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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12600 on: February 26, 2016, 12:38:29 PM »
I actually went back and read some of them after your comment. This one caught my eye because it's almost Mustachian.

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How about:  "Dear, will you marry a man intelligent enough NOT to waste money on a diamond, but instead will sock the same amount of money into a money market certificate based on a continuous yield interest rate, and won't touch it until we're 65, at which point it will have tripled or quadrupled in value, and you can do whatever you want with it... buy only if we're still married."

You had me until "money market". My savings account pays better than my 401(k)'s money market option, plus it's insured.

But there was a time not so long ago that money market accounts had a reliable 5-7% interest rate. Good times.
In 2008 money market accounts got given a colossal government guarantee that their value would not fall below $1/share in order to stem the tide of panic withdrawals.

Precedent is set.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12601 on: February 26, 2016, 09:37:11 PM »
I'm flabbergasted there are multiple people here who didn't know that bi-monthly (or bi-weekly) can mean every other month or twice a month, and sometimes one has to clarify if context doesn't make it clear.  I thought that was common knowledge.

Another late one

In OZ we normally use fortnightly to mean every two weeks (pay period for a lot), never used bi-monthly so no context.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12602 on: February 27, 2016, 01:21:43 AM »
One of my favorite moments was at the loading zone of an Ikea a few years ago when we loaded up our 2003 Pontiac Vibe with a queen mattress and bed frame (the back seat folds down flat) and closed the hatchback with no difficulty. The guy on our left had an SUV, couldn't close his and was looking at our tiny car with disbelief and envy.

Bought a grill for my Mom from The Home Depot.

I took my '94 Civic hatchback and when I pulled up to the loading area the employee was not happy about it and gave a disgusted type of remark "Is this even going to fit in there??"  ... I just ignored him, folded down the seats, and loaded the grill... He was quite impressed once it was actually in.

I bought a grill for myself in August. Spent like 30 minutes trying to fit it in my Camry, had to open the box and put it in piece by piece while people gawked at me in between walking in the parking lot. Finally got everything in, but was worried that I was missing a piece or two.

I had to disassemble the lawnmower I bought at Sears to fit in the 2-door car I had at the time.  I'm truly jealous of a Vibe.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12603 on: February 27, 2016, 01:22:56 AM »
One of my favorite moments was at the loading zone of an Ikea a few years ago when we loaded up our 2003 Pontiac Vibe with a queen mattress and bed frame (the back seat folds down flat) and closed the hatchback with no difficulty. The guy on our left had an SUV, couldn't close his and was looking at our tiny car with disbelief and envy.

Bought a grill for my Mom from The Home Depot.

I took my '94 Civic hatchback and when I pulled up to the loading area the employee was not happy about it and gave a disgusted type of remark "Is this even going to fit in there??"  ... I just ignored him, folded down the seats, and loaded the grill... He was quite impressed once it was actually in.

I bought a grill for myself in August. Spent like 30 minutes trying to fit it in my Camry, had to open the box and put it in piece by piece while people gawked at me in between walking in the parking lot. Finally got everything in, but was worried that I was missing a piece or two.

I went to a tool and equipment rental place once to pick up (an enormous) pressure washer in my old Camry 4 door sedan, wouldn't fit through any of the doors or into the trunk.  So I left and told the guy I would come back with a vehicle with more space.  I got my old 2 door Tercel sedan, removed the passenger seat (4 bolts, took 2 min) and drove back.  The guy laughs his ass off as I pull up (tercel is like 4' shorter than the Camry), then stops laughing as I open the passenger door and lift the pressure washer inside with ease.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12604 on: February 27, 2016, 08:35:53 AM »
Thanks for the morning belly laugh!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12605 on: February 27, 2016, 07:38:50 PM »
I had an '07 Vibe, it was my first car. Two instances stick out in my memory:

1. My boyfriend went to IKEA to outfit his new apartment (this was years ago). We get out to the loading dock, and I'd driven since his car needed brake work. Anyway, we've got a shopping cart which is overflowing, plus a flat cart which is fuller than full of all the flat packed furniture. All these people are standing around, saying we won't get everything into the car. Half an hour later, we drove off with everything in the car.

2. A friend of my boyfriend's was moving. He asked if we could help. I said I'd be happy to drive. So I drive over, my boyfriend drives over (junker camry), and the friend thinks we'll have to make 2 or 3 trips with both cars. We fill up the camry. Then we start putting stuff into the Vibe. The friend was amazed, but we only made the one trip with both cars.

