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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13750 on: June 22, 2016, 03:14:36 PM »
Who the heck uses a house phone for long distance?

My mom. Still. Even though she's had a cell phone for years. <sigh>

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13751 on: June 22, 2016, 03:22:54 PM »
I called to drop our cable, since we don't watch it. It was cheaper for me to keep [a lower level of] cable than to drop it. Seriously, internet alone costs more than the same internet plus cable. WTF?

For most people, they know if it's there they'll watch it, which means they're watching commercials.  I imagine the variable costs for one more cable customer, when the lines are already all there, are almost nil.
Because once you have cable, even if you never watch it, there is a small chance that you can be sold some premium package. It's a smaller step to sell an existing customer a "free for 3months" $50/month package than it is to attract a completely new subscriber.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13752 on: June 22, 2016, 03:23:15 PM »
I called to drop our cable, since we don't watch it. It was cheaper for me to keep [a lower level of] cable than to drop it. Seriously, internet alone costs more than the same internet plus cable. WTF?

For most people, they know if it's there they'll watch it, which means they're watching commercials.  I imagine the variable costs for one more cable customer, when the lines are already all there, are almost nil.
Because once you have cable, even if you never watch it, there is a small chance that you can be sold some premium package. It's a smaller step to sell an existing customer a "free for 3months" $50/month package than it is to attract a completely new subscriber.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13753 on: June 22, 2016, 03:42:29 PM »
I'm pregnant now, and have been playing with a landline.  I think if we end up doing a nanny or nanny share, I'll definitely look in to it.  We don't own a TV, so I doubt a "bundle" would make sense, but it may still be worth it.

We actually got a landline after having a kid and moving to the country... mostly because having a 'family' line meant that child-related things went to the family, and NOT only to The Mom who would then be expected to coordinate EVERYTHING.

We got rid of that problem after I answered the phone while traveling for work a few times: "Sorry, I'm in Brussels and won't be home until Sunday. I can't bring the kid's rain clothes to school right now. Could you please call the father? You will find his name in the contact list, next to the comment "father is primary contact person, please only call mom if you can't get hold of dad".
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13754 on: June 22, 2016, 03:44:31 PM »
I called to drop our cable, since we don't watch it. It was cheaper for me to keep [a lower level of] cable than to drop it. Seriously, internet alone costs more than the same internet plus cable. WTF?

For most people, they know if it's there they'll watch it, which means they're watching commercials.  I imagine the variable costs for one more cable customer, when the lines are already all there, are almost nil.
Because once you have cable, even if you never watch it, there is a small chance that you can be sold some premium package. It's a smaller step to sell an existing customer a "free for 3months" $50/month package than it is to attract a completely new subscriber.

I wonder how many people who buy cable/Internet packages despite needing only the Internet subscription ever actually go out and buy a television because they're already paying for cable service they cannot otherwise use.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13755 on: June 22, 2016, 03:49:41 PM »
We have a landline because as I have gotten older I can't hear as well as before and it is much easier to hear on the landline.  My adult kids only have cells.

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« Reply #13756 on: June 22, 2016, 05:35:51 PM »
I'm pregnant now, and have been playing with a landline.  I think if we end up doing a nanny or nanny share, I'll definitely look in to it.  We don't own a TV, so I doubt a "bundle" would make sense, but it may still be worth it.

We actually got a landline after having a kid and moving to the country... mostly because having a 'family' line meant that child-related things went to the family, and NOT only to The Mom who would then be expected to coordinate EVERYTHING.

We got rid of that problem after I answered the phone while traveling for work a few times: "Sorry, I'm in Brussels and won't be home until Sunday. I can't bring the kid's rain clothes to school right now. Could you please call the father? You will find his name in the contact list, next to the comment "father is primary contact person, please only call mom if you can't get hold of dad".

Brilliant, but so annoying that you had to do this.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13757 on: June 22, 2016, 06:21:31 PM »
Who the heck uses a house phone for long distance?

In New Zealand it's still significantly cheaper to use a land line to call another lanline user

Landline to landline rates per minute 5 cents
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13758 on: June 22, 2016, 06:35:20 PM »
he will spend $700 on both devices.


lol wow , did CW say it with pride or like that's cool? Or did they at least seem embarrassed sharing that information?

