birthday Mike

@Cheryl: How about those Chicago Black Hawks eh?
lol Sorry but I'm just glad Boston didn't win.

June 25, 2013 @ 8:07 AM


Happy Birthday (tm) Mike!


June 25, 2013 @ 8:20 AM


Hey Mike - F U.

June 25, 2013 @ 8:28 AM


May you have a wonderful hangover tomorrow, Mike!

Got caught in the thunderstorm biking to work today. Not so bad. Fortunately bike clothes don't hold much water.

June 25, 2013 @ 8:31 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Jason - Careful...apparently disagreeing with Cheryl is tantamount to bullying...

June 25, 2013 @ 8:31 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Yay Chicago!

My band's debut last Friday went really well! By the end of the night we had people dancing on the bar.

Here are some pics

I'm the dude in the cool hat.

June 25, 2013 @ 8:40 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Oh...and happy birthday!

June 25, 2013 @ 8:43 AM


I kind of thought this news would warrant its own entry from Mike, but he's been distracted with the wedding, and now his birthday. Didn't want it to go unnoticed:

So is Ford STILL a homophobe?

June 25, 2013 @ 8:49 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey - Good on him for trying, however, he sounded like a fourth grader rushing through a book report.....

June 25, 2013 @ 8:57 AM



Of course he's still a "homophobe" (whatever that word means). In the eyes of his enemies it doesn't matter what he does or says, they'll still hate him. Which is why he shouldn't even bother trying to please them.

June 25, 2013 @ 9:14 AM

Dave From Scarboro

Hey Corey, you don't suppose Ford knows his goose is cooked so he's now trying to make friends? After all, a "fag" vote is still a vote when you're desperate.

Speaking of Ford, did you read that he apparently had his buddy call his CFRB to say nice things?

June 25, 2013 @ 9:15 AM

Still Dave from Scarboro

If I remember rightly Rob Ford said calls to his show on 1010 aren't planted or screened. If his buddy was calling in repeatedly wouldn't that mean Ford was lying?

June 25, 2013 @ 9:20 AM


@Dave From Scarborough

I thought that word was banned.

June 25, 2013 @ 9:21 AM



I guess it depends who writes it.

June 25, 2013 @ 10:25 AM


I wonder if Quebec even realizes there was a flood disaster in Alberta or are they too self absorbed to care.

June 25, 2013 @ 10:50 AM


Maybe Dalton should have hired the somali's that "allegedly" shot the Ford video as they either the most secure secret keepers or the more likely scenerio that there was never a video.

June 25, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

Misssissauga Phil

@ Duane - I don't appreciate you bullying the Somali Community...must make you proud.

June 25, 2013 @ 11:22 AM

Ben Vidal

Good on Ford for attending, perhaps a couple years late, but he went. I do like that the article indicated there were cheers and jeers as well as some people trying to stifle people booing. You can't please everyone.

As for things that are a disgrace, talk about the partisan piece of @#$@ the PMO's office has become. If this latest round of partisan slimeballism doesn't further show you the state of our federal government I don't know what does.
Where's Freddie P? This is the definition of skunks and weasels.

June 25, 2013 @ 11:38 AM


The state of the federal government is held in high regard on an international level. Harper is one of the most respected leaders in the G8. We are fortunate that we are represented by such an asteemed leader. We do remember how the last Trudeau made Canada a laughing stock of the modern world.

June 25, 2013 @ 11:54 AM


Dirk Hayhurst is so annoying. I can't listen to his condescending opinions anymore. He has officially taken over from Mike Wilner as the most annoying 'know-it-all' on radio, in my opinion.

Happy Birthday Mike!

June 25, 2013 @ 11:54 AM


Happy Birthday, Mike! Nothing like celebrating again not long after getting married!

June 25, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

Ryan G

The fact that it's Mike's birthday reminds me of some office silliness from a few years back.

First, I should note that I don't really acknowledge my own birthday in any great sense. I don't need anyone to know about it because frankly I don't really care about how old I am, given I'll forever remain about 25 years old in many senses of the word.

Anyway, like many workplaces, the rule of thumb in our office was that if it was your birthday, our department admin would buy a shitty cake and arrange coffee and "secretly" arrange for everyone to meet in a common area to "surprise" the birthday guy or gal. Said guy or gal would pretend to be surprised and then blurt out some terrible speech, with the same tired "you're getting old" jokes thrown in by the peanut gallery.

