Off to Huntsville Open Mike

Open MikeIt's Tuesday, I'm driving to Huntsville, and it's time for another Open Mike.

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Jason from Sudbury

First to post today!

July 2, 2013 @ 7:39 AM


Because it's early today!

I look for it around 9...

July 2, 2013 @ 7:49 AM

Sam in Pickering


July 2, 2013 @ 8:04 AM

Ben Vidal

Reason 1,234,543 why it's great to be be a Canadian and in live in this country. You need only look to Egypt and what is about to go down there and realize that no matter what political stripe we have here we are millions of miles away from ever being like that country. 2nd revolution in as many years. Thanks but I'll take any of our political leaders, municipally, provincially and federally vs. anything they can muster.

July 2, 2013 @ 8:37 AM


@Toronto Mike: Huntsville, Ontario or Huntsville, Alabama? JK! I went to Huntsville, Alabama once. I won a trip to Space Camp from.... Humble and Fred LOL!

July 2, 2013 @ 8:54 AM



I fully agree. However, is it really a surprise Egypt is so messed up? Can you name a muslim dominated/ruled country that isn't it? In the west we take so much for granted that we live in a society that is based on Judeo/Christian law. Yes, the western world is far from perfect but its a hell of a lot better than the alternative.

Let me put it this way: If you're a atheist, which society would rather live in - theirs or ours? Actually, even if you're muslim - I can ask the same question and get the same response.

July 2, 2013 @ 9:34 AM


Anyone commenting on Egypt at this point clearly did not understand the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. Although the government corruption leading into the revolution was known globally, it seems that people on this side of the world that sturggle to grasp a story past the headline believed it was a good thing.
Sadly, we still get fifth grade level posters that tag Egypt into a comment just for the sake of making a comment. Those statements just show how limited some of our free people are here.

July 2, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: I don't necessarily disagree with you, but at the same time there are African countries that are messed up and the same with south american countries that are messed up and none of that has to do with the Muslim religion.

@ Duane: Or should I say Dave Williams. Just shut up. From your postings thus far it's quite clear you are an asshole. Yes feel free to insult my intelligence because I called you an asshole. There was a lot more I could say without flinging names, but the troll you are doesn't need anymore of my attention.

July 2, 2013 @ 9:56 AM


You can't take western style values and throw them on a country or region that doesn't want them and expect there not to be blood. Yes, okay, western societies have reasonable (for us) levels of human rights, democracy and yada yada yada. And that's awesome. For us. Here's the thing, though. Western societies already went through their non-democratic periods, and periods of religious persecution--or are we avoiding things like the spanish inquisition, 1930's Germany, so on and so forth? We're ready for this kind of advancement. Again, that's awesome if you're us. Egypt tried the democratic thing. It got them, well, here. Afghanistan tried the democratic thing. Now there's a growing number of folks over there who wouldn't mind a return to the old days. How many wars, civil or otherwise, is it gonna take before people grab onto the fact you can't launch your values from nation X into nation Y and expect them to be accepted at the drop of a hat? People from Egypt, Afghanistan, India, places like that who want to adopt western values either have already moved or are working towards moving to a western country. The rest more than likely have no interest. So why is that interest being forced on them, occasionally at gunpoint? I never quite wrapped my head around that one.

July 2, 2013 @ 11:45 AM


Or you could have titled todays post "Open Mike Huntsville" and giggle like a school boy.

July 2, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Glen - thats great!!!

July 2, 2013 @ 12:14 PM


@ Glen

You owe me a new keyboard. Seriously, I just spat water all over the frickin' thing. Driving in the car the other day a guy had a license plate cover saying Hunt's Dealership. I looked at my wife and said "I wonder if Mike sold him that car?" I couldn't stop laughing at my immaturity.... it was awesome.

Thanks for making my day start with a laugh.


July 2, 2013 @ 12:52 PM

4x4 Time

No laughing matter for what is happening in Egypt, but I must admit, I did get a chuckle out of the irony of our governments press release -

"We urge the government of Egypt to foster more meaningful political participation by the opposition"

July 2, 2013 @ 12:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Duane does indeed sound like Dave Williams, who has been banned.

Not cool, Dave!

July 2, 2013 @ 1:12 PM


Humble & Fred finally addressed what happened to Kinga. Said it came down to them not being able to pay him what he deserved. Might be the best thing that happened to him, assuming he lands on his feet.

July 2, 2013 @ 1:20 PM

Ryan G

My wife and I decided to take a bike ride to Harbourfront yesterday.

