Autumn Open Mike

Open MikeDo you say autumn or fall? I say autumn, but now I'm wondering if that isn't a little pretentious.

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Happy Fall everyone!

September 24, 2013 @ 8:37 AM


Beautiful day! And hopefully a beautiful Friday as I'm golfing that day.

I find every year I finally work out the kinks in my game - just as the season is ending. Then, next spring its back to playing crappy and trying to fix everything. The circle of life.

September 24, 2013 @ 8:51 AM


or perhaps a move to a warmer climate in the winter is in order. Maybe that's all that's keeping you from the pros. ;)

September 24, 2013 @ 9:17 AM


@ Al
I'm going to have to wait until I retire before I move. That's a few decades away.

September 24, 2013 @ 9:28 AM

Al Reda

My pet peeve of the day: people who have beautiful old trees removed from their lots.

I hate the destruction of healthy trees.

September 24, 2013 @ 9:45 AM

Mississauga Phil

If trees admitted a wifi signal, we'd be tripping all over ourselves to plant them....unfortunately all they make is oxygen...and who needs that?!?!

September 24, 2013 @ 10:10 AM


Toronto is the city of trees!

September 24, 2013 @ 10:14 AM


@Mississauga Phil
So true! So Sad.

September 24, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Ben Vidal

Al Reda: I love trees as much as you, but there are many reasons to remove large trees. When you take into consideration the roots on a tree you'll see where the problems begin. When you see the canopy you can expect the roots to grow out in the ground twice as far out. So 15 foot diameter canopy expect a 30 ft root system. Depending on the type of tree depends on on the strength and voraciousness of the root system. This causes many problems for houses in regards to basements. Roots will find a small crack in the cement foundation and grow and break and push against a foundation. This leads to leaks and on cinder block foundations can mean bowing of the foundation. Leaves clog gutter and on older houses where gutters drain into a weeping tile system in teh ground this is recipe for disaster.

With older houses the pipes leading to a sewer are clay. Clay pipes degrade over time. When you have a big tree near by the roots sense that moisture and head straight for it. They break the clay pipes even further and clog the drain. Last thing you want is poop backing up into your basement.

Lastly trees need to be pruned on a regular basis to encourage healthy growth and prevent the trees from becoming a nuisance. No one does this. If they did you might see less trees taken down.

All things to keep in mind. I had to cut down a nice silver maple tree that was about 35 feet tall at one of my houses. The tree had been planted right in the center of the backyard. The canopy was scratching the siding and roof of the house. The roots were cracking the cement patio and pushing against the foundation. I hated to do it, but I didn't have much choice. I did however plant a similar tree in the far end of the backyard.

September 24, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

It occurred to me the other day that I've only listened to two (2!) terrestrial radio stations in Toronto since July...


September 24, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

Lyle Lanley

Toronto MIke:

Is Your Blog Sucks recording today?

September 24, 2013 @ 10:46 AM


Noooooooo, Mike!!! don't bring 88.1 into this!

September 24, 2013 @ 10:53 AM

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Let the record show I'm still enjoying 88.1, even if it was better during the glorious soft launch.

@Lyle Lanley

Elvis was supposed to record Your Blog Sucks episode 7 today, but he had to bail. He's a very unreliable co-host.

Speaking of co-hosts, Rosie returns next week to record a new episode of Toronto Mike'd, but first Il Duce is dropping by to tell the true story of drunk Humble and the kitchen at my wedding. I'll post that episode on Thursday.

September 24, 2013 @ 10:57 AM


This is the new worst person in the world. Worse than Hitler!

September 24, 2013 @ 10:59 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Banger - She is clearly a horrible human being, and the friend who high fived her after stealing the ball from a child is just as bad....however...the Hitler thing is thrown around a bit too easily lately...this woman did not spearhead a mass genocide...she stole a baseball....she should be punched in the face for sure..but lets not get carried away.

September 24, 2013 @ 11:07 AM


@ Phil
Are you calling for the physical assault of a woman?

September 24, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

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Nobody's punching any woman in the face... not on my watch!

Even though what she did was a seriously dick move. Let's hope after the camera moves on she came to her senses and gave the girl the ball.

My fun fact for the day:

Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have clinched, only the Kansas City Royals have gone longer than our Blue Jays without postseason action.

September 24, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie- I;m calling for the mother of that little girl to give the other woman what's coming to her.

September 24, 2013 @ 11:48 AM


That's it. Phil is our official Officer of Political Correctness. Thank you Phil! I was so upset upon seeing the name "Hitler" bandied about so cavalierly that I had to leave the office and take a sick day to recover.