Exhausting. Awkward. Painful.

Let's face it. Nobody really cares that it's your birthday. Everybody's busy and these departmental rituals are really just a pain in the ass. But...ok ok..I get it. Whatever floats your boat. Some people dig this shit.

Anyway, I finally decided to put a stop to it. My birthday was coming up so I emailed our admin and said, thanks but no thanks.

Five minutes later she comes up to me and says "oh hey - umm..i got your email, so what's up with that?"

"Oh Nothing", I replied quite politely. "I'm just really not interested in participating, but thank you anyway!".

You'd think that would be the end of it. Nope.

"Well, you know, it's a tradition that we do here, and I really think we should do it for you too".

"No, really, I'm good", I reiterated.

"Well I'll have to talk to (the boss) about this because it's how we've always done things and...."

I started laughing. This woman was actually serious. I'm busy as hell, she's essentially chosen to disrespect my wishes not once (from my email) not twice (my response when she came up to me) but three times, suggesting she was going to talk to my boss about it.

Anyway, I promptly ignored her and the whole situation, and never heard another word about it, but from that point onward, that admin would always look at my sideways like I was some kind of leper.

Jesus Christ. Imagine being married to a woman like that?

June 25, 2013 @ 12:04 PM


@ Ryan - All you needed to say to this nutcase was this: "hey, in my culture we don't celebrate birthdays - in fact, its an insult to yell 'happy birthday' at someone". Once you play the cultural card, you're fine.

June 25, 2013 @ 12:09 PM


Geez Phil, take it easy. How is Duane "bullying" the Somali community? I'm sure he's not referring to ALL Somalis - just the many criminals within that said community.

June 25, 2013 @ 12:13 PM


Hahahahaha good one Ryan,
I did the same thing on work anniversaries, I don't think I was ever forgiven.

June 25, 2013 @ 12:14 PM

Ottawa Mike

Happy Birthday Toronto Mike!

Nothing else to say in this week's "Open Mike". Nothing about drug videos, Rob Ford at the Pride Flag Raising, the Chicago Black Hawks winning the Stanley Cup in amazing fashion (take note Leafs) and Karen Stintz investigating the King Street Streetcar reserved lanes (see Steve Munro's blog) needs to be said because it is one glorious week to just stop, enjoy "Mikedom" and wish him a Happy Birthday.

June 25, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

Ben Vidal

Based on Duane's recent postings something tells me he is actually Dave Williams.

June 25, 2013 @ 12:56 PM


I am now bullying the Somali community? Is this a reaction to the previous days dicussion about people bullying Cheryl? I remember this type of response when I was in the fifth grade. It shows that once a bully, always a bully.

June 25, 2013 @ 1:01 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Thanks everyone!

My birthday is actually Thursday...

June 25, 2013 @ 2:06 PM


@ Ryan G

Same goes for me. If it’s from those sitting right beside me I’ll tolerate or go out for a few after work all the better. But when it’s from the whole division I do not like...

The problem is is that there is always someone left out (probably by accident) who'll make a big deal about it to HR and suddenly everyone has to be included whether they like it or not..

June 25, 2013 @ 2:22 PM

4x4 Time

Heard a Boston Bruin player on Sat radio today talking about the toughness of Patrice Bergeron playing with a broken rib, torn cartlidge, and seperated shoulder last night.."The dude is tougher than a threee dollar steak"...Beautiful...

June 25, 2013 @ 3:51 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie- No he's not bullying anyone. YOu must have missed the earlier post where Duane accused me of bullying Cheryl because I disagreed with her....this was just an equally ridiculous retort....

and yeah, I'm thinking Duane might be our old buddy Dave...

June 25, 2013 @ 4:09 PM

Rick C in Oakville

HBD Mike! Maybe Toronto might get some good news on the mayoralty front, just heard John Tory may consider it.
Dalton's news conference today sure was a bunch of pathetic BS. Got to admit he has big kahoni's for attempting this charade.

June 25, 2013 @ 5:27 PM

The other Tim

Another Tim on the board...............Happy b-day Mike

June 25, 2013 @ 5:30 PM

Blind Dave

Only on Open Mike could someone be seen as "bullying Somalis". When I first read that Duane was a bully for his comments, I thought it was a joke. Really??? Honestly, I've scrolled up and down seven times to re-read Duane's comments. Really???

