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Anyone crazy enough to Black Friday shop ?

My wife left the house at 5:30 this morning....nuts.

I do all my shopping online thanks to the quick Canada Post delivery !

November 23, 2018 @ 7:57 AM


@Beatts, no goodie goodie I'm first??!?

November 23, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

Cheryl Traub

No, I don't go to those crowded malls. I don't know why online shops still use fricken Canada Post. Apparently back to work legislation has been introduced, but they are not fricken obeying it. Well, come on Justin Trudeau, back down and make it happen. It's about time all this nonsense ended. Okay, Justin Trudeau, no presents for you or your kids. They're hopefully caught in the Post Office. Aren't the workers tired of being on strike? I mean it's not good. Well, Justin's father didn't legislate them back to work either. There was a big long one in 1981, but the thing is it was not during the holidays. It was in the summer. Anyway, Justin and his father are idiots. No votes for them from me. No sports last night. My Habs are in Barfalo at 4:00 today. My Coyotes are in Colorado. Also I have my Nets, Cavs, and Suns all playing today. They all better win. I'm not first, but had trouble finding this Open Mike.

November 23, 2018 @ 8:48 AM


Beatts - I ordered a gift for my Kris Kringle, only to have to cancel it and re order something else as it would have been delayed due to the strike :/ my fault for ordering so late though.

I am hoping to shop this weekend as my Kris Kringle is next week, and I have my charity gift list to do as well, that makes my heart happy and i love telling people about it - in the hopes they are inspired !

November 23, 2018 @ 9:26 AM


So I've seen and experienced a lot of interesting things throughout my nearly nine
years of Parkdale residency (deep sighs!!) including being propositioned by a transgendered
prostitute, being complimented on my 'shapely' fat bottom by several drunken Aboriginal gents,
and multiple incidents of street thug intimidation attempts, but the events of an hour ago
certainly take top prize. I live in the Queen and Jameson area (so quaint and most charming, come on down!), and whilst crossing the street with the hopes of catching a quickly approaching Lansdowne Bus, two local Brothers of the Pipe (including one dude who is also a Parkdale library perennial) asked me the following question in tandem" "So what is it like on your planet when you (language cleaned up for this respectable blog) are orally gratifying your women (WOMEN!!!)? #1. Kudos to those altered gents for quickly sussing out my interplanetary status, but not quite sure what made them think that I am some kind of insatiable, long-lasting sexual Satyr!!! And #2,. The 'dwllr is a loyal one-woman man and his bedroom antics and proclivities are most definitely not open to unseemly street corner discussion!

November 23, 2018 @ 10:09 AM


bsmntdwllr73 will hereby be known as muffdvr73, henceforth.

November 23, 2018 @ 10:16 AM


I've never caught on to the E-reader craze. I've tried, but IMHO there's nothing like a real book. I love the tactile feel, being able to carry it so easily ,fold over the corners etc. I'll be heading to Indigo for some Black Friday paperbacks.

November 23, 2018 @ 10:21 AM


Now that is definitely a great handle and while I don't mean to split hairs, not really sure that
I am truly worth that hard-to-live up to designation (no pun intended with hard, natch!!)
Might be a good nickname for guitar playing types who use Big Muff pedals and are also
consummate cunning linguists!!! ("DP's "Knocking At Your Back Door", absolutely top drawer
track and very illuminating to my eleven year old self!!).

November 23, 2018 @ 10:22 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@susan, I have the same feeling for the daily newspaper, which I get daily (Globe and Mail, The Star), and when I am on the road I can only read the Globes Globe2Go online paper, as it is the same paper as the paper with the ads et all.
Luckily I haven't got sucked into buying irrationally on Boxing and Black Friday deals. In the 80's (pre kids) my wife and I would head out for boxing day stuff we really didn't need. If I need a TV or a fridge I will gladly pay full price. Most of my gifts now are cash, or prepaid VISA cards.
Sadly the Grey Cup is having a tough time selling all the tickets to this weekends event, even with Calgary only 2.5 hours away.