September 24, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

Mississauga Phil

That's it. Cory is officially the douchey-est person here now that Dave W is gone! Corey's pot shots at everyone else's comments has me so upset i think I need to take a sick day now....

September 24, 2013 @ 12:33 PM


That's it. I'm officially posting a comment.

September 24, 2013 @ 12:38 PM


That's it,
That was was the woman's ball all the way, too bad kid!!!!

September 24, 2013 @ 12:59 PM


Come on, Phil. I don't take potshots at "everyone's" comments. Just the stupid comments.

September 24, 2013 @ 1:15 PM


I think my "worse than Hitler" comment was obviously a joke.

September 24, 2013 @ 1:20 PM


A guy currently has a 1988 Ford camper van for sale on Kijiji for $4.50

You better hurry up and buy it before he finds that decimal point.

September 24, 2013 @ 1:21 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Banger - yeah man, as was my reply...obviously I'm not about to punch a woman in the face no matter how ignorant she is.

@ Corey - So Irvine, Argie, Blind Dave, Cheryl, Lorne, Ben Vidal...I could go on...we're all stupid and you're that the deal?? Cause man, you have shit to say about everyone.

Didn't realize dislike of Hitler was a political thing...I thought that was pretty universal...

September 24, 2013 @ 1:31 PM


The most over used insult on the inter-web: "douche"

Can we come up with a replacement?

September 24, 2013 @ 1:37 PM


I'm a fan of the terms ass-hat or ass-clown these days.

September 24, 2013 @ 1:40 PM


Oh dear. Where to begin with this? Let's see - should I point out that of all the names you mentioned, the only one I had an ongoing "thing" with was Irvine? Who I haven't responded to in weeks?
Should I point out that it was actually your inanity that was the last straw for Blind Dave, the day you started off an Open Mike off by refusing to let something go from the previous one?
Should I point out that we can all occasionally disagree with one another, but no one except you is overly sensitive about being challenged, and has mini-tantrums about it?
Should I mention how very surprised I'd be if any of them took issue with anything I've ever posted?
Nah, maybe I'll let the whole thing go...

September 24, 2013 @ 1:48 PM


Argie, I agree with you. That word needs to go away.

Al, ass-hat made me laugh out loud.

Mike why is the word autumn pretentious? How can a nice word like autumn be pretentious? I feel like the word pretentious is getting thrown around a little too much these days.

September 24, 2013 @ 1:55 PM


Ass-hat always makes me laugh.

September 24, 2013 @ 2:37 PM

Ben Vidal

I've turned to the use of dick bag. I find for some reason people expect you to say bag of dicks, but when you use dick bag especially at dick bag drivers it leaves them a bit stunned.

September 24, 2013 @ 2:56 PM


Dick bag! OMG so funny. What kind of bag are they in? A grocery bag!?


September 24, 2013 @ 3:56 PM


Why does Coldplay suck so bad now. That new single is terrible.

September 24, 2013 @ 3:56 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.

So yeah, hearing me say "autumn" instead of "fall" is pretentious.

September 24, 2013 @ 3:58 PM


I don't find the word Autumn pretentious, just less efficient. Why use 6 letters (2 syllables) when 4 (1) will do?

Plus, being a song writer, it's a lot easier to find words that rhyme with fall. ;)

September 24, 2013 @ 4:01 PM


"Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed."

That's funny. I have that, word for word, tattooed on my chest - except backwards so I can read it in the mirror before I start each day. Its my credo of sorts.

September 24, 2013 @ 4:05 PM

4x4 Time

I have a business associate I dread talking to because he just cannot stop himself from talking. You ask him "What time is it?" and he tells you how a watch is made. Perhaps you know the kind of person I am talking about.
Anyway, at a golf tournament yesterday and thank god, he is not in my foresome but is in the group ahead of me. We hear him talking all day. At dinner I ask one of the ladies who was in his group how her day was with Don. She looks at me horrified and says "I swear he must have got a sunburn on his tongue!"...I laughed for about 5 minutes straight.

September 24, 2013 @ 4:17 PM


Credit Louis CK if you're going to use a bag of dicks.

Speaking of dick bags, I feel like one today which is why I bailed. Not fun. We'll do Your Blog Sucks this week before Mike's trip to no where.

September 24, 2013 @ 4:25 PM


The horror. I'm without internet access at home for 36 hours. TekSavvy disconnected me two weeks early ... I'm switching to a fibre provider that's hooked into my building. Luckily I was able to move up the activation.

