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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10050 on: August 18, 2015, 05:09:27 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

WOW.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10051 on: August 18, 2015, 07:55:22 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup


WOW.

That is simply awesome. At least say "we are trying to get back to 'normal' due to our plane and sprinter by driving electrics day-2-day."

Do you know them at all? Are they clueless or simply stupid?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10052 on: August 18, 2015, 08:50:12 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup


WOW.

That is simply awesome. At least say "we are trying to get back to 'normal' due to our plane and sprinter by driving electrics day-2-day."

Do you know them at all? Are they clueless or simply stupid?

Yup, I know them.  Don't want to say too much more, but if I could you would all revel in the ridiculousness.  ( :

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10053 on: August 18, 2015, 08:57:56 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup
Yeah, that's environmentally friendly all right. *facepalm*
Where are these people that I may backhand them for their bullshit?
I frequently do landscaping and small construction jobs out of my Volt....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10054 on: August 19, 2015, 03:36:27 AM »
I just spoke to the attorney recruiter - she was lamenting about her Treasure Island beach house got flooded in the recent rains. Her permanent residence is in Dunedin, the same county and a 30 minutes drive north -.-

I attached a map for further face palming.

That is just crazy, especially when she passes many beautiful beaches traveling between her main house and her beach house. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10055 on: August 19, 2015, 07:27:28 AM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

Amazing.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10056 on: August 19, 2015, 08:48:13 AM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

Well, if you've got an airplane hangar, you may as well make good use of it! :P
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10057 on: August 19, 2015, 09:04:54 AM »
I just spoke to the attorney recruiter - she was lamenting about her Treasure Island beach house got flooded in the recent rains. Her permanent residence is in Dunedin, the same county and a 30 minutes drive north -.-

I attached a map for further face palming.

That is just crazy, especially when she passes many beautiful beaches traveling between her main house and her beach house.


It gets worse but that just blew my mind.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10058 on: August 19, 2015, 05:04:57 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

I like that "Point A to Point A"   -- as in driving in circles just for fun?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10059 on: August 19, 2015, 05:06:28 PM »
I like that "Point A to Point A"   -- as in driving in circles just for fun?
That's the way I interpreted it- probably on a racetrack :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10060 on: August 19, 2015, 05:37:59 PM »
I like that "Point A to Point A"   -- as in driving in circles just for fun?
That's the way I interpreted it- probably on a racetrack :)

Joy riding I believe.  That one was a direct quote. 

Try to NOT sound ridiculous/pretentious/etc. (choose your own adjective) describing your 4th or 5th vehicle in such a manner.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10061 on: August 20, 2015, 08:30:39 AM »
Started a new job 2 months ago so trying to optimize payroll deductions and reimbursements. I call Fidelity (where our 401Ks go) to inquire about when the company match gets deposited.
  • Fidelity guy: I see here that your current 401K contributions are set at 75%. Did you want me to fix that for you?
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I also travel for work a lot, and boss insists on making sure hotel bills are directly billed to the company because it would be "so awful for me to have to carry that balance every month!"
  • Me: *secretly disappointed I'm not racking up free rewards points on dedicated travel credit card*

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10062 on: August 20, 2015, 08:52:22 AM »
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I also travel for work a lot, and boss insists on making sure hotel bills are directly billed to the company because it would be "so awful for me to have to carry that balance every month!"

    Me: *secretly disappointed I'm not racking up free rewards points on dedicated travel credit card*

I was so mad when my frequent travel got flagged and I was required to get a company credit card.  The points were really adding up nicely!  Infrequent travelers don't get the cards.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10063 on: August 20, 2015, 09:37:41 AM »
I was so mad when my frequent travel got flagged and I was required to get a company credit card.  The points were really adding up nicely!  Infrequent travelers don't get the cards.

