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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13200 on: April 14, 2016, 01:55:29 PM »
I need to rant. It's about work, so it's related! But, ugh, there is a special place in hell for people who put their conference calls on speaker. Just don't do it! If you need your hands, get a head set. Literally all you need to do is ask your admin assistant. They stockpile them! I've seen it!
Why is nobody calling them out on this?

I have one better. In my hall sits a group of folks all working on the same project. They will each sit in their own office, ON THE SAME TELECON, with their phones on speaker. There are three of them, and there's at most two offices between their doors.

On the antimustachian side of things, the people responsible for ordering products for my group automatically go and purchase something on the credit card, rather than search the extensive inventory of recycled products (read: office furniture, paper shredders, space heaters, etc) that are available to us for free first. SMH.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13201 on: April 14, 2016, 02:44:17 PM »
I need to rant. It's about work, so it's related! But, ugh, there is a special place in hell for people who put their conference calls on speaker. Just don't do it! If you need your hands, get a head set. Literally all you need to do is ask your admin assistant. They stockpile them! I've seen it!

Okay back on topic. We have a classifieds section on our intranet. Somebody is attempting to sell a wedding dress+veil+sparkly headband for $1500 total, and specifies cash only. Gown was $2,250.00, veil was $460.00, and the head piece was around $250. The kicker? In her own words on the ad, "Gown was never used for its intended purpose." Whoa... all that money just down the drain, even if she does manage to sell it.


My dress was about $500 including alterations, and I felt like I was spending a fortune. (I'm actually a little ashamed to admit on this forum that I spend that much.)

So it's not technically an unused gown, and anyone considering buying it should probably ask what it was used for.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13202 on: April 14, 2016, 03:02:40 PM »

I have one better. In my hall sits a group of folks all working on the same project. They will each sit in their own office, ON THE SAME TELECON, with their phones on speaker. There are three of them, and there's at most two offices between their doors.
In my experience, the reason for that may be so they can multitask while on the conference call, without being rude to other people in the same room.  That doesn't mean that their other tasks are productive, just that they're doing something else while on the call.

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« Reply #13203 on: April 14, 2016, 03:23:08 PM »
Big meetings and conference calls are the most inefficient things that happen in an office.
Very often the way to try not taking responsibility for something.
Large meetings should only be informative, i.e. information has to be downloaded to many people at the same time.
But there's a reason why company structures are pyramid shaped, so there's one guy/gal at the top who can independently make the decision.

Being able to make the call can be awesome (better salary, you get most of the credit if it goes well even if it was one of your subordinates suggestion to begin with) and awful at the same time  (shit hits the fan: it's your fault and you lose the job), but that's the whole point of being a manager.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13204 on: April 14, 2016, 03:33:49 PM »
That reminds me, anyone here have any recommendations for a good head set? I would like to get a couple for me and a few people in the office. It'll be so much easier to just have one and have both hands free for typing the customer's order.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13205 on: April 14, 2016, 07:52:21 PM »
That reminds me, anyone here have any recommendations for a good head set? I would like to get a couple for me and a few people in the office. It'll be so much easier to just have one and have both hands free for typing the customer's order.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13206 on: April 15, 2016, 02:10:37 AM »
That reminds me, anyone here have any recommendations for a good head set? I would like to get a couple for me and a few people in the office. It'll be so much easier to just have one and have both hands free for typing the customer's order.

I second this foam.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13207 on: April 15, 2016, 08:30:22 AM »
That reminds me, anyone here have any recommendations for a good head set? I would like to get a couple for me and a few people in the office. It'll be so much easier to just have one and have both hands free for typing the customer's order.

I have had a Plantronics CS55 bluetooth headset that plugs into my phone for 6? years, and it's been awesome. An admin ordered it for me after I admired a coworker's, though, so I seriously have no idea what it costs.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13208 on: April 15, 2016, 08:55:10 AM »
That reminds me, anyone here have any recommendations for a good head set? I would like to get a couple for me and a few people in the office. It'll be so much easier to just have one and have both hands free for typing the customer's order.

I have had a Plantronics CS55 bluetooth headset that plugs into my phone for 6? years, and it's been awesome. An admin ordered it for me after I admired a coworker's, though, so I seriously have no idea what it costs.

