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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12900 on: March 29, 2016, 08:01:51 AM »
Which presumably is part of the reason for the increase in fees.
If you are going to be spending $10k/year on rent+transit, $5k/year on food and a few $k on books why not charge you  $20k in fees rather than $12k ? Especially when you don't have to pay it back for years !

It's diffently the reason for ridiculous text book prices.
I went to uni in the UK when there were no fees  (yeah socialism) and textbooks were paperback and 1/10 the price of US textbooks which were only ever hardback. When I moved to the US they explained that, if you were paying $30k in fees, why would you care about a $100 textbook?

I was routinely able to find "international editions" of textbooks that were either paperback or oddly bound (one had metal corners and a leather-like cover).  These weren't 1/10th the cost, but more like 1/4 or so.  Still saved some decent cash doing that, though I'm not sure it's 100% legit from the publisher's view...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12901 on: March 29, 2016, 08:15:39 AM »
Which presumably is part of the reason for the increase in fees.
If you are going to be spending $10k/year on rent+transit, $5k/year on food and a few $k on books why not charge you  $20k in fees rather than $12k ? Especially when you don't have to pay it back for years !

It's diffently the reason for ridiculous text book prices.
I went to uni in the UK when there were no fees  (yeah socialism) and textbooks were paperback and 1/10 the price of US textbooks which were only ever hardback. When I moved to the US they explained that, if you were paying $30k in fees, why would you care about a $100 textbook?

I was routinely able to find "international editions" of textbooks that were either paperback or oddly bound (one had metal corners and a leather-like cover).  These weren't 1/10th the cost, but more like 1/4 or so.  Still saved some decent cash doing that, though I'm not sure it's 100% legit from the publisher's view...

There was a website I used, it's no longer up, where you could type in the ISBN or title or author and it would comb the internet for the cheapest prices. I manged to find a few international editions and other editions for cheap on there. What made it extra nice is that I was able to sell them after the semester for either my cost, or sometimes more than that (it was still cheaper for them than buying it used at the school bookstore).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12902 on: March 29, 2016, 08:47:02 AM »
Which presumably is part of the reason for the increase in fees.
If you are going to be spending $10k/year on rent+transit, $5k/year on food and a few $k on books why not charge you  $20k in fees rather than $12k ? Especially when you don't have to pay it back for years !

It's diffently the reason for ridiculous text book prices.
I went to uni in the UK when there were no fees  (yeah socialism) and textbooks were paperback and 1/10 the price of US textbooks which were only ever hardback. When I moved to the US they explained that, if you were paying $30k in fees, why would you care about a $100 textbook?

I was routinely able to find "international editions" of textbooks that were either paperback or oddly bound (one had metal corners and a leather-like cover).  These weren't 1/10th the cost, but more like 1/4 or so.  Still saved some decent cash doing that, though I'm not sure it's 100% legit from the publisher's view...

There was a website I used, it's no longer up, where you could type in the ISBN or title or author and it would comb the internet for the cheapest prices. I manged to find a few international editions and other editions for cheap on there. What made it extra nice is that I was able to sell them after the semester for either my cost, or sometimes more than that (it was still cheaper for them than buying it used at the school bookstore).

I don't know which website you were using, but I used bigwords.com (which is still up) for the same thing.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12903 on: March 29, 2016, 08:51:19 AM »
Which presumably is part of the reason for the increase in fees.
If you are going to be spending $10k/year on rent+transit, $5k/year on food and a few $k on books why not charge you  $20k in fees rather than $12k ? Especially when you don't have to pay it back for years !

It's diffently the reason for ridiculous text book prices.
I went to uni in the UK when there were no fees  (yeah socialism) and textbooks were paperback and 1/10 the price of US textbooks which were only ever hardback. When I moved to the US they explained that, if you were paying $30k in fees, why would you care about a $100 textbook?

I was routinely able to find "international editions" of textbooks that were either paperback or oddly bound (one had metal corners and a leather-like cover).  These weren't 1/10th the cost, but more like 1/4 or so.  Still saved some decent cash doing that, though I'm not sure it's 100% legit from the publisher's view...

There was a website I used, it's no longer up, where you could type in the ISBN or title or author and it would comb the internet for the cheapest prices. I manged to find a few international editions and other editions for cheap on there. What made it extra nice is that I was able to sell them after the semester for either my cost, or sometimes more than that (it was still cheaper for them than buying it used at the school bookstore).

bookfinder.com is what I used and it's still up.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12904 on: March 29, 2016, 09:15:53 AM »
Which presumably is part of the reason for the increase in fees.
If you are going to be spending $10k/year on rent+transit, $5k/year on food and a few $k on books why not charge you  $20k in fees rather than $12k ? Especially when you don't have to pay it back for years !

It's diffently the reason for ridiculous text book prices.
I went to uni in the UK when there were no fees  (yeah socialism) and textbooks were paperback and 1/10 the price of US textbooks which were only ever hardback. When I moved to the US they explained that, if you were paying $30k in fees, why would you care about a $100 textbook?

I was routinely able to find "international editions" of textbooks that were either paperback or oddly bound (one had metal corners and a leather-like cover).  These weren't 1/10th the cost, but more like 1/4 or so.  Still saved some decent cash doing that, though I'm not sure it's 100% legit from the publisher's view...

