Author: Chip & Honey Toodee

Garbage Solution Part Deux

Step two: If you’re slightly confused by my starting with step two, it’s probably because you haven’t read the post that goes before this one. So go back one day in time and read that one first. I won’t say you’ll be glad you did, but at least you’ll be caught up to this ADHD mind. Well, not caught up, but at least stuck in the seat of the rollercoaster that is my thinker.

The second step of the Tempered Crap Glass dream is to help the homeless. How does Crap Glass help the homeless? Thanks for asking. I envision every municipality having  a TCG collection site, where people could bring all of their discarded and useless materials and scraps found on the streets, in ditches etc. These things would be brought to the collection site where people would receive a credit instead of being charged for dumping.

Before I go any further I would like to note that changes would have to be made in the way most cities collect garbage, recycling and compost. You wouldn’t want people adding to the waste just to make a buck. (We’ll write about that idea later.)

I see it working kind of like this… The TGC site has a collection area, a homeless/forgotten person brings their crap and through some type of system (let’s say by weight) they get a credit. Each person would sign up for an account. Once our homeless/forgotten person who we’ll call Pat has signed up he/she can now begin collecting credits that can be used at the TCG site.

How things work:

  1. Pat signs up for an account.
  2. Pat then receives a cell phone (these would be old cell phones that are donated) the cell phones would have no plan, but could be used for 911 emergencies and could also be used to access the free wifi at the TGC  and other places wifi is available. Pat would also be able to take a free course on how to use the phone.
  3. Pat would then download the TCG App. The App would allow Pat to keep track of his or her credits and also allow them to share and spend credits at the TCG. Everytime product is brought into the TCG, the app would be scanned by employees and credit would be given.

Every TGC site would be built with a number of amenities such as:

  1. Restaurants, Pat and his friends could use their credits to eat. These restaurants would be run by people who were formerly homeless. I believe that by sitting, eating and ordering in a restaurant is good for struggling people. Being served gives one a sense of value and respect. (Small steps)
  2. The TGC site would also have sleeping pods that Pat could rent using their credits. Rules and regulations would be put in place. One night per pod, this way pods could be cleaned and maintained on a daily basis. These pods would be cleaned and maintained by formerly homeless people too.
  3. With their credits people would also have access to lockers and showers.
  4. All TCGs would also have thrift stores onsite.
  5. Drug rehabilitation would also be available to those wanting and needing it.

As those using the facilities begin to accept that they have value and many things to offer society, they’re self worth will grow and by having access to work in the restaurant, the thrift  and other departments they’ll begin to make a life for themselves.

The point of this brainstorm is not to fix the world’s problems, it’s to fix our problem with the world. Nothing can replace education. What we need to do is add to it, with love and charity. We can help others by valuing them and in doing so we give them a sense of self worth. That’s where it all starts. Solutions for almost every problem can be found if we just get together and brainstorm. The crazier the idea the better.

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Chip and Honey Toodee

Garbage Solution

I love brainstorming and the crazy ideas people can come up with. As my old Step-Pappy used to say, “Don’t bring me a problem without bringing me two possible solutions to go with it.” I always say, “Think together, we do better.”

So, what do we do with all this garbage we have? Is there a solution to all the crap that’s out there? I have a solution, it may not be the best and all out clear winning solution that will appease everyone, but it’s a solution that I think can be worked on and improved as we learn to make better choices on packaging and all the crap we make. (sorry for the run on sentence)

Step one: Picture a big manufacturing building that would hold all the refuse that is not recyclable, all that waste that we throw into our landfills. Then throw in all the waste that’s supposed to be recycled but just gets sent to another country so they can burn it and add that to the pile. As you and I know, that’s a lot of rubbish that’s taking up a copious amount of space.