Plantronics CS  Voyager Legend is the set I have at work. Might be similar or the same as merula's. It's pretty amazing. I didn't order it myself (IT did) but I imagine it was some $$. It's Bluetooth and lets me wander from the front desk all around our office with a call. A+
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13209 on: April 15, 2016, 08:57:39 AM »
I have had a Plantronics CS55 bluetooth headset that plugs into my phone for 6? years, and it's been awesome. An admin ordered it for me after I admired a coworker's, though, so I seriously have no idea what it costs.

Plantronics CS  Voyager Legend is the set I have at work. Might be similar or the same as merula's. It's pretty amazing. I didn't order it myself (IT did) but I imagine it was some $$. It's Bluetooth and lets me wander from the front desk all around our office with a call. A+

Yeah, that's the fancy-pants version of mine that some other people around the office have. Allegedly it has a bigger range for wandering, but I think that's anecdotal. I can go to the water fountain or coworkers' desks without issue, so the range is sufficient for my needs.

But it does definitely look nicer.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13210 on: April 15, 2016, 04:09:38 PM »
That reminds me, anyone here have any recommendations for a good head set? I would like to get a couple for me and a few people in the office. It'll be so much easier to just have one and have both hands free for typing the customer's order.

I have had a Plantronics CS55 bluetooth headset that plugs into my phone for 6? years, and it's been awesome. An admin ordered it for me after I admired a coworker's, though, so I seriously have no idea what it costs.

I have the exact same one!  It's been very dependable for the last 4-5 years.  I am not a heavy phone user, however.  I know that the receptionist in our office got one the same time I did & she's had to have it replaced in that time.  Also no idea of the cost.
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« Reply #13211 on: April 15, 2016, 07:55:02 PM »
The wireless Plantronics headsets are easily $150. The fancier models are $200-$300.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13212 on: April 15, 2016, 09:22:54 PM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13213 on: April 16, 2016, 05:12:17 AM »
Another pan handler story. In my commuter train station, much of the platform is underground. There's a guy who goes from person to person with a well rehearsed woe is me lie about needing $17 for fare. He doesn't bother me except when he corners a woman who's sitting by herself on a bench or something. While not a big guy, he stands over them making it difficult for them to get away. If I can, I get real real close to this encounter and Just stand there until he moves on.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13214 on: April 16, 2016, 06:09:38 AM »
The wireless Plantronics headsets are easily $150. The fancier models are $200-$300.
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I would believe that. They're pretty swank. But they work well, and it's a company expense.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13215 on: April 16, 2016, 07:21:40 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.

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."

If the task was so idiotic that my boss had to threathen to fire me to get me to do it, I would probably just quit. Luckily I have a boss that treats me like an intelligent human being, and trusts me to use my best judgment. In return, I will do all the stupid stuff that we agree is necessary to keep the wheels turning and the big bosses happy.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13216 on: April 16, 2016, 11:34:14 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.

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."

If the task was so idiotic that my boss had to threathen to fire me to get me to do it, I would probably just quit. Luckily I have a boss that treats me like an intelligent human being, and trusts me to use my best judgment. In return, I will do all the stupid stuff that we agree is necessary to keep the wheels turning and the big bosses happy.

In most cases, I'd agree with you.

In this case, the company is having cash flow problems, and we'd all like to keep having jobs.

The thing in question is boring, tedious, and the part of their job they like least, and I 100% get that... But it's also the thing that generates the quickest cash flow to solve the short term problem. And the work they enjoy doing? Is not available for the next month (contracts not starting till then).

So... Task might be idiotic, but it will make the money that will pay your pay check. Or you might as well go home and not do it, since if it's not done there will be no money to pay you anyway.

But they're still whining and complaining, and 2/5 aren't doing it. It's a great demonstration as to their ability to be responsible and mature people who can prioritize workload based on importance, yeah... I get that they don't like it, but ffs people.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13217 on: April 18, 2016, 01:15:30 AM »
A guy at work who I know would be earning over $150k just mentioned he had consolidated all his credit cards and personal loans into his mortgage. These loans amounted to $50k.

