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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12400 on: February 09, 2016, 06:53:54 AM »
A little background:
I gave my two-weeks notice a little over a week ago (I'm starting my last week today). I had initially decided to quit for personal reasons (throwing up on a Monday morning because my work is sucking the life out of me is a legit reason in my book), but in the week after my decision was made, before I gave my official notice, I received another super-exciting offer (which I have since happily accepted). The following conversation took place before I had signed the offer, however.

CW (50 year old warehouse supervisor): Do you have anything lined up?

Me: I have some options but nothing is official yet, I'll see.

CW: You're lucky you can allow yourself to do that since you have someone at home to pay for things. If I stopped working I would lose my house in a few months.

What I want to say: Your kids are out of the house, not on your dime, you don't pay alimony, you have a 2015 Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot, have been working for the past 25 years, and you would lose your house in a few months if you didn't get paid every two weeks?!?! I make less than you do and still have 4 years of living expenses put away. And by they way, my BF is starting his PhD and in NO WAY pays my living expenses. You can feel free to go f*** yourself for that assumption.*

What I said: Yeah, I'm lucky. «blank stare - please remove yourself from my office»

*My reaction may seem touchy here, but women and men are treated very differently in my office. Had I been a man, his reaction would have been more along the lines of «what will your partner do without your income?!» NOT «you can just live off your partner's income.»

Wow I sure had to wade through a lot of shit to get to this on-topic comment.

Next time - please don't hold back. No need for profanity, but maybe let the guy know that you pay for yourself and have 4 years of living expenses lined up. That dickhead needs to know.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12401 on: February 09, 2016, 07:09:26 AM »
The amount of TP you guys go through is insane. I poop 3-4 times a day and my wife and I still only use 2, maybe 3 rolls a week. (The trick is to poop at work).
And when DW and I were dating in college and she moved in with me, she asked where my tissues were one day and I told her "I just use toilet paper. It's cheaper and softer than all but the expensive brands of tissues" and she shrugged and went into the bathroom to blow her nose. End of discussion.

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« Reply #12402 on: February 09, 2016, 07:24:49 AM »
To answer the various questions/comments:
- Comments and behaviour like this are actually rather split between men and women. I've never had a woman here at my office actually make a comment directly like this to me, but as an office with 75% women, most of whom are between 22 and 35, it actually IS almost like «well, I'm just going to get pregnant anyway». The higher ups don't exactly treat us like respected professionals (THE reason I'm leaving), so it's sort of a cyclical problem (I was considered «aggressive» because I asked for a raise to go with my promotion...).
- I held my tongue because I could care less what he thinks, and because I don't see the point in trying to educate someone who doesn't want to be. He's a nice person, he just has a very archaic mentality. This is unfortunately very commen in Québec City (or the province in general), where almost everyone is white and Catholic and has never stepped outside his or her own province (this is not a jab at white or Catholics, but rather a jab at cultural homogeneity).
- I've tried to speak to those my own age here about finances (when they asked), but even with the social structure and free or almost-free education and health services, nobody seems to think getting ahead is possible. The fact that my BF and I spend 50% of what we make baffles my colleagues. «But we make so little?!?!» they say (which is true, we are severely underpaid for what we do, see my first point), but we're still almost all at or above Quebec's average. I've stopped trying.

Side note of celebration: My new work will be 25% work from home, with a bunch of programmers and developers (science and tech people are my spirit animals), mostly young, who all either bike to work (which I will now be able to do) or take 1.5 hr lunches to bike around the river, no time-sheets, with a «as long as you get your work done well and efficiently, we don't care when you're in the office», who have been known to shut the office on slow afternoons to go mountain biking when the whether is nice. During my second interview I was told that I was going to show everyone how to rock-climb and they would show me how to mountain bike. I'm psyched!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12403 on: February 09, 2016, 07:49:26 AM »

Speaking as a female, buying Kleenex is a waste of time, to works just fine.
I might buy actual Kleenex if I have a cold  requiring lots of tissues because it is softer and your nose does get sore over time
Lady, you are still doing it wrong.
The one or two free packages of Kleenex (if they are build the same as our german Taschentücher) you get at the apothecary are for emergency on-the-road usage and last the whole year or even longer.
For all uses at home ESPECIALLY for a flu you use the paper for wiping your face clean of cosmetics etc. (german Kosmetiktücher)
It is way cheaper and way more softer (flu nose will say thank you) then kleenex. And easier to dispose without touching the stuff.


