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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11250 on: November 05, 2015, 01:31:53 PM »
I just fished a dozen bagels out of the trash and got caught doing it...

In all fairness they were fresh this morning, management brought in 3 dozen for a meeting in the office, meetings over and they came out after lunch and chucked the leftover box of a dozen plus the cream cheese, into the trash can.  It's a dozen perfectly good, not stale bagels that can go in my freezer.  They walked out, I assumed to go to lunch so I went in the kitchen and fished the box out, just as one of the VPs walked in.  I looked at him...he looked at me and all I could get out was a fairly high pitched "What?  I'm not letting perfectly good food go in a dumpster"  He gave me a weird look and just shrugged.  I think I have upped my already fairly high office weirdo rating a wee bit more.

And the cream cheese? Did you rescue that also?
This made me laugh. And why didn't they put out the leftovers for the rest of the office rather than toss them?

I feel better knowing that at least these bagels will not go to waste!

Many people are averse to "old" food or leftovers.  Those bagels were for breakfast, and now breakfast has passed, therefore they are old and no longer good, toss 'em.

A few weeks ago we were at my wife's friend's house for dinner.  They were making guacamole, and had the avacados all smashed up.  They opened up the guacamole seasoning, poured half of it in the bowl, and threw the rest of the package away.  I called them out on it immediately, "wtf are you doing? Why would you throw the guac seasoning away? It's a  dry seasoning...why don't you just fold it back up or put it in a zip lock and use it next time?"

They just stared blankly at me as if they never even considered you could potentially save the dry mix that you didn't use.   I seriously considered taking the packet out of the garbage and putting it in my pocket to take home.  My wife agreed with me, but thought it was a social faux pas to retrieve the unused portion so we just let it go.  So wasteful though.
guac seasoning? Skip it all together and use fresh ingredients!

Like what?  I can't ever replicate what is in those seasoning packets.  It doesn't taste right.  We usually use far less than recommended too, so we get about 4-5 batches out of a single packet, so our annual guac spice budget is probably less than $5.

Avacado. Copious amounts of onion. Copious amounts of cilantro. Tomato. Lime juice. Kosher/Sea Salt. More cilantro.

Optional: Garlic and Jalapeno

Try it, add more salt if necessary.

Yeah, any dry seasoning packet is gonna make it taste like Taco Bell guac, straight from the caulking gun

I say leave out the cilantro and add tomatoes if that's your thing

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11251 on: November 05, 2015, 02:00:02 PM »
I just fished a dozen bagels out of the trash and got caught doing it...

In all fairness they were fresh this morning, management brought in 3 dozen for a meeting in the office, meetings over and they came out after lunch and chucked the leftover box of a dozen plus the cream cheese, into the trash can.  It's a dozen perfectly good, not stale bagels that can go in my freezer.  They walked out, I assumed to go to lunch so I went in the kitchen and fished the box out, just as one of the VPs walked in.  I looked at him...he looked at me and all I could get out was a fairly high pitched "What?  I'm not letting perfectly good food go in a dumpster"  He gave me a weird look and just shrugged.  I think I have upped my already fairly high office weirdo rating a wee bit more.

And the cream cheese? Did you rescue that also?
This made me laugh. And why didn't they put out the leftovers for the rest of the office rather than toss them?

I feel better knowing that at least these bagels will not go to waste!

Many people are averse to "old" food or leftovers.  Those bagels were for breakfast, and now breakfast has passed, therefore they are old and no longer good, toss 'em.

A few weeks ago we were at my wife's friend's house for dinner.  They were making guacamole, and had the avacados all smashed up.  They opened up the guacamole seasoning, poured half of it in the bowl, and threw the rest of the package away.  I called them out on it immediately, "wtf are you doing? Why would you throw the guac seasoning away? It's a  dry seasoning...why don't you just fold it back up or put it in a zip lock and use it next time?"

They just stared blankly at me as if they never even considered you could potentially save the dry mix that you didn't use.   I seriously considered taking the packet out of the garbage and putting it in my pocket to take home.  My wife agreed with me, but thought it was a social faux pas to retrieve the unused portion so we just let it go.  So wasteful though.
guac seasoning? Skip it all together and use fresh ingredients!

Like what?  I can't ever replicate what is in those seasoning packets.  It doesn't taste right.  We usually use far less than recommended too, so we get about 4-5 batches out of a single packet, so our annual guac spice budget is probably less than $5.

Avacado. Copious amounts of onion. Copious amounts of cilantro. Tomato. Lime juice. Kosher/Sea Salt. More cilantro.