November 23, 2018 @ 10:47 AM


So, cheryl has stated she is NOT going to vote for a dead guy( P.E.T ) therefor her being a habs and browns fan seems alot more clearer this morning.

November 23, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

Ryan G

@Bsmntdwllr -
I can empathize with you as I too live downtown and come across a plethora of "urban characters" on an almost daily basis. My little nook affectionately known as cabbagetown south is nestled between moss park, regent park , corktown, the garden district and cabbagetown proper. The downtown east side has a disproportionate number of, let's services for the marginalized. If a hobo convention was to be had..i know the exact spot the keynote speeech would take place: the trash-strewn benches outside the allan gardens conservatory.

Anyway, my point is that there is often more than meets the eye with the local homeless population. There is a subculture, akin to the order established amongst inmates within a prison or how territories are managed by rival drug running gangs. In many cases it's ownership of the residential streets' recycling bins (which often contain valuable empty wine bottles), but some take it to a new level. A friend in the area had a gentleman of the streets knock on his door a couple of years ago. He had a broom in hand and offered to provide regular leaf cleaning slash snow shovelling services. My friend took him up on the offer for a very reasonable fee. But then, a few days later, a different fellow knocked, making a similar propositition. "Oh", said my friend, "'s ok I have someone doing it already." The gent replied: "Ya I know who that is, and he won't be coming round anymore. See I cleaned up outside this house when the previous owner was here, and this is my house to clean, not his." To which my friend replied, "What happened to him?". "Don't worry about that", was the reply.

Someone should make a Goodfellas style movie about hobo commerce, told in a Coen brothers No Country For Old Men sort of way. How about it Hollywood...HOW ABOUT IT?

November 23, 2018 @ 11:20 AM


@Ryan G
Fantastic film idea and consider me all aboard in both spirit and moral support!! As for "More Than
Meets The Eye", even at the advanced age of 45 and a half, I strongly believe that that line is
solely the INTELLECTUAL(!) property of Hasbro/Takara and all other applications are in direct trademark copyright violation! (Please note, I'm not a lawyer, but I might have watched more
episodes of various Law and Order series than is medically advised! P.S., I would open that film
up with a Scorsese-esque lengthy tracking shot and score it to the 1979 Crusaders/Randy Crawford
jam "Street Life", eleven minutes and eighteen seconds of soulful, jazzy and funky tuneful bliss!!

November 23, 2018 @ 11:34 AM

James Edgar

Happy Friday!

I've never lived in Parkdale but i did work there for a few years in the 90's as a photographer and as an assistant.

I used to get propositioned by the ladies( Guys?) when traveling by streetcar quite often . I also used to see station wagons with baby seats in the back picking up those women as early as 7:00 am. I never have been able to figure that out.

Definitely a special neighbourhood .

There are some beautiful even if rundown houses on some of the sidestreets though.

November 23, 2018 @ 1:07 PM

James Edgar

I forgot my thoughts on black friday, applies to Boxing day as well.

Stupid and pointless , no real savings just some doorcrashers that you'd have to fight for.Remember the while quantities last tag means "we only have one available and we will probably hide it in the back so you can't find it anyway" .

Anything that's selling with a huge discount are things that generally you can get on clearance for even less in a couple of months has been my observation at any rate

Ss for online buying I bought something on amazon just before the strike started that was not Prime eligible son i choose the slowest shipping ( which in the end i still WAY over paid for making my "Deal" price nothing of the sort) It was expected to get here the 28th of November and tracking said it was delayed due to the strike so I figured January to be honest.

Imagine my surprise when it showed up Wednesday.

So who knows whether it's worthwhile to shop online or not this year?

November 23, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

Urooj Beatts

Justin Trudeau needs to send in the tanks against Canada Post.

November 23, 2018 @ 1:34 PM


Urooj is my spirit animal.