Speaking as a male who poops only one or twice a day my toilet paper rolls last for longer then a month.

Alas, 3-layer Taschentücher do not exist in North America. In the days when I still visited relatives in Europe twice a year, I always come back with all my shoes and any items with cavities being stuffed with packages of Solo Talent. Now that I don't travel anymore, I have acquiesced to using Kleenex or the no-name knockoffs and wiping the fibers and snot off my shirt afterwards after the thing disintegrates under my forceful gale. But the last time I was in Europe two years ago I almost cried as blew my nose in a beautifully constructed Zewa Softi. They are a marvel of rhinal engineering.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12404 on: February 09, 2016, 08:45:42 AM »
No, I was just informed that it is no longer an acceptable substitute
I was provided the same information upon marriage as well.
The tyrants you people marry!
TP really isn't an acceptable substitute to Kleenex.
Then again, I personally have allergies and a year-round runny nose so using TP (or even low-quality Kleenex) makes my nose red and hurt quite a lot after a day or so.

Speaking as a female, buying Kleenex is a waste of time, to works just fine. Just have to say that since the wives seem to be dictating this purchase! I might buy actual Kleenex if I have a cold  requiring lots of tissues because it is softer and your nose does get sore over time but I'd have to have a bad enough cold that I went to the store for multiple illness related supplies.


Traveljunkyqc, I'm impressed you did not say anything to that rude comment. I'd have definitely said something snarky in response to that comment, especially if I was leaving already. Something like "yeah because this is the 1950s and I'm only working as a hobby until I get pregnant."

I'm female, and my husband insists on buying Kleenex.  I'll admit it's nice when I have a cold or allergies.  But otherwise I just use TP.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12405 on: February 09, 2016, 10:18:26 AM »
I also use tp for blowing my nose, which I have to do about 10 times after every shower, and occasionally throughout the day.  I find kleenex are too large, I need to tear them in half.  If I have a cold/flu I prefer kleenex so my nose doesn't get raw, but for normal day to day operations tp is fine.  My wife insists on buying kleenex though.  She uses about 95% of the kleenex. The damn dog eats the other 5%.  No idea what it is about loose kleenex and napkins but my dog will eat them every chance she gets.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12406 on: February 09, 2016, 12:18:10 PM »
The Kleenex has an advantage that if you need to keep it out for some reason, say on the kitchen counter, it looks nicer to guests than a roll of TP.  Maybe there's a market for decorative TP holders that dispense it upwards and slice it when you pull out a certain amount. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12407 on: February 09, 2016, 12:25:20 PM »
The Kleenex has an advantage that if you need to keep it out for some reason, say on the kitchen counter, it looks nicer to guests than a roll of TP.  Maybe there's a market for decorative TP holders that dispense it upwards and slice it when you pull out a certain amount.

I make my guests go to the bathroom to blow their nose.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12408 on: February 09, 2016, 12:27:22 PM »
The Kleenex has an advantage that if you need to keep it out for some reason, say on the kitchen counter, it looks nicer to guests than a roll of TP.  Maybe there's a market for decorative TP holders that dispense it upwards and slice it when you pull out a certain amount.

with voice activation. every time you pull one that says "Gesundheit".
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« Reply #12409 on: February 09, 2016, 12:28:35 PM »
The Kleenex has an advantage that if you need to keep it out for some reason, say on the kitchen counter, it looks nicer to guests than a roll of TP.  Maybe there's a market for decorative TP holders that dispense it upwards and slice it when you pull out a certain amount.

That was the first thought I had when then whole TP vs TB (tissue box) came up. They do exist but not to the same quality/usefulness that one would like.

