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Ford's still a fool.
Mandela is dead.
Leafs won.
Sound of Music is over.
Paris Hilton is a genius.

December 6, 2013 @ 9:20 AM


I like your brevity.

Bernier was great.
Ford is still the mayor.
Wynne is still the Premier.
Harper is still the PM.
Must start my Christmas shopping.

December 6, 2013 @ 9:27 AM


Damn you Anon! You forced me to google Paris Hilton.

December 6, 2013 @ 9:32 AM

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I urge all of you to spend an hour watching the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary The 16th Man.

Behold the awesome power of Nelson Mandela.

December 6, 2013 @ 9:37 AM

4x4 Time

So, being an online virgin buyer, I decided to jump in. I needed a new carving knife, know exactly what I want, brand, model number. I went to a local mall with all the Black Friday weekend sales on Sunday and found the best price on what I wanted for $149.99 on sale for just a carving knife alone.

So, I go home and start surfing…I find the exact model knife, includes the same brand Chef Knife and Paring Knife for $107.83, taxes in delivered to my door. I ordered it Sunday night, received it Wednesday.

I think I am going to be a converted online shopper.

December 6, 2013 @ 10:13 AM


I get to go home tomorrow finally. Looking forward to some downtime and letting the body re-cooperate after being gone for so long. However, the invoicing has been TREEmendous!!!

For those who are looking to have a chuckle on a Friday afternoon, here's a great piece on The Roar of the Rings.


December 6, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

Al Reda

My favourite parts of these Open Mikes are when someone asks a lifehack question pertaining to the GTA and many people answer.

Here's my question...

What's your grocery store of choice and why?

December 6, 2013 @ 10:22 AM


Where did you purchase from?

December 6, 2013 @ 10:22 AM


The only time the Leafs win are when their goalie is the #1 star.

December 6, 2013 @ 10:23 AM


My comment was directed at 4x4 Time if it wasn't obvious. Wasn't expecting three simultaneous posts.

My grocery store of choice is Longos. Why? Pure laziness. I live over one.

December 6, 2013 @ 10:23 AM

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My grocery store of choice is No Frills.

It's a great deal less expensive than Loblaws and I get my President's Choice and Blue Menu products while using my PC MasterCard and scoring free groceries!

December 6, 2013 @ 10:27 AM


Grocery store of choice would Loblaws. I find they have the largest selection of quality goods outside of specialty/gourmet places. The drawback is they are usually much more expensive for almost anything. Second up would be Longos. No Frills - the wife goes there because she's frugal, but I won't go. Stinky, usually dirty. Undersized, warty produce and giant cardboard boxes cut open holding the merchandise...ugh.

December 6, 2013 @ 10:30 AM


Longos by a mile!
Great service, great selection and free plastic bags (that you can use again). Not like the other bags that your stuff falls through.

Also, they always have enough cashiers working so the wait is never as long as the other stores.

December 6, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

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I haven't used a plastic bag in years. Get a few quality reusable cloth bags!

December 6, 2013 @ 10:35 AM


Don Peat in the Sun today:

"Should we spend more than $7 million to have a special election just because Ford is a drunken, crack-smoking global embarrassment who doesn’t feel enough shame to quit? No."

December 6, 2013 @ 10:37 AM


I use my Longos bags for the garbage bin. I do like No Frills yellow bags but the store sucks.

December 6, 2013 @ 10:41 AM


Why should he quit? He hasn't been charged with anything. What about then mayor of London? Don't care, right?

December 6, 2013 @ 10:43 AM



What city do you live in? I'm happy to send Rob Ford to represent your city.

He doesn't deserve to represent mine.

December 6, 2013 @ 10:44 AM


Reusable bags. Bah. Another source of contention in my household. My wife has a million of them, but every single time I go shopping by myself, I forget them. I hate them anyway. I'd like to see a study of what the real impact of these vectors for bacteria really are. They have to be manufactured, you either wash them frequently, or you're spreading nasty germs all over the place. Washing takes energy, uses water, and requires detergents. A plastic bag is clean, often made from recycled material, and can be reused as garbage bags instead of buying more plastic bags specifically for garbage, or recycled again. What's the problem?

