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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #950 on: June 22, 2019, 10:10:24 PM »
A couple days ago DW's coworker asked DW to accompany her to get a tattoo after work, to which she declined. When DW went to work the next day she found out the tattoo was of coworker's new BF's name, of which she's been dating about a month. This coworker has a history of remarkably bad life decisions, so while I'm not surprised, it still makes my head spin.

Quick update - the boyfriend has now decided they need to take a break. Quite the predictable outcome..

I'm pretty sure that having your significant other's name tattooed on your body automatically dooms the relationship. It may be a universal law.

Can she at least pull a Johnny Depp and have it changed to something else, like when he changed his "Winona Forever" tattoo to "Wino Forever" after he and Ms. Ryder inevitably split?

If someone tattooed my name on them after dating them ONE MONTH, I'd be fucking off as well. That's just psycho stalker material.

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« Reply #951 on: June 23, 2019, 01:06:40 PM »
Today, a coworker invited me to go with her to a hip new ice cream shop that just opened up.

They were selling tiny little popsicles with custom toppings for $5.50 each.

My coworker and I had an awkward little interaction where I told her I wasn't going to get anything. I didn't want to seem snooty by telling here there was no way I blowing $5.50 on a popsicle, that I thought it was a ridiculous waste of money. So I acted like none of the popsicles interested me, which only made her ask me many questions about what flavors I liked in order to try to find me a suitable popsicle.

Needless to say, after an awkward exchange, we left without me getting a popsicle. (She got one, though.)

Then we stopped by a boutique, where my coworker selected several handmade items for purchase, spending $50, while I walked around the store, killing time.

This is a coworker who couldn't afford to attend her own out-of-state graduation (she did her degree online) a month ago.

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« Reply #952 on: June 24, 2019, 06:36:00 AM »
This may only make sense to feds, but a fellow fed told me over the weekend that his TSP is all in G fund because the stock market is too much like gambling.  I don't know if he got bitten in 2008 or if he actually believes that the market is gambling and therefore doesn't do it (he's a preacher on the side).  I bit my tongue, but yikes.  I mean, G fund is a guaranteed return, but only at like 2.4% a year.  I didn't ask, and he didn't volunteer, but I suspect that he's not contributing beyond the 5% to get the match. 

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« Reply #953 on: June 24, 2019, 08:24:19 AM »
This may only make sense to feds, but a fellow fed told me over the weekend that his TSP is all in G fund because the stock market is too much like gambling.  I don't know if he got bitten in 2008 or if he actually believes that the market is gambling and therefore doesn't do it (he's a preacher on the side).  I bit my tongue, but yikes.  I mean, G fund is a guaranteed return, but only at like 2.4% a year.  I didn't ask, and he didn't volunteer, but I suspect that he's not contributing beyond the 5% to get the match.
That is painful to hear. Please use the opportunity to make the distinction between individual stocks and TSP index funds and bet. timing the market and just letting it be.  I just can't stay quiet when I hear this.

