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Lyle Lanley

I haven't been first in a long time.


I hope everyone is staying warm.

December 16, 2016 @ 9:03 AM


This Russia thing is fucked.

Interfering in a US election is some serious shit.

December 16, 2016 @ 9:35 AM


RIP Craig Sager

Expected to see a spread on TSN's website yet it was buried under Florida Panthers management news. Thought it was disrespectful.

December 16, 2016 @ 9:38 AM


I just downloaded the Iheartradio app the other day. Im loving it. Rock nation playlist is great.

December 16, 2016 @ 9:45 AM

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Funnily enough, I've been enjoying the shit out of this lately, and I think it includes all stations except the IHEARTRADIO ones.

December 16, 2016 @ 9:48 AM

Albert Reda

Has nobody mentioned the fact it's friggin' cold out!

December 16, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

Ryan G

i heart radio is a good idea in a way, but it's primarily only bell media stations (i think?). so of course you can't access the edge or indie88 for example. rogers will likely do the same thing i assume since they too have a bunch to put under 1 umbrella.

having said that, i do listen to 1010 through i heart radio in the mornings, but lately it's been kakking out..which means that i've had to re open the app over and over..and each time you open it you are forced to hear (and see if you choose to) ads. Two days ago while getting ready for work i was assaulted with the same chinese dance troupe ad 4 times before i called it quits and shut 'er down.

December 16, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

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@Ryan G

In Canada, IHEARTRADIO is precisely only Bell Media stations.

I don't know why anyone would choose that app over TuneIn, for example.

December 16, 2016 @ 10:12 AM

Ryan G

@TO Mike

I think the answer to your question is brand awareness. And you've just made me aware of that other brand so i'm downloading that app as we speak. Otherwise it's just like the radio options living
in North Korea.

December 16, 2016 @ 10:31 AM

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@Ryan G

TuneIn is great. On mobile, that's my go-to for streaming.

On the laptop, I have great fun travelling the world with

December 16, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

Ryan G

@TO Mike.

My spidey-senses are tingling and tellin' me them garden folk are Trojan Horsin' through your blog. Smart.

Oh well, time for lunch. I think I'm going to go get a Wendy's Classic Baconator Deluxe Combo, featuring large Spicy Chipotle Fries and a medium ice cold Coca Cola, for only 6.99 at participating locations.

December 16, 2016 @ 11:52 AM

James Edgar

So i had an early appointment and came into my office late.

While removing my coat i notice what looks like a mouse asleep under my desk.

So being a boy i pick it up and take it outside , as i'm putting him down he manages to bite me.

Draws blood.

I swear at him and watch him start to do the funky chicken in the snow. which seems pretty weird but it is pretty cold out so maybe he was just freezing. Then i see our caretaker and he reminds me have poison out for mice at this time of year and if i had left it alone it would have died under my desk a few minutes after i picked him if i had left it alone.

So I'm annoyed but hey its a mouse right? I wash my hands really well , give it wipe with an alcohol swab and carry on.

Just about 5 minutes later someone from health and safety happens by and asks a coworker if anybody has seen any mice. He says well yes as a matter of fact James just saw one, took it outside and got bit.

Now i have 10000 Forms to fill out , My wife is pissed and i have to go to a walk in clinic for a tetanus shot apparently.

My Wife said "WHY wouldn't you call maintenance???? "

" I'm a boy . Its what we do and not only that I ride a F%^&*G Motorcycle why would i be afraid of a mouse? "

Now I know why.
It's one of the things I'm afraid of!

December 16, 2016 @ 12:39 PM

Rob J

Have a great weekend, everyone.

December 16, 2016 @ 12:42 PM


Is Tunein free? I'll have to try it. I listen to HTZFM mostly anyways so being bell owned isnt a big issue for me

December 16, 2016 @ 1:13 PM

James Edgar

Follow up.

My Dr said go to a walk in clinic and get a tetanus shot. I tell my wife i'll go after work.

NOPE got yelled at again. Going now.

Next time i will definitely call the caretaker.

December 16, 2016 @ 1:39 PM

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@James Edgar

According to Dr. Google, you could be at risk if the mouse that bit you has hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, lassa fever, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, lymphocytic chorio-meningitis, plague, rat-bite fever and tularemia.

Get thee to a doctor!