But he hasnt cancelled his credit cards cause he isn't sure if he might want a jetski or something come summer. He also happily admits to being bad with money and guessing he will rack up debt again and need to refinance and consolidate hi debt again in 2 years.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13218 on: April 18, 2016, 07:30:45 AM »
I am indifferent to handbags, but the I Medici one owned by previous poster is classic, and even I dont consider that a whole lot of money if you have to look nice for your job and you have to carry computer and other stuff in it.

Im surprised that the lining holds up that long , though, with daily use.

This bag looks nice because it is a classic style, clean lines. Also the pp's words of wisdm about dyes is useful.

The current societal obsession with big ass buckles all over the place is silly. Keep your classic bags and let the sheeple pay $300, $400, $500+ for things that are dated within 5 years.
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« Reply #13219 on: April 18, 2016, 08:14:33 AM »
This bag looks nice because it is a classic style, clean lines. Also the pp's words of wisdm about dyes is useful.

The current societal obsession with big ass buckles all over the place is silly. Keep your classic bags and let the sheeple pay $300, $400, $500+ for things that are dated within 5 years.
I'm probably inviting the ire of many when I say this, but I feel the same way about a lot of bathroom and kitchen design ideas.  Like tiled countertops or butcher block countertops, hardwood or laminate in the kitchen, or the whole shabby chic movement (ick!).  Heck, I don't even care for subway tile or painted cabinets.

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« Reply #13220 on: April 18, 2016, 08:29:16 AM »
I'm probably inviting the ire of many when I say this, but I feel the same way about a lot of bathroom and kitchen design ideas.  Like tiled countertops or butcher block countertops, hardwood or laminate in the kitchen, or the whole shabby chic movement (ick!).  Heck, I don't even care for subway tile or painted cabinets.

I kind of like the term "shabby chic". It sounds more impressive than "my kids have destroyed the inside of my home and everything is worn and scarred".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13221 on: April 18, 2016, 08:56:07 AM »
I'm probably inviting the ire of many when I say this, but I feel the same way about a lot of bathroom and kitchen design ideas.  Like tiled countertops or butcher block countertops, hardwood or laminate in the kitchen, or the whole shabby chic movement (ick!).  Heck, I don't even care for subway tile or painted cabinets.

I kind of like the term "shabby chic". It sounds more impressive than "my kids have destroyed the inside of my home and everything is worn and scarred".

Butcher block countertop: 1/5 the cost of granite, and when your kids take a sharpie to it you can sand it and re-oil it and it doesn't show. It's a sensible choice for a certain phase of life. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13222 on: April 18, 2016, 09:22:41 AM »
This bag looks nice because it is a classic style, clean lines. Also the pp's words of wisdm about dyes is useful.

The current societal obsession with big ass buckles all over the place is silly. Keep your classic bags and let the sheeple pay $300, $400, $500+ for things that are dated within 5 years.
I'm probably inviting the ire of many when I say this, but I feel the same way about a lot of bathroom and kitchen design ideas.  Like tiled countertops or butcher block countertops, hardwood or laminate in the kitchen, or the whole shabby chic movement (ick!).  Heck, I don't even care for subway tile or painted cabinets.

What is wrong with hardwood or laminate in the kitchen? Laminate is cheap; that is the appeal (although I do agree it doesn't look that great all of the time; sometimes I'd prefer linoleum). Hardwood... Well, it was installed in my aunt's kitchen in 1982 and through 3 kitchen renovations it has stayed. It was installed in my grandparents kitchen in the 1940's or early 50's and was only removed when the house was torn down. I always thought it looked excellent in just about any kitchen, and could be a timeless option. Obviously laminate is not, but that is where the price difference comes in.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13223 on: April 18, 2016, 10:02:58 AM »
This bag looks nice because it is a classic style, clean lines. Also the pp's words of wisdm about dyes is useful.

The current societal obsession with big ass buckles all over the place is silly. Keep your classic bags and let the sheeple pay $300, $400, $500+ for things that are dated within 5 years.
I'm probably inviting the ire of many when I say this, but I feel the same way about a lot of bathroom and kitchen design ideas.  Like tiled countertops or butcher block countertops, hardwood or laminate in the kitchen, or the whole shabby chic movement (ick!).  Heck, I don't even care for subway tile or painted cabinets.