November 23, 2018 @ 2:24 PM


muffdvr73 !!! ahahahhahahrrrrrrahah this struck my funny bone

November 23, 2018 @ 2:56 PM


@GUNTer ;) Happy to be of cervix

November 23, 2018 @ 3:29 PM

Urooj Beatts

Oh shit, one month until the elvis Festivus episode.

I am so excited that it's kind of sad.

November 23, 2018 @ 4:07 PM

Urooj Edgar

Do you guys think the CFL's audience even knows who Alessia Cara is?

She's literally 1/3 the age of the average CFL fan.

November 23, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Urooj Edgar

It's more of a Trooper crowd.

November 23, 2018 @ 4:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Urooj Beatts

Any requests for the Festivus ep?

If you were producer, what would you have us do?

November 23, 2018 @ 5:05 PM


You need to pick an episode in advance that Elvis would be the least interested in, plead with him
to at least partially listen to some of it and then have him take part in a classic recap similar to his killer near-minute-by-minute breakdown of that all-time epic Molly Johnson miracle!!!! This would
be the ultimate Festivus gift for us all!! Barring that, a live-to-tape enactment of FEATS OF STRENGTH!!

P.S., You are absolutely right with regards to your Trooper observation above. Can't see Alessia
Cara going over real well with that live crowd. Similar to those horrid rumours of well-known 'rock'
combo Maroon 5 performing at the upcoming Superbowl. That will be a veritable slow death well-worth-watching. Still haven't quite recovered from Katy Perry's Left Shark fiasco from 2015 or so.
Beyond hot, but best appreciated with the sound on mute and without anyone else in the room!!

You're killing us all with your great punnery. Still, wouldn't feel right calling myself muffdvr73
as I'm not quite sure that I have the required skill set for that kind of honour. Still, better than
frtctchr73 or lrdazz73, so can I at least mull it over for a hot minute or two?!?

November 23, 2018 @ 5:27 PM


Toronto Life had an epic story a year and a half ago about a couple with an over-exaggerated sense of
self-importance/worth who bought one of those side street Parkdale houses James Edgar referred to in his first comment above. The online response, most of it beyond snarky and yet quite apt, was
some of the best of its hilarious kind. Look, I don't live in this neighbourhood by choice, so it is hard for me to fathom why anyone would throw down insane sums of money and go deep into mortgage debt to live there, fixer-upper-prices or not. Madness!!

November 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I used to do service at Toronto Rehab on Dunn avenue, and was told by the department manager that the old beautiful homes were being bought up and turned into shabby rooming houses preying on CAMH patients .
Harlem has become gentrified, no doubt this will happen over the years to this area of Parkdale.
Maybe the Toronto Life couple didn't hire the right guy to sweep their walk.
@James Edgar, I order Stings the Last Ship tickets November 14, and they arrived this week by regular post. I wonder if parcels are being targetted more than letter mail?

November 23, 2018 @ 7:08 PM

Blind Dave


I agree wholeheartedly that there is nothing like the look, feel, and smell of a real book. And yes, I've read thousands of books in my life. However -- and this is a big however -- I am legally blind with 9% vision in my best eye. Reading books on my phone with a large font has enhanced a pleasure, and taken away the headache of reading under a bright light with a magnifying glass. Do I miss "real" books? Hell, yes. And if I enjoy an e-book I will often buy the real book to have in my collection. So it goes both ways with me...

November 23, 2018 @ 9:17 PM

Blind Dave

@ TO Mike

"I" am a Trooper crowd!!!

Stampeders, Chilliwack, BTO, Rush, Malcolm Tomlinson...

November 23, 2018 @ 9:21 PM

+1 for Malcolm

@Blind Dave ,

My favourite line-up for the Cameo Blues Band was with Malcolm Tomlinson on lead vocals.

November 23, 2018 @ 10:21 PM


I typed Trooper and Grey Cup into Google, and it seems they are there at some event tomorrow, and apparently make a habit of it -- 2014 -- "Look at the Trooper demographic. Then look at the core of the league's fandom. They are one in the same and they're greying and paunchy... They party like it's 1979."