Unbelievable crowds, and what's worse, Wally Magoo's is history.
Wally Magoo's was the somewhat cheesy, nautical/pirate themed restaurant & bar just over the little bridge by the Dockmaster on the west side of Harbourfront.

We've gone there for years after a ride because it was quieter than the giant chaotic patios on the east side of Harbourfront, plus they had some 80's era old-school paraphenelia decorating the place, including a full-size pirate locked up in a cage right near the entrance.

But now it's been replaced by something called Amsterdam Brewhouse. We were willing to check it out, but there were about 50 people in a lineup even though there were clearly lots of empty tables on the side patio. Not sure what was up with that.

Anyway, we bailed and rode towards Sugar Beach and stopped at Against The Grain patio on the south side of the Corus building. It seemed to be more locals than tourists, and it was quite pleasant with good service. Didn't try the food, but i'd recommend it nonetheless.

But dammit I miss Wally Magoo's. Oftentimes when we sat on the patio we'd see the DockMaster himself emerge from his little hole and run about his business, and this guy, if you've never seen him, is classic.

Never met him, but he's got this old-school salty seaman look about him. He's got massive eyebrows and looks to be about 250 years old. Fabulous.

July 2, 2013 @ 1:34 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

And driving to Huntsville has provided me with an item for next week's Your Blog Sucks.

July 2, 2013 @ 2:15 PM


It took humble and fred over a month to acknowledge the fact they fired Kinder.

A whole month!

July 2, 2013 @ 3:18 PM


Summer in the T Dot... nothing finer.

July 2, 2013 @ 4:40 PM


Well, it's good to be a Canadian. I remember centennial year 1967. This goes back. I was just a kid then, but I remember we were planning this programme just before school was out. I was just finishing up grade one. Well, I think we were going to plant a tree or something like that, but I don't know what we actually did. I didn't go because I got sick. I had this stomach bug or something. I ended up in the school infirmary. My teacher came to visit me there though and she brought me a centennial pin and she brought me a paper hat with a jmaple leaf on it. I don't have those things anymore. Oh well, I probably won't be around when Canada is 200 years old. That would be pushing it.

July 2, 2013 @ 4:52 PM

Another Lurker

Turks and Caicos would make a great Canadian territory or province, wouldn't it?

July 2, 2013 @ 5:05 PM


Mike you're probably heading to Huntsville on Hwy 400/11 because that's the fast way but if you have more time check out some of the side roads. I recommend ,Brunel road ,Muskoka Road 10 , Deer lake Road , Muskoka Beach Road, Southwood Road,Peninsula Road And Hwy 141 for starters. And there's tons of smaller roads worth exploring off of those ones. I can't keep up with your car collection but i'm assuming your driving something fun LOL.

July 3, 2013 @ 9:48 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Yes, I took 400 to 11. It was really fast, which was good b/c I had a time constraint.

I didn't even have time to stop at Webers....

July 3, 2013 @ 9:50 AM


I just read about a new Bob Seger album available on Itunes. It's 26 tracks for $7.99. Good deal, although I have all the songs so why get it. I won't get it because it's all repeats. It's the ultimate collection or something like that. I love Bob Seger, but he sure has a lot more stuff out than just his hits.

Anyway, the Diamondbacks lost 9 to 1 last night. Oh well, I don't care. They're not doing great, but the thing is that hockey will start in three months and that's something to look forwawrd to.

July 3, 2013 @ 10:47 AM


If you are out Hwy 60 towards the park, stop in and say hello.

July 3, 2013 @ 10:59 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


It's just beautiful up there.

July 3, 2013 @ 12:26 PM


Well, I'm not getting the new Bob Seger album. I know, I love him, but it's all songs I have so it would be a waste of money, that's for sure. It would be nice if he made another album of new material though, not greatest hits.

The coyotes are staying. That's a good thing. They're staying in Phoenix. They are my other favourite team aside from my Habs.

July 4, 2013 @ 5:06 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Found Webers the last time I dropped in, a tad over rated. Burgers were smaller, tasted manufactured. Almost what Licks has become. The Huntsville Mike reminds me of Porky's and the Mike Hunt call out. Infantile I know.

July 4, 2013 @ 10:50 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

The last time I went to Webers I was 18 years old... but I loved it.

I'm certain I'd be disappointed if I went there today.

July 4, 2013 @ 10:51 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Great time of year to spend in the Muskoka's, try a detour down through Port Carling if you got time. Hope the lovely Monica is with you to enjoy the experience. Cheers!

July 4, 2013 @ 11:08 PM

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