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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10850 on: October 08, 2015, 05:53:12 PM »
Textbooks make me angry. From a few years back when I took an economics class.

Prof (1st class): You are required to pay for online access to take quizzes for this class and see the online textbook
Me: (after class): I'm on student loans and don't have money for this
Prof: Then you'll fail the quizzes if you don't find the money
Me: University bylaw says profs can't force students to pay for any textbooks or online access (summary of me digging in)
Prof: That may be but surely you can come up with the money, maybe you can ask a friend for money? (summary of him being belligerent)
Me: No, I'm poor, again University bylaws prohibit this.
Prof: Fine, I'll get you special access for free

At my University there are requirements for all textbooks used by classes to be available (in very limited quantity) in the library, it paid off skimming the bylaws. I also aced his class, turns out I'm good with econ.

Heh that's awesome.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10851 on: October 08, 2015, 06:08:01 PM »
I am looking for patio furniture and it's insane how much things cost. I'm more willing to put folding chairs until I find the right price, I'm not going to pay full retail just so it looks cool.

I inherited my grandparents' patio furniture. Its made of plain steel materials like square steel stock, round steel rod, and steel mesh. There was once a patio table and four chairs in the set as I recall but they were sold in a garage sale along the way I guess as they downsized.

This furniture is from the 1970s and lasts forever - at least until your ten year old boy starts using it for vaulting. Even so a quick zap with our MIG welder mended it without a hint of a repair.

Needs a paint job next year. Original paint since the 1970s!

(I'm a buy it once kind of guy. Don't mind change occasionally but I don't like the expense of the buy and replace cycle that cheap things from discount stores leads to.)
You should not use welding equipment on children

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10852 on: October 08, 2015, 06:23:26 PM »
You should not use welding equipment on children
Oh, that's just an old wives' tale. People weld children all the time where I'm from... just wear earplugs to dampen the screaming and it's fine.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10853 on: October 08, 2015, 07:15:17 PM »
You should not use welding equipment on children
Oh, that's just an old wives' tale. People weld children all the time where I'm from... just wear earplugs to dampen the screaming and it's fine.

Only in a corporal discipline state.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10854 on: October 09, 2015, 07:14:21 AM »
You should not use welding equipment on children
Oh, that's just an old wives' tale. People weld children all the time where I'm from... just wear earplugs to dampen the screaming and it's fine.

lol

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10855 on: October 09, 2015, 07:48:41 AM »
Yesterday, I was reading the Bogleheads Investing News forum, while taking a break from working with a visitor from another department. He asked what forum I was reading. In a few sentences I described that site in the simplest manner that I could (I'm good at this since I'm an engineer working in DoD reporting up the chain to non-IT management). He told me that he just hands his money to his accountant and tells him "Make me some money". Then he made the "make it rain" gesture with a whoosh sound. Yeah, I know where it is raining money and that whooshing sound is a money sucking-vacuum in his CPA's office. I'm jealous of that cunning professional artiste.
The visitor chap is retired military, with a disability, now a DoD contractor, who runs a fishing charter boat on weekends. Drives 40-ish miles each way daily. In a V8 truck. So much income, pissing it all away. I asked him if he wanted to grab some lunch from the Hispanic deli nearby (my once-a-week eating out disorder); he said he couldn't afford it. Gobsmacked!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10856 on: October 09, 2015, 10:01:16 AM »
Only in a corporal discipline state.
Ask your teacher friends how many who welcome the re-introduction of capital punishment in schools

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10857 on: October 09, 2015, 10:13:12 AM »
Only in a corporal discipline state.
Ask your teacher friends how many who welcome the re-introduction of capital punishment in schools

The death penalty seems pretty severe for misbehaving in school.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10858 on: October 09, 2015, 11:20:47 AM »
Only in a corporal discipline state.
Ask your teacher friends how many who welcome the re-introduction of capital punishment in schools
Maybe so, but it sure would put a stop to it.

The death penalty seems pretty severe for misbehaving in school.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10859 on: October 09, 2015, 11:54:56 AM »
Only in a corporal discipline state.
Ask your teacher friends how many who welcome the re-introduction of capital punishment in schools

The death penalty seems pretty severe for misbehaving in school.

Maybe so, but it sure would put a stop to it.