Optional: Garlic and Jalapeno

Try it, add more salt if necessary.

Yeah, any dry seasoning packet is gonna make it taste like Taco Bell guac, straight from the caulking gun

I say leave out the cilantro and add tomatoes if that's your thing

I don't even know what would be in 'guac seasoning'.  Other than cilantro guac doesn't have herbs or spices.  I guess maybe dried jalapeno and dried onion?  'Just add avacados'?

Fair warning, if you're making guac for a group, ask about cilantro first.  I'm one of the 10% that are genetically grossed out by it, so the 'copious amounts of cilatro, then more cilantro' makes me wince ;-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11252 on: November 05, 2015, 02:05:04 PM »
My office buys too many bagels almost every Friday. I've had free bagels for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday for months now, and at times had up to a half dozen containers of cream cheese in the fridge. The funny thing is nobody else will take them. I've even packaged the leftovers up in the bag with cream cheese and physically tried to give it to people, but they won't take it. Bizarre. I've also been eating leftover company pizza for days now, while everyone goes out to lunch.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11253 on: November 05, 2015, 02:21:46 PM »
So I was traveling this week with a co-worker who makes about the same salary as I do - not quite six figures, but close.  We get paid a flat rate for per diem and can purchase our own meals or use our corporate card and then pay the bill when it comes.  He was complaining about some snafu with reconciling his corporate card for a meal he'd purchased on a previous trip and I said that was why I don't use the corporate card for meals.  He said "well, towards the end of the trip sometimes I'm running out of money..."  Umm, we never travel longer than a work week - you seriously don't have $10 to your name for lunch, or a CC that you pay off each month?
Not quite related, but at my work, most folks aren't allowed a purchase card. They take out a credit card in their name, sponsored by work, to use for work-related expenses. Every time travel occurs, I hear folks talk about how it is advantageous because a card holder gets 2 months to pay it off before interest kicks in.
(1) You can't pay off your work charges (generally a few K) in one month? Something is wrong..
(2) I'd rather open a new line of credit of my own choosing so I can get a sign up bonus, or at the least use an old card to get rewards.
Whether I use the company-sponsored card or my personal card it takes a month to get reimbursed so I'd rather earn personal money from company spending.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11254 on: November 05, 2015, 02:25:50 PM »
Fair warning, if you're making guac for a group, ask about cilantro first.  I'm one of the 10% that are genetically grossed out by it, so the 'copious amounts of cilatro, then more cilantro' makes me wince ;-)
You poor, poor soul. I can pretty much make a salad outta that shit.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11255 on: November 05, 2015, 02:42:55 PM »
OMG! What are you people doing to guacamole?! What in the actual fuck is a guacamole seasoning packet?!

Avocados. Tomatoes. Lime juice. Salt. Jalapenos. Onion. Garlic. A freaking pinch of stupid cilantro, if you must, but it is super unnecessary because most people think they become Bobby Flay by dumping cilantro onto anything, and then say, "Look, we're having Mexican food!" Bah!

Okay, I'm done.



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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11256 on: November 05, 2015, 02:58:13 PM »
OMG! What are you people doing to guacamole?! What in the actual fuck is a guacamole seasoning packet?!

Avocados. Tomatoes. Lime juice. Salt. Jalapenos. Onion. Garlic. A freaking pinch of stupid cilantro, if you must, but it is super unnecessary because most people think they become Bobby Flay by dumping cilantro onto anything, and then say, "Look, we're having Mexican food!" Bah!

Okay, I'm done.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11257 on: November 05, 2015, 03:19:57 PM »
Fair warning, if you're making guac for a group, ask about cilantro first.  I'm one of the 10% that are genetically grossed out by it, so the 'copious amounts of cilatro, then more cilantro' makes me wince ;-)
You poor, poor soul. I can pretty much make a salad outta that shit.

No kidding. The most important part of Mexican food.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11258 on: November 05, 2015, 03:22:06 PM »

A freaking pinch of stupid cilantro, if you must, but it is super unnecessary


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« Reply #11259 on: November 05, 2015, 03:29:30 PM »
It's true even for plain old bike helmets.  The regulated bar for safety is pretty high, anything other than that is probably just for show.

In car racing helmets--similar to motorcycle helmets--often times the cost goes along with extra features or comfort. They don't get safer the more you spend.

Car racing helmets get more expensive just for being labeled for "car racing" instead of "motorcycle" use. (Yes, I know there are differences between Snell SA and M ratings, but not enough to justify the 200% higher price!)

That said, I'm sure it's actually worth having a nice helmet depending on the kind of racing/riding you do. I wouldn't know; I only use mine for autocross, for 5 minutes at a time.