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« Reply #12410 on: February 09, 2016, 01:14:37 PM »
The Kleenex has an advantage that if you need to keep it out for some reason, say on the kitchen counter, it looks nicer to guests than a roll of TP.  Maybe there's a market for decorative TP holders that dispense it upwards and slice it when you pull out a certain amount.

Until someone's TP-attacking cat, child, or spouse sticks a paw into the dispenser and gets it sliced off.
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« Reply #12411 on: February 09, 2016, 01:22:07 PM »
The Kleenex has an advantage that if you need to keep it out for some reason, say on the kitchen counter, it looks nicer to guests than a roll of TP.  Maybe there's a market for decorative TP holders that dispense it upwards and slice it when you pull out a certain amount.

Until someone's TP-attacking cat, child, or spouse sticks a paw into the dispenser and gets it sliced off.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12412 on: February 09, 2016, 01:23:23 PM »
But all 'highway miles' so that makes it OK, right???   :)

lol - I love when I see a car for sale in any major city - ALL HIGHWAY MILES.

ooooh so the car spent it's life in stop and go traffic and constantly idling so there is probably way more wear and tear than the miles actually indicate.... lol

Highway miles generally indicate much less wear. Most highways in the US aren't gridlocked.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12413 on: February 09, 2016, 01:24:59 PM »
The Kleenex has an advantage that if you need to keep it out for some reason, say on the kitchen counter, it looks nicer to guests than a roll of TP.  Maybe there's a market for decorative TP holders that dispense it upwards and slice it when you pull out a certain amount.

Until someone's TP-attacking cat, child, or spouse sticks a paw into the dispenser and gets it sliced off.
The simple solution to this would be a clamp that grabs the paper firmly enough to tear it when you pull, but not tight enough to hurt anybody.

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« Reply #12414 on: February 09, 2016, 01:26:59 PM »
I was serious about sending my guests to the bathroom to blow their nose.  I don't want any type of dispenser (TP or kleenex) on my counter.  Don't do that in my kitchen.  Or my living room. Seriously, go to the fucking bathroom to do that shit, and wash your hands when you are done.

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« Reply #12415 on: February 09, 2016, 01:30:56 PM »
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...

I grew up using TP as tissue paper to keep birthday presents and such from rattling around in their boxes. So there's that. We also used it exclusively instead of kleenex-style tissues, and to this day I find Kleenex tissues to be too thin and yet oversized to really work most effectively.

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« Reply #12416 on: February 09, 2016, 03:34:48 PM »
Why do people need this much Kleenex? (haven't bought Kleenex in years except for decorative box for office).

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« Reply #12417 on: February 09, 2016, 03:43:58 PM »
Why do people need this much Kleenex? (haven't bought Kleenex in years except for decorative box for office).

Some people get a cold/flu.  Some people have allergies.  Other people just poop a lot.

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« Reply #12418 on: February 09, 2016, 04:34:52 PM »
CW: You're lucky you can allow yourself to do that since you have someone at home to pay for things. If I stopped working I would lose my house in a few months.

...

And by they way, my BF is starting his PhD and in NO WAY pays my living expenses. You can feel free to go f*** yourself for that assumption.*

This story actually reminded me of one my previous bosses. He had mentioned one day that he needed to change his beneficiaries for his retirement accounts to list his wife first and his daughter second. When I asked, "What about your son?" (meaning, was he not also going to list his son as a beneficiary), he said, "Well, my daughter could marry a bum."

Cue the blank stare and the silent backing away. Sure, it's his decision to choose whomever he wants for his beneficiaries. But it took a lot of willpower not to say, "Or, you know, she could get an education and a job and support her damned self."


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« Reply #12419 on: February 09, 2016, 05:48:46 PM »
CW: You're lucky you can allow yourself to do that since you have someone at home to pay for things. If I stopped working I would lose my house in a few months.

...

And by they way, my BF is starting his PhD and in NO WAY pays my living expenses. You can feel free to go f*** yourself for that assumption.*

This story actually reminded me of one my previous bosses. He had mentioned one day that he needed to change his beneficiaries for his retirement accounts to list his wife first and his daughter second. When I asked, "What about your son?" (meaning, was he not also going to list his son as a beneficiary), he said, "Well, my daughter could marry a bum."