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« Reply #954 on: June 24, 2019, 08:59:39 AM »
This may only make sense to feds, but a fellow fed told me over the weekend that his TSP is all in G fund because the stock market is too much like gambling.  I don't know if he got bitten in 2008 or if he actually believes that the market is gambling and therefore doesn't do it (he's a preacher on the side).  I bit my tongue, but yikes.  I mean, G fund is a guaranteed return, but only at like 2.4% a year.  I didn't ask, and he didn't volunteer, but I suspect that he's not contributing beyond the 5% to get the match.
That is painful to hear. Please use the opportunity to make the distinction between individual stocks and TSP index funds and bet. timing the market and just letting it be.  I just can't stay quiet when I hear this.
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« Reply #955 on: June 24, 2019, 10:01:58 AM »
This may only make sense to feds, but a fellow fed told me over the weekend that his TSP is all in G fund because the stock market is too much like gambling.  I don't know if he got bitten in 2008 or if he actually believes that the market is gambling and therefore doesn't do it (he's a preacher on the side).  I bit my tongue, but yikes.  I mean, G fund is a guaranteed return, but only at like 2.4% a year.  I didn't ask, and he didn't volunteer, but I suspect that he's not contributing beyond the 5% to get the match.
That is painful to hear. Please use the opportunity to make the distinction between individual stocks and TSP index funds and bet. timing the market and just letting it be.  I just can't stay quiet when I hear this.
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This was even worse with my husband. We started dating when he had just left federal service. I asked him about his TSP and he said he knew nothing about it. He said he had never logged in, never contributed anything, etc. He had the automatic 1% contribution and the agency match on that 1% but he said when he started working they never gave him any information about it at all and he had no idea what it even was. I helped him contact them so we could log in and look and it was a pitiful amount just sitting there in the G-Fund. So much waste. I still don't know if they really didn't tell him anything about it, or if they gave them information and he just didn't pay attention to it. To be fair, he is visually impaired and got hired through a special vocational program for blind/VI workers and they did a lot of shady things like putting them all in terminal GS-05 positions even though he had a 4 year degree and qualified for GS-09; the mentality was "you're blind, you're a GS-05. Luckily he worked hard and applied out of that position and was a GS-09 by the time he quit 5 years later. Unfortunately he was the only one hired through that program that had left the GS-05.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #956 on: June 24, 2019, 11:42:30 AM »
I was in a wedding party and felt bummed I had to skip out on the bachelor party, because we had a big deadline that very weekend. I mentioned to a supervisor that I was thinking of just flying out for a day and catching a redeye back, but decided not to.

This reminded me of a non-work antimustachian story, I don't want to make a new thread. Apologies for hijacking with this story.

I did exactly what you described - declined a bachelor party (mainly to avoid spending the money), and regretted it. My wife pointed out I was being too frugal since I had much more money than every person going to it (probably combined), and I have the self-control to not gamble. So I missed the first night of the bachelor party, but got a cheap flight to Las Vegas the next morning. Got their location by pretending I was sending a bottle of alcohol to them and showed up as a surprise. Fun experience, and got to stay in a free spare bed because one guy was there on points.

What did I come into after night one? A total financial trainwreck, and no gambling had occurred! To try to save money, they avoided the top-rated strip clubs that charge a cover, opting for one that had no cover and offered a free limo to pick you up, plus lap dances were advertised for $20 instead of $30. If you're going to a strip club no matter what, this seems like a decent cost-saving plan on paper.

Well on the ride, the driver convinces them "IT'S VEGAS BABY," and sells them on bottle service. A bottle costs about what all of them would have combined to in covers at the big time strip clubs. (Good sales pitch, even if the math didn't hold up.) They order two bottles of booze, somewhere around $500-$750 per bottle, before even walking in.

What do they walk into? A ghost town. They're the only customers, and there are 20+ strippers ready and waiting to pounce on the first people that walk in. One enterprising woman homes in on the guy she can tell is the mark, Bill. The two of them disappear for awhile. At the big clubs, the customer-to-worker ratio would be flipped, and they could have blended into a crowd, possibly even having to bribe someone to get a stripper to come over to them. Now they have multiple women all over each of them, one by one talking each guy into buying the bachelor a lap dance as soon as the last one ended, and each guy is essentially bullied into lap dances of their own, or else risk spending the entire night saying "No thank you" on repeat and being met with disdain.

Half an hour into being there, Bill returns. He's standing in front of the ATM with his stripper waiting patiently, intently watching as he inserts not one, not two, but THREE credit cards for cash advances. What happened? Exactly what Chris Rock told you doesn't happen. She didn't ask, just went for it all and he didn't decline, and it cost him maxing out 3 cards. And he didn't even seem very happy about the experience.