November 23, 2018 @ 10:35 PM

the brother

Great game by the Raps tonight! The Wizards just couldn't find the mesh.

And free Pizza and fries for everyone tomorrow! If you're not into junk food you can always donate it to your local Parkdale hobos!

November 24, 2018 @ 12:37 AM

Cheryl Traub

Well, my Habs and Coyotes both lost. Yes, Barfalo beat my Habs in overtime. Carey Price didn't play though. Oh well, my Habs are home tonight against the Bruins. My Coyotes really lost big to Colorado. That's not good at all. Basketball was good except my Nets lost. My Cavs finally won another game. That's great. My Suns also won. Anyway, postal workers still on strike. Well, I don't know what's happened to the back to work legislation. They're not obeying it, that's for sure. Come on guys. I'm tired of the strike. Suck it up and get back to work, postal idiots. My birthday is two weeks from Wednesday. I need my birthday money.

November 24, 2018 @ 7:08 AM


Sure sounds like someone on here is anxiously awaiting on a veritable goldmine in the very near
future, so jealous!! Perhaps Western Union could be used as an alternative? I understand the aunt's
inability to use or access technology, but surely there must be someone who can help find a viable
solution? Kind of intriguing reading the daily updates on the postal imbroglio on here as the
invective gets a lot more pointed and acute!! I almost feel like I'm a child again watching Magic
Shadows and eagerly anticipating each new/old segment of those awesome '40s Batman serials!
Who knows what kind of passive-aggressive anti-postal rage well all be greeted with tomorrow.

November 24, 2018 @ 9:27 AM


Sorry, meant to type "we'll" in the last sentence above. Would hate for anyone to think that
I don't know the difference between 'we'll' and 'well'! (Note to self, no one is probably
paying attention so really no need to always apologize for my lazy/senseless mistakes!!)

November 24, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Blind Dave

@ +1 for Malcolm,

Brings back a lot of memories, thank you.

I hope Malcolm enjoyed his life overall. He had a lot of tough luck with family health and loss.

One of the good good guys. As unpretentious as they come.

November 24, 2018 @ 1:39 PM


Watching Leaf game tonight & 1/2 way through 2nd period Jim Hughson & Craig Simpson were shown talking about Hockey Fights Cancer & also about Dave Hodge commenting before the game with Ron MacLean.
At end on the sequence Jim throws his pen in the air (ALA Dave Hodge pen flip decades ago) & I was astonished. Disrespectful to Dave & HNIC. Classless. I'm sure he will hear about it after the game tonight.

November 24, 2018 @ 9:01 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I think you're overreacting. It was an homage!

November 24, 2018 @ 9:04 PM

Cheryl Traub

Well, my Habs lost. They came back. They were losing 2 to 0, but tied it, but lost it in overtime. My Habs lost four in a row. Well, hopefully my Coyotes will win today. Basketball was good. My Cavs won. That's great. Now they are going to win from now on. I love my Cavs. My Nets and Suns will win today. Ready for some football? I need my Browns, Ravens, and cardinals to win. Let's win them all. Honestly I don't know what's happening with this so-called back to work legislation. They're not obeying it, that's for sure. Well, my birthday is coming two weeks from Wednesday. Why do they have to be on strike now anyway? Stupid unions.

November 25, 2018 @ 7:13 AM


Just putting it out there, there are other delivery services other than Canada Post.

November 25, 2018 @ 7:31 AM

Sid_V from NY via London

Grey Cup Sunday. I miss the days when CBC and CTV both broadcast the game, so that every TV in Canada could watch. The play-by-play team switched from one broadcaster's guys to the other at halftime.

Justin Trudeau should force the goobers who run TV to bring this back.

November 25, 2018 @ 10:42 AM

Nancy V

@ SId

Agree. With Don Whitman & Chris Walby on CBC, those were good times. But Sid, since you are in NY, NY & all of America are to blame for this bullshit.

