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What a wonderful -2 spring day! Is that snow I see in the forecast? Wonderful!

March 27, 2015 @ 9:00 AM


You won't catch me complaining about this weather at all. After the borderline-Arctic Circle weather we had for all of February, a day like today is absolutely perfect, in my eyes.

March 27, 2015 @ 9:02 AM


Weather sucks.

Leafs suck.

Raptors struggling.


March 27, 2015 @ 9:20 AM


Information in an age of misinformation.

March 27, 2015 @ 9:23 AM

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As PE said, Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age.

March 27, 2015 @ 9:26 AM

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But on a lighter note, if you have a question you want me to ask Rick Hodge, let me know asap.

I'll be covering the obvious, as you can imagine, but I'm interested in what you'd ask him.

March 27, 2015 @ 9:27 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Ya know, as much as we bitch and complain about the weather, I'll gladly take what we got over all the snow the east coast got this year. I seen lots of pics on Facebook from the fam in New Brunswick, it's crazy. They got hammered out there this year!

March 27, 2015 @ 9:30 AM


2 things:

1. Thank goodness Andreas Lubitz isn't Muslim.

2. Andreas Lubitz hid his mental illness from his employer and 150 are dead. Tragic.

March 27, 2015 @ 9:42 AM

Ryan G /

1.The prevailing aircraft cockpit door policies among most airlines are a result of 9/11..therefore, the terrorists have won again no?

2. Maybe i'm over-thinking, or I'm a pervert, but don't tell me there's not one single mind at Rogers who considered that perhaps an element of the Jays' new social media efforts is inappropriate. It's a hashtag. Namely
"#come together"

3. I was walking yesterday and got stopped by a film crew as they were shooting a scene taking place in a parked car. A dozen people with headsets stood around silently, blocking me from walking through the shot. I was told they'd let me through in 30 seconds. Four minutes later i said to some P.A. chimp..come on man..i gotta go. He whispered into his headset and shook his head, but then a more senior P.A chimp approached me and said she'd walk me through, but I'd have to remain quiet since they were in the midst of shooting the scene. I promised to do so but as I walked by the parked car I yelled "you're all a bunch a fuckin' slaves!".

That last part never happened but I wish it did.

March 27, 2015 @ 9:44 AM


Re: 3
Unless its another brilliant Clint Eastwood directed film that's going to end up in my top 10 films of all time, those movie-shoots are a pain in the ass. It would have been funny if you farted as you walked by and sheepishly said "sorry, couldn't help it..."

March 27, 2015 @ 9:50 AM

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Sometimes, a movie being filmed in the city makes for a unique sight...

I remember when Pacific Rim was being filmed here and a Toronto street was dressed up to look like Tokyo.

And a story I've told a million times, when they were filming Cinderella Man here, I saw the old Simpsons building on Bay dressed up to look like Madison Square Gardens. There were even old cars from the 20s. It was surreal.

So yes, sometimes a pain in the ass, but sometimes kinda neat to see.

March 27, 2015 @ 9:53 AM

Ryan G /

When the first PA guy stopped me, I asked what they were shooting. He said it was something called Rogue, which I've never heard of. I've recently started watching The Strain on Shomi which is predominantly shot here. It's a little on the nose, and the acting's a little heavy handed in some cases but it's pretty entertaining overall. It's always very easy for me to pick out the Canadian actors who usually fill out the lesser roles based on the accent. One word that always stands out is "college". Canadians pronounce it more like "cawl-idge".

If I was a PA and someone asked me what we were filming, I'd say "Trouble With Tracey: The Motion Picture"

March 27, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

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The Trouble with Tracy!

March 27, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

Ryan G /

Tracy (Diane Nyland) was a totally hot 70's chick but wow what an annoying character in that show.
She passed away only this past October at 70.

March 27, 2015 @ 10:18 AM


I have a quick Cinderella Man movie shoot story. One morning on the way to work in 2004 (I think), there was a massive traffic jam caused by..... the Cinderella Man movie shoot. When I finally passed the set (where they had an old building to look like MSG) I yelled something like "no one's going to watch your lousy movie anyway."