Two overpriced bottles of booze, at least 25 lap dances, and one ruined credit score later, they get their wits about them that they're being hosed and leave after only about 90 minutes, but it's cost them a small fortune. One of the boys put one of the bottles on his debit card and immediately gets a call from his wife across the country - he's just spent their rent money and he spends the rest of the weekend muttering, "I am so f---ed." So by the time I show up, no one wants to spend a dime and our time is spent drinking for free in the hotel room, and wandering the strip, watching other people gamble, at best. The final night is spent at a bar that served tap water so we could sit and watch football for free. My biggest expense was just buying my friends drinks because I felt so guilty I had spent almost nothing, even though I could afford it best out of all of them. They're great guys and they really tried in advance to slow the bleed, but Vegas won.

I ran into Bill a year later. He told me he was happy that he was almost done paying off the credit cards from the party. We also speculated it probably cost him more in doctors visits when we got home, but the man had suffered enough so we didn't harass him for details on that.

So if you HAVE to go to Vegas for a bachelor party and do it all - show up a day late, don't gamble (duh), and sell your friends that the pricier strip clubs will actually save them money. Let Bill's sacrifice at least be someone else's gain.
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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #957 on: June 24, 2019, 01:58:53 PM »
OMG. I'm speechless.

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« Reply #958 on: June 24, 2019, 02:18:18 PM »
You just outdid some Hollywood movies... Short of a mike Tyson cameo.

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« Reply #959 on: June 24, 2019, 03:12:12 PM »
You just outdid some Hollywood movies... Short of a mike Tyson cameo.

That praise is kind, although my storytelling skills are clearly lacking because I forgot a key piece of the story.

The reason I didn't have an update from Bill until a year later is because the groom ended up calling off the wedding. All that money was blown on a bachelor party for a wedding that didn't happen.

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« Reply #960 on: June 24, 2019, 04:03:52 PM »
Omg, that was just...... Unbelievable.

Maybe I should say unbelievably sad.

And the last bit just made the cherry on top.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #961 on: June 24, 2019, 05:02:19 PM »
I think Bill's fiancée got a lucky escape.

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« Reply #962 on: June 25, 2019, 08:38:45 AM »
I was in a wedding party and felt bummed I had to skip out on the bachelor party, because we had a big deadline that very weekend. I mentioned to a supervisor that I was thinking of just flying out for a day and catching a redeye back, but decided not to.

This reminded me of a non-work antimustachian story...............

Sir, you are a hero to have shared that story. I sent it to both my friend and my wife, and will likely be sharing with others.

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« Reply #963 on: June 25, 2019, 08:39:34 AM »
I think Bill's fiancée got a lucky escape.
Bill wasn't the groom from what I can tell. He was just saying he didn;t see Bill at the wedding because there wasn't one.

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« Reply #964 on: June 25, 2019, 11:35:14 AM »
This is really stupid. It is a joke now, but im not sure it started as one. Anyways it was not what i overheard. It is actually what i was told directly to my face. All my coworkers that are awesome people by the way. Told me that since im  a young 25 yr old with a 6 figure job and no debt that i should buy a tesla.... They said this to me over and over and over. And i laughed telling them how it is so stupid. Now its just a joke they say to me cause they know i will laugh. I have told them however that they must really hate me, if they wish me to spend half of my income on a car when i just spent the last 2 years of my life as a slave to a car loan to my 2016 dodge dart. (which i maintain really well and plan on keeping for at least 6 more years.) Advice like this can ruin someones life, What if i bought the car and there was a Lay off? What if an emergency came up and i needed the money? What if  i got an amazing job offer but was scared to take it due to the expenses it would require to move?

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« Reply #965 on: June 25, 2019, 11:42:02 AM »
I think Bill's fiancée got a lucky escape.
Bill wasn't the groom from what I can tell. He was just saying he didn't see Bill at the wedding because there wasn't one.

Correct, Bill was not the groom. Groom was really the only one that made good decisions since everyone was paying for him.

Bill was that one guy in the group that had been single a little too long and was too nice to say "No thank you" to anyone. As they all recapped the night to me, everyone pretty much agreed that this woman had some kind of 6th sense to go straight for him instead of any of the rest of the crew, because he was the only one she could have screwed over like that. The rest of the women were all happy to try to make their $20 at a time getting the friends to pay for the bachelor, but this woman clearly had her game theory down and made thousands that night.