My vibe got crunched a few years ago, I miss that car.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12606 on: February 28, 2016, 01:31:45 AM »
Non-foam story:

I had a coworker who was generally very nice but a very awkward person to engage with.  I think he might have been somewhere on the Autism spectrum or something like that.  My point is his general weirdness felt more like "he can't really help it" than "he's a creep".  He was born in Texas but lived most of his lie in a traditionally conservative part of Mexico, so there may or may not be some cultural factors involved in my story.

He'd occasionally come by my cubicle and we'd chat.  One day he brought up how he was so glad it was payday because their credit card was declined at the grocery store last night.  What?!  I asked what they did for food and he said they just ate what they already had around the house.  He said this sort of thing happens pretty frequently since his wife is always shopping and getting nice things.  He said his greatest worry was he would be approved on another credit card which would mean they'd be maxing out that card as well.  Apparently most of his paycheck would go toward freeing up the revolving credit which they would promptly use again.

I asked him if he had any plans for paying off the credit cards and he said his hope was that his wife would start working since their daughters were older now (preteens) but she really wasn't interested in working.  That or he hoped his wife would curb her shopping habits.

At this point I dropped my polite tone and emphasized how genuinely scared I was for him, that it sounded like the slightest financial issue would be too much for his family to handle.  I use credit cards too and I love them, but I always make sure I still have plenty of cash on hand and pay off the balance each month.  He acknowledged that was very wise but didn't think it was a big deal because it's not like they can do anything to you if you didn't pay (no physical harm or jail time).  I literally could not think of any way to respond to that.

I tried to talk him into listening to Dave Ramsey's radio show which was available daily for streaming (I was often listening at the times he would visit my desk) since he was an expert who knew may more about debt that I (not really, but third parties can help in these intervention situations).  He did report back to listening one episode at least.

A few weeks later I noticed he was absent from the weekly Tuesday department meeting even though he was there yesterday.  By the end the boss told us he had been let go.  I talked to some other coworkers and it sounds like he was probably having communication issues with his team on his projects.  They emphasized that the company has a long history of trying to help those who are struggling with their job in any way with regular feedback and repositioning if necessary.  He'd been with company for nine years, so it's essentially certain that this was not a sudden decision made lightly by management.  This makes it extra sad to me that he apparently knew he wasn't doing well at work and still didn't do anything to try to change the situation at home.

It still makes me physically sick with worry thinking about him.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12607 on: February 28, 2016, 07:31:49 AM »

It still makes me physically sick with worry thinking about him.

I'm so sorry for your friend! I have friends like this at work as well and I worry for them. It is incomprehensible to me that they would dig themselves deeper into financial distress when they dislike the job they are doing and simultaneously fear losing it. It seems a dreadful way to live to me: wage slavery indeed!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12608 on: February 29, 2016, 07:33:27 AM »

It still makes me physically sick with worry thinking about him.

I'm so sorry for your friend! I have friends like this at work as well and I worry for them. It is incomprehensible to me that they would dig themselves deeper into financial distress when they dislike the job they are doing and simultaneously fear losing it. It seems a dreadful way to live to me: wage slavery indeed!

Ugh! I'm active on another forum board and the things people post about their financial problems/ignorance makes me sick to my stomach for them.
Things like being 50 and only just now thinking about saving for retirement, spouse lost his/her job and they were already living paycheck to paycheck, husband decided to invest their life savings into a landscaping business while knowing nothing about the work and living somewhere where it snows 9 months out of the year, and the worst was "husband is thinking about daytrading - I looked into it and it seems a bit like gambling, can anyone advise?".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12609 on: February 29, 2016, 09:21:28 AM »
I'm flabbergasted there are multiple people here who didn't know that bi-monthly (or bi-weekly) can mean every other month or twice a month, and sometimes one has to clarify if context doesn't make it clear.  I thought that was common knowledge.

Another late one

In OZ we normally use fortnightly to mean every two weeks (pay period for a lot), never used bi-monthly so no context.
Not true. Bi-weekly/monthly is every two weeks/months, semi-weekly/monthly means twice per week/month.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12610 on: February 29, 2016, 12:01:15 PM »
I'm flabbergasted there are multiple people here who didn't know that bi-monthly (or bi-weekly) can mean every other month or twice a month, and sometimes one has to clarify if context doesn't make it clear.  I thought that was common knowledge.

Another late one

In OZ we normally use fortnightly to mean every two weeks (pay period for a lot), never used bi-monthly so no context.
Not true. Bi-weekly/monthly is every two weeks/months, semi-weekly/monthly means twice per week/month.
Depends where you're from.  I've had bi-weekly meetings, on Mondays and Thursdays every week.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bimonthly
Simple Definition of bimonthly
1 :  occurring every two months
2 :  occurring twice a month

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12611 on: February 29, 2016, 12:31:40 PM »
I'm flabbergasted there are multiple people here who didn't know that bi-monthly (or bi-weekly) can mean every other month or twice a month, and sometimes one has to clarify if context doesn't make it clear.  I thought that was common knowledge.