It wasn't a pride thing or embarrassment. Kind of like she was angry at him but also understood how it could happen because errrry one needs data so how could he be expected to stop?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13759 on: June 22, 2016, 07:17:08 PM »
Who the heck uses a house phone for long distance?

In New Zealand it's still significantly cheaper to use a land line to call another lanline user

Landline to landline rates per minute 5 cents
Mobile to mobile/landline rate per minute 30 cents

That would be rather expensive compared to a typical landline or mobile plan in the United States.  I actually do have a landline for the house still, it costs me $14 per month, and I can call anyone in the 48 continuous United States for nothing at all.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13760 on: June 23, 2016, 12:30:47 AM »
Who the heck uses a house phone for long distance?

In New Zealand it's still significantly cheaper to use a land line to call another lanline user

Landline to landline rates per minute 5 cents
Mobile to mobile/landline rate per minute 30 cents

That would be rather expensive compared to a typical landline or mobile plan in the United States.  I actually do have a landline for the house still, it costs me $14 per month, and I can call anyone in the 48 continuous United States for nothing at all.

It's really expensive compared to modern communications technology, which is free.  Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, you name it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13761 on: June 23, 2016, 01:46:55 AM »
Who the heck uses a house phone for long distance?

In New Zealand it's still significantly cheaper to use a land line to call another lanline user

Landline to landline rates per minute 5 cents
Mobile to mobile/landline rate per minute 30 cents

That would be rather expensive compared to a typical landline or mobile plan in the United States.  I actually do have a landline for the house still, it costs me $14 per month, and I can call anyone in the 48 continuous United States for nothing at all.

It's really expensive compared to modern communications technology, which is free.  Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, you name it.

Well, those things aren't free. There is just no additional cost, if you already have the equipment and required connection to use them. The data is coming from somewhere, and someone paid for the smart phone. Not saying it isn't a lot cheaper, but that's not the same as free.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13762 on: June 23, 2016, 07:08:48 AM »
I wonder how many people who buy cable/Internet packages despite needing only the Internet subscription ever actually go out and buy a television because they're already paying for cable service they cannot otherwise use.
Guilty of something kinda similar. Apartment came with a TV, but landlord took the TV stand. We get free cable TV in our building, but had to go out and buy a new TV stand to use it. So technically we didn't pay for the TV or the cable... but we still paid for the stand which enables us to watch cable TV despite having Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions. (But... Food Network! And Blackhawks games!)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13763 on: June 23, 2016, 07:34:35 AM »
I wonder how many people who buy cable/Internet packages despite needing only the Internet subscription ever actually go out and buy a television because they're already paying for cable service they cannot otherwise use.
Guilty of something kinda similar. Apartment came with a TV, but landlord took the TV stand. We get free cable TV in our building, but had to go out and buy a new TV stand to use it. So technically we didn't pay for the TV or the cable... but we still paid for the stand which enables us to watch cable TV despite having Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions. (But... Food Network! And Blackhawks games!)

Blackhawks, pfft. HABS. (Or Penguins, should Habs not be playing).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13764 on: June 23, 2016, 08:01:57 AM »
I wonder how many people who buy cable/Internet packages despite needing only the Internet subscription ever actually go out and buy a television because they're already paying for cable service they cannot otherwise use.
Guilty of something kinda similar. Apartment came with a TV, but landlord took the TV stand. We get free cable TV in our building, but had to go out and buy a new TV stand to use it. So technically we didn't pay for the TV or the cable... but we still paid for the stand which enables us to watch cable TV despite having Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions. (But... Food Network! And Blackhawks games!)