How she could pick him out within just a few minutes is a truly remarkable skill.

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« Reply #966 on: June 25, 2019, 12:14:10 PM »
OK, so the groom was fine and the bride was fine and they got married? And Bill learned a really major lesson?

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« Reply #967 on: June 25, 2019, 12:23:30 PM »
OK, so the groom was fine and the bride was fine and they got married? And Bill learned a really major lesson?

Not quite:
You just outdid some Hollywood movies... Short of a mike Tyson cameo.

That praise is kind, although my storytelling skills are clearly lacking because I forgot a key piece of the story.

The reason I didn't have an update from Bill until a year later is because the groom ended up calling off the wedding. All that money was blown on a bachelor party for a wedding that didn't happen.
(emphasis mine)

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« Reply #968 on: June 25, 2019, 05:22:46 PM »
OK, so the groom was fine and the bride was fine and they got married? And Bill learned a really major lesson?

Not quite:
You just outdid some Hollywood movies... Short of a mike Tyson cameo.

That praise is kind, although my storytelling skills are clearly lacking because I forgot a key piece of the story.

The reason I didn't have an update from Bill until a year later is because the groom ended up calling off the wedding. All that money was blown on a bachelor party for a wedding that didn't happen.
(emphasis mine)

Obviously I need more tea (caffeine) before I read the forums.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #969 on: June 25, 2019, 06:03:12 PM »
Just out of curiosity, what does one do when one goes off alone with a stripper for half an hour that costs thousands of dollars?

My only experience with strip clubs is what I saw in Grand Theft Auto.

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« Reply #970 on: June 25, 2019, 07:06:41 PM »
Just out of curiosity, what does one do when one goes off alone with a stripper for half an hour that costs thousands of dollars?

My only experience with strip clubs is what I saw in Grand Theft Auto.

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« Reply #971 on: June 25, 2019, 07:21:51 PM »
There is one guy I work with that appears to be a font of bad financial decisions. He and his wife own a boat that they've decided they don't use enough. Their reasoning is that the boat is parked at the marina, which is clearly the problem. His solution to this is to sell the boat in order to buy a BIGGER boat, and to install a dock at their house (they live on the water).

...I think he's missing the point.

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« Reply #972 on: June 26, 2019, 10:28:10 AM »
There is one guy I work with that appears to be a font of bad financial decisions. He and his wife own a boat that they've decided they don't use enough. Their reasoning is that the boat is parked at the marina, which is clearly the problem. His solution to this is to sell the boat in order to buy a BIGGER boat, and to install a dock at their house (they live on the water).

...I think he's missing the point.
The home dock won't accommodate their current, smaller boat? (Or is that just inserting logic into a perfectly good excuse? ;)

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« Reply #973 on: June 26, 2019, 11:35:56 AM »
Just out of curiosity, what does one do when one goes off alone with a stripper for half an hour that costs thousands of dollars?

My only experience with strip clubs is what I saw in Grand Theft Auto.

Hot coffee

HAhahaha that should explain it if the Chris Rock lyrics didnt.

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« Reply #974 on: June 26, 2019, 11:51:13 AM »
Just out of curiosity, what does one do when one goes off alone with a stripper for half an hour that costs thousands of dollars?

My only experience with strip clubs is what I saw in Grand Theft Auto.

Discuss politics of course... I attended a strip club bachelor party once. The woman I talked to seemed just to know what to say to cozy up to a guy. You want a girl working her way through college working in a strip club? That was her story. I suspect if you wanted an ex-astronaut ex-Marine Corp materials scientist former OSHA inspector from Wales looking for a career change so she took up working in stripper clubs - I suspect she would be that woman too. She would just tell you whatever she thought you wanted to hear. Mirrored the client's small talk.

Definitely not my scene.

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« Reply #975 on: June 26, 2019, 01:03:38 PM »
The woman I talked to seemed just to know what to say to cozy up to a guy. You want a girl working her way through college working in a strip club? That was her story.