Cue the blank stare and the silent backing away. Sure, it's his decision to choose whomever he wants for his beneficiaries. But it took a lot of willpower not to say, "Or, you know, she could get an education and a job and support her damned self."

I assume (in the original story) there is a lot of context missing. It's possible the CW merely thought it was a two income household. Love the immediate piling on by the haters.

What, and how much, do you people eat that gets on the throne for a number two more than once a day? Twice is abnormal for me. You need to eat things your body needs in proper amount and cut down on the waste.

If I read the tissue comments correctly, it seems like people are one blow and in the trash? That baffles me. I use a paper towel and will use it for blow after blow after blow, using square inch by square inch. Ditto for times when I grab a tissue or TP. There is some crazy waste going on around here.

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« Reply #12420 on: February 09, 2016, 06:22:24 PM »

Speaking as a female, buying Kleenex is a waste of time, to works just fine.
I might buy actual Kleenex if I have a cold  requiring lots of tissues because it is softer and your nose does get sore over time
Lady, you are still doing it wrong.
The one or two free packages of Kleenex (if they are build the same as our german Taschentücher) you get at the apothecary are for emergency on-the-road usage and last the whole year or even longer.
For all uses at home ESPECIALLY for a flu you use the paper for wiping your face clean of cosmetics etc. (german Kosmetiktücher)
It is way cheaper and way more softer (flu nose will say thank you) then kleenex. And easier to dispose without touching the stuff.


Speaking as a male who poops only one or twice a day my toilet paper rolls last for longer then a month.

Oh if I could get free taschentuecher... I'd have to buy them here (apparently you get them free?!?) and the per unit tissue price is much higher than a whole box. I'm not sure if we have kosmetiktuecher or not bc I haven't seen these in Germany so while I understand the translation, not sure we have the same thing...so I will have to carry on with my current illness strategy!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12421 on: February 09, 2016, 07:22:08 PM »

This story actually reminded me of one my previous bosses. He had mentioned one day that he needed to change his beneficiaries for his retirement accounts to list his wife first and his daughter second. When I asked, "What about your son?" (meaning, was he not also going to list his son as a beneficiary), he said, "Well, my daughter could marry a bum."


I recall in "Millionaire Next Door," that they mention that this is not uncommon for parents to do.

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« Reply #12422 on: February 09, 2016, 07:40:19 PM »

Speaking as a female, buying Kleenex is a waste of time, to works just fine.
I might buy actual Kleenex if I have a cold  requiring lots of tissues because it is softer and your nose does get sore over time
Lady, you are still doing it wrong.
The one or two free packages of Kleenex (if they are build the same as our german Taschentücher) you get at the apothecary are for emergency on-the-road usage and last the whole year or even longer.
For all uses at home ESPECIALLY for a flu you use the paper for wiping your face clean of cosmetics etc. (german Kosmetiktücher)
It is way cheaper and way more softer (flu nose will say thank you) then kleenex. And easier to dispose without touching the stuff.


Speaking as a male who poops only one or twice a day my toilet paper rolls last for longer then a month.

If your nose is getting sore, you're using the tissue wrong . . . regardless of Kleenex or TP.  Take your right finger and place it against your right nostril, pushing it towards the nose until it's blocked.  Blow hard into tissue held below the nose.  Repeat on the left side.  Gently dab the nose once to remove excess in extreme cases.

Now you know how to blow your nose properly.  This technique works fine with burlap, I think you'll be OK with TP.

So...like a snot rocket, but holding a tissue?  I do like a good snot rocket

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« Reply #12423 on: February 10, 2016, 12:43:22 AM »
Now if you want to make some big bucks, start selling apfelschorle in the USA, shit is delicious and we don't have it!