Is that why states that allow the death penalty have no crime?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10860 on: October 09, 2015, 12:05:00 PM »
Only in a corporal discipline state.
Ask your teacher friends how many who welcome the re-introduction of capital punishment in schools

The death penalty seems pretty severe for misbehaving in school.

Maybe so, but it sure would put a stop to it.

Is that why states that allow the death penalty have no crime?

No, silly.  Because it wouldn't be long before there were no kids left in the school!  All that welding of young flesh, and all.  Then we can close the school and reduce property taxes!  Win, win!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10861 on: October 09, 2015, 12:50:38 PM »
No, silly.  Because it wouldn't be long before there were no kids left in the school!  All that welding of young flesh, and all.  Then we can close the school and reduce property taxes!  Win, win!
Property values in this district would soon be a real buying opportunity for any childless Mustachians looking for a nice place to FIRE. Cheap housing, no neighbor kids making noise and TPing your house... sounds good to me ;-)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10862 on: October 09, 2015, 04:16:09 PM »
Ask your teacher friends how many who welcome the re-introduction of capital punishment in schools

The death penalty seems pretty severe for misbehaving in school.
It wasn't a typo - you obviously didn't go to Catholic school.
 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10863 on: October 09, 2015, 05:16:44 PM »
Ask your teacher friends how many who welcome the re-introduction of capital punishment in schools

The death penalty seems pretty severe for misbehaving in school.
It wasn't a typo - you obviously didn't go to Catholic school.
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corporal, perhaps?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10864 on: October 09, 2015, 05:25:36 PM »
Ask your teacher friends how many who welcome the re-introduction of capital punishment in schools

The death penalty seems pretty severe for misbehaving in school.
It wasn't a typo - you obviously didn't go to Catholic school.
corporal, perhaps?
No - they found nailing a couple of kids to a tree at the start of term generally ensured good behavior from the rest

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10865 on: October 09, 2015, 08:19:40 PM »

The visitor chap is retired military, with a disability, now a DoD contractor, who runs a fishing charter boat on weekends. Drives 40-ish miles each way daily. In a V8 truck. So much income, pissing it all away. I asked him if he wanted to grab some lunch from the Hispanic deli nearby (my once-a-week eating out disorder); he said he couldn't afford it. Gobsmacked!
I'm surrounded by that at work. People who got their military retirement + VA benefits in their late 30s and early 40s and are still working 10-20 years later to lock in another pension while driving long distances from suburban McMansions in 15mpg trucks. If I'd been around as long and brought home as much $$ as they have, I'd be on a beach in the Caribbean right now instead of at this building.
Some of 'em probably love the job. I'm sure others are just stuck on the treadmill.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10866 on: October 09, 2015, 08:25:08 PM »
Ask your teacher friends how many who welcome the re-introduction of capital punishment in schools

The death penalty seems pretty severe for misbehaving in school.
It wasn't a typo - you obviously didn't go to Catholic school.
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corporal, perhaps?

Typical heathen propaganda. I know plenty of kids who were killed for verbal outbursts, repeated missing of assignments, and staring out of windows.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10867 on: October 11, 2015, 07:04:54 PM »
I will echo the sentiment from a page or two back that it's nice to see some other car enthusiasts here. I'm reminded of a quote by J. Irwin Miller (former head honcho at Cummins Inc. and philanthropist, especially in the Columbus, Indiana area):
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…we would like to see this community come to be not the cheapest community in America, but the very best community of its size in the country. We would like to see it become the city in which the smartest, the ablest, the best young families would like to live…a community which will offer their children the best education available anywhere…a community whose citizens are themselves well-paid and who will not tolerate poverty for others, or slums in their midst.

I'm not looking for the cheapest or most practical possible transportation, but one that is safe, comfortable, enjoyable, and within a reasonable expense range in my budget.

I also can't believe I've read every page of this thread and the Overheard on Facebook thread...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10868 on: October 11, 2015, 07:20:12 PM »
Very apt, Notquitefrugal.  And Columbus, IN, might not be quite what he envisioned, but it's more like it than many communities.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10869 on: October 11, 2015, 10:43:54 PM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape. I was talking with a coworker/superior about it, and she said she didn't even own clothing that is ten years old.  I'm thinking really?  Not even old jeans?

