House Hunting Open Mike

Open MikeI'm in full house hunting mode. Be vewy, vewy quiet.

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Al The Royal Pain

If anyone reading this is planning on being in the Aurora area tomorrow (Saturday) night, my band will be playing @ Sgt. Peppers.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:05 AM

Sam in Pickering

Are there any meteorologists or weather enthusiasts out there who can explain how 22°C can feel like 30?

July 5, 2013 @ 9:10 AM


Pleasantly surprised this morning when I opened today and saw this:

Trailer Park Boys season 8 coming to the internet

July 5, 2013 @ 9:10 AM


@Sam: just a wild guess, but I expect that it has to do with the humidity preventing sweat from evaporating as quickly, which inhibits our natural cooling mechanism.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:12 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


As I wrote back in 2005, I root for the Trailer Park Boys, I just don't watch.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:13 AM

No Dope

Isn't Rosie a Meteorologist?

She'll let us know if @markasaar is correct.

If it's 22 out, but it feels like 30, can't we say it's 30?

July 5, 2013 @ 9:22 AM

Al The Royal Pain

I've always thought the same thing. How do they measure what something feels like?

July 5, 2013 @ 9:24 AM


I'm also looking for a place. However, I'll likely be looking for something much smaller. I have a dog that needs a fair bit of exercise. I'm not from Toronto, but am a little familiar. Does anyone have any neighbourhood suggestions or tips for living with a dog in Toronto? The High Park area looks nice.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:28 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


If you're looking at West Toronto, anything near High Park or the great parks by the Humber River, like Etienne Brule Park are great.

Are you looking to buy or rent?

July 5, 2013 @ 9:30 AM


@Al: Basically they calculate how much heat "feels" like its retained given the relative humidity. So much humidity with so much base temp adds X temp.

There's a chart:

July 5, 2013 @ 9:31 AM


@ TorontoMike

Come out to Niagara... lots of room out here!! And, it won't cost you $1,000,000!!


July 5, 2013 @ 9:33 AM


Rent. I've looked at the site for High Park village. Seems nice, but there's no mention of AC. Plus I don't know if it's a bad idea to have a dog in an apartment when you need to take them down a number of floors to go to the bathroom.

There's lots of basement apartments out there, but they scare me with the potential for excessive darkness and dampness.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:34 AM


@Toronto Mike,

Thanks for deleting the double-post.

It's hard for me to explain the appeal of TPB. It's partially the loveable-losers aspect. I love the crossing of their intentions with their stupidity. The supporting cast are great. It's not rocket appliances: Ricky's malapropisms are a riot.

You should at least get a laugh out of this.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Lots of good people like you seem to really enjoy TPB. I've tried very hard to like it, but for some reason I don't find it funny or interesting. I've never made it through a full episode.

I will concede that the TPB are funnier than Ron James, however.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:37 AM

Al The Royal Pain

@ Lorne

Thanks for the explanation...and the chart...there truly is a chart for eveything.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:38 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


We've actually carved a nice rectangle we're looking at... I'm afraid it doesn't go west of the 427.

And we don't have close to $1,000,000 just to keep things interesting.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:39 AM

Al The Royal Pain

re: TPB

My brother and his buddies were heavily into them...I just didn't get it. I think they appeal to a demo about 5 years younger than me, but I do acknowledge and appreciate their success.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:40 AM


@Toronto Mike,

Watch the video clip?

I think also the show is deceptively intelligent. Superficially it just looks like a bunch of foul-mouthed jackasses acting like idiots. There's a lot more going on though, especially with respect to loyalty -- for better or for worse. I guess that's the main theme of the show.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:41 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Toronto Mike: Amen. Ron James is perhaps the most unfunny comic ever. As for his title as Canada's funniest man,it makes me lose my @#$#. Weirdest thing is that my parents; both over the age of 65 think he's quite funny. I guess it's an age thing. He's just as overrated as Mad Men or Big Brother.

July 5, 2013 @ 9:57 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Markosaar: I agree there is a depth of intelligence that is overlooked on the trailer park boys. With that being said I've watched several episodes, but wouldn't consider it a must watch or even a show I look for.