December 16, 2016 @ 1:40 PM


I convinced my wife once, years ago, that she had contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever after a walk through a tick-infested park out west. Good times.

December 16, 2016 @ 2:35 PM

Al The Royal Pain

We're playing our last show of the year tonight in Downtown T.O. on College Street. Would love to meet some of you there in person!

December 16, 2016 @ 2:46 PM

Ryan G

@Sid V
That's funny as hell.

When I was first dating my wife, she was over at my condo one day and I stepped out to get a few things. I decided I'd like to scare her, so after I returned to the building I texted her as I stood silently just outside my condo unit's door, saying i got held up at the store and i'd be about 20 minutes late. She texted back saying no problem. About 30 seconds later I charged through the door loudly where she was preparing food in the kitchen. She had a mini melt down. Twas a lovely mind fuck.

@James Edgar
Your story sounds like the beginning of your transformation into a super hero mouse. Could be fun.

December 16, 2016 @ 3:03 PM

James Edgar

@ Ryan Hmm did not think of that.

Mouseman? Not sure I'm 100% ok with that But i guess i should take what i can get.

December 16, 2016 @ 4:04 PM

The Voice of Reason


Mouseman may have a larger heart then "The Atomic Ant".

December 16, 2016 @ 4:19 PM

Blind Dave

@Albert Reda

I live on the prairies. It's a lot more friggin' cold here than friggin' cold!!!

December 16, 2016 @ 9:43 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I'm enjoying the snow. Very cathartic shovelling when you have time. Commuting not so much.
Hopefully it sticks around for Christmas, and I really want a huge dumping so I can break out the snow blower!
James, maybe this is how Mighty Mouse was created.

December 16, 2016 @ 10:56 PM


Wondering how early is "too early in the morning" to fire up the gargantuan snowblower.

December 17, 2016 @ 7:30 AM


Well, this is really funny. I couldn't find this open Mike yesterday and now I found it. Anyway, I know it's cold out. My heat pump is not working at all. There is no power coming out of my heat pump. Anyway, what happened was that a friend of mine gave me a Nest thermostat and it wasn't installed yet and what he did was removed my old thermostat to look at it and I guess didn't put it back properly so I am with no heat. Well, I have a couple portable heaters turned on. That's the best I can do. Anyway, on top of all this, my Habs and my Nets lost. Carey Price had a bad game. In the Nets game, there were all kinds of stupid fouls and Brook Lopez fouled out. Not good.

December 17, 2016 @ 8:32 AM

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Thankfully, the deep freeze seems to have ended. I was just shovelling and it's actually pretty warm out compared to last week. It should rain this afternoon.

Did that Carey Price moment when he left the ice remind anyone of anything? :)

December 17, 2016 @ 8:53 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Cheryl , be careful of space heaters, they should never be left unattended.

3 technology fails this morning, which makes me wonder if we will ever be a cashless society.
Macs Milk, debit down
Tim Hortons Debit Credit not working.
My home internet dead, Phone works. Have to call Bell to see what is up. Maybe my neighbourhood is experiencing some over all network issue.
Bought my Christmas tree from the Optimist Club, they only took cash, probably a good thing.

December 17, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

The Voice of Reason

Mike, I know where you are going with the Price comparison. Not even close. If Price was playing in Toronto he would be a God. One thing for certain, Price is no Justin Pogge.

December 17, 2016 @ 12:53 PM

Rob J

Good thing it's the holiday season, otherwise I'd ask "for whom are the Leafs tanking this year?"

December 17, 2016 @ 2:03 PM

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@The Voice of Reason

Pogge was cruising along nicely until I managed to secure a meet and greet with the poor guy.

December 17, 2016 @ 5:25 PM

The Voice of Reason


If the kiss of death is an interview with you, maybe you could secure a meet and greet with Justin Trudeau.

December 18, 2016 @ 5:35 AM


Well, the heat is fixed. The thermostat had a connecter that broke off inside so caused the heat pump not to work. My friend came back and installed the new thermostat. It works so that's good. These portable heaters have fans on them. I used them before and had no problems. I don't use them unless in a no heat emergency though. Anyway, my Coyotes and Suns lost. My Habs won. Carey Price rebounded and won and my Cavs won as well although that was close. Now I need some more wins tday for my football pool.

