Gone Camping Open Mike

Open MikeI've gone camping.

While I'm gone, feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

2012-08-20 16.35.13

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Guess I'll get the ball rolling...

Saw Pacific Rim last night. While I don't know it's entirely for this crowd, if spectacles like Jurassic Park or Independence Day were enjoyable for you when you were younger, this might be an excellent movie to see.

I hesitate to recommend it for taking children to, as the combat is rather violent and visceral, if not gruesome. Also characters do die (still without gore). There is gore involving the monsters though which while I'm a bit squeamish, was sufficiently alien to not bother me.

It stayed relatively smart, and while the dialogue was sort of comic book-like, I don't think there were any serious groaners to take me out of it. Also shockingly no gratuitous exploitation of female characters.

Part of the fun for me was that a key scene was filmed on my street ... and then I got to see my condo get destroyed.

July 22, 2013 @ 6:48 AM


No YBS this week kids...listen to one of our first six podcasts again!

July 22, 2013 @ 8:04 AM

Mississauga Phil

I Saw World War Z this weekend....it was good...not "Walking Dead Good" but good.

You just can't make a great zombie movie that is also PG-13...just saying.

July 22, 2013 @ 8:28 AM

Ben Vidal

Markosaar: You failed to mention that anyone who enjoys watching sons of anarchy might enjoy watching pacific rim. Charlie Hunnam being the lead and Ron Pearlman taking up 15 minutes of screen time.

The movie felt like Transformers was melded with Godzilla(the originals) with a dash of power rangers.

I took it in on a whim and was pleasantly surprised to not have that empty feeling after the movie was done. Quite the opposite of what i felt when I saw The Hangover Part 3 or Iron Man 3.

July 22, 2013 @ 8:33 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Mississauga Phil: WWZ was much better than the last 4 George A Romero's attempts at Zombie movies. Unfortunately you really can't compare a 2 hour movie to a television series. Especially as there isn't as much time to have great character development.

July 22, 2013 @ 8:36 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Ben - it wasn't the character development for me, I enjoyed the story line for the most part.

For me it was the zombies...there were some cool scenes involving some herds of them, but when they were up close and solo (or a couple) they just weren't scary.

I'm not a huge fan of "horror movies" (the slasher flicks, and torture porn like Saw or Hostel) but I love me some monstor movies(specifically Zombies). And the ones in this movie just didn't do it for me. They had weird blue faces, and just kept snapping their teeth at the protagonists.....not scary..more annoying and comical.

July 22, 2013 @ 9:12 AM

Mississauga Phil

Oh, and I'd take the remake of Dawn of the Dead with Ving Rhames over WWZ any dad. But that's just me...

July 22, 2013 @ 9:17 AM


@ Ben:

Ah, never seen Sons of Anarchy.

I'd say comparing this movie to Transformers does it a major disservice. You could argue it's what Transformers ought to have been like. It was definitely a modern, Western, take on Japanese monster movies. The sense of scale portrayed in Pacific Rim is I think rather unprecedented too.

I thought the science dweebs were hammed up a bit much, but they were actually somewhat likeable by the end.

July 22, 2013 @ 9:50 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Phil: I never said Dawn of the Dead. That was a stellar movie and most zombie movies now can't even hold a candle to it. Since that time though Romero has made 4+ stinkers. All titles are a variation of (insert word) of the dead.

@markosaar: Well when you take a guy who normally does it's always sunny in Philadelphia or horrible bosses and try to make him a scientist it becomes hard to believe. Nonetheless comical and yes likable by the end.

I happened to like the first Transformers, the two that followed could have never been produced and I still would have been fine. So I don't see it as an insult to compare the two. Yes the scale was unprecedented, but what country did the bulk of the story take place in or around?

July 22, 2013 @ 10:11 AM


I'm not really a movie buff though, but to each his own. Anyway, I got a bogus charge on my credit card. It's only $20.56, but I'm sure I didn't do anything. It's from MLB.com. Why would I buy anything from them. I hate listening to baseball. I have no idea why I got charged and I emailed them and they want me to call their hotline. It's still closed, not open until noon. Someone did this. I don't know how it happened, but it was July 2. Just take it off my account.

