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Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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Happy 40th birthday, babe!!

June 27, 2014 @ 8:44 AM


Happy Birthday Mike!!!!

June 27, 2014 @ 8:48 AM

519 Rob

Happy 4-0 Mike.
Enjoy it!

June 27, 2014 @ 8:55 AM

James Edgar

Happy Birthday Mike! have an awesome day!

June 27, 2014 @ 9:02 AM


welcome to the dark side Mike. Try 46 now that age sucks!!!!

June 27, 2014 @ 9:15 AM

Jason C

Happy Birthday Mike!!

June 27, 2014 @ 9:29 AM


Happy 40th Birthday Mike!!
I just turned 50 this year and those 10 years in between go pretty freakin' fast.

June 27, 2014 @ 10:19 AM


Happy birthday Mike. Hope it's a good one. Anyway, hope my trainer's wife wins soccer. They are 3 and 2 so hopefully that's the only two they lose. Win the cup. That would be good. I wish there was more sports on besides boring baseball.

June 27, 2014 @ 11:11 AM


The biggest sporting event in the world is on for another two weeks or so..

Italy is sadly out (deservedly so, biting or not) but it's been a wonderful World Cup thus far and from the Games coming this weekend should keep it going :)

June 27, 2014 @ 11:42 AM


Women play soccer???

June 27, 2014 @ 11:42 AM


Once I went inside last night, it was so nice to have to use my PVR and/or flip channels between the White Sox-Blue Jays and the Argos-Blue Bombers games, both of which were exciting and entertaining to watch, the latter being the start of the CFL regular season. Why was it so nice? There wasn't any sports programming from Brazil to contend with. Not even in the restaurant where I had dinner, where the owners were happy to put the Jays game on, since nobody was watching whatever game was at nil-nil (big surprise). I know, I know, reportedly the World Cup has been "very exciting". Yeah, just like watching the ice melt and flow down the Assiniboine and Red rivers in Winnipeg when I was 10*.

* The Assiniboine and Red rivers are exceptionally slow-moving rivers, unless they're headed for flooding.

June 27, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

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You're going to love today. It's completely World Cup free!

June 27, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

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My next goal: to turn 50.

June 27, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

Dave Williams

Happy birthday Mike.

Big ups to Andrew Wiggins.

June 27, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

4x4 Time

Knocked off two venues on my “Bucket List” of concert venues I want to go to while in NYC earlier this week - Carnegie Hall – Elvis Costello and Beacon Theater – Hot Tuna and Leon Russell. Most times I do not care what shows are playing in the venues I want to see, but both of these shows were great.

Best value so far on my hunt, a few years ago at the Hollywood Bowl, bought 2 tickets from a scalper 10 minutes after show time for Robert Plant and Alison Krause for $50, great seats. Opening act was Rufus Wainwright.

June 27, 2014 @ 12:12 PM


@4x4 Time

Very cool venues and acts. Must have been great - good for you. NYC is amazing. Planning to get back there in the fall. Always full value.

June 27, 2014 @ 12:26 PM


She's hilarious. Too many people get bent out of shape at what she writes. She's basically a right-wing Bill Maher.

I love the Thatcher quote, "Don't worry. After all, twice in this century we beat them at their national game."

June 27, 2014 @ 1:47 PM

4x4 Time

A question for the cyclists.

I approach a 4 way stop and I am stopped and signal left, well ahead of an on coming cyclist. I start my turn and notice the cyclist, an adult, does not stop and blows right through the stop sign and I have to stop mid turn.

In this situation, do I have the right away to turn? Honestly I am not sure of the law here.

June 27, 2014 @ 4:11 PM

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@4x4 Time

That one's easy. You had the right of way. The cyclist ignored the stop sign.... even with my Idaho stop I have to treat the stop sign as a yield sign.

June 27, 2014 @ 4:16 PM


@Mike - Thought so, but was not sure

June 27, 2014 @ 5:04 PM


All the best Mike on your 40th. Next is your 50th.

Been there done that for both. ENJOY.

60th is next for me in a few years. Can't wait - LOL.

June 27, 2014 @ 5:29 PM


I bought Aimee Mann's new album "The Both" last week.

The album is a collaboration between her and indie rock songwriter Ted Leo. I've never heard of him either.