Happened to me, too.  I had never been issued a card and never asked for one, happily booking air / car / hotel / meals on my personal card and getting the rewards.  After several years, the company forced me to get a company card so they could get the rewards instead.  It's extra annoying because I still have to fill out an expense report and pay the card myself, then the company cuts me a check a few weeks later.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10064 on: August 20, 2015, 09:48:48 AM »
Saw this bumper sticker on a Ram pickup this morning: "I work hard so that I can afford to drive to work." At least s/he recognizes the idiocy :/  Here in the public transport desert, that's basically true, but they could at least help themselves by not commuting in a pickup.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10065 on: August 20, 2015, 11:03:49 AM »
I was so mad when my frequent travel got flagged and I was required to get a company credit card.  The points were really adding up nicely!  Infrequent travelers don't get the cards.

Happened to me, too.  I had never been issued a card and never asked for one, happily booking air / car / hotel / meals on my personal card and getting the rewards.  After several years, the company forced me to get a company card so they could get the rewards instead.  It's extra annoying because I still have to fill out an expense report and pay the card myself, then the company cuts me a check a few weeks later.
Yeah my employer requires us to use the corporate card for all travel expenses and if you don't then you better have a good explanation (i.e taxi cab only took cash) however they do pay the card bill, we are not required to pay out initially then wait for reimbursement.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10066 on: August 20, 2015, 11:10:31 AM »
I was so mad when my frequent travel got flagged and I was required to get a company credit card.  The points were really adding up nicely!  Infrequent travelers don't get the cards.

Happened to me, too.  I had never been issued a card and never asked for one, happily booking air / car / hotel / meals on my personal card and getting the rewards.  After several years, the company forced me to get a company card so they could get the rewards instead.  It's extra annoying because I still have to fill out an expense report and pay the card myself, then the company cuts me a check a few weeks later.
Yeah my employer requires us to use the corporate card for all travel expenses and if you don't then you better have a good explanation (i.e taxi cab only took cash) however they do pay the card bill, we are not required to pay out initially then wait for reimbursement.

Which is funny cause cabs charge an insane amount extra for credit card usage, so it does cost the company more.

Yeah, I would not be happy if I was expected to have a corporate card that I would need to front the payment for and then wait a few weeks for payment. If I had to wait a few weeks for reimbursement, I would want the miles...or instead, would love to see if I could get them to pay the interest rate...which is like 25% for some credit cards (not serious about this, but would love to see the look on their faces).

Thankfully I have a company cc, that is paid by the company.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10067 on: August 20, 2015, 12:42:07 PM »
I just spoke to the attorney recruiter - she was lamenting about her Treasure Island beach house got flooded in the recent rains. Her permanent residence is in Dunedin, the same county and a 30 minutes drive north -.-

I attached a map for further face palming.

Hilarious! She could easily drive 10 minutes to Honeymoon Island State Park instead of driving the peninsular spine of US-19/Alt-19.

Yeah, recent rains were a bitch to deal with, resulting in cracked water/sewer pipes under the road, just by my driveway.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10068 on: August 20, 2015, 12:47:57 PM »

Which is funny cause cabs charge an insane amount extra for credit card usage, so it does cost the company more.

Yeah, I would not be happy if I was expected to have a corporate card that I would need to front the payment for and then wait a few weeks for payment. If I had to wait a few weeks for reimbursement, I would want the miles...or instead, would love to see if I could get them to pay the interest rate...which is like 25% for some credit cards (not serious about this, but would love to see the look on their faces).

Thankfully I have a company cc, that is paid by the company.

Maybe this depends where you are.  I've never seen a credit card use surcharge when I've gotten cabs for work (mostly in NYC).  I just looked at reciepts, and I don't see one.