July 22, 2013 @ 11:10 AM


I was just having this conversation with my co-worker this morning. I've never felt more disenchanted with movies since....ever. There was a time when I felt I could trust aggregate sites like rottentomatoes or metacritic, but now it seems that more often than not, I'm disappointed. I generally like Guillermo del Toro's work, and am sort of curious about Pacific Rim, but I'm hesitant. If I go and end up sitting through two hours of things punching other things through buildings (a la the latest Superman) I swear to God I'll lose it. I have zero interest in seeing any of the recent crop of Hollywood "sequels-that-we'll-run-into-the-ground-and-then-reboot" films. I won't see Star Trek Into Darkness. I won't see Iron Man 3. I didn't see The Hobbit, despite loving the LOTR trilogy. I think they all got generally positive reviews but I just feel like I've been burned enough by these unoriginal retreads (Iron Man 2, Spider-Man reboot, uggghhhh). My wife and I used to rent a movie every Friday night - I can't even tell you the last time we did that, because there's nothing we're interested in. We've been watching a lot of documentaries from Netflix.

July 22, 2013 @ 11:21 AM

Ben Vidal

Corey: I think you have to accept where movies have gone. Technology is technology. Movies from early 80's pissed off people who grew up with movies from the 60's and so on. Yes there are going to be movies with big destruction scenes it's a fact of life now, especially with super hero and scifi movies. I think you should have given star trek a chance as well as the hobbit. You didn't miss anything with Iron man 3. That said as you hate things being punched through buildings then don't bother with Pacific Rim. HAHA I heard despicable me 2 is pretty good, it's a complete cartoon so any buildings being blown up don't count right?

July 22, 2013 @ 11:37 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey - I'm with you on that. Hollywood is starting to get real boring for me.

That being said, if you enjoyed the LOTR Movies, or if you have read The Hobbit and enjoyed it, I'd recommend seeing The Hobbit movie. It really was well done.

July 22, 2013 @ 11:46 AM


Yeah, it's sort of the point of Pacific Rim. It just does it without being insulting to the audience, which is how I felt about Transformers.

Pacific Rim still managed to get a few surprises out of me, and as comic book-style as it was, the character relationships were just so refreshing compared to the usual Hollywood dreck.

But it's no Pan's Labyrinth for overall story and thoughtfulness. You go to see Pacific Rim to be 14 years old again for a couple of hours.

July 22, 2013 @ 11:47 AM


@Phil - I was really looking forward to The Hobbit when it was announced, and even more interested at the prospect of Guillermo del Toro directing it. I was disappointed a bit when he dropped out, but totally and utterly turned off when it was decided to turn it into a trilogy! That just stunk of Hollywood greed. I think I read that they originally balked at Peter Jackson's determination to make LOTR into three separate films. When that ended up working for them, they suddenly decide that everything must be a 3 parter, including a 300 page book like The Hobbit. Pass.

July 22, 2013 @ 11:55 AM


I'm in the same dilemma as Cory and the others here - there aint any good new movies to see. We've had to resort to watching older British detective shows like Lewis or Morse (which are both quite good) but it would be nice to see something new in HD. I can probably count on one hand the movies that came out last year, that I considered good.

I'm not into the explosive, violence for the sake of being violent movies. Admittedly, I tend to like Scorsese and other gangster movies but not because of the violence, but the story. Thus far in 2013, very little has come down the pike (Hollywood or Europe).

Fortunately there are some solid TV shows worth watching (i.e. The Killing, Mad Men, etc) but that's it.

July 22, 2013 @ 11:58 AM


@ Corey, I had a similar reaction, and also haven't watched The Hobbit. From what I understand though, apparently the third movie is more to tie in elements from Tolkein's The Silmarillion, and other post-humously published Hobbit-related writing.

I could sort of see Hobbit as two movies otherwise, and the Lord of the Rings books were a bit compressed as single movies each. That said, I couldn't imagine watching a longer series.