Canada became a country in WW1 but 100 yrs later we are America Junior.

We gobble up this Black Friday, Ma & Pa Saturday, & Cyber Monday bullshit.
We find our Rosa Parks & put her on a stamp. Canada & the blacks have a long history of trouble.
We sell our resources short to appease the Americans.
We allow the US Military jurisdiction within our borders.
We are infiltrated with American music that is so bad, you would take that Korean dance guy over anything coming south.
Our news updates on radio are more concerned with American deaths than a local man from Cambridge who was shot in parking lot.
etc. etc. etc.

FK America!!!!!

November 25, 2018 @ 3:24 PM

Sid_V from NY via London

@Nancy V, don't blame me, I am originally from the UK, and a strong supporter of anarchy. I am against all things government.

November 25, 2018 @ 5:07 PM


If the rumor is true with Oshawa closing the GM plant it will be devastating to the city.
So sad as almost 3000 total workers will lose their jobs a month before Christmas. Sorry for those that may be affected if true.

November 25, 2018 @ 7:37 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@andrew, absolutely terrible news, seems to always hit around Christmas. Hard to compete with Mexican wages and Trumps MAGA campaign.
We took a bath on Chryslers bailout recently, wonder how much we lost on the GM bailout. As all the bailouts are now proving (Bombardier comes to mind) that all this money does is buy short term stability and nothing long term.

November 25, 2018 @ 10:35 PM


@Rick C in Oakville
Has our premier DOFO had any comments on any of these workplace situations so far? Probably NOT as divulging in his buck a beer fiasco.

November 25, 2018 @ 10:44 PM

Cheryl Traub

Well, first two football games were great. My Ravens and my Browns won. That's wonderful. However, my Cardinals lost. That is not good at all. Why can't my Cardinals win anything. Well, my Coyotes also lost. That's no good. My Suns lost as well and my Nets lost as well. My Nets should have won, but they didn't win. They had a big lead, but blew it. I hope my Cavs can win tonight. Let's do it, make it three in a row. Go Cavs. Well, apparently the postal workers have to vote on something. Well, apparently they were reflecting on the back to work legislation. Get them back to work now, right now. This shouldn't be happening. I know there are other services, but there are people who are sticking with Canada Post. That's what they're doing. They're sticking with Canada Post. My aunt may stick with Canada Post and I won't get my money. My birthday is two weeks from Wednesday, so stop the reflecting nonsense and get back to work. Suck it up.

November 26, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

As I understand it, the "bailout" was more of an investment, but because Harper sold all of our shares in 2015, it did cost Canadians $3.5-billion.

Here's a great point, as published in the Globe and Mail back in 2015:

But Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, which represents workers at GM plants in Oshawa, Ont., St. Catharines, Ont., and Ingersoll, Ont., said the government should have kept its shares and used the ownership as leverage to force GM to re-invest in Oshawa and St. Catharines.

"It is remarkably short-sighted of the federal government to sell off its shares in GM at a time when there has been widespread agreement that securing GM's future in Canada is critical," Mr. Dias said in a statement.

November 26, 2018 @ 8:19 AM


Not only the 3000 direct jobs, but the trickle down effect (companies like Lear etc) will push that number far higher. Even if you don't work in the auto industry, this will still potentially affect you.

Not a good day.

November 26, 2018 @ 8:38 AM


Beatts - I hadn't even thought of the trickle down effect :/ Yeesh.