My corporate card does not require me to pay it and float the money. The company pays it directly. I just have to tell them they need to.  The other way I think I'd throw a bit more of a fuss about it!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10069 on: August 20, 2015, 12:50:57 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

My hiring manager in BigAerospace was exactly that. She and husband were DINKs. Drove latest Corvettes. Had a Huge RV (bus-sized). And a 6 seater plane. They would fly from Clearwater to St. Augustine or somewhere for dinner and then fly back. I was a dumb newbie engineer, asked if they had so much cash, how about sell everything and retire early or consult like some of the other engineers and managers (who used to be engineers). She gave me a deadpan look and said she needed to work to maintain that lifestyle, including taking shit from directors, taking shit from engineers and technicians, and stressing about securing RV and plane in hurricane season.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10070 on: August 20, 2015, 03:03:59 PM »
I was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10071 on: August 20, 2015, 03:08:08 PM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10072 on: August 20, 2015, 03:14:40 PM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

This doesn't even seem possible to me... If someone told me I had to drink 4 2L of soda I don't think I would be able to

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10073 on: August 20, 2015, 03:29:36 PM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

This doesn't even seem possible to me... If someone told me I had to drink 4 2L of soda I don't think I would be able to

My SIL used to drink nearly a six pack a day of Coca Cola until it almost destroyed her teeth.  Most of my friends who want to diet cut out the sodas first and drop 5-10 pounds in the first couple months just from that.  I sat in a nutrition class recently where the doctor passed around sandwich bags full of sugar representing the amount in particular snack items.  It's really disgusting how much extra sugar we consume when you view it from that angle.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10074 on: August 20, 2015, 08:44:24 PM »
1. Did you lose all your teeth drinking 4 - 8L of soda a day?

2. For every tooth you lost, did you gain 20 pounds?

That's an absolutely incredibly insane daily consumption. I thought people who drank like two cans a day were pushing it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10075 on: August 21, 2015, 06:32:53 AM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

This doesn't even seem possible to me... If someone told me I had to drink 4 2L of soda I don't think I would be able to

It is....I used to be that bad as well.  Now I've cut it back to a few sodas/week.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10076 on: August 21, 2015, 06:41:38 AM »
It is....I used to be that bad as well.  Now I've cut it back to a few sodas/week.

On a whim, I drank a small glass of Coke last night... I nearly spit it out. Geez, it tasted nasty. And I used to drink 2-3 cans of Mt. Dew a day. Now it's just hot tea, coffee, or water. Or almond milk.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10077 on: August 21, 2015, 06:51:12 AM »
I didn't lose an ounce when I stopped drinking soda. 

Grr.



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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10078 on: August 21, 2015, 07:01:46 AM »
So glad I absolutely hate fizzy anything. I think I've had one soda ever in my life (that much worth of combined sips that I spit out of disgust).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10079 on: August 21, 2015, 07:21:51 AM »
I didn't lose an ounce when I stopped drinking soda. 

Grr.

Me neither. = (

But, I was 16 at the time. And only drank 1, max 2, cans a day. I hate it when advice for losing weight starts with "stop drinking soda." I don't drink it. What else ya got?


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10080 on: August 21, 2015, 07:22:55 AM »
I was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

GAH!!!


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« Reply #10081 on: August 21, 2015, 07:25:57 AM »
On a related note, although we consume less sugar than the American median (mainly because we don't eat processed food much), DH and I were trying to cut down a bit more and reading labels, and we realized that ONE tiny Yoplait yogurt container has nearly an ENTIRE recommended daily added sugar amount. Seriously crazy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10082 on: August 21, 2015, 08:12:50 AM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

A few years ago I got a SodaStream as a gift and was going through 2-4L of soda per day easy. All of it was the fruity diet drinks but still, not a great drink choice in those quantities.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10083 on: August 21, 2015, 08:43:42 AM »
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Me neither. = (

But, I was 16 at the time. And only drank 1, max 2, cans a day. I hate it when advice for losing weight starts with "stop drinking soda." I don't drink it. What else ya got?

Weight loss advice starts with soda because it is the low hanging fruit.

It's not just soda. Stop getting calories from any drinks - that will help with weight loss. That means no juice with sugar in it. No sports drinks. No energy drinks (which, just no anyways). No milk/sugar in coffee/tea. Yes, that leaves water. Drink tons of that.

Of course, eating well (lots of fruits/veggies, nothing in a box or a can or a drive-thru) and exercising is needed as well.

