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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11100 on: October 27, 2015, 12:50:24 PM »
*Insert evil idea to unplug kettle and see how long it takes them to figure it out tomorrow*

Do it.

Have you done it? That story is one of my all-time Overheard at Work favourites - I need a part two!

I work from home on Fridays and most Mondays so I did it this morning...it took two of them 15 minutes to figure it out and involved a call to our office manager that the fuse might be tripped.  Entertaining, but not as much as I had hoped since only 2 of them were in today.

While this was going on one was bitching that we are out of "plain" (and by plain I mean the 8 dollar a box Numi Gunpowder Green tea) so he has to drink the "other" stuff (Jasmine Green).  I pointed out that we have 2 HUGE boxes of imperial loose leaf green that our Japanese partner brought as a gift the last visit (really freaking good stuff) and I pointed out my two tea strainers that I have clipped to the side of the tea holder thing.  The response I got was "oh I don't know how to work that"...(SERIOUSLY!?!?!) I showed them how you literally open, pour, close and steep.  CW1 said it was too much work, CW2 said he didn't want floaty things in his tea. If you CLOSE IT, you won't GET loose tea in your cup you asshat...and weren't you the one drinking melted wax for a week straight?

I so hope you said that out loud.  I am always amazed at the excuses folks have to not do something that isn't even any more work.

I left out the asshat part and tried not to sound like a complete bitch by phrasing it as "it least it won't taste like wax" but yes I said it.  I'll still take these dumbasses over the sexually harassing nasty jackasses I used to work with ANY day though. 

It does make me wonder though if that movie Idiocracy isn't slowly playing out in front of my eyes.  Some of the things they've said make me wonder how they have survived into adult hood.  The great tea exchange took the absolute cake though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11101 on: October 27, 2015, 01:13:51 PM »
*Insert evil idea to unplug kettle and see how long it takes them to figure it out tomorrow*

Do it.

Have you done it? That story is one of my all-time Overheard at Work favourites - I need a part two!

I work from home on Fridays and most Mondays so I did it this morning...it took two of them 15 minutes to figure it out and involved a call to our office manager that the fuse might be tripped.  Entertaining, but not as much as I had hoped since only 2 of them were in today.

While this was going on one was bitching that we are out of "plain" (and by plain I mean the 8 dollar a box Numi Gunpowder Green tea) so he has to drink the "other" stuff (Jasmine Green).  I pointed out that we have 2 HUGE boxes of imperial loose leaf green that our Japanese partner brought as a gift the last visit (really freaking good stuff) and I pointed out my two tea strainers that I have clipped to the side of the tea holder thing.  The response I got was "oh I don't know how to work that"...(SERIOUSLY!?!?!) I showed them how you literally open, pour, close and steep.  CW1 said it was too much work, CW2 said he didn't want floaty things in his tea. If you CLOSE IT, you won't GET loose tea in your cup you asshat...and weren't you the one drinking melted wax for a week straight?

I so hope you said that out loud.  I am always amazed at the excuses folks have to not do something that isn't even any more work.

I left out the asshat part and tried not to sound like a complete bitch by phrasing it as "it least it won't taste like wax" but yes I said it.  I'll still take these dumbasses over the sexually harassing nasty jackasses I used to work with ANY day though. 

It does make me wonder though if that movie Idiocracy isn't slowly playing out in front of my eyes.  Some of the things they've said make me wonder how they have survived into adult hood.  The great tea exchange took the absolute cake though.