July 5, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

4x4 Time

Wednesday night, my wife and I were informed that very good friends of ours for over 30 years are splitting up. We know these people like family, our kids grew up together and are still best of friends to this day, and in fact both of our families had a Canada Day BBQ last week with all in attendance. We had a blast.
We had no idea anything like this was going to happen, no clue, no nothing. We spoke to “Him” last night and he basically told us he did not love his wife anyone, has nothing in common with her and it is time to move on with his life”…WTF?...He is 56 years old.
We cannot get a hold of “Her”, but have spoken to their kids who are equally devastated and shocked.
I realize there are two sides to every story, but right now, I think I hate one of my best friends.

July 5, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

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@Ben Vidal

Mad Men is great. Love it!

July 5, 2013 @ 10:23 AM

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@4x4 Time

The heart wants what the heart wants...

July 5, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

Ben Vidal

@ 4X4: Why would you hate your best friend? If he isn't in love anymore should he stay just because? She he live the rest of his life unhappy? Is it better if they are argued like cats and dogs and everyone expected them to divorce? It's not like he gave it 2 years and said aww eff it I need a change. 30 years is a long time in today's day and age. Takes more balls to admit that, then be whimp and go around cheating on your wife, using Ashley madison or hiring escorts. It isn't your relationship, last time I checked best friends whether or not they agree with an action don't hate their friends for it.

July 5, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

Ben Vidal

Unless of course their best friend sleeps with their own wife or de-flowers their younger sister when she hits 18

July 5, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ 4x4 - Careful before you hate. As someone who just recently split from his significant other, there's a lot that can go into it. Granted I'm 31, not 56, but this guy could have been going through the motions for the sake of his kids for years and you may have never known it (very few of my friends knew about the crap going on behind closed doors).

I tried very hard to make our relationship work for the sake of my son, but in the long run I discovered that was doing more harm than good. His teacher at school said she could tell almost to the date that my ex left the son's behavior at school improved, he didn't seem as stressed. (we tired to never fight in front of him, but it would seem he was picking up on the tension in the house).

However, if you're buddy is just hitting his midlife crisis and wants to trade his family in for a fast car and young girlfriend...punch him once for me.

July 5, 2013 @ 10:32 AM


Just purchased a Weber Charcoal BBQ last night. I'm sick of the gas taste. Any pointers from charcoal lovers out there for my first time use?

July 5, 2013 @ 10:43 AM


@ Jamie,

Be careful with the amount of lighter fluid you use to start the charcoal. It's worse than gas taste.


July 5, 2013 @ 10:58 AM


Well, good luck on finding a house, Toronto Mike. Hope you find something. Bring on hockey already. I can't wait until my Habs start playing with Daniel Briere. He'll help them out. He's great. Well, about three months away it will start and that will be good.

July 5, 2013 @ 11:10 AM



I agree with you for the most part but there's one major factor: the kids. For the sake of the kids, a good parent puts their kids before their needs or wants. Sure, life might suck for a few years but once they're grown, either parent is free to do whatever the hell they want.

In Phil's case, if its better for the kids to have the parents split up, then go ahead and split up.


I'm not not judging your situation. I know very little about it and its none of our business either. My comment above is in general terms.

July 5, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: I agree completely with your second part of the paragraph you. I think in 4x4's situation at 56 after 30 years of marriage. I would assume that the kids are all at the very least entering their last year of university/college.

Heck, my parents stuck together for a few extra years until my sister had gotten through high school. Rightly or wrongly they did it for her.

July 5, 2013 @ 11:17 AM



Sometimes it's best for the kids for their parents to be happy.