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« Reply #10084 on: August 21, 2015, 08:46:39 AM »
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Me neither. = (

But, I was 16 at the time. And only drank 1, max 2, cans a day. I hate it when advice for losing weight starts with "stop drinking soda." I don't drink it. What else ya got?

Weight loss advice starts with soda because it is the low hanging fruit.

It's not just soda. Stop getting calories from any drinks - that will help with weight loss. That means no juice with sugar in it. No sports drinks. No energy drinks (which, just no anyways). No milk/sugar in coffee/tea. Yes, that leaves water. Drink tons of that.

Of course, eating well (lots of fruits/veggies, nothing in a box or a can or a drive-thru) and exercising is needed as well.

Which is why weight loss is near impossible when you basically only drink water and haven't gone through a drive through in a decade.

Someone should have told me to be extremely unhealthy in my 20s; that way when my metabolism bottomed out I could just drop all the bad habits.

Also, I should have had cable, smoked, and gone to Starbucks daily. Because I could have saved so much money by quitting those things.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10085 on: August 21, 2015, 08:54:53 AM »
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Me neither. = (

But, I was 16 at the time. And only drank 1, max 2, cans a day. I hate it when advice for losing weight starts with "stop drinking soda." I don't drink it. What else ya got?

Weight loss advice starts with soda because it is the low hanging fruit.

It's not just soda. Stop getting calories from any drinks - that will help with weight loss. That means no juice with sugar in it. No sports drinks. No energy drinks (which, just no anyways). No milk/sugar in coffee/tea. Yes, that leaves water. Drink tons of that.

Of course, eating well (lots of fruits/veggies, nothing in a box or a can or a drive-thru) and exercising is needed as well.

Which is why weight loss is near impossible when you basically only drink water and haven't gone through a drive through in a decade.

Someone should have told me to be extremely unhealthy in my 20s; that way when my metabolism bottomed out I could just drop all the bad habits.

Also, I should have had cable, smoked, and gone to Starbucks daily. Because I could have saved so much money by quitting those things.

From the Simpsons

Bart: And I'll take up smoking, and give THAT up."
Homer: Good for you, son. Giving up smoking is one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do. Have a dollar.
Lisa: But he didn't do anything!
Homer: Didn't he, Lisa? Didn't he? ..Hey, wait a minute. HE DIDN'T!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10086 on: August 21, 2015, 09:42:40 AM »
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Me neither. = (

But, I was 16 at the time. And only drank 1, max 2, cans a day. I hate it when advice for losing weight starts with "stop drinking soda." I don't drink it. What else ya got?

Weight loss advice starts with soda because it is the low hanging fruit.

It's not just soda. Stop getting calories from any drinks - that will help with weight loss. That means no juice with sugar in it. No sports drinks. No energy drinks (which, just no anyways). No milk/sugar in coffee/tea. Yes, that leaves water and black coffee/tea. Drink tons of that (but not tons of the tea and even less of the coffee).

Of course, eating well (lots of fruits/veggies, nothing in a box or a can or a drive-thru) and exercising is needed as well.

Added some little bits there to improve your post :P

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10087 on: August 21, 2015, 09:55:51 AM »
I had a coworker who played the lottery and happened to win $2700! I asked her was she going to put food in her house or pay up her rent since she seems to have ongoing issues with her rent and learning to stock up on groceries.  Yes I have advised her to move to a cheaper apartment.... She uses the money to pay her daughter's rent(facepalm)who ended up getting evicted anyway and help her grandmother.  Her grandmother is a good person and all but still...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10088 on: August 21, 2015, 11:20:58 AM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

This doesn't even seem possible to me... If someone told me I had to drink 4 2L of soda I don't think I would be able to

My SIL used to drink nearly a six pack a day of Coca Cola until it almost destroyed her teeth.  Most of my friends who want to diet cut out the sodas first and drop 5-10 pounds in the first couple months just from that.  I sat in a nutrition class recently where the doctor passed around sandwich bags full of sugar representing the amount in particular snack items.  It's really disgusting how much extra sugar we consume when you view it from that angle.

