Alberta Bound Open Mike

Open MikeI'm Alberta bound to check out Banff and attend a wedding in Edmonton.

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Usain Bolt

First....

August 30, 2013 @ 6:18 AM

Buffalo Bills

Second....

August 30, 2013 @ 7:10 AM

markosaar

Fourth...

I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

Air show, yay or nay?

I personally love it, but in adulthood my excitement is a bit tempered realising that I'm looking at killing machines, and how differently seeing a jet in the sky must make people feel in shitty places to live.

Also not looking forward to the inevitable whining about the noise.

August 30, 2013 @ 7:34 AM

Corey

I thought the "First!" thing had finally died off from the Internet, yet it's been resurrected on torontomike.com. Who brought it back, and how shall they be punished? Let's get medieval on the culprit.

August 30, 2013 @ 7:55 AM


Argie

Never mind Miley Cyrus' performance - what about the fact Robin Thicke looked like George Michael in his prime? Doesn't that bother anyone else?

August 30, 2013 @ 8:19 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

"A prominent communications expert has alleged that Bell Media's senior leadership pressured CTV and other news outlets owned by the company into providing favourable coverage of wireless prices in Canada."

I for one am totally in favour of being spoon-fed my news by the executives at Bell. They know best. Saves me from actually thinking, freeing up time to catch up on my celebrity gossip.

August 30, 2013 @ 8:23 AM

Il Duce

Please Mike, if having a few beers, no more heart felt speeches to Monica's family while in Edmonton. You're in their hood, things may not go well otherwise.

August 30, 2013 @ 8:25 AM

Worst 14 days of my life

Well, my 'name' says it all.

Last 2 or so years with my wife haven't been the best...but I guess that comes with 14+ years.
But I found out 2 weeks ago she has been cheating.

I'm so lost, and hurt, and confused...

I love her so much, and I am not willing to quit without a fight. But I don't think she even wants to fight for us. After she cheated on ME, that really hurts.

I've started to go to a therapist, and I think its helped (a little). I really want her to go to couples therapy, but she seems to have no interest.
I just can't believe that after 14+ years, and 2 kids, we're done like THAT?!?!?

I suppose things can only get better, but I'll be honest, that 'light at the end of the tunnel' seems very, very far away.

August 30, 2013 @ 8:29 AM

Argie

@ Worst
I feel bad for you but this is probably not the best place for marital advice. I'm sure some will offer it, but take it with a grain of salt.

August 30, 2013 @ 8:45 AM

Ryan G

One of the beer stores in my Cabbagetown neighbourhood has went against corporate policy and instituted a 1 purchase a day policy. This means you could walk in and buy a 24 no problem, but if you went in and bought a single can, and then came back to buy another can an hour later, you'd be turned away.

If you've ever visited said store, you'd understand. It's like a Hobo convention..all the time. Not long ago they had an open wall on one side with a small self serve selection of beer, but that's since been drywalled over due to chronic theft - I was in line once and I saw a guy just walk in casually, take a 6 pack and walk out. The guy working there barely flinched.

At the end of the day, these guys will still get their single cans (there's another beer store not too far away), but if they're deterred from that location it might encourage the tax-paying locals to visit that store more often, and in the end make more profit (think how inefficient it is for employees to have to go back and grab one can of beer). But really, I applaud the local manager for taking a stand, despite corporate policy. After all, this manager knows his store and neighbourhood better than anyone at corporate, and felt the move was justified, particularly for safety reasons.

August 30, 2013 @ 8:51 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Worst - 2nding Argie's sentiments, we're not exactly marriage councillors here. For my 2 cents...cheating and beating are my 2 unforgivable in a marriage...there is never a good reason for either. If a significant other cheated on me...we're done cause I personally could never trust that person again.

August 30, 2013 @ 8:52 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey - Agreed...tar and feather or should we just build a guillotine?

August 30, 2013 @ 8:53 AM

Worst 14 days of my life

@ Phil & Argie

Thanks guys.
I'm not really looking for advice per se.
Just needing to vent, ya know...

And Phil, you said you could never trust again, and I hear you. Its hard. I REALLY want to, but everytime I see her on her phone or tab...I wonder...is it him again?

August 30, 2013 @ 8:56 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Worst - And that's no way to live man...plenty of other women out there brother. Kick her to the curb or move out yourself, but start the healing.