Another late one

In OZ we normally use fortnightly to mean every two weeks (pay period for a lot), never used bi-monthly so no context.
Not true. Bi-weekly/monthly is every two weeks/months, semi-weekly/monthly means twice per week/month.
Depends where you're from.  I've had bi-weekly meetings, on Mondays and Thursdays every week.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bimonthly
Simple Definition of bimonthly
1 :  occurring every two months
2 :  occurring twice a month
The next thing on that link is:
 
Full Definition of bimonthly
1 :   occurring every two months
2 :   occurring twice a month :   semimonthly


If you want to clarify the frequency, using semi for "twice every" and bi for "once every two" is never wrong.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12612 on: February 29, 2016, 01:45:19 PM »


So bisexual? Semi-sexual? Which one would you expect to get twice as much sex?

That should clear things up.

That's... not how sexuality works.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12613 on: February 29, 2016, 01:50:49 PM »
I'm flabbergasted there are multiple people here who didn't know that bi-monthly (or bi-weekly) can mean every other month or twice a month, and sometimes one has to clarify if context doesn't make it clear.  I thought that was common knowledge.

Another late one

In OZ we normally use fortnightly to mean every two weeks (pay period for a lot), never used bi-monthly so no context.
I favor resurrecting "fortnightly" in the US. If I use "fortnightly" and "semiweekly" and just shun "biweekly," there's no ambiguity.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12614 on: February 29, 2016, 02:33:38 PM »
I'm flabbergasted there are multiple people here who didn't know that bi-monthly (or bi-weekly) can mean every other month or twice a month, and sometimes one has to clarify if context doesn't make it clear.  I thought that was common knowledge.

Another late one

In OZ we normally use fortnightly to mean every two weeks (pay period for a lot), never used bi-monthly so no context.
I favor resurrecting "fortnightly" in the US. If I use "fortnightly" and "semiweekly" and just shun "biweekly," there's no ambiguity.

I would support such a movement.  However, I suspect that will get about as much traction as trying to resurrect "four score" into the common lexicon.  Just as Prospector did, I would suspect that "score" will be incorporated in some sex jokes.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12615 on: February 29, 2016, 03:48:49 PM »
One of my favorite moments was at the loading zone of an Ikea a few years ago when we loaded up our 2003 Pontiac Vibe with a queen mattress and bed frame (the back seat folds down flat) and closed the hatchback with no difficulty. The guy on our left had an SUV, couldn't close his and was looking at our tiny car with disbelief and envy.

Bought a grill for my Mom from The Home Depot.

I took my '94 Civic hatchback and when I pulled up to the loading area the employee was not happy about it and gave a disgusted type of remark "Is this even going to fit in there??"  ... I just ignored him, folded down the seats, and loaded the grill... He was quite impressed once it was actually in.

I bought a grill for myself in August. Spent like 30 minutes trying to fit it in my Camry, had to open the box and put it in piece by piece while people gawked at me in between walking in the parking lot. Finally got everything in, but was worried that I was missing a piece or two.

I went to a tool and equipment rental place once to pick up (an enormous) pressure washer in my old Camry 4 door sedan, wouldn't fit through any of the doors or into the trunk.  So I left and told the guy I would come back with a vehicle with more space.  I got my old 2 door Tercel sedan, removed the passenger seat (4 bolts, took 2 min) and drove back.  The guy laughs his ass off as I pull up (tercel is like 4' shorter than the Camry), then stops laughing as I open the passenger door and lift the pressure washer inside with ease.

I've done that sort of thing with my old aircooled VW Beetle. Seats come out in a snap. A used transmission will lay right where the passenger seat goes. An engine will lay on the folded back seat.

In either case don't hit ANYTHING b/c you have a huge unrestrained paper weight inside the car with you. Solutions best left to the immortal teens and 20-somethings. ;)

I'll second the tiny trailer towed by any car. Have hauled all sorts of things that initially had the big truck guys snickering at the hardware store. ;) Our old CR-V with the seats laid flat plus the trailer represents a huge amount of space. Recently hauled a whole bedroom suite home.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12616 on: February 29, 2016, 04:42:53 PM »
One of my favorite moments was at the loading zone of an Ikea a few years ago when we loaded up our 2003 Pontiac Vibe with a queen mattress and bed frame (the back seat folds down flat) and closed the hatchback with no difficulty. The guy on our left had an SUV, couldn't close his and was looking at our tiny car with disbelief and envy.