Same day, a few hours earlier, a couple of coworkers were talking about another coworker who will be retiring in a few weeks after 34 years at the company. (He's 60, so not ER, but not late either.). They noted how rare it is for someone to work at the same company for so long. Then they needled me because I've worked there over 16 years, and they said I could get to 34 also (that would have me also retiring at 60). I said, no, I'd be done before then.  I was asked if I planned to win the lottery. I relied that I had hit the lottery 16 years ago when I started to get our company match:  9.5% plus up to 3% more on a 50% match of my 401k contributions.  Conversation sort of ended there as the one guy is about 10 years older, and I imagine will be working until full retirement age in his late 60s.

I don't even count as mustachian compared to most of you folks, but compared to these people, all of whom are 6-figure earners, I must look like a complete cheapskate.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10870 on: October 11, 2015, 10:56:46 PM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape.

Zippers are a pain to replace, but if you go to a good sewing store like Joann's or Michael's, you will probably be able to find the right size. Make sure you get the kind that come apart in two halves. For an armpit zipper you don't necessarily have to go whole hog and replace the entire zipper. Just sew the new one to the old one, with the inside of the new zipper facing the teeth of the old one, so that when it zips up it'll be facing the outside just like the old zipper. The color of thread won't matter, because it won't be visible from the outside. Make sure to snip off the old zipper head. You don't even need a sewing machine to do this; in fact it'll be faster by hand. Total cost to you: less than $7 for the zipper. I'm assuming you already own a needle and thread.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10871 on: October 12, 2015, 01:42:01 AM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape.

Zippers are a pain to replace, but if you go to a good sewing store like Joann's or Michael's, you will probably be able to find the right size. Make sure you get the kind that come apart in two halves. For an armpit zipper you don't necessarily have to go whole hog and replace the entire zipper. Just sew the new one to the old one, with the inside of the new zipper facing the teeth of the old one, so that when it zips up it'll be facing the outside just like the old zipper. The color of thread won't matter, because it won't be visible from the outside. Make sure to snip off the old zipper head. You don't even need a sewing machine to do this; in fact it'll be faster by hand. Total cost to you: less than $7 for the zipper. I'm assuming you already own a needle and thread.

You can just sew the pit closed.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10872 on: October 12, 2015, 08:26:29 AM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape.

Zippers are a pain to replace, but if you go to a good sewing store like Joann's or Michael's, you will probably be able to find the right size. Make sure you get the kind that come apart in two halves. For an armpit zipper you don't necessarily have to go whole hog and replace the entire zipper. Just sew the new one to the old one, with the inside of the new zipper facing the teeth of the old one, so that when it zips up it'll be facing the outside just like the old zipper. The color of thread won't matter, because it won't be visible from the outside. Make sure to snip off the old zipper head. You don't even need a sewing machine to do this; in fact it'll be faster by hand. Total cost to you: less than $7 for the zipper. I'm assuming you already own a needle and thread.

You can just sew the pit closed.

Unless you want to still be able to use the vent as designed. It sounds to me like the vent was being used, otherwise the zipper wouldn't have failed.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10873 on: October 12, 2015, 10:38:57 AM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape.

Zippers are a pain to replace, but if you go to a good sewing store like Joann's or Michael's, you will probably be able to find the right size. Make sure you get the kind that come apart in two halves. For an armpit zipper you don't necessarily have to go whole hog and replace the entire zipper. Just sew the new one to the old one, with the inside of the new zipper facing the teeth of the old one, so that when it zips up it'll be facing the outside just like the old zipper. The color of thread won't matter, because it won't be visible from the outside. Make sure to snip off the old zipper head. You don't even need a sewing machine to do this; in fact it'll be faster by hand. Total cost to you: less than $7 for the zipper. I'm assuming you already own a needle and thread.

+1 for handsewing, unless you have a zipper foot for your sewing machine and know how to use it

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10874 on: October 12, 2015, 12:49:27 PM »

The visitor chap is retired military, with a disability, now a DoD contractor, who runs a fishing charter boat on weekends. Drives 40-ish miles each way daily. In a V8 truck. So much income, pissing it all away. I asked him if he wanted to grab some lunch from the Hispanic deli nearby (my once-a-week eating out disorder); he said he couldn't afford it. Gobsmacked!
I'm surrounded by that at work. People who got their military retirement + VA benefits in their late 30s and early 40s and are still working 10-20 years later to lock in another pension while driving long distances from suburban McMansions in 15mpg trucks. If I'd been around as long and brought home as much $$ as they have, I'd be on a beach in the Caribbean right now instead of at this building.
Some of 'em probably love the job. I'm sure others are just stuck on the treadmill.