There was a website I used, it's no longer up, where you could type in the ISBN or title or author and it would comb the internet for the cheapest prices. I manged to find a few international editions and other editions for cheap on there. What made it extra nice is that I was able to sell them after the semester for either my cost, or sometimes more than that (it was still cheaper for them than buying it used at the school bookstore).

bookfinder.com is what I used and it's still up.
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I checked, the website changed names, the one I used is currently called dealoz.com

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12905 on: March 29, 2016, 09:32:19 AM »
Today a co-worker proudly told me that he just bought a 2016 Ford focus. He said that he was offered 16% interest as he and his fiance have no credit. He said he turned this down because they were only offering him $500 for his Jeep. Instead he took their offer of 27% interest if they gave him $1800 for his Jeep. 27% interest. No that's not a typo.

He said they told him he can "probably" refinance to 2% in a few months. He said he got a steal and that the car pays for itself because of the good mpg.

Gaahhhh it was so hard not to punch him.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12906 on: March 29, 2016, 10:07:20 AM »
Today a co-worker proudly told me that he just bought a 2016 Ford focus. He said that he was offered 16% interest as he and his fiance have no credit. He said he turned this down because they were only offering him $500 for his Jeep. Instead he took their offer of 27% interest if they gave him $1800 for his Jeep. 27% interest. No that's not a typo.

He said they told him he can "probably" refinance to 2% in a few months. He said he got a steal and that the car pays for itself because of the good mpg.

Gaahhhh it was so hard not to punch him.
What was the length of the financing, indefinitely??? He's going to end up paying almost 1.5x the msrp of the car in interest alone!!!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12907 on: March 29, 2016, 10:07:43 AM »
Today a co-worker proudly told me that he just bought a 2016 Ford focus. He said that he was offered 16% interest as he and his fiance have no credit. He said he turned this down because they were only offering him $500 for his Jeep. Instead he took their offer of 27% interest if they gave him $1800 for his Jeep. 27% interest. No that's not a typo.
I never realized until recently what kinds of interest rates you have to deal with when you have bad credit.  I have a relative that works at a pawn shop.  Their interest rate is about 11%...per month!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12908 on: March 29, 2016, 10:11:33 AM »
Not strictly anti-MMM in the financial sense, but if you want to know what lifetime servitude to the federal system does to people, here's an example.

Two GS-13s are currently having an argument over a cubicle. Three of us had to move out of a particular area so it could be rebuilt, including one of the 13s in question, and during our temporary displacement, the other (who's been here longer) returned from a year-long deployment. Deployment guy is on his fair share of personal shit lists for various reasons, and decided to add to that this morning by pulling seniority and taking the window cube previously occupied (and assumed to be more or less reserved for) the other guy. As this produces a ripple effect that includes "my" workspace, I got to hear about it from him. As we walked into the area in question he openly launched into a tirade against the offender... I just walked away.

I had to go back over just now and partake in a group discussion of how my team (3 total) would rearrange ourselves within that same small (6-cube) area, while deployment guy sat nervously and fidgeted (clearly upset by his castigation but unrelenting all the same) and the whole time, all I can think is, how does any of this matter enough for people to get so wound up over it? It seems to me that the path I have traveled makes me immune to two different unhealthy trains of thought exhibited by these CWs. Deployment guy is clearly a lifer, hanging onto the system for the sake of the paycheck and the security, and has never really bonded with co-workers or shown great interest in having relationships here. He volunteered for a year overseas not long after arriving, probably for the extra pay. Judging from his output, he doesn't find great meaning in his work, and it seems like he's resorted to squeezing whatever kind of validation he can from little things like seniority and a window seat. It sounds really sad. Conversely, on the other side, I think if the offended party (who is senior to me, better paid, and a fellow DINK with oodles of FIRE potential) were in the financial driver's seat, he could look at things like I do - who cares about the seat? I'm here because I want to be, and if I hated it, I could walk. Instead, staring down another 20 years of this shit, being marginalized in the tiniest way is probably magnified in importance. It's a reminder of the pecking order, and of his subordination to the whims of a perceived inferior individual due to the vagaries of the system.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12909 on: March 29, 2016, 10:16:52 AM »
Not un-mustachian in the traditional sense, but gawd, I gotta rant.

Director-level person: "My employees aren't doing *thing* unless I'm on their case all the time, so I can't take a day off because I have to supervise, why aren't they doing this, etc, etc, *whine*" (Note: her employees are ALL highly-paid and highly-trained professionals; we're not running a call center)

Me: "So, you tell them it's part of their job, and that their performance in the next 3 weeks is what guarantees that they will keep HAVING jobs, and then you follow through on that. Haven't you done that??"

Director: "No, they're not gonna like that."

YOU'RE THEIR SUPERVISOR. IT IS YOUR JOB TO SET STANDARDS, ENFORCE THEM, AND ENSURE TEAM SUCCESS. THAT IS LITERALLY YOUR JOB. WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING IT.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12910 on: March 29, 2016, 10:59:02 AM »
If my brain has fritzed so much that I make the mistake of mentioning our refurbished cot, borrowed pram, bathing the kids in the kitchen sink, changing their nappy on a towel on the floor/bed/couch lack of professional photo shoots etc I get that slack jawed gape in response, followed by pity.... f-u-c-k!!
We're at the point now where we don't even bother putting anything under the kid.  Plop 'em down on the floor and change it there.  Hard surfaces are preferred, but we can do it on carpet without making a mess, with a bit more care...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12911 on: March 29, 2016, 11:51:06 AM »
Not un-mustachian in the traditional sense, but gawd, I gotta rant.

Director-level person: "My employees aren't doing *thing* unless I'm on their case all the time, so I can't take a day off because I have to supervise, why aren't they doing this, etc, etc, *whine*" (Note: her employees are ALL highly-paid and highly-trained professionals; we're not running a call center)

Me: "So, you tell them it's part of their job, and that their performance in the next 3 weeks is what guarantees that they will keep HAVING jobs, and then you follow through on that. Haven't you done that??"

Director: "No, they're not gonna like that."