I had a Toyota Matrix (basically the same as the Vibe) and also will always remember shopping at Ikea with it. I shopped for my entire apartment at Ikea without even thinking about how it was all going to fit in my car to drive home. I got it all to the parking lot and thought "well, sh*t" lol. It was a puzzle, but I got it all in there ;-) I don't even remember all that I had, but it was a LOT of stuff! For my first apartment moving out of my parents...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12617 on: February 29, 2016, 04:59:44 PM »
I've done that sort of thing with my old aircooled VW Beetle. Seats come out in a snap. A used transmission will lay right where the passenger seat goes. An engine will lay on the folded back seat.
I think things have improved - on modern VWs you only have to carry a spare tire

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12618 on: February 29, 2016, 06:14:06 PM »
One of my favorite moments was at the loading zone of an Ikea a few years ago when we loaded up our 2003 Pontiac Vibe with a queen mattress and bed frame (the back seat folds down flat) and closed the hatchback with no difficulty. The guy on our left had an SUV, couldn't close his and was looking at our tiny car with disbelief and envy.

I had a Toyota Matrix (basically the same as the Vibe) and also will always remember shopping at Ikea with it. I shopped for my entire apartment at Ikea without even thinking about how it was all going to fit in my car to drive home. I got it all to the parking lot and thought "well, sh*t" lol. It was a puzzle, but I got it all in there ;-) I don't even remember all that I had, but it was a LOT of stuff! For my first apartment moving out of my parents...

I jammed a fullsize sofa into the back of my Focus wagon.

It hung out a bunch of the back but hey, it worked :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12619 on: February 29, 2016, 06:45:14 PM »
One of my favorite moments was at the loading zone of an Ikea a few years ago when we loaded up our 2003 Pontiac Vibe with a queen mattress and bed frame (the back seat folds down flat) and closed the hatchback with no difficulty. The guy on our left had an SUV, couldn't close his and was looking at our tiny car with disbelief and envy.

I had a Toyota Matrix (basically the same as the Vibe) and also will always remember shopping at Ikea with it. I shopped for my entire apartment at Ikea without even thinking about how it was all going to fit in my car to drive home. I got it all to the parking lot and thought "well, sh*t" lol. It was a puzzle, but I got it all in there ;-) I don't even remember all that I had, but it was a LOT of stuff! For my first apartment moving out of my parents...

I jammed a fullsize sofa into the back of my Focus wagon.

It hung out a bunch of the back but hey, it worked :)

Mr. FP put a dining room table and six chairs into a Honda Fit.

He had forgotten to remove the carseats.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12620 on: February 29, 2016, 09:27:09 PM »
Not to rain on your parades, as it's all awesome.  But I must be getting too old, because I was reading about mid-2000 cars and thinking that's pretty new.  My park avenue is a '97 model, I think; and my daughter about to turn 16 has laid claim to it.

Supercharged 3800? :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12621 on: March 01, 2016, 12:32:19 AM »
A friend at work was telling me how he plans on buying a new car, when I pointed out he got a new one only 6 months ago he said he needed this one was it was a bigger V8, more performance and the new car feeling again. Also his current one was already dropping value and this one is newer plated so it will hold more value.

The benefits of the bigger V8 that it would allow for safer overtaking and easier merging onto the freeway.....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12622 on: March 01, 2016, 04:49:37 AM »
A friend at work was telling me how he plans on buying a new car, when I pointed out he got a new one only 6 months ago he said he needed this one was it was a bigger V8, more performance and the new car feeling again. Also his current one was already dropping value and this one is newer plated so it will hold more value.

The benefits of the bigger V8 that it would allow for safer overtaking and easier merging onto the freeway.....

Only 6 months ago? God damn.

I don't know anyone who can justify wanting a bigger v8 to allow for safer overtaking and easier merging. This isn't 1985 where a 6 liter v8 could put out only 200 horsepower. Since most normal cars are I4s or V6s, it's almost certain that any new v8 is most likely 400 crank... up to 700 these days. There are a lot of honest justifications for wanting a bigger v8: it sounds better, it's faster, it makes you erect. All reasonable. You get under 11 seconds bone stock in a quarter mile, or you can do 180mph top speed. Sure, it does that. Safer overtaking? Of what, the mom-mobiles everyone drives with 150-200 ponies and a slushbox auto, or worse, a CVT? Come on, I can safely overtake at >100mph on the wrong side of the road uphill - anywhere, anyone - in my car, and it only has the above-mentioned supercharged 3800, with half the output of a modern v8.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12623 on: March 01, 2016, 06:36:45 AM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12624 on: March 01, 2016, 06:53:56 AM »


So bisexual? Semi-sexual? Which one would you expect to get twice as much sex?

That should clear things up.

