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Go Jays, go!

May 27, 2014 @ 9:01 AM


Here is a link to what I am sure is the absolutely best comment on Open Mike ever!

May 27, 2014 @ 9:19 AM


So Dean Blundell is on the Fan 590.

Enjoy the fact he admits his lack of knowledge of sports. I wonder if he passes his audition who they'd pair him with. I assume they put someone with better knowledge for him to bounce off for a year or two before he goes on his own.

May 27, 2014 @ 9:37 AM


Every viewed webpage at the library computer I'm using today is displayed in a two-tone white and very pale yellow secondary backdrop colour. The desktop and taskbar are still in a regular darkish blue; pale yellow scroll bars, for example are invisible. Jeesh.
Worse was simply trying to copy and paste a manually (in Wordpad) pre-written and coded blog entry with multiple freeware links out of MS Office 2010 Plus into my Blogger site's posting field. I tried again to re-edit through gobs of unparagraphed and scrambled auto-added MS Office characters to attempt to re-state my link texts today. No such luck.

May 27, 2014 @ 11:12 AM


Mistakenly left-clicking upon the podcast file link in Mike's next entry crashed the Firefox browser (it demanded a quicktime update). Third time attempt I remembered to right-click the link to download it - with the unworking restricted access (to my USB drive) message that these public computers put up. Or is it the other way around?
Occasionally I listen to it. I'm wondering if Mike will mention the new channel 56.1 Cozi TV station, or ThrowbackTV at 56.2? While I've seen a couple of new-to-me shows at Cozi; it basically sucks. It is an NBC channel that's heavy on the multiple episode block scheduling and mocking putdown promos. Didn't NBC have a well-regarded Hulu website earlier?
Throwback is extremely limited (so far) in its unique episodes despite having an ultra fantastic B&W era lineup.
By the way, MeTV just switched into its Summer season schedule; Love Boat and Mod Squad to start off their weekday mornings after Daniel Boone.

P.S. I'm boycotting Rogers Communications - as much as reasonable - until they remove Russia Today (RT) from channel 179's leading active mini-screen position. 179 is Rogers' six-in-one news channels' digital preview channel. I wrote about this appoximately a week and a half ago. RT shouldn't be positioned ahead of any of the other (free-world) news channels; it shouldn't be one of the highlighted six either. I'm not extending my protest as far as wanting RT removed entirely from Rogers' line-up; RT has its own channel (177?) (directly beside 179 with one unavailable without an added subscription channel between.)

May 27, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

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Love Boat and Mod Squad after Daniel Boone.
:- )
oh man. I think It's time to make a quarter washing dad's DeSoto.

what's this stuff under the seat?

May 27, 2014 @ 12:22 PM


I would much rather prefer someone on sports radio who can talk sports, comes with somewhat of a pedigree and is able to form intelligent opinions and ideas.

I think of Jeff Marek and his ability to pull in hockey tales from the CHL or years past, the way Jeff Blair has his expos stories and Bob McCowan can lean on his days with the Blue Jays and just years of following sports closely.

Blundell strikes me more as someone who just has the ability to talk, I do not value his opinions or thoughts one bit, and doubt there is any real insight in to any beyond a headline or two he was able to find somewhere

Without getting in to all the other reasons why I dislike him I hope his time with the fan is short. Surely there is someone else out there better suited for the role.

I certainly won't be tuning in when he is on

May 27, 2014 @ 1:41 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Elvis and I talked about Dean Blundell on The Fan 590 on today's podcast: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/05/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_78.html

May 27, 2014 @ 1:41 PM


Dean Blundell on The Fan. Did they not learn from the Andrew Krystal experiment?

May 27, 2014 @ 2:01 PM


I haven't heard Dean Blundell yet. I don't have time for Dean Blundell. I won't like him either, I have a feeling. Anyway, Habs will win tonight. Tokarski is a very good goalie. It will be like 2010 all over again almost anyway. The difference is they didn't win the cup in 2010, but they will this year. They will win the next three games. then go on and beat the Kings in seven games. Ten more hockey games left, guys and I am not wrong in the least. From now on I am going to be right because Tokarski is an amazing goalie. Then it will be back to just boring baseball after it's all over. Well, my Arizona Cardinals start playing again in September. Then curling will start. I am going to cheer for my trainer's team even though my trainer won't be playing as much anymore. I still want his team to win.

May 27, 2014 @ 4:44 PM


What's the oldest thing in your fridge?