YOU'RE THEIR SUPERVISOR. IT IS YOUR JOB TO SET STANDARDS, ENFORCE THEM, AND ENSURE TEAM SUCCESS. THAT IS LITERALLY YOUR JOB. WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING IT.

I think people like the idea of becoming management, but once they're in that position, they don't have the mindset of the job. Your job is not to make friends or maintain those perceived friend relationships. A manager is just another tentacle of the corporation. Some of these supervisors are scared that if they tell the employees to do something they don't like, they won't remain friends. For some people, their only 'friends' are co-workers.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12912 on: March 29, 2016, 12:32:24 PM »
Not un-mustachian in the traditional sense, but gawd, I gotta rant.

Director-level person: "My employees aren't doing *thing* unless I'm on their case all the time, so I can't take a day off because I have to supervise, why aren't they doing this, etc, etc, *whine*" (Note: her employees are ALL highly-paid and highly-trained professionals; we're not running a call center)

Me: "So, you tell them it's part of their job, and that their performance in the next 3 weeks is what guarantees that they will keep HAVING jobs, and then you follow through on that. Haven't you done that??"

Director: "No, they're not gonna like that."

YOU'RE THEIR SUPERVISOR. IT IS YOUR JOB TO SET STANDARDS, ENFORCE THEM, AND ENSURE TEAM SUCCESS. THAT IS LITERALLY YOUR JOB. WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING IT.

I think people like the idea of becoming management, but once they're in that position, they don't have the mindset of the job. Your job is not to make friends or maintain those perceived friend relationships. A manager is just another tentacle of the corporation. Some of these supervisors are scared that if they tell the employees to do something they don't like, they won't remain friends. For some people, their only 'friends' are co-workers.

Those are all people who seriously need to get a life, in that case.

Seriously: if you cannot tell someone 'your job is to do X' and expect that they will come in and do X, then they cannot be a supervisor, WT-everloving-F.

I am beyond out of patience with this woman. (Oh: and she's in her 50s and has been a manager for over 20 years. It isn't inexperience.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12913 on: March 29, 2016, 12:39:22 PM »
Not un-mustachian in the traditional sense, but gawd, I gotta rant.

Director-level person: "My employees aren't doing *thing* unless I'm on their case all the time, so I can't take a day off because I have to supervise, why aren't they doing this, etc, etc, *whine*" (Note: her employees are ALL highly-paid and highly-trained professionals; we're not running a call center)

Me: "So, you tell them it's part of their job, and that their performance in the next 3 weeks is what guarantees that they will keep HAVING jobs, and then you follow through on that. Haven't you done that??"

Director: "No, they're not gonna like that."

YOU'RE THEIR SUPERVISOR. IT IS YOUR JOB TO SET STANDARDS, ENFORCE THEM, AND ENSURE TEAM SUCCESS. THAT IS LITERALLY YOUR JOB. WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING IT.

The cynic in me says that if a group of people systematically don't do an activity at work, it means that they don't find value in said activity.  Which means it either isn't valuable, or the value hasn't been properly explained to them. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12914 on: March 29, 2016, 12:49:35 PM »
Not un-mustachian in the traditional sense, but gawd, I gotta rant.

Director-level person: "My employees aren't doing *thing* unless I'm on their case all the time, so I can't take a day off because I have to supervise, why aren't they doing this, etc, etc, *whine*" (Note: her employees are ALL highly-paid and highly-trained professionals; we're not running a call center)

Me: "So, you tell them it's part of their job, and that their performance in the next 3 weeks is what guarantees that they will keep HAVING jobs, and then you follow through on that. Haven't you done that??"

Director: "No, they're not gonna like that."

YOU'RE THEIR SUPERVISOR. IT IS YOUR JOB TO SET STANDARDS, ENFORCE THEM, AND ENSURE TEAM SUCCESS. THAT IS LITERALLY YOUR JOB. WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING IT.

The cynic in me says that if a group of people systematically don't do an activity at work, it means that they don't find value in said activity.  Which means it either isn't valuable, or the value hasn't been properly explained to them.

In some cases people will only understand the value of an activity when it is described as "must be performed in order to keep your job."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12915 on: March 29, 2016, 12:53:54 PM »
I am buying a radar detector. That qualifies for this thread, right? Speeding costs more than driving more sedately, and I'm spending money to be able to drive faster.

Just don't use it in Virginia, radar detectors are illegal here.
I think I saw that DC also bans them.
I recently completed a degree and got licensed. There are many paths to this degree, typically taking two years. I got hired last week and in our new-hire orientation we got to talking about school. I paid $12K total for mine, including texts, pre-rec classes, no student loans. Other people mention $40K debts to get their degrees. Huh? We got hired by the same company, to do the same job, for the same salary.
I can see it costing more for some people, I tested out of some classes, and had already done many pre-recs. So I can see maybe $20K to get this degree. But, $40K?
Keep in mind that if they elected to live on campus, that can be paid for with student loans too and often costs as much as, or more than, tuition.
And costs more than living off campus, even if that's not with your parents. In Washington, DC, every university is required to house students for two years. It was $1000/mo to share a 500sqft dorm room with 3 other girls. Junior year, another girl and I shared 500sqft studio apartment one block off campus for $1200 total, ie $400/mo less than we had been paying to get twice as much space per person.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12916 on: March 29, 2016, 01:03:36 PM »
Today a co-worker proudly told me that he just bought a 2016 Ford focus. He said that he was offered 16% interest as he and his fiance have no credit. He said he turned this down because they were only offering him $500 for his Jeep. Instead he took their offer of 27% interest if they gave him $1800 for his Jeep. 27% interest. No that's not a typo.