That's... not how sexuality works.
Made me laugh pretty hard though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12625 on: March 01, 2016, 07:04:01 AM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.
What's a Toyota Sonata?
There's a Toyota Solara (but these went out of production a while back) and a Hyundai Sonata ...
I also used to drive an 02 cavalier. I traded up when It started to have problems with the motor (somehow I managed to crack the valve cover? among several other problems with transmission and abs systems) and didn't want to bother paying someone to put a new one in (I didn't know how to do it myself at the time). That was at about 150k miles. How many miles do you have on yours?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12626 on: March 01, 2016, 07:18:21 AM »
One of my favorite moments was at the loading zone of an Ikea a few years ago when we loaded up our 2003 Pontiac Vibe with a queen mattress and bed frame (the back seat folds down flat) and closed the hatchback with no difficulty. The guy on our left had an SUV, couldn't close his and was looking at our tiny car with disbelief and envy.

I had a Toyota Matrix (basically the same as the Vibe) and also will always remember shopping at Ikea with it. I shopped for my entire apartment at Ikea without even thinking about how it was all going to fit in my car to drive home. I got it all to the parking lot and thought "well, sh*t" lol. It was a puzzle, but I got it all in there ;-) I don't even remember all that I had, but it was a LOT of stuff! For my first apartment moving out of my parents...

I jammed a fullsize sofa into the back of my Focus wagon.

It hung out a bunch of the back but hey, it worked :)

Mr. FP put a dining room table and six chairs into a Honda Fit.

He had forgotten to remove the carseats.
Ooh, ooh, I can jump in on this!  I put an entire bunk (that's somewhere in the region of 300) 2x4's in the back of our Honda Odyssey.  The guy next to us in the loading area said "if you fit that all in, I'm trading in my work truck!"  Another time, I put 1200lbs of tile and thinset in my '94 Civic.  Three times.  Once to bring it home, the second time to return it to the store because the finish didn't match the other tile we had previously bought, and a third time to get the right tile home.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12627 on: March 01, 2016, 08:28:29 AM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.
What's a Toyota Sonata?
There's a Toyota Solara (but these went out of production a while back) and a Hyundai Sonata ...
I also used to drive an 02 cavalier. I traded up when It started to have problems with the motor (somehow I managed to crack the valve cover? among several other problems with transmission and abs systems) and didn't want to bother paying someone to put a new one in (I didn't know how to do it myself at the time). That was at about 150k miles. How many miles do you have on yours?

Oops! I meant Toyota Solara.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12628 on: March 01, 2016, 10:57:16 AM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.
What's a Toyota Sonata?
There's a Toyota Solara (but these went out of production a while back) and a Hyundai Sonata ...
I also used to drive an 02 cavalier. I traded up when It started to have problems with the motor (somehow I managed to crack the valve cover? among several other problems with transmission and abs systems) and didn't want to bother paying someone to put a new one in (I didn't know how to do it myself at the time). That was at about 150k miles. How many miles do you have on yours?

Oops! I meant Toyota Solara.
That makes more sense. Absolutely terrible cars in my opinion :P
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12629 on: March 01, 2016, 11:20:40 AM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.
What's a Toyota Sonata?
There's a Toyota Solara (but these went out of production a while back) and a Hyundai Sonata ...
I also used to drive an 02 cavalier. I traded up when It started to have problems with the motor (somehow I managed to crack the valve cover? among several other problems with transmission and abs systems) and didn't want to bother paying someone to put a new one in (I didn't know how to do it myself at the time). That was at about 150k miles. How many miles do you have on yours?

Oops! I meant Toyota Solara.
That makes more sense. Absolutely terrible cars in my opinion :P
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12630 on: March 01, 2016, 01:59:08 PM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.

This made me cringe. So much for getting a reality check and sizing down the budget. Seriously, why the lottery?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12631 on: March 01, 2016, 02:06:08 PM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.

This made me cringe. So much for getting a reality check and sizing down the budget. Seriously, why the lottery?

Because it's a tax upon those who don't do math well.  Shush!  If these people didn't exist, we would likely have to pay our fair share, and none of really want that.  And remember to thank the next guy you see smoking, for his extra contribution to the state finances.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12632 on: March 01, 2016, 02:14:08 PM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.

This made me cringe. So much for getting a reality check and sizing down the budget. Seriously, why the lottery?

Because it's a tax upon those who don't do math well.  Shush!  If these people didn't exist, we would likely have to pay our fair share, and none of really want that.  And remember to thank the next guy you see smoking, for his extra contribution to the state finances.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12633 on: March 01, 2016, 02:16:04 PM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.

This made me cringe. So much for getting a reality check and sizing down the budget. Seriously, why the lottery?