Well, guess what, I was right the movie didn't do well at the box office but I rented a few years later and ironically enough I loved the movie.

March 27, 2015 @ 10:32 AM

Ryan G /

When I was in university I got a job for a day on a film set, doing the worst possible jobs of course.

It was a car commercial at the distillery district, and there was this low angle shot of the car on the cobblestone. Some bitchy woman (again, wearing a headset, so therefore more important than me) barked orders at me to scour the cobblestone for debris so it wouldn't appear in the shot. I did it but she yelled at me that I missed a few tiny miniscule pebbles that there's no way could be seen (you could see the shot on monitors). Then, when setting up food on a table, I put a bowl of bananas down and she yelled at me again, saying bananas always go to the back right corner of the table.

Twas my first and last day on a film set.

March 27, 2015 @ 10:55 AM


Super stoked to see Alton Brown's live show tonight at the Sony Center. He was a HUGE influence on the sort of cook I am today.

March 27, 2015 @ 10:57 AM



At 11:11 this morning on the Stafford show, your podcast was referenced by Mike and Patrick Malkin called it, "...credible." Nicely done, Mike.

March 27, 2015 @ 11:12 AM


My Habs lost. That is not good. They better get their winning ways back although Carey Price was not in net last night, but I wish they would still have won. My Coyotes won though for a change. My Orioles lost and my Diamondbacks tied. Anyway, I do wish it was warmer so all the snow could melt. I'm tired of winter. Anyway, my trainer says he is still going to commute during the Pan Ams. Hopefully he will be okay, but I didn't want Pan Ams. I wish they would just cancel them.

March 27, 2015 @ 11:24 AM


Re: Pacific Rim

March 27, 2015 @ 11:53 AM


I am asking the hive mind. Is it ever appropriate to date somebody half your age.....For example twenty-three girl and forty-six boy...creepy? wrong? depends? your thoughts?

March 27, 2015 @ 12:10 PM


Today's most surreal moment: hearing the rocky horror picture show soundtrack in a toy store. There's a light... Over at the Frankenstein place...

March 27, 2015 @ 12:10 PM


That's a "bit" of age gap but hey, congrats!

March 27, 2015 @ 12:29 PM


@ Tim

There is nothing wrong pe se, however, I think long term you can run into problems with life goals and balancing career, family and life. While that's not true for everyone, I think it is a serious concern.

At 41 I had the chance to date a 27 year old. While the age gap wasn't bad at first it did become a problem when talking about kids and life goals. Short version...I am not having more kids and therefore the relationship was doomed.

And first rule is this.....when it is more appropriate for my son to date the girl I want to date then I shouldn't date that girl.

March 27, 2015 @ 1:23 PM


Isn't the rule divided by 2 and add 7? Therefore your minimum is a 30 year old.
I'm close to the stated age and I can't imagine dating a 23 year old. The shit she doesn't know or hasn't experienced yet (school, career, traveling, ... life...) is immense. Just my 2c.

March 27, 2015 @ 2:36 PM


Hello boys and girls!!!!

How we all doing today?

March 27, 2015 @ 2:36 PM

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That's very cool... and 11:11 is my favourite time!

March 27, 2015 @ 2:37 PM

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Welcome back Philly-Bob!

March 27, 2015 @ 2:38 PM

Sam from England

I just found out last week that I'm 1/16th Canadian! My great great grandfather was from Nova Scotia- I'm one of you!

March 27, 2015 @ 3:24 PM

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@Sam from England

Welcome, eh?

It's a safe bet I'm 1/16th British!

March 27, 2015 @ 3:25 PM

James Edgar

I used to be in the militia. Back in 1983 or so when they were shooting Police academy here in TO at the former Psychiatric hospital down on lakeshore the company supplying the weapons was run by some militia guys. They suggested that the producers hire militia guys for the obstacle course and marching scenes.

So I'm in Police academy and Police academy 3 . PA 2 was shot in LA.

They treated us like royalty the first movie($120 a day $75 for #3) and all the stars would come and chat between takes. Bubba Smith and G.W. Bailey were especially cool. Kim Cattrall was nice but understandably shy with a bunch of guys who drooled when she got within 200 feet.

