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Any good boxing day sales?

December 26, 2014 @ 9:21 AM

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I just bought a second Chromecast and saved $10. I got it at Amazon with free shipping, but I hear it's on sale at Futureshop and Best Buy, too.

Chromecast is the very best thing we bought in 2014 and since I have two TVs I needed a second.

December 26, 2014 @ 9:23 AM

Al The Royal Pain

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Now looking forward to some R&R before starting back at work in the new year.

December 26, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

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I suspect it will be very quiet here today.


On that note, if you have a couple of hours to chill, I'd be honoured if you'd listen to the episode of my podcast with Strombo:

December 26, 2014 @ 10:13 AM


Well, no sports last night either, but I have a Nets game coming up at 1:00. That's a good thing. I hope they wini and my Suns play later tonight. My Habs and Coyotes play tomorrow and then Sunday it's my Ravens and Cardinals one game after the other. I want all wins. I already did win the pool, but there are some guys not happy about it because I didn't cooperate and take a team away. I'm not going to get the money until the end of January or beginning of February though. Oh well.

December 26, 2014 @ 10:57 AM

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Canada vs. Slovakia at 8pm tonight.

December 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

this guest

did not send a 'courtesy' xmas card to
the ex this year, having abandoned
hope the relationship of two decades
can be kickstarted...yet again...
(nor did she it seems)

2.5 years now and I've accepted it
as finished and it doesn't feel half
only 1/8th bad
maybe not even that

maybe only duct tape a colander
with one hole remaining
and looks at the sky -
maybe that bad.
And that's not so terrible.

p.s. will listen to the podcast
with Strombo
during the holidays

December 26, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

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@this guest

I'll invoke Robert Frost for this comment.

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

December 26, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

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@the guest

And let me know what you thought of my Strombo interview!

December 26, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

this guest

@ Toronto Mike,

An excellent thought from mr. frost.

Read a bio of him maybe a decade ago -
Quite interesting
not the 'pastoral' figure many would think.

Whatever he learned came from experience.

December 26, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

this guest

@ Mike,
Okay I will!

December 26, 2014 @ 11:32 AM



It does go on - life, that is. Best thing I ever did? Leave my marriage of 23 years. Greatest decision ever. Now it was many years in the planning, of course.

@This Guest

Let it - and her - go. Life does in fact go on. And, gets a whole lot better.

The Strombo interview is excellent. Carve out some time for it.

December 26, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

Blind Dave

Hey, hope y'all has a great and safe Christmas.

Quiet days for us, which suits us just fine. Had a great supper at my dad-in-law's house with the kids (adult & teen) and my granddaughter.

I also have my granddaughter for a few hours later today and we divided her presents between her house and here (the noisy ones and stickers go to HER house) so there should be lots of stuff for her to get into today. Me too!

December 26, 2014 @ 1:51 PM


Former Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond was arrested for a stabbing. Too bad, he might have been receiving fresh royalty cheques since the show got added to MeTV this past October. Don't know when this show was last carried within Canada.

December 26, 2014 @ 8:22 PM


My Nets won. That's great, but it was close, a nail biter. That would be something if they started winning lots when I dropped out of the pool. Anyway, if my Ravens don't go to the Superbowl, my Cardinals will be there for sure. One of my teams is going to be in the Superbowl. I wanted both my Ravens and Cardinals in it though.

December 26, 2014 @ 9:17 PM


My Suns won last night. That's great. I'm lucky. My Nets and Suns both won so that's great. My teams are doing well and I dropped out of the pool. I wonder if there will be a baseball pool. I hope so. If there is, I'm picking the Orioles and Diamondbacks. I don't know if there is one. Nobodoy is interested in a hockey pool. Well, my Habs don't play tonight, but my Coyotes do. Go Coyotes and go Ravens and Cardinals tomorrow and go Chiefs so the Chargers can lose.

December 27, 2014 @ 7:34 AM


My Coyotes won. That's great. They won, but my Nets lost and the Raptors won. Not so great. Anyway, last weekend of regular season football. Go Ravens, Cardinals and Chiefs.

December 28, 2014 @ 6:20 AM

Drunk Johnny Fever

Soon there will be no need for TSN or Sportsnet.
Sports according to Cheryl every morning!

December 28, 2014 @ 10:59 AM


Great comeback win by my Ravens today. That was great. They were down 10 to 3, but they came back and won 20 to 10. My Ravens will make the playoffs because the Chiefs won over the Chargers so that was great. My Cardinals lost though. That's no good. They lost by a field goal, but they will still be in the playoffs. The Seahawks won as well. I got three more wins added to my pool. I want my money but he says no, I have to wait until January, maybe February to get my money. The Leafs lost today. That's good. They blew it.

December 28, 2014 @ 8:10 PM


Norse Security claims they have ID'd 6 people in the SONY hack

Researchers from the company followed that individual online, noting participation in IRC (Internet Relay Chat) forums where they observed communications with other individuals affiliated with underground hacking and hacktivist groups in Europe and Asia.

December 29, 2014 @ 9:20 AM


Well, my Suns won last night so that was great, but unfortunately the Raptors won. Yes, they won again. Anyway, football playoffs start on Saturday. My Cardinals are in Carolina at 4:20 and then my Ravens are in Pittsburgh at 8:15. This conflicts with hockey, but hockey is free and I pay for football so I listen to football. The Superbowl will be awesome with my Ravens and Cardinals in the Superbowl. That will be so awesome. I don't think I can have a party though so nobody comes to my party unless I say there is a party, but Ravens and Cardinals will be there.

December 29, 2014 @ 10:59 AM


Hey everyone, PARTY @Cheryls for the SuperBowl.
I can't wait!

December 29, 2014 @ 1:53 PM


I didn't say there was a party. I will say there is one if there is one, but my Ravens and Cardinals will be in the Superbowl.

December 30, 2014 @ 6:01 PM

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