I'm actually impressed that they are tea drinkers. I'm not going to lie, but I think of tea is being something that requires a little more sophistication, and so I would assume that someone that enjoys tea is either from an Asian upbringing and/or of at least above average intelligence.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11102 on: October 27, 2015, 01:23:39 PM »

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I'm actually impressed that they are tea drinkers. I'm not going to lie, but I think of tea is being something that requires a little more sophistication, and so I would assume that someone that enjoys tea is either from an Asian upbringing and/or of at least above average intelligence.
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Oh it has nothing to do with sophistication trust me, this is strictly a new thing they have dubbed "tea time" as part of some new fad fitness diet they are trying to use to build muscle.  One of them read in some magazine that tea is better at revving up your metabolism etc so tea time was born a few weeks ago (meanwhile the lazy one is still eating Chic fil a at least three times a week).  Trust me them stuffing three tea bags into a standard paper cup of boiling hot water makes me want to cry a little.  Up until this new fad, I was the only one that didn't live off of the Keurig and fake creamer in this office.

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« Reply #11103 on: October 27, 2015, 01:31:47 PM »
*Insert evil idea to unplug kettle and see how long it takes them to figure it out tomorrow*

Do it.

Have you done it? That story is one of my all-time Overheard at Work favourites - I need a part two!

I work from home on Fridays and most Mondays so I did it this morning...it took two of them 15 minutes to figure it out and involved a call to our office manager that the fuse might be tripped.  Entertaining, but not as much as I had hoped since only 2 of them were in today.

While this was going on one was bitching that we are out of "plain" (and by plain I mean the 8 dollar a box Numi Gunpowder Green tea) so he has to drink the "other" stuff (Jasmine Green).  I pointed out that we have 2 HUGE boxes of imperial loose leaf green that our Japanese partner brought as a gift the last visit (really freaking good stuff) and I pointed out my two tea strainers that I have clipped to the side of the tea holder thing.  The response I got was "oh I don't know how to work that"...(SERIOUSLY!?!?!) I showed them how you literally open, pour, close and steep.  CW1 said it was too much work, CW2 said he didn't want floaty things in his tea. If you CLOSE IT, you won't GET loose tea in your cup you asshat...and weren't you the one drinking melted wax for a week straight?

I so hope you said that out loud.  I am always amazed at the excuses folks have to not do something that isn't even any more work.

I left out the asshat part and tried not to sound like a complete bitch by phrasing it as "it least it won't taste like wax" but yes I said it.  I'll still take these dumbasses over the sexually harassing nasty jackasses I used to work with ANY day though. 

It does make me wonder though if that movie Idiocracy isn't slowly playing out in front of my eyes.  Some of the things they've said make me wonder how they have survived into adult hood.  The great tea exchange took the absolute cake though.

I'm actually impressed that they are tea drinkers. I'm not going to lie, but I think of tea is being something that requires a little more sophistication, and so I would assume that someone that enjoys tea is either from an Asian upbringing and/or of at least above average intelligence.

Of course, he didn't even get into the fact that they probably steep it way too long at too low of temp (although it's green tea, so they might accidentally get the right lowish temp).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11104 on: October 27, 2015, 01:45:58 PM »
A whole gaggle of CW's must have spent an hour talking about the truck-shopping experience one of them is having. Sounds like he has legit reasons for getting it, but the comments... oy vey, the comments.

I'm pretty sure I just heard a CW say he's never owned any stocks because it's "too much like roulette". Guy in his 60s who's had an Army pension for probably a decade-plus... ZOMG he still has a mortgage?

People shouldn't talk on their phones near me... "all I have is my Army retirement, which is fine unless the government goes tits-up, which there's a good chance of that happening...."
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11105 on: October 27, 2015, 01:46:12 PM »
Seen on a CW's desk for lunch: Cinnabon. 

Gross.

Cinnabon is delicious


So is a bowl of sugar and a fist of butter.


Well, YES.  That's WHY it is so delicious!!

Add some cinnamon and I'm in.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11106 on: October 27, 2015, 01:51:50 PM »
I was visiting a friend, and friend's friend (FF) was there too.  She complained that her company hasn't been reimbursing her for work travel expenses in a timely manner (she hadn't been reimbursed several thousand dollars yet, and submitted months ago).  Which is a problem because she doesn't have enough money to pay her CC bill and still have a couple of thousand on hand in case of emergency.  I told her that the employer couldn't legally do that (withhold reimbursements), and also suggested she check out askamanager.com to get some more insight or tips on how to broach the subject with employer and get what she's legally entitled to.