All the products that get delivered to this structure gets thrown onto a large belt, the materials then pass through and under a giant toothed wheel that crushes and breaks apart all the garbage. All this stuff gets dumped into a colossal lava like bowl. The lava is liquid glass. The litter mixes into the liquid glass and then is dumped into “lego” like forms of all sizes.

These tempered glass “lego” blocks are then sold onsite and delivered to hardware stores across the country, where they can be sold to the people who are responsible for all the garbage in them. Yes, “Tempered Crap Glass” can be yours to use as you wish. You could build a fence, a retaining wall, a kids playhouse, heck you could even build your  new home with the blocks.

This new “Tempered Crap Glass or TCG” as I call it would also be used to make interlocking puzzle slabs that could be used to create driveways, sidewalks and maybe even the roads in your hometown. We could also create a TCG shingle  for your roof. Add a little color to boost the look and Voila.

Tempered Crap Glass would hold on to all the garbage and because no air gets access to it, it would not biodegrade. Oh but what about the look of it? Suck it up buttercup, this would be a generational reminder of all the crap we created over the years. Once a better solution is found we could then crush and re-work the TCG into other things that we don’t know or understand today.

I think TCG could eliminate a lot of the poisons going into our air, oceans and groundwater.

How do we finance such an idea? Money could be generated by charging cities a garbage collection fee. Cities already charge some kind of tax on garbage collection, this would be moved to TCG manufacturing. Think about it…cities could actually be making money on garbage and thus in the long run reduce tax to its citizens. The “new tax” would be people buying TCG for building materials such as retaining walls, shingles and driveways.

Is Crap Glass a crazy idea… I hope so. Do we constantly want to be reminded of all the crap we put out there? Probably not, but should we be reminded? I say, yes. Let us live with the reality of the crap we use and throw out until we create a better solution.

Tomorrow we’ll be introducing step two, a part of the plan that will help reduce homelessness, create jobs and add value to individual lives.

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Chip and Honey Toodee

How to retire? Or Financial Idependance…

So what’s the difference between retiring and financial independence? For the longest time I thought they were the same. But, it turns out, there is a difference. When you retire, you stop working. When you achieve financial independence you never stop working… but the work you do is not work, it’s passion.

For years now Honey and I would talk about retirement, the day we would have enough money set aside to last us until we die or die trying. But, in reality, as I recently discovered, that’s not what we were really looking for. What we thought was retirement (those days in the future where we could do what we wanted to do) was actually a longing for financial independence.  So, recently we’ve changed our goals. Let me break it down for you.

Our previous and misconceived goal of retirement was this.

  1.  Save up as much money into our RRSPs and Pension at work. (401 k plan in the US )
  2. Pay off the mortgage as soon as possible
  3. Be debt free. That means no debt what so ever except basic monthly expenses.
  4. Since our jobs had a great medical plan, we would get our teeth fixed, and that included braces and getting all of our old fillings taken out and fixed up as good as new.
  5. Get the kids out of the house (by teaching them to save and be independent)
  6. Sell the house, make a profit, buy a new smaller house.
  7. Put the remainder of the money into our Tax Free Savings Account.
  8. Quit our jobs and live within our means
  9. Do what we want to do. Go for walks, hit the pool, write, do art etc.

But then I discovered as we got closer, or should I say are getting closer, our goal was 55 years old. (That’s only a 5 years away as I write this.) Things started to change. I have a friend of mine who is financially independent, he buys apartment building with his company and he loves to help people understand the value of owning “doors” (every door represents an apartment or living space.) I’m pretty sure he’s close to a thousand by now… anyhow, he was telling me I should get into the market with him. “Come on man jump in the water is warm and the profits are good.” And I believe him. He’s an honest and gracious man who has made all of his money honestly, and none of it came easy. He used to live on the streets. He worked his ass off to be where he is.