Only one guy I know, retired military, spent 20+ years as DoD contractor, then retired recently to coastal Costa Rica, to open a bar. I wished him the best, coz I know running a bar ain't a joke. He didn't have any business experience, especially running a bar. His reason was that he likes to sit at a bar, so why not open one instead? This will be in a touristy resort area, since he hasn't visited any of the non-tourist and funner parts of The Land of Pura Vida.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10875 on: October 12, 2015, 12:59:47 PM »

The visitor chap is retired military, with a disability, now a DoD contractor, who runs a fishing charter boat on weekends. Drives 40-ish miles each way daily. In a V8 truck. So much income, pissing it all away. I asked him if he wanted to grab some lunch from the Hispanic deli nearby (my once-a-week eating out disorder); he said he couldn't afford it. Gobsmacked!
I'm surrounded by that at work. People who got their military retirement + VA benefits in their late 30s and early 40s and are still working 10-20 years later to lock in another pension while driving long distances from suburban McMansions in 15mpg trucks. If I'd been around as long and brought home as much $$ as they have, I'd be on a beach in the Caribbean right now instead of at this building.
Some of 'em probably love the job. I'm sure others are just stuck on the treadmill.

Only one guy I know, retired military, spent 20+ years as DoD contractor, then retired recently to coastal Costa Rica, to open a bar. I wished him the best, coz I know running a bar ain't a joke. He didn't have any business experience, especially running a bar. His reason was that he likes to sit at a bar, so why not open one instead? This will be in a touristy resort area, since he hasn't visited any of the non-tourist and funner parts of The Land of Pura Vida.

That could be fun. I imagine many people might do something like this, so long as they don't put any money that they can't afford to lose and it is more as a fun sideline or hobby that could work out.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10876 on: October 12, 2015, 01:00:49 PM »
I was asked if I planned to win the lottery. I relied that I had hit the lottery 16 years ago when I started to get our company match

  • Immigrating (legally) to the US is winning the lottery
  • Going to university/college in the US on Pell Grants/Work Study/ Subsidized loans is winning the lottery
  • Being sponsored to study for a graduate degree is winning the lottery
  • Contributing to an employer 401(k) plan with company match and with Vanguard funds is winning the lottery
  • Getting a DoD contractor position is winning the lottery

I have won 5 lotteries.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10877 on: October 12, 2015, 01:12:16 PM »
I was asked if I planned to win the lottery. I relied that I had hit the lottery 16 years ago when I started to get our company match

  • Immigrating (legally) to the US is winning the lottery
  • Going to university/college in the US on Pell Grants/Work Study/ Subsidized loans is winning the lottery
  • Being sponsored to study for a graduate degree is winning the lottery
  • Contributing to an employer 401(k) plan with company match and with Vanguard funds is winning the lottery
  • Getting a DoD contractor position is winning the lottery

I have won 5 lotteries.

Question, what does being a DoD contractor mean exactly? When I think of it, I'm thinking Blackwater or another outfit that might be considered mercenaries.

Also, I agree, many of us have had good fortune in our life, and like that we can recognize it and appreciate it. I think we have won the lottery in that index funds exist and we are able to invest in them. I can't imagine being able to FIRE 100 years ago unless I was born into wealth or privilege....or had Carnegie's level of success.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10878 on: October 12, 2015, 02:05:47 PM »
I was asked if I planned to win the lottery. I relied that I had hit the lottery 16 years ago when I started to get our company match

  • Immigrating (legally) to the US is winning the lottery
  • Going to university/college in the US on Pell Grants/Work Study/ Subsidized loans is winning the lottery
  • Being sponsored to study for a graduate degree is winning the lottery
  • Contributing to an employer 401(k) plan with company match and with Vanguard funds is winning the lottery
  • Getting a DoD contractor position is winning the lottery

I have won 5 lotteries.

Question, what does being a DoD contractor mean exactly? When I think of it, I'm thinking Blackwater or another outfit that might be considered mercenaries.

