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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12250 on: February 05, 2016, 10:31:22 AM »
Young male at my workplace, who pays child support on two toddler age children, with different females, and is engaged to marry the Mother of the second child later this year.

Said coworker borrows 5k out his 401k, takes a week of of vacation, and goes to the local casino with 1k in pocket every day. Loses entire 5k, of course.

I'd love to see what he wrote on the 401k loan application for the purpose of the loan. Maybe “vacation”, which I guess that strictly speaking, would be true.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12251 on: February 05, 2016, 11:17:31 AM »
Young male at my workplace, who pays child support on two toddler age children, with different females, and is engaged to marry the Mother of the second child later this year.

Said coworker borrows 5k out his 401k, takes a week of of vacation, and goes to the local casino with 1k in pocket every day. Loses entire 5k, of course.

I'd love to see what he wrote on the 401k loan application for the purpose of the loan. Maybe “vacation”, which I guess that strictly speaking, would be true.

Depending on which company handles the 401k, he may not have had to describe the purpose of the loan at all. He wouldn't be the first person to liquidate long-term assets for mindless consumer stupidity.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12252 on: February 05, 2016, 12:07:25 PM »
First time posting. Had to share this.

Recently I was getting on my bike leaving work and heard a car start. Rode past the idling luxury SUV and realized there was no one in it. It was remote started to warm up. It had been idling for a couple of minutes.

It was cold out, January in Canada, but this was in AN UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKADE!!!!

I know this is a small point but the sheer wastefulness of it boggles my mind.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12253 on: February 05, 2016, 12:14:48 PM »
First time posting. Had to share this.

Recently I was getting on my bike leaving work and heard a car start. Rode past the idling luxury SUV and realized there was no one in it. It was remote started to warm up. It had been idling for a couple of minutes.

It was cold out, January in Canada, but this was in AN UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKADE!!!!

I know this is a small point but the sheer wastefulness of it boggles my mind.


If this was Chicago, that could have been my MIL. Except she just forgot to turn the car off when she left it one morning (Push-button start, new to her car, quiet car, and she has MS so is often distracted by pain)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12254 on: February 05, 2016, 12:16:05 PM »
First time posting. Had to share this.

Recently I was getting on my bike leaving work and heard a car start. Rode past the idling luxury SUV and realized there was no one in it. It was remote started to warm up. It had been idling for a couple of minutes.

It was cold out, January in Canada, but this was in AN UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKADE!!!!

I know this is a small point but the sheer wastefulness of it boggles my mind.

I've literally never seen such a thing in my life, and I've working on construction projects that built public parking garages.  I have had to build heat trace systems to warm the fire extinguishers, water pipes & such in those spaces to above freezing, and the elevator lobbies & stairwells are usually heated to about 50 degrees F (which is why they are such popular hangouts for the homeless in winter; but I have never seen an parkade where the parking space areas themselves were deliberately or directly heated.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12255 on: February 05, 2016, 12:17:36 PM »
First time posting. Had to share this.

Recently I was getting on my bike leaving work and heard a car start. Rode past the idling luxury SUV and realized there was no one in it. It was remote started to warm up. It had been idling for a couple of minutes.

It was cold out, January in Canada, but this was in AN UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKADE!!!!

I know this is a small point but the sheer wastefulness of it boggles my mind.

I've literally never seen such a thing in my life, and I've working on construction projects that built public parking garages.  I have had to build heat trace systems to warm the fire extinguishers, water pipes & such in those spaces to above freezing, and the elevator lobbies & stairwells are usually heated to about 50 degrees F (which is why they are such popular hangouts for the homeless in winter; but I have never seen an parkade where the parking space areas themselves were deliberately or directly heated.

You're also in Louisville, Kentucky.

All of the heated garages I've seen are underground though, so it is much easier to heat them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12256 on: February 05, 2016, 12:20:18 PM »
First time posting. Had to share this.

Recently I was getting on my bike leaving work and heard a car start. Rode past the idling luxury SUV and realized there was no one in it. It was remote started to warm up. It had been idling for a couple of minutes.

It was cold out, January in Canada, but this was in AN UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKADE!!!!

I know this is a small point but the sheer wastefulness of it boggles my mind.