Yay, Chicago! I should clarify I am not a big Hawks fan; I just despise the Bruins.

@Al The Royal Pain

Great pic of your band. I wish you and the boys heaps of success.

@Toronto Mike

Is it 39? I think I have 10 1/2 years on you. A wedding and a b-day all at once. It's been an awesome month in your world. Again, I wish you more happiness than you can handle.

Love to all,

Blind Dave
(who was REALLY bullied in his school years for being almost blind, different, and so-mall, er small)

June 25, 2013 @ 7:38 PM


Re: car on path yesterday, now with video!

June 25, 2013 @ 7:53 PM


Happy birthday Toronto Mike. Hope it's a good one. As for birthdays in the office, I hate them. The way to solve things is to work at home. I've been working at home since 2002 and love it. Nobody bugs me or anything. I do medical transcription. Nobody will do the work birthday thing. There really is no easy way to get out of the birthday thing otherwise. Well, it is too bad about the Bruins. It's sad they didn't win, but I just want to forget about it. Then next year I'll be cheering for my Habs and Coyotes. Anyway, hope my diamondbacks are doing okay. Well, even though baseball is boring, I can still find out how they're doing.

June 25, 2013 @ 8:09 PM

Crystal Ball Clarence

Sorry the next mayor of Toronto is going to be Olivia Chow. She's got my support not because of platform but because of the immense pain people like Argie will feel when she wins.

June 25, 2013 @ 8:12 PM


@C B C
That's all we need, people with your mentality voting.
Probably the reason I will vote to cancel out yours.

June 25, 2013 @ 8:19 PM



I suppose its the same pain the limp wrist crowd felt when Ford was elected.

I guess in 2014 it wont matter that the mayor can barely speak a word of English.

June 25, 2013 @ 8:19 PM

4x4 Time

If Chow run's for Mayor will the press be as hounding on her for an explanation on why she and Layton lived in subsidized housing when both were in elected office?

June 26, 2013 @ 9:57 AM


Chow will likely not run for Mayor as it is a calculated risk that she will not take. She knows that the longer she can hang on to the federal seat, the larger her pension will be. Chow looks out for herself first.

June 26, 2013 @ 10:06 AM


The biggest threat against Ford will be if John Tory or Karen Stintz run. They're both career politicians who will sway whichever way is better for them. The public think of them as "moderates" but that's only because they're always changing their views and political allies.

Chow doesn't provide much of a threat as she will only receive the left of centre vote. Those goofs would never vote for Ford anyway.

June 26, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

Ben Vidal

Lets be honest, the only real vote should it be John Tory, Olivia Chow and Rob Ford on the ballot is John Tory. Unfortunately something tells me it will be one of the other two if it came down to it.

June 26, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

No Dope

DOMA, 1996-2013. It won't be missed.

June 26, 2013 @ 10:35 AM


DOMA will be missed. It was actually signed into law by Bill Clinton.

June 26, 2013 @ 11:00 AM


I know with Mike's rules we aren't suppose to judge but this is just eff-up:

June 26, 2013 @ 11:08 AM


Olivia Chow? Please no.

June 26, 2013 @ 11:12 AM


@Argie, why would anyone even allow themselves to be the focal point of such a story? Maybe since there is nothing new on Rob Ford, the Toronto Star has to revert to other outlandish stories to sell itself.

June 26, 2013 @ 11:20 AM


@Argie: hahahahhahaha the internet hive mind has been mocking these socially-stunted dorks for years. I guess they're now known to the mainstream now, kind of like when CSI revealed "furries" to the world.

June 26, 2013 @ 11:26 AM


Despite any successes Rob Ford will have this term he will not be back for a second go round. He is just too much of a distraction and the side-show he brings to city hall (much of it his own doing) is troublesome. While he currently enjoys the support of the Minnan-Wongs and the Holyday’s on council that support will quickly evaporate if and when his campaign for re-election starts to falter or more allegations start to surface. They will back someone who will bring back some stability to council. That could very well be Stintz or Tory. Olivia Chow’s time has passed. I don’t see her as a contender. Her step-son would have a better chance.

June 26, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

Ben vidal

@ Argie: Funny you posted that I put that link up on the old Facebook today. The two best lines in the article is that the one guy has spent $400 on shirts and other my little pony fan material and "Bronies, usually single, computer-savvy men struggling socially, get three uses out of the show: Socializing, escape/avoidance and conflict resolution.".