He said they told him he can "probably" refinance to 2% in a few months. He said he got a steal and that the car pays for itself because of the good mpg.

Gaahhhh it was so hard not to punch him.

This forum makes me feel so much better about all of my life choices.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12917 on: March 29, 2016, 01:26:13 PM »
Not un-mustachian in the traditional sense, but gawd, I gotta rant.

Director-level person: "My employees aren't doing *thing* unless I'm on their case all the time, so I can't take a day off because I have to supervise, why aren't they doing this, etc, etc, *whine*" (Note: her employees are ALL highly-paid and highly-trained professionals; we're not running a call center)

Me: "So, you tell them it's part of their job, and that their performance in the next 3 weeks is what guarantees that they will keep HAVING jobs, and then you follow through on that. Haven't you done that??"

Director: "No, they're not gonna like that."

YOU'RE THEIR SUPERVISOR. IT IS YOUR JOB TO SET STANDARDS, ENFORCE THEM, AND ENSURE TEAM SUCCESS. THAT IS LITERALLY YOUR JOB. WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING IT.

The cynic in me says that if a group of people systematically don't do an activity at work, it means that they don't find value in said activity.  Which means it either isn't valuable, or the value hasn't been properly explained to them.

In some cases people will only understand the value of an activity when it is described as "must be performed in order to keep your job."

True, but it depends on the quality of the workers involved.  I'd give the benefit of the doubt to professional workers and just explain why it's important.  Assuming it, in fact, is.  I blow off work all the time that isn't. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12918 on: March 29, 2016, 01:46:46 PM »
Today a co-worker proudly told me that he just bought a 2016 Ford focus. He said that he was offered 16% interest as he and his fiance have no credit. He said he turned this down because they were only offering him $500 for his Jeep. Instead he took their offer of 27% interest if they gave him $1800 for his Jeep. 27% interest. No that's not a typo.

He said they told him he can "probably" refinance to 2% in a few months. He said he got a steal and that the car pays for itself because of the good mpg.

Gaahhhh it was so hard not to punch him.

OTOH, this is brilliant if you plan to prepay the loan and get over book for your old car

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« Reply #12919 on: March 29, 2016, 02:04:17 PM »
Today a co-worker proudly told me that he just bought a 2016 Ford focus. He said that he was offered 16% interest as he and his fiance have no credit. He said he turned this down because they were only offering him $500 for his Jeep. Instead he took their offer of 27% interest if they gave him $1800 for his Jeep. 27% interest. No that's not a typo.

He said they told him he can "probably" refinance to 2% in a few months. He said he got a steal and that the car pays for itself because of the good mpg.

Gaahhhh it was so hard not to punch him.

OTOH, this is brilliant if you plan to prepay the loan and get over book for your old car

. . . unless you forgot to check whether your loan has a pre-payment penalty built into the fine print. (You might be Mustachian if you didn't know that pre-payment penalties on auto loans even existed.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12920 on: March 29, 2016, 02:08:49 PM »
Today a co-worker proudly told me that he just bought a 2016 Ford focus. He said that he was offered 16% interest as he and his fiance have no credit. He said he turned this down because they were only offering him $500 for his Jeep. Instead he took their offer of 27% interest if they gave him $1800 for his Jeep. 27% interest. No that's not a typo.

He said they told him he can "probably" refinance to 2% in a few months. He said he got a steal and that the car pays for itself because of the good mpg.

Gaahhhh it was so hard not to punch him.

OTOH, this is brilliant if you plan to prepay the loan and get over book for your old car

. . . unless you forgot to check whether your loan has a pre-payment penalty built into the fine print. (You might be Mustachian if you didn't know that pre-payment penalties on auto loans even existed.)

My auto loan has/had one (it only applied for first 2 years I think). It was like $200. Annoying but you'd still come ahead if you employed Dragoncar's strategy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12921 on: March 29, 2016, 02:21:15 PM »
In my business I deal with pregnant women - some of the ridiculous amounts of money that are spent on prams (frequently $1,500 +), cots, change tables, cord blood banking, pregnancy photo shoots, birth photo shoots, 1 month photo shoots (etc), swingy things to pacify their screaming progeny, baby baths, monitors that let you hear, see and monitor breathing... it makes my head spin. Usually coming from women with massive rocks on their fingers, fake tans-tits-eyelashes-hair extensions, who berate their partner for not doing enough to help them, then three sentences later screech at them for not earning enough to buy them the latest SUV to park in the driveway of their ridiculous McMansion. One woman recently told me (proudly) that all the bits and pieces had cost them over $10,000 (excluding medical expenses) - and then went on to boast that it included nail clippers and a nappy pail, but NOT the photo shoots. STFU!

If my brain has fritzed so much that I make the mistake of mentioning our refurbished cot, borrowed pram, bathing the kids in the kitchen sink, changing their nappy on a towel on the floor/bed/couch lack of professional photo shoots etc I get that slack jawed gape in response, followed by pity.... f-u-c-k!!

Someone in my neighborhood is trying to resell a Prada diaper bag they specially ordered from Milan for $1350.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12922 on: March 29, 2016, 02:54:05 PM »
If my brain has fritzed so much that I make the mistake of mentioning our refurbished cot, borrowed pram, bathing the kids in the kitchen sink, changing their nappy on a towel on the floor/bed/couch lack of professional photo shoots etc I get that slack jawed gape in response, followed by pity.... f-u-c-k!!
We're at the point now where we don't even bother putting anything under the kid.  Plop 'em down on the floor and change it there.  Hard surfaces are preferred, but we can do it on carpet without making a mess, with a bit more care...