The problem is that he loves what he does, sure, I could invest some of my RRSP’s into his business and make some money to get me to retirement sooner, but is that what drives me? Is this what I want? I’m not saying in the next couple of years I won’t do it, I never know what I’ll learn tomorrow. I, like him, want to do things that bring me joy and stoke the passions of my fire. So, what is my fire? Well, that where it gets complicated. My wife says I have “passions for the moment” or “I’m on fire for this subject right now”. Being ADHD I find it hard to stay focused on one thing and to tell the truth I don’t want to stay focused on any one thing… so, what am I to do?

Ok, hold on I’m getting distracted from my main goal here. What I discovered recently after talking with Financially independent friends and acquaintances is that I don’t want to retire, I don’t want to stop working, I simply want to work and do the things I have passion for and I need those things to bring me in a passive and direct income. Only then can I cut the shackles of the 8 hour work day that I call my life today. (not that there is anything wrong with that, I will write about that later.)

A friend of mine the other day said this to me, “What does success look like for you? And I don’t want you to tell me a dollar amount, I want to tell me what it is… what is life like as a successful you?” Well, I’m all like, “I don’t know I don’t want to do anything and I want to do everything”. “Tell me about he says”.

Ok, what does my life look like for me to be successful? Here goes.

I wake up in the morning, and look over to see my beautiful wife laying next to me. We get up have coffee and go for a walk and we brainstorm our day, then hit the pool to sit in the hot tub and pop into the sauna. I chat with the regulars and discuss life. We get back home around 11 am and my wife starts to work on her art (what ever that is for the day. she sculpts draws, paints….what ever). This is important because watching her do her art brings her great joy and thus brings me great joy. I on the other hand begin doing what I’m doing. What is that? Well one day I’m doing my cooking show for my YouTube channel, or maybe I’m doing my Building Crap with Chip show, or maybe I’m working on my blog or my novel or poems or short stories or I’m getting a call from some company that needs my ideas and they call me for a brainstorm session or I’m helping solve the problems of pollution and homelessness or Honey and I are working on our comic strip sketches of life or I’m helping my kids with their buisnesses or I’m working on my new song with the band I just put together or… I think you get the idea.

For me a successful life is doing what I want to do right now, but how do I make a living doing those things? I have no degree in marketing or social work, I do everything half ass cause I think that’s how it should be done. Well, not everything half ass. But, if I want to be financially independent, I must find a way to make these things happen. But, as soon as I am locked into one thing I want to do another. this is my life with ADHD, and I like it that way. I love the fact that I don’t want to focus too much time on any one thing… I love it.

So, where does that bring me? How do I do it? I will try to post on this subject over the coming days and months. I will work toward financial independence and see if I get there. I started listening to this one podcast call Choose FI and I have asked my kids to do the same, so far I like it. With friends and podcast and a little more education I may just reach my goals… I’m really starting to believe I will.

Ok, that’s it for now, see you soon. Hopefully? 😉

Reducing the impact of homelessness

Ok, so, before I go to far I’ll start by saying that “I don’t think this will end or cure the homeless problem. It’s just a start to ease the homeless problem.”

When it comes to homelessness there are a variety of issues that need to be dealt with and there are a number of reasons why people end up homeless. Some people have mental issues some are severe and others are mild. Some people mental issues are so great that holding down a full or even part time job is almost impossible. Others may be able to hold down jobs but need some help and guidance when working.

My “solution” is targeted at those people who end up homeless due to circumstances, like loosing a job, a divorce, a death in the family, violence in the home etc… These people end up homeless and a lot of time end up using drugs and alcohol to cope with the situation. With a little help these folks can make a comeback and be productive members of society. Can the mentally ill be helped? Of course they can, but my focus today is on the latter.

The cost of dealing with homeless drug and alcohol infested humans is great. I’ve read some articles that the cost is somewhere around 50 to 100 thousand a year. These costs are associated with emergency hospital visits, ambulances, crime and policing, increase in drug trafficking and more.

So, how could a city better use tax payers money? Here’s one idea I had.