We just had a meeting at a really ritzy hotel. After all the consultants had left, I took a baggie and filled it up with the leftover candy from the break snack bar.  I got about a pound of gummy bears and M&Ms.

My insanely frugal boss was really mad I didn't have more bags; because I left SO much still out there; and it was all still paid for.

I fully expect that next meeting he comes with a box of ziplocks.

What a poser. Somebody truly insanely frugal would mooch a trash bag from the hotel custodial staff!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11260 on: November 05, 2015, 03:32:48 PM »
It's true even for plain old bike helmets.  The regulated bar for safety is pretty high, anything other than that is probably just for show.

In car racing helmets--similar to motorcycle helmets--often times the cost goes along with extra features or comfort. They don't get safer the more you spend.

Car racing helmets get more expensive just for being labeled for "car racing" instead of "motorcycle" use. (Yes, I know there are differences between Snell SA and M ratings, but not enough to justify the 200% higher price!)

That said, I'm sure it's actually worth having a nice helmet depending on the kind of racing/riding you do. I wouldn't know; I only use mine for autocross, for 5 minutes at a time.

Where are you finding 5 minute autocross courses???

But same here. I think I paid $120 for my SA2005 ZAMP helmet. Cheapest one I could find. Wish I hadn't gotten a full face one, but at the time I had a Miata and was considering doing track days.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11261 on: November 05, 2015, 03:38:29 PM »
It's true even for plain old bike helmets.  The regulated bar for safety is pretty high, anything other than that is probably just for show.

In car racing helmets--similar to motorcycle helmets--often times the cost goes along with extra features or comfort. They don't get safer the more you spend.

Car racing helmets get more expensive just for being labeled for "car racing" instead of "motorcycle" use. (Yes, I know there are differences between Snell SA and M ratings, but not enough to justify the 200% higher price!)

That said, I'm sure it's actually worth having a nice helmet depending on the kind of racing/riding you do. I wouldn't know; I only use mine for autocross, for 5 minutes at a time.

Where are you finding 5 minute autocross courses???

But same here. I think I paid $120 for my SA2005 ZAMP helmet. Cheapest one I could find. Wish I hadn't gotten a full face one, but at the time I had a Miata and was considering doing track days.

Man...I would get SO LOST on a 5 minute autox course!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11262 on: November 05, 2015, 03:48:05 PM »
I just fished a dozen bagels out of the trash and got caught doing it...

In all fairness they were fresh this morning, management brought in 3 dozen for a meeting in the office, meetings over and they came out after I'm done eating lunch and chucked the leftover box of a dozen plus the cream cheese, into the trash can.  It's a dozen perfectly good, not stale bagels that can go in my freezer.  They walked out, I assumed to go to lunch so I went in the kitchen and fished the box out, just as one of the VPs walked in.  I looked at him...he looked at me and all I could get out was a fairly high pitched "What?  I'm not letting perfectly good food go in a dumpster"  He gave me a weird look and just shrugged.  I think I have upped my already fairly high office weirdo rating a wee bit more.

For future reference, next time say you like going to the park to feed the ducks.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11263 on: November 05, 2015, 03:52:08 PM »
OMG! What are you people doing to guacamole?! What in the actual fuck is a guacamole seasoning packet?!

Avocados. Tomatoes. Lime juice. Salt. Jalapenos. Onion. Garlic. A freaking pinch of stupid cilantro, if you must, but it is super unnecessary because most people think they become Bobby Flay by dumping cilantro onto anything, and then say, "Look, we're having Mexican food!" Bah!

Okay, I'm done.

This is hiliarious and I agree mostly but I don't do the garlic or the jalapenos (little kids) and sooooooo many people compliment me on my amazing guacamole and want my "recipe" lol.  I mean, you can literally see what's in it:  avocados, tomatoes (nice and ripe and lots of them) and about 1/2 of a white onion chopped up fine.  Salt generously and squeeze in 1/2 to a whole lime's worth of juice and done.  So delicious.  So easy... WTF is Guac Seasoning?  I would call that SALT. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11264 on: November 05, 2015, 04:04:32 PM »
I cheat, I mix avocado with salsa.  Done, guacamole.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11265 on: November 05, 2015, 04:27:01 PM »
Wow, it looks gorgeous Seppia.:)

On topic - my husband works with men who constantly use the gambling apps at work, one of the young men he works with was up by £9,000 the other day and then lost it all. The younger staff are not on great salaries either so that would be about four months of wages.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11266 on: November 05, 2015, 04:41:56 PM »
Where are you finding 5 minute autocross courses???