I also worked as a photographers assistant in the early 90's ,one of my photographers was also a commercial director ,we did campaign for the united way with both print and film. the film guys were a total PITA to work with even on a freebie shoot.

March 27, 2015 @ 3:56 PM

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@James Edgar

Awesome story.

That old asylum is now a part of Humber College. I bike by it all the time.

March 27, 2015 @ 4:01 PM


The annual "Sunshine" list just came out which lists over a 111,000 government paid employees in Ontario receiving more than $100K a year. The Toronto Star makes sure its readers are aware that 2 members of Rob Ford's staff are on it. That's 2 out of 111,000. Ah, just the Star being the Star I guess.

March 27, 2015 @ 4:13 PM


Hey Philly-Bob where have you been man?

March 27, 2015 @ 4:18 PM

Handsome Rob

Thought I'd share this. If it's old news, sorry, just stumbled across it today and know there are some The Wire fans around....

March 27, 2015 @ 4:26 PM

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@Handsome Rob

It's not old, it's quite new. I just saw it last night for the first time.

March 27, 2015 @ 4:46 PM

this guest

I like that divide by 2 and add seven rule. Wow. I still think that's being very generous to the older of the two.

@ Tim: Imagine that 23 year old. She's probably still attracted to 20 year old guys. Uh, if they are 'mature.' Now that sounds comical and ridiculous doesn't it.

My rule of thumb: Look at the book shelf. And if there's no books then goodbye immediately.
Actually I just made up that that is my rule of thumb. But I like it.

March 27, 2015 @ 5:35 PM

this guest

@ Ryan,
Geez man. I can't believe you didn't know where the bowl of bananas was supposed to go!

March 27, 2015 @ 5:36 PM


@ Tim,

Didn't mean to sound facetious at all about the age dilemma. Sometimes the mood in one's mind doesn't come through with typing thoughts.

March 27, 2015 @ 5:39 PM

this guest

That was me with no name.

@ the Sunshine List. Where does one find an application form to get on that list. I think it sounds splendid. :- )

March 27, 2015 @ 5:41 PM


Went to a funeral showing this afternoon at 3PM for a good freind (Italian heritage) of mine who have know for over 40 years whose father passed away at 92.

Walked in & couldn't believe what I saw. The room was full of people & a few on the side weeping uncontrollably constantly my 15 minutes there. Saw my freind & met the rest of the family, paid my respects & talked to him outside for as couple of minutes. He knew I was surprised by the emotions & I asked about the funeral service tomorrow, 1st thing he said was I understand if you can't make it or don't want to come, but the service is 1 1/2 hrs & congregation from the church will be present. I said I don't think so & he said I totally understand as you would probably be 1 of a very few "manga cakes there". We hugged & was thankful I went today.

I did my duty & paid my respects. We keep in touch & will continue to do so.

Is this common with Catholic funerals? I've been to many & it seems to be.

March 27, 2015 @ 6:01 PM


@Speyside - I started a new job at the end of January that keeps me on the road all day. About the same time I started dating an amazing woman that has been taking up the majority of the after work time.

The best part is, she's been a friend for years so it isn't unusual that she's around as far as my son's concerned. Honestly guys, life's freaking great right now.

March 27, 2015 @ 6:07 PM

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I've been to many Catholic weddings, and I've never seen this. Especially when a 92 year old dies... it's a lighter tone and "life well lived" vibe. Very few tears.

I'm guessing this is cultural. I once attended a Jewish funeral and there was literal wailing and the son actually ripped his dress shirt over his heart to demonstrate the heartache. It was intense.

March 27, 2015 @ 6:15 PM


Man oh man, I can't believe I'm watching Trailer Park Boys season 9. Thank you Netflix!

March 27, 2015 @ 6:32 PM


@ Mike
It wasn't a Catholic wedding. It was a funeral.

March 27, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

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I meant funeral, obviously. I don't know why I typed wedding.