I've literally never seen such a thing in my life, and I've working on construction projects that built public parking garages.  I have had to build heat trace systems to warm the fire extinguishers, water pipes & such in those spaces to above freezing, and the elevator lobbies & stairwells are usually heated to about 50 degrees F (which is why they are such popular hangouts for the homeless in winter; but I have never seen an parkade where the parking space areas themselves were deliberately or directly heated.

My brother and SIL pay to park their Honda S2000 in a heated garage.

Edit - This is in America.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12257 on: February 05, 2016, 12:23:40 PM »
First time posting. Had to share this.

Recently I was getting on my bike leaving work and heard a car start. Rode past the idling luxury SUV and realized there was no one in it. It was remote started to warm up. It had been idling for a couple of minutes.

It was cold out, January in Canada, but this was in AN UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKADE!!!!

I know this is a small point but the sheer wastefulness of it boggles my mind.

I've literally never seen such a thing in my life, and I've working on construction projects that built public parking garages.  I have had to build heat trace systems to warm the fire extinguishers, water pipes & such in those spaces to above freezing, and the elevator lobbies & stairwells are usually heated to about 50 degrees F (which is why they are such popular hangouts for the homeless in winter; but I have never seen an parkade where the parking space areas themselves were deliberately or directly heated.

Interesting - maybe this is a Canadian thing. I can think of 3 heated garages in Toronto that I use regularly. I can also recall reviewing plans for a garage in Brampton where ceiling mounted heaters weren't taken into account on height restrictions and a major redesign was needed.

There are several here that are heated.  The parkade for the building I work in is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. 

Even most of the shopping centers here have underground heated parking...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12258 on: February 05, 2016, 12:24:00 PM »
First time posting. Had to share this.

Recently I was getting on my bike leaving work and heard a car start. Rode past the idling luxury SUV and realized there was no one in it. It was remote started to warm up. It had been idling for a couple of minutes.

It was cold out, January in Canada, but this was in AN UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKADE!!!!

I know this is a small point but the sheer wastefulness of it boggles my mind.
I've literally never seen such a thing in my life, and I've working on construction projects that built public parking garages.  I have had to build heat trace systems to warm the fire extinguishers, water pipes & such in those spaces to above freezing, and the elevator lobbies & stairwells are usually heated to about 50 degrees F (which is why they are such popular hangouts for the homeless in winter; but I have never seen an parkade where the parking space areas themselves were deliberately or directly heated.

My brother and SIL pay to park their Honda S2000 in a heated garage.

Edit - This is in America.
I understand wanting to keep the s2k safe and warm, but if you live somewhere where you don't have your own garage to keep it in, why own it?
I know that before I discovered mmm, I wasn't willing to park my sporty car outside at night, so I changed my housing arrangement so that I had a garage to keep it in.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12259 on: February 05, 2016, 12:28:21 PM »
Related, equally silly: my mom house-sat for a while for an old-money family in the Boston area. She had her own guest house on their property, and the guest house had a heated driveway for ice and snow - yep, buried heating elements to warm the entire driveway and melt it off.
I can only imagine the perks the actual house had. I like to imagine the toilets wash and dry your nether regions and pull your pants up when you're done....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12260 on: February 05, 2016, 12:42:44 PM »
Related, equally silly: my mom house-sat for a while for an old-money family in the Boston area. She had her own guest house on their property, and the guest house had a heated driveway for ice and snow - yep, buried heating elements to warm the entire driveway and melt it off.
I can only imagine the perks the actual house had. I like to imagine the toilets wash and dry your nether regions and pull your pants up when you're done....

Back in my landscaping days I saw plenty of those. Turns out the melt water pools in some location and freezes, so you need to hire a snow removal service to go in there a chip the ice away every time it snows, which is incredibly time consuming. So in summary your handy-dandy heated driveway actually requires more intensive snow removal service than a regular, non-heated driveway.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12261 on: February 05, 2016, 12:46:51 PM »
Related, equally silly: my mom house-sat for a while for an old-money family in the Boston area. She had her own guest house on their property, and the guest house had a heated driveway for ice and snow - yep, buried heating elements to warm the entire driveway and melt it off.
I can only imagine the perks the actual house had. I like to imagine the toilets wash and dry your nether regions and pull your pants up when you're done....
Funny enough, my dad is a semi-active lottery player and he has always said that if he won he would get a heated driveway so he didn't have to worry about ice and snow.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12262 on: February 05, 2016, 12:59:43 PM »
I like to imagine the toilets wash and dry your nether regions and pull your pants up when you're done....
Toto toilets will wash and dry and tickle your sensitive bottom parts...
Pulling up your pants is a user's task, entirely optional but strongly recommended.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12263 on: February 05, 2016, 01:03:23 PM »
I like to imagine the toilets wash and dry your nether regions and pull your pants up when you're done....
Toto toilets will wash and dry and tickle your sensitive bottom parts...
Pulling up your pants is a user's task, entirely optional but strongly recommended.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12264 on: February 05, 2016, 01:08:40 PM »
I like to imagine the toilets wash and dry your nether regions and pull your pants up when you're done....
Toto toilets will wash and dry and tickle your sensitive bottom parts...
Pulling up your pants is a user's task, entirely optional but strongly recommended.
Haha, you beat me on that ^^