I agree it's good, but isn't it basically equivalent to Martinelli's?
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« Reply #12424 on: February 10, 2016, 12:47:10 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

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« Reply #12425 on: February 10, 2016, 01:00:38 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

Sure we do!   Why just the other day I was blowing my nose on a handkerchief while hanging out at the soda fountain waiting for my shoes to get cobbled.
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« Reply #12426 on: February 10, 2016, 01:09:58 AM »
The Kleenex has an advantage that if you need to keep it out for some reason, say on the kitchen counter, it looks nicer to guests than a roll of TP.  Maybe there's a market for decorative TP holders that dispense it upwards and slice it when you pull out a certain amount.

ooooh!  One of my wedding gifts was a homemade Kleenex box decorative cover, made to look like a fabric house with lace shingles and "smoke" (tissue) coming out of the chimney.   I bet that thing could cover a nice roll of TP.!!

 (I guess I was married pre BrideZilla era? ) 

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« Reply #12427 on: February 10, 2016, 01:51:01 AM »

Looking for Kleenex, I came across the review from the mom who has teenage sons:
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I want to start this off by thanking Kleenex for selling these in 36-packs. I've put it on subscription, and if they want to start selling a 72-pack, sign me up. I have three reasons for needing this much Kleenex, and their names are Liam, Samuel and Hank.

This is how it goes in this house. First the Kleenex disappears. Then the toilet paper. Then they go for fabrics. And you don't want it to get there, unless you're ready to invest in a five gallon drum of Fabreeze.

This used to be a good Christian home. But it's not about moral judgment anymore. I'm way beyond that. I'm in survival mode. If I don't supply absorbent paper products, I'm going to find my dish towels hidden in the basement, stiff as aluminum. The other day, I almost cut my hand on a sock. I am sorry to speak so frankly, but with three teenage boys, a woman has got to be practical.

The funny part is, they think they're being sneaky, with their 45 minute showers and sudden need for "privacy", as if I'm going to walk in on them journaling. They slink around the house like unfixed cats, while I try to announce my location at all times. No one needs to ask me to knock anymore. I knock on the walls. I practically wear a cow bell. I'm not looking to catch anyone by surprise, believe me. I'm just trying to get through this.

The other day my husband was watching me unload the groceries, and he asks me, all sweetness and light, "Honey, what're you doing with all that Kleenex?"

I about knocked him off his chair.

Okay, so I kept wondering why her three teenage sons were blowing their noses so much.  Then I realized...

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« Reply #12428 on: February 10, 2016, 05:46:41 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

I do! :)

I found some lace and linen vintage ones on eBay for about 1$ each when my daughter was born. She was endlessly spitting up, and I was tired of Kleenex taking over my pockets, purse, sleeves, etc (and sometimes you're going somewhere, covering everything with flannel blankets isn't always practical...) the lace and nice fabric felt a lot less "I have been taken over b baby entropy" and a lot more "I can handle this". Probably cheaper in the long run, but honestly not the main concern. :)

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« Reply #12429 on: February 10, 2016, 06:02:37 AM »
But all 'highway miles' so that makes it OK, right???   :)

lol - I love when I see a car for sale in any major city - ALL HIGHWAY MILES.

ooooh so the car spent it's life in stop and go traffic and constantly idling so there is probably way more wear and tear than the miles actually indicate.... lol

Highway miles generally indicate much less wear. Most highways in the US aren't gridlocked.
I believe they were implying that highway travel in major cities is about the same as repeated stop and go with intermittent idling.

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« Reply #12430 on: February 10, 2016, 06:10:51 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

I do! :)

I found some lace and linen vintage ones on eBay for about 1$ each when my daughter was born. She was endlessly spitting up, and I was tired of Kleenex taking over my pockets, purse, sleeves, etc (and sometimes you're going somewhere, covering everything with flannel blankets isn't always practical...) the lace and nice fabric felt a lot less "I have been taken over b baby entropy" and a lot more "I can handle this". Probably cheaper in the long run, but honestly not the main concern. :)
I use a handkerchief if I'm working outside around a lot of dust or pollen or if I am at a formal event and I have a cold, but generally I don't need to blow my nose enough to justify carrying one. I have a nice stack of monogramed ones in my dresser that I received as a gift from my grandmother when I graduated from high school though.