I would also say that the picture of the guy in the article was probably a bad choice on his part because it does nothing to help the rest of us understand his struggles.

I agree with Mark this group of followers have been constantly mocked since it came to light that there was even a group to mock.

June 26, 2013 @ 11:33 AM


@Blind Dave

Hey there! Hope you're still doing lots of walking and hitting your targets. Keep at it!

Just wanted to weigh in on the questions you had - the explanations lie in the Summer Solstice Open Mike. Duane - whoever that is - takes a run at Mississauga Phil without having all the facts. So when Phil makes a crack in this Open Mike about bullying Somalis it's really not about the Somalis. Rather, it's kind of using Duane's twisted thinking from their earlier exchanges and giving it back to him. You're reading it out of context so it looks ridiculous.

This Duane character was being a d-bag victim-wanna be a-hole and his throwing the bullying thing out there in that earlier Open Mike was an insult to anyone with an iota of intelligence.

June is a huge birthday month - my husband Mike's (the OTHER Mike :) birthday is today. He shares his bd with his sister and our sister-in-law. I know of at least 8 other people with birthdays this week.

Had some meetings downtown yesterday which finished early. Took the ferry over to Ward's Island - walked all around there and then hit Algonquin Island. It was extraordinary - SO quiet, so serene. I adore those little cottages. My son came with me - he wanted to experiment with his new Canon. It's a throwback to another era and I loved it. We live in a house built in 1843 so I appreciate keeping things simple. No walk-in closets and ensuites in this place! Anyway, if you're in the city and interested in a few hours of peace, hit Ward's Island for a nice long walk - clears the cobwebs.

High school graduation ceremonies tomorrow night. It'll be bittersweet, I think. I'm happy and excited for the kids and their plans for September. It just means a lot of changes - not good, not bad, just a lot will be different in a matter of weeks. The Kid is working at a golf course for the summer - pretty physical work but he enjoys it - and feels fortunate to be asked back for a second season. Thinks his boss is great, too.

Time to get back to work. A few deadlines to meet then later this afternoon some strawberry picking for a birthday dessert. Ya, I know. The glamour around here just never lets up!

Happy Humper boys and girls!

June 26, 2013 @ 11:34 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Liz: It's weird that perhaps the best bosses I can remember were the ones I had at my part time jobs in highschool and full time jobs in the summer. What defined where I worked back then was completely all based on my boss. I enjoyed the fast paced environment I worked in and any of the physical labour that went with it. Good on him for being asked back for a second season.

Normally as most of you have seen I'm not a fan of Ford, but even I can admit the new game that was made about him is tasteless and a little offensive. Thoughts?

June 26, 2013 @ 12:43 PM

Al The Royal Pain

@Argie Re: Bronies

I worked with one of these guys briefly last year. Before your video, I had no idea this was a thing...he was really socially awkward and seemed to have some mild form of autism or something (he was brilliant when it came to fixing a computers) so we just thought the whole My Little Pony obsession was a result of his condition. Thanks to you, I now know otherwise.

June 26, 2013 @ 1:06 PM


It's probably still a result of his condition.

June 26, 2013 @ 1:23 PM


Dickey the best. Let's get another 11 game winning streak going!

June 26, 2013 @ 2:31 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Liz - Love ya darlin' you are just priceless!

June 26, 2013 @ 3:00 PM

Mike's Trainer

@ Ben - you should sign up with me...look at the results Mr. Boon got!!!

June 26, 2013 @ 3:27 PM

Mike's Trainer

Sorry that was directed at Blind Dave not Ben, although, if Ben wanted a good trainer too.....

June 26, 2013 @ 3:36 PM

Ben Vidal

It's ok Mike's Trainer. I'm rehabing a broken left radius right now. Perhaps once I get the ok to train again.

June 26, 2013 @ 3:38 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Since my epiphany in January 2012, I'm maintaining a lean and mean 67.5 KG.

June 26, 2013 @ 3:40 PM



Quit with the metric crap. For weight, height and golf, stick with the old imperial system. Ayt???

June 26, 2013 @ 3:48 PM


@Toronto Mike, we set our Wii's country option to the USA so that Wii Fit would give us inches and pounds. Seems like a silly oversight that you have to fudge it that way.