July 22, 2013 @ 12:04 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey & markosaar - K so here's where the fantasy nerd in me comes out. The Hobbit movies are a mix of The Hobbit and the Silmarillion. The main plot line of the Hobbit Movie is the Hobbit Novel, the side story with the White Orc is from the Silmarillion.

Cory - I understand your sentiment, and if you want to pass, by all means, but The Hobbit was well done, why deny yourself a good cinematic experience...

July 22, 2013 @ 12:14 PM


Er thanks for the clarification, I phrased it badly. I meant to say it was "expanded" into three movies with the Silmarillion.

Into other fantasy books, Phil?

Robert Jordan made me hate the genre, and I avoided it until a friend made me read George R. R. Martin around when A Storm of Swords came out. I've liked Guy Gavriel Kay a fair bit as well. I read all the pulp shit like Piers Anthony, Stephen R. Donaldson, and David Eddings as a kid.

My sister gave me a Brandon Sanderson trilogy for Christmas that I quite liked... because he finished Robert Jordan's books, I kind of want to go back and see how that ended now...

July 22, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Phil: I think a lot of people were disappointed with the Hobbit, because they had no idea of what the true story line is. They felt it was too much fantasy.... If you even mention the word Silmarillion to most people they look at you as if you just mumbled an insult. I think for anyone a true fan of the books the movie did exactly what it was supposed to. I much like Corey and others questioned 3 movies out of 1 book as the main focus. Especially when I feel like there could have been 4 movies from the main trilogy instead.

Only thing I'm not impressed about is the made up characters they are bringing into play in the 2nd movie. Feels kind of cheap to know that's going to happen, when the completely left out Bombadil out of the movies.

@ Markosaar: When you refer to Guy Gavriel Kay, did you read all of his stuff or focus on the Fionavar tapestry series? Did you ever give Terry Goodkind a read or Orson Scott Card. Big ones when I was growing up were Dragonlance and Forgotton realms. The latter for Ed Greenwood and R.A Salvatore. Did you ever give them a read?

The unfortunate thing about R.R. Martin is he's kind of a lazy fat ass. He probably won't finish the series by the time he passes. Which means some crony is going to try and fill the void. I'm also a little turned off by the show. Not because it's done poorly, but because most people won't even give the books a chance. Apparently anything over 400 pages is too much to handle for the masses now a days.

July 22, 2013 @ 1:24 PM


Phil, we all knew you were a fantasy nerd.

RIP Dennis Farina.

July 22, 2013 @ 1:58 PM


Farina was great during his short stay on Law & Order.

July 22, 2013 @ 2:02 PM


My first Kay book was actually A Song For Arbonne which I loved. I was also blown away that a fantasy-ish story could be told in a single book. I missed Terry Goodkind completely somehow.

One of my first sci-fi books was Ender's Game. I really liked Speaker for the Dead as well, but Card lost me after that. I do look forward to the movie adaptation. I think the whole LGBT-associated boycott of it is somewhat misplaced. He'd have optioned the rights. I doubt whether or not someone pays to see this movie will actually affect his income at all.

Oddly never heard of Greenwood. I guess I skipped Salvatore because I was never into Dungeons & Dragons. Maybe that's not fair.

I don't think Martin is lazy ... he just has a life besides writing. I'm surprised that's your impression of the show. Most, maybe all, of my friends into the show have now devoured the books. I see more people than ever reading them on public transit too. Maybe not as much as when Harry Potter hit, but still a very noticeable amount.

I am a bit turned off by the show. I'd say it's "okay" or "pretty good considering", but I do think a lot of the plot/character changes are pretty questionable. Also the gratuitous nudity is kind of stupid (there would have been plenty in the source material as it was). I suppose it helps sell it though.

July 22, 2013 @ 2:08 PM


0 = the number of fucks I give about the "royal baby". This will sell newspapers though. Why does anyone care???