December 18, 2016 @ 6:30 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Ordered a gift for my daughter on Amazon last Saturday, shipped from Los Angeles , Canada Post delivers it today (Sunday).
Unbelievable, was fretting it wouldn't get here on time, now I'm sitting on easy street with my shopping!

December 18, 2016 @ 12:56 PM

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@Rick C in Oakville

I just had a similarly great experience with my oldest son's gift. It got here mighty quick and in plenty of time... He's going to love it.

December 18, 2016 @ 12:57 PM


Well, my Ravens won. That's a great thing although they almost blew it. Browns and Cardinals lost. Why can't the Browns ever win a game. Anyway, I can't work. I will probably have to go on ODSP if I can get it, but maybe I won't be able to as I probably have too much money in the bank. I thought I can do my old account with the old software, but now it is so that my speech software is not reading a lot of stuff that it used to be able to read. Anyway, so I can't work because every new hospital they tried to put me on has something my speech software can't read. Anyway, my Nets sure blew it last night losing to the Sixers. They needed this win, but didn't get it. Anyway, hopefully my Suns and Coyotes will win tonight.

December 19, 2016 @ 7:02 AM


@ Rick

I ordered something from Harrod's in London and received it only 5 business days later. The world of shipping has changed drastically.

December 19, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

Al The Royal Pain

So our show this past Friday night in Toronto was cancelled at the last second. I was a bit miffed since the weather was lousy and I had driven all the way down from Holland Landing to play only to be turned back with no notice. Since I was already in the city, I decided to drop into College Street Bar to have a beer and perhaps get some answers as to why were were cancelled. When I got there, the bar was closed with police tape across the door and a cruiser with two cops sitting out front. My drummer was informed that there was not going to be a show of any kind that night, so we went home.

Yesterday I found out exactly why we got cancelled and I'm still trying to process what I read:

We dealt with both these individuals, but mostly the owner. If what is being alleged is true, I'm disgusted. Needless to say we won't be playing there again.

December 19, 2016 @ 2:08 PM


Well, still nothing about work. I probably won't get any news since it's so close to that thing called Christmas. Anyway, my Suns and Coyotes both lost. That sucks. Anyway, Kevin Love is also hurt, knee contusion. He's staying in Cleveland while my Cavs will be in Milwaukee tonight. I hope they can win anyway and hopefully my Nets can find a way to win as well. My Habs play tonight as well. I need everyone to win. Sorry about your show being canceled, Al. I mean it would suck to get canceled with no notice and then you can't make money.

December 20, 2016 @ 6:46 AM


Well, my Habs won. That was a great game. That's like my Habs. They will keep it up and win the cup. My Cavs also won last night. Game went to overtime. Cavs are going to repeat. I know they will do that. My Nets didn't do so well. They lost. Anyway, nothing about work. I don't know if I will be able to work again or not.

December 21, 2016 @ 8:34 AM


Pearl jam going to the Hall of Fame :)

December 21, 2016 @ 11:09 AM


Well, how about those Cavs. Yes, they won again last night. That's great. Kevin Love is still out though, but great to win back to back games. My Suns and Coyotes lost though. That's no good. My Habs will win tonight though. Anyway, good basketball game on tomorrow. My Nets at my Cavs. I hope it's close. Cavs will win though. Kevin Love may be back.

December 22, 2016 @ 7:31 AM

Rob J

One day till the 'Fest-elvis' spectacular. If last year's holiday episode is any indication...

December 22, 2016 @ 2:37 PM

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@Rob J

Unless he bails. He often does.

December 22, 2016 @ 2:40 PM


Saynora Edwin.

December 22, 2016 @ 9:23 PM

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The entire Edwin episode was a mess. But this writing was on the wall. Good luck in Cleveland, Edwin.

December 22, 2016 @ 9:30 PM

Stephen Lewis

Hi Mike;
I follow Chris Zelkovich's weekly 'The Great Canadian Ratings Report' on Yahoo!'s Eh Game.
Not sure if I'm suffering a technical glitch but, every time I log on, it still shows the entry where he covered the grey cup. Wondering if you know what's up?
I'll take an email answer if that's easier - Thanks.

January 3, 2017 @ 1:26 PM

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@Stephen Lewis

I believe Yahoo! let go their content creators like Zelkovich. At least that's what a source tells me.

January 3, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

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