Hehe - yep, that was us within a short space of time too :D


Someone in my neighborhood is trying to resell a Prada diaper bag they specially ordered from Milan for $1350.

Wha...???? I have no words!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12923 on: March 29, 2016, 03:09:21 PM »
He volunteered for a year overseas not long after arriving, probably for the extra pay. Judging from his output, he doesn't find great meaning in his work, and it seems like he's resorted to squeezing whatever kind of validation he can from little things like seniority and a window seat. It sounds really sad. Conversely, on the other side, I think if the offended party (who is senior to me, better paid, and a fellow DINK with oodles of FIRE potential) were in the financial driver's seat, he could look at things like I do - who cares about the seat? I'm here because I want to be, and if I hated it, I could walk. Instead, staring down another 20 years of this shit, being marginalized in the tiniest way is probably magnified in importance. It's a reminder of the pecking order, and of his subordination to the whims of a perceived inferior individual due to the vagaries of the system.

Isn't that incredibly sad? My husband works in an area that should bring people an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction - as it does him. It's stressful, can be emotional - but saves lives. Instead of supporting one another, most of his colleagues spend their time in a heightened state of agitation/resentment and trying to one-up each other, with even the management taking a part in degrading, insulting and limiting people's potential - my husband will forward me some of the bulk passive aggressive (or straight out aggressive!) emails that go out, it blows your mind.

My husband got asked a few months ago how he stayed so chill in their horrendous environment - they have consultants in to 'fix the culture' - he told them it's because he just doesn't give a shit about the petty minutiae, and focuses on what he loves, the work. Even so, their constant niggling shit is starting to wear him down... when he's had enough he'll resign or SWAMI.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12924 on: March 29, 2016, 09:03:38 PM »
In my business I deal with pregnant women - some of the ridiculous amounts of money that are spent on prams (frequently $1,500 +), cots, change tables, cord blood banking, pregnancy photo shoots, birth photo shoots, 1 month photo shoots (etc), swingy things to pacify their screaming progeny, baby baths, monitors that let you hear, see and monitor breathing... it makes my head spin. Usually coming from women with massive rocks on their fingers, fake tans-tits-eyelashes-hair extensions, who berate their partner for not doing enough to help them, then three sentences later screech at them for not earning enough to buy them the latest SUV to park in the driveway of their ridiculous McMansion. One woman recently told me (proudly) that all the bits and pieces had cost them over $10,000 (excluding medical expenses) - and then went on to boast that it included nail clippers and a nappy pail, but NOT the photo shoots. STFU!

If my brain has fritzed so much that I make the mistake of mentioning our refurbished cot, borrowed pram, bathing the kids in the kitchen sink, changing their nappy on a towel on the floor/bed/couch lack of professional photo shoots etc I get that slack jawed gape in response, followed by pity.... f-u-c-k!!

My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12925 on: March 30, 2016, 03:59:17 AM »
In my business I deal with pregnant women - some of the ridiculous amounts of money that are spent on prams (frequently $1,500 +), cots, change tables, cord blood banking, pregnancy photo shoots, birth photo shoots, 1 month photo shoots (etc), swingy things to pacify their screaming progeny, baby baths, monitors that let you hear, see and monitor breathing... it makes my head spin. Usually coming from women with massive rocks on their fingers, fake tans-tits-eyelashes-hair extensions, who berate their partner for not doing enough to help them, then three sentences later screech at them for not earning enough to buy them the latest SUV to park in the driveway of their ridiculous McMansion. One woman recently told me (proudly) that all the bits and pieces had cost them over $10,000 (excluding medical expenses) - and then went on to boast that it included nail clippers and a nappy pail, but NOT the photo shoots. STFU!

If my brain has fritzed so much that I make the mistake of mentioning our refurbished cot, borrowed pram, bathing the kids in the kitchen sink, changing their nappy on a towel on the floor/bed/couch lack of professional photo shoots etc I get that slack jawed gape in response, followed by pity.... f-u-c-k!!

My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...

Hehehe - keep those thinking caps on! :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12926 on: March 30, 2016, 05:12:49 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...

Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.

You might try:
White noise ear defenders: "it's like a dry womb"
Anti-scratch mittens with attached handbag or briefcase: "I'm learning to be a consumer of labels, just like my parents"
A range of feeding bibs with 'Mummy/Daddy/Grandma/Granddad/Auntie/Uncle is my favourite': "let's get one of each"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12927 on: March 30, 2016, 06:16:07 AM »
I am buying a radar detector. That qualifies for this thread, right? Speeding costs more than driving more sedately, and I'm spending money to be able to drive faster.

Just don't use it in Virginia, radar detectors are illegal here.
I think I saw that DC also bans them.
I recently completed a degree and got licensed. There are many paths to this degree, typically taking two years. I got hired last week and in our new-hire orientation we got to talking about school. I paid $12K total for mine, including texts, pre-rec classes, no student loans. Other people mention $40K debts to get their degrees. Huh? We got hired by the same company, to do the same job, for the same salary.
I can see it costing more for some people, I tested out of some classes, and had already done many pre-recs. So I can see maybe $20K to get this degree. But, $40K?
Keep in mind that if they elected to live on campus, that can be paid for with student loans too and often costs as much as, or more than, tuition.
And costs more than living off campus, even if that's not with your parents. In Washington, DC, every university is required to house students for two years. It was $1000/mo to share a 500sqft dorm room with 3 other girls. Junior year, another girl and I shared 500sqft studio apartment one block off campus for $1200 total, ie $400/mo less than we had been paying to get twice as much space per person.
Also, I'm guessing that most people that live off-campus don't consider the cost of food and housing off-campus as part of college expenses when looking back on it. It's just normal living expenses. The students that elect to live on campus, however, have the living expenses rolled into their student loans, so it becomes part of the cost of going to college for them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12928 on: March 30, 2016, 06:32:04 AM »
I am buying a radar detector. That qualifies for this thread, right? Speeding costs more than driving more sedately, and I'm spending money to be able to drive faster.