I included the entire time from leaving grid to arriving back in grid. I wish the course were that long!

But same here. I think I paid $120 for my SA2005 ZAMP helmet. Cheapest one I could find. Wish I hadn't gotten a full face one, but at the time I had a Miata and was considering doing track days.

I bought myself and my wife clearance M2010 helmets from motorcyclegear.com for $100 (for the pair), then returned them because I found some that were being given away for free on my neighborhood's web forum. Return shipping was $8 or so, but it was totally worth it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11267 on: November 05, 2015, 05:53:53 PM »
What in the actual fuck is a guacamole seasoning packet?!

WTF is Guac Seasoning?  I would call that SALT. 

OK, if I had to guess, I'd say: Onion power, garlic powder, salt, chili powder, maltodextrin, MSG, anti-caking agent

now lets see what the actual ingredients are:

Ortega Guacamole Seasoning Mix
Ingredients
Maltodextrin, Dehydrated Onion, Salt, Tapioca Starch-Modified Nonfat Dry Milk, Dehydrated Red Bell Pepper, Dehydrated Garlic, Sour Cream Powder (Sour Cream [Cream, Nonfat Milk, Cultures], Cultured Nonfat Milk, Citric Acid), Citric Acid, Dehydrated Parsley, Lactic Acid, Calcium Lactate, Dehydrated Jalapeno Peppers. Contains: Milk.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11268 on: November 05, 2015, 06:22:09 PM »
Don't forget to rinse the chopped onions. I like to add a dash of cumin too. Had some for dinner tonight. I even used jalapenos and tomatoes from my garden. Mmmmmmm.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11269 on: November 05, 2015, 07:46:16 PM »
Car racing helmets get more expensive just for being labeled for "car racing" instead of "motorcycle" use. (Yes, I know there are differences between Snell SA and M ratings, but not enough to justify the 200% higher price!)

That said, I'm sure it's actually worth having a nice helmet depending on the kind of racing/riding you do. I wouldn't know; I only use mine for autocross, for 5 minutes at a time.

Better helmets are totally worth it. My first SA2000 helmet was a $300 Bell that creased my forehead bad after a 30 minute sprint race. My SA2010 helmet is a Stig look-alike (not my helmet, but looks the same): http://i.imgur.com/aODv8.jpg

Way more comfortable, tinted visor is totally worth it on sunny days, and it only set me back $500. *sigh* Racing and MMM don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, but damn if it isn't my favorite thing to do. Pretty sure I've spent less in a decade than most people with new car/fancy house habits, so I don't feel terribly bad.

Next up, Cool Suit setup for under $100 out of a used once medical surgery ice pump setup. It'll be bitchin' on humid 90* days when the interior temp is >110*. Wooo... ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11270 on: November 05, 2015, 08:05:27 PM »
Car racing helmets get more expensive just for being labeled for "car racing" instead of "motorcycle" use. (Yes, I know there are differences between Snell SA and M ratings, but not enough to justify the 200% higher price!)

That said, I'm sure it's actually worth having a nice helmet depending on the kind of racing/riding you do. I wouldn't know; I only use mine for autocross, for 5 minutes at a time.

Better helmets are totally worth it. My first SA2000 helmet was a $300 Bell that creased my forehead bad after a 30 minute sprint race. My SA2010 helmet is a Stig look-alike (not my helmet, but looks the same): http://i.imgur.com/aODv8.jpg

Way more comfortable, tinted visor is totally worth it on sunny days, and it only set me back $500. *sigh* Racing and MMM don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, but damn if it isn't my favorite thing to do. Pretty sure I've spent less in a decade than most people with new car/fancy house habits, so I don't feel terribly bad.

Next up, Cool Suit setup for under $100 out of a used once medical surgery ice pump setup. It'll be bitchin' on humid 90* days when the interior temp is >110*. Wooo... ;)

I have a cool shirt and it's amazing. Massive wash of cold over your torso...so nice.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11271 on: November 05, 2015, 09:52:20 PM »
OMG! What are you people doing to guacamole?! What in the actual fuck is a guacamole seasoning packet?!

Avocados. Tomatoes. Lime juice. Salt. Jalapenos. Onion. Garlic. A freaking pinch of stupid cilantro, if you must, but it is super unnecessary because most people think they become Bobby Flay by dumping cilantro onto anything, and then say, "Look, we're having Mexican food!" Bah!

Okay, I'm done.