I have a coworker who routinely drinks 6 cans of Mt Dew per day when we get busy at the office.  Probably 3 when we aren't busy.  He realizes how unhealthy it is, though, and is trying to cut back (poor guy tried going cold turkey a few weeks ago, and got a migrane so bad our boss sent him home).

When I was in college, I knew a guy who gave himself diabetes by drinking nothing but pop and eating nothing but candy and sweets for a month. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10089 on: August 21, 2015, 12:36:21 PM »
I am a SAHM so this story is about H's job.

His boss is sexist and rude.  The way he talks about his wife just skeeves me out.  He is exactly the kind of person you would expect to be having affairs on business trips.  Incidentally he loves to travel for work and tries to do it as much as possible. 

He was talking to H about these heli-skiing trips he goes on, and trying to convince H to do it too.  H is all "dude I haven't skied in a decade, I don't own skiis, and MayDay would FLIP if I wanted to go on an expensive heli-ski trip".  Note:  the last thing H would want to do is go on a trip with his boss anyway, lol, he is welcome to throw me under the bus.

So his boss proceeds to try to convince H to divert some of his pay into a separate account that he hides from me, so that he can go on expensive trips without me knowing. 

This man is VERY well paid, so there is no reason for him to do that nonsense except to be dishonest with his spouse.  Which, yup, is exactly the kind of person he is.  But despite reading similar stories on here about coworkers diverting their pay to hide it from a spouse, I still kind of couldn't believe people really did that shit. 

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« Reply #10090 on: August 21, 2015, 12:44:24 PM »

This man is VERY well paid, so there is no reason for him to do that nonsense except to be dishonest with his spouse.  Which, yup, is exactly the kind of person he is.  But despite reading similar stories on here about coworkers diverting their pay to hide it from a spouse, I still kind of couldn't believe people really did that shit.

I suspect that part of this might be so that way if his wife ever divorces him, he can try to hide some of the money. Don't know if it would work, but maybe? Or it could be so that his wife doesn't think he earns as much, or has as much, as he truly does?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10091 on: August 21, 2015, 12:44:41 PM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

Literally how do you fit that much cola inside you? If I drank 4l of cola (let alone 8!) I would have no room left for food! Which I guess would be good seeing as how I'd have reached my RDA of calories already...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10092 on: August 21, 2015, 01:23:06 PM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

Literally how do you fit that much cola inside you? If I drank 4l of cola (let alone 8!) I would have no room left for food! Which I guess would be good seeing as how I'd have reached my RDA of calories already...

You pee it out

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10093 on: August 21, 2015, 01:51:18 PM »
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Me neither. = (

But, I was 16 at the time. And only drank 1, max 2, cans a day. I hate it when advice for losing weight starts with "stop drinking soda." I don't drink it. What else ya got?

Weight loss advice starts with soda because it is the low hanging fruit.

It's not just soda. Stop getting calories from any drinks - that will help with weight loss. That means no juice with sugar in it. No sports drinks. No energy drinks (which, just no anyways). No milk/sugar in coffee/tea. Yes, that leaves water. Drink tons of that.

Of course, eating well (lots of fruits/veggies, nothing in a box or a can or a drive-thru) and exercising is needed as well.

Which is why weight loss is near impossible when you basically only drink water and haven't gone through a drive through in a decade.

Someone should have told me to be extremely unhealthy in my 20s; that way when my metabolism bottomed out I could just drop all the bad habits.

Also, I should have had cable, smoked, and gone to Starbucks daily. Because I could have saved so much money by quitting those things.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10094 on: August 21, 2015, 02:08:31 PM »
I've cut out the energy drinks now, what's helped me:
1) saving all the cans (Oregon has $0.05 deposit) and returning them once a month and
2) deducting it from my personal spending

Seeing $50-$80 dollars go away like that really helped it hit home.  I'm low on personal spending money and only have myself to blame.  I can feel for the migraine headache, my energy drink habit would be cyclical.  It would start by having a bad nights sleep, but then it makes me stay up late and have another bad night sleep.  Soon I'm up to 2 a day then the weekend hits.  BAM, hell on Earth having a speed metal concert between my ears.