Just don't use it in Virginia, radar detectors are illegal here.
I think I saw that DC also bans them.
I recently completed a degree and got licensed. There are many paths to this degree, typically taking two years. I got hired last week and in our new-hire orientation we got to talking about school. I paid $12K total for mine, including texts, pre-rec classes, no student loans. Other people mention $40K debts to get their degrees. Huh? We got hired by the same company, to do the same job, for the same salary.
I can see it costing more for some people, I tested out of some classes, and had already done many pre-recs. So I can see maybe $20K to get this degree. But, $40K?
Keep in mind that if they elected to live on campus, that can be paid for with student loans too and often costs as much as, or more than, tuition.
And costs more than living off campus, even if that's not with your parents. In Washington, DC, every university is required to house students for two years. It was $1000/mo to share a 500sqft dorm room with 3 other girls. Junior year, another girl and I shared 500sqft studio apartment one block off campus for $1200 total, ie $400/mo less than we had been paying to get twice as much space per person.
Also, I'm guessing that most people that live off-campus don't consider the cost of food and housing off-campus as part of college expenses when looking back on it. It's just normal living expenses. The students that elect to live on campus, however, have the living expenses rolled into their student loans, so it becomes part of the cost of going to college for them.

+1 I've never thought of that, although that's exactly accurate for my situation.  In undergrad it was all one bucket of college costs, and in grad school I paid tuition and books (but never thought about my rent or bus pass as part of the costs).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12929 on: March 30, 2016, 07:11:39 AM »
In my business I deal with pregnant women - some of the ridiculous amounts of money that are spent on prams (frequently $1,500 +), cots, change tables, cord blood banking, pregnancy photo shoots, birth photo shoots, 1 month photo shoots (etc), swingy things to pacify their screaming progeny, baby baths, monitors that let you hear, see and monitor breathing... it makes my head spin.

Like...a person with a camera in the delivery room? Yuck. Have these people seen birth?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12930 on: March 30, 2016, 07:15:30 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...
Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.


This reminds me how in 1999, everything started being advertised as Y2K compliant, even when it made no sense. This toaster is Y2K compliant! This analog watch is Y2K compliant! This umbrella is Y2k compliant!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12931 on: March 30, 2016, 07:32:02 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...
Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.

This reminds me how in 1999, everything started being advertised as Y2K compliant, even when it made no sense. This toaster is Y2K compliant! This analog watch is Y2K compliant! This umbrella is Y2k compliant!

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12932 on: March 30, 2016, 07:42:24 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...
Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.

This reminds me how in 1999, everything started being advertised as Y2K compliant, even when it made no sense. This toaster is Y2K compliant! This analog watch is Y2K compliant! This umbrella is Y2k compliant!

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.
Salt?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12933 on: March 30, 2016, 07:45:53 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...
Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.

This reminds me how in 1999, everything started being advertised as Y2K compliant, even when it made no sense. This toaster is Y2K compliant! This analog watch is Y2K compliant! This umbrella is Y2k compliant!

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.


Off the top of my head I can recall seeing gluten free labels on rice, mushrooms, and coffee.


Conversely, I've also been in a restaurant where they insisted that their bread was made from gluten-free wheat flour. So... yeah.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12934 on: March 30, 2016, 07:55:54 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...
Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.

This reminds me how in 1999, everything started being advertised as Y2K compliant, even when it made no sense. This toaster is Y2K compliant! This analog watch is Y2K compliant! This umbrella is Y2k compliant!

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.

https://xkcd.com/641/

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12935 on: March 30, 2016, 08:02:18 AM »
The first time I saw this, I just thought "wow"


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12936 on: March 30, 2016, 08:26:40 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...
Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.

This reminds me how in 1999, everything started being advertised as Y2K compliant, even when it made no sense. This toaster is Y2K compliant! This analog watch is Y2K compliant! This umbrella is Y2k compliant!

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.


Off the top of my head I can recall seeing gluten free labels on rice, mushrooms, and coffee.


There is a lot of cross contamination in food processing though. For those with an actual autoimmune disease (as opposed to just not wanting to eat gluten)- it makes a difference.

That said, I have seen carrots labeled cholesterol free.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12937 on: March 30, 2016, 08:30:25 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...
Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.

This reminds me how in 1999, everything started being advertised as Y2K compliant, even when it made no sense. This toaster is Y2K compliant! This analog watch is Y2K compliant! This umbrella is Y2k compliant!

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.


Off the top of my head I can recall seeing gluten free labels on rice, mushrooms, and coffee.


There is a lot of cross contamination in food processing though. For those with an actual autoimmune disease (as opposed to just not wanting to eat gluten)- it makes a difference.

That said, I have seen carrots labeled cholesterol free.

I feel so bad for folks with actual Celiac disease.  I have a friend who was critically ill as a child in Turkey before they figured out what was going on, and now all the gluten-free labels are wrong, and people think he's an obnoxious hipster when he asks questions.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12938 on: March 30, 2016, 08:42:52 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...
Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.

This reminds me how in 1999, everything started being advertised as Y2K compliant, even when it made no sense. This toaster is Y2K compliant! This analog watch is Y2K compliant! This umbrella is Y2k compliant!

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.


Off the top of my head I can recall seeing gluten free labels on rice, mushrooms, and coffee.


There is a lot of cross contamination in food processing though. For those with an actual autoimmune disease (as opposed to just not wanting to eat gluten)- it makes a difference.