July 22, 2013 @ 2:10 PM


I always wonder why people post about not caring about something ;)

Dennis Farina was memorable recurring on Miami Vice. Also great in Snatch. I'm surprised Law & Order seems to be his most referenced role. I thought the show was well into decline by the time he joined.

July 22, 2013 @ 2:16 PM



It was in a decline - but thanks to him, he halted that decline. Unfortunately after he left, the show re-started its said decline.

Its best days were with Brisco & Logan.

July 22, 2013 @ 2:27 PM


One thing I've never understood is why do Americans care so much about the British royal family. There are many royal families around the world but this one draws so much attention from the media - while I doubt many individual Americans care that much. I can see some Canadians being into this royal family but God knows why the US media cares.

I know one thing for sure, I couldn't care less.

July 22, 2013 @ 2:34 PM


@markosaar - I guess I'm trying to understand why anyone would find this compelling news. What am I missing?

July 22, 2013 @ 2:50 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Corey: I think it's the fascination with people who are reach and famous for being rich and famous. I liken the Royal Family of today to the Kardashians. I think that after watching the Ray J Kim tape, she might have more talent than most of the royal family though.

People have this huge interest in people that don't do anything to get rich and famous and are somehow able to maintain that rich and famous life style while doing nothing.

Only thing I'll give you about the Royals is the two boys got to ride around in planes and act like war heroes. At the same time they were able to take some time out to take nude selfies in vegas and I believe even dress up as a nazi.

July 22, 2013 @ 3:04 PM


Another thing you can say about the Royals is that they are playing better ball than the Jays. That however is not saying much.

July 22, 2013 @ 3:23 PM


I'm taking the week off to look for that damn Ford Video.
And here's to all the suckers who donated to a charity not of your choice.

July 22, 2013 @ 6:37 PM


I like how the anti-Ford lefties have dropped the video at this point, but hey, keep the dream alive!

July 22, 2013 @ 7:37 PM

Not Todd

Based on comments on Twitter, that's it for Todd on the Dean Blundell Show, eh?

July 22, 2013 @ 9:03 PM

Al The Royal Pain

Last night my band had the honour of playing a Stanley Cup Party up in Coboconk, Ontario! For pictures and details, follow the link:


July 22, 2013 @ 9:10 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Al The Royal Pain: That is cool. Can't imagine what it was like to share the stage with the cup.

July 22, 2013 @ 11:15 PM


Is there anyone over 25 who listens to Blundell?

July 23, 2013 @ 8:13 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Al - That's awesome man, as I guy who used to play in a band, I'd have died to share the stage with the cup!!!

@ Argie - I listen to DBS occasionally in the morning if what the guys on 590 are talking about bores me....

July 23, 2013 @ 8:16 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Not Todd - what comments on twitter, I'm not seeing anything...

July 23, 2013 @ 8:19 AM


@ Argie anyone who listens to Blundell for whatever reason is a bit on the slow side.

July 23, 2013 @ 8:42 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@ Al, not a bad last minute gig! How to keep it secret amongst 400 people and in a small town like Coboconk would be quite a feat.

@Cheryl: Call your credit card company, if the charges aren't yours they will open an investigation and have you sign a legal document that you did not make the purchase. I take a lot of airport taxi's over the years, and seem to have gotten a few phantom charges from these so beware if the driver only has an older manual system.

July 23, 2013 @ 8:48 AM

4x4 Time

Regarding this controversy over removing the Toronto Maple Leaf nostalgic images all over the ACC, I agree with Leiweke. Why have something that has become an "in memory of" shrine of a once proud franchise?

They should though build an “Alumni or History Wing" area of the ACC where the team’s legends and their accomplishments are honored and fans can visit if they want to.

But, it is time to change the mentality and start thinking in terms of moving today's generation of fans, along with the franchise forward.

July 23, 2013 @ 8:49 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - That campsite looks a lot like Earl Rowe in Alliston....am I right??

July 23, 2013 @ 9:45 AM


Yep, looks like Todd is gone. His content is removed from the edge.ca website. Earlier today there was an ad for Dean and Todd's Banff Ice Party and now it says Dean's Banff Ice Party.