November 26, 2018 @ 9:59 AM


Here's another true story from my often inadvertent voyeuristic life: Late Saturday afternoon I'm
on the Kennedy 43 bus heading south from the Scarb. Town Centre with my Sweetie. There's a
young couple (no older than 20, probably) and they put on quite the show for us all. Some serious
leaning against the bus pole frottage was going on, and from the gal's orgasmic facial expressions and clawing of the plastic seat divider, it was pretty clear that the PG-13 action might have quickly crossed over into the R-rated kind!! It was almost as if our young lovers thought that they were the only
people on the bus! After turning on to Kennedy proper, the female gingerly disentangled herself from her gangly Adonis, and as a heartfelt parting gift for a 'job' well done, the dude handed her a tube
of Lay's Stax and a pack of Sour Patch Straws!! My Sweetie and I, well, we were mutually in dire need of some Purel and a economy-sized barf bag. Been a long time I since I have witnessed such an unwelcome PPDE ( Potentially Public Display of Erection) and I'm still a little bit taken aback by such an unabashed exhibition of brazenness. And no, at no point did We ever consider taking up Queen's questionable advice from their 1978 track "If You Can't Beat Them..."

November 26, 2018 @ 10:32 AM


muffdvr73 learning a few new tricks !

November 26, 2018 @ 10:35 AM


I knew that unfit for Penthouse Forum story (BORING!) would quickly bring you out of the woodwork!! P.S., If any lesson was learned on that day, well, it probably involved making a note to up both my
snacks and 'gift-giving' games!! And I could never indulge in that kind of public action as I would
be bereft of my 'vacuum pump' and my happy times magic pills!!!

November 26, 2018 @ 10:41 AM


bsmntdwllr73 - Oooh, I miss kissing on the bus, sounds so Scarborough. I kept it just to the kissing though, anything more we did our best to not do on the bus. I was on the TTC and GO yesterday, from STC to Yorkdale, smooth ride but kinda pricey. I forgot the GO bus was not that cheap.

November 26, 2018 @ 11:21 AM


Would have been cheaper to solely take the TTC if that was an option, and the trip might have only
been slightly longer, especially on a Sunday. As for those bus exhibitionists, the gal repeatedly smiled
in my direction when she coyly noticed that I was on to them!! Pretty sure that she had recently
overdone it on artificially-'sweetening' her lips!

November 26, 2018 @ 11:33 AM


bsmntdwllr73 - you are right, I got lazy. But I would've had to switch from bus to subway to bus or one long bus ride to another long one, and I didn't want to leave home two hours beforehand :/ The cost of the GO was $5 something each way, but it was so quick I can forgive it.

I myself have naturally great lips, no fake stuff for me. She assumed incorrectly that you were trying to live up to muffdvr73 's goal!

November 26, 2018 @ 12:01 PM


The combination of GM Oshawa closing and the gutting of the oil industry out west could be what throws Canada into a recession. My guess is it's coming...sooner rather than later.

November 26, 2018 @ 12:04 PM


Well, I guess comfort and speed sometimes beats thrift!!
Good to know that your lips are all natural. Nothing better than natural

November 26, 2018 @ 12:04 PM


bsmntdwllr73 - yes this time comfort and speed made me take GO. I can't imagine the impact on people who do it regularly :/ I've taken transit a couple times since I don't have my car right now, and it hasn't been too bad. the subway ride to Kipling didn't even feel that long.

I am a fan of natural beauty too - Toronto is full of just beautiful people!!!

November 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

Neil Clarke Warren

I am sooooooo sick of Angry Horwath already about GM, and we are only hours into the story.
Might be having a cocktail of Liquid Plumber & Anti-Freeze by noon Wednesday.

November 26, 2018 @ 2:26 PM


A lifelong dependency on the TTC has only darkened my already somewhat blackened heart
exponentially!! As for for this city having an abundance of naturally-beautiful folks, well, you're
probably right about that. However, since I've never been fortunate to fall into that particular camp,
I will continue to cluelesly amble on through life solely relying on my good humour (and I don't mean those great ice cream treats), although my pudgy physique suggests a tight over-familiarity with that cherished brand!!!

November 26, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@susan, by next Friday I will have been working in Calgary for 2 weeks, and things are looking grim.
Restaurants and hotels I have frequented over the years here are quiet. Even the Grey cup game couldn't fill a couple of bars around McMahon stadium.
Toronto/GTA looks busy and prosperious, but travel 150-200 kms outside Toronto ( or further like Cornwall, Pembroke etc., and if you aren't working for the government ( hospitals, Colleges, public schools) there aren't many opportunities.