It's has to be food. No body parts.

I have a bottle of BBQ sauce that's more than 10 years old. I don't know why I'm saving it. It's not like wine where the sauce will get better with age.

May 27, 2014 @ 6:55 PM

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We purged everything old in the fridge when we moved in September, but a Bacardi Breezer cooler is still there. It's a terrible flavour I have no interest in, and my wife was pregnant until recently, so there it sits waiting for a party where we can offer it to an unsuspecting guest.

May 27, 2014 @ 7:20 PM

twins from bolton

I've lived in Bolton now for 15 years. During the last 3 or 4 years 5 students from a local High School have committed suicide & most recently last Friday.

My sons have moved on to University 4 years ago. 2 of their BEST freinds within 6 months 3 years ago committed suicide & it was very hard for both sons & as I coached one in BBall for 2 years & was also a great hockey player playing high level Rep in Toronto.

My 1 son last June was having situations which I & wife were recognizing as not himself. 1 day he texted a freind of his & said comments about suicide. Immediately the freind texted my wife & said what was going on. She rushed home from work & said to him either you are coming with me to the hospital or I'm calling 911 NOW.
I was just coming home from work at the same time. He decided to go to hospital & spent 3 days & 2 nights being evaluated in the psychiatric ward. He called both nights at 2AM saying I'm leaving - please come & get me.

He was discharged after completing a long survey about himself & was then was read by the doctor. He has gone to a few counseling meetings since - he is not cured but has a more focus on life overall. Still at student at Humber College in a University Degree program & doing very well.

Why so many suicides with students? Only my thoughts as there is no personal interaction anymore between kids with texting, tweeting & playing games.

This was difficult for me to send as it was personal & just trying to have everyone recognize changes in your kids & still LOVE THEM EVERYDAY & discuss any problems.

May 27, 2014 @ 10:44 PM

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I came on just to say way to go Cheryl predicting a Habs victory tonight.
What a great game.

but reading Twins from Bolton about a difficult situation
I can only offer sympathies.
great thoughts at the end of your post.

May 27, 2014 @ 11:18 PM


@twins from Bolton

Reaching out is the exact right thing to do. If people you love and care about are in need of any kind of help, it's incumbent upon you to scream from the rafters to get them whatever they might need.

Our son Paul is home from university - working at a golf course for the summer. It's his third summer at this job which is pretty cool for a now 19 year old. He and I had to be back in Peterborough last Friday for a very early appointment - which was tricky because I had an early afternoon flight to upper NY state then back late that night. There are major changes happening here in this household - and Paul used that time held hostage (my words, not his) to talk about friends at university who are in crisis and want to harm themselves. I was shocked. He said he's been trying to help them with aid of the university VP (whom we know from U of T - and is now at Trent). I was levelled by his admission.

And, then I read your post. Again, thank you for sharing your story.

What's the genesis of this? Young, accomplished and the whole world at their feet?

It's gravely concerning. I'm glad my Baby Boy has been successful in helping.

To be continued, for sure.

May 27, 2014 @ 11:25 PM

twins from bolton

Thanks to all for your comments. It means a lot to me.

I forgot to mention earlier, I still wake up in the middle of the night frequently & check just to make sure to see him breathing & sleeping. He does have a good social life with his friends which has also helping in his recovery.

Very few kids today talk FACE TO FACE anymore. Texting, tweeting, gaming & just wanna stay in my room.

Student suicides especially at Exam time is more prevalent & HAS TO BE ADDRESSED someway, somehow. The answer????????

May 28, 2014 @ 12:14 AM

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Texting, tweeting, gaming and staying in room all sounds quite isolated.
like alienation.
Or some version of non-institutionalized solitary confinement.

I have to wonder re environmentally (modified 'foods', electronics/radiation, etc...) how people are being affected in the normal functioning of brain cells.

Did you see that story recently where a kindergarten play was cancelled so the children could prepare for their 'futures?' This seems so utterly right-angled. The opposite of, say, Walt Whitman.

I'm musing here about what kids and young people are being impacted with.

What I'm hearing is about the listening and communicating face to face as a priority.
And thinking of how I interact with my own children.

May 28, 2014 @ 8:05 AM

James Edgar

@ Twins from bolton.. Wow.

Alienation is not new ,I spent a considerable part of my teenage years feeling quite alienated myself and the only phone I had was attached to a wall in my kitchen. Computers used punch cards more often than not then too so I'm not convinced the texting/online culture is the culprit.