So long Tickles let's see how long your model girlfriend will stick around now that your unemployed.

July 23, 2013 @ 1:16 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Nah, he'll be fine. It can be Biggs & Barr....and Shaprio..on 97.7 now....

July 23, 2013 @ 2:16 PM


Well, I found out what that charge was. I did get a hold of someone on MLB.com. I made a donation a while back to help some devastating area in Arizona. The person told me I donated to the Diamondbacks. Well, the charge went to MLB.com. I had no idea it was going there because I was on a different site to make that donation. Anyway, so I don't get anything back as I actually made the donation, but why the charge said MLB.com beats me. Why would I go to that site.

July 23, 2013 @ 6:09 PM


Canadian businesses are methodically replacing all their Canadian workers with foreign guest workers. It's happening on a national scale. The end result will be 80% or higher unemployment and economic collapse. All left leaning politicians should join hands and fight against this treasonous plan like lions. Instead they fight for bike lanes, subsidized bike rentals, bike racks, showers for bikers on City Hall, huge tax increases on hated "drivers" as if we were UFOs, and so on. The left has become utterly irrelevant and outright insane. I see absolutely no value in the left side of politics. I do know that they have been sidetracked and made to fight for the wrong issues on purpose; it's part of the globalist plan. However, I hate the left for not recognizing that they are being misled and "redirected". I hate their narrow-minded stupidity.

July 23, 2013 @ 6:44 PM


Holy cow Justin, just taking a break from looking for the Ford Video but I couldn't agree more with your post.
Well said my friend.

July 23, 2013 @ 7:25 PM


Funny, I noticed "Stuart" make the identical post on BlogTO today. You sound like robots.

July 23, 2013 @ 8:20 PM

Not Todd

The initial Twitter comments noted about Dean Blundell were listeners asking about Todd and getting no reply.

Since Dean isn't going anywhere maybe they will put a younger woman in that other chair? Something to temper the contrived angry divorced dad act.

July 23, 2013 @ 8:47 PM


I just thought of something.

What if Mike get's eaten by a bear?

Do we change the name of this blog to Toronto Bear? Will Rosie and the Bear have the same chemistry on the podcast?


July 23, 2013 @ 8:54 PM


people refuse to take part in the political process if they feel there is nothing in it for them. Quite frankly most Canadians do not make a connection to the policies of the government, ironically the election that really matters the most to your immediate surrounding is ignored the most. The municipal election. During elections , particularly at the Federal level, party leaders hardly make themselves available enough to connect with voters, possibly due to the short time allocated to campaigns. The media coverage is not good either, 1 english and 1 french debate is all you get to see leaders trade ideas, the moderator never challenges them, and in a crowded field with 4 candidates , it is hardly much more than 4 guys fighting to insert sound bites for the 5 second news reel. it would appear the election is not very important.Then you wonder why only the political junkies bother to vote?

July 23, 2013 @ 9:43 PM


Dear Robot Justin,

Pray tell how municipal elections affect Canada accepting foreign guest workers?

This is basically the online equivalent of robocalls.

July 23, 2013 @ 10:04 PM

Ben Vidal

How painful is it to watch the jays now?!?!?! I turned the TV off in utter disgust.

July 23, 2013 @ 10:27 PM

Rick C in Oakville

To see the foreign guest worker program in action, just come to Alberta. With low unemployment, and higher wages, staffing Timmies, McD's and hotels no doubt is a challenge. The place that it didn't seem to make sense to me was in places like St. Anthony, and Cornerbrook NL, where unemployment is well over 10%. Have to take my hat off to these workers to go to the remoter parts of Canada to work for minimum wage.

July 23, 2013 @ 10:38 PM


I'd love to know if these roboposts were being made on blogs in western cities too. If work is quiet tomorrow I might make a cursory inspection.

July 23, 2013 @ 11:30 PM


How about those Blue Jays!

