You are not your Choos’
Mar17

You are not your Choos’

Consumer culture has done a bang-up job programming us to believe that possessions make us happy. Well done consumerism – you’ve nailed it. On the other hand, we have failed miserably in our attempt to measure “success”. We have got the formula all wrong. We simply define “success” as the ability to publicly display wealth. There is little attention paid to – community involvement, family...

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The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things
Mar13

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

It’s called the “Mountain Man *” and here’s what you do: Get down to the bare essentials leaving just your knickers, briefs or whatever you happen to call underwear, just keep it legal and no long johns please. Shoes are optional but recommended. Then go outside, but only when the temps are sub-zero. The colder the better – that’s how it works. If you can last at least 60 seconds you are now a...

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The Pursuit of Stuff
Jan15

The Pursuit of Stuff

I get it – having nice things is, well nice. I happen to live in a big fancy house with rock countertops that were crystallized from magma that cooled far below the Earth’s surface. I have multi-layered wood floors that were milled from a single piece of timber and kiln dried before sawing and placed in my home. My shelter is also equipped with the ability to produce clean fresh drinking water on demand. Hot or cold...

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I wish I’d worn a condom
Jan09

I wish I’d worn a condom

Let’s start off with saying that I’m not a Costco shopper, never have been and never will be. I refuse to apply for, pay for and be granted a membership just to enter a store. Ridiculous. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. None. Sure, I might be missing out on a super deal on a 20 Kilo bag of sugary puffs or a 40 pack of chicken legs at a bargain price. Is it really worth it? I’m telling you that you really...

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Bankruptcy of Life
Dec31

Bankruptcy of Life

“I’ve always wanted to (insert thing/activity/learn/travel here), but I can’t afford it.” Even though this (rarely updated but awesome) blog is primarily about personal finance, savings and being a frugal badass with your money. Ultimately, I think that the thing you can’t afford, is not to do the thing that you so wanted to do. What do we really need? Some food, heat, and shelter. A place to rest and a...

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Read books? The internet says you don’t.
Aug16

Read books? The internet says you don’t.

Even though I would rather read a book (Ha!) than spend my time on social media, I consider it my duty to call out bullshit when I see it. This old but new again internet info-graphic is making its rounds on FB. And it contains some statistics that are extremely unpleasant specifically to a guy that likes to read books. The title is “Surprising Book Facts” and the only thing that I find surprising is that people believe...

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Look at this Glass!
Aug15

Look at this Glass!

The one thing that we can control is how we react to any given situation. One of the ways that I like to think about it is the “Glass half empty” with a twist. Take a look at the glass below is it half full or half empty? Well you already know this one – pessimists say it’s half empty and optimists say it’s half full. But I say who gives a shit about how much water is in the glass – LOOK at the...

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The Big Mean Banks Are Out To Take Your Money
Nov21

The Big Mean Banks Are Out To Take Your Money

News flash the big Canadian banks are retail operations and their purpose is to sell you things. Shocker! I know it’s hard to believe but just like most other retail stores, they have products to sell and sales targets to achieve. And just like other retail stores they also have managers that expect their employees to achieve these goals. Because, guess what? Those same managers also have sales targets and goals. Now that is out...

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