This is hiliarious and I agree mostly but I don't do the garlic or the jalapenos (little kids) and sooooooo many people compliment me on my amazing guacamole and want my "recipe" lol.  I mean, you can literally see what's in it:  avocados, tomatoes (nice and ripe and lots of them) and about 1/2 of a white onion chopped up fine.  Salt generously and squeeze in 1/2 to a whole lime's worth of juice and done.  So delicious.  So easy... WTF is Guac Seasoning?  I would call that SALT.
I understand the kids/jalapeño part of that, but garlic? Since when is garlic not kid-friendly? Spaghetti sauce is like 10% by volume garlic!*

* potential exaggeration

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11272 on: November 06, 2015, 07:49:05 AM »
The difference is raw garlic vs sauteed in spaghetti sauce, so it would have a stronger flavor I imagine.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11273 on: November 06, 2015, 09:08:00 AM »
OMG! What are you people doing to guacamole?! What in the actual fuck is a guacamole seasoning packet?!

Avocados. Tomatoes. Lime juice. Salt. Jalapenos. Onion. Garlic. A freaking pinch of stupid cilantro, if you must, but it is super unnecessary because most people think they become Bobby Flay by dumping cilantro onto anything, and then say, "Look, we're having Mexican food!" Bah!

Okay, I'm done.

This is hiliarious and I agree mostly but I don't do the garlic or the jalapenos (little kids) and sooooooo many people compliment me on my amazing guacamole and want my "recipe" lol.  I mean, you can literally see what's in it:  avocados, tomatoes (nice and ripe and lots of them) and about 1/2 of a white onion chopped up fine.  Salt generously and squeeze in 1/2 to a whole lime's worth of juice and done.  So delicious.  So easy... WTF is Guac Seasoning?  I would call that SALT.
I understand the kids/jalapeño part of that, but garlic? Since when is garlic not kid-friendly? Spaghetti sauce is like 10% by volume garlic!*

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11274 on: November 06, 2015, 09:24:02 AM »
OMG! What are you people doing to guacamole?! What in the actual fuck is a guacamole seasoning packet?!

Avocados. Tomatoes. Lime juice. Salt. Jalapenos. Onion. Garlic. A freaking pinch of stupid cilantro, if you must, but it is super unnecessary because most people think they become Bobby Flay by dumping cilantro onto anything, and then say, "Look, we're having Mexican food!" Bah!

Okay, I'm done.

This is hiliarious and I agree mostly but I don't do the garlic or the jalapenos (little kids) and sooooooo many people compliment me on my amazing guacamole and want my "recipe" lol.  I mean, you can literally see what's in it:  avocados, tomatoes (nice and ripe and lots of them) and about 1/2 of a white onion chopped up fine.  Salt generously and squeeze in 1/2 to a whole lime's worth of juice and done.  So delicious.  So easy... WTF is Guac Seasoning?  I would call that SALT.
I understand the kids/jalapeño part of that, but garlic? Since when is garlic not kid-friendly? Spaghetti sauce is like 10% by volume garlic!*

* potential exaggeration

Apparently some people here have vampire babies.

Ha!  Well the no jalapeño was for the kids and *I* choose not to put garlic in but more because it never even crossed my mind to do so.  You all may have convinced me to try it but I don't really feel like I'm missing it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11275 on: November 06, 2015, 10:35:54 AM »
OMG! What are you people doing to guacamole?! What in the actual fuck is a guacamole seasoning packet?!

Avocados. Tomatoes. Lime juice. Salt. Jalapenos. Onion. Garlic. A freaking pinch of stupid cilantro, if you must, but it is super unnecessary because most people think they become Bobby Flay by dumping cilantro onto anything, and then say, "Look, we're having Mexican food!" Bah!

Okay, I'm done.

This is hiliarious and I agree mostly but I don't do the garlic or the jalapenos (little kids) and sooooooo many people compliment me on my amazing guacamole and want my "recipe" lol.  I mean, you can literally see what's in it:  avocados, tomatoes (nice and ripe and lots of them) and about 1/2 of a white onion chopped up fine.  Salt generously and squeeze in 1/2 to a whole lime's worth of juice and done.  So delicious.  So easy... WTF is Guac Seasoning?  I would call that SALT.
I understand the kids/jalapeño part of that, but garlic? Since when is garlic not kid-friendly? Spaghetti sauce is like 10% by volume garlic!*

* potential exaggeration

Apparently some people here have vampire babies.

Ha!  Well the no jalapeño was for the kids and *I* choose not to put garlic in but more because it never even crossed my mind to do so.  You all may have convinced me to try it but I don't really feel like I'm missing it.

