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  1. 2017 NFL Season

    You don't blame the fisherman for taking the bait.
  2. Your 10 Favourite Albums

    This is why I had difficulty choosing a Smiths album even though their compilations aren't exactly "compilations" in the way that greatest hits albums are. Would have to go with Hatful Of Hollow if it were a Smiths release. Although, "Everyday Is Like Sunday" isn't my favourite on that album (would probably have to go with "Break Up The Family").
  3. Your 10 Favourite Albums

    Radiohead - The Bends (formative album and my introduction to Radiohead) Brand New - Deja Entendu (the genesis of all my teenage angst) The Sundays - Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic (her voice is my kryptonite) Portishead - Dummy (greatest live show I've been to bar none) Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress (just a really really fun album) The Tragically Hip - Road Apples (the Hip hit all parts of their range in great fashion here, underrated Hip album IMO) Elliott Smith - Figure 8 (introduced relatively recently and have listened to it on repeat on-and-off for the last year or two) Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (love Pavement and this is their best for me) Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See (I just have a thing for female vocalists) Morrissey - Viva Hate (hard to pick between all of his solo offerings and w/ The Smith's but I think this one wins out for me)
  4. Travel recommendations thread

    Some faves... Toronto Bars: Get Well, Pour Boy, Thirsty and Miserable, The Communist's Daughter, Bellwoods Brewery, Drake Hotel, Track and Field, Parts and Labour Eats (price scales based off memory only): Supermarket ($$), Burrito Boyz ($), Grand Electric ($$), George ($$$$), Bar Isabel ($$$), Canoe ($$$$), Richmond Station ($$$), Salad King ($), Senator ($$), The Chase ($$$), Pizzeria Liberetto ($$), Momofuku ($$), Ki ($$$), Adega ($$), Terroni ($$), WVRST ($). Shawarma is great, popular, and I've described it as probably the "Mexican" of Toronto. Coffee: Dineen, Jimmy's, Bulldog, Snakes and Lattes (which also has tons of board games), Jet Fuel, Dark Horse. It's great anywhere though, tbh. Sports Bars: Real Sports Bar, full stop. Brazenhead if your stay is TFC related. Music: The Garrison (indie), Horseshoe Tavern (rock), Dakota Tavern (country/bluegrass), Cameron House (folk/indie/country), The Rex (jazz), The Drake Underground (hip hop/elec), Roy Thompson Hall for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Things to do: AGO, ROM, CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium, Steam Whistle Brewery Tour, Toronto Islands, Hockey Hall of Fame Maybes: Riverdale Farm/Evergreen Brickworks, Graffiti Alley, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Canada's Wonderland (bit far out), other museums like Bata, Gardiner, Aga Khan, Ontario Science Centre, plenty of live plays at Royal Alexandra, Ed Mirvish, Princess of Wales Theatres, kids would love Medieval Times Parks: Trinity-Bellwoods, High Park, Ashbridges Bay/Woodbine Beach, Allen Gardens Conservatory, Tommy Thompson, Leslie St Spit, Scarborough Bluffs (bit far out) Neighbourhoods to check out: Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, Queen West and West Queen West, Distillery District, Yorkville Neighbourhoods to Airbnb in: The Annex, The Village (only if you are LGBT-friendly), Queen West and West Queen West, Little Italy, Little Portugal, Roncesvalles, Cabbagetown, Old Toronto. Your main priority should be placing yourself on either the Yonge-University-Spadina or Bloor subway lines (I think they're called the 1 and 2 now?) There is always stuff going on in the city, check out www.blogto.com for more bars/restaurants/things to do (like the CNE which happens in August-Sept), especially closer to your visit.
  5. Odd Things That Creep(ed) You Out

    Automated attendants (i.e. if you're calling about <issue>, press 1) did and still really creep me out, especially late at night and alone. There is just something about those voices that are a bit ominous.
  6. What Grinds Your Gears...

    I've moved 3 times in the last 4-5 months (granted, been living somewhat out of a suitcase, no furniture, etc). Once from west to east coast, and now I'm just hopping around place to place, waiting for my SO to find a job and move here. Bit different than moving your whole life, but at this point I need some sort of stability in my life, which will hopefully come at the beginning of October.
  7. Travel recommendations thread

    On the obvious side, I suppose not. But it is somewhat of a big area and it would be nice to know what to look for (i.e. this town, this park, etc). I'd think 4-5 hours of driving (4:30 to Adirondacks, 4:45 to Watkins Glen) is near the borderline of what I'd consider weekend trip drive-ability, so, in the ball park, but nothing farther.
  8. CCSLC Loveline

    IMO, this scares me. You have initiated contact with someone and because they are acting friendly you are immediately seeing it as a possibility of romantic contact. I would strongly advise against screwing with your cousin's relationship and start seeing this as a friendship scenario ASAP. There are plenty of women out there, not taken by a close relative. This screams of a bad idea.
  9. What Grinds Your Gears...

    The good usually smells stronger than the bad , FYI.
  10. Travel recommendations thread

    Any great long weekend road trip destinations from NYC? Avoiding the bigger cities (Washington, Philly) and the obvious destinations (Hamptons, Montauk, etc)? Looking for things like quaint towns or naturally beautiful areas.
  11. 2017 Bass Pro Shop Toyota Camry

  12. NHL 2017-18

  13. How do you folks make your iced tea in the summer?

    I haven't been doing iced tea this summer. I have in the past, and liked using rooibos steeped cold for ~12 hours. I made a move to cold brew this summer. Been going 1 cup to 1 litre of water (works out to approx. 1:4 ratio), coarse grind with any dark roast, let it sit in the fridge for ~24 hours and filter it through cheesecloth. Usually use lower quality beans for cold vs hot as I find it more forgiving but I've been thinking of splashing the cash, as it were. I find the markup on cold brew insane, and making it at home is incredibly easy. I'd also like to get into making kombucha for the same reason but I don't think I'm prepared to mess with fermentation. Semi-related, but one of the things I like about living in the States now is the availability of unsweetened tea, much prefer it over sweetened. Back home there is no unsweetened and sweetened, it's just called iced tea and it's all sweet (not to say you couldn't get unsweetened, but you'd have to search for it).
  14. Vegas Golden Knights Neon Jersey concept

    Would prefer the same effect on the socks, with all-black gloves.
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