December 6, 2013 @ 10:48 AM


Well, how about those Habs. Great game. It was close, but winning 2 to 1. A boston player got injured though at the beginning of the game. He had to be put on a stretcher. Even though he's from the opposing team, this sucks. It's not good when all of a sudden something like this happens. too bad the Leafs won. They just got lucky, that's all. My Coyotes and Suns will win tonight. Well, my grocery store of choice, well, actually because they deliver is Grocery Gateway. I must admit that they really have improved. I'm not getting as many missing items or anything. The thing is don't call them because you can be put on hold forever, so I don't call them unless I can avoid it.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:01 AM


Its only Toronto. Nothing special there.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:03 AM

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I suppose it depends on how long you use your reusable bag for... the germ issue has never bothered me...

I just find it convenient and simpler.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:08 AM


I LOVE online Christmas shopping.

The convenience of shopping from home with a glass of Scotch in hand and my stuff quickly delivered free of charge to my front door. I get cash back on my cred card purchases plus on certain sites I get Airmiles as well. No crowds, no lineups, no knifings.
How did we ever manage before?

And no I don't have a P.O. box for deliveries.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

Lyle Lanley

Mandela was a legend.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:16 AM


Morning All!

Online shopping is THE BEST! Bought a number of books from Chapters a few weeks ago and each book was far cheaper online than in store. Talk about blowing up your business model. Free delivery, too. Came home a few days later and there they were, all piled up in the back porch.

As for grocery stores, LOVE Trader Joe's in the States - I get down there every month. Whole Foods, too. Longos is great - the one in Aurora is excellent.

Was at Sherway the other day. Waited patiently for a parking spot that an old f'er proceeded to steal the moment the woman pulled away. We had some serious words - most of them swears. He saw me waiting and just said, with a shrug, that 'it sucks to suck'. Just not nice. I still can't believe that happened. There's no way I could ever do that. A guy who saw the whole thing go down offered to kick the guy's ass. That did make me feel better. What's the deal with humanity?

Hey Boon - what's happened on the podcast front? Sweet Rosie on strike?

December 6, 2013 @ 11:41 AM

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Rosie has requested this week off. I've approved her request.

I have a guest co-host coming soon to record a new episode.. I'll post it later today.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:42 AM


Thanks, Mike!

Hopefully I can download the episode before I hit the road. Terrestrial radio is proving to be a gigantic let down.

Remind Rosie she's missed!

December 6, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

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At some point during her busy day, she'll read this page. :)

December 6, 2013 @ 11:49 AM



What's the difference between having your own comment section on your site and using some 3rd party apps like Disqus?

Do you have to pay to use Disqus?

One thing I like about it is the ability to edit spelling mistakes on comments.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:59 AM


My God, do you shop at the one in Aurora? That's why I go....

December 6, 2013 @ 12:20 PM



Yep! I was there late yesterday afternoon, as a matter of fact! It's not the cheapest place but everything's fresh and the people working there are wonderful (there's one mean cashier but I just stay away from her). Great fish selection, too. Next time I'm there I'll have to stand in the middle of the store and yell your name! :)

December 6, 2013 @ 12:28 PM

4x4 Time

@markosaar - Bought at

December 6, 2013 @ 12:34 PM


I haven't encountered a mean cashier, yet that is. They're always friendly and usually offer my kids stickers - which they love.

December 6, 2013 @ 12:42 PM


@4x4 Time,

Oh you're in for a treat when you finally break your Amazon cherry.

December 6, 2013 @ 12:50 PM

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I almost implemented Disqus years ago, but decided not to give up the control. There's no cost to go with Disqus, I just always preferred to own my own content, so to speak.

But it might be time to re-evaluate...

December 6, 2013 @ 1:25 PM


I've used Disqus - it sucks. I much prefer Mike's own system.

December 6, 2013 @ 1:37 PM

4x4 Time

@markosaar - Amazon happens tonight. I found the DVD series of an English TV show called "Touch of Frost" my mom wants...Could not find it anywhere in stores..

December 6, 2013 @ 1:38 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'm listening to today's Humble and Fred podcast now... interesting hearing Todd Shapiro asking if Humble and Fred know Toronto Mike.

December 6, 2013 @ 1:43 PM


@Toronto Mike

I'm listening as well... I can see the H&F / Dean Blundell saga still has legs

December 6, 2013 @ 2:09 PM


Just at the Todd part now :)

I honestly can't believe that email from Dean - Humble Coward - wow. Super mature.