This is whats wrong with the world today.  You people baby your offspring.  How are they going to learn to eat spicy foods in the REAL WORLD like a boss?  What you're really doing is sending them out into life unprepared.  Whatcha gonna do when 19-year old Johnny goes to his first margarita college party and gets a little jalepeno in his eye during the guacamole mudwrestling contest?  Flush it with saline from your giant purse?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11276 on: November 06, 2015, 11:01:14 AM »
This is whats wrong with the world today.  You people baby your offspring.  How are they going to learn to eat spicy foods in the REAL WORLD like a boss?  What you're really doing is sending them out into life unprepared.  Whatcha gonna do when 19-year old Johnny goes to his first margarita college party and gets a little jalepeno in his eye during the guacamole mudwrestling contest?  Flush it with saline from your giant purse?

*read in the voice of George Carlin

This is no joke! I get teased for being a wuss about spicy foods to this day because my parents never fed them to me when I was little.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11277 on: November 06, 2015, 11:11:08 AM »
Oh, this is a gem.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11278 on: November 06, 2015, 11:27:12 AM »
This is whats wrong with the world today.  You people baby your offspring.  How are they going to learn to eat spicy foods in the REAL WORLD like a boss? 
That's why I tried to make sure my brothers children could tell the difference between different espresso grounds when they were 5
- strangely they aren't allowed to stay with me anymore....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11279 on: November 06, 2015, 11:58:52 AM »
The topic of 401k came up at work today (I've been here ~6 weeks and need to figure out who to talk to so my final check puts me at $18k exactly) and my coworker was unaware there was such a thing as a 401k limit.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11280 on: November 06, 2015, 12:50:05 PM »
I just fished a dozen bagels out of the trash and got caught doing it...

In all fairness they were fresh this morning, management brought in 3 dozen for a meeting in the office, meetings over and they came out after I'm done eating lunch and chucked the leftover box of a dozen plus the cream cheese, into the trash can.  It's a dozen perfectly good, not stale bagels that can go in my freezer.  They walked out, I assumed to go to lunch so I went in the kitchen and fished the box out, just as one of the VPs walked in.  I looked at him...he looked at me and all I could get out was a fairly high pitched "What?  I'm not letting perfectly good food go in a dumpster"  He gave me a weird look and just shrugged.  I think I have upped my already fairly high office weirdo rating a wee bit more.

For future reference, next time say you like going to the park to feed the ducks.

That would be perfect except there is no park with water, or any water in general outside of retention ponds, for a good 45 minute drive from my office.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11281 on: November 06, 2015, 12:55:01 PM »
I just fished a dozen bagels out of the trash and got caught doing it...

In all fairness they were fresh this morning, management brought in 3 dozen for a meeting in the office, meetings over and they came out after I'm done eating lunch and chucked the leftover box of a dozen plus the cream cheese, into the trash can.  It's a dozen perfectly good, not stale bagels that can go in my freezer.  They walked out, I assumed to go to lunch so I went in the kitchen and fished the box out, just as one of the VPs walked in.  I looked at him...he looked at me and all I could get out was a fairly high pitched "What?  I'm not letting perfectly good food go in a dumpster"  He gave me a weird look and just shrugged.  I think I have upped my already fairly high office weirdo rating a wee bit more.

For future reference, next time say you like going to the park to feed the ducks.

That would be perfect except there is no park with water, or any water in general outside of retention ponds, for a good 45 minute drive from my office.
Pigeons, then.  Or your friend's pet whatever (rabbit, buzzard, hedgehog), the more exotic the better.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11282 on: November 06, 2015, 01:18:07 PM »
I just fished a dozen bagels out of the trash and got caught doing it...

In all fairness they were fresh this morning, management brought in 3 dozen for a meeting in the office, meetings over and they came out after I'm done eating lunch and chucked the leftover box of a dozen plus the cream cheese, into the trash can.  It's a dozen perfectly good, not stale bagels that can go in my freezer.  They walked out, I assumed to go to lunch so I went in the kitchen and fished the box out, just as one of the VPs walked in.  I looked at him...he looked at me and all I could get out was a fairly high pitched "What?  I'm not letting perfectly good food go in a dumpster"  He gave me a weird look and just shrugged.  I think I have upped my already fairly high office weirdo rating a wee bit more.

For future reference, next time say you like going to the park to feed the ducks.

That would be perfect except there is no park with water, or any water in general outside of retention ponds, for a good 45 minute drive from my office.
Fishing trip.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11283 on: November 06, 2015, 01:34:08 PM »
OMG! What are you people doing to guacamole?! What in the actual fuck is a guacamole seasoning packet?!