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12265 on: February 05, 2016, 01:19:08 PM »
First time posting. Had to share this.

Recently I was getting on my bike leaving work and heard a car start. Rode past the idling luxury SUV and realized there was no one in it. It was remote started to warm up. It had been idling for a couple of minutes.

It was cold out, January in Canada, but this was in AN UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKADE!!!!

I know this is a small point but the sheer wastefulness of it boggles my mind.
I've literally never seen such a thing in my life, and I've working on construction projects that built public parking garages.  I have had to build heat trace systems to warm the fire extinguishers, water pipes & such in those spaces to above freezing, and the elevator lobbies & stairwells are usually heated to about 50 degrees F (which is why they are such popular hangouts for the homeless in winter; but I have never seen an parkade where the parking space areas themselves were deliberately or directly heated.

My brother and SIL pay to park their Honda S2000 in a heated garage.

Edit - This is in America.
I understand wanting to keep the s2k safe and warm, but if you live somewhere where you don't have your own garage to keep it in, why own it?
I know that before I discovered mmm, I wasn't willing to park my sporty car outside at night, so I changed my housing arrangement so that I had a garage to keep it in.

My SIL bought it before they were married and just dating. My brother had to move from where we live, the south, to somewhere cold and shitty - the worst part of america in fact, the midwest.

Anyways, their apartment offers a garage parking situation but again, being the midwest, the apartment garage is regularly broken into and a haven of sorts for crack heads.

They park their daily driver pickup truck in the apartment and the mother's normal car. The s2000 lives in an "car guy" only type of garage.   The rules are very strict and I forget the monthly rate, but I don't blame them. I know the car is paid for, they live in downtown, my brother walks to work, and their doing really well financially.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12266 on: February 05, 2016, 01:20:57 PM »
Guy at work makes around $130k and his wife works, so they do ok.  He's always crying about money and was telling me about his tax return

"I owe $2,400 on taxes this year.  I don't have that kind of money laying around.  Now I have to take it out of my Home equity line. I can't believe they phase out the child credits as they get older, it's just not fair."

Nevermind that he has a brand new sports car and lives in a 3,000+ sq ft house

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12267 on: February 05, 2016, 02:34:50 PM »
Coworker just informed me that she purchased a $300 cake! for a baby shower! at the expectant mother's request.

Yikes, I see that you're in SF, so that might explain part of the price (as opposed to a lower COL area), but still. I hope that it's the size of a football field.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12268 on: February 05, 2016, 03:37:48 PM »
First time posting. Had to share this.

Recently I was getting on my bike leaving work and heard a car start. Rode past the idling luxury SUV and realized there was no one in it. It was remote started to warm up. It had been idling for a couple of minutes.

It was cold out, January in Canada, but this was in AN UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKADE!!!!

I know this is a small point but the sheer wastefulness of it boggles my mind.

I've literally never seen such a thing in my life, and I've working on construction projects that built public parking garages.  I have had to build heat trace systems to warm the fire extinguishers, water pipes & such in those spaces to above freezing, and the elevator lobbies & stairwells are usually heated to about 50 degrees F (which is why they are such popular hangouts for the homeless in winter; but I have never seen an parkade where the parking space areas themselves were deliberately or directly heated.

You're also in Louisville, Kentucky.