So long TekSavvy. Sad to say, but good riddance. Grew too big to support your users. So happy to no longer have to pay for any Bell or Rogers infrastructure too.

September 24, 2013 @ 4:29 PM

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I leave in a little over two weeks...

September 24, 2013 @ 4:32 PM


I have declared an unholy war on Teksavvy. The only company that made me miss and actually return to Bell. You're better off without them.

Now I might give that company that Tie Domi has been shilling for a try. I can't remember their name.

September 24, 2013 @ 4:37 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Elvis: As Louis CK is one of my favorite comics I'm well acquainted with his bag of dicks.

When I do use dick bag on someone, depending on who that someone is I'll give a slight pause after dick but before bag. So that they think the insult is done, but in fact there is more. I laugh maniacally when I walk away or drive away

September 24, 2013 @ 4:51 PM


Yes, why use a bigger word if a smaller word will do. Fall is fine.

Well, the Diamondbacks won't clinch. I know this. they suck. Oh well, that's baseball. Hockey started. It's only exhibition, but my Habs won last night. Just wait until they beat your Leafs. A week from today and my Habs will be beating your Leafs.

September 24, 2013 @ 4:54 PM


He found the decimal point

$4,500 to rock a Ford camper van.

September 24, 2013 @ 4:57 PM

Fake Grass



September 24, 2013 @ 5:47 PM

Support 81

Anyone else excited about the new Hells Angels store on Carlaw?

September 24, 2013 @ 6:07 PM


Mmm, still don't get it. How is using vocabulary pretentious?

September 24, 2013 @ 6:10 PM

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Because using that fancy word for fall affects a greater culture than I actually possess.

You likely possess the necessary culture to not make it pretentious. I do not.

September 24, 2013 @ 6:16 PM


I don't know about that. We took the same pretentious courses together in university! Call it autumn! It's just a pretty word, and this is a pretty season.

September 24, 2013 @ 6:34 PM


@Rosie and Mike - it's like saying cellular or mobile instead of cell. It's also like saying brilliant instead of awesome. Add whilst to that list. They're pretentious.

Full disclosure: I say cellular, mobile, whilst and brilliant.

September 24, 2013 @ 6:47 PM

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And I say autumn...

September 24, 2013 @ 6:51 PM



Elvis I bet you also say: "I'm terribly sorry" instead of just "I'm so sorry!"

September 24, 2013 @ 6:52 PM

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I call it "my Android device" for that extra tinge of pretentiousness.

September 24, 2013 @ 6:53 PM


Haha you do call it that, technically I guess if you use it for more stuff than just talking on the phone you can get away with it. People with iPhones call them iPhones, I think?

Al I know you can make something rhyme with autumn!

September 24, 2013 @ 7:13 PM


Wow! All caps. That's pretentious Rosie.

September 24, 2013 @ 8:17 PM


Seeing as Mike brought up his "Android device" it seems like a good time to make my first ever comment on Mike's blog, after being a non-commenting lurker for many years. My "Android device" which is identical to Mike's "Android device" died on the weekend...before spending money on a blind repair I needed to find out if the battery was the problem. I emailed Mike & he agreed to meet in person to help me out. If you ever doubt Mike's dedication to his blog, that right there is unpretentious super-service!

September 24, 2013 @ 9:21 PM

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I'm always happy to help a fellow Android device user...

Thank you for not murdering me or stealing my battery.

September 24, 2013 @ 9:24 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Glen: Bet you had a few offers at $4.50, maybe it was his bait and switch tactic.
I call it fall, can't recall anyone calling it autumn in my circle.
Anonymous will out this lady, she will wish she had handed the ball to the kid.

September 24, 2013 @ 9:37 PM


Autumnal, that's a good word.

September 24, 2013 @ 9:54 PM


I am disappointed with the whole Polaris Prize thing. Why award a band that doesn't want to be there? Why didn't the band ask to be withdrawn in the first place?

I don't get this award at all.

September 24, 2013 @ 10:15 PM


Yesterday was my Step Daughters 9th Birthday. We gave her a bunch of gifts of course . But mostly i wrote her a song. My First original song actually.

She loved it and of course so did mom and her Ex. ( We all get along great luckily).

I don't think I've ever felt quits a good as I do about any gift i've ever given before.

And I have to honest it's not a great song.

September 25, 2013 @ 8:30 AM

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Record your song, post it on YouTube and share it here!

September 25, 2013 @ 8:31 AM


Finding a rhyme for Autumn,
Don't want to hit rock bottom.

Finding a rhyme for fall,
Isn't at all,
An order that tall,
Just gotta be on the ball,
The writing's on the wall,
In permanent scrawl,
On the bathroom stall,
At the UC mall.