Or at least the only one.

May 28, 2014 @ 9:19 AM

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@ James Edgar,

what would you say was your lifeline to non-alienation?
did something connect you to something inside yourself
that made you feel not alone?

May 28, 2014 @ 9:38 AM


Of course, I was right. Great game. Nine more games to go. Everything is going seven games. Habs win the cupt in 2014, no doubt about it. I would have loved Coyotes and Habs. Oh well, 2015 that will happen.

Suicide is stupid, I know. Why do people do it. Is life so awful. That's probably what is causing delays on the subway and alarms going off because people are jumping trying to commit suicide. Well, good luck with your son, Twins.

May 28, 2014 @ 11:01 AM



Your post upsets me. You're a simpleton.

There are larger issues at play.

Suicide isn't stupid. It's desperate and without hope.

Get a fucking clue.

May 28, 2014 @ 10:16 PM

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just to extrapolate a bit on the issue of suicide -

how we are thinking, treating
reacting to the planet...
patriarchy and all the male dominated systems it has spawned:
capitalism, communism, fascism,
is ultimately suicidal

do perhap the highly sensitive young feel this 'in progress' also

May 29, 2014 @ 1:50 PM


Well, the reason I say suicide is stupid because I remember being told there is no problem big enough to want to end your life. It's just a final thing. I mean you want to take your own life because something bugs you and so you decide to jump onto the subway track and then the subway gets held up. That's what happens.

Anyway, the Habs will win tonight. Then game 7 is on Saturday. Habs and Kings to the final. Next year it's Habs and Coyotes.

May 29, 2014 @ 5:52 PM

twins from bolton

Again to you all, thanks for your support & comments on suicide.
It means a lot to me.

@ Cheryl

Liz was kinda harsh with her comment but I TOTALLY agree with her.

Depression is a sickness & NOT a weakness. It can be treated but NOT CURED. Suicide is the final result when somebody with this SICKNESS has nowhere to go or people to turn to. It is desperation. It is NOT STUPID & seems to be happening more often now than before, especially young adults who don't have a direction in life & cannot cope with everyday situations.

May 29, 2014 @ 6:15 PM

twins from bolton

@ Cheryl - 17:52

Get a life as you are only thinking of yourself & not others & you being held up for a time on a subway.

Who told you there is no problem big enough to end your life. YOU SHOULD SPEAK TO MY SON. It's a combination of things & overall a SICKNESS.

GO now & watch your Habs get beatin!

May 29, 2014 @ 6:53 PM



As long as someone who is struggling with depression doesn't mess with your subway schedule, it's all good.


Harsh? I didn't even get out of first gear. I was struck by the dismissive oversimplification of such an important topic. And, found it highly offensive.

May 29, 2014 @ 6:59 PM

twins from bolton

@ Liz

Harsh was the word I used only because of the "simpleton" mention. I have a mentally challenged brother & I when I see retarded or simpleton it bothers me.

As I said Liz, I totally agreed with your comment overall.


May 29, 2014 @ 7:11 PM



I hear you - I meant simpleton is the purest sense of the word. I'm a word person and not a nuance person so no disrespect meant or implied, of course. Meaning, I mean what I write. Very little should be unclear. I don't mess around with that vernacular.

To be honest, to put depression - and it's very real, very hard challenges - on par with subway delays pissed me off huge. Still pisses me off.

Friends? Of course.

Now it's time to watch the Habs get their asses trounced.

Stay strong and vigilant. But be sure to care for yourself, too.

May 29, 2014 @ 8:31 PM

twins from bolton

Thanks, Liz.

To equate depression with a subway delay (usually suicide) is unfortunate to those who don't know about the SICKNESS.

Go Rangers Go.

May 29, 2014 @ 8:51 PM

Innocent Bystander

You may dislike Cheryl's opinion but if I recall she is blind. I'm quite sure she understands difficulty in life.

May 29, 2014 @ 8:54 PM


@Innocent Bystander

Point taken. Each of us has our difficulties - part of the human condition. Physical, mental, emotional. Each of us is limited in some way, to be sure. That certainly does not give anyone licence to piss on someone who is discussing something wildly private because they are in need of connection to help them cope.

It's the consistent lack of empathy for other people - or the complete inability to think beyond one's self that is irksome. And, tiresome.