March 27, 2015 @ 7:41 PM

4x4 Time

Took the GO Train into Toronto for an early morning meeting and have some drinks at lunch with some friends. On the train home this afternoon talked to a mid 30's guy who was a pipe fitter by trade and was telling me that temporary Asian import workers are taking a lot of jobs in his industry from trained licensed Canadians at a wage well below Union or independent wages Canadians would be paid.
No idea if he was bullshitting me or not I have zero knowledge or experience in this area, but if it is true, and there are Canadians available, it seems bizarre to be bringing in temporary workers unless there is a shortage of workers here. No?

March 27, 2015 @ 8:48 PM



Way to go Philly, all the best.

March 27, 2015 @ 9:23 PM


@4x4 wake up. it's not just asians, pick your trade/ethnicity. lots of people will work 12+ hrs for 6 per.

@this guest I've been in many hundreds of homes across all income levels. Few homes have a bookshelf, few homes have books. Even fewer homes have art, surprisingly few homes have music- all homes have a big ass TV or three.

March 27, 2015 @ 9:56 PM


My Nets won. That's great. Just half a game out of the playoffs now. They better make it and hopefully beat the Raptors in the first round. The Raptors won again unfortunately and won the division. My Suns lost again though. that's no good at all with my Suns losing. My Orioles were leading 4 to 3, but then the game got rained out. They said it couldn't actually be called a game. I don't know why not. I mean they played four innings. they should have called it an Orioles win, but didn't and said the game won't be made up. Team Kean split up. This is not a good thing. they were doing so well, but one guy is moving to PEI and another guy left for some reason and so who knows what will happen to them, but I decided they were going to be my favourite team if my trainer's team wasn't playing. Anyway, my trainer's team will be a four man team again next season. My trainer will be in all the spiels they're in, but they won't be in very many spiels, just three and maybe playdowns if they get that far and Provincials if they get that far and the Brier if they get that far. They probably will.

March 28, 2015 @ 6:12 AM


@ Lorne - we went to the Alton Brown show last night too, and had a great time. He is very entertaining and knows how to make food science fun and engaging. Thought the audience volunteers were spot-on, almost as funny as Alton himself. Asked my 14 year old son (vegetarian all his life) if he would have broken the vegetarian code if he had been asked up on stage - "not a chance" was his reply. (Vegetarian volunteer made and ate a pizza with pepperoni and Canadian bacon).

March 28, 2015 @ 9:08 AM

Handsome Rob

They're closing a bunch of Futre Shops and consolidating the brand with Best Buy. Gave some folks who work at some stores no notice, just closed up shop. Don't care about the consolidation, but give the employees some notice, geeze!

March 28, 2015 @ 10:42 AM


@Speyside - Thanks buddy

Oh Cheryl.....I think I missed you most of all.

March 28, 2015 @ 10:43 AM


Wow Argie....I'm gone for a couple of months and when I come back I agree with the first post of yours I read.

There are much bigger things to worry about on that list than Fords buddies....and the Star knows truly is The Star being The Star

.....God I hate that yellow rag....

March 28, 2015 @ 10:46 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@4x4 Time: Wouldn't doubt the labour situation isn't worse this time around with the booming condo construction, etc. in Toronto. My buddy is a High School shop teacher and he blames the Province partially due to their restrictive construction apprentice rules, of how many trades people you need to have on a site before you can have an apprentice, it stifles the number of affordable workers you can use. Alberta has more generous Tradesmen to apprentice ratios. College of Trades is a scam in this case as they are suppose to be monitoring if the fitter, electrician etc,. is a truly bonafide trades person, but it only handicaps the ones that follow the rules.
Usually if it isn't a government construction site, the General Contractor can pick non union companies to do some of the project, to save, just may have to run defence from the unions business agents who might show up to lobby for their local.

March 28, 2015 @ 10:51 AM


I always hated future shop. High pressure salespeople or arrogant ones who looked down there noses at you if you asked a question beneath them. That being said losing your job sucks.

March 28, 2015 @ 6:46 PM


Sorry posted in wrong thread

March 28, 2015 @ 6:47 PM


Rob Ford will direct his employees on the Sunshine List to divide their jobs with a couple of ex - Future Shop employees. Being all 'for the people' and everything.