I have lived & worked in many latitudes, but none so high as Canada.  I have known of parking spots that had electric circuits wired to each of them, so that the car owner could plug in an engine block heater; but I have never actually installed these myself.  If I ever do buy a new car, I certainly would get an engine block heater.  They are rare options around here, but it's amazing how quick the engine warms up to a ready-to-defrost-the-windshield temperature when they have been on the block heater for an hour.  As good at using those remote starters for 10 minutes before you leave the house, and likely much cheaper in the long run if you consider the cost of gasoline BTU's versus the cost of electric BTU's.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12269 on: February 05, 2016, 10:11:40 PM »
Coworker just informed me that she purchased a $300 cake! for a baby shower! at the expectant mother's request.

Yikes, I see that you're in SF, so that might explain part of the price (as opposed to a lower COL area), but still. I hope that it's the size of a football field.

Well sure, this is a HCOL area & stuff costs more.  But not usually on the order of 7x more!  That's just outrageous.  Coworker said that it's basically a wedding cake but with baby blue color theme & a little fondant elephant on top.  I bet in the midwest it would still cost $200.  Ok, I'm going to have a little lie-down now; I'm feeling faint from the thought of this cake...

my mate got a cake for her kids 1st birthday that was about $150 which I thought was crazy

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12270 on: February 05, 2016, 10:44:36 PM »
Even $40 for a cake seems outrageous to me. But then my mother always baked all cakes herself. Cost her a few hours and some flour and eggs, so to speak. Since I've started living on my own, well, come to think of it, my mother basically still bakes me a birthday cake, ha. I get to eat some when I visit them on or shortly after my birthday. I don't bake or buy them myself.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12271 on: February 06, 2016, 05:51:40 PM »
Young male at my workplace, who pays child support on two toddler age children, with different females, and is engaged to marry the Mother of the second child later this year.

Said coworker borrows 5k out his 401k, takes a week of of vacation, and goes to the local casino with 1k in pocket every day. Loses entire 5k, of course.

I'd love to see what he wrote on the 401k loan application for the purpose of the loan. Maybe “vacation”, which I guess that strictly speaking, would be true.

Depending on which company handles the 401k, he may not have had to describe the purpose of the loan at all. He wouldn't be the first person to liquidate long-term assets for mindless consumer stupidity.

It turns out that you're right. I checked the documentation, and loans are available for any general purpose. I thought an approved reason was needed.

The only restrictions seem to be no more than 50% of your balance, no more than two loans per year, no more than two loans active.

So apparently, “piss away Five Grand at the casino” is a perfectly valid use of his 401k. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12272 on: February 06, 2016, 10:56:19 PM »
Young male at my workplace, who pays child support on two toddler age children, with different females, and is engaged to marry the Mother of the second child later this year.

Said coworker borrows 5k out his 401k, takes a week of of vacation, and goes to the local casino with 1k in pocket every day. Loses entire 5k, of course.

I'd love to see what he wrote on the 401k loan application for the purpose of the loan. Maybe “vacation”, which I guess that strictly speaking, would be true.

Depending on which company handles the 401k, he may not have had to describe the purpose of the loan at all. He wouldn't be the first person to liquidate long-term assets for mindless consumer stupidity.

It turns out that you're right. I checked the documentation, and loans are available for any general purpose. I thought an approved reason was needed.

The only restrictions seem to be no more than 50% of your balance, no more than two loans per year, no more than two loans active.

So apparently, “piss away Five Grand at the casino” is a perfectly valid use of his 401k.

It is his money.  He can take 100% of it out any time he wants.

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« Reply #12273 on: February 06, 2016, 11:03:54 PM »
People at my work all combine money to buy weekly lotto tickets (they put in $50 every 10 weeks) they recently won a little (the equivalent of about $120 each) and have all decided to "reinvest" it in more lotto ticket.

When I pointed out it wasn't really an investment, since they have all contributed about $500 each so far and not actually had any winnings they have withdrawn. They told me it was a similar investment to shares as you could win big or lose everything.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12274 on: February 07, 2016, 12:44:45 AM »
So apparently, “piss away Five Grand at the casino” is a perfectly valid use of his 401k.

It is his money.  He can take 100% of it out any time he wants.

Not while he works for the company.

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« Reply #12275 on: February 07, 2016, 02:55:47 AM »
People at my work all combine money to buy weekly lotto tickets (they put in $50 every 10 weeks) they recently won a little (the equivalent of about $120 each) and have all decided to "reinvest" it in more lotto ticket.

When I pointed out it wasn't really an investment, since they have all contributed about $500 each so far and not actually had any winnings they have withdrawn. They told me it was a similar investment to shares as you could win big or lose everything.