Also, I agree, many of us have had good fortune in our life, and like that we can recognize it and appreciate it. I think we have won the lottery in that index funds exist and we are able to invest in them. I can't imagine being able to FIRE 100 years ago unless I was born into wealth or privilege....or had Carnegie's level of success.

It can mean anything from being part of a company that makes powdered Tang for MREs to working for Blackwater to maintaining IT systems to providing any other good or service the largest military on the planet needs.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10879 on: October 12, 2015, 04:16:39 PM »
+1 for handsewing, unless you have a zipper foot for your sewing machine and know how to use it

I actually have my grandmother's old sewing machine and know how to use it.  :-)   It looks like there is a way to just sew the opening shut by using the wind flap on the inside of the zipper. I'm going to give that a shot and if it doesn't work out, then buying a new cost is my backup plan.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10880 on: October 12, 2015, 07:16:25 PM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape. I was talking with a coworker/superior about it, and she said she didn't even own clothing that is ten years old.  I'm thinking really?  Not even old jeans?

My jeans don't last that long either. Maybe 4-5 years? I wear them once a week on jeans day at work, wash them, then they go back in the closet till next Friday. By the time I retire them, the fabric is almost threadbare in places.

I think you may be over washing your jeans. I wear the same pair about twice a week for the past 3 years and I think I've only washed them 2-3 times - only when I've spilled something gross on them

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10881 on: October 12, 2015, 07:59:42 PM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape. I was talking with a coworker/superior about it, and she said she didn't even own clothing that is ten years old.  I'm thinking really?  Not even old jeans?

My jeans don't last that long either. Maybe 4-5 years? I wear them once a week on jeans day at work, wash them, then they go back in the closet till next Friday. By the time I retire them, the fabric is almost threadbare in places.

I think you may be over washing your jeans. I wear the same pair about twice a week for the past 3 years and I think I've only washed them 2-3 times - only when I've spilled something gross on them

Yuck. I think the happy medium is somewhere in between these two comments.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10882 on: October 13, 2015, 05:44:52 AM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape. I was talking with a coworker/superior about it, and she said she didn't even own clothing that is ten years old.  I'm thinking really?  Not even old jeans?

My jeans don't last that long either. Maybe 4-5 years? I wear them once a week on jeans day at work, wash them, then they go back in the closet till next Friday. By the time I retire them, the fabric is almost threadbare in places.

I think you may be over washing your jeans. I wear the same pair about twice a week for the past 3 years and I think I've only washed them 2-3 times - only when I've spilled something gross on them

You only wash them once a year?!?!

I disagree about the over washing.  I do typically wear them 2-3 days per washing (Friday to work, Sat and possibly Sun depending on how sweat-tastic the Saturday was).  If I wear them an average of 2.5 day/week and they are lasing 4 years conservatively, that's 520 wearings minimum.  Nothing else in the wardrobe lasts as long, including shoes (but not outerwear).  Plus, everything else needs to be washed each time it's worn (excluding shoes & outerwear); that's my personal minimum cleanliness standard for clothing.

Denim--REAL denim--isn't supposed to be washed frequently (or ever, depending on who you talk to). You should spot clean when necessary, but save the W/D or heavy-duty washing for rare instances.

That said, "jeans" is such an amorphous term at this point that jeans and denim, while they seem synonymous, are not necessarily the same thing. For instance, I have a pair of EF 100% cotton jeans that are decidedly NOT denim, and they go through the wash (never the dryer) about once every two weeks.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10883 on: October 13, 2015, 06:15:23 AM »
I work in an office with a coffee machine that is sort of an automated barista, much fancier than the old drip coffee pot I have at home. I don't exactly know what they're called but they are a dispenser that whizzes and bangs, then spits out your drink. A month ago the coffee machine that had been in place for over a year went on the fritz and shut down. The cries went out, gnashing of teeth ensued, and finally protests loud enough for management to provide them a massive replacement were finally acted upon. This new monstrosity was even fancier and larger than the last one but had a terrible knack for requiring constant maintenance. The poor mail lady in our building was conscripted to provide this maintenance (emptying out the waste bin of the device). Everyone in the office (5 floors) started coming up to my floor to use it, making it break down even faster. Since I sit next to the coffee room I can't but hear the constant complaining and condemnations of the device.