Friend and I (as planned) head out for lunch and invite FF along - I tell her that the prices are very reasonable (<$12 for AMAZING food), so she knows and can avoid the situation if she's not comfortable spending that amount.  And she says "Oh, I don't care.  I'm going to expense it!"

Hmm, I think I see a connection why expenses may not be approved yet...

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« Reply #11107 on: October 27, 2015, 01:58:12 PM »
I was visiting a friend, and friend's friend (FF) was there too.  She complained that her company hasn't been reimbursing her for work travel expenses in a timely manner (she hadn't been reimbursed several thousand dollars yet, and submitted months ago).  Which is a problem because she doesn't have enough money to pay her CC bill and still have a couple of thousand on hand in case of emergency.  I told her that the employer couldn't legally do that (withhold reimbursements), and also suggested she check out askamanager.com to get some more insight or tips on how to broach the subject with employer and get what she's legally entitled to.

Friend and I (as planned) head out for lunch and invite FF along - I tell her that the prices are very reasonable (<$12 for AMAZING food), so she knows and can avoid the situation if she's not comfortable spending that amount.  And she says "Oh, I don't care.  I'm going to expense it!"

Hmm, I think I see a connection why expenses may not be approved yet...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11108 on: October 27, 2015, 03:21:32 PM »
Seen on a CW's desk for lunch: Cinnabon. 

Gross.

Cinnabon is delicious


So is a bowl of sugar and a fist of butter.


Well, YES.  That's WHY it is so delicious!!

Add some cinnamon and I'm in.

Treebark!?  Eeewwwww!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11109 on: October 27, 2015, 03:43:39 PM »
Same here - except the new construction is always a condo tower or a boutique mall replacing the cheap ethnic food market that was there.

Yes, sigh. :( That's what happened to my favorite international grocery. Half-empty lux apartments over empty boutique retail space.
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« Reply #11110 on: October 27, 2015, 03:47:59 PM »
I learned from a CW yesterday that she wakes up at 3:30 AM every morning. And goes to bed at 12:30 AM. And has been doing this for many months, since starting the vanpool to work (which is saving her $800 a month in commuting costs).

My body hurt for her poor body. :(
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11111 on: October 27, 2015, 03:56:17 PM »
I learned from a CW yesterday that she wakes up at 3:30 AM every morning. And goes to bed at 12:30 AM. And has been doing this for many months, since starting the vanpool to work (which is saving her $800 a month in commuting costs).


That's less than minimum wage, isn't it?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11112 on: October 27, 2015, 04:13:07 PM »
I learned from a CW yesterday that she wakes up at 3:30 AM every morning. And goes to bed at 12:30 AM. And has been doing this for many months, since starting the vanpool to work (which is saving her $800 a month in commuting costs).


That's less than minimum wage, isn't it?

Definitely when she was driving. I think the vanpool is like $100 a month, so she's just over minimum wage for our state when I estimate her real hourly wage without the crazy $800 a month for gas.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11113 on: October 27, 2015, 10:23:23 PM »
A fellow grad student and I live about 3 miles away from a class that's three times a week.  I usually bike to class, but occasionally I am lazy and take the bus.  In my town, a one-way bus-ride costs about $2.50, or if you're a regular user you can get a monthly bus pass for $35 (which would work out to about $1.50 each way to/from class, assuming you never take public transportation for anything else ever).

Anyway I found out yesterday that this other grad student takes Uber every day to/from class.  Horrified, I asked him if that wasn't a bit expensive?  His reply - well, it's only a few dollars more than the bus per ride.. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11114 on: October 28, 2015, 05:00:29 AM »
Seen on a CW's desk for lunch: Cinnabon. 

Gross.

Cinnabon is delicious

So is a bowl of sugar and a fist of butter.