What is wrong with hardwood or laminate in the kitchen? Laminate is cheap; that is the appeal (although I do agree it doesn't look that great all of the time; sometimes I'd prefer linoleum). Hardwood... Well, it was installed in my aunt's kitchen in 1982 and through 3 kitchen renovations it has stayed. It was installed in my grandparents kitchen in the 1940's or early 50's and was only removed when the house was torn down. I always thought it looked excellent in just about any kitchen, and could be a timeless option. Obviously laminate is not, but that is where the price difference comes in.

The problem is really water damage.  I have hardwood in my kitchen but near the fridge is warped due to a water leak.  I like the way the wood looks, and it's moderately easy to clean, but if I was designing a kitchen I'd use tile or vinyl (the difference between vinyl and laminate being that vinyl comes in huge sheets so few water intrusion points).  My kitchen is open plan though so it would look a bit weird to suddenly change from wood to tile

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13224 on: April 18, 2016, 10:20:14 AM »
I'm probably inviting the ire of many when I say this, but I feel the same way about a lot of bathroom and kitchen design ideas.  Like tiled countertops or butcher block wooden countertops, hardwood or laminate in the kitchen, or the whole shabby chic movement (ick!).  Heck, I don't even care for subway tile or painted cabinets.

I kind of like the term "shabby chic". It sounds more impressive than "my kids have destroyed the inside of my home and everything is worn and scarred".

Butcher block wooden countertop: 1/5 the cost of granite, and when your kids take a sharpie to it you can sand it and re-oil it and it doesn't show. It's a sensible choice for a certain phase of life. ;)

What's really annoying is when designers co-opt terminology and bastardize it to market a trend.  Lost cause I know, but butcher blocks are end-grain. Some designer somewhere decided he/she liked the look of butcher block and laminated thick boards together and started calling it "butcher block" without realizing the difference in utility between end grain and edge grain.

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« Reply #13225 on: April 18, 2016, 10:22:04 AM »
I second this foam.

How hard is it to install your own counter tops? Also my house is soon (fingers crossed) to be shared with two tenants so I wouldn't want anything nice. Should I go with laminate? I do like the wood counter tops, are they stable and able to look good while taking some abuse from tenants?

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« Reply #13226 on: April 18, 2016, 11:06:13 AM »
I second this foam.

How hard is it to install your own counter tops? Also my house is soon (fingers crossed) to be shared with two tenants so I wouldn't want anything nice. Should I go with laminate? I do like the wood counter tops, are they stable and able to look good while taking some abuse from tenants?

Generally, they're not too difficult to install. The actual build can be a bit difficult depending on things like sinks, corners and cutouts. If you have them made, install usually just consists of setting them in place and screwing or gluing them in place.

Laminate is generally the cheapest and easiest. You simply use a couple sheets of 3/4 particle board to build the main structure of it. Then apply a trim board to the outside edge flush with the top. Use contact cement to apply slightly oversized laminate to the top. Finally, use a router and a chamfer bit(w/ bearing) to trim the excess laminate. You'll end up with something like this.

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« Reply #13227 on: April 18, 2016, 11:08:19 AM »
MgoSam, keep in mind that butcher block is not water-proof or even especially water-resistant, and that it will absolutely stain. It's relatively easy to repair, but it takes time and makes dust. Even the end-grain stuff will require more maintenance than almost anything else.

As for laminate, it's a great choice IF you plan it to have seams kept away from wet areas. I sell the stuff in one of my lives- feel free to send me a message if you have questions.

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« Reply #13228 on: April 18, 2016, 11:09:01 AM »
I second this foam.

How hard is it to install your own counter tops? Also my house is soon (fingers crossed) to be shared with two tenants so I wouldn't want anything nice. Should I go with laminate? I do like the wood counter tops, are they stable and able to look good while taking some abuse from tenants?

Cheapo granite may seem like the fancy option, but it's damn near indestructible and the builder grade stuff isn't that expensive.  You can't hurt it unless you're actively trying to, unlike wood and laminate which can be easily hurt through thoughtlessness (staining, cutting marks, etc).
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« Reply #13229 on: April 18, 2016, 11:12:07 AM »
I second this foam.