Fast forward a few weeks and we have an even newer device because of constant complaints. As of yesterday the new device has broken down and requires as much maintenance as the last one. As I sit here this morning several people have already cried and complained about the broken coffee machine, even though 1) It was free coffee 2) There are four other coffee machines that aren't broken on other floors 3) You can always make your own coffee from home.

People truly are weak these days if they break down into lamentations because a coffee machine breaks. I think they miss their catheters and bedpans. As for me, when the first machine broke down I started brewing coffee at home, the Starbucks coffee they had was truly terrible anyway, I don't know why people would pay for it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10884 on: October 13, 2015, 08:20:38 AM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape. I was talking with a coworker/superior about it, and she said she didn't even own clothing that is ten years old.  I'm thinking really?  Not even old jeans?

My jeans don't last that long either. Maybe 4-5 years? I wear them once a week on jeans day at work, wash them, then they go back in the closet till next Friday. By the time I retire them, the fabric is almost threadbare in places.

I think you may be over washing your jeans. I wear the same pair about twice a week for the past 3 years and I think I've only washed them 2-3 times - only when I've spilled something gross on them

Yuck. I think the happy medium is somewhere in between these two comments.
Back when I still wore trousers, I'd wear a pair of jeans every day for a week or two, then wash. Now I wear twill skirts, and I go more like a month of daily wearing. With a shirt tucked in, not even the waistband is touching my skin, so whatever.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10885 on: October 13, 2015, 09:12:40 AM »
I work in an office with a coffee machine that is sort of an automated barista, much fancier than the old drip coffee pot I have at home. I don't exactly know what they're called but they are a dispenser that whizzes and bangs, then spits out your drink. A month ago the coffee machine that had been in place for over a year went on the fritz and shut down. The cries went out, gnashing of teeth ensued, and finally protests loud enough for management to provide them a massive replacement were finally acted upon. This new monstrosity was even fancier and larger than the last one but had a terrible knack for requiring constant maintenance. The poor mail lady in our building was conscripted to provide this maintenance (emptying out the waste bin of the device). Everyone in the office (5 floors) started coming up to my floor to use it, making it break down even faster. Since I sit next to the coffee room I can't but hear the constant complaining and condemnations of the device.

Fast forward a few weeks and we have an even newer device because of constant complaints. As of yesterday the new device has broken down and requires as much maintenance as the last one. As I sit here this morning several people have already cried and complained about the broken coffee machine, even though 1) It was free coffee 2) There are four other coffee machines that aren't broken on other floors 3) You can always make your own coffee from home.

People truly are weak these days if they break down into lamentations because a coffee machine breaks. I think they miss their catheters and bedpans. As for me, when the first machine broke down I started brewing coffee at home, the Starbucks coffee they had was truly terrible anyway, I don't know why people would pay for it.
Well, I come to work pretty early, and when the coffee machine broke down at my office, it was rough.  I did go buy some once - it was down for a few days.  After the first day, we got a drip machine temp replacement.  Which we still have as a backup.

Of course, now I come in late 3x a week, and drink coffee at home those 3 days.  You don't want to see me on caffeine withdrawal.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10886 on: October 13, 2015, 10:01:39 AM »
I wear jeans daily to work and wash them once a week.  My work involves sitting at a desk all day, and I change out of the jeans into something else when I get home to help keep them clean.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10887 on: October 13, 2015, 11:33:02 AM »
Since we're talking about jeans, where all do the men on here buy theirs? I hate shopping and will just rely on gifts for the most part for my jeans, but I will need to get a new pair soon and am dreading going to the mall. How much do you normally spend on a good pair of jeans? I tend to wear one or two pairs and alternate between them as I sit in an office and don't really do much physical exertion while at work.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10888 on: October 13, 2015, 11:47:39 AM »
Since we're talking about jeans, where all do the men on here buy theirs? I hate shopping and will just rely on gifts for the most part for my jeans, but I will need to get a new pair soon and am dreading going to the mall. How much do you normally spend on a good pair of jeans? I tend to wear one or two pairs and alternate between them as I sit in an office and don't really do much physical exertion while at work.

I buy mine at Costco or at a TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Nordstrom Rack. I also pay extra for good quality jeans--determined in the store by me.

