Ides of October Open Mike

Open MikeI hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!

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Time flies... sieze the day. Embrace the moment. Live now.

October 15, 2013 @ 4:22 AM

Lyle Lanley

Good morning!

It's nice to see an Open Mike when I awake at 6am.

Two quick notes:

1. I hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving
2. I hope the Leafs start Reimer tonight

October 15, 2013 @ 6:04 AM

Al The Royal Pain

The wife is being induced today, so sometime today I'm going to be a new daddy.

October 15, 2013 @ 6:58 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Al - Congrats man...good luck

October 15, 2013 @ 8:15 AM


@ Al The Royal Pain,

Congrats! I wish your wife a very speedy delivery with no complications and may you have a healthy, happy baby. Then, you will join us in the parents club who enjoy lack of sleep, foul, foul diapers and general annoyance :) One piece of advice - if your wife decides to breastfeed don't be upset that the baby really wants nothing to do with you for the first three months - a) you don't have boobs and b) they don't produce milk :)
Besides, you get to sleep and get her things like blankets and food. It's a good trade off!!

On a personal note, I haven't commented on a lot of things here lately, I've been busy with my fall schedule, but I've mostly been dealing with my father. In August my dad had a heart attack - a real nasty one. 3 arteries blocked, 2 stents and a real clusterf$ck since then. My dad has been in the hospital for the past 5 weeks and last week they finally figured out what was wrong with him - you see the heart attack was purely coincidental. Turns out he had had a un-diagnosed staph infection which mutated into a severe bacterial blood infection so for the past 4 days he's been on one of the strongest liquid anti-biotics out there. Anyway, since they figured it all out, he's on the mend and that's what I'm most thankful for this Thanksgiving season. I'm glad the old man is still around to watch he's grandkids grow up some more, something my mother never got the chance to do.

One other things... most doctor's don't have a sense of humour as reminded to me when I cracked a House lupus joke. Needless to say the Dr. didn't find my humour funny! I thought it was hilarious!!!!

Happy belated Thanksgiving y'all!


October 15, 2013 @ 8:17 AM

Ryan G


Be thankful for everything you have and appreciate your loved ones, because although it's a cliché, life is short and very very precious.

On December 23, 2012 I lost my father suddenly, and just two months later, my wife lost her father. Within that same timeframe my brother-in-law's mom also passed.

A lot of loss in a very short period.

It's been the most difficult time of my life, and it truly makes you see the world completely differently. It has made us all question the purpose of things like buying Christmas presents and celebrating birthdays and cooking turkeys at Thanksgiving. And needless to say, our first father's and mother's day this year was very tough.

What keeps us going is the knowledge that our lost loved ones would absolutely not want us to do things like cancel Christmas and avoid celebrating life in general. In fact, I know my father would be absolutely pissed if we did that, so that gives us some degree of comfort.

So although I know it can be hard at times, try to separate what's truly important and what's not. Let the irrelevant things slide, and try not to worry about things you can't control. In the grand scheme of things there's simply no percentage in it.

In any event, I didn't write this to be a Debbie Downer. Rather, the opposite. Embrace life and those you love, and as Freddie P once wrote on the passing of his own father, don't be sad it's over, be glad it happened.

Best to all of you.

October 15, 2013 @ 10:13 AM


This is the bummer Open Mike.

October 15, 2013 @ 3:13 PM


Let's talk about Indie 88.

October 15, 2013 @ 3:45 PM


Which is the better morning crew?

Humble and Fred, or...

Argie and Irvine

October 15, 2013 @ 3:49 PM

Sam in Pickering

I for one would love to hear Argie and Irvine in the mornings.

October 15, 2013 @ 3:50 PM


I'm sure Irv could make it happen. He's got a lot of pull ya know.

October 15, 2013 @ 3:54 PM


@ Al The Royal Pain
Best wishes for your newborn. (Note for Monica & Mike : I don't like to express congratulations too soon in the process.)
I'm glad your father is getting well again.
@Ryan G
Sorry about your parental losses last winter. Unfortunate timing, as with holidays, can be tough on their loved ones.

October 15, 2013 @ 4:06 PM

Mississauga Phil

Argie & Irv in the mornings!! It has a nice ring to it.

And I could be their spunky intern...

October 15, 2013 @ 4:08 PM


Bring Pete Griffin back to life some way somehow. Maybe his ghost can do mornings. He was the best morning man there ever was. I really don't bother with radio anymore. I listen to my hockey on internet radio.

Anyway, my trainer is curling this weekend. No big gun teams in that spiel except for Frans so either Frans wins it or my trainer wins it. I can't see anyone else winning it. Oh well, Frans hopefully will lose and my trainer's team will win. It's in Stroud. There is another spiel in Manitoba where all the big guns are playing like Howard, Jacobs, McEwan, Koe. They won't beat my trainer. Lots of curling will be on this weekend though. Habs are in Winnipeg tonight and Ottawa is at the Coyotes.