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« Reply #12431 on: February 10, 2016, 06:25:25 AM »
I carry and use hankies. I carry one like Ford Prefect's towel.

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« Reply #12432 on: February 10, 2016, 06:31:17 AM »

Looking for Kleenex, I came across the review from the mom who has teenage sons:
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I want to start this off by thanking Kleenex for selling these in 36-packs. I've put it on subscription, and if they want to start selling a 72-pack, sign me up. I have three reasons for needing this much Kleenex, and their names are Liam, Samuel and Hank.

This is how it goes in this house. First the Kleenex disappears. Then the toilet paper. Then they go for fabrics. And you don't want it to get there, unless you're ready to invest in a five gallon drum of Fabreeze.

This used to be a good Christian home. But it's not about moral judgment anymore. I'm way beyond that. I'm in survival mode. If I don't supply absorbent paper products, I'm going to find my dish towels hidden in the basement, stiff as aluminum. The other day, I almost cut my hand on a sock. I am sorry to speak so frankly, but with three teenage boys, a woman has got to be practical.

The funny part is, they think they're being sneaky, with their 45 minute showers and sudden need for "privacy", as if I'm going to walk in on them journaling. They slink around the house like unfixed cats, while I try to announce my location at all times. No one needs to ask me to knock anymore. I knock on the walls. I practically wear a cow bell. I'm not looking to catch anyone by surprise, believe me. I'm just trying to get through this.

The other day my husband was watching me unload the groceries, and he asks me, all sweetness and light, "Honey, what're you doing with all that Kleenex?"

I about knocked him off his chair.

Okay, so I kept wondering why her three teenage sons were blowing their noses so much.  Then I realized...

Your post made the review even funnier. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12433 on: February 10, 2016, 06:33:11 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

lol, my father does. :)


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12434 on: February 10, 2016, 06:52:55 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

Yes, I use a hanky.  Where I live you can't find new ones in stores other than huge pocket squares for men so I buy them at flea markets.   My mom also brought a ton of them from Europe when they moved to Canada so I'm pretty stocked up.

The wood fibre in the kleenex really irritates my nose so don't like it for that reason.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12435 on: February 10, 2016, 07:33:59 AM »
But all 'highway miles' so that makes it OK, right???   :)

lol - I love when I see a car for sale in any major city - ALL HIGHWAY MILES.

ooooh so the car spent it's life in stop and go traffic and constantly idling so there is probably way more wear and tear than the miles actually indicate.... lol

Highway miles generally indicate much less wear. Most highways in the US aren't gridlocked.
I believe they were implying that highway travel in major cities is about the same as repeated stop and go with intermittent idling.

I don't think that's accurate though.  Maybe during rush hour in larger cities, but it's still not as stop and go as city driving.  At least not in any of the major cities i've driven in.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12436 on: February 10, 2016, 07:34:29 AM »
I carry and use hankies. I carry one like Ford Prefect's towel.

Yes! This!
Apparently I am allergic to air, so I need to carry two hankies at all times. And I use them constantly.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12437 on: February 10, 2016, 08:04:40 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

Yes, I use a hanky.  Where I live you can't find new ones in stores other than huge pocket squares for men so I buy them at flea markets.   My mom also brought a ton of them from Europe when they moved to Canada so I'm pretty stocked up.

The wood fibre in the kleenex really irritates my nose so don't like it for that reason.

I totally just buy and use massive man hankies. I have tried to buy second hand ones but they're all too small! Like barely 6" x 6". To be fair, though, the reason I carry a hanky is so that I can get a lot done in a day with just one square of cloth - nose blowing (admittedly rare unless I have an actual cold), minor bandaging, cleaning my glasses, wiping up minor spills, picking up gross things. It's an amazing multitasker. Please note that these almost never all happen on one hanky on one day... But if you have a proper hanky you can use four different corners and the middle before it starts getting a bit icky. If I had to carry around a whole pack of tissues and find a bin for them every time (even those little travel packs) I'd go nuts, but chucking a folded hanky in a pocket or bag is no big deal.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12438 on: February 10, 2016, 08:18:00 AM »
My husband uses hankies too :)  I can't bring myself to do it most of the time, which is ridiculous.  They are awesome on hikes and camping trips, though. 