Imagine a building in your downtown, this building has four separate areas.

  1. Sleeping quarters: This part of the building would house a specific “type” of homeless people. This “type” would be people who have the ability to hold down at minimum a part-time job, say, 15 hours a week or more. These folks would be given a room the size would be big enough to hold a bed, a dresser and a small table. Bathrooms would be shared. There would be a sleeping quarters for both men and women.
  2.  The recycling depot: This area would be where people could bring in their bottles for recycling and collect their money.  The recycling center would offer two things.
    1. You could get money for your bottles at the going rate.
    2. You could get “credit” for your bottles at two time the going rate. (more about the credit system later.
  3. The thrift store: One way to fund the project would be through the sale of used goods.
  4. The restaurant: The last block of the building would be used as a restaurant. Where people could come support the building and where homeless people could come and eat.

A little more details about the whole works. The idea would be that the entire building would be run with the help of those living there. Before I go to far, I would like to says that the numbers are throwing out are just examples of time and money, and that I use them for illustration purposes only. More time may be needed for different folks.

Each of the departments will need staff, the recycling center would need about 7 employees with  3 managers, thrift store would need say 10 employees and 3 managers and the restaurant would need 15 employees with 3 managers.

The entire operation would be run by the homeless people living in the sleeping quarters. These people would be trained in every department. First they would start at the recycling center, then move to the thrift store then to the restaurant. Each person would have 6 to 8 months training in each of the departments. This would give them life skills and help them build self worth, confidence and a resume. For the first eight weeks they will be paid by “credit” and then make the move to real money.

Each individual will be given a “Credit Card” with their picture on it, so that it can’t be used by others. The account will be monitored so that if they lose their card they can get a new one without loosing the credit they’ve earned. This credit card can be gotten by anyone who returns bottles at the recycling center and credit can be earned by doing other things. (bringing in used needles or trash off the streets for example)

The restaurant will be used as a restaurant and a soup kitchen, if you can’t afford a meal, it will be given to you. If you have credit you can use it to support the staff. The restaurant will used daily a la carte menus that will change depending on supplies that are available. When homeless people come in they will be seated at the table and asked what they want. They will be served by bussers and wait staff. I believe this will give them a sense of value and lift their spirits.

The thrift store will offer clothing in the same way, free if you can’t afford it and the use of credit. The store will also offer a laundry mat. This will allow people to come and have a shower, and wash their clothes. Small lockers will be available for storage of clothing and some small supplies.

As people learn and are able to move out of the building new people will come in and be trained on a regular basis. What I’ve given here is just a basic blue print for the system. I have not mentioned the training, schooling, reading, writing and public speaking courses that will be need to ensure the success of all people.

Sometimes all you need is just a little boost, someone to show you love and compassion, and then miracles can happen.

Chip and Honey Toodee

Zombie Debt… what is it?

Quick and simple Zombie debt is very old debt that has has passed the statute of limitation for collect it. Then, one morning you get a call about a debt that’s like  10 or 20 years old and someone is trying to collect. It is revived as soon as you admit the debt is yours. So what do you do?  Experts advise people in debt not to acknowledge the debt and if they threaten you with a lawsuit tell them to send you proof of the debt. Most likely they won’t be able to, because the statute of limitation is up.  Once you admit the debt is yours the statute starts all over again.

So, if you think you have zombie debt and fear something may be unearthed, (pun intended) it might be time for you to wise up and start thinking about money seriously and start budgeting.

I don’t care if you’re on welfare, making minimum wage or a millionaire. Start.

Zombie debt is NOT Student loans or your taxes or any secured debt. It is unsecured debt, like phone bills, credit cards and stuff like that.

I’m the bad driver.

I just realize something for the first time the other day, I am that bad driver. I mean I must be… I have made my share of driving mistakes, like: not seeing someone in my blind spot as I try to merge into another lane or seeing cars move next to me and they have a turning light and I start to move forward because I think the light is green or I start backing up and don’t see the car behind me right away etc… So, I must be the bad driver that pisses you off.