That said, I have seen carrots labeled cholesterol free.

I feel so bad for folks with actual Celiac disease.  I have a friend who was critically ill as a child in Turkey before they figured out what was going on, and now all the gluten-free labels are wrong, and people think he's an obnoxious hipster when he asks questions.

The issue that my mom is seeing and hearing (she is a school nurse) is that things are labeled "Gluten Free" but they may have come into contact at some point. This is much less an issue with packaged goods, but restaurants are labeling things as gluten free that are not 100% gluten free.

Gluten intolerant pisses me off so much though. And my wife (a Dietitian).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12939 on: March 30, 2016, 09:09:19 AM »
Overheard in supermarket line.  Guy behind me starts talking to cashier:

"Hey, just got a job at the hospital cleaning up.  It's 12.50 and hour and 40 hours a week."

Cashier: " That's more than you were making here."

"Yeah, it's great."

As the SO and I were pulling out the parking lot, I see him get into a brand new Tacoma extended cab.  Quite possibly the most expensive and useless truck on the market.  How the hell does he have any money left at the end of the month?
In 2011 after receiving my BS, I got a branch new Taco and was making making $10/hr. Then again, I was working a job with variable hours (50-112 a week)...
I was making payments of $350/mo I think (I tried to get the base-est of models) and it only worked out well because I was paying little for employer housing and it helped that employer paid for fuel. Of course I rolled it and ended up making a small profit.
 Any of the upgraded packages (extended, TRX, etc) woulda killed me. After I rolled the Taco at work, three months later, I wised up and paid $4K with the insurance payout for a used Dodge 1500.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12940 on: March 30, 2016, 09:41:14 AM »
...a brand new Tacoma extended cab.  Quite possibly the most expensive and useless truck on the market.

In what world is that true?  Ignoring the fact that this guy probably can't/shouldn't afford one, a Tacoma is A) not very expensive (ever priced out an American 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck???) and B) far from useless.  The things are bullet proof, last forever, have stellar resale value, etc etc etc.  It's basically the most "mustachian" truck one can buy, if there is such a thing. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12941 on: March 30, 2016, 09:54:36 AM »
That said, I have seen carrots labeled cholesterol free.

I have seen a colleague buy a second packet of over priced marshmallows after someone pointed out the 'fat-free' label, and then eat them all while saying that she will skip the gym because she ate a healthy snack.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12942 on: March 30, 2016, 09:56:26 AM »
...a brand new Tacoma extended cab.  Quite possibly the most expensive and useless truck on the market.

In what world is that true?  Ignoring the fact that this guy probably can't/shouldn't afford one, a Tacoma is A) not very expensive (ever priced out an American 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck???) and B) far from useless.  The things are bullet proof, last forever, have stellar resale value, etc etc etc.  It's basically the most "mustachian" truck one can buy, if there is such a thing.

Yeah, even if you only consider Toyota's vehicles the Tundra is more expensive. The Tacoma is priced similarly to the Camry (~$23k on the low end). I'm not a truck person, but if I needed one I would be looking at used Tacomas first.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12943 on: March 30, 2016, 11:06:42 AM »
My husband and I always talk about how we need to invent something that parents think they MUST HAVE for their little ones, and then strike it rich. So far we have not proved to be great inventors though...
Censor the part of your brain that says "no-one would buy this shit", add a cute picture of a teddy, offer in a range of colours. For bonus points add wifi connectivity (this does not need to serve a purpose). Oh, and make it limited edition so that it is 'exclusive'.

This reminds me how in 1999, everything started being advertised as Y2K compliant, even when it made no sense. This toaster is Y2K compliant! This analog watch is Y2K compliant! This umbrella is Y2k compliant!

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.


Off the top of my head I can recall seeing gluten free labels on rice, mushrooms, and coffee.


There is a lot of cross contamination in food processing though. For those with an actual autoimmune disease (as opposed to just not wanting to eat gluten)- it makes a difference.

That said, I have seen carrots labeled cholesterol free.

I feel so bad for folks with actual Celiac disease.  I have a friend who was critically ill as a child in Turkey before they figured out what was going on, and now all the gluten-free labels are wrong, and people think he's an obnoxious hipster when he asks questions.

The issue that my mom is seeing and hearing (she is a school nurse) is that things are labeled "Gluten Free" but they may have come into contact at some point. This is much less an issue with packaged goods, but restaurants are labeling things as gluten free that are not 100% gluten free.

Gluten intolerant pisses me off so much though. And my wife (a Dietitian).

Restaurants. ARGH.

I go to an Italian restaurant that can do gluten-free pasta. GREAT. I order this AMAZING gluten-free penne with a sausage/wine/cream/sage sauce. (True fact: it tasted AMAZING.)

And then 2 hours later I have the rash of DOOM and parts of skin on my chest are legit cracking and bleeding and I'm like WTF??! I didn't eat any wheat??!

Called the restaurant, figuring that I must be paranoid/hypochondriac/plain nuts... yeah. Turns out the sausages they put on the GF pasta, on a dish from the GF section of the menu, contained wheat.

3 days of cortisone cream later my skin was mostly back to normal, but that experience was a strong argument for more home cooking.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12944 on: March 30, 2016, 12:03:40 PM »


The issue that my mom is seeing and hearing (she is a school nurse) is that things are labeled "Gluten Free" but they may have come into contact at some point. This is much less an issue with packaged goods, but restaurants are labeling things as gluten free that are not 100% gluten free.



Isn't that what happened with Cheerios?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12945 on: March 30, 2016, 12:47:06 PM »
I am buying a radar detector. That qualifies for this thread, right? Speeding costs more than driving more sedately, and I'm spending money to be able to drive faster.