August 30, 2013 @ 9:11 AM

markosaar

@Mississauga Phil -- I don't necessarily agree. You'd throw away 10 or years of marriage over a lapse in judgement?

...I might, but it wouldn't be automatic. It would depend on motives, feelings for my wife, etc.

In Worst's case, it sounds like his marriage has been over for two years, but his wife didn't have the decency to tell him.

August 30, 2013 @ 9:20 AM

McNulty

@ Worst

I don't know you buy it'll be harder to fight for this marriage than you think. As Phil said, it's pretty unforgivable and trust me, you won't ever forget it and moving on is extremely difficult. Once trust is broken then it's like Humpty Dumpty, you can try to put it back together but there will always be missing pieces.

@ Mike

Our flights will probably pass each other. I'm leaving Calgary today.

Enjoy Banff. I love it there.

August 30, 2013 @ 9:21 AM

McNulty

@ markosar

Lapse in judgement is making out with someone else. Or betting on the Leafs to win a playoff series.

Having an affair is a definite choice.

August 30, 2013 @ 9:23 AM

Worst 14 days of my life

@ McNulty, markosaar

Thanks for the input as well guys.

I do understand the Humpty Dumpty reference.
I see the situation as, I may be able to forgive, but I'll never be able to forget.

I'm not quite ready to quit on 14 years...but its gonna be a hard battle, and like I said, I don't think she wants to fight.

So why the hell am I trying so hard??

August 30, 2013 @ 9:25 AM

McNulty

I'm not a doctor, but having a shared experience...

You are holding on to the comfort of the relationship. The memories, the feeling of family and of being a couple. Perhaps it can be worked on. Who knows? Everyone is different.
I just know it's hard to truly forgive. There's a big feeling of imasculation that another man was there.
I don't know. It's still raw. Take time to reflect before making harsh decisions.

August 30, 2013 @ 9:37 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mark - to each their own. for me it's a dealbreaker. Simple as that. As McNulty said, kissing someone is a lapse. By the time you're into the act, you know exactly what you're doing and could have stopped at any time.

August 30, 2013 @ 9:47 AM

Worst 14 days of my life

@McNulty
"There's a big feeling of imasculation that another man was there."
Yes...exactly. I tried to explain this to her last night. Its not just that we've been having a hard time...but she was WITH someone else. Ive asked her did she think of me before...during...after... She wont answer that.


August 30, 2013 @ 9:52 AM

Jamie

Here's my Home Depot rant.

I HATE HATE HATE home depot. I was in there this morning to return an unopened celephane packaged multi-meter that I received as a gift. I went to the returns department with the item and gift receipt. The lady behind the counter asked "what's wrong with it", I told her "nothing, as you can see it hasn't been opened, I already have one and wish to return it" She then said it must go back on the credit card which it was purchased from. I told it should go on a store credit as that's the whole premise of a GIFT RECEIPT. She said that's not how it works, I then asked for her manager. She said I don't need a manager as she knows the policy. I said fine give me back my item and I'll go elsewhere. She threw my item in the return bin and told me to sign the machine for the money to be reimbursed back to the credit card. Now I'm steaming...I said I demand my item back so I can go elsewhere. She said she will put in on store credit this time as she put in in a a lost receipt. I got my store credit and as I was walking away I heard her mutter under her breathe the word "idiot". I asked her what did she say but she continued to walk away. I hadn't the time to go and complain to the store manager but I'm sure I will get in contact with them later

I can't wait for the Lowes to open in Burlington as I am done with that Orange piece of shit box store.

August 30, 2013 @ 9:53 AM

4x4 Time

Off to Nashville for a week Saturday morning. We booked a furnished house on the river on www.airbnb.com. Second time we have used this site, the other time was Kipsalno Beach BC. Check out the site if you are looking for vacation house rentals anywhere in the world.

August 30, 2013 @ 10:11 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Jamie - It's just an example of a person in a menial retail position, with just a little bit of power..who then uses said modicum of power to abuse others to make her feel better about the shitty, dead-end job she's in...

Better to just shrug it off and give your business elsewhere....