November 26, 2018 @ 7:39 PM

code of conduct

The 4-year-old's Brad Marchand code of conduct.

You forgot "Don't lick others".

The 4-year-old's code of conduct

— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) November 27, 2018

November 26, 2018 @ 7:54 PM


Marner is 1 of the most entertaining players overall in the NHL now. McDavid & Mitch have put on a great show this year. Crosby is lower 3rd now. Gotta sign Marner & Matthews now with same contract as Toews & Kane. Forget Willy a lost cause listening to Daddy too much.
Dubus has a quandary now.

November 26, 2018 @ 8:42 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I just told my boy that Tavares was the third best Leaf right now.

November 26, 2018 @ 9:46 PM


Freddie is #3 & Tavares #4.

November 26, 2018 @ 11:13 PM

Cheryl Traub

My Cavs lost. That sucked. They lost again after winning twice in a row. Well, my Habs, Suns, and Coyotes better win tonight. Well, so much stuff about this nonsense at the post office. Last night I heard the bill passed to legislate them back to work. Well, this morning they're out in Toronto again, yes again. My birthday is two weeks from tomorrow. If I get my money, I won't get it until July. That's what it looks like. The postal workers are so stupid. This legislation should have been passed a long time ago. Out of all the postal strikes, this one is absolutely the worst. It flat out really sucks big time. It really does. Suck it up and get back to work now.

November 27, 2018 @ 6:49 AM


bsmntdwllr73 - mmmmm, ice cream! i too have over indulged there - my gym time is severely lacking!

November 27, 2018 @ 8:58 AM


Hmmm, not even remotely familiar at all with this gym thing that you mentioned in your above
Comment. "Roly Poly" is not just a charming little nursery school ditty for the toddlers, but a cherished way of life for sloth-based alien lifeforms such as myself!! #ISweatLard!!

November 27, 2018 @ 9:35 AM


bsmntdwllr73 - you just reminded me of a great soca song, Rolly Polly. But it's more geared towards the ladies !

November 27, 2018 @ 10:51 AM


@Cheryl Traub
Stick to one way or the other,You complain when you receive un-solicited mail (junk) AND you complain when you receive no mail pick a side and stick to it.
On the flip side you did get attention.

November 27, 2018 @ 10:59 AM


Wasn't previously familiar with that track, but can't fault Mr. Killa's heartfelt appreciation for more
voluptuous ladies. Absolutely nothing wrong with that whatsoever!! P.S., perhaps the more-enlightened Montessori schools out there should adopt this track as a preemptive strike against
childhood body-shaming?!?

November 27, 2018 @ 11:00 AM


bsmntdwllr73 - it's an amazing body positive song! kids could do well from learning its core message. my friends used to play soca for the kids they had at their daycare, but the daycare put an end to it! probably the accompanying dance moves...

November 27, 2018 @ 11:33 AM


The last time I was able to dance properly was in '79 at my much older cousin's wedding (I was
merely 6!) and I did a mean version of John Travolta's classic "Saturday Night Fever" moves.
Shortly thereafter my displaced hip (born with but never altered) put an end to my carefree boogieing

November 27, 2018 @ 11:59 AM


The woman responsible for Stephanie Rengels murder gets day parole and Marco Muzzo gets denied parole ? Parole board is seriously messed up.

November 27, 2018 @ 7:32 PM


Ho Hum Raps up by 8. Now what, losing by 6 five min. in 2nd qtr.
Thanks Jinxster.

November 27, 2018 @ 8:49 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


In your eyes, I'm the most powerful person in the universe.

November 27, 2018 @ 8:57 PM


My above comment now should read Grizzlies leading by 12 with 3 min. left in 1st half.