July 5, 2013 @ 11:18 AM


Mike, you posted a couple of times here on how unlikable the current Toronto Jays are in your opinion. Jerry Howarth seems to agree with you. He was interviewed on the Jeff Blair show yesterday on the Fan and he talked about how difficult it was to engage with the players this year. He mentioned Josh Johnson and R. A. Dickey specifically. He's tried numerous times to talk to them on the field before games but they aren't interested in building a professional relationship with him. It's his job to interview these players and they just blow him off. He said in over 30 years of being a broadcaster he's never seen that kind of behaviour

July 5, 2013 @ 11:43 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


That's disappointing because Dickey seems to be a rather interesting and cool cat.

Before the 11 game win streak, I pegged this team to win 75 games. I thought they were that bad. There's so little to like... and the play was so uninspired.

Then, they win 11 in a row. I honestly never saw that coming.

But since then, they've lost 8 of 11. This is the team I saw earlier in the year, mired in last place in the AL East.

I'm looking to 2014 and trusting that AA will make the right moves. 2013 is a lost cause for this club.

July 5, 2013 @ 11:47 AM



It was AA that put this high priced, mediocre team together. What makes you think he can do a better job next year?

I'm not surprised by Johnson and Dickey's attitude towards Howarth. MLB pitchers tend to be the biggest dicks in sports. Not all, but most.

July 5, 2013 @ 12:13 PM


I've also moved to charcoal in the last year - I don't use the lighter fluid - I have a little metal chimney type of thing that has a spot for newspaper on the bottom, and you fill it with charcoal up top. Once it's going, poor the charcoal out ..Works great, and no bad lighter fluid taste

July 5, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

4x4 Time

I realize I used the wrong word, I don't really hate my friend, but I am just really disappointed in how this is shaking out. I am being selfish because a see a major shakeup to the lives of many very close to me.I also realize it is none of my business what choice my friends make, but I have never been through anything like this before, and I am really upset about it. Again being selfish I will admit, but it is what is at least for me right now.
Kids are not a factor here, they have been long on their own and out of the nest.

July 5, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

4x4 Time

@Jamie - NEVER use lighter fluid, either the chimney method like Rick2 mentioned or an electric lighter if you have electrical handy.
Brickettes are good for long slow burns or lump is good for heat. I have a Green Egg and use Maple Leaf Lump..

July 5, 2013 @ 12:39 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I hear ya.. and you're right... but on paper this team did look awfully good in February.

I'll give AA another chance to make some much needed corrections before I throw him in the Burkie / Colangelo pile.

July 5, 2013 @ 12:47 PM


@ 4x4

Yup... chimney is way too go. A lot of people still for some reason use lighter fluid, which is beyond crazy.

I have a charcoal tray for my Napoleon BBQ, so I just put it in there, light the gas for 10 minutes until the charcoal is nice and hot and then let it take its course.

@ Everyone on divorce topic

I am a kid of divorced parents - they divorced when I was 5 and it was way better in the long run. Staying together for the kids to me doesn't make any sense. If you aren't happy as a person, then your kids are going to suffer for it in the long run, and kids aren't stupid either. My parents were -mom and step-father are deceased - and married to their second partners longer than they were to each other. My dad and step-mother just celebrated 35 years together and my mother/step-father would have been 38.
It's different for everyone, but I'm glad what happened in my case. My parents were very civil to each other in front of me and never once did they bring up their issues around me. Till this day I still don't know why they divorced, and to be honest, I don't really care as it was their issue. Not mine. Took me a long time to figure that out, but it's true.


July 5, 2013 @ 12:59 PM


I wish my parents had divorced. They're so utterly unsuitable for one another, I think they only stay together out of some sense of duty nowadays. The thing they have most in common is their stubbornness.

I can't imagine ever fighting with my partner the way my parents do, what feels like daily. Over the stupidest fucking shit too. I hate visiting them.

July 5, 2013 @ 1:18 PM



A chimney is a great way to go. I've seen them for cheap at Homesense, Canadian Tire, etc.

Try soaking some newspaper in veg oil. (You can even use some old frying oil). Crumple it up, stick it under the coals, and light the paper. It gets the coals going nicely.

July 5, 2013 @ 1:26 PM


@Andrew, Rick2 and 4x4... Thanks guys.... I think I'll go out and get the chimney as the last thing I want to taste is lighter fluid.