Because it's a tax upon those who don't do math well.  Shush!  If these people didn't exist, we would likely have to pay our fair share, and none of really want that.  And remember to thank the next guy you see smoking, for his extra contribution to the state finances.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window

The Parable of the Broken window was an illustration of the 'unseen' costs & effects of destruction.  I'm not sure how it applies here.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12634 on: March 01, 2016, 02:19:31 PM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.

This made me cringe. So much for getting a reality check and sizing down the budget. Seriously, why the lottery?

Because it's a tax upon those who don't do math well.  Shush!  If these people didn't exist, we would likely have to pay our fair share, and none of really want that.  And remember to thank the next guy you see smoking, for his extra contribution to the state finances.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window

The Parable of the Broken window was an illustration of the 'unseen' costs & effects of destruction.  I'm not sure how it applies here.

From the intro paragraph of that Wikipedia article: "illustrate why destruction, and the money spent to recover from destruction, is not actually a net benefit to society"

You can draw the lottery or smoking parallels yourself, I'm sure.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12635 on: March 01, 2016, 02:21:32 PM »

The Parable of the Broken window was an illustration of the 'unseen' costs & effects of destruction.  I'm not sure how it applies here.

From the intro paragraph of that Wikipedia article: "illustrate why destruction, and the money spent to recover from destruction, is not actually a net benefit to society"

You can draw the lottery or smoking parallels yourself, I'm sure.

Ah, I see.  Well, I can agree with that, but since the prospects of ending these forms of self-destruction are nil, I'll take whatever silver lining I can conjure.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12636 on: March 01, 2016, 02:22:10 PM »
Because the health costs of the smoker and the societal costs of gambling are more than their contribution to the tax coffers? Just a guess.

The administrative costs of the lottery are quite substantial on their own, not just negative effects from gambling.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12637 on: March 01, 2016, 02:23:09 PM »
Because the health costs of the smoker and the societal costs of gambling are more than their contribution to the tax coffers? Just a guess.

The administrative costs of the lottery are quite substantial on their own, not just negative effects from gambling.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12638 on: March 01, 2016, 02:31:33 PM »
I've done that sort of thing with my old aircooled VW Beetle. Seats come out in a snap. A used transmission will lay right where the passenger seat goes. An engine will lay on the folded back seat.
I think things have improved - on modern VWs you only have to carry a spare tire

I hope so!!!

My late 90s VW MKIII is a mess. Always needed a little this or that. Eats ignition switches every few years. Cheap and easy to replace but still. Would never recommend a VW to anyone as much as I've enjoyed mine. Definitely not a car for the mechanic dependent.

The old aircooled VWs just need alot of TLC aka frequent maintenance. Its myth that they last forever. The average consumer won't do what is really necessary to make them last forever - lube for everything, replace the perished rubber items, constant adjustments per maintenance schedule and component rebuilds. 3000 miles of daily driving would go by awfully fast... ;) I used my Beetle daily years ago. Always a little Sat or Sun tuning needed. 30 mins or 45 mins to tweak this or that. The aftermarket parts quality for aircooled VWs was abysmal back then. Don't know that it is much better now.  I had a set of rubber gaskets/seals that lasted one year before they dry rotted and required replacement.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12639 on: March 01, 2016, 02:37:56 PM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.
What's a Toyota Sonata?
There's a Toyota Solara (but these went out of production a while back) and a Hyundai Sonata ...
I also used to drive an 02 cavalier. I traded up when It started to have problems with the motor (somehow I managed to crack the valve cover? among several other problems with transmission and abs systems) and didn't want to bother paying someone to put a new one in (I didn't know how to do it myself at the time). That was at about 150k miles. How many miles do you have on yours?

Oops! I meant Toyota Solara.
That makes more sense. Absolutely terrible cars in my opinion :P
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Maybe that Cavalier had plastic valve covers? I've seen some cars with plastic intake manifolds and plastic valve covers. My VW had a plastic water thermostat cover. yep - it cracked.

Guess it saves the factory $1.25 per car but some owner in the future will be replacing that component b/c it warps, cracks or otherwise leaks. A good reason to move on when car shopping in my mind - - - he says as he worries that everything after a certain year probably has these very parts on them...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12640 on: March 01, 2016, 02:40:47 PM »
Because the health costs of the smoker and the societal costs of gambling are more than their contribution to the tax coffers? Just a guess.

The administrative costs of the lottery are quite substantial on their own, not just negative effects from gambling.

Please!  Stop killing my hope!

They're actually smaller than I expected them to be, but unjustifiable when you consider that (a) the lottery is a horrible idea and (b) administrative costs of simply raising other taxes to make up for the revenue would likely be minimal.

It also appears that playing the lottery in West Virginia is a horrible, horrible deal.