March 28, 2015 @ 9:20 PM


Well, I feel for the employees losing their jobs, but that's it. Future Shop sucks. I had a microwave that broke in less than a year. Future Shop said to take it to Panasonic, so my friend took it there and it was there for a few months while I was using a friend's older microwave. Well, Future Shop called and said that the microwave has to be picked up and brought back to them so I had a friend who doesn't drive go all the way to Panasonic and pick up the microwave and bring it to Future Shop to get a new one. Why Future Shop couldn't do at least some of it, who knows, but they're gone and other than the employees losing their jobs, I don't miss them. Anyway, my Habs won which is wonderful. My Coyotes lost though. Well, who cares. I mean maybe they will get the number one draft and not the Leafs. My Orioles won, but my Diamondbacks lost.

March 29, 2015 @ 7:45 AM

Jason from Sudbury

@Cheryl: Don't you know? The lowly Leafs are getting the #1 draft pick. Or wait...maybe not if they keep winning like they did last night.

March 29, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

Drunk Johnny Fever

@Cheryl: How come you never comment on Woman's curling? or the Men's world championship?
Did your trainer tell you that you don't like either??

March 29, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

Just an old vet speaking he was

World War II veteran Harry Leslie Smith, 92, said his time is coming to an end – but first he has a message – elect a progressive government.

Smith told his story, by video, to a captivated crowd at Broadbent’s progress summit in Ottawa Saturday afternoon. He said he grew up impoverished in England and came to Canada after fighting in World War II.

Smith said his generation built a strong social safety network, created universal healthcare, public pensions, built affordable housing and demanded that education was everyone’s rights, but those things are disappearing under Harper’s watch.

“I speak to you as an old man who has sailed through the rough oceans of history. My soul was skinned by poverty, hunger and homelessness in the 1920’s and the 1930’s,” said Smith.

March 29, 2015 @ 4:35 PM

C51 Stasi Update

That same day, at committee hearings on the bill, Connie Fournier, founder of the former conservative online forum FreeDominion, criticized the bill’s infringements on privacy and freedom of speech. Fournier is going a step further, reviving her website to fight Bill C-51 — and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“I feel like we’re in some kind of alternate universe,” she recently told the Tyee. “You spend your life working for the Conservative party, and the Conservative party finally gets in, and (now) you’re saying, ‘I hope the NDP really steps up and protects us from our Conservative government.'”

March 29, 2015 @ 6:29 PM


@J9: I still wonder how he picks the volunteers. There must have been some sort of scout in the meet'n'greet before. But yeah, they were great. Super jealous of them of course, lol.

I did hang around the stage door after the show to get an autograph. Friggin -WTF degrees with windchill. Again. In March. But I ended up with an autographed Cookie Monster "Cookie Chef" plushie, so I can't complain too much. =)

March 30, 2015 @ 8:59 AM

Al The Royal Pain


Happy to hear things are going well for you.

@Dale RE: funerals

It's an Italian/Portuguese thing. My wife (who is not Portuguese) witnessed a funeral in Portugal and couldn't believe all the crying and wailing. She was also mortified to learn that (especially in rural Portugal) the deceased lays in state at home in the living room (ironically) with all the wailers sitting around wailing. It was summer, there was no A/C the deceased was 300+ pounds, and he laid there for at least 2 days. Needless to say, a funeral here is a cocktail party by comparison.

March 30, 2015 @ 9:03 AM


My Nets won last night, but my Suns lost. This is good my Nets won. My Orioles played split squad game. They lost to the Twins, but most importantly won over the Jays. My Diamondbacks lost a couple split squad games. Nobody I am interested is in World Curling. Oh well, I don't really care about women's curling. I just don't. How do we know the Leafs draft pick is going to be good. Hopefully he will be a bust.

March 30, 2015 @ 11:47 AM


My Nets won but my Suns lost. My Orioles won and lost as they played split squad games. Anyway, At least they beat the Jays in the game they won. How do we know the top draft pick is going to be any good. The Leafs may get him but he will be a bust. Let's hope so.

March 30, 2015 @ 11:52 AM

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