I plan on making some pork ribs tomorrow so we'll see how she goes.

July 5, 2013 @ 1:32 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Re: Divorce

I was married for 15 years and had two amazing kids and a great house in a great neighbourhood... and then I faced the toughest decision of my life.

Looking back, it was definitely for the best. My kids have adjusted amazingly well, their grades are great and they're happy and loved and amazing people. I'm re-married now to a great woman and I have a great relationship with my ex.

Everyone is happy.

July 5, 2013 @ 1:47 PM


I use a gas grill, charcoal grill and a smoker. I’ve never experienced a “gassy” taste from the gas grill. But by far I’ve gotten better taste from my smoker and charcoal grill

The lighter fluid taste is only an issue if you don't let the charcoal briquettes burn it off (e.g. turn white/grey). Remember you should only start grilling when the coals have turned that white/grey/ashee colour that’s where the heat is. Use the lighter fluid for a quick start but resist the temptation to use it again...and never, never use it to "heat-up" the briquettes once you’re actually cooking the meat...

You can use the fluid but then walk away until you’re ready to start cooking

July 5, 2013 @ 2:16 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Andrew - I can only hope my boy says the same things you do in 30 years. I think I've made the right choice, but you always have your doubts...

July 5, 2013 @ 2:32 PM


Well am I glad to be home after a very rainy white-knuckle drive back from Hamilton. So, I'm not a meteorologist but I was taught loads of weather stuff by some really smart ones :) If you are a weather enthusiast, working at TWN is so much fun, because someone will randomly wander into your office and want to talk about fog or the complexity of a rainbow or how a pineapple express works. The way it was explained to me is that "feels like" temps help us express the way weather makes us feel uncomfortable. They are "apparent" temps that include the humidity in the summer (makes us feel gross) and the wind speed typically in the winter (make us feel freezing) A "feels like" temp factors in the temperature adjustment with the relative humidity (or the wind chill when it's cold out) but technically it is not the “actual temperature”.

That question is the one people used to ask me about the most when I was a weathergirl, right up there with “is thunder the sound of lightning" (yes) and “can be too cold to snow” (no)

July 5, 2013 @ 3:02 PM


@ Jamie, Andrew, et al re: BBQ preference:

I just now coincidentally came across this article in Wired via Digg. The gist is as follows:

Charcoal purists will try and tell you that their preferred fuel leads to better flavor. This is, well, nonsense.

Your food doesn’t know what’s creating the heat below it, and once charcoal is hot, there aren’t any aromatic compounds left in the coals. According to the food science bible Modernist Cuisine, “Carbon is carbon; as it burns, it imparts no flavor of its own to the food being grilled.”

The characteristic flavor of grilled food comes from the drippings, not the fuel. When those drippings hit the heat source below, the oils, sugars, and proteins burst into smoke and flame. That heat creates new complex molecules that rise in the smoke and warm air to coat the food you’re grilling.

July 5, 2013 @ 3:32 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

Has Rob Ford been arrested yet? I've been out of town for a few weeks. With all the solid evidence against him, I thought he'd be locked up by now.

July 5, 2013 @ 3:36 PM


@ Mississauga Phil

It's good you have doubts, you wouldn't be human if you didn't, but, again, you have to be happy with your life. If you aren't happy the people around you and especially your kids aren't going to be happy.

We've had a lot of couple friends break up in the past couple of years - all of them with kids. If you can't put on a happy face in front of your ex and let your kids know that nothing that they did is what caused the break up than all is good. All kids of divorce think it was something they did which caused their parents to split. You need to reassure them that it was something between mom and dad - nothing else.

My parents became friends after awhile. My dad would have my mom and stepfather up to the cottage for visits and my dad and stepfather would sometimes play golf together. I might be one of the lucky ones, but it comes down to the actions of the individuals to make amicable. If you realize that separating or divorcing is the way to go, then be civil about it. I know emotions play a big role in it, but take it from me, your kids will still love you no matter - so be on your best when around them.


July 5, 2013 @ 3:38 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Andrew - Thanks man, honestly.