August 30, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

Wayner

...and I doubt that she actually knew anything about the store policy, let alone the basics of customer service

August 30, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

Rosie's Husband

Hey, is anyone listening to the do Good Assasins? Ron Hawkins new band. I downloaded the rock disc of the two disc set ( the other one is country which I will get to soon, though not really country, more like his last two solo albums). Anyway it's great,

August 30, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

ycagwyw

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

August 30, 2013 @ 11:22 AM

Al The Royal Pain

I find it humorous that after @worst posted his problem, a few commentors told him this wasn't the best forum for marital advice and then the next dozen posts were spent debating marital advice. ;)

@Jamie
I've had my issues with Home Depot in the past as well, but one thing I've never had an issue with was returning something...especially if it had never been opened. Sounds like you just got a crappy CSR on a bad day.

August 30, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

Wayner

Just a thought...but if the plan is to book off every Friday, perhaps H&F can pre-record a show during the week for play on the Friday they are gone.

At least there would be somewhat newer content...

August 30, 2013 @ 11:59 AM

4x4 Time

Labour Day is here so how was your summer? So so for me, nothing too exciting..

August 30, 2013 @ 3:01 PM

Andrew

@TorontoMike:

Grab a pint at Sherlock's across from The Westin in Edmonton.

@4x4:

Grab a pint at Tootsie's in Nashville...not a country music fan, but man, that place is awesome!

Everyone else, enjoy the long weekend. I will be at Rogers Centre, suffering again for my craft!

Cheers,
Andrew

August 30, 2013 @ 3:06 PM

Cheryl

Well, just another month and a day until hockey season. I can't wait. Just watch those Habs beat your Leafs. That will be wonderful. My trainer curls next weekend as well, so finally there will be more sports around besides boring baseball. That will be good.

August 30, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

chris

I gave up a front row seat behind the plate in a corporate box yesterday for tonight's Jays game. Food & drinks were gonna be free. I love the Jays & have been to at least 10 games this year so far, but I've given up hope a long time ago with this inept bunch of Primadonna's.

I'd rather stay home & maybe watch the game on TV after having a doobie on a long weekend.

August 30, 2013 @ 6:16 PM

Glen

I wonder how much Canada is obsessed with hockey or is it just a way for the media to fill space and airtime with endless hockey talk especially in the summer.


The amount of attention Team Canada's orientation got this week in the media was unreal. The photo of them playing ball hockey was on the FRONT page of the National Post. If it was on the Sport Section front page that would have been more appropriate.

I don't doubt Canada will be watching next year's Sochi Olympics and cheering our mens and women hockey teams. But the last thing people are thinking about in August is hockey.


August 30, 2013 @ 7:01 PM

Tron

@Glen, The absurd hockey coverage actually turns me off from the sport. It doesn't help that I find hockey talk the most boring out of any of the sports talk.

@Chris, I've been offered tickets as well recently. I did think about it and ended up turning it down. I am seriously considering not going to any more games (freebies or not) unless Gibbons is fired... or the Rogers statue is taken down, either or. lol

BTW Chris ixnay on the doobie, didn't you read the story a couple of weeks back of the dude who worked at the auto shop and tweeted out for some pot to be send to his place of work and then the authorities tweeted him back and got him fired. But the Mayor of the city can brag about doing "a lot of pot" and everybody laughs about it. I guess we hold guys working at an auto shop to a higher moral standard than leaders of cities.

I don't partake in it, but I think it's absurd the double standard that so many have with this issue. So many people either did it or think it's not that big of a deal, but the rules are still in the books that can hurt peoples’ lives (if they are not in the right demographics) I'll give Trudeau credit for talking about it honestly and shame to the gutless people who did do it (or still do it) and throw others under the bus who did the same thing. CFRB Jim Richards had a good call-in segment of people who have trouble traveling and getting a job because they were found with some pot

autoshop dude story

August 30, 2013 @ 8:35 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@4x4 time: Love Nashville, make it down to Jacks BBQ. Unbelievable the talent down there just walking around looking for a place to play. Summer has been pretty crappy, too much work and not enough play. Having to travel more to keep the pay cheques coming. Come on Lotto 649!
Wayner: re H&F: yes a show for Friday would be appreciated for us devoted fans. Suspect they are back to 5 days after labour day, the lazy buggers LOL.
As for Worst 14 days. Have to agree, once the trust is broken, every little thing like a text, email etc. will just send your mind spinning. Not sure of your age, but in my circle of friends, 40 and 50 years of age seem to be the crisis points that blow a relationship apart. Good Luck!