Avocados. Tomatoes. Lime juice. Salt. Jalapenos. Onion. Garlic. A freaking pinch of stupid cilantro, if you must, but it is super unnecessary because most people think they become Bobby Flay by dumping cilantro onto anything, and then say, "Look, we're having Mexican food!" Bah!

Okay, I'm done.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11284 on: November 06, 2015, 02:17:40 PM »
TIL: There are many different ways to make guacamole.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11285 on: November 07, 2015, 09:35:12 AM »
I work an entry level social services job. My co-worker, who makes under 30,000/year, bought a new charger about 6 weeks ago. I'm not sure what year but definitely at least a 2013. She immediately starts complaining about how she doesn't like it and wants a different car.  This week I spotted her Acura key ring. Yep. Traded it in and rolled it into a new loan.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11286 on: November 07, 2015, 10:09:33 AM »
I work an entry level social services job. My co-worker, who makes under 30,000/year, bought a new charger about 6 weeks ago. I'm not sure what year but definitely at least a 2013. She immediately starts complaining about how she doesn't like it and wants a different car.  This week I spotted her Acura key ring. Yep. Traded it in and rolled it into a new loan.

I see people who do this all the time and it blows my mind!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11287 on: November 07, 2015, 02:31:29 PM »
I work an entry level social services job. My co-worker, who makes under 30,000/year, bought a new charger about 6 weeks ago. I'm not sure what year but definitely at least a 2013. She immediately starts complaining about how she doesn't like it and wants a different car.  This week I spotted her Acura key ring. Yep. Traded it in and rolled it into a new loan.

Is it likely she bought these cars with her own money?  Doesn't sound like she earns enough.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11288 on: November 07, 2015, 06:58:35 PM »
Well my coworker bought a 2007 corvette then sold it becuase he has family of 5 and he needs a back seat :/, he probably only had the vette for about 2 months. Than he bough an 2013 Acura ILX which I really liked i though it was better for him and his family. Then two weeks later he shows up in a 2011 camaro ss :0...... He said that the ILX wasn't manly enough. I think he has issues or something.

He is about 35 and he had no 401k I suggested that he should start investing and he did but later he wanted to buy a house so he pull the money from his 401k (it had to be less than 2k) for the house down payment....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11289 on: November 08, 2015, 05:02:01 AM »
Well my coworker bought a 2007 corvette then sold it becuase he has family of 5 and he needs a back seat :/, he probably only had the vette for about 2 months. Than he bough an 2013 Acura ILX which I really liked i though it was better for him and his family. Then two weeks later he shows up in a 2011 camaro ss :0...... He said that the ILX wasn't manly enough. I think he has issues or something.

He is about 35 and he had no 401k I suggested that he should start investing and he did but later he wanted to buy a house so he pull the money from his 401k (it had to be less than 2k) for the house down payment....

I can't imagine going through the headache of the car purchase process 3 times in the span of a few months...even if I was paying cash.  Of course, I suspect your co-worker was not paying cash.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11290 on: November 08, 2015, 06:30:09 PM »
I work an entry level social services job. My co-worker, who makes under 30,000/year, bought a new charger about 6 weeks ago. I'm not sure what year but definitely at least a 2013. She immediately starts complaining about how she doesn't like it and wants a different car.  This week I spotted her Acura key ring. Yep. Traded it in and rolled it into a new loan.

Is it likely she bought these cars with her own money?  Doesn't sound like she earns enough.

I kept my mouth shut because I wouldn't be able to get more info without my opinion showing. . . who knows, I wondered about parental help, or maybe her boyfriend is helping her. There are also plenty of shady car places that love to finance around here. She's a bit of a train wreck to watch lately, she's been talking all week about wanting to have a baby with said boyfriend, who she's been with since about July. She already has a three year old. She sits near me and I can hear her all day.

I mean I know I can't afford a new car on our salary. But people are strange.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11291 on: November 08, 2015, 09:21:26 PM »
A co-worker who messed up his credit score a few years ago got out of debt which is  great. 

The other day, he was talking about the best ways to increase credit score...so he could get the best interest rate on a new car loan.

I was a bit surprised at how fast that person was willing to go back in debts.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11292 on: November 09, 2015, 07:48:15 AM »
Our health insurance at work is moving from "everyone has the same plan" to "select your plan from a corporate exchange".

It's amazing how many people can spend hours memorizing obscure stats and relationships for fantasy football, but can't spend twenty minutes figuring out the difference between the Bronze and Gold plans.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11293 on: November 09, 2015, 07:58:52 AM »
I work an entry level social services job. My co-worker, who makes under 30,000/year, bought a new charger about 6 weeks ago. I'm not sure what year but definitely at least a 2013. She immediately starts complaining about how she doesn't like it and wants a different car.  This week I spotted her Acura key ring. Yep. Traded it in and rolled it into a new loan.