The ex and I are trying (and succeeding for the most part) to stay friendly. She acknowledged from the beginning that our son was better of with me as the primary guardian. I bring him to her a couple nights a week for dinner and every other weekend. Our son knows we love him, and seems to be adjusting well so far.

July 5, 2013 @ 3:43 PM


@Corey, there's a follow-up rebuttal to that article today.

@Nigel, thanks for shitting up this Open Mike!

July 5, 2013 @ 4:29 PM

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July 5, 2013 @ 6:08 PM


@ Mississauga Phil,

No worries... I wish you luck and happiness. That's all it's really about anyway.


July 5, 2013 @ 10:42 PM

Mississauga Phil

Hey Mike. ..that's the first time I've seen spam in a post. Please tell me you have a way to block that shit

July 5, 2013 @ 11:53 PM

Rick C in Oakville

On Staycation this week. Far more projects to do around the house than I really am interested in completing. Shouldn't have let them pile up over the last couple of months, but procrastination is my forte.
I have been tempted to convert back to Charcoal, but natural gas is just so easy and quick, especially when you get home at 6;30-7 and need to get something on the table in 20 minutes. I've never had the taste of natural gas, maybe it is because I let my BBQ get really hot before I put anything on the grills? Mike don't delete the spam, it is interesting in it's own way.

July 6, 2013 @ 7:42 AM


No, Ford didn't get arrested. That's wishful thinking. I wish he would though. I had enough of him. I know I am not voting for Ford. So Smitherman won't run maybe, but I would still vote against Ford.

Diamondbacks had a big win last night. That was good. They're doing better than the Jays I think, I hope. Anyway, Habs will win the cup because Briere is going to score lots and Subban will score lots.

July 6, 2013 @ 7:59 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

@ Markosaar,
Didn't mean to piss in your cornflakes, but the Star broke the story on May 16th and not one person has stepped up to back up the story. Not one. I would think that most on this forum would be outraged. Justice delayed is justice denied. You know, that sort of thing.

July 6, 2013 @ 8:34 AM

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@Mississauga Phil

I have a pretty good spam blocking system... that's a rare spam comment that got through. I think it got through because it wasn't from a spam bot but from a person.

There was no way for the system to know it wasn't a legit comment.

I think I'll keep it... it's not the spammiest of spam.

July 6, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

Ben vidal

Nigel just go back to Canadian thinker and you can have a circle jerk with Freddie P over ford and anything right wing. Its that or pick a better time to troll.

July 6, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

Guy who can read

While you were away Nigel I guess you missed how the Toronto Police admitted they had information on the tape. This was prior The Star & Gawker having anything to do with the tape. In case this confuses you it means there was discussion of a tape before the "loony leftie" media apparently made it up.

July 6, 2013 @ 1:25 PM

Blind Dave

I'm not going to tell you how the following story ends. Rather, I want you to paint a picture in your own mind.

Picture a small, rectangular sunroom off the livingroom. On the left hand side, the smaller part of the rectangle, is a window and narrow ledge. On the window ledge sits a cat.

In the livingroom is my one year old granddaughter, who can both crawl and walk and is incredibly fast. She sees the cat in the window. The cat is preoccupied with something going on outside. The cat's tail is dangling down. The little girl moves towards the cat at lightning speed, hand stretched out towards the dangling tail...

July 6, 2013 @ 2:30 PM


@Dave - I'm guessing someone had to pry the cat off the ceiling and your granddaughter was staring in bewilderment at the fur in her hand!

I came here to gripe about the condo owners in the King/Bathurst area who are offended at the smell emitting from the pig slaughterhouse nearby. The slaughterhouse that has been there for over 80 years. The slaughterhouse that employs 700 people. Seems that the new residents are demanding Quality Meat Packers relocate, like that's something that can be done over a weekend, without costing thousands and thousands (or millions) of dollars. If you didn't research before you bought, I don't feel sorry for you.

I'm really starting to resent how this condo community is shaping Toronto into this faceless homogenous city.