Lol. Oh dear.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12276 on: February 07, 2016, 05:22:19 AM »
A colleague is going to watch an amateur rugby tournament, which seemed a fairly normal activity, until he mentioned a few costs:

Tickets to get into said amateur event.... $580!!
Add in flights (of course it's not local) ≈ $150

Add in hotel, food, drink etc, it's a $1000 weekend.

The best bit: he went last year, spent the whole time drinking and didn't even watch the matches!


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« Reply #12277 on: February 07, 2016, 07:55:32 AM »
I was asking one of my coworkers why when I multiply my gross pay by my contribution % the amount showing on my pay stub doesn't match what it should be.  My mistake to ask this guy, he's been here 25+ years. He responds with "yeah it's bull, why does it show that we are paying into it, it's suppose to be them paying into it."  Then he goes on to tell me how as soon as there is enough in his 401k to withdraw he borrows every dollar that he can and files for hardship so he doesn't have to repay it.

I tried to explain that with taxes and the penalty it was a bad idea for him to do that, with him contributing 6% to get the match. I'll make sure I ask payroll questions to payroll next time.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12278 on: February 07, 2016, 08:19:08 AM »
I really want to know what the guy counting the votes overheard here to make that "error" ;)

Keane Schwarz is certain he knows the outcome of the vote in his precinct: He was the lone caucusgoer in Woodbury County No. 43.
But the Iowa Democratic Party's final results state that Hillary Clinton won one county delegate and Bernie Sanders received zero.
"I voted for Bernie," Schwarz, 36, of Oto, told The Des Moines Register. “It was really suspicious … I’m actually pretty irate about it.”
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2016/02/06/iowans-claim-instances-when-sanders-shorted-delegates/79902080/

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12279 on: February 07, 2016, 05:00:00 PM »
A few days ago the topic of retirement came up at work. CW1 mentions how even putting as little as $100 a month into your TSP a month will grow to a large amount over the years.
CW2 said setting up a TSP online is too complicated and doesn't want to deal with it.
What makes this even worse is it's not someone who is computer illiterate, but someone who does pretty complicated processes on computers all day long. I tried telling him how easy it is to set up, but he wasn't hearing it, so I just dropped it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12280 on: February 07, 2016, 05:30:38 PM »
A few days ago the topic of retirement came up at work. CW1 mentions how even putting as little as $100 a month into your TSP a month will grow to a large amount over the years.
CW2 said setting up a TSP online is too complicated and doesn't want to deal with it.
What makes this even worse is it's not someone who is computer illiterate, but someone who does pretty complicated processes on computers all day long. I tried telling him how easy it is to set up, but he wasn't hearing it, so I just dropped it.
Eh, at least there's FERS for people like that. Most of my coworkers are prior service, content to work till their 60s and retire on military pension, maybe VA disability,, SS, and FERS annuities, and as long as they don't end up indigent as a result, I'm cool with it.
It seems dumb to me but at least it's basically responsible.

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« Reply #12281 on: February 07, 2016, 05:55:15 PM »
A few days ago the topic of retirement came up at work. CW1 mentions how even putting as little as $100 a month into your TSP a month will grow to a large amount over the years.
CW2 said setting up a TSP online is too complicated and doesn't want to deal with it.
What makes this even worse is it's not someone who is computer illiterate, but someone who does pretty complicated processes on computers all day long. I tried telling him how easy it is to set up, but he wasn't hearing it, so I just dropped it.

You don't even need online access to TSP. I don't.  I filled out the form to contribute when I got hired and haven't touched it since.  I keep meaning to set it up but why bother when my contributions go in fine without it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12282 on: February 07, 2016, 06:35:03 PM »
A colleague is going to watch an amateur rugby tournament, which seemed a fairly normal activity, until he mentioned a few costs:

Tickets to get into said amateur event.... $580!!
Add in flights (of course it's not local) ≈ $150

Add in hotel, food, drink etc, it's a $1000 weekend.

The best bit: he went last year, spent the whole time drinking and didn't even watch the matches!

Holy fuck.

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« Reply #12283 on: February 07, 2016, 07:07:38 PM »
Eh, at least there's FERS for people like that. Most of my coworkers are prior service, content to work till their 60s and retire on military pension, maybe VA disability,, SS, and FERS annuities, and as long as they don't end up indigent as a result, I'm cool with it.
It seems dumb to me but at least it's basically responsible.
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« Reply #12284 on: February 07, 2016, 08:01:30 PM »
Oh, never mind then.
He's a fuckin' retard.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12285 on: February 07, 2016, 10:41:21 PM »
We were chatting about savings at work with a colleague who is always trying but not managing to start saving.