For Christmas he asked for hankies for himself and for putting around our dog's neck, and I think we received literally 20 hankies between our two families.  We are set for life.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12439 on: February 10, 2016, 08:20:23 AM »

Oh if I could get free taschentuecher... I'd have to buy them here (apparently you get them free?!?) and the per unit tissue price is much higher than a whole box. I'm not sure if we have kosmetiktuecher or not bc I haven't seen these in Germany so while I understand the translation, not sure we have the same thing...so I will have to carry on with my current illness strategy!

Now if you want to make some big bucks, start selling apfelschorle in the USA, shit is delicious and we don't have it!
Haha, you made me curious and I searched a bit. Second hit on Amazon.de für Kosmetiktücher is "Kleenex original" - so much for that.
It seems there is quite a big difference even in those tissues.
I dont even remember where I got my last box from. About 3 years ago ;)
Regarding Taschentücher, you need to get a big box, its cheaper then buying the single 10x thingy.
Perhaps you can have Amazon bring something like this to the US?
http://www.amazon.de/Tempo-Taschent%C3%BCcher-Klassik-T%C3%BCcher-P%C3%A4ckchen/dp/B014SY8BRC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455116959&sr=8-1&keywords=taschent%C3%BCcher
Or this, with eucalyptus oil
http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00897WUMW

Anyway, fold them Kosmetiktücher on the line that is there anyway and it doesnt get wet if you are fast even with the water flu.
The Taschentücher I get free if I am in the drugstore when I am there to buy my allergy medicine. (or generally if you buy something there in the flu season)

@Apfelschorle: I will tell you a secret. You can just put applejuice together with bubbly mineral water and you have Apfelschorle. If you dont mean any special sort.

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The wood fibre in the kleenex
O.O you are kidding? Paper with wood fibre isnt sold here anymore since years, not to mention for thinks you use near your nose. OMG

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12440 on: February 10, 2016, 08:55:48 AM »
But all 'highway miles' so that makes it OK, right???   :)

lol - I love when I see a car for sale in any major city - ALL HIGHWAY MILES.

ooooh so the car spent it's life in stop and go traffic and constantly idling so there is probably way more wear and tear than the miles actually indicate.... lol

Highway miles generally indicate much less wear. Most highways in the US aren't gridlocked.
I believe they were implying that highway travel in major cities is about the same as repeated stop and go with intermittent idling.
I realize this, but it's pretty tough to rack up 20, 30, or 40,000 miles a year in stop and go traffic. Averaging 12mph, 30,000 miles would require almost seven hours of driving a day, every day of the year.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12441 on: February 10, 2016, 09:42:38 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

Yes, I use a hanky.  Where I live you can't find new ones in stores other than huge pocket squares for men so I buy them at flea markets.   My mom also brought a ton of them from Europe when they moved to Canada so I'm pretty stocked up.

The wood fibre in the kleenex really irritates my nose so don't like it for that reason.

I totally just buy and use massive man hankies. I have tried to buy second hand ones but they're all too small! Like barely 6" x 6". To be fair, though, the reason I carry a hanky is so that I can get a lot done in a day with just one square of cloth - nose blowing (admittedly rare unless I have an actual cold), minor bandaging, cleaning my glasses, wiping up minor spills, picking up gross things. It's an amazing multitasker. Please note that these almost never all happen on one hanky on one day... But if you have a proper hanky you can use four different corners and the middle before it starts getting a bit icky. If I had to carry around a whole pack of tissues and find a bin for them every time (even those little travel packs) I'd go nuts, but chucking a folded hanky in a pocket or bag is no big deal.