December 6, 2013 @ 2:20 PM

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@Liz and Wayner

I've isolated the audio and put it here if anyone wants to listen:

December 6, 2013 @ 2:28 PM


How can Toddy Tickles not know the Great Toronto Mike?

That was some nice promo for you, Mike!

I really like Todd's voice - seems like a sweetheart. He hasn't been sullied by That Bad Man he used to work with.

December 6, 2013 @ 2:49 PM

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It's true, I have never met Todd Shapiro.

I was once going to sit in and live blog the DBS, but Dean saw something unfavourable I wrote about him in the archives and kiboshed the whole thing.

December 6, 2013 @ 3:04 PM

Blind Dave

I shop at Superstore (part of the Loblaw chain) for the same reasons Mike does.

Hey Mike, the PC credit card gets you points regardless of where you use it, right? I have one but I'm not a big shopper. Been thinking about putting my utility bills on auto pay then just moving the money over if it gets me points.

December 6, 2013 @ 4:29 PM

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@Blind Dave

Yes. Use the card anywhere (I have a black one to get me more points) and you get PC points I use toward groceries.

Just today I had to buy $22 worth of stuff and only paid $2.

December 6, 2013 @ 4:31 PM


I've only used PC Financial banking for twelve years, and have their credit card as well, with the 2% loyalty bonus. I didn't live near any Loblaws stores for years and when I finally made it to the Maple Leaf Gardens one, I discovered I had $600 grocery money.

I had mostly switched to MBNA which offered 3% on groceries and gas, but that one apparently has a spending cap now after being taken over by TD.

December 6, 2013 @ 5:24 PM


Did you guys happen to come across the Pick-up Artist kerfuffle centred around the Eaton Centre today?

I believe it started out on Reddit yesterday:

I want to see if anyone else, particularly women, has experienced this.

A few weeks ago, I was in the area in front of Forever 21 when a man approached me. Very boldly he said "you're so beautiful, where are you going today? What's your name? I'd like to get to know you more, can we shop together?" I was a little taken aback, he was so forward and way too curious for my comfort. It seemed like a pitch almost, and not genuine. After some small talk, I went on my way.

Not even 15 minutes later, a second man approached me in the same area, and said pretty much the exact same thing! I asked him if I was being pranked, as this had happened to me earlier. He said no, he didn't know the other guy, and continued to ask me where I was going, what I was looking for etc. He was way too curious and hard to get rid of, just like the other man. I got a little spooked and went home.

Fast forward to today. I'm in the same area as before, in front of Forever 21 when another man approaches me. And he has the same little speech! "Hi beautiful, where are you going today, what are you looking for, can I join, blah blah blah." I was so weirded out, and politely shook him off. Ten minutes later, I spot him giving the exact same speech to another young girl!

None of these guys seemed interested honestly, all three of them seemed like they were spewing a pitch to me. They were all around the same age, maybe mid-twenties. I feel like this is some sort of weird promotion or girl-snagging group, I have no idea. Has anyone else experienced this at the Eaton Centre? It's left me feeling very uncomfortable going there on my own.

Commenters quickly figured out that they were probably PUAs.

They had another "event" planned for today, but they suddenly attracted so much negative publicity, they deleted it. I archived it to my hosting for posterity:

Set your doubts aside for a session filled with fast paced adrenaline pumping approach action!

For those familiar with the term, we will be "beasting" (aka entering BEAST MODE). Defined along the lines of approaching continuously and consistently - targeting every approachable set in the vicinity.

Some testimony from fellow PUAs who have attended my events either through my website or through meetup:

"Junaid has given me the confidence to approach without stressing about how it will turn out. At the beginning I would be in my head a lot. After training with him I found myself closing numbers every time I went to the mall. I always make a point of going to his events and encourage others to try him out" - Alex G from Mississauga

"Had issues with escalation and could never get a girl to come out with me on a date. Junaid walked me through the steps he uses to get the lay and guided me on how to use them in my approach. I can happily say I have taken 3 girls out on dates in the past month and even managed to pull one back to my place. Thank you Junaid. I know the best is still to come" - Pablo L from Toronto

"Easy to understand. Simple to follow. The guy is experienced, modest and down to earth. Two thumbs up - carry on doing what you do" - Chris T from Scarborough

Event starts at 5PM sharp. $5 gets you in on the action. Queen St Entrance to Eaton Center between Town Shoes & Oakley (inside the mall)

Game on

Someone forwarded it to Eaton Centre management and they tweeted:

We have been alerted to a Pick Up Artists (PUA) meet up at 5pm. Rest assured security is briefed & your health & safety are our top priority

This Toronto Life article gives some context to the "scene" if you're wondering what it is:

December 6, 2013 @ 5:53 PM


@markosaar -

I had no idea. Creepy. Hopefully some of these losers will hit on the wrong woman and end up on the receiving end of a beating by an angry husband or boyfriend.