It came out that their household (two people) use 3-4 rolls of paper towel a week and 6-8 rolls of toilet paper, all premium branded.

They are spending almost $800 a year in paper that they buy to throw away.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12286 on: February 07, 2016, 10:53:55 PM »
6-8 rolls of toilet paper, all premium branded. 

If they are using that much a week, just imagine what their food bills must be.

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« Reply #12287 on: February 07, 2016, 11:04:39 PM »
6-8 rolls of toilet paper, all premium branded. 

If they are using that much a week, just imagine what their food bills must be.

Maybe they have digestive issues?  I probably go through 4-6 rolls of tp per week just myself.  Maybe they are just wasteful, but how do you go through tp other than using it for it's designated purpose?

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« Reply #12288 on: February 07, 2016, 11:49:24 PM »
I was trying to get to the bottom (haha) of it but couldn't work it out. It sounded a bit like they used toilet paper for purposes outside of the toilet like removing make-up & wiping up spills?

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« Reply #12289 on: February 07, 2016, 11:54:54 PM »
6-8 rolls of toilet paper, all premium branded. 

If they are using that much a week, just imagine what their food bills must be.

Maybe they have digestive issues?  I probably go through 4-6 rolls of tp per week just myself.  Maybe they are just wasteful, but how do you go through tp other than using it for it's designated purpose?

Before I got married, toilet paper was a cheaper alternative to tissue paper (I guess you pay extra to have them pre-cut the squares for you?).   Women also use it to wad up around tampons, possibly for makeup related things, etc. 

Anyways, how much do you poop?  1 roll per day implies like hourly pooping, right?

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« Reply #12290 on: February 08, 2016, 03:46:07 AM »
Before I got married, toilet paper was a cheaper alternative to tissue paper (I guess you pay extra to have them pre-cut the squares for you?).

Did they change the price for some reason after you got married?  Is there a marriage discount for Kleenex I never learned about?
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« Reply #12291 on: February 08, 2016, 06:23:04 AM »
Before I got married, toilet paper was a cheaper alternative to tissue paper (I guess you pay extra to have them pre-cut the squares for you?).

Did they change the price for some reason after you got married?  Is there a marriage discount for Kleenex I never learned about?

When did toilet paper stop being tissue paper? I didn't get the memo. ; )

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« Reply #12292 on: February 08, 2016, 06:41:29 AM »
This is tissue paper: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lvgl0-xYNzM/TzguGbtgdxI/AAAAAAAAFq8/VDQHXAZi7NA/s1600/IMG_2880.JPG

It's what you use for crafts and wrapping presents nicely.

These are tissues: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02049/tissue_2049564i.jpg

You blow your nose on them.

For quite some minutes I thought y'all used toilet paper as tissue paper...

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« Reply #12293 on: February 08, 2016, 07:22:55 AM »
6-8 rolls of toilet paper, all premium branded. 

If they are using that much a week, just imagine what their food bills must be.

Maybe they have digestive issues?  I probably go through 4-6 rolls of tp per week just myself.  Maybe they are just wasteful, but how do you go through tp other than using it for it's designated purpose?

Before I got married, toilet paper was a cheaper alternative to tissue paper (I guess you pay extra to have them pre-cut the squares for you?).   Women also use it to wad up around tampons, possibly for makeup related things, etc. 

Anyways, how much do you poop?  1 roll per day implies like hourly pooping, right?

When I feel perfectly fine and normal, like 4-6 times per day.  If i'm having issues, maybe 10 or so. 

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« Reply #12294 on: February 08, 2016, 07:31:54 AM »
LOL. Crazy English language.

Webster's has "tissue" as "a piece of soft absorbent tissue paper used especially as a handkerchief or for removing cosmetics."

Tissues, made of tissue paper, marketed in a colorful dispenser box are silly. We unroll some toilet paper to blow our noses. Or use a handkerchief.

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« Reply #12295 on: February 08, 2016, 07:46:17 AM »
Before I got married, toilet paper was a cheaper alternative to tissue paper (I guess you pay extra to have them pre-cut the squares for you?).

Did they change the price for some reason after you got married?  Is there a marriage discount for Kleenex I never learned about?