July 6, 2013 @ 3:21 PM


A peeve of mine is people moving downtown and then lodging noise complaints about things like the air show or island airport.

I think people living downtown is overall better for the city, i.e. less people needing to drive, more density meaning that providing services is more cost-effective, but yes, do your effing research.

July 6, 2013 @ 4:07 PM

Captain Obvious

Why just blame it on the condo generation Corey? Those who live in cottage country will tell you how city people arrive and demand their towns accommodate the weekend influx. There are those who purchase a plot of land, built a monster home in the country only to whine and complain about the smell of cow shit. Years ago I lived in a small town in Wellington County. Not long after it was invaded by commuters who complained about a lack of options for shopping. They also complained everything closed to early too. Guess what Einsteins, that's usually what life is like in a small town.

This isn't one sector of society, it's all of society. People have this arrogant "I'm important" mentality. They think because they pay money for something it means the world revolves around them. It's just like the "I pay taxes" comment so often used by right wing folk when they dislike something. Hey, I hate Harper, and take offence to his spending habits and I pay taxes too

July 6, 2013 @ 7:29 PM


Well the charcoal worked to perfection... The ribs tasted as close as I can get to the ones from the ribfests I've attended.... I used indirect heat from the charcoals and some hickory woods chips and smoked them at about 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 hours. Very yummy.

July 6, 2013 @ 7:41 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Yes people moving to areas then complaining is nothing new. Had a colleague (who had moved from out west) buy a house in Mississauga and complained of all the planes that seemed to fly over head all the time. I pointed out that some neighbour hoods had signs posted indicating this, and asked if he saw them when looking for his house. He said he hadn't, but i would have had a word with his agent after as I think they should be pointing this out to new comers.
Good Luck on the house hunt Mike, it's going to hurt.

July 6, 2013 @ 8:57 PM


The coyotes just signed Tim Thomas and also Mike Ribeiro. that's great. I just hope it will be a Coyotes and habs final next year. That's what should happen.

July 6, 2013 @ 8:58 PM


@ Mike
House hunting - look up Komisarik, Mike - Grabosvski "Mike", Kostka, Mike & Brown, Mike on MLS.

Lots of Mike houses up for sale in TO, you will be able to get a bargoon with your name Mike.

July 6, 2013 @ 9:07 PM


Sorry "Captain Obvious" (wink, wink), but with the rash of anonymous posts from the likes of "Sheldon Cooper" and "African American from Dallas", I'm enacting a new personal policy. From here on I'm only responding to comments made from established posters. Good points though.

July 6, 2013 @ 9:12 PM


I have so much to say on this incredible Open Mike, but I'll start (and stay tonight) with Cheryl.. My bet is that your Coyotes will be in Seattle next season. I'm a fan of that city so I'll take your Seattle/Habs final next year and route for the west!

Maybe I'll head to a second topic. BBQing.. I have one of everything in my backyard (charcoal/indirect heat/gas/smoker). The chimney works great but my dad (back in the 70s) was a prime example of liquid boy-scout just to get the fire going. It's a longstanding family joke now around family bonfires trying to get a half decent fire to melt marshmallows. The smoker seems perfect with cherry wood pellets. Ontario Gas BBQ up in Concord is a great place for everything BBQ. Christmas Day has three proteins all cooked on one of the BBQs freeing up the oven for casseroles.

Mike.. I think you want to stay in the 416, but Rick C (and Humble) will tell you there are some really nice areas in Oakville/Mississauga border area. Good schools and amenities.. I walk my dog in the mornings and the racoons and skunks are sometimes still out.

More tomorrow..

July 6, 2013 @ 10:33 PM


To support Captain Obvious a bit, one of my irritating childhood memories that has stuck with me: my elementary school replaced all the outdoor basketball nets with removable rims that were taken away at 4:00 PM every evening because a bunch of cranks moved across the street from a school and then complained about the bouncing balls.