Add bacon and it become perfection.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11115 on: October 28, 2015, 05:33:20 AM »

So is a bowl of sugar and a fist of butter.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11116 on: October 28, 2015, 07:34:35 AM »
Overheard co-workers discussing what they would do if they won the lottery. I love these discussions so I always chime in.

Me: I wouldn't even need $100M to retire just give me $2M
CW: (puzzled look) I can't retire off $2M
Me: Really? $2M would easily give you $40K a year for the rest of your life, which is exactly what you make right now.
CW: Yeah, true, but I wouldn't have $2M after I bought my big ass house and 3 cars. You gotta have 3 cars. (Another CW proceeds to give said CW high five saying damn right)

Priorities I do not understand.
 

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« Reply #11117 on: October 28, 2015, 08:10:05 AM »
Overheard co-workers discussing what they would do if they won the lottery. I love these discussions so I always chime in.

Me: I wouldn't even need $100M to retire just give me $2M
CW: (puzzled look) I can't retire off $2M
Me: Really? $2M would easily give you $40K a year for the rest of your life, which is exactly what you make right now.
CW: Yeah, true, but I wouldn't have $2M after I bought my big ass house and 3 cars. You gotta have 3 cars. (Another CW proceeds to give said CW high five saying damn right)

Priorities I do not understand.
??? Does she have three cars now?

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« Reply #11118 on: October 28, 2015, 08:10:29 AM »
Overheard co-workers discussing what they would do if they won the lottery. I love these discussions so I always chime in.

Me: I wouldn't even need $100M to retire just give me $2M
CW: (puzzled look) I can't retire off $2M
Me: Really? $2M would easily give you $40K a year for the rest of your life, which is exactly what you make right now.
CW: Yeah, true, but I wouldn't have $2M after I bought my big ass house and 3 cars. You gotta have 3 cars. (Another CW proceeds to give said CW high five saying damn right)

Priorities I do not understand.

Forget the big house, change it to a huge garage, and change the 3 cars to 4 and a boat, for me. Oh, I'd probably have a second house. And I'd still likely only need about $2.5 mil (after tax) for all of that--the extra $500k would be for the two houses, the 4 cars, and the boat.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11119 on: October 28, 2015, 08:22:26 AM »
??? Does she have three cars now?

Haha no. But if they somehow got money 3 cars would be absolutley necessary.

Forget the big house, change it to a huge garage, and change the 3 cars to 4 and a boat, for me. Oh, I'd probably have a second house. And I'd still likely only need about $2.5 mil (after tax) for all of that--the extra $500k would be for the two houses, the 4 cars, and the boat.

If you could fit all the purchases into 500K your idea is valid. This conversaition concluded with talk of million dollar houses and Lambos. At which point he looked at me and said, "See I would need to keep working."

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« Reply #11120 on: October 28, 2015, 08:37:58 AM »
??? Does she have three cars now?

Haha no. But if they somehow got money 3 cars would be absolutley necessary.

Forget the big house, change it to a huge garage, and change the 3 cars to 4 and a boat, for me. Oh, I'd probably have a second house. And I'd still likely only need about $2.5 mil (after tax) for all of that--the extra $500k would be for the two houses, the 4 cars, and the boat.

If you could fit all the purchases into 500K your idea is valid. This conversaition concluded with talk of million dollar houses and Lambos. At which point he looked at me and said, "See I would need to keep working."

$250k dream house for me. Maybe up to $350 depending on what is available. Then the "other house" would really just be a base camp where I grew up, so that is only another $150-$300k.

Dream boat is $20-30k, throw in a used BMW 5 series, and a nice 4WD, 4 door pickemup truck, and some combination of 1 to 3 of the following: (Miata, Corvette, Viper, MGA, MGBGT, 911SC, TVR, Morgan 3 wheeler, RX7). We're at about $50-200k total for the toys. So I'm either under my $500k by $50k, or over by $350k.

The Lambo's are really silly when you get down to it, even though I wouldn't kick a Diablo out of bed.