August 30, 2013 @ 8:46 PM

Digger08

Why can't the good people at Tim Horton's remember not to fill my coffee to the brim and spin the flap away from the cup seam!
......nothing like spending time cleaning a sticky triple/triple out my shifter boot!

Stupid third world problems...

Digger

August 30, 2013 @ 9:24 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@ Digger 08 LMAO, my First world problem a couple of times a week. I've complained to the good people at head office, but not much of a response. They need lids like McD's or Big Bucks, then problem would be solved. My new Prius has 3 buttons to select driving mode right beside the cup holder: bad design on Toyota's part and a sh##ty lid design on Tim Hortons. Buttons will be gooped up before my warranty runs out.

August 30, 2013 @ 9:33 PM

Corey

@Tron -

Can I ask you why you didn't mention the higher profile figure? As in:

"But a Minister of Parliament can admit he smokes pot at home and everybody is cool with it. I guess we hold guys..."

August 30, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

markosaar

If you need three sugars and three milks or creams or whatever to make Timmy's drinkable, you should probably try a different chain.

August 30, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

Digger08

@markosaar.....I refuse to live in your world! Attica..Attica...

August 31, 2013 @ 12:11 AM

Anon&on

@Digger08 @Rick C in Oakville

You can ask for a dome lid at Tims.
I hate the dome lid. I go to Tims because they don't have a dome lid. I can't carry a coffee in my teeth with a dome lid.

Lining up with the cup seam with the lid flap is the #1 cause of in car spillage- they must be aligned!

August 31, 2013 @ 8:41 AM

markosaar

Digger08, you really don't. I can't drink coffee at all anymore. Doesn't agree with me at all.

I love coffee though, and I'd prefer to make it myself.

August 31, 2013 @ 9:28 AM

Cheryl

I love hockey. Just get the season started already. I'm one who likes hockey talk. Well, next weekend there will be curling as well as the NFL starts. go Arizona Cardinals.

August 31, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Here's a photo I took yesterday. Banff and Jasper are gorgeous parks!

August 31, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

Douglas

Travelling Alberta 93/TransCanada from Banff northbound, you realize how much you like digital photography. There are so many stunning views. This is one of my favourites:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12446264@N08/9639486172/

The only place I have been where I have taken more scenery photos would be along The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

August 31, 2013 @ 2:09 PM

Douglas

Hmm...obviously I got something wrong in the html for what should have had a nice photo above!

Ah...that's better.

August 31, 2013 @ 2:17 PM

Tron

@Cory, I did mention him. I also gave him much credit for being now a leader of a party and saying he did it & knows people who do it and it's silly to have any sort of harsh penalty for others who did it. I have much less of a problem Ford smoking pot (or anybody else for the matter) but I do have a problem with people who do it yet and sit silently when other people are being punished by doing the same, or worse pushing for harsher penalties for those "other people" doing what you or your fishing buddies are doing.

For me it's about being consistent and it has more to do than just Ford obviously. Many politicians said they did it, each of the main provincial party leaders said they did (yes including Mr. drywood Hudak) which of course the follow up question in my mind should be "What makes you so effin special that you can do it/try it, but still allow the rules on the books to screw other people over?" JT to his credit is willing to say others (mostly the poor) shouldn't be punished for something many in politics (who have more advantages in life) have experimented with or in some instances indulge in it with a high amount (pardon the pun)

@Cheryl, love the NFL. But I haven't joined any pools or leagues this season. But I can enjoy it just for the sake of enjoying it. Okay maybe a bit of a proline wager once in a while. Even though that's a bit of a sucker bet.

I just heard tonight will be the last of TVO Saturday Night at the Movies. Now I didn't watch it every week, but I always knew it was there and had some good classic films from time to time and I always kept an eye out whenever I was home on Saturday. I guess with so many specialty movie channels the show concept isn't as distinct. Hey everybody, enjoy your Labor Day and great photos of Alberta.

August 31, 2013 @ 4:43 PM

Agent 81

A very important point in the debate on pot is legalization will shift how pot is grown. At present, most cannabis grown for distribution comes from a grow op which is usually a single family home in a middle to upper class residential area.

The costs of grow ops are huge. They almost always steal power by bypassing the grid. Plants are grown in crowded conditions & therefore suffer from fungal & insects. Harsh chemicals are used and are found in the house & on the property after it's a grow op. The costs of returning the house to normal are huge. Any Lower Mainland realtor will tell you that a grow op isn't a good deal at any price.