July 24, 2013 @ 12:24 AM


I don't even remember the last Jays game I saw this year. It's half a step forward and 3 steps back for this team, and for that my cable bill's probably gonna take another hit in the fall. I'm gonna sound like Cheryl for all of 5 seconds, but I'm actually sitting here waiting on October 1st. I mean hell, the Leafs can't do much worse--and if they do, well, we haven't exactly had to listen to everyone and their dog saying they won't.

July 24, 2013 @ 12:33 AM


So I see they unveiled a 12-foot bronze statue of Ted Rogers outside of the stadium-formerly-known-as-Skydome. I had to double-check to make sure this wasn't April 1.
Most stadiums will erect statues of former greats of the game, but not Toronto. We erect a statue of a guy who thought so little of the people of Toronto that he immediately changed the name from the fan-chosen Skydome to Rogers Centre, to satisfy his insatiable ego.
He's the guy that only needed an old-timey mustache to twist to complete the effect when he cackled during the announcement of the "Bills in Toronto" deal that there would be exactly 1 ticket available for under $100.00.
What contributions did Rogers really make to the Jays? He picked up the Dome for a song, fielded mediocre teams ever since, and now he has a monument standing outside the f'ing building? His ego is truly boundless. I'd bet you anything there's a condition that the Skydome be called Rogers Centre for as long as it's standing, regardless of who owns it.

July 24, 2013 @ 7:31 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Cheryl - The reason it says mlb.com is, much like the NHL, all team websites actually route through the leagues servers.

@ Corey - Not a huge fan of Rogers by any stretch, but Rogers did buy the Jays when no one else would and it looked like they might be leaving town.

July 24, 2013 @ 8:11 AM

4x4 Time

@Corey - Yeah, it does seem over the top to have this statue outside the parl. At least they did not put his name on the ring of honor (yet)

July 24, 2013 @ 9:15 AM


I see no problem with repurposing the underused parking spaces, but the shower facilities are excessively expensive and -- with this city's track record -- will likely come in at a considerably higher price tag, citing unforeseen plumbing issues and myriad other challenges that arise when trying to turn part of a parking garage into a shower facility.

Bicycle advocates should form a not-for-profit organization that focuses on fundraising, promoting bicycle culture, building and operating bike stations in strategic locations around the city, advocating and contributing to the construction of a fully-integrated and extensive network of fully-separated bicycle lanes (in partnership with the taxpayers of Toronto) and while they're at it, they can take over the Bixi operations as well. An organization built for cyclists, by cyclists, working towards a greener tomorrow by encouraging more people out of their cars with the promise of better health, while maximizing the safety of cyclists on our busy streets.

July 24, 2013 @ 9:16 AM


Oh well, so that's why the charge was from MLB.com. Now I know that. Oh well, it was another site I logged into. Anyway, the Jays suck. It would help if they would beat the Dodgers to help my Diamondbacks, bring them back to first place, but they didn't. Oh well, I really don't care. Baseball is a boring sport. I can't wait until October when we will get some hockey. My Habs will beat your Leafs. You'll see.

July 24, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Cheryl - Not likely my friend..The Habs won't even make the playoffs.....

July 24, 2013 @ 12:29 PM


Phil mellow out.

July 24, 2013 @ 12:31 PM


@ Phil - I consider that whole "Rogers was the white knight who saved the Jays" as just revisionist history. Interviews after the sale clearly indicate he say this only from the perspective of expanding marketing reach for Rogers. In 1997, there was a Toronto-led consortium that was one approval away from buying the Jays from InterBrew before, after months of negotiation, Interbrew decided to keep the team instead of selling. I can't find anything that indicates the Jays were about to be relocated from any other source but Rogers.

July 24, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey - Fair enough, I'm going on old information that I probably heard on 590. Regardless, I agree that it's silly to have a statue of Teddy out front of the Dome

@ Patrick - Mellow out over what exactly??

July 24, 2013 @ 1:17 PM


Todd Shapiro has been fired as of July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013 @ 2:28 PM


Maybe Todd will end up on Indie 88.1. Neither they nor 97.7 are likely to (be able to) pay him whatever he was getting at Corus. 88.1 is currently on the air, testing their signal, "stunting" with various songs. It was Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" earlier today. They announce that they should be on the air next week. Toronto will finally have an alternative on the radio.