So I'm over but not by a whole lot.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11121 on: October 28, 2015, 08:47:42 AM »
Dream boat is $20-30k, throw in a used BMW 5 series, and a nice 4WD, 4 door pickemup truck, and some combination of 1 to 3 of the following: (Miata, Corvette, Viper, MGA, MGBGT, 911SC, TVR, Morgan 3 wheeler, RX7). We're at about $50-200k total for the toys. So I'm either under my $500k by $50k, or over by $350k.

The Lambo's are really silly when you get down to it, even though I wouldn't kick a Diablo out of bed.

So I'm over but not by a whole lot.

Yeah, no thanks on the Lambo's.

My collection would look something more like - Supra MKIV, 70's Civic HB in yellow, '83 Civic Wagon, 99-00 Civic HB, NSX, Integra Type R, Lotus Exige, '05 STi, umm... a Toyota Tacoma/Tundra and I guess a Tesla for the wife. :)

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« Reply #11122 on: October 28, 2015, 08:49:04 AM »
You know, if money really were no object I could easily spend over £1 million on housing. I'd buy a medium sized house with a bit of land (large garden and a bit of woodland) in the country somewhere like Suffolk with a decent train service into Victoria/Waterloo and then a teeny pied-a-terre right in the middle of London. Seriously, that's my £2 million gone right there.

So I reckon £3 million would totally set me up - £2 million to buy my house and flat, and then £1 million to cover all the expenses I could ever want.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11123 on: October 28, 2015, 09:21:09 AM »
People shouldn't talk on their phones near me... "all I have is my Army retirement, which is fine as long unless the government goes tits-up, which there's a good chance of that happening...."
So his greatest worry when the government with the mightiest army in the world, not even counting thousands of nuclear weapons, is going "tits up" is his pension?
He hasn't got fantasy, does he?

Or I might just not understand tits up, me little foreigner me.

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« Reply #11124 on: October 28, 2015, 10:05:55 AM »
Co-worker D had a bad bug a couple of weeks ago (respiratory - head cold, coughing, lost his voice, etc.). I came down with something similar a week later. Co-worker C starts going on about this supplement she takes, and since she started taking it she NEVER gets sick, and we should totally try it and it's only $40 a month. She said she doesn't usually go for these things (which I happen to know is a lie, but whatevs) but her husband takes it and he NEVER gets sick so she was convinced, and blah blah blah. Co-worker D was convinced by her and said he was going to start taking them.

So, guess who's sick this week (and spreading it around the office, naturally) - Co-worker C who "never" gets sick! Oh, and she says her husband is sick, too. I'm not sure I'm mean enough to call her out on the supplement B.S. about "never" getting sick... ;-)
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« Reply #11125 on: October 28, 2015, 10:30:47 AM »
You know, if money really were no object I could easily spend over £1 million on housing. I'd buy a medium sized house with a bit of land (large garden and a bit of woodland) in the country somewhere like Suffolk with a decent train service into Victoria/Waterloo and then a teeny pied-a-terre right in the middle of London. Seriously, that's my £2 million gone right there.

So I reckon £3 million would totally set me up - £2 million to buy my house and flat, and then £1 million to cover all the expenses I could ever want.

I was saying that the other day. I would like a place by the sea as well as a small flat in central London if we wanted to have a night out and not travel home.:P

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« Reply #11126 on: October 28, 2015, 10:53:50 AM »
People shouldn't talk on their phones near me... "all I have is my Army retirement, which is fine as long unless the government goes tits-up, which there's a good chance of that happening...."
So his greatest worry when the government with the mightiest army in the world, not even counting thousands of nuclear weapons, is going "tits up" is his pension?
He hasn't got fantasy, does he?

Or I might just not understand tits up, me little foreigner me.

Nope, you nailed it.