Every day I hear people tell me about how no one knows how to drive, how everyone should stay off the road, how blah, blah, blah, blah… No one ever admits to being a bad driver. So, I guess it’s me.

I just wanted to say I’m sorry and I’m working on it.


Think money.

It’s a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash”

Pink Floyd

Well no “stashing” for a lot of people these days. Why? Because most and I mean most don’t budget. A report by HuffPost in Nov of 2019 said almost 30 percent of Canadians don’t have enough money to pay the bills. Yes, I know we need to raise minimum wage, we need to give people more money, we need guaranteed income etc…

Mostly a bunch of crap. I’ll just say one thing, if everyone had higher wages and a guaranteed income of 10 thousand dollars a month, or a million dollars a year, it would make no difference, those people making a million guaranteed dollars a year would still be poor. Why? Because if your landlord knows you make a million a year he’ll raise his rent to match and the stores will raise their prices to pay for shit you buy. There will always be poor peoople. It’s just a fact of life.

That said, just because your “poor” and I mean making minimum wage, doesn’t mean you have to live like your poor or worst of all in debt over your head. That’s easy for me to say I’m rich, right? No. Here’s a brief history of my financial life. I grew up with my mom and four other siblings, we all lived in low income housing on welfare. My dad was a deadbeat who never gave my mom a dime. Oh, sure he’d give us a twenty dollar bill at Christmas and on our birthdays, but that was about it. The thing I remember most about growing up in low income housing is that we had the cleanest house and always had food in the fridge. When I would go to my friends houses, they’re parents would drink and somke, the house was a shit hole disaster and there was rarely food in the fridge. The neighbourhood kids thought we were rich. Turns out a clean house and a budgeting mom goes a long way.

I moved out at 18, making my big minimum wage of $4.10 an hour, paid my rent my phone, my cable and was left with about $20 dollars a week extra, that covered a box or two of Kraft Dinner, a couple of loves of bread and a jar of peanut butter. The rest of the money went for a pack of smokes and 12 pack of beer. That life lasted a few years, but I was lazy and kept quitting my jobs… I preferred to party and do drugs… so I did.

Make a long story short, I’m married, lost one kid to cancer, have two more and am living with Thirty thousand dollars in credit card debt, working a minimum wage job at the Sally Anne, and living with one income. My wife was raising the kids. We actually tried to get a house through Habitat for humanity and discovered we were to poor. Go figure. Yet, somehow we make things work. I could go on and on…

One day I woke up and decided to take over my financial situation, I couldn’t leave it all to my wife. We never fought about money (we didn’t have any), but we both knew we had to do something. So, here comes the budget. Within 4 years of starting a budget, we bought a house, and within 10 years we were debt free and the only thing we had to pay was our mortgage. Was it easy? No. Did we get a few lucky breaks along the way? Absolutely. But, we looked and worked for those breaks. A week after I got my mortgage, I quit my minimum wage job and got a better one, and moved with the company and starting making more and saving more. Now, we’re on our way to retirement… not rich, but we’ve got a plan, or as I like to call it a budget.

If you want to know more, comment and I’ll get to work on a budgeting series.


Chip Toodee




How I know a pack of smokes hasn’t gone up in price in at least 30 years.

Living in Canada and hearing all the complaints about the price of cigarettes and how they’re always going up in price… and the damn government making so much money on it etc, etc, etc…

Well I’m here to give you some good news. The price of cigarettes really hasn’t gone up like you think. But before I get to that let me clarify a couple of things about the taxes the government collects on those smokes of yours, and the cost of smoking.

These numbers are from 2012 so you can imagine the costs have gone up. Smoking costs Canada about 16 Billion dollars a year with 40% of that being direct health care costs. See, in Canada we have universal health care, that means you can walk into a hospital and get treatment with no bill to follow you. Ok, so, 6 to 7 billion dollars a year just for health care.