December 6, 2013 @ 6:55 PM

twins from bolton


This is 1 of the reasons why I moved away from T.Dot after 45 years. This type of activity started in my area in TO in 1995 & with 4 year old twins it was time to get OUT as well as the TO cop Todd Baylis's shooting 2 minutes from where I lived. Our immediate hood was fine.

A lot of Toronto's residents are concerned with saving tax $ & as you said previously Toronto Mike most of his savings is hogwash. A druggie & alcoholic mayor??????

Toronto is on the map for COMEDY everywhere throughout media. FORD NATION HAS RUSTED OUT.

December 6, 2013 @ 8:02 PM

Blind Dave

@Toronto Mike

That new black PC card seems to be directed at offering the user "deals" based on spending habits. How does it get you more points, and can the black one also get points from elsewhere?

December 6, 2013 @ 9:49 PM


@Mike: For the love of God, don't implement Disqus. In short, it's a horrific piece of shit.

In long:
- You instantly lose control of the data. Remember last week when I asked how many '%Ford%' comments you had? Want to do it under Disqus? TOO BAD GO TO HELL!

- You lose control of the software. Right now you can do neat things like "Only 51 comments...", or change the font, or anything else UI. Want to do it under Disques? EAT A LOG YOU WILL LIKE IT!

- Like that fast response time your site has now, because it's all returned in a single request from Disqus loads everything from a janky overloaded CDN, so that nice fast blog you used to have-- HAHAHAHAH GO LICK A SNAIL!

- Not to mention that Disqus is 100% javascript based. If javascript is disabled or blocked, and Disqus cannot run it's slow-as-molasses horribly written missing-the-point-of-HTML code? STUFF A QTIP INTO YOUR BRAIN JAVASCRIPT RULES!

- Like how you're in control of your bog right now? With Disqus, you can now worry about a 3rd party you have no control over randomly injecting malicious content because they were hacked. SECURITY JUST HOPE AND PRAY!

- At this exact moment, name a single company that, if they went out of business, would take out your blog and a large chunk of its content. Go ahead. Name one. MAYBE if your host went under, you'd lose all but a day of backups. Maybe. Now, with Disqus, you are entirely dependent on a 3rd-party, for profit company keeping your blog running properly and contiguously. SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT WHATS THAT?

- And finally, and most importantly-- that for-profit business I mentioned. Yeah, YOU ARE NOT THEIR CUSTOMER. You are not paying their bills. You know who pays them? Skeevy third party marketers and advertisers doing questionable things with OUR personal information. And OUR, I mean me and your commenters. Disqus uses questionable tactics to track users across multiple domains, under the guise of "single signon". They track browsing habits, mine data and comments for demographic information, package it and sell it to people looking to make a buck of our information. If you pick Disqus, you will be selling us out to a third party who does not have our best interests in mind. I would describe them as HOSTILE and MALICIOUS and UNTRUSTED.

I can't speak for everyone, but if you switch to Disqus or any other 3rd party comment-system, I won't be commenting anymore. I have Disqus and other privacy-invading marketing companies blocked by default, and as much as I love your blog, I won't be willing to make an exception.

December 6, 2013 @ 10:21 PM


@Blind Dave: You don't get any extra points from the black card. The "extra" points are just a wording trick. You always get 10 points from PC + 10 points per dollar spent, even with the grey card. The other benefits are just other things you already got from just having a card-- like product protection, a customer service phone number, etc.

The one and only reason they've been forcing those black cards on people? They're technically "premium" World cards. Which means merchants pay a higher fee to accept them.

They upgraded me without giving me any choice. Just cancelled my grey card and shipped me a new one. I gave them hell over it, because I have lots of pre-auth payments on my CC-- and had to scramble to change the number before I lost out on subscriptions or got hit with NSF fees. I was a step away from just cancelling it, and told them I would if they didn't throw a bunch of PC points my way.