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« Reply #11127 on: October 28, 2015, 10:55:43 AM »
The call center at my workplace is staffed with kids, who of course spend every second of off-time on their phones.  Within the week I've witnessed the following:

Girl at the cafeteria cash register talking to her "bae" while juggling a huge Coach bag and three cups of ice, phone tucked between her ear and her shoulder.  The phone slipped out.  Of course she dropped everything to rescue the Precious.  Ice got all over the floor and the contents of her purse went everywhere.  She actually carried on the conversation amidst the mess until someone shamed her into cleaning it up (and shot a very dirty look at the shamer, which was not me BTW).

Another girl busily texting walked headlong into the exit doors.  She literally bounced off the door onto her back, somehow not cracking her head.  She took a breath, got up, and continued texting.

A guy busily texting tripped over a maintenance man's vacuum wire and fell flat on this face.  Since he was more concerned about protecting his phone than his face, he had quite the nosebleed.

Girl Genius Number 3, busily texting while tottering on very high heels on uneven ground, took a wrong step, resulting in a header into the street.  If a car had been coming she would have been a red slick on the pavement. 

This is a higher-than-usual spate of incidents, but I see something like this at least once a week.



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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11128 on: October 28, 2015, 11:19:42 AM »
The call center at my workplace is staffed with kids, who of course spend every second of off-time on their phones.  Within the week I've witnessed the following:

Girl at the cafeteria cash register talking to her "bae" while juggling a huge Coach bag and three cups of ice, phone tucked between her ear and her shoulder.  The phone slipped out.  Of course she dropped everything to rescue the Precious.  Ice got all over the floor and the contents of her purse went everywhere.  She actually carried on the conversation amidst the mess until someone shamed her into cleaning it up (and shot a very dirty look at the shamer, which was not me BTW).

Another girl busily texting walked headlong into the exit doors.  She literally bounced off the door onto her back, somehow not cracking her head.  She took a breath, got up, and continued texting.

A guy busily texting tripped over a maintenance man's vacuum wire and fell flat on this face.  Since he was more concerned about protecting his phone than his face, he had quite the nosebleed.

Girl Genius Number 3, busily texting while tottering on very high heels on uneven ground, took a wrong step, resulting in a header into the street.  If a car had been coming she would have been a red slick on the pavement. 

This is a higher-than-usual spate of incidents, but I see something like this at least once a week.

Darwin's theory at work, but not quite successful?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11129 on: October 28, 2015, 11:22:24 AM »
People shouldn't talk on their phones near me... "all I have is my Army retirement, which is fine as long unless the government goes tits-up, which there's a good chance of that happening...."
So his greatest worry when the government with the mightiest army in the world, not even counting thousands of nuclear weapons, is going "tits up" is his pension?
He hasn't got fantasy, does he?

Or I might just not understand tits up, me little foreigner me.

If I said that, it would mean I'm not worried at all.

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« Reply #11130 on: October 28, 2015, 11:29:55 AM »

Darwin's theory at work, but not quite successful?

http://www.darwins-theory-of-evolution.com/

Why no one here's won a Darwin Award is beyond me, and what blows my mind is how often the dropper/tripper goes right back to texting.  Then there are the ones who walk into people and don't even apologize, often glaring at whoever they walked into.  One girl made the mistake of doing that to me and I tore her a new one.  After that if I saw her all I had to do was clear my throat--since obviously she wasn't looking up--and she'd scurry away.  I'm so mean.  :D
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« Reply #11131 on: October 28, 2015, 11:40:27 AM »
A fellow grad student and I live about 3 miles away from a class that's three times a week.  I usually bike to class, but occasionally I am lazy and take the bus.  In my town, a one-way bus-ride costs about $2.50, or if you're a regular user you can get a monthly bus pass for $35 (which would work out to about $1.50 each way to/from class, assuming you never take public transportation for anything else ever).