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« Reply #12641 on: March 01, 2016, 03:07:56 PM »
A friend at work was telling me how he plans on buying a new car, when I pointed out he got a new one only 6 months ago he said he needed this one was it was a bigger V8, more performance and the new car feeling again. Also his current one was already dropping value and this one is newer plated so it will hold more value.

The benefits of the bigger V8 that it would allow for safer overtaking and easier merging onto the freeway.....

Only 6 months ago? God damn.

I don't know anyone who can justify wanting a bigger v8 to allow for safer overtaking and easier merging. This isn't 1985 where a 6 liter v8 could put out only 200 horsepower. Since most normal cars are I4s or V6s, it's almost certain that any new v8 is most likely 400 crank... up to 700 these days. There are a lot of honest justifications for wanting a bigger v8: it sounds better, it's faster, it makes you erect. All reasonable. You get under 11 seconds bone stock in a quarter mile, or you can do 180mph top speed. Sure, it does that. Safer overtaking? Of what, the mom-mobiles everyone drives with 150-200 ponies and a slushbox auto, or worse, a CVT? Come on, I can safely overtake at >100mph on the wrong side of the road uphill - anywhere, anyone - in my car, and it only has the above-mentioned supercharged 3800, with half the output of a modern v8.

the trade in will cover his outstanding loan and he will only need a $45k loan on this one so its a good deal apparently, and also this new one is the last one ever or something so it will grow in value....

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« Reply #12642 on: March 01, 2016, 03:08:24 PM »
Because the health costs of the smoker and the societal costs of gambling are more than their contribution to the tax coffers? Just a guess.

Some research suggest smokers are actually a great deal for the healthcare system. Most healthcare spending is on the end of life, and smokers have the good taste to die young. What you don't want are the "dying at 90 is dying young" genes that certain parts of my family have.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/health/05iht-obese.1.9748884.html

Obese people are a bargain too!

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« Reply #12643 on: March 01, 2016, 03:20:13 PM »
Because the health costs of the smoker and the societal costs of gambling are more than their contribution to the tax coffers? Just a guess.

The administrative costs of the lottery are quite substantial on their own, not just negative effects from gambling.

Please!  Stop killing my hope!

They're actually smaller than I expected them to be, but unjustifiable when you consider that (a) the lottery is a horrible idea and (b) administrative costs of simply raising other taxes to make up for the revenue would likely be minimal.

It also appears that playing the lottery in West Virginia is a horrible, horrible deal.

But what about all the cash taken out of circulation when lottery winners salt away their millions and yet continue to live normal lives? All the lost productivity when they decide to live off the interest only?

That's not a thing.

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« Reply #12644 on: March 01, 2016, 05:31:45 PM »
Because the health costs of the smoker and the societal costs of gambling are more than their contribution to the tax coffers? Just a guess.

Some research suggest smokers are actually a great deal for the healthcare system. Most healthcare spending is on the end of life, and smokers have the good taste to die young. What you don't want are the "dying at 90 is dying young" genes that certain parts of my family have.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/health/05iht-obese.1.9748884.html

Obese people are a bargain too!

The argument I've heard against this theory is that yes, while they may cost the taxpayer less over their lifetimes, theres an economic cost. E.g. people taking time off work due to constant beside vigils and eventually bereavement, families having to use welfare after the loss of a parent, the smoker or obese person may be a high income earner so they won't pay any more taxes after they die, etc.

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« Reply #12645 on: March 01, 2016, 11:46:26 PM »
I have overheard 2 of my coworkers on another floor:
1)Taking out  3 4 or more credit union loans successively to travel with no count boyfriend.  Same coworker's mom was heavy into payday loans, a gambling habit plus supporting a drug using son and lazy adult grandchildren.
2)Another supporting 2 adult daughters one of whom has a child and may be pregnant with another.  Neither daughter graduated high school one dropped out one got a certificate stating she'd completed 12 years.  Older one has a $600 car note and job doesn't cover it.   Younger one doesn't work at all.
As for myself I used to be addicted to the vending machine daily for 2 honey buns $1.25 each at the time and a bottle of tea from the machine $1.75.  After casually calculating I was wasting $21.25 or more per week on that thieving machine, I facepunched myself then started buying my buns from the grocery store $1 apiece or donuts  $.66 apiece from Shoppers Food Warehouse ( Shoppers has huge donuts lol I am partial) and drinks also since sometimes they are $1 each or 3 for $5.  On occasion I do bake my own as well cutting it to almost free.

We won't discuss lunch out that was $10-15 per day which I have cut down to maybe twice monthly.

Went several pages after post, but did you mean 5 for $3?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12646 on: March 02, 2016, 12:02:58 AM »

Y'all is always plural; "all y'all" is reflexive or emphatic. :-)

Man how did I miss the y'all conversation?