December 6, 2013 @ 10:27 PM


@Blind Dave: You don't get any extra points from the black card. The "extra" points are just a wording trick. You always get 10 points from PC + 10 points per dollar spent, even with the grey card. The other benefits are just other things you already got from just having a card-- like product protection, a customer service phone number, etc.

The one and only reason they've been forcing those black cards on people? They're technically "premium" World cards. Which means merchants pay a higher fee to accept them.

They upgraded me without giving me any choice. Just cancelled my grey card and shipped me a new one. I gave them hell over it, because I have lots of pre-auth payments on my CC-- and had to scramble to change the number before I lost out on subscriptions or got hit with NSF fees. I was a step away from just cancelling it, and told them I would if they didn't throw a bunch of PC points my way.


December 6, 2013 @ 10:29 PM

Blind Dave


Thank you very much for that info. It is truly appreciated. That is more or less what I suspected.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:17 PM


@Blind dave

There are two newish black pc cards. There is the black pc mastercard and the pc plus card for the points program.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

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It's entirely possible I'm not earning anymore PC points with my black card than I did with my grey one... but it's still a free card and I still never carry a balance.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:56 PM

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I'll likely decide against Disqus again this time for many of the excellent reasons you pointed out.

December 6, 2013 @ 11:57 PM


Well, my Suns won last night. That was great. They beat the Raptors. My Coyotes lost. Oh well, my Habs will beat Sabres tonighit. Sabres suck so Habs win big. Leafs will lose tonight and tomorrow night. You'll see. They just got lucky on Thursday night.

December 7, 2013 @ 8:38 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Longos is my store, friendly staff, fresh produce, not an over sized store so I can be in and out in quick fashion. Probably paying a higher cost for this but worth it to me.
My 19 year old daughter goes to U of Guelph at the Humber Campus, and this PUA crap seems to be prevalent in her neighbour hood. Aggressive guys trying to pick her up while walking or shopping, far more than she ever experienced in our area. These guys are scary enough that she is actually thinking of carrying pepper spray.
Spent the week working in New Brunswick, and couldn't duck the Mayor Ford jokey jokes from all my clients, if anything he has everyone talking about Toronto, not in a good way of course.

December 7, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

4x4 Time

Tonight will be the third Christmas house party we will be attending this year, two more to go...It seems to me more people are in the Christmas spirit this year than the past few years..

December 7, 2013 @ 9:06 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Forgot I was going to vent on the Pearson Airport security checks: Since this is a federally mandated search that every citizen has to be put through, I finally have had enough of standing in line like a good Canadian and watching American Express, or Nexus card holders skip the line. I don't care what happens at the gate for Air Canada Elite, etc. members, totally different matter, but after enduring almost 50 minutes in line last Sunday flying out, I was getting into a really pissy mood watching this taking place.
Going to fire off a useless letter to Lisa Raitt my MP and the GTAA, but it will make me feel good.

December 7, 2013 @ 9:18 AM


@Mike: Yeah, the PC card is usually great. I've never understood credit cards that charge fees. Seems like an antiquated idea. It's just this black card thing-- it's their first move that seems kinda slimy. It's left a bad taste in my mouth, given how HARD they were pushing it on people, and how every PC person and piece of PC literature I read was trying to sell it using half truths.

When I first spoke to them, if they had just said "We're basically changing how PC and our merchants interact, and so we're upgrading everyone's card to the new program. Sorry for the inconvenience." Fine, would have been cool. But then they would lie right to my face (phone face?). "With our exciting new card, you can earn double the PC points-- 10 points for every dollar spent at Loblaws, plus 10 points for every dollar on your balance."

Exactly how the program now and always worked.

"You get a priority 800 number for customer service." You mean the number I'm calling right now-- that is the same number on the back of the grey card-- that has no way of letting me indicate I'm a Black Card holder-- and thus I still waited 1/2 hour to talk to a person. JUST LIKE I ALWAYS DID?

"You get product protection." Under the exact same terms, conditions and lengths offered by the grey card.

And it went on and on. That's what bugged me. Yes, it is technically true I get all those benefits. But I already got them, so they're nothing new. They are not a benefit of "upgrading". That's like saying "Well, Mr. Boon, if you start PAYING for our new Oxygen Plus program, you'll get to breath air that is 20.95% oxygen!" :|

So, like I said-- very bad experience, and the only reason I'm still with PC is because they do offer a good product and had managed to build up some long-term good will. But if even me-- someone who LOVES the PC brand-- has earned 2+ million points-- shops almost exclusively at their stores-- hell, tried out TWICE for Recipe to Riches-- can be pushed to the point of leaving by being lied to-- I'd hate to think how many customers they did lose over this.