Blackhawks, pfft. HABS. (Or Penguins, should Habs not be playing).
I live in Chicago, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to not be a 'Hawks fan here. :P

Actually I didn't discover hockey until I moved here. Not a whole lot of it back home in New Mexico. I mean I watched the Mighty Ducks growing up, but that was pretty much it.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13765 on: June 23, 2016, 08:20:29 AM »
I wonder how many people who buy cable/Internet packages despite needing only the Internet subscription ever actually go out and buy a television because they're already paying for cable service they cannot otherwise use.
Guilty of something kinda similar. Apartment came with a TV, but landlord took the TV stand. We get free cable TV in our building, but had to go out and buy a new TV stand to use it. So technically we didn't pay for the TV or the cable... but we still paid for the stand which enables us to watch cable TV despite having Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions. (But... Food Network! And Blackhawks games!)

Blackhawks, pfft. HABS. (Or Penguins, should Habs not be playing).
I live in Chicago, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to not be a 'Hawks fan here. :P

Actually I didn't discover hockey until I moved here. Not a whole lot of it back home in New Mexico. I mean I watched the Mighty Ducks growing up, but that was pretty much it.

You didn't live here during the dark ages. Been a huge fan my whole life, but when I was in middle and high school I could get in for $8 with a student ID and just upgrade myself to the 100 level. I was the weird one in school because instead of having a Sosa or Konerko or Jordan or Urlacher jersey, I had a Chelios jersey.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13766 on: June 23, 2016, 08:47:58 AM »
I wonder how many people who buy cable/Internet packages despite needing only the Internet subscription ever actually go out and buy a television because they're already paying for cable service they cannot otherwise use.
Guilty of something kinda similar. Apartment came with a TV, but landlord took the TV stand. We get free cable TV in our building, but had to go out and buy a new TV stand to use it. So technically we didn't pay for the TV or the cable... but we still paid for the stand which enables us to watch cable TV despite having Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions. (But... Food Network! And Blackhawks games!)

Blackhawks, pfft. HABS. (Or Penguins, should Habs not be playing).
I live in Chicago, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to not be a 'Hawks fan here. :P

Actually I didn't discover hockey until I moved here. Not a whole lot of it back home in New Mexico. I mean I watched the Mighty Ducks growing up, but that was pretty much it.

You didn't live here during the dark ages. Been a huge fan my whole life, but when I was in middle and high school I could get in for $8 with a student ID and just upgrade myself to the 100 level. I was the weird one in school because instead of having a Sosa or Konerko or Jordan or Urlacher jersey, I had a Chelios jersey.
We want jerseys, but they're so not Mustachian purchases. (The cat has one though...) I wish I'd discovered hockey sooner--I do feel like a bandwagoner, but that's just bad timing (I moved here in 2012). If I'd known that the Blackhawks existed, I'd have been a fan because I've always loved Chicago, and hockey is actually interesting.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13767 on: June 23, 2016, 08:55:52 AM »
I wonder how many people who buy cable/Internet packages despite needing only the Internet subscription ever actually go out and buy a television because they're already paying for cable service they cannot otherwise use.
Guilty of something kinda similar. Apartment came with a TV, but landlord took the TV stand. We get free cable TV in our building, but had to go out and buy a new TV stand to use it. So technically we didn't pay for the TV or the cable... but we still paid for the stand which enables us to watch cable TV despite having Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions. (But... Food Network! And Blackhawks games!)

Blackhawks, pfft. HABS. (Or Penguins, should Habs not be playing).
I live in Chicago, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to not be a 'Hawks fan here. :P

Actually I didn't discover hockey until I moved here. Not a whole lot of it back home in New Mexico. I mean I watched the Mighty Ducks growing up, but that was pretty much it.

You didn't live here during the dark ages. Been a huge fan my whole life, but when I was in middle and high school I could get in for $8 with a student ID and just upgrade myself to the 100 level. I was the weird one in school because instead of having a Sosa or Konerko or Jordan or Urlacher jersey, I had a Chelios jersey.
We want jerseys, but they're so not Mustachian purchases. (The cat has one though...) I wish I'd discovered hockey sooner--I do feel like a bandwagoner, but that's just bad timing (I moved here in 2012). If I'd known that the Blackhawks existed, I'd have been a fan because I've always loved Chicago, and hockey is actually interesting.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13768 on: June 23, 2016, 08:56:40 AM »
Who the heck uses a house phone for long distance?