October 15, 2013 @ 4:45 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I've got Turkey leftovers coming out my ying yang!. Everybody (but me ) is so calorie conscious they passed up on some amazing Thanksgiving feasting.
My niece made squash pie, very similar to pumpkin, but you could never tell the difference. Other than the crappy weather up north Sunday, everyone sat outside all day Saturday.
Great to hear that some commenters families are growing, including Mikes!

October 15, 2013 @ 10:06 PM


LOL... didn't mean to make it a bummer Open Mike - it was nice to vent for a minute.

@Gary - I've said all I will say on Indie 88.1 I haven't listen since I recored Toronto Mic'd with Mike. They had their chance and blew it. If other people like it, great, enjoy it, but it's not for me.

@CQ - thanks for the well wishes. I talked to old man and he was bitching about the food in the hospital and other things so I know he's getting better!

Speaking of turkey - had my last bowl of diced turkey with peas, gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Can't wait for Christmas dinner!!!


October 15, 2013 @ 10:11 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Just a little rant about going through security at Pearson this morning: 45-50 minutes, far too long and the line up was down the concourse. It never seems to get better. They were hauling people out of the line to get them to their gates.
Have flown from Atlanta, Chicago, and Nashville in the past 6 months and never spent more than 15 minutes going through there, and Atlanta had far more people to check through than I saw today.
Will enjoy a pub crawl in St. Johns Thursday night, any suggestions/recommendations?

October 16, 2013 @ 7:22 AM


US or Canadian side? I use my NEXUS card all the time. Best money I've ever spent.
They might have had a staffing crunch this morning - it sometimes happens there, but then again it is Pearson. They couldn't organize a piss up in a brew hall.

I'll let you know how it is this afternoon around 230.


October 16, 2013 @ 8:24 AM

Ben Vidal

I took in Pearl Jam this past weekend down in Buffalo. There is really only 3 reasons to go to buffalo, well maybe 4. First being to use the airport there to fly out somewhere else because it's cheaper. Shop at outlet stores on military road. Head in there to watch Pearl Jam play. Last I guess is to go see Bills play and tailgate or catch the leafs play the Sabres.

Anyways I've seen Pearl Jam probably about 10 times now. They have yet to disappoint. What I wasn't prepared for was the fact that they had no opening band. I arrived at the First Niagra Centre, with about a minute to spare before they hit the stage. Once they hit the stage they played for closed to 3 hours. 3 effing hours. When I do the math paying roughly 90 for the ticket that's roughly $30 an hour. I've seen other bands play and paid more than that to have them play for less time.

I'm quite impressed with their new material. It also looks like Mr Veder is a happier man than he used to be. He has always gotten into songs and given it his all, but now it seems he has a new zest for life. Perhaps it's his young daughter that has helped that.

Needless to say Pearl Jam dominated the show and those moment where he stops singing all you can hear is the entire audience singing along. Not many things give me goose bumps, but that gets me every time.

I also picked up Mechanical Bull, the new album from Kings of Leon. I wasn't so impressed with their last album, but this one does not disappoint. Lyrics are much better and the songs have a nice country twang to them. If any of you are looking for a good album I suggest picking it up. I think they've gotten over their ego's and the lead singer put down the bottle too.

October 16, 2013 @ 9:54 AM


Well, my Habs won last night. Goals from Briere. He finally gets his first goal as a hab and PK Subban gets a goal as well. This is great. Ottawa beats my coyotes in overtime though. That sucks. The Leafs also won. Will the Leafs ever lose again? I hope so. My trainer will definitely win this weekend. All the other teams in that spiel flat out suck except Frans, but my trainer can hopefully beat them.

October 16, 2013 @ 10:58 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Never cared much for Kings Of Leon but they are tolerable compared to Mumford and Sons or Cold Play.

October 16, 2013 @ 11:01 AM


@Cheryl,Yes our Habs won last night! I don't know if you have mentioned it or not but why are you a Coyotes fan? They are an "obscure" team and I don't know anyone else who has said they are a Coyotes fan.

October 16, 2013 @ 11:14 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@ Andrew: Terminal 1 domestic. Good luck on your trek through there today.

October 16, 2013 @ 2:30 PM


@ Rick C

Took me 8 minutes from the time I checked in at the counter till I was past security all because of my NEXUS card. The regular line had about 15 - 20 people in it. The NEXUS lane had none.

Like I said, best money I've ever spent on a government program.


October 16, 2013 @ 2:45 PM


I love Arizona and that's why I'm a coyotes fan. I just like them and always will.

Anyway, curling starts at 9:30 tomorrow morning. Hopefully my trainer's team wins. That would be great. Habs will win tonight and Leafs will lose.

October 17, 2013 @ 4:54 PM

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