July 24, 2013 @ 4:43 PM


Pacific Rim - Excellent movie! Very well done.. I thought it was much better than Man Of Steel.

July 24, 2013 @ 5:13 PM


Doug I always envisioned Phil as a stoned Rick Astley.

July 24, 2013 @ 6:18 PM


Once politically correct social engineers and unions infest an organization, it exists for the purposes of internal management and administration only. Any real or imagined service to the public or vestige of the entities original purpose is relegated to the supplementary role descriptions of junior personnel. Thus has become the fate of the TTC.

July 24, 2013 @ 6:27 PM

Not Todd

Indie 88.1 is going for an older audience, female-friendly -- not really looking to give a job a 40-year-old fratboy who chuckled between Nickelback songs

July 24, 2013 @ 7:33 PM


I have a hard time listening to the Edge in the mornings nowadays. Jason Barr was the glue that held the show together.

Dean Blundell without Danger Boy or Todd is enough to get me to avoid the show altogether.

July 24, 2013 @ 10:50 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ James - Sorry, do I know you?

July 25, 2013 @ 8:02 AM

Ben Vidal

@Phil: Give it a rest. You are always ready to verbally spar with anyone who says anything about you on this blog. James is probably just Dave Williams again. Just ignore it

July 25, 2013 @ 8:26 AM


What's wrong with Rick Astley?

July 25, 2013 @ 9:10 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - Nothing wrong with Rick Astley...I just always found it disconcerting that such a deep voice comes out of a guy who looked like he was 12....

July 25, 2013 @ 9:22 AM


@Phil - I agree. Wasn't really a fan but he does/did have a hellava voice.

July 25, 2013 @ 9:41 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - Have you ever been "Rick Rolled?"

Rick Rolled: Often when Youtube takes a video down for content/copyright reasons, they replace it with "Never Gonna Give You Up" but you don't know until you click on the video...

July 25, 2013 @ 9:49 AM


@ Phil - Fortunately, no. Thanks for the heads-up though.

July 25, 2013 @ 10:02 AM


@Mississauga Phil that is hilarious. I did not know that.

What. Amazing. WEATHER! it's perfect

July 25, 2013 @ 10:28 AM



Rosie, low 20's for a high and low teens overnight in the 3rd week of July just plain Sucks.
If it was September great, but right now vancouver has had way better weather since mid June than we have.
Not to mention three times normal July rainfall for us.

July 25, 2013 @ 12:03 PM


@speysidephil haha you sound just like my bro, thinks I'm crazy. I like when it's sunny, soft breeze, no humidity, no clouds, no rain. So yes I like fall weather :)

July 25, 2013 @ 12:39 PM

Ben Vidal

@Speyside: The temperature last night made for an amazing sleep with the windows open. That is until the trap outback caught another raccoon around 4 in the morning and the thing started whining and trying to rip the cage apart.

I'll take high teens at night in regards to temperature any day. I won't complain if it's hotter though.

July 25, 2013 @ 1:25 PM


Agree with Ben - loving the cool air for sleeping. It's nice to be able to shut the A/C down too. Give me 25 degrees max, light breeze, no humidity in the day, and 15 at night, and I'd be a happy man.

July 25, 2013 @ 1:28 PM


@ Ben - I like how you threw that phrase "in regards to temperature" in your statement. Ya never can be too careful

July 25, 2013 @ 1:39 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: HAHAHAHA. I nearly pissed myself just now reading your response. You are exactly right. I was about to click send when I re-read it and didn't want to leave things open to interpretation.

July 25, 2013 @ 1:44 PM

4x4 Time

@Ben Vidal - What are you doing with the trapped raccoons?

July 25, 2013 @ 2:58 PM


@4x4: what any red blood Canadian would do. Make sure that thing is skinned and on the dinner table by 5 pm.