May 29, 2014 @ 9:03 PM

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I think Cheryl is a practical person and she is being practical.

suicide = not a good decision.
suicide = discomfort for many others.

May 29, 2014 @ 9:42 PM


Blindness isn't the only problem Cheryl has, unfortunately, so my guess is 95% of your criticism either cruised on over her head or made her cry. She's... sheltered, for lack of a better way of putting it. Socially awkward might be a smidge more accurate. Either way, I'm fairly sure she quite literally doesn't know better. That's the only reason I haven't contributed to the piling on her, in spite of having lost a friend to depression and suicide a number of years ago.

Disclaimer: I wouldn't actually know Cheryl if I tripped and fell over her. But I've seen enough of that type to know where it comes from. I'm also not excusing her. But I'm pretty sure the only thing being accomplished by being pissed at her is now you're pissed. She very likely hasn't learned much.

May 29, 2014 @ 10:13 PM


NA NA NA NA NA NA Hey Hey Good Bye Habs.

The better team won, even though Toharski was awesome playing for Carey Price.

Go Blue Jays

May 29, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

Not an Innocent Bystander

Liz, give it up. Bolton Twins come on a public forum, talk about a private issue and gets upset when someone says something they don't like. Get the fuck out. You're an idiot Liz and take your manufactured anger and fuck off.

May 29, 2014 @ 11:11 PM


@Not an Innocent Bystander

Hey, valid points. Most of them, anyway. I believe I hear what you're saying.

There are a few resilient regulars here. Guess we might tend to circle the proverbial wagons around such folk. Clearly there are some discussions that have some long, long legs. And, have developed relationships with people over this time. Nominate in, or nominate out.

Listen, captain ejaculate. Calm your crap. I'm am a lot of things - idiotic is most certainly one of them.

May 30, 2014 @ 12:20 AM

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from Idiot Wind by Bob Dylan

Idiot wind blowing through the buttons of our coats
Blowing through the letters that we wrote
Idiot wind blowing through the dust upon our shelves
We're idiots babe
It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves.

May 30, 2014 @ 9:01 AM

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how does
this spoon

May 30, 2014 @ 9:23 AM

James Edgar

@ This guest.

A couple of lifelines. First Music. Second Motorcycles. Third Empathy ,Mine not theirs. Forth 8 Years in the Primary reserves. Fifth A self help course I took in the early 90's that helped a ton with speaking up and shyness. Sixth when i was having trouble managing my Type 1 Diabetes my Endo sent me to a shrink who diagnosed my with ADHD and depression, the meds i take to teat the ADHD help a lot. Sixth Life. Ok more than two I guess...

All helped to a large extent and ... I'm still slightly in that place of alienation. I can feel SO isolated in a group it's not funny. even a small group of close friends. Even with family.

But not so isolated as I did walking down the hall in high school feeling like an alien and praying someone anyone would talk to me. And praying that no one would.

Don't get me wrong I did have friends in school I wasn't a complete loner. But never quite felt at home.

So i'm still there but not so far that i'm totally islated

May 30, 2014 @ 10:46 AM


@James Edgar,

I'm not really depressed, but man being diagnosed with ADHD made a huge improvement in my life. Too bad it wasn't earlier so I wouldn't have wasted so much time in school.

That said, if I hadn't wasted all that time, I'd never have met my amazing fiancée.

I just wish I wasn't treated like such a criminal getting the medicine. I rarely ever use it, even if it would help a lot at the office, because I wouldn't want anyone to get the idea I'm abusing it.

May 30, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

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I would just like to remind people that Cheryl did say this:

Well, good luck with your son, Twins.

I believe that to be heartfelt and sincere.

May 30, 2014 @ 8:30 PM

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@ James Edgar,

fantastic story and man you seem quite blessed. It seems the 'universe' *or something* sent you a lot of options and to your credit you grabbed them and ran with them.

I don't know if you know it or not but you have a very inspiring story that could positively affect a lot of people!!

Thanks very very much for this reply.

May 30, 2014 @ 8:43 PM


Yes, the Habs lost, but they'll win next year. Tokarski is a great goalie. He has many years left in him.

Anyway, I can leave. I was just saying what I think. I have been told that there is no problem big enough to want to commit suicide. Yes, I did say good luck with your son. You know, I don't hurt anyone and I won't. Oh well, if you guys don't want me, I'll leave. I can stop commenting just like that. Maybe that's what I'll do.

May 30, 2014 @ 9:02 PM

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