Anyway I found out yesterday that this other grad student takes Uber every day to/from class.  Horrified, I asked him if that wasn't a bit expensive?  His reply - well, it's only a few dollars more than the bus per ride..
Holy fuck! Has he ever studied math?
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« Reply #11132 on: October 28, 2015, 11:56:30 AM »
A fellow grad student and I live about 3 miles away from a class that's three times a week.  I usually bike to class, but occasionally I am lazy and take the bus.  In my town, a one-way bus-ride costs about $2.50, or if you're a regular user you can get a monthly bus pass for $35 (which would work out to about $1.50 each way to/from class, assuming you never take public transportation for anything else ever).

Anyway I found out yesterday that this other grad student takes Uber every day to/from class.  Horrified, I asked him if that wasn't a bit expensive?  His reply - well, it's only a few dollars more than the bus per ride..
Holy fuck! Has he ever studied math?

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« Reply #11133 on: October 28, 2015, 12:12:39 PM »
So his greatest worry when the government with the mightiest army in the world, not even counting thousands of nuclear weapons, is going "tits up" is his pension?
He hasn't got fantasy, does he?

Or I might just not understand tits up, me little foreigner me.
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So yes, losing the government check would be pretty much the only downside.

Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.
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« Reply #11134 on: October 28, 2015, 12:21:30 PM »
Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.
Fine Arts.

English.

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« Reply #11135 on: October 28, 2015, 12:23:20 PM »

Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.

Sociology.
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« Reply #11136 on: October 28, 2015, 12:31:22 PM »

Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.

Sociology.

I read that as Scientology. Made me laugh. Dunno why.

My guess: "General Arts and Sciences; Major Undefined."

Can you do that in grad school? I thought that was a uniquely undergraduate way to waste time and money.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11137 on: October 28, 2015, 12:48:49 PM »
One of the following:
A: Polynesian Underwater Basket Weaving
B: Alternate Methods of Public Transportation

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11138 on: October 28, 2015, 01:00:12 PM »
How about something somewhat techy but made for a business student (because let's be honest, this person is a business student of some kind, Business Admin or otherwise). I'll guess BIS (Business Information Systems).

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« Reply #11139 on: October 28, 2015, 01:28:06 PM »
The call center at my workplace is staffed with kids, who of course spend every second of off-time on their phones.  Within the week I've witnessed the following:

Girl at the cafeteria cash register talking to her "bae" while juggling a huge Coach bag and three cups of ice, phone tucked between her ear and her shoulder.  The phone slipped out.  Of course she dropped everything to rescue the Precious.  Ice got all over the floor and the contents of her purse went everywhere.  She actually carried on the conversation amidst the mess until someone shamed her into cleaning it up (and shot a very dirty look at the shamer, which was not me BTW).

Another girl busily texting walked headlong into the exit doors.  She literally bounced off the door onto her back, somehow not cracking her head.  She took a breath, got up, and continued texting.

A guy busily texting tripped over a maintenance man's vacuum wire and fell flat on this face.  Since he was more concerned about protecting his phone than his face, he had quite the nosebleed.

Girl Genius Number 3, busily texting while tottering on very high heels on uneven ground, took a wrong step, resulting in a header into the street.  If a car had been coming she would have been a red slick on the pavement. 

This is a higher-than-usual spate of incidents, but I see something like this at least once a week.
God, a little off topic - but I was walking the kids to school today with the neighbor.  Between the two of us, she and I were walking 5 kids to school.  One mine, two hers, two the other neighbors.

Anyway, she was talking about how she's trying to line up babysitters for the PTA meeting (we are required to provide babysitting).  Our best sitter went out of state to college.  My friend says "I don't know about these young kids.  They never answer the phone.  They don't e-mail you back.  Most of them won't even text me back."  Now, I sort of understand the whole texting thing now - even me, at age 45, will text before phone at this point.  But my friend had a point - she seriously wonders about this generation's ability to interact with people face to face or on the phone.  How will they function at work?  IM only?

It was an interesting conversation.  (My friend is 57.  She doesn't really like to text but will do it if necessary to line up a sitter!)