In all areas of the country, the majority of cannabis is grown by some element of organized crime. Even if the product grown isn't considered dangerous the people who grow it certainly are. Then there are the definite risks of fire due to poorly wired electrical systems which draw in huge amps to light up the lamps.

Cannabis is a drug where the elements involved growth & distribution is far more dangerous than the product. Ask any major drug dealer & they support cannabis being illegal. The reason is simple; its good for business. Do the math. A gram of weed on the street is about 10 bucks. An oz of BC Bud sells for $220. 220 x 16 oz is about 3500 bucks. $3500 bucks for a pound of a organic plant. And that's the price in the lower mainland. The price goes when you have to start smuggling it into the USA or shipping it across the country. To compare, one of the worlds most rare & expensive spices is saffron. It averages around 1500 bucks per pound. Weed is $3500 and up.

You will NEVER meet a drug dealer that wants legalization of weed. Think about that.

August 31, 2013 @ 7:20 PM

Douglas

Since we're enjoying photos of Alberta, here's one of part of the province that I don't think enough people (get to) see:

Looking at the Badlands north of Drumheller. Above the valley, in the distance and to the left of the photo, nothing but lush fields of wheat. The contrast in nature adds to the feeling being there.

August 31, 2013 @ 8:12 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Pot just needs to be legalized. Period. Legalize and tax it. Imagine the money the government will make. Or if anything at the very least decriminalize it.

August 31, 2013 @ 8:13 PM

Boomer

@Worst - All I can say is you are not alone. Wife and I separated last New Years Eve after 20 years and 3 kids. No actual cheating but there was a friend from literally 20 years ago that she got in touch with. It really, really bothered me for a number of reasons that I wont get into. We went to counseling and I thought we would work it out. Therapist said if "the spark" was not there and she didn't really want to make it work that it would not. She decided it was done. 9 months later I'm doing very well. It does get better and you do get over it.

September 1, 2013 @ 12:21 AM

Cheryl

I don't join any proline or anything like that. I'm an Arizona Cardinals fan. Anyway, hockey is the best. Let's get it started. I can't wait until my Habs beat your Leafs.

September 1, 2013 @ 7:59 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@Douglas: Nice photos, made the same trip last June , the week before the floods hit. It needs to be seen in person, to get the jaw dropping effect.

September 1, 2013 @ 8:05 AM

Speysidephil

As the proof grows that the Syrian regime of Assad used chemical weapons on its own civilians, and now Obama taking his cause to attack to Congress, should the U.S. take action against Syria, or does the world just say , nah it's OK to kill women and children with the worst means possible (Sarin), and leave the door open for it to happen again.
I say the world needs to show some response militarily. Unfortunately it seems the only super power with a conscience is the U.S.

September 1, 2013 @ 9:20 AM

Argie

@ Speyside
I agree partially with what you're saying. Assad is a monster but the alternative isn't any better.

For the most part, Assad has been a friend to the west, hasn't wanted to bomb Israel and has protected the rights of minority religions (Christians & Jews). The alternative (the muslim brotherhood) would be the complete opposite of Assad. Thus, I'm OK with this monster as opposed to what would happen if the scarier monster took over.

Finally, there still isn't proof the army carried out the chemical attacks.

September 1, 2013 @ 6:39 PM

Speysidephil

@Argie

@Argie
I think the proof is becoming clearer. Obama does not want to send any missiles in a stage of war. That is very clear.
But Assad has crossed that "Red Line".
And from What I heard from John Kerry this morning with the intelligence that that U.S. has plus France of all Nations supporting. it's fairly conclusive.
It is not acceptable to kill people with chemical weapons!!
And yes I agree the alternative is no better, but you have to draw a line.

September 1, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

BC

Loving 103.3 the Edges 90's long weekend. Don't usually listen to the radio at work anymore just my MP3 player but from now on every long weekend, well American long weekend I'll put the real edge radio station on from now on. I just wish 88.1 came in clearer in Niagara Falls.
http://wedg.tunegenie.com/ MIke check out the play list from there 90's weekend they really dig deep in to the 90's libreary. At times I felt like I was listening to 102.1 back in the day. When it was good of course.

September 2, 2013 @ 10:33 AM


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