In New Zealand it's still significantly cheaper to use a land line to call another lanline user

Landline to landline rates per minute 5 cents
Mobile to mobile/landline rate per minute 30 cents

That would be rather expensive compared to a typical landline or mobile plan in the United States.  I actually do have a landline for the house still, it costs me $14 per month, and I can call anyone in the 48 continuous United States for nothing at all.

It's really expensive compared to modern communications technology, which is free.  Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, you name it.

It's also required that the person you are trying to contact have that technology on the other end.  Hard to facetime with my wife's grandma who doesn't even know what an internet is or what she would do with it if she had one.  Plus, even my moderately tech saavy parents and grandmother don't have their cell phone or iPad within arm's reach at all times like us younger folk do.  I regularly get responses to texts I sent 2-3 days ago from my mom because she just doesn't look at her phone that often.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13769 on: June 23, 2016, 10:25:21 AM »
I'm the person who doesn't look at the phone - especially on weekends.

My boss was peeved because I hadn't answered a phone call from him (Japan to US) for several days.
Did I mention it is a company phone?


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13770 on: June 23, 2016, 01:12:01 PM »
I wonder how many people who buy cable/Internet packages despite needing only the Internet subscription ever actually go out and buy a television because they're already paying for cable service they cannot otherwise use.
Guilty of something kinda similar. Apartment came with a TV, but landlord took the TV stand. We get free cable TV in our building, but had to go out and buy a new TV stand to use it. So technically we didn't pay for the TV or the cable... but we still paid for the stand which enables us to watch cable TV despite having Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions. (But... Food Network! And Blackhawks games!)

Blackhawks, pfft. HABS. (Or Penguins, should Habs not be playing).
I live in Chicago, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to not be a 'Hawks fan here. :P
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13771 on: June 23, 2016, 01:44:29 PM »
Who the heck uses a house phone for long distance?

In New Zealand it's still significantly cheaper to use a land line to call another lanline user

Landline to landline rates per minute 5 cents
Mobile to mobile/landline rate per minute 30 cents

That would be rather expensive compared to a typical landline or mobile plan in the United States.  I actually do have a landline for the house still, it costs me $14 per month, and I can call anyone in the 48 continuous United States for nothing at all.

It's really expensive compared to modern communications technology, which is free.  Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, you name it.

It's also required that the person you are trying to contact have that technology on the other end.  Hard to facetime with my wife's grandma who doesn't even know what an internet is or what she would do with it if she had one.  Plus, even my moderately tech saavy parents and grandmother don't have their cell phone or iPad within arm's reach at all times like us younger folk do.  I regularly get responses to texts I sent 2-3 days ago from my mom because she just doesn't look at her phone that often.


It's not quite free, but for $30 a year you can call from skype to mobile or landline phones (that's US, Mexico, and Canada - those in other countries would have to check for themselves).

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« Reply #13772 on: June 23, 2016, 03:32:23 PM »

It's also required that the person you are trying to contact have that technology on the other end.  Hard to facetime with my wife's grandma who doesn't even know what an internet is or what she would do with it if she had one.  Plus, even my moderately tech saavy parents and grandmother don't have their cell phone or iPad within arm's reach at all times like us younger folk do.  I regularly get responses to texts I sent 2-3 days ago from my mom because she just doesn't look at her phone that often.

Your wife's grandmother is a luddite.  My 90 year old great-grandaunt has had her own computer since 2003, and my own mother has been mobile only for two decades.  Granted, my Great-Grandaunt was a programmer for the US government for 20 years, and my own mother is almost a gypsy, but still.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13773 on: June 23, 2016, 04:48:48 PM »
Who the heck uses a house phone for long distance?

In New Zealand it's still significantly cheaper to use a land line to call another lanline user

Landline to landline rates per minute 5 cents
Mobile to mobile/landline rate per minute 30 cents

That would be rather expensive compared to a typical landline or mobile plan in the United States.  I actually do have a landline for the house still, it costs me $14 per month, and I can call anyone in the 48 continuous United States for nothing at all.

It's really expensive compared to modern communications technology, which is free.  Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, you name it.