July 6, 2013 @ 11:50 PM

Fred Ennis

I am so sick & tired of Blue Jay broadcasters Buck & Pat telling watchers that the game of baseball is so "tuff".
Baseball the game is not like splitting the atom !!
Their whole broadcasts consist of...It's a tuff ground ball,it's a tuff pitch to hit, a tuff fly ball,tuff with roof open/closed,tuff double play,tuff count to hit with,tuff foul ball,tuff bunt,tuff hitter,tuff pitcher,tuff sun,tuff in the lights...

Tuff is: Having 2 kids,working 10 hour days/shift work a $100,000 mortgage,rising gas prices,taxes,traffic,dealing with dumb people.

The over/under number on today's game is that they will use the word "Tuff" at least 15 times before the end of the third inning.

Immmmmmmmmmmmmm Fred Ennis

July 7, 2013 @ 4:27 AM


The Coyotes are not moving to Seattle. They're staying in Phoenix changing their name to Arizona Coyotes for the 2014-2015 season. They are staying. Believe me.

As for baseball, do they always use the word tough a lot? Well, it's boring anyway. Just following the scores is good enough for me. Diamondbacks won last night and did they ever 11 to 1. They're in first place because they're the best. Jays suck anyway.

July 7, 2013 @ 7:48 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Glad Trailer Park Boys is coming back. Big fan.

July 7, 2013 @ 10:42 AM


Tuff is not a word.

July 7, 2013 @ 1:18 PM

Blind Dave


I looked this up out of curiosity. "Tuff' is indeed a word. It's just not used correctly in this thread.


A light, porous rock formed by consolidation of volcanic ash.

July 7, 2013 @ 2:36 PM


Ha! Of course it is, and I stand corrected. Kudos for doing the due diligence where I did not.

I suppose tuff could be considered to be tough.

July 7, 2013 @ 6:00 PM


I didn't know tuff was a word. It's always been tough. Oh well, no wonder they have two different meanings. diamondbacks won today. They won because they're the best.

July 7, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

@ Ben Vidal,
As you should be aware, Canadian Thinker has been dead in the water for sometime and if you'd actually read some of my comments posted there, it's quite a stretch to label me right wing. But alas, I used big words in that forum so I can understand your confusion. As for the circle jerk, we have it at Freddie's every friday night. I'd get Fred to invite you but I'm not sure that you'd measure up.

Crap, there I go again, thinking that I'm talking to an adult.

Let me respond at a level that you might understand,
I am rubber, you are glue, what bounces off me, sticks to you!
or the always popular,
I know you are but what am I.

Reading your comments always cracks me up. Keep'um coming.

July 7, 2013 @ 8:04 PM

Ben Vidal

Annoyance of the day, or rather Sunday. Purchasing a washing machine for my father. Now the actual act of purchasing the washing machine isn't so annoying. I do the research, look at different models across manufacturers, that fit into the price range and necessary use that my father needs it for. He's an old Spanish man and his needs aren't much, weekly washing of his clothes and I hope/assume his bed sheets. So we are going for not a lot of frills, but an energy efficient model. Reason for energy efficient is not entirely wholesome, yes the care for the environment, but a man on a fixed income always likes to save money on water.

Now all that said, we found the model that works, the price was right and we went with delivery $50( which includes setting up new machine, balancing it and hooking up hoses and ensuring it starts right. The reason delivery is that Home Depot doesn't store most of their major appliances in house. We also paid for the machine to be hauled away. At $20 this is a no brainer, I'd rather not have to lug a 23 year old washer up the stairs to the curb and call the town to come do a bulk metal pick up.

Here is the kicker. Apparently May Tag started this, but more and more washing machines don't come with the hose hook ups anymore. Why you might ask. May Tag fed this crock of shit that consumers said they don't want new hoses. I asked if that report was available to the public as I needed a good laugh. Of course may tag started it so all of the rest are starting to follow.

So on top of the purchase you have to buy 2 new hoses, that range from $16 - $50 dollars depending length and type.