Smoking and fires? Yup falling a sleep in bed while smoking, tossing that smoke out the window? Yup, that costs about 75 million dollars a year. We can add all kinds of other costs, like sick days missed, early death etc…

So, how much tax money does the Canadian government bring in? Well, about 8 Billion dollars a year. As you can see, not enough to cover the costs that come with smoking.

Ok, my point was that the cost of a pack of cigarettes really hasn’t gone up in 30 years, here’s how I see it. It usually costs one hour of minimum wage to buy a pack of smokes. When I was making 4 bucks an hour back in my younger days I paid about 4 bucks for my smokes. Today a pack is anywhere from 11 to 15 bucks a pack and guess where minimum wage is across the country? I’m sure you can guess.

If you don’t want to pay for smokes quit. I don’t smoke anymore, but I do like to indulge in a drink. If the government taxes that sin to the point that I start complaining, well guess what? I’ll just shut my mouth and quit drinking. I’ll put the money somewhere else.

A final word for ya, if the Canadian Government wanted to break even on the cost of smoking, they would have to charge you $40 a pack, and that’s where Australia is heading. Think about that.

Canada votes 2019, and I’ll make a bold prediction.

Well kids, it’s time to vote… that means about 60% of you will stay home binging Netflix and wonder what “some” people are talking about the next day. Get off your lazy privileged ass and get out and vote, that’s all of you out there from 19 to 99 (or older if you can make it). It sickens me to see adults of all ages to lazy to vote. I have rarely heard of a good excuse. Go out and ruin your ballot if you want to, but go out and express your rights.

Ok, calm down Chip! Here’s my prediction. I see a probable Conservative minority government with the Green party holding the balance of power. I also predict that the Green party will achieve historic representation in the house. I wouldn’t have dreamed of voting Green, not even in my worst nightmares… but, it so happens that I am seriously leaning that way. Why? Let me just say that I usually vote based on who will probably be finance minister and how the Leader of the party looks at budgeting and financing. That said my vote is not owned by any one party. I see it as my right to vote for who I think will do the best, or the least damage. I’ll be clear I did not vote for Trudeau, his incompetence was clear from the beginning.

So, why a Conservative minority with a slight chance of a small majority? It’s simple. Trudeau is useless, the only reason he got the job is because of his dad and he’s pretty. That’s right, kids voted for him because he’s pretty. My daughters couldn’t believe that I wouldn’t vote for him. Now, their are readying to vote for the first time and guess what, they’re not voting for him now that they’ve seen the light. Or, they’re just lying to me. Both are a strong possibility.

Ok, back to why I think the Cons will win. My theory is as follows… Conservative voters rarely change their ways. Liberal voters may go back and forth between parties. I think that a lot of people who would’ve voted NDP and or Liberal will transfer that vote to the Green party. Why? Because they don’t like what the Cons are bringing to the table, they don’t think Pierre’s son is doing anything other than traveling, surfing, jogging and photo bombing. The NDP? Who? Singh has a long way to go to get anywhere? I have no idea who is? I think the greens will be the cry in the wilderness, they’ll be the vote that says, enough is enough.

Now, I did throw out the idea that they might even form opposition, if there is enough of a rebellion in the country… but Canada is no Quebec. See the election when the NDP took over that Province… That’s a rebel move. If Canadians stand somewhat together, like we did behind the Raptors. We might and I say might be able to send a message to all the parties of Canada.

Voting Green has never been my first choice hell, it was even a choice. Sure I like one or two things in their mission statement, but as a ruling party they would destroy our country. That said, it’s always easier to promise everything when you have no power. So, I will probably vote Green, not because I like them, but because a strong message needs to be sent to all the parties. Enough is enough. It’s time to scare the crap out of them.


Chip Toodee