December 7, 2013 @ 9:36 AM

Sam Sotiropoulos

Yesterday, I shared a few thoughts on the life and lessons of Nelson Mandela. Today, I ran across the following quote which validated my own reflections:

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” -Nelson Mandela

Read my article here: Comments are welcome.

December 7, 2013 @ 9:54 AM

Jason from Sudbury

@Rick C: Where were you working in New Brunswick?
I'm actually heading there for Xmas to visit family. Flying Porter though so don't have to deal with Pearson which is perfectly fine with me. Never been to Billy Bishop airport but anything has to be better than Pearson.

December 7, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

Rick C in Oakville

I went to Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton, Edmundston and Fredericton this trip. January head to Moncton and Saint John. I love my East Coast trips, no traffic and great people.
My wife flys Porter, far better experience. Are you flying from Sudbury through Ottawa?

December 7, 2013 @ 11:46 AM

Rick C in Oakville

I went to Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton, Edmundston and Fredericton this trip. January head to Moncton and Saint John. I love my East Coast trips, no traffic and great people.
My wife flys Porter, far better experience. Are you flying from Sudbury through Ottawa?
Safe travels.

December 7, 2013 @ 11:46 AM

Jason from Sudbury

@Rick C: On the way to NB yes I get 1 stop in Ottawa.
It goes Sudbury Toronto, Toronto Ottawa (20 minute stop and we don't get off the plane), then Ottawa Moncton. On the return it's just Moncton Toronto, Toronto Sudbury. But hey for $573 including taxes I couldn't go wrong.
I've never flown Porter before but so far from what I've heard the service is pretty good.

I'll be spending time in Moncton, Sussex, and Caraquet.

December 7, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

4x4 Time

Porter is very civilized. I use it to Chicago about 4 times per year for meetings.

December 7, 2013 @ 12:25 PM


I just came back from my local Loblaws. The guy in front of me asked the cashier what his PC Points total was. She looks at her screen and starts, "Um, two" then gives up and just reads the numbers to him, "You have 2-1-9-3-6. I don't know how to read numbers." She wan't embarrassed about it, just matter of fact, like it was perfectly reasonable that a high school aged person wouldn't know how to "read numbers". Sheesh. What are they teaching kids now?

December 7, 2013 @ 6:39 PM


Anyone watch the MLS Cup final today? As someone who would not normally watch soccer, I have to say it was very entertaining. The game ended in round 10 of penalty kicks.

December 7, 2013 @ 9:20 PM


Well, how about those Habs. They won. That's great. Unfortunately the Leafs won though in a shootout. they just got lucky. The Leafs will lose tonight. My Cardinals will win today over the Rams. It will happen. Hey, my birthday is on Thursday, December 12. If you like, you can send me birthday messages. I would like that.

December 8, 2013 @ 8:09 AM


Well, my Cardinals won. That's great. They beat the Rams. Cardinals will hopefully make it to the Superbowl. That would be a good thing. So far the Leafs are losing. Good. My Habs will win on Tuesday.

December 8, 2013 @ 8:48 PM


This is maddening:

In short, a 12 year old asthmatic boy died last year because his puffer was locked away in the principal's office, as per school policy.

I haven't seen anyone explain WHY that was the policy. It's utterly insane. What about kids with epi-pens?

December 9, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

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That story about the inhaler is difficult to believe. I have no words...

December 9, 2013 @ 1:09 PM


Looks like Canadians aren't as prolific at online shopping as some would have us believe

I personally think Canadians are tired of being gouged by Canadian retailers in general and online retailers for their shipping and "handling" fees, so we shop far more informed than others. Quite often you can get the same or better deal at bricks and mortars if you show them the online deal.

@Cheryl, I'll wish you an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY! as I will most likely forget or be otherwise occupied on Thursday. It is also my Brother in Law and one of my best friends Birthday's Thursday as well. Mine was on Sunday. 95% of my family has birthdays between Nov 11 and Feb 2. I have a big family too.

Between family, friends and neighbours, I know someone's birthday for every day of December!


December 10, 2013 @ 2:38 PM


Thanks Mike.

December 10, 2013 @ 3:35 PM

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