Now here is the real kicker, no place will deliver and hook up your washing machine if you have old hoses. Even if those hoses have only been used for 2 days. They won't allow it because they could break and they don't want the insurance liability. So in essence you need new hoses no matter what. I understand $16-$50 isn't much, when I just paid for delivery and haul away. The problem I have is those parts used to be free and probably cost manufactures less than a $1. I know for a fact that not including those parts had no effect on the price of a washer. So May Tag starts a trend that flat out bones the consumer out of money.

What's next you buy a washer, but you then have to buy a motor separately, because consumers already have a motor in their old model?

Long rant I'm sorry, it is Monday so I think I get a pass.

July 8, 2013 @ 10:08 AM


Aren't Mondays awful? Yes, they are, that's for sure. Not a good start to the week. I got a new foot pedal for work. I have to train on a new system soon and I need a new foot pedal for that. Well, some software came with it. My friend helped me set everything up, but then I called my team lead because my friend couldn't get the software to work. Apparently the help desk has to do something, but who knows when that will happen. The old system will be totally shut down in a couple weeks so I will need everything working and to be trained by then or I'm out of a job. I think I need some hockey to get me going. Well, I like the Diamondbacks, but I don't like baseball except when I play it. The Diamondbacks will do better than the Jays.

July 8, 2013 @ 11:12 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@Ben: If you figure they sell a couple million machines a year, the savings to the appliance manufacturers would be pretty good. I would suggest the extended warranty to 5 years as my Maytag Neptune (and my 2 other family members who purchased it) and any appliance I have purchased in the last 5 years has needed service under 5 years and the $150.00 is good piece of mind.
Our industry would supply all connections for a customer to connect their equipment to their existing setups, and cut it out about 2-3 years ago. Saves them about $75.00-$100.00 a unit on a $3000.00 piece of equipment. We as a distributor, usually are forced to throw them in, eating it.

July 8, 2013 @ 6:57 PM


YO SOY BELA quiero dar las gracias y siempre voy a dar gracias a DR.utimate que trajo de vuelta mi amor que me ha dejado de 6 años dentro de 48 horas, que he dicho sobre esto la semana pasada, pero me prometió decir siempre a la gente sobre esto cada semana final para que los que no leyeron sobre él la semana pasada se leer sobre él esta semana, he estado buscando la manera de conseguir este chico de vuelta a mi vida, porque me encanta este chico con todo mi corazón, yo no lo podía reemplazar con cualquier organismo, un día yo estaba viendo mi televisor cuando vi a una señora dando gracias a DR.utimate y decirle al mundo cómo la ayudaba yo estaba tan sorprendida que no pude creerlo porque nunca enseñaron que hay poderes que pueden traer amor de nuevo perdido, entonces eso fue lo que decidí contactar con él también, porque yo realmente necesito mi amor de nuevo, cuando me puse en contacto lo que le dije todo y él me dijo que no me preocupara que mi amor que seguramente será de nuevo a mis brazos dentro de 48 horas Al principio no me lo podía creer, porque yo estaba pensando cómo podría alguien que ha pasado por 6 años volver dentro de 48 horas, por lo que entonces me decidí a mirar y ver, increíble dentro de la próxima 48 horas recibí una llamada de número desconocido, así que decidí coger la llamada lo siguiente que podía oír era mi voz amores que estaba suplicando y rogándome por teléfono para que le perdone que debo olvidar todo lo que han pasado que él no sabía lo que se apoderó de él, prometió no dejar de cualquier razón, que era realmente lo siento por lo que hizo, yo estaba tan sorprendido porque nunca creí que esto pudiera suceder, así que era como me acepté sus disculpas ya la mañana siguiente vino a mi casa y aún pidiendo que te perdone lo que le dije que todo está bien que yo lo he perdonado, así fue como empezamos de nuevo y ahora estamos casados, yo prometí que decir que este testimonio en la estación de radio, comentando este testimonio es todavía bien, pero antes de este mes se acabe lo prometo para decir esto en la estación de radio y lo haré, señor muchas gracias much.World por favor te lo ruego a la gente a tratar de agradecer a este hombre para mí, o si necesita su ayuda aquí es su dirección de correo electrónico:

February 3, 2014 @ 7:21 AM

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