When I was in university the student newspaper regularly ran ads recruiting for escort services, claiming strong demand for intelligent, educated companions.

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« Reply #976 on: June 27, 2019, 09:32:35 AM »
This may only make sense to feds, but a fellow fed told me over the weekend that his TSP is all in G fund because the stock market is too much like gambling.  I don't know if he got bitten in 2008 or if he actually believes that the market is gambling and therefore doesn't do it (he's a preacher on the side).  I bit my tongue, but yikes.  I mean, G fund is a guaranteed return, but only at like 2.4% a year.  I didn't ask, and he didn't volunteer, but I suspect that he's not contributing beyond the 5% to get the match.

I keep trying to explain to my retiring co-worker that no he does not need to move all of his TSP money into the G-Fund, a 60/40% split is fine. 

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« Reply #977 on: June 27, 2019, 11:22:09 AM »
When I was in university the student newspaper regularly ran ads recruiting for escort services, claiming strong demand for intelligent, educated companions.

I remember talking to a guy I knew in college and he came from a really small town that opened a strip club on the edge of town. He went with some guys he knew. He said the weirdest thing was seeing some of the girls he went to school with since kindergarten school working the stage. Sort of felt like watching cousins perform. Wasn't his scene either it turned out. Not so sexy after all.
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« Reply #978 on: June 27, 2019, 11:26:47 AM »
There is one guy I work with that appears to be a font of bad financial decisions. He and his wife own a boat that they've decided they don't use enough. Their reasoning is that the boat is parked at the marina, which is clearly the problem. His solution to this is to sell the boat in order to buy a BIGGER boat, and to install a dock at their house (they live on the water).

...I think he's missing the point.
The home dock won't accommodate their current, smaller boat? (Or is that just inserting logic into a perfectly good excuse? ;)

is it sunk cost fallacy or just a huge fallacy of its own?

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« Reply #979 on: June 27, 2019, 12:07:12 PM »
When I was in university the student newspaper regularly ran ads recruiting for escort services, claiming strong demand for intelligent, educated companions.

I remember talking to a guy I knew in college and he came from a really small town that opened a strip club on the edge of town. He went with some guys he knew. He said the weirdest thing was seeing some of the girls he went to school with since kindergarten school working the stage. Sort of felt like watching cousins perform. Wasn't his scene either it turned out. Not so sexy after all.

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Guy2: Yeah she mentioned, she was working late. Thanks for giving her your business.
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« Reply #980 on: June 27, 2019, 03:29:54 PM »
Okay, this was a bit ago, but this one coworker. You guys.

I’m a little bitter because in addition to being clearly bad with money, she was a prickly and “mean girl” sort of personality, but....my gosh, the things she’d say and do. I knew what her salary had to be (barely or less than 30k) because we were in the exact same position and she was hired over a year after me....Most notable fail was when she unfortunately hit a deer driving at night and totaled her previous car, then turned around and bought a brand new Ford Taurus with all the bells and whistles, financing the whole dang thing. She was also a huge partyer and would talk about her wild nights out while complaining often that she couldn’t go to lunch at McDonald’s because “I need to wait until payday! Can’t go out any more!” Yeesh

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« Reply #981 on: June 27, 2019, 08:27:44 PM »
This may only make sense to feds, but a fellow fed told me over the weekend that his TSP is all in G fund because the stock market is too much like gambling.  I don't know if he got bitten in 2008 or if he actually believes that the market is gambling and therefore doesn't do it (he's a preacher on the side).  I bit my tongue, but yikes.  I mean, G fund is a guaranteed return, but only at like 2.4% a year.  I didn't ask, and he didn't volunteer, but I suspect that he's not contributing beyond the 5% to get the match.

I keep trying to explain to my retiring co-worker that no he does not need to move all of his TSP money into the G-Fund, a 60/40% split is fine.

A co-worker of mine is so afraid of the stock market he's 100% G-fund. This is an 11-step-7 with 20 years of service and about $110,000!