I agree- y'all is NEVER singular. It is always plural.
All y'all is more plural.

Oh boy, now I'll have to try and sneak "all y'all" into daily conversation and see if anyone notices!

I would love to hear such a robust southernism pulled off in a British accent.

I had a coworker previously who was from rural NC but lived in London for 5+ years - fabulous accent!

And while I'm here, we also say y'all in Kansas, where I'm from though not all y'all, I've only heard that in NC. Another NC favorite of mine is "might could" as in:
You might could do that but instead maybe you should do this.

Love it.

Or else "fixin' to" - I'm fixin' to go to the store, can I borrow your credit card?

"Fixin' to" is a popular expression in Kentucky as well, followed shortly with the standard confirmation query, "Ya-un-to?"

And also widjadidja, as in " bring the barbie widjadidja?"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12647 on: March 02, 2016, 06:22:26 AM »
I had a coworker who would continually surprise me with her bad decisions with money. She was 54 and had been through a divorce a few years prior that left her with nothing and she ended up filing for bankruptcy. She made around 45-50k. She had a 45+ minute commute each way and paid over $1100/month for rent in a nice suburb. There were much cheaper places to live near work but she was convinced that the entire city that our workplace was located in was a ghetto and she'd get shot if she lived here (this is nowhere near the truth). When she found out that HR automatically enrolls you in the 6% 401k + 6% match, she immediately had it switched to zero contribution because she needed that money in her paycheck. She was living paycheck to paycheck and would say "I need to start playing the lotto more" when things got scary. She didn't get all of her points for the work wellness plan her first year, so her insurance premiums went up $1,000 annually for the next year. She drove a Toyota Sonata that she was making high payments on, but would constantly wish she could drive a Lexus again. A couple of months before her car was paid off, she was in a car accident that totaled her car. What kind of car do you think she got next? A Lexus SUV, of course! (Used, at least.) Even though neither of us work at that place anymore, we occasionally meet up for lunch. First thing she asks me is if I've gotten a new car yet. Nope. I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier that is looking rather shabby these days, but it's saving me too much money right now to consider upgrading quite yet.
What's a Toyota Sonata?
There's a Toyota Solara (but these went out of production a while back) and a Hyundai Sonata ...
I also used to drive an 02 cavalier. I traded up when It started to have problems with the motor (somehow I managed to crack the valve cover? among several other problems with transmission and abs systems) and didn't want to bother paying someone to put a new one in (I didn't know how to do it myself at the time). That was at about 150k miles. How many miles do you have on yours?

Oops! I meant Toyota Solara.
That makes more sense. Absolutely terrible cars in my opinion :P
Welcome to the forum!

Maybe that Cavalier had plastic valve covers? I've seen some cars with plastic intake manifolds and plastic valve covers. My VW had a plastic water thermostat cover. yep - it cracked.

Guess it saves the factory $1.25 per car but some owner in the future will be replacing that component b/c it warps, cracks or otherwise leaks. A good reason to move on when car shopping in my mind - - - he says as he worries that everything after a certain year probably has these very parts on them...
It appeared to be cast aluminum, same as the head. Could have been a ferrous compound, but it was definitely cast metal and not plastic.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12648 on: March 02, 2016, 07:34:30 AM »

Y'all is always plural; "all y'all" is reflexive or emphatic. :-)

Man how did I miss the y'all conversation?

I agree- y'all is NEVER singular. It is always plural.
All y'all is more plural.

Oh boy, now I'll have to try and sneak "all y'all" into daily conversation and see if anyone notices!

I would love to hear such a robust southernism pulled off in a British accent.

I had a coworker previously who was from rural NC but lived in London for 5+ years - fabulous accent!

And while I'm here, we also say y'all in Kansas, where I'm from though not all y'all, I've only heard that in NC. Another NC favorite of mine is "might could" as in:
You might could do that but instead maybe you should do this.

Love it.

Or else "fixin' to" - I'm fixin' to go to the store, can I borrow your credit card?

"Fixin' to" is a popular expression in Kentucky as well, followed shortly with the standard confirmation query, "Ya-un-to?"

And also widjadidja, as in " bring the barbie widjadidja?"
A friend from NC congratulated me once on my correct use of "rightly know" in a sentence >_> Oh come on, it's just Southern for "grok"!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12649 on: March 02, 2016, 08:52:59 AM »
I loved it when southerners asked me to "Mash the switch"

Like I was going to get out a sledge hammer to turn on the lights.

If you did, you'd probably get your heart blessed. "Bless your heart" is Southern for "you fucked up".

Other refinements of the Southern dialogue include the distinction between a conniption fit and a hissy fit. A conniption fit is a justified response to extreme provocation, whereas a hissy fit lacks reasonable cause.