How hard is it to install your own counter tops? Also my house is soon (fingers crossed) to be shared with two tenants so I wouldn't want anything nice. Should I go with laminate? I do like the wood counter tops, are they stable and able to look good while taking some abuse from tenants?

NOT WITH TENANTS.

They are resistant WITH CARE (immediate attention to water spills and water near the sink, and also regular oiling - I wipe them down with a thin coat of mineral oil every 2 months or so). Without that attention, they'll dry/warp/absorb stuff left on them. Not good.

Also, if you have tenants, get DARKER laminate - my last apt before we built out house had permanently-stained white laminate from the previous tenants, and no matter how much you clean/disinfect, it still always just seems gross.

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« Reply #13230 on: April 18, 2016, 11:13:49 AM »
I second this foam.

How hard is it to install your own counter tops? Also my house is soon (fingers crossed) to be shared with two tenants so I wouldn't want anything nice. Should I go with laminate? I do like the wood counter tops, are they stable and able to look good while taking some abuse from tenants?

Cheapo granite may seem like the fancy option, but it's damn near indestructible and the builder grade stuff isn't that expensive.  You can't hurt it unless you're actively trying to, unlike wood and laminate which can be easily hurt through thoughtlessness (staining, cutting marks, etc).

I disagree about cheapo ("builder-grade") granite. I've known several people who've gone this way to save money and gotten cracks a short time later- whether that was because of inferior slabs or half-assed installers is hard for me to say, but I'd guess both were at play. If you do go that way, double-check for levelness, proper support, etc. Then probably seal it yourself, too, because it's a pain in the ass to get stains out of stone once they're set.

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« Reply #13231 on: April 18, 2016, 11:22:45 AM »
Thanks everyone. I will post in the DIY section once I'm ready for this improvement. Right now I'm happy with the way things look and will get more use out of them before changing them out. First project that I would be willing to do is put in laminate flooring instead of my carpet, but that is not going to happen until I get more use out of my carpet first.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13232 on: April 18, 2016, 11:28:24 AM »
My company announced that our 401k rules are changing to allow people to take out loans.  Previously there really wasn't a way for people to access these accounts, so we've had staff quit because they've needed to withdraw money from their 401k.  If people are willing to quit to get at the money, I suppose this is better.  At least they will still have a job. But I can't help thinking that this will hurt other people who will be encouraged to take out these loans but maybe would' have gone to the extreme of quitting their job for it. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13233 on: April 18, 2016, 11:37:30 AM »
This bag looks nice because it is a classic style, clean lines. Also the pp's words of wisdm about dyes is useful.

The current societal obsession with big ass buckles all over the place is silly. Keep your classic bags and let the sheeple pay $300, $400, $500+ for things that are dated within 5 years.
I'm probably inviting the ire of many when I say this, but I feel the same way about a lot of bathroom and kitchen design ideas.  Like tiled countertops or butcher block countertops, hardwood or laminate in the kitchen, or the whole shabby chic movement (ick!).  Heck, I don't even care for subway tile or painted cabinets.
I'd like to think that some kitchens will be timeless.

I mean, my friend's mom's kitchen is from the 70s and had orange formica counter tops.
another friend's kitchen has yellow formica countertops.
I've seen kitchens from the 80s, which are white cabinet faces with fake wood trim.  Yuck.

Other than that, things can be ugly and a bit dated, but not out of style.

I sometimes think of it in terms of rentals.  Things that are probably somewhat timeless:
Wood cabinets
White cabinets
Black cabinets

Granite
Marble
Tile
Multicolor formica or other type of counter (you know, more colors hides the dirt)

Stainless sinks
White sinks (though I hate these for difficulty to keep clean)

White appliances
Black appliances
Stainless appliances

From there, it all depends on what fits the house.  I love me some sleek granite, stainless steel, fancy wood cabinets.
But honestly?  I've got a tiny, old home with a galley kitchen.  It would have been overkill.  Our countertops have tan-ish colored tile (because my husband had skills for tile).  The cabinets that came with the house were painted cabinets with wood stained doors and drawer fronts.  So we went with it.  It's not fancy, but it fits the house.
The appliances?  White fridge, black dishwasher, black microwave, black and white stove, stainless sink, stainless hood.  A real eclectic blend.