My wife is big on the G-fund, but, as she put it, between the 2 of us, we're balanced, because I have nearly no aversion to risk, so I'm all growth/growth&income in my TSP, Roth, and 403(b).

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« Reply #982 on: June 28, 2019, 10:17:15 AM »
I'm currently listening to a couple of coworkers complaining about how their relatively newly-built condos have thermostats that don't let them adjust the AC temp below 72.

This is in Minnesota. Our temps haven't even gotten hot yet this year. (Max so far is 85, I think?) My husband is a native here and doesn't deal well with heat, but we still haven't installed our A/C window unit for the summer because strategic opening/closing windows has kept our house at 78 or lower.

The concept of cooling your house to 72 is just bonkers to me.

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« Reply #983 on: June 28, 2019, 11:37:21 AM »


The concept of cooling your house to 72 is just bonkers to me.

Good on you. I need it cool in the summer or I'm extremely uncomfortable.

In the winter we keep it cool at 60, except at night I'll turn it up to 64 so everyone can sleep more comfortably. If someone is sick, I might do 66 all day.

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« Reply #984 on: June 28, 2019, 01:57:49 PM »
I'm currently listening to a couple of coworkers complaining about how their relatively newly-built condos have thermostats that don't let them adjust the AC temp below 72.

This is in Minnesota. Our temps haven't even gotten hot yet this year. (Max so far is 85, I think?) My husband is a native here and doesn't deal well with heat, but we still haven't installed our A/C window unit for the summer because strategic opening/closing windows has kept our house at 78 or lower.

The concept of cooling your house to 72 is just bonkers to me.

Yeah, that is nuts. We're starting our first so-called heat wave in MN, and so we installed our AC units in anticipation... but we haven't turn them on yet. It's supposed to get to 90 tomorrow and 92 Sunday, but overnight temps are gonna get back down to low 70s, so it's 50/50 whether we'll turn on the bedroom unit to have it cool while we sleep. (It's only 83 right now, so I'm sitting comfortably in my living room with the windows open, watching the US/France women's soccer match. Haven't even bothered to turn on the ceiling fan yet.)

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« Reply #985 on: June 28, 2019, 02:24:50 PM »
Are these the people who put the AC to arctic temps and wear 2 sweaters, then set the heat to 82 and wear tank tops?

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« Reply #986 on: June 28, 2019, 03:05:59 PM »
The concept of cooling your house to 72 is just bonkers to me.

Couldn’t agree more. We keep our house at a comfy 77 in summertime Atlanta (it’s 95+ here with 80% humidity)— told our coworkers this the other day and they gasped in horror!

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #987 on: June 28, 2019, 03:09:08 PM »
We set the a/c cool enough to make it run enough to keep the interior humidity in check. At this time of year, that's 77/78 degrees.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #988 on: June 28, 2019, 03:30:18 PM »
That Vegas story deserved it's own thread

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #989 on: June 28, 2019, 05:26:19 PM »
Eh, I cool my house to 72. I have solar and I prefer to be cold. I make up for it by not turning on the heat until it gets down to 58.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #990 on: June 28, 2019, 05:30:21 PM »
Eh, I cool my house to 72. I have solar and I prefer to be cold. I make up for it by not turning on the heat until it gets down to 58.
Sometimes, at night, I um, get really hot.  So I turn down the AC to around 73-74.  I'm not even having official hot flashes yet.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #991 on: June 28, 2019, 06:02:37 PM »
I'm New Englandish and it's 85 degrees out and we have fans going. We do have two window ACs but we'd don't put them in unless it's going to be higher than 70 at night. I've got a disabled kid and the air is basically for her. In the winter the heat doesn't go above 68 and at night it drops down to 58. I've got a co-worker that keeps her house at 75 year round even at night!

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #992 on: June 28, 2019, 07:06:05 PM »
We set the a/c cool enough to make it run enough to keep the interior humidity in check. At this time of year, that's 77/78 degrees.