I've switched to a cup of Coke once a day to get the fizzy addiction satisfied, and have went from 0 ice to half a cup, to a full cup of ice.  I used to be against ice in soda because I figured it was a scam to give me less soda, but now I like it as it means I have the same mental amount of soda, but really half the calories.  Still working on breaking that last habit.

But as for caffeine itself, I have my coffee too, and I have it black, but generally only 500ml a day.  If I go for an afternoon coffee I'm up half the night.  Like alcohol I don't have any interest in gaining tolerance to it, that's just an expensive habit.

*At work coffee and fountain drinks are free, but Red Bull cost me $2.85/12oz can, stupid on so many levels and it was only my frugality that was able to draw me out (the realization of spending money hurt more than the migraine!).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10095 on: August 21, 2015, 06:12:23 PM »
I've cut out the energy drinks now, what's helped me:
1) saving all the cans (Oregon has $0.05 deposit) and returning them once a month and
2) deducting it from my personal spending

When I lived in Oregon many years ago we could make quite a bit of side money by going to outdoor events and offering to collect cans from the participants.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10096 on: August 22, 2015, 07:01:14 AM »
My office is being remodeled, so this weekend I am moved into the neighboring cubicle, shared with a slightly manic chatterbox. She has been talking for most of this year about the house she bought, and the various stages of fixing up and remodeling. Many cringe-worthy moments for a tender young mustachian like myself.

Yesterday she was telling the story of how she had to take both of her "fur children" to the vet over the week, and how expensive it was. She mentioned looking for affordable pet insurance, because of how ridiculous it was that the vet wanted her to pay the ENTIRE $150 at once - like, who can afford that?

Well, her financial ninja skills were apparently up to the task. She was able to juggle credit card balances around to cover the extortionate vet visit, but now she is concerned that her interest rates might go up.

"I can't have my minimum payment going to, like, 570 or something. Not with winter coming on top of everything else!"

Other highlights from her week included buying paint for her kids' rooms, "Of course I got the good stuff! I'm not gonna buy it if it isn't!" and eating Chipotle for the first time. "It was really good!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10097 on: August 22, 2015, 08:05:06 AM »
"I can't have my minimum payment going to, like, 570 or something. Not with winter coming on top of everything else!"
Well, how could she have possibly known that winter would be coming this year yet again?

To save her from this problem in the future, give her this as a reminder, please:
Winter is coming
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10098 on: August 24, 2015, 03:27:19 AM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup
Yeah, that's environmentally friendly all right. *facepalm*
Where are these people that I may backhand them for their bullshit?
I frequently do landscaping and small construction jobs out of my Volt....

OMG. This is why I try not to make pronouncements about my own beliefs / qualities. If you really LIVE your convictions, you don't need to tell people about it, they can see it.

I realised it was a bad idea to make such declarations when a neighbour similarly told me, "Our overarching principle in life is to make as small a footprint as we can you know? The environment is so important to us".

She explained this whilst builders were hauling a perfectly good heating and hot water system to landfill, so she could replace it with an eco-friendly solar panel system. Except three months later, when they realised couldn't get a hot shower, the same builder came back and installed an entire second bathroom downstairs, with an electric shower.

I would have thought she was an idiot anyway, but I wouldn't have thought her such a hypocritical, un-self-aware idiot, had it not been for all the environmental proclamations. So I make a point not to declare myself anything. If I am the thing I want to be, people will see it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10099 on: August 24, 2015, 07:15:56 AM »
[...]eating Chipotle for the first time. "It was really good!"

Chipotle is one habit I haven't been able to kick.  Although I only eat it maybe 5 times a year, I find it to be a treat (and leaps above other fast food choices) when going out to lunch with colleagues.