I guess the one benefit to painted cabinets (you know, the funny colors) is that you can always re-paint.

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« Reply #13234 on: April 18, 2016, 11:42:13 AM »
Speaking of counter tops: not quite overheard at work, but a common thing at work:

People order "temporary" counter tops, usually higher-end laminate. See, they buy a new house and one of the options is to pay extra for granite counter tops instead of the laminate that's included with the house. (You have approximately 65 zillion of these options when building with one of these companies.) So of course they can't get a bigger mortgage than they've already gotten. They definitely don't have thousands of dollars in extra cash sitting around. Despite not having the money to buy granite, the laminate is unacceptable. It wreaks of poverty and brings shame upon the family. It cannot be lived with. So they choose a color and get the laminate tops with every intention of paying us to come back, remove them, and throw them (and the sink) in the garbage a year later when they get a bonus or tax refund or whatever.

This also happens fairly often when people buy older homes. They'll replace the "dated" laminate counters (which are, of course, perfectly fine, just the wrong color) with new "modern" laminate counters in order to make the home inhabitable until they find the money to replace them... usually a year later.

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« Reply #13235 on: April 18, 2016, 11:47:38 AM »
My company announced that our 401k rules are changing to allow people to take out loans.  Previously there really wasn't a way for people to access these accounts, so we've had staff quit because they've needed to withdraw money from their 401k.  If people are willing to quit to get at the money, I suppose this is better.  At least they will still have a job. But I can't help thinking that this will hurt other people who will be encouraged to take out these loans but maybe would' have gone to the extreme of quitting their job for it.
There was outrage here when they limited the number of 401k loans from 3 loans at a time to 1.
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« Reply #13236 on: April 18, 2016, 11:55:42 AM »
So a new guy was bragging about his new vehicle purchase. Thought I would share as it made me cringe hearing him talk about it lol

He recently bought a brand new 2015 dodge ram with all the fixings for something like 50k.

He started about 2 months ago. He was complaining to another co-worker after he had just started, how he could barely afford his rent! I remember him saying to a close co worker friend of mine "man the cost of cigarettes are killing me" as we both nodded our heads in disgust....ugh

This guy probably makes 35-40k/yr possibly 45k max ! I'm guessing his loan terms are too gruesome for me to even ask...
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« Reply #13237 on: April 18, 2016, 02:09:14 PM »

-Talked about how much she loves this one burrito place because it's "soooo cheap". It's $8-10 for a burrito.

Yikes. I don't think $8 is patently expensive for a great burrito, that's generally how much I'll spend for a burrito bowl at Chipotle when I don't want to cook at home, but there's no way I would consider it cheap. There's a few locations of Zantigos in Minnesota, it's a fast food place like Taco Bell...if Taco Bell actually made things from scratch, and I love going there every once in a while (back when I lived a mile away, I was there more times than is healthy). It's around $3 for a bean-cheese burrito that has the perfect amount of food for me. I don't think it is all that costly, but I would never refer to it as cheap.

I heard about Zantigo being opened up again by relatives of the previous owners.  Too bad it is MN only. Would love to have a Zantigo in STL.  Too bad Pepsi shut the chain down when it purchased KFC back in the 80's since they already owned Taco Bell.

Oh boy, Zantigo is back?  I don't live in Minnesota any more, but Zantigo used to be my "Friday night and I just got paid" go-to back in the day when I was an impoverished college student.  Can't wait to come back and visit! 

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« Reply #13238 on: April 18, 2016, 02:43:26 PM »

-Talked about how much she loves this one burrito place because it's "soooo cheap". It's $8-10 for a burrito.

Yikes. I don't think $8 is patently expensive for a great burrito, that's generally how much I'll spend for a burrito bowl at Chipotle when I don't want to cook at home, but there's no way I would consider it cheap. There's a few locations of Zantigos in Minnesota, it's a fast food place like Taco Bell...if Taco Bell actually made things from scratch, and I love going there every once in a while (back when I lived a mile away, I was there more times than is healthy). It's around $3 for a bean-cheese burrito that has the perfect amount of food for me. I don't think it is all that costly, but I would never refer to it as cheap.