This. I'm fine with heat if the air is fairly dry, but when it's humid and hotter than 80ºF inside the house, it's really hard to concentrate on work (I work remotely from a home office). Our window AC units are set at 77ºF. Yesterday was the first day that we turned them on this year.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #993 on: June 28, 2019, 07:14:49 PM »
I'm New Englandish and it's 85 degrees out and we have fans going. We do have two window ACs but we'd don't put them in unless it's going to be higher than 70 at night. I've got a disabled kid and the air is basically for her. In the winter the heat doesn't go above 68 and at night it drops down to 58. I've got a co-worker that keeps her house at 75 year round even at night!

We're in Quebec and those are exactly what we set the thermostat at. :)

I deal better with heat than cold, personally, and we live near a lake so that cools down the house at night - temps drop to about 60ish at night Ben when it's 85 during the day.

In winter, I get cold easily... but no one else does, so I got an electric throw blanket and now I can stay warm while reading without hearing the whole house, so tha works.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #994 on: June 29, 2019, 06:28:18 AM »
I remember talking to a guy I knew in college and he came from a really small town that opened a strip club on the edge of town. He went with some guys he knew. He said the weirdest thing was seeing some of the girls he went to school with since kindergarten school working the stage. Sort of felt like watching cousins perform. Wasn't his scene either it turned out. Not so sexy after all.

LOL Reminded me of that anime where one guy says: "I was anticipating that eroge (erotic game) so much! But than my sister got the voice actor role and I just can't enjoy it anymore."


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I'm currently listening to a couple of coworkers complaining about how their relatively newly-built condos have thermostats that don't let them adjust the AC temp below 72.

The concept of cooling your house to 72 is just bonkers to me.

I could understand if it is the sleeping room - I prefer ~66F there. (And I would be really happy when it tomorrow gets to 38C outside (100F) I could have an AC.)

But in any other room? Why should you go lower than what you can comfortably sit in?


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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #995 on: June 30, 2019, 05:42:58 AM »
Ah, thermostats.  We get so many complaints at work, because the air system isn't zoned properly, and the air handlers can't handle the load, so parts of the building are freezing while other people are sweating - sometimes just across the hall!  My office is so cold I keep a sweater at work in the summer, as it's frequently in the 60's inside.  At home, we finally turned on the air last week when it was 90+ for several days in a row with high humidity.  Set the thermostat to 80 - just enough for the system to run periodically and keep the humidity down.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #996 on: July 01, 2019, 11:20:08 AM »
Eh, I cool my house to 72. I have solar and I prefer to be cold. I make up for it by not turning on the heat until it gets down to 58.
Sometimes, at night, I um, get really hot.  So I turn down the AC to around 73-74.  I'm not even having official hot flashes yet.

Me, too!

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #997 on: July 01, 2019, 09:35:42 PM »
Bumped our thermostat up another degree today. Getting used to summer I guess. Now sitting at 78F.  As long as if keeps the humidity in check.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #998 on: July 07, 2019, 12:05:27 PM »
Just to keep going:

I completely forgot about this one as it was years ago.  I had a friend & coworker who leased brand new cars every three years.  We were paid monthly and coworker had to wait until payday to go grocery shopping.

Meanwhile, I was driving a reliable paid-off car I had bought used as a student (and I which I wound up keeping a total of 11 years).  Coworker was not interested in talking about doing anything other than leasing new cars.  Did not complain about money but clearly had no cushion at all.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #999 on: July 07, 2019, 12:10:12 PM »
Just to keep going:

I completely forgot about this one as it was years ago.  I had a friend & coworker who leased brand new cars every three years.  We were paid monthly and coworker had to wait until payday to go grocery shopping.

Meanwhile, I was driving a reliable paid-off car I had bought used as a student (and I which I wound up keeping a total of 11 years).  Coworker was not interested in talking about doing anything other than leasing new cars.  Did not complain about money but clearly had no cushion at all.

One of my young coworkers currently doesn't own a car, but he enjoys looking at possible cars. Another young coworker said that we might be interested into leasing a car. Currently he is driving an old beater car that he repairs himself. We other three people tried to concince him that leasing is really the dumbest financial choice for a car. I hope he listens to us.