Just don't use it in Virginia, radar detectors are illegal here.
I think I saw that DC also bans them.
I recently completed a degree and got licensed. There are many paths to this degree, typically taking two years. I got hired last week and in our new-hire orientation we got to talking about school. I paid $12K total for mine, including texts, pre-rec classes, no student loans. Other people mention $40K debts to get their degrees. Huh? We got hired by the same company, to do the same job, for the same salary.
I can see it costing more for some people, I tested out of some classes, and had already done many pre-recs. So I can see maybe $20K to get this degree. But, $40K?
Keep in mind that if they elected to live on campus, that can be paid for with student loans too and often costs as much as, or more than, tuition.
And costs more than living off campus, even if that's not with your parents. In Washington, DC, every university is required to house students for two years. It was $1000/mo to share a 500sqft dorm room with 3 other girls. Junior year, another girl and I shared 500sqft studio apartment one block off campus for $1200 total, ie $400/mo less than we had been paying to get twice as much space per person.
The school will wave this.  All it requires is the parent calling and saying my child is interested in your school (and has gotten in) but she will not be dorming.  Will you wave the requirement or should she look at her other options?  You go up a chain but someone will wave it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12946 on: March 30, 2016, 01:10:36 PM »
I am buying a radar detector. That qualifies for this thread, right? Speeding costs more than driving more sedately, and I'm spending money to be able to drive faster.

Just don't use it in Virginia, radar detectors are illegal here.
I think I saw that DC also bans them.
I recently completed a degree and got licensed. There are many paths to this degree, typically taking two years. I got hired last week and in our new-hire orientation we got to talking about school. I paid $12K total for mine, including texts, pre-rec classes, no student loans. Other people mention $40K debts to get their degrees. Huh? We got hired by the same company, to do the same job, for the same salary.
I can see it costing more for some people, I tested out of some classes, and had already done many pre-recs. So I can see maybe $20K to get this degree. But, $40K?
Keep in mind that if they elected to live on campus, that can be paid for with student loans too and often costs as much as, or more than, tuition.
And costs more than living off campus, even if that's not with your parents. In Washington, DC, every university is required to house students for two years. It was $1000/mo to share a 500sqft dorm room with 3 other girls. Junior year, another girl and I shared 500sqft studio apartment one block off campus for $1200 total, ie $400/mo less than we had been paying to get twice as much space per person.
The school will wave this.  All it requires is the parent calling and saying my child is interested in your school (and has gotten in) but she will not be dorming.  Will you wave the requirement or should she look at her other options?  You go up a chain but someone will wave it.
It's not the school's rule. It's a legal requirement from the city. The exception is if the parent is a legal resident of the city, and the student is living at home.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12947 on: March 30, 2016, 01:35:51 PM »
I am buying a radar detector. That qualifies for this thread, right? Speeding costs more than driving more sedately, and I'm spending money to be able to drive faster.

Just don't use it in Virginia, radar detectors are illegal here.
I think I saw that DC also bans them.
I recently completed a degree and got licensed. There are many paths to this degree, typically taking two years. I got hired last week and in our new-hire orientation we got to talking about school. I paid $12K total for mine, including texts, pre-rec classes, no student loans. Other people mention $40K debts to get their degrees. Huh? We got hired by the same company, to do the same job, for the same salary.
I can see it costing more for some people, I tested out of some classes, and had already done many pre-recs. So I can see maybe $20K to get this degree. But, $40K?
Keep in mind that if they elected to live on campus, that can be paid for with student loans too and often costs as much as, or more than, tuition.
And costs more than living off campus, even if that's not with your parents. In Washington, DC, every university is required to house students for two years. It was $1000/mo to share a 500sqft dorm room with 3 other girls. Junior year, another girl and I shared 500sqft studio apartment one block off campus for $1200 total, ie $400/mo less than we had been paying to get twice as much space per person.
The school will wave this.  All it requires is the parent calling and saying my child is interested in your school (and has gotten in) but she will not be dorming.  Will you wave the requirement or should she look at her other options?  You go up a chain but someone will wave it.
It's not the school's rule. It's a legal requirement from the city. The exception is if the parent is a legal resident of the city, and the student is living at home.
Wait, you think it is a city law that students dorm?  With the increased risk factors, that can't be true.  Google does not pop this up, any evidence of this?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12948 on: March 30, 2016, 02:29:31 PM »
Isn't that incredibly sad? My husband works in an area that should bring people an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction - as it does him. It's stressful, can be emotional - but saves lives. Instead of supporting one another, most of his colleagues spend their time in a heightened state of agitation/resentment and trying to one-up each other, with even the management taking a part in degrading, insulting and limiting people's potential - my husband will forward me some of the bulk passive aggressive (or straight out aggressive!) emails that go out, it blows your mind.

My husband got asked a few months ago how he stayed so chill in their horrendous environment - they have consultants in to 'fix the culture' - he told them it's because he just doesn't give a shit about the petty minutiae, and focuses on what he loves, the work. Even so, their constant niggling shit is starting to wear him down... when he's had enough he'll resign or SWAMI.
When I started busting my ass to reach FI, I was beyond the point where I would have left if I could. Ironically, between better coping mechanisms and actual improvements in the work environment, as I approach the cusp of being work-optional, I have lost my desire to leave. But I still have the occasional day where I'm glad I won't need the job for long.

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.
Let me guess. Bacon?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12949 on: March 30, 2016, 02:33:40 PM »

I feel this way about some of the food labeling.  I saw something at the grocery store the other day that had a gluten free label on it.  I cannot remember what it was but it was something that would never include any ingredient containing gluten.
Let me guess. Bacon?


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