I use handkerchiefs as well. SWMBO thinks I'm nuts and can't stand them- she can't understand how I can 'carry around all that snot in my pocket'. Since I am not particularly inclined toward starting arguments I generally refrain from pointing out the number of used napkins/Kleenex/TP (she uses TP primarily for blowing her nose when around the house, and whatever she can find otherwise when away from home) that she has stuffed into the pockets and such in her car.

It kind of drives me nuts at home since she will go into the bathroom and reach over the toilet to grab a few squares of TP, blow her nose in it- and then have to open the cabinet under the sink to throw the used TP into the trash can there. No amount of prodding can get her to just throw it into the toilet that she's already standing right next to for it to be flushed down the next time someone uses the toilet. It wouldn't be so bad if she would empty the trash can when she notices it's gotten full of (mostly) her used TP Kleenexes and not just keep chucking them in there. Though at least there is some remote logic to her thinking she has to throw them in the trash can and not the toilet- she grew up in a house with a septic system and they were strongly discouraged from flushing anything that didn't HAVE to be flushed.

Personally, I prefer just carrying a hankie or two. I shudder to think how many rolls of TP we'd go through if I also used it as Kleenex...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12442 on: February 10, 2016, 10:02:06 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.
I have several. I cut some squares off one of my bolts of linen and hemmed them. Then at my brother's wedding in the middle of summer, I found my dad wiping his eyes and the sweat off his forehead in the receiving line outside the church, with his bare hands. Not a hanky or pocket square in sight! Handily, I had a couple in my purse, so I gave him one to use, then made a note to sew him some linen hankies for Christmas that year.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12443 on: February 10, 2016, 10:03:34 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

An amusing moment from my high school was a cross country meet. Someone on the women's team finished and was hugging her parents because it was her career's best and had snot and droll running down her face from the exertion. I tried to casually hand her my hanky (not wanting to embarrass the young woman). The father just broke down laughing, but all were very appreciative.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12444 on: February 10, 2016, 10:10:08 AM »

...Snip (highway miles)...

I realize this, but it's pretty tough to rack up 20, 30, or 40,000 miles a year in stop and go traffic. Averaging 12mph, 30,000 miles would require almost seven hours of driving a day, every day of the year.

Uber?  Lyft?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12445 on: February 10, 2016, 10:24:11 AM »

...Snip (highway miles)...

I realize this, but it's pretty tough to rack up 20, 30, or 40,000 miles a year in stop and go traffic. Averaging 12mph, 30,000 miles would require almost seven hours of driving a day, every day of the year.

Uber?  Lyft?
Sure, just like a taxi - but the vast majority of cars sold with high "highway miles" are highway miles, not 7 hours a day of stop and go.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12446 on: February 10, 2016, 10:48:12 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

Absolutely. Started off when I got into a sport that involved jumping in and out of water a lot, with all your gear. Kleenex are basically useless in that circumstance, hankies work just fine. I started off using bits cut from worn out pants, but my Grandma saw me and gave me a stack of my grandfather's old ones. Does using antique, second-hand handkerchiefs make me a hipster? :)

BTW, that whole "does not disintegrate" thing is even better when you have three days of stubble that shreds kleenex into obnoxious clingy bits.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12447 on: February 10, 2016, 01:36:51 PM »
No hanky here, but sometimes I use a kerchief

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12448 on: February 10, 2016, 01:41:52 PM »
No hanky here, but sometimes I use a kerchief
so ... a bandana?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerchief

I guess somebody should clarify that bandana is another word for a kerchief, whereas a HANDkerchief is commonly referred to as a hanky (although I've only ever heard it called that in conversation with children).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12449 on: February 10, 2016, 02:23:54 PM »
I have several. I cut some squares off one of my bolts of linen and hemmed them. Then at my brother's wedding in the middle of summer, I found my dad wiping his eyes and the sweat off his forehead in the receiving line outside the church, with his bare hands. Not a hanky or pocket square in sight! Handily, I had a couple in my purse, so I gave him one to use, then made a note to sew him some linen hankies for Christmas that year.
This is one of the best uses for your spare, clean handkerchief: damsel/knight in distress. Boom, clean handkerchief, and you are the hero. They are also great for outdoor winter activities.