All joking aside all I really do is catch and release. I live in Oakville at the north end. I just drive up about 6k into Milton and drop the bastards off in a forest. Despite my hatred for them I couldn't hurt one. Well unless one of them attacked my dogs of course.

July 25, 2013 @ 5:36 PM


@Ben -

Okay, I don't want to get all tree-huggy, or preachy, because I totally understand your frustration with these varmints, but I do need to point out that even if you're only dropping them off 6km away, you are, in all likelihood "hurting" them. You're almost certainly creating orphans - Raccoons that are born in the spring are dependent on the mother for 3-4 months, and stay with her after that stage until they are 1 year old. Studies indicate 60% of relocated racoons will die - either trying to find their way back, or from rivals who's territory they've been dropped into. Additionally, it's not really a solution - you're not going to relocate every raccoon - another one will just move in to the now vacant territory. That's why there are laws preventing relocation.

Sermon over.

July 25, 2013 @ 6:28 PM


60 percent of relocated Racoons will die.
Well that's a start!

July 25, 2013 @ 6:36 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Anonymous is not me by the way! I know we affect where they live, but these truly are filthy creatures and what they leave behind can be fatal to human and pet. I have had them fouling my deck, pergola, fence tops, and my neighbours pool shed which they have totally coated with waste. Cayenne etc. just doesn't do the trick if you want to discourage them to move on. The last few weeks as some of my neighbours trees and gardens have been yielding their bounty, the messes have been a hundred times worse.

July 25, 2013 @ 6:41 PM


Of course my Habs will do great this season. They will have Daniel Briere who can score lots of goals. Habs will be great.

Diamondbacks lost last night. Oh well. Diamondbacks are further and further away from first place. Oh well, I still haven't trained on the new system at work. They're giving me the run around. Also they said the old system would be shut down for people to dictate on it, but we would clean it off. Well, guess what. There are still doctors dictating on the old system. Nobody knows why. I have no idea why that's happening.

As for weather, hot is okay but not good for working out. Better to have cool weather when I work out outside so today was perfect.

July 25, 2013 @ 7:59 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Corey: Anonymous was me. I'm well aware of what relocation may potentially mean to the Raccoon. I am also aware of what a danger these guys pose to both of my dogs. One of my dogs wouldn't be able to put up a fight when confronted with Raccoon just based on her being a small dog. The other one while bigger is by no means a formidable opponent, in that she is too nice and curious.

Their poop is toxic and a bio-hazard and like Rick C pointed out, has potential to harm not just my dogs, but myself.

If you have a problem with mice or rats, you put a trap out and you kill them, but for some reason Raccoons are protected. So it becomes a me and the safety of my family vs. the Raccoons. Guess which one I'll choose?

I know you aren't attacking me Corey, but trust me I've tried to prevent them from hitting my backyard up as a place to defecate and just be a general nuisance. From critter ridder, which only seemed to make them come back more often. To various scare tactics like motion sensor lights and sounds. I'm not opposed to Raccoons being in the neighborhood. I'm opposed to them using my backyard as a playground on a nightly basis.

July 26, 2013 @ 9:03 AM


@Ben - Like you said, I'm not attacking, or judging. Just wanted to make it clear that relocation isn't a "feel good" solution to the problem. I know you understand that, but I also know there are a lot of folks out there(my father-in-law for instance)who think the released animal just goes off and frolics happily in it's new rural environment.

Believe me, I've had my own battles with these critters. Once they've found a convenient spot to dump in, they establish it as a permanent latrine. The first house I bought had a deck that the owners hadn't closed off. I found a mound of raccoon crap that had to have taken years to accumulate. I was forced to crawl under there on my belly with mask, googles, gloves and coveralls and remove it by filling bucket after bucket. No joke. It still invokes a gag reaction if I think about it to long. Thankfully it was a simple matter of nailing up lattice around the base of the deck to solve that one.

Technically, wee are allowed to kill raccoons if we can prove they are damaging our property. The issue is it has to be done humanely, and since Toronto has restrictions against firearms, and poison, there aren't really any viable options for dispatching them.

July 26, 2013 @ 9:27 AM

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