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« Reply #11140 on: October 28, 2015, 04:15:21 PM »
The call center at my workplace is staffed with kids, who of course spend every second of off-time on their phones.  Within the week I've witnessed the following:

Girl at the cafeteria cash register talking to her "bae" while juggling a huge Coach bag and three cups of ice, phone tucked between her ear and her shoulder.  The phone slipped out.  Of course she dropped everything to rescue the Precious.

..... 

This is a higher-than-usual spate of incidents, but I see something like this at least once a week.
God, a little off topic - but I was walking the kids to school today with the neighbor.  Between the two of us, she and I were walking 5 kids to school.  One mine, two hers, two the other neighbors.

Anyway, she was talking about how she's trying to line up babysitters for the PTA meeting (we are required to provide babysitting).  Our best sitter went out of state to college.  My friend says "I don't know about these young kids.  They never answer the phone.  They don't e-mail you back.  Most of them won't even text me back."  Now, I sort of understand the whole texting thing now - even me, at age 45, will text before phone at this point.  But my friend had a point - she seriously wonders about this generation's ability to interact with people face to face or on the phone.  How will they function at work?  IM only?

It was an interesting conversation.  (My friend is 57.  She doesn't really like to text but will do it if necessary to line up a sitter!)

At work, many "untrained" persons will:

1) Answer the work phone with a sullen or bored voiced "hullo..."   Not state their name when they pick up.  How would you even know you connected with a business, let alone the right person when you just get a "..hullo.."?   External client or subconsultant calls are about 30% of all calls they answer directly.

2) Not answer the phone.  This one is a funny story.  We went to an air diving training center as part of a birthday present on a Saturday.  The outer yard gate was locked on weekends (as they share with other industrial tenants), so you had to call the reception to send someone to let you in. Turns out, the receptionist only answers texts, though.   I gather our waiting out there for 25 minutes, while calling about 4 times, per the posted sign, and causing their "flight schedules" to be late while the tour leader waited for us to arrive, was not the first time that the receptionist had to be reminded to "answer the phone, as it is your job...! "  Even funnier was that the entire office area was only 8 ft x 20 ft in size with a tiny storage closet at the rear.  There was no way to miss the (softly) ringing phone.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11141 on: October 28, 2015, 04:17:30 PM »
Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.
Fine Arts.

English.

Economics  (or Gender Studies)

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« Reply #11142 on: October 28, 2015, 05:58:47 PM »
Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.
Fine Arts.

English.

Economics  (or Gender Studies)

No. The guy has problems with math. Got to be an MBA student.

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« Reply #11143 on: October 28, 2015, 06:35:07 PM »
Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.
Fine Arts.

I'm going with Liberal Arts (well, we call it an arts degree in my country, but I try to speak the main forum dialect outside of the journals).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11144 on: October 28, 2015, 10:18:50 PM »

Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.

Haha, you guys crack me up.  No one's got the major yet.

To add some fuel to the fire though, we were going to a graduate-level class in probability.  So yeah, this guy has taken math classes before..

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« Reply #11145 on: October 28, 2015, 10:30:05 PM »
Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.

Statistics. He understands the maths, really, he can just twist it to justify whatever he wants it to.

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« Reply #11146 on: October 29, 2015, 04:29:20 AM »

Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.

Haha, you guys crack me up.  No one's got the major yet.

To add some fuel to the fire though, we were going to a graduate-level class in probability.  So yeah, this guy has taken math classes before..

Physics? He understands mathematics but not the real world.

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« Reply #11147 on: October 29, 2015, 05:50:10 AM »
Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.

Statistics. He understands the maths, really, he can just twist it to justify whatever he wants it to.

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« Reply #11148 on: October 29, 2015, 07:42:03 AM »
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« Reply #11149 on: October 29, 2015, 07:47:09 AM »

Let's try to guess his major. Winner gets bragging rights. My guess: MBA student.

Haha, you guys crack me up.  No one's got the major yet.

To add some fuel to the fire though, we were going to a graduate-level class in probability.  So yeah, this guy has taken math classes before..
Actuarial science?  He understands the math, but he's going to die from something anyways, so why not?