November 27, 2018 @ 8:59 PM

Urooj Islam


She was only 15 and Muzzo was 30. a little different. You could make the case that rehabilitation is still possible for a 15 year old and one terrible decision should not end a life that early. Muzzo was a fully formed and developed adult who knew what he was doing.

But you're still right, our parole system sucks and is way too lenient especially on female criminals. We're the only country in the world where someone like Karla Homolka would be free and awarded the safety of witness protection.

November 27, 2018 @ 9:11 PM

Urooj Islam

@Toronto Mike

Did Bell Media PR put out one of those hilarious press releases where they claim 80 billion people watched a part of the Grey Cup?

November 27, 2018 @ 9:17 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Urooj Islam

All is quiet on the Bell Media PR front.

November 27, 2018 @ 9:21 PM


I can see the age difference argument but I really feel that they are making a decision on Muzzo based on public pressure rather than looking at a person who made a horrible decision with catastrophic concequences. Yes- he should be punished but not prison. Homolka living a free life in Quebec makes my blood boil!!

November 27, 2018 @ 9:37 PM


bsmntdwllr73 - even if just your feet keep tappin, that is better than nothing (imo).

Jillian - like Urooj said, age and sex play a factor. also, Muzzo had quite a few charges with reckless driving, and even drunk driving before he murdered that entire family. he deserves to stay in jail, for the ENTIRE 10 years. He is SO lucky he is serving 10, and not 25.

November 27, 2018 @ 11:47 PM

Cheryl Traub

Why are my first and last names both coming up? Well, my Coyotes had a good comeback win. Glad they could pull this one off. My Habs didn't do so well though. That was no good. My Suns lost another one. That was also no good. Come on Cavs. Please win tonight. Do it. Time to win another one.

November 28, 2018 @ 7:20 AM

Cheryl Traub

Well, apparently the postal workers are back to work. I know I don't like junk mail, but I want my birthday money. This strike is the worst in history. They have never gone so close to my birthday. My birthday is two weeks, exactly two weeks from today.

November 28, 2018 @ 7:22 AM


Go Transit will be more expensive than TTC if you're just going between two places inside Toronto.
But since I can walk to the Bloor GO/UPEx station in less than 15 minutes, it can provide a faster trip to downtown than the subway, and is particularly useful as part of a trip outside the city (to Hamilton or Oshawa for example) connecting through Union Station. The way GO Transit fares work, Union and Bloor are in the same fare zone, so that part of the trip is essentially a free add-on.

November 28, 2018 @ 7:39 AM


Dec. 12 needs to be made a national holiday immediately as it has never previously received this much attention in the entire history of history!!! Cheryl might not like junk mail, but back in the day, The Boomtown Rats really Didn't Like Mondays, so I think I'll continue to belatedly take my pointers from them (minus that whole true-life school shooting scenario from their otherwise most pleasant ditty!!).

I try to be a persistent toe-tapper, but too many decades of listening to the likes of Rush and Dream Theater has really messed up my ability to even minimally keep up with anything other than irregular time signatures!! (5/4, 7/8, 7/4, etc.)

November 28, 2018 @ 9:43 AM


H.o.E. - This makes sense! I enjoyed the ride on Sunday, it was quick. But if I had to do it frequently, TTC and GO - I'd spend almost $20 a day on it (using this specific route) :/

November 28, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Urooj Islam

Did you guys notice that the Humboldt Broncos story completely vanished from the media when everyone involved started fighting over donation money?

I guess people fighting for their share of $15 million isn't sentimental and feel good? Ha.

November 28, 2018 @ 2:45 PM


Urooj Islam - funny enough, I finally saw a story about it last night on the star. i think it should've been split equally, because the survivors probably all have serious physical and mental health challenges that lay ahead. i am surprised they didn't just do that...

November 29, 2018 @ 9:07 AM


@ Cheryl
Is everything OK? You missed posting your updates today.

November 29, 2018 @ 3:09 PM


U R Effing everything up. You posted a new Open Mike on Thursday.
Cheryl will be LOST.

November 29, 2018 @ 11:36 PM

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