It should be noted that jean shopping for me is miserable due to my rather large rear-end and thighs. I often end up getting a pair that is too big in the waist to fit my legs.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10889 on: October 13, 2015, 11:49:39 AM »
I recently grabbed a $20 pair from Old Navy - boot cut style. I'm happy with them. Have been wearing them for a few months now.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10890 on: October 13, 2015, 11:51:40 AM »
Since we're talking about jeans, where all do the men on here buy theirs? I hate shopping and will just rely on gifts for the most part for my jeans, but I will need to get a new pair soon and am dreading going to the mall. How much do you normally spend on a good pair of jeans? I tend to wear one or two pairs and alternate between them as I sit in an office and don't really do much physical exertion while at work.
I purchase my husband's jeans from The Gap.  I usually wait for a sale code and purchase a pair or two online (usually at 40% off).  With tax, we spend between $40-50/pair. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10891 on: October 13, 2015, 11:51:41 AM »
I recently grabbed a $20 pair from Old Navy - boot cut style. I'm happy with them. Have been wearing them for a few months now.

Old Navy's quality, in my experience, just is not up to snuff. Or it is at least wildly varying.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10892 on: October 13, 2015, 12:10:12 PM »
Since we're talking about jeans, where all do the men on here buy theirs? I hate shopping and will just rely on gifts for the most part for my jeans, but I will need to get a new pair soon and am dreading going to the mall. How much do you normally spend on a good pair of jeans? I tend to wear one or two pairs and alternate between them as I sit in an office and don't really do much physical exertion while at work.

I get hubby's (and my) jeans at the local thrift store... $5 - $12 each depending on the brand, they're practically brand new.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10893 on: October 13, 2015, 12:26:40 PM »
I've been buying mom jeans at the Salvation Army (shamefaced look)with the elastic waist. Ugly as sin but aren't they comfy!!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10894 on: October 13, 2015, 12:40:33 PM »
Since we're talking about jeans, where all do the men on here buy theirs? I hate shopping and will just rely on gifts for the most part for my jeans, but I will need to get a new pair soon and am dreading going to the mall. How much do you normally spend on a good pair of jeans? I tend to wear one or two pairs and alternate between them as I sit in an office and don't really do much physical exertion while at work.
My husband is a difficult to fit size.  He finally found a brand and size that fit his thighs and have enough ball room, and it's available on Walmart's website.  So he just orders from there because his size is rarely available even in the stores that say they carry it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10895 on: October 13, 2015, 12:47:20 PM »
I used to buy husband's jeans (Levi's) from JCPenny but they stopped carrying the ones he likes. Now I get them at Target. Denizen brand. The men's jeans seem to be made from longer lasting material than the women's. I think it is the lack of 'stretch' material.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10896 on: October 13, 2015, 12:51:43 PM »
I bought two pair for BF last year at Khol's for around $18 (coupon + sale!) last Christmas, so 10 months. One pair fell apart in the first washing, lost a belt loop in the first washing, we exchanged them. This replacement and the other have been going strong so far.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10897 on: October 13, 2015, 01:39:08 PM »
Since we're talking about jeans, where all do the men on here buy theirs?

I have hit a major jeans buying problem.
I wear Wranglers, which you can get a Target/Walmart for $nothing.
But they are terrible quality - obviously because they are made to sell for $10-15.

I would pay 2x as much for ones that would last a year. But how do I know I'm not just buying the same crappy version with a 100% markup?
Where do I buy good quality Wranglers? Do good quality Wranglers even exist or do I have to switch? I'm too old to learn button flys in my 40s!


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10898 on: October 13, 2015, 01:57:12 PM »
"She dashed by me in painted on jeans" Billy Ocean

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10899 on: October 13, 2015, 02:00:01 PM »
I finally have a couple to share:

My everyday soft-shell Marmot jacket is probably close to 10 years old, and one of the pit zippers is falling apart. This means that the underside of the armpit will now be completely open unless I come up with some sort of fix.  Or I could just get a new coat for $200, but shoot, the rest of the coat is in pretty good shape. I was talking with a coworker/superior about it, and she said she didn't even own clothing that is ten years old.  I'm thinking really?  Not even old jeans?


I fixed some zippers the other day after seeing this http://unofficialnetworks.com/2015/09/how-to-fix-a-zipper-that-doesnt-close

The bottom half of the zipper pull gets loose after a while, and you can fix it by taking some pliers and squeezing each side of the bottom half of the zipper pull. Not too much or it will become to tight to pull. It took me 5 minutes to find some pliers and fix two coats and backpack.