Is it likely she bought these cars with her own money?  Doesn't sound like she earns enough.

I kept my mouth shut because I wouldn't be able to get more info without my opinion showing. . . who knows, I wondered about parental help, or maybe her boyfriend is helping her. There are also plenty of shady car places that love to finance around here. She's a bit of a train wreck to watch lately, she's been talking all week about wanting to have a baby with said boyfriend, who she's been with since about July. She already has a three year old. She sits near me and I can hear her all day.

I mean I know I can't afford a new car on our salary. But people are strange.
She's been dating this man for less than half a year, and already wants him to plant a small human in her?  Strange is not the word I would have chosen.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11294 on: November 09, 2015, 10:26:13 AM »
Well my coworker bought a 2007 corvette then sold it becuase he has family of 5 and he needs a back seat :/, he probably only had the vette for about 2 months. Than he bough an 2013 Acura ILX which I really liked i though it was better for him and his family. Then two weeks later he shows up in a 2011 camaro ss :0...... He said that the ILX wasn't manly enough. I think he has issues or something.

He is about 35 and he had no 401k I suggested that he should start investing and he did but later he wanted to buy a house so he pull the money from his 401k (it had to be less than 2k) for the house down payment....
I have a few friends who do this kind of dumb shit. The fundamentally incomprehensible thing is justifying the undoing of Decision A via new Decision B, based on Factor X that predates Decision A. How can someone be so totally oblivious to their own desires or basic conditions in their lives?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11295 on: November 09, 2015, 10:35:49 AM »
I work an entry level social services job. My co-worker, who makes under 30,000/year, bought a new charger about 6 weeks ago. I'm not sure what year but definitely at least a 2013. She immediately starts complaining about how she doesn't like it and wants a different car.  This week I spotted her Acura key ring. Yep. Traded it in and rolled it into a new loan.

I read this and thought "charger" was like a charger for your phone.  I then wondered how you could tell the year of a phone/laptop charger, and what was particularly flashy and unnecessary about it.  Then I read car and was like ohhhhhh!  I had to go back and reread from the beginning now picturing a car.  Can you tell I'm not a car person?  Hope I wasn't the only person out there who does this sort of thing...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11296 on: November 09, 2015, 10:37:09 AM »
I just fished a dozen bagels out of the trash and got caught doing it...

In all fairness they were fresh this morning, management brought in 3 dozen for a meeting in the office, meetings over and they came out after I'm done eating lunch and chucked the leftover box of a dozen plus the cream cheese, into the trash can.  It's a dozen perfectly good, not stale bagels that can go in my freezer.  They walked out, I assumed to go to lunch so I went in the kitchen and fished the box out, just as one of the VPs walked in.  I looked at him...he looked at me and all I could get out was a fairly high pitched "What?  I'm not letting perfectly good food go in a dumpster"  He gave me a weird look and just shrugged.  I think I have upped my already fairly high office weirdo rating a wee bit more.

For future reference, next time say you like going to the park to feed the ducks.

That would be perfect except there is no park with water, or any water in general outside of retention ponds, for a good 45 minute drive from my office.

All the more reason to say it!!!!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11297 on: November 09, 2015, 10:41:58 AM »


At my workplace, meeting leftovers get put on a table in the common area, and cause a feeding frenzy. People call to each other or send email, "Pastries in the commons", "Mexican food out", "Donuts!", and the stuff is usually gone pretty fast. But I'll snatch up condiments left behind, those containers of cream cheese are the best! I have a large one from Panera in my fridge right now.

I use to love it when they would have BBQ.  The local places would provide 3-4 quart size containers of different sauces.  I'd consolidate them at the end of the day and eventually use them to do slow cooker BBQ at home. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11298 on: November 09, 2015, 10:43:01 AM »
I've listened to an entire morning's worth of conversations about how awesome this CW's new truck is. He traded an F150 worth $25K for a new F250 to pull an RV (also just purchased). He and his wife both drive 20+ miles to work here in the same building.
Separately, because they need time apart.
She drives a van.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11299 on: November 09, 2015, 11:02:44 AM »
I've listened to an entire morning's worth of conversations about how awesome this CW's new truck is. He traded an F150 worth $25K for a new F250 to pull an RV (also just purchased). He and his wife both drive 20+ miles to work here in the same building.
Separately, because they need time apart.
She drives a van.
If someone sat in the backseat of the van, they could still have time apart.