It's also required that the person you are trying to contact have that technology on the other end.  Hard to facetime with my wife's grandma who doesn't even know what an internet is or what she would do with it if she had one.  Plus, even my moderately tech saavy parents and grandmother don't have their cell phone or iPad within arm's reach at all times like us younger folk do.  I regularly get responses to texts I sent 2-3 days ago from my mom because she just doesn't look at her phone that often.

Exactly, which is why landlines are so useless.  More and more young people are going internet-only, so good luck trying to contact them via POTS

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13774 on: June 23, 2016, 05:58:03 PM »
A few years ago we set our grandparents up with a mobile phone and found we could never get through to them on it. Turns out they'd turn it on to make a call, then shut it down completely afterwards. It was a delightful misunderstanding of how they're used. Makes a lot of sense to be honest. Why would you want to be 100% available all the time?

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« Reply #13775 on: June 23, 2016, 06:12:04 PM »
A few years ago we set our grandparents up with a mobile phone and found we could never get through to them on it. Turns out they'd turn it on to make a call, then shut it down completely afterwards. It was a delightful misunderstanding of how they're used. Makes a lot of sense to be honest. Why would you want to be 100% available all the time?

Ha, mine too. My grandma asked me to let her know when I plan to text her so she can turn the phone on. But- both of my grandmothers text! And I enjoy how each text is like a letter, complete with salutation and lovely sign off. Off topic I guess :-)

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« Reply #13776 on: June 23, 2016, 06:15:14 PM »
Ha, mine too. My grandma asked me to let her know when I plan to text her so she can turn the phone on. But- both of my grandmothers text! And I enjoy how each text is like a letter, complete with salutation and lovely sign off. Off topic I guess :-)
Totally off topic - sorry admins - but it is lovely. My mum writes emails with a very literal interpretation of electronic mail. Very well structured, paragraphs, sentences. They take her hours to write. I suspect she might draft them on paper before going to the computer. Meanwhile I'm just mashing out replies - "yup - sounds good" "thanks mum" "rad".

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« Reply #13777 on: June 23, 2016, 07:31:01 PM »

It's also required that the person you are trying to contact have that technology on the other end.  Hard to facetime with my wife's grandma who doesn't even know what an internet is or what she would do with it if she had one.  Plus, even my moderately tech saavy parents and grandmother don't have their cell phone or iPad within arm's reach at all times like us younger folk do.  I regularly get responses to texts I sent 2-3 days ago from my mom because she just doesn't look at her phone that often.

Your wife's grandmother is a luddite.  My 90 year old great-grandaunt has had her own computer since 2003, and my own mother has been mobile only for two decades.  Granted, my Great-Grandaunt was a programmer for the US government for 20 years, and my own mother is almost a gypsy, but still.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13778 on: June 23, 2016, 09:42:13 PM »
Hmm... phome.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13779 on: June 23, 2016, 11:53:36 PM »
Not work technically my house share.  I live in a filthy cheap all bills/utilities 7 bedroom house for £320 a month, which attracts 5 poorer people, one non medical doctor suprisingly and me.  Flat mate next door works in a chainsaw factory, find out he is walking to the petrol station 300m away every day to get a 'costa' coffee made by one of the machines.  Its not much change out of £3.00.  We only pay £11.00 a day to have a roof over our house, electricity, water, gas a council tax.  He complains of being 'skint' and thats why savings doesnt matter.  He is also about a to be laid off as an agency worker but is doing nothing to save and thinks a combination of job seekers allowance and pay day loans will help him.  He also thinks his poor situation in life is the results of us being in the EU.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13780 on: June 24, 2016, 01:37:54 AM »
He also thinks his poor situation in life is the results of us being in the EU.

At least he doesn't have to worry about that anymore

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13781 on: June 24, 2016, 02:25:29 AM »
He also thinks his poor situation in life is the results of us being in the EU.