September 25, 2013 @ 8:51 AM


@Rosie: I would keep the bag of dicks in a ziplock bag, to keep them fresher for longer. Nothing worse than a soggy bag of dicks.

Coming up after the break, if your bag of dicks does get a bit soft, I'll tell you a common household item you can use to perk them right back up.

September 25, 2013 @ 9:21 AM



TekSavvy was amazing at the beginning. Great prices, amazing service. Somewhere along the way they got too big, and didn't grow their service department with it. I do believe Rogers and Bell jerk them around every chance they get. It sucks, but it shouldn't be my problem.

When I first moved in with my girlfriend, we got TekSavvy DSL -- a Bell tech has to come in and install it to our unit. The tech arrived (I think several days late) ... yanked the cable in the wall too far, breaking it, and left without saying anything. We called TekSavvy wondering what the hell was going on, and they got Bell to send another tech ... another 4-7 days later (It was years ago, I don't remember exactly.)
The second guy discovered what the first had done, jury-rigged a fix, whatever. It worked finally.

At some point we switched to TekSavvy Cable when Bell was trying to change their policy to screw over resellers and their clients severely. All was good for a while, but now Rogers has oversold my area and the service has become unreliable.

So I got a lucky break. An independent company has run fibre right to my building. No Bell or Rogers lines. No caps. Something like more than double the upload rate for a similar price.

I feel like I'm joining the first-world now. Seriously, fuck Bell: (linked as it's a large Bell ad clipping)

WOW 20 GB CAPS FOR $44/mth. So obnoxious.

September 25, 2013 @ 9:24 AM


Speaking of Bell - a door to door guy came to my door asking if we were interested getting Fibe. I had nice chat with him but decided to against it.

I then wondered, Bell must be hurting for business if they're sending people around to drum up sales. I hope Rogers doesn't resort to this.

September 25, 2013 @ 10:30 AM


Rogers just fills my mailbox with marketing materials in various guises that goes directly to the recycling bin.

Another thing that really upset me about Bell -- they called my dad and tricked him into "upgrading" his service several years ago, omitting the fact that the grandfathered unlimited data plan had been chopped down to something like 30 GB. My younger brother lived at home at the time and didn't know. That was quite the shocking bill.

(My dad demanded a refund and immediately switched to TekSavvy.)

September 25, 2013 @ 10:48 AM


Oh don't get me wrong, I hate Bogers or Rell as much as everyone else...Teksavvy was just worse. I expected more from a small company trying to take down two giants (at the very least better customer service) and they refused to give me some very basic customer service right at the beginning when I was first switching over. That raised red flags.

Having said that, I'm desperately looking for an alternative to Bogers.

September 25, 2013 @ 11:07 AM


This is it. Bell and Rogers send junk mail galore. Primus is the best so get Primus. I'm sticking with Primus for life. They hardly ever go down unlike Sympatico who was always down. Now six more days until hockey. Go Habs.

September 25, 2013 @ 11:08 AM


Al, I LOVE it :) you are so cool

Anon&on. autumnal is SUCH a pretty word. I am going to say it all day. This is what I love about Mike's site, we can have appreciation for the words 'autumnal' and 'ass hat' in the same thread of conversation!

Lorne LOL I have a few thoughts on that common household item!

September 25, 2013 @ 11:50 AM


@Tim: Cold Play has always sucked.

September 25, 2013 @ 1:04 PM

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Re: Coldplay

I really liked Parachutes, their debut album.

Don't Panic, Shiver, Yellow and Trouble were all great tracks...

But I'm less excited about everything they've released since.

September 25, 2013 @ 1:13 PM

Jason from Sudbury

The anonymous comment was me...sorry.

September 25, 2013 @ 1:22 PM



September 25, 2013 @ 6:33 PM


I think I am more jealous of you guys for the fall/autumn weather you get, since we don't really have a fall season where I live. With the leaves and stuff it looks so lovely. Plus you have Halloween & Thanksgiving during this season and that just makes me even more jealous. Enjoy the fall guys.
I just hope we get some more rain as it has started to get a little more warm, after the past few weeks of lovely weather we have enjoyed.

September 26, 2013 @ 10:47 AM


Now five more days until hockey, woohoo. We can get rid of baseball. Anyway, just heard Bud Selig is retiring. Oh well, maybe the next commissioner will make the players really unhappy and will cause the players to get locked out so we get a nice long baseball lockout. I wouldn't complain.

September 26, 2013 @ 5:53 PM

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