It's really good.

June 27, 2014 @ 6:54 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Happy birthday Mike

June 27, 2014 @ 7:58 PM


Happy Birthday Mike!

June 27, 2014 @ 8:39 PM

this guest

I'll chime in also
happy birthday Mike.

June 27, 2014 @ 8:51 PM


@4x4 Time,

That cyclist is a god damned asshole.

Conversely, there's a little road I commute on behind the Brutalist courthouse downtown. There is no stop-sign, yet for some reason drivers regularly cut me off on it, on average once a week.

I actually uploaded one here from when I used to have a camera:

Typically its cabs though. On Monday a cab driver actually made eye-contact with me and proceeded to drive right at me.

June 27, 2014 @ 9:52 PM


Well, apparently women do play soccer. Soccer is a boring game though, but like it when my trainer's wife wins. Yes, they're going to win it all. That's great. Anyway just a little over two months and my Cardinals will be playing. Can't wait and then a month from then it will be Habs at Leafs. Habs 10 Leafs 0. Shutout for Carey Price.

June 28, 2014 @ 7:39 AM

Rick C in Oakville

My niece does amateur youtube ads for trendy/vintage clothing stores in Toronto,(Philistines on Queen west for this one) and a few weeks ago asked if she could use my 1983 Mustang Convertible for one of her 80's vintage ads. Filmed in Kew Beach. Reminds me I might "go out for a rip" later in it. (google it or check out Humble and Fred!)

June 28, 2014 @ 4:09 PM



That Coulter article was awesome and makes me want to go back and re-evaluate what I thought I knew of her.

What do you think of Michael Coren?

June 28, 2014 @ 6:28 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@markosaar; Thanks for linking this. I to many years ago had an issue with the gay movement, and thought it was deviant, immoral etc. etc. But as Coren states, he has evolved and so have I. I must commend my 19 year old daughter to opening my eyes to this. Her room mate at school is gay, and she would currently consider him her best friend. Having spent time with him and many other friends of his you realise that, there really is nothing to cause your feelings of dislike. She would interrogate me as to why I felt threatend or uncomfortable, and really couldn't answer her. The biggest turning point for me was a close family member coming out, and knowing this person from when they were a baby and the relationship we had, there was no way I would ever had shuttered this person out of my life.

June 28, 2014 @ 6:46 PM


@ Rick C in Oakville

Your daughters roommate at school is a guy & as she said consider HIM as her best freind.

What school is she attending. Guys & Dolls in the same rooms?

June 28, 2014 @ 7:09 PM


Hey @Rick C

A very honest, and kind post.

For his second year at university, this fall our son will be rooming with two buds of his - one of whom, is openly gay. I love that for the university crowd today, sexuality is really not on their radar in any sort of judgemental way. Paul says it would feel ridiculous to have an opinion about a gay person - akin to judging someone who has blue eyes as a deviant - because you just know what those blue eyed people do behind closed doors.

My uncle Greg died in Vancouver in the early 90's from complications from AIDS. The loving Catholic family he was raised by threw him away like he was garbage. It sickens me to this day. And is just one of the many, many reasons the Catholic church proves they're poison. Oh, ya. Uncle Greg was gay. Personally I think he died of a broken heart.

June 28, 2014 @ 7:20 PM



Today's post-secondary students live and let live - boys, girls and a lot of combinations in between. Girls are more likely to have male best-friends - I see that with a number of my nieces. I think it's great.

June 28, 2014 @ 7:23 PM

this guest

Ann Coulter is venal. She consistently wishes death and pain upon others.

To think she is funny is like thinking the pus on a wound is funny.

Everything she says and does is nasty, petty, and vile.

She is tea party trash through and through.

June 28, 2014 @ 7:38 PM

this guest

my sister is gay and has been with the same partner for over
20 years
a fine person
almost fifty people depend upon her for employment
she is good to everybody she meets

gay is not an issue

June 28, 2014 @ 7:41 PM


@this guest

Ann Coutler is Ann Coulter. She is a fire-brand in the ridiculous political shit pit called America. I work in the US a lot - and deal with all types. I lose my judgement at the border and go with the friggin' flow. I should write a fucking book. From having to have evangelical prayer services to kick off a meeting to Confederate re-enactments to 'set the mood' to... well, let's jus say, there are stories to be shared.