No, I was just informed that it is no longer an acceptable substitute

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« Reply #12296 on: February 08, 2016, 07:58:50 AM »
Before I got married, toilet paper was a cheaper alternative to tissue paper (I guess you pay extra to have them pre-cut the squares for you?).

Did they change the price for some reason after you got married?  Is there a marriage discount for Kleenex I never learned about?

No, I was just informed that it is no longer an acceptable substitute

Before I got married, my own hand was a cheap alternative (I guess I didn't figured out the expensive collaterals)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12297 on: February 08, 2016, 11:31:59 AM »
6-8 rolls of toilet paper, all premium branded. 

If they are using that much a week, just imagine what their food bills must be.

Maybe they have digestive issues?  I probably go through 4-6 rolls of tp per week just myself.  Maybe they are just wasteful, but how do you go through tp other than using it for it's designated purpose?

Before I got married, toilet paper was a cheaper alternative to tissue paper (I guess you pay extra to have them pre-cut the squares for you?).   Women also use it to wad up around tampons, possibly for makeup related things, etc. 

Anyways, how much do you poop?  1 roll per day implies like hourly pooping, right?

When I feel perfectly fine and normal, like 4-6 times per day.  If i'm having issues, maybe 10 or so.

With small kids, you can go through a load of TP if you don't set out the three-squares rule early on. Use three squares, wipe, fold in half, repeat. If there is still brown, get three more squares. Also, my first wife would grab the first square on the roll, then mummify her whole hand, tear it off the roll, wipe once, repeat.  I was forever buying TP and unclogging toilets. Technique matters as much as frequency!

I have a friend who does that too, we used to be roommates, but it would be for blowing his nose once.  He walks into the bathroom, wraps his hand around so there's no way he could get mucus on his hand, blows his nose, throws it in the toilet.  If he has to blow again, or wipe off whatever is left (for whatever reason he couldn't have folded it for that purpose), he rewraps his hand.  His Paper towel usage is similar, grabs three or for together, wipes one thing, throws away the bunch.

Now, to see how destructive this habit can be one day he was upstairs to take a shower in his house (now married with two kids), blows his nose with the bunch of toilet paper, throws it in the toilet and flushes, then goes to take a shower.  10 or 15 minutes later he feels cold water on his feet and finds that the wad of toilet paper had plugged his toilet and it has now flooded enough to come over the 3-4 inches of barrier for his shower and is making it's way down the walls, over the carpet, everywhere.  He had to file an insurance claim and get a lot of work done to his house.

His solution for this, though, was that he went and bought a toilet, I believe a Toto, that has youtube videos of being able to suck down tennis balls.

In contrast my wife and I go through maybe one roll of paper towels in a month, including hand washing all of our dishes and using paper towels to dry.  We get the style that are half sheets so you don't end up with more towel than you need.  We do have tissues in a box, but are equally as frugal with them.  Really, we buy a pack from Costco of each of them maybe once or twice a year.

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« Reply #12298 on: February 08, 2016, 11:59:50 AM »
With small kids, you can go through a load of TP if you don't set out the three-squares rule early on. Use three squares, wipe, fold in half, repeat. If there is still brown, get three more squares. Also, my first wife would grab the first square on the roll, then mummify her whole hand, tear it off the roll, wipe once, repeat.  I was forever buying TP and unclogging toilets. Technique matters as much as frequency!



EDIT to add:  On days when I shit 10+ times, the consistency is not that of a normal shit, and the coverage area is not always that of a normal shit.  It could very well exceed the square area of 1.5 squares, and the tp penetration is more than 2 layers.  I try to exercise frugality in tp usage when applicable (and probably need to more than most), but some times it's just not practical.  Sometimes the only answer is a hot shower - but even then, if it's bad enough to require a shower, you can't go straight from the toilet to the shower.  You require at least a preliminary cleaning.

Probably TMI.
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« Reply #12299 on: February 08, 2016, 12:18:31 PM »
With small kids, you can go through a load of TP if you don't set out the three-squares rule early on. Use three squares, wipe, fold in half, repeat. If there is still brown, get three more squares. Also, my first wife would grab the first square on the roll, then mummify her whole hand, tear it off the roll, wipe once, repeat.  I was forever buying TP and unclogging toilets. Technique matters as much as frequency!




Maybe your nachos aren't so frugal after all.

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