I heard about Zantigo being opened up again by relatives of the previous owners.  Too bad it is MN only. Would love to have a Zantigo in STL.  Too bad Pepsi shut the chain down when it purchased KFC back in the 80's since they already owned Taco Bell.

Oh boy, Zantigo is back?  I don't live in Minnesota any more, but Zantigo used to be my "Friday night and I just got paid" go-to back in the day when I was an impoverished college student.  Can't wait to come back and visit!

There are a few locations, one in Woodbury and another in Fridley. I think there's another in downtown St. Paul but if so, I think that one is only open during business hours.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13239 on: April 19, 2016, 02:23:45 PM »
Despite not having the money to buy granite, the laminate is unacceptable. It wreaks of poverty and brings shame upon the family. It cannot be lived with.

I laughed out loud. in my office.

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« Reply #13240 on: April 19, 2016, 03:01:32 PM »
Quick question about granite worktops.
Why do synthetic granite (ie rock dust mixed together with epoxy) worktops cost about 3x as much / sq ft as the 1ft sq granite surface block I just bought for the workshop?
Especially since the block is beautifully smooth and comes with a certificate saying how flat it is.

If I could think of way of holding a worktop made out of 30lb 6in thick blocks of stone - I would just use these

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« Reply #13241 on: April 19, 2016, 03:05:29 PM »
Quick question about granite worktops.
Why do synthetic granite (ie rock dust mixed together with epoxy) worktops cost about 3x as much / sq ft as the 1ft sq granite surface block I just bought for the workshop?
Especially since the block is beautifully smooth and comes with a certificate saying how flat it is.

If I could think of way of holding a worktop made out of 30lb 6in thick blocks of stone - I would just use these
What is a granite surface block?  And where can I get one!? :)

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« Reply #13242 on: April 19, 2016, 05:34:29 PM »
DH's CW: I know how much people in your wife's job make. If my wife made that much money we'd be living in X (fancypants) neighborhood instead of where you are.

We live in a perfectly fine working-class neighborhood, by the way. In a completely paid off house that is older but updated. This is also the same coworker who told a client he could make $1000 a day playing blackjack, but does his job because he "likes talking with people." And has been trying to buy a trailer for pretty much the entire time my husband has been working there (two years) but hasn't yet succeeded.

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« Reply #13243 on: April 19, 2016, 06:14:44 PM »
DH's CW: I know how much people in your wife's job make. If my wife made that much money we'd be living in X (fancypants) neighborhood instead of where you are.

We live in a perfectly fine working-class neighborhood, by the way. In a completely paid off house that is older but updated. This is also the same coworker who told a client he could make $1000 a day playing blackjack, but does his job because he "likes talking with people." And has been trying to buy a trailer for pretty much the entire time my husband has been working there (two years) but hasn't yet succeeded.

I would have thought playing blackjack professionally would be an awesome way to talk to lots of people.

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« Reply #13244 on: April 19, 2016, 07:03:09 PM »
DH's CW: I know how much people in your wife's job make. If my wife made that much money we'd be living in X (fancypants) neighborhood instead of where you are.

We live in a perfectly fine working-class neighborhood, by the way. In a completely paid off house that is older but updated. This is also the same coworker who told a client he could make $1000 a day playing blackjack, but does his job because he "likes talking with people." And has been trying to buy a trailer for pretty much the entire time my husband has been working there (two years) but hasn't yet succeeded.

I would have thought playing blackjack professionally would be an awesome way to talk to lots of people.

I imagine you would be too busy concentrating on the cards to talk to people. That said, if true and he works a 5 day schedule with 4 weeks off then he could be earning $240k annually assuming he isn't bullshitting. Find the difference between this and what he currently earns and you'll find what his opportunity cost of "talking with people" is.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13245 on: April 20, 2016, 03:18:16 PM »
Quick question about granite worktops.
Why do synthetic granite (ie rock dust mixed together with epoxy) worktops cost about 3x as much / sq ft as the 1ft sq granite surface block I just bought for the workshop?
Especially since the block is beautifully smooth and comes with a certificate saying how flat it is.