The most salient of your post? Gay is not an issue. Beginning, middle and ending.

June 28, 2014 @ 7:53 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Andrew: U of Guelph, but she lives off campus in a house.

June 28, 2014 @ 9:16 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Sorry clicked too soon: you nailed it Liz, they don't see the sexuality of the person.

June 28, 2014 @ 9:20 PM

Radio Kid

brother Bill aka Neil Morrison fired from Corus Vancouver

June 28, 2014 @ 10:14 PM

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@Radio Kid

Sad but true.

I just recorded a phone call with Brother Bill (Neil Morrison) that will be a part of my tribute to Martin Streek next week. Ironically, we were talking about a guy who was fired by Corus after 20+ years of good service, and a week later Neil was fired by Corus after 20+ years of good service.

June 28, 2014 @ 10:23 PM


Re: gay chat.

I don't know that youth don't "see" sexuality, they just don't care. It's no one else's business unless they're ... interested.

June 28, 2014 @ 11:04 PM


Sorry about your uncle Greg, Liz. Well, I had a hairdresser die of aids a while back and he was gay. Not a good thing. I'm not against gays, but just wonder why so many die of aids. Well, my trainer's wife will win today. Let's hope so.

June 29, 2014 @ 7:31 AM


I saw a full age ad in one of Canada's national newspapers placed by a private business listing the things that Canadians should be proud of.

No where on the list was democracy or freedom.

But goalie mask and Ogopogo was.

The pride festival in Toronto this weekend is a perfect example of the political freedoms we have guaranteed under our constitution. That makes me proud.

The invention of peanut butter was also on the list. I rather like our ability to vote in elections and the freedom to worship (or not) as I wish without interference from government.

Go Canada!!

June 29, 2014 @ 9:22 AM


@Rick C in Oakville! You won the Lego Movie Blu-Ray contest on my site! I e-mailed you, please e-mail me your address asap:

Happy Pride! And Happy Canada Day in advance everyone! Rosie :)

June 29, 2014 @ 2:38 PM


You believe today's post-sec students have a live and let live attitude. Umm, how's that working out for them considering the rates of, suicide, depression, unwanted pregnancy, abortion and drug addiction are at the highest in history?

Maybe a little more judgment and thought might go a long way. Just sayin'.

June 29, 2014 @ 8:09 PM



Clearly, I don't speak for the entire post-secondary populous. I'm qualified to observe and comment on the students I meet, see, teach, counsel and interact with.

And, that whole "Just saying' " punctuation is nothing but passive aggressive poking. Surely we're beyond that at this point.

Help me understand your experience - you specifically cite "suicide, depression, unwanted pregnancy, abortion and drug addition". WTF?

June 29, 2014 @ 8:37 PM



Argie is somewhat right with his comments.

Suicide, depression & drug addiction is common today among students with social media & especially can't try harder to accomplish & to strive for their future as they have NEVER had to do it before.

Many reach their goals & gotta congratulate them, but many don't even try., it's good enough.

A Pity

June 29, 2014 @ 9:36 PM


Correlation does not equal causation.

June 29, 2014 @ 10:12 PM


I know the 'just sayin' is kind of tired and unoriginal. My bad.

I'm just trying to convey that the attitude of today's young is probably not the most desired. If a little more thought was put into some of the life altering decisions, we might have lower numbers within the issues I previously noted.

Anyway no offence intended.

June 29, 2014 @ 10:23 PM


@None taken.

As for the rest? Bedtime for me.

June 29, 2014 @ 11:13 PM

James Edgar

@ Argie can you site some Stats? Because I looked some of this up just a while back and the suicides stats were lower not at an all time high.

June 30, 2014 @ 9:14 AM


Its good to see you've worked out your issues and you now feel strong enough to troll me. Congrats!

June 30, 2014 @ 9:53 AM


He's back!!!

June 30, 2014 @ 3:51 PM


My trainer's wife lost the soccer game yesterday, it was 6 to 0. That's horrible. Now they are 3 and 3. Come on. I want them to win the cup. It goes until some time in October. I heard my Habs are trading Daniel Briere to Colorado. That's not a good thing. Oh well, they better beat the Leafs on October 8.

June 30, 2014 @ 4:37 PM

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