I should consider dragging that thing out of retirement.

June 26, 2013 @ 4:02 PM


Oops, I just stole Patrick's comment #69.

June 26, 2013 @ 4:03 PM


Re: Metric vs. Imperial. I've never figured out why people my age (mid-40s) seem to have this weird hybrid system of measurement. I think kilometres for distance, inches and pounds for height and weight, and strictly Celsius for temperature (I have no real appreciation for Fahrenheit at all - I have to convert if someone quotes me a temperature in that scale). Does this persist in today's youth, or are they completely metric-ized?

June 26, 2013 @ 4:09 PM

Al The Royal Pain


You're probably right.

I'm with you...I'm 38 years old and I still use both. I have no idea what my height or weight is in cms or kgs, and I know room temp is 72 F, but to me, 21 C is more than warm enough for shorts.

I think American TV and movies play a big part in preventing us from going completely metric.

June 26, 2013 @ 4:43 PM

Blind Dave

@Mike's Trainer

Thanks for the offer of help! I've been more into sprinting than jogging lately, along with hand weight exercises and inside-the-house workouts. My weight has hit the 185 plateau and has been there for about two months, BUT I feel great and I just bought a new belt that is one size smaller than the old one (38 to 36 -- is that one size or two???)

I have been misbehaving with food a bit lately, though, with my granddaughters first b-day and my son's grad. I've also been studying for some exams so have had the extra munchie night or two as well.

Back on track next week!!!

June 26, 2013 @ 7:57 PM


As for imperial or metric, we used imperial when I was a kid. Then later on the switch was made. I know both, but metric makes more sense like there are 100 centimeters in a meter, 1000 meters in a kilometer, not like this 12 inches to a foot or 3 feet to a yard stuff. AS for temperature, it was Fahrenheit when I was younger and then converted to Celsius. I'm used to Celsius so like it better.

I don't listen to baseball. It's boring to listen to, but my Diamondbacks lost last night. If they play the Jays, hopefully they'll beat them.

June 26, 2013 @ 8:20 PM


There's nothing special about Mike's trainer.


Cheryl's Trainer

June 26, 2013 @ 8:40 PM



You rebel - you broke the rules - and I laughed. Watch it though cause you're going to be in hot water, you crazy bastard! :)

June 26, 2013 @ 9:51 PM


Correct decision by the SCOTUS today. Justice for hundreds of thousands Americans.

June 26, 2013 @ 10:34 PM


@Gump, I believe it isn't an exaggeration to say millions.

June 26, 2013 @ 10:53 PM


For fun, type "gay" into google.
See the pretty rainbow (or a version of the rainbow painted into the viaduct by the Don Valley Parkway).

June 26, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Funny how the teachers sick day claims are rising. Great example they are setting, as I heard a teacher who had called into John Moore's show mention it was in their contract to use them no matter what. He also commented that the kids they were teaching had commented they were not going to work their asses off like our generation has. Wonder where that idea may have been planted from?
Going to PO some teacher supporters on this.

June 27, 2013 @ 5:47 AM


@ Rick - Agree 100%.

June 27, 2013 @ 8:14 AM


Well a day after the loss of DOMA, free speech has won with the eradication of Section 13 of the Human Rights Act. Sometimes the MPs do actually get it right and they did this time.

June 27, 2013 @ 3:58 PM

Twilight Sparkle

For Argie and my other bronies:

June 27, 2013 @ 5:01 PM


That was what I was going to say. You broke the rules. Oh well. We are getting a new system at work. I'll have to get set up and trained on a new system. I don't know how it will work. they say it will work with Jaws, but I have no idea if it will until I test it out. Anyway, scary stuff. I hope I'll be able to use it okay.

June 27, 2013 @ 5:04 PM


@Argie, that's great news. Having to prove your innocence at a phony court was preposterous. Leave it to the real courts.

Mildly disappointed that you're so opinionated about DOMA. I just don't see why it's so important to keep marriage to hetero people. (With the caveat that I believe it would be preposterous to force a church to marry gay people unwillingly.)

I used to only support "civil unions" not understanding why "marriage" was so important. But I can see in the States that the specific word "marriage" means a lot more legally there.

June 27, 2013 @ 5:27 PM


Congrats to Anthony Bennett going #1 overall to the Cavaliers in tonights NBA draft!

June 27, 2013 @ 9:41 PM

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