If I could think of way of holding a worktop made out of 30lb 6in thick blocks of stone - I would just use these
What is a granite surface block?  And where can I get one!? :)
A surface block or surface plate is used as a perfectly flat reference surface for machining operations. They are a flat plane guaranteed to some tolerance (usually 0.0001" or the like). If you need to perfectly flatten a surface (such as a straightedge) you compare it to said surface block and making sure it has even contact throughout.

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« Reply #13246 on: April 20, 2016, 04:06:16 PM »
DH's CW: I know how much people in your wife's job make. If my wife made that much money we'd be living in X (fancypants) neighborhood instead of where you are.

We live in a perfectly fine working-class neighborhood, by the way. In a completely paid off house that is older but updated. This is also the same coworker who told a client he could make $1000 a day playing blackjack, but does his job because he "likes talking with people." And has been trying to buy a trailer for pretty much the entire time my husband has been working there (two years) but hasn't yet succeeded.

I would have thought playing blackjack professionally would be an awesome way to talk to lots of people.

I imagine you would be too busy concentrating on the cards to talk to people. That said, if true and he works a 5 day schedule with 4 weeks off then he could be earning $240k annually assuming he isn't bullshitting. Find the difference between this and what he currently earns and you'll find what his opportunity cost of "talking with people" is.

Can't save up enough to buy the trailer = can't save up enough to bankroll a professional blackjack career either. 

The variation is friggin huge - you need at least 100X your maximum bet just to be reasonably confident in not losing it all on day one.  If you play 400 hands per day (8 hours / day at 50 hands / hour), to make $1,000 = $2.50 per hand average.  Counting edge is about 1%, so that's an average bet size of $250.  Counting only works if you vary your bets substantially - so figure the highest bet is at least $500 to get to a $250 / hand average.  The card-counters they make movies about vary bets way more than this, so this seems conservative to me.  So you need a $50,000 bankroll to make $1K / day playing blackjack professionally.  Even if dude can play 1000 hands / day, he still needs to save up at least $20K to have a reasonable shot at success.

Then there's the whole problem that security will politely escort you out and tell you never to come back when they figure out you're counting cards.  Not in Atlantic City, but there they can just flat-bet you and render the counting moot.
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« Reply #13247 on: April 20, 2016, 05:57:52 PM »
The building is currently renovating the office's kitchens, probably in return for us agreeing to stay for longer.  They have put in a light-grey vinyl floor, and white cabinets and counters (perhaps solid?).

It has been less than two weeks, and the counters already have some stains.  The floors look dirty by 9am. Also, whoever put in the cabinets is very tall, and many of us can barely reach the second shelf.  The cabinets have approximately 4 inches of spacer on the bottom.  Nobody can figure out if the new kettle is on when the switch is at the red or the green, so we're still using the old kettle.

They have two kitchens still to do.  Hopefully they are given some feedback before they buy the materials. It isn't like this is rocket science.
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« Reply #13248 on: April 20, 2016, 06:41:43 PM »
The building is currently renovating the office's kitchens, probably in return for us agreeing to stay for longer.  They have put in a light-grey vinyl floor, and white cabinets and counters (perhaps solid?).

It has been less than two weeks, and the counters already have some stains.  The floors look dirty by 9am. Also, whoever put in the cabinets is very tall, and many of us can barely reach the second shelf.  The cabinets have approximately 4 inches of spacer on the bottom.  Nobody can figure out if the new kettle is on when the switch is at the red or the green, so we're still using the old kettle.

They have two kitchens still to do.  Hopefully they are given some feedback before they buy the materials. It isn't like this is rocket science.

What do you people do for a living? If you work in an office I assume someone at least has some degree of common sense.

Turn the kettle on to green (most likely option). Wait a couple of minutes, if it doesn't start to boil turn it onto red and see what happens.

Make a laminated sign next to the new kettle for the truly clueless explaining how to use it.

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« Reply #13249 on: April 20, 2016, 08:55:14 PM »
Thank you Primm for a much needed laugh!! Tough day of travel just brightened up.
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