At least he doesn't have to worry about that anymore

LMAO!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13782 on: June 24, 2016, 03:42:33 AM »
Not work technically my house share.  I live in a filthy cheap all bills/utilities 7 bedroom house for £320 a month, which attracts 5 poorer people, one non medical doctor suprisingly and me.  Flat mate next door works in a chainsaw factory, find out he is walking to the petrol station 300m away every day to get a 'costa' coffee made by one of the machines.  Its not much change out of £3.00.  We only pay £11.00 a day to have a roof over our house, electricity, water, gas a council tax.  He complains of being 'skint' and thats why savings doesnt matter.  He is also about a to be laid off as an agency worker but is doing nothing to save and thinks a combination of job seekers allowance and pay day loans will help him.  He also thinks his poor situation in life is the results of us being in the EU.

At least he is walking? Most other stories on this board would involve a 300m drive to buy overpriced coffee! (but yeah, seriously, £3 on coffee a day with an unstable job... ugh, people).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13783 on: June 24, 2016, 06:07:06 AM »
He also thinks his poor situation in life is the results of us being in the EU.

At least he doesn't have to worry about that anymore

LMAO!

That is NOT funny. Not the way I'm feeling today :(   I'm Scottish, so that should tell you something.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13784 on: June 24, 2016, 06:08:35 AM »
I'm pregnant now, and have been playing with a landline.  I think if we end up doing a nanny or nanny share, I'll definitely look in to it.  We don't own a TV, so I doubt a "bundle" would make sense, but it may still be worth it.

We actually got a landline after having a kid and moving to the country... mostly because having a 'family' line meant that child-related things went to the family, and NOT only to The Mom who would then be expected to coordinate EVERYTHING.

We got rid of that problem after I answered the phone while traveling for work a few times: "Sorry, I'm in Brussels and won't be home until Sunday. I can't bring the kid's rain clothes to school right now. Could you please call the father? You will find his name in the contact list, next to the comment "father is primary contact person, please only call mom if you can't get hold of dad".

I get that with our property manager who defers to my husband on everything, even though my husband has never attended an inspection, never submitted a maintenance request, and didn't meet the PM for the first two years we lived there.

But still, property manager only calls me when he can't get through to my husband.

PM: I tried to call him and got a funny dial tone.
Me: Yeah, he's in Germany.
PM: Oh.
Me: ... can I help with something? (You've been our PM for five years, mate. He travels. You know this. Even if you do get through to him, he won't be around to deal with whatever it is that you're calling about.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13785 on: June 24, 2016, 01:13:19 PM »
A few years ago we set our grandparents up with a mobile phone and found we could never get through to them on it. Turns out they'd turn it on to make a call, then shut it down completely afterwards. It was a delightful misunderstanding of how they're used. Makes a lot of sense to be honest. Why would you want to be 100% available all the time?

We have a landline and a trio of cellphones. On the weekends I put mine on charge and ignore it. My wife and our teenager both have them close at hand all the time.

Frankly I'd be happy to forget I have a cellphone most of the time. Luckily it is the $10 a month version.

Wife turns her ringer off at work and then leaves it off (forgets) so we end up conversing via a landline anyhow... ;)

Our house is in an iffy part of the county and the cell reception could be better.

Anyone that knows me knows how to find me - am at work or home next to landlines most of the time. Leave a message if I'm not there. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13786 on: June 24, 2016, 01:54:37 PM »
I'm pregnant now, and have been playing with a landline.  I think if we end up doing a nanny or nanny share, I'll definitely look in to it.  We don't own a TV, so I doubt a "bundle" would make sense, but it may still be worth it.

We actually got a landline after having a kid and moving to the country... mostly because having a 'family' line meant that child-related things went to the family, and NOT only to The Mom who would then be expected to coordinate EVERYTHING. And because the landline doesn't drop a signal when there's crappy weather. Yay spotty cell coverage!

We don't bundle, though - we have internet (special company, because we are in the middle of nowhere), have cheap cell phones with another place, and the cheapest no-frills landline with a third company. Any company that offers bundling either doesn't do internet where we live (seriously, middle of nowhere) OR only uses it to push cable TV packages, which we never listen to, so NOPE.

Can I ask who you use for internet? While not in the middle of nowhere, I am in the "country" and have very limited internet options. Most of which are astronomically expensive and include a data cap.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13787 on: June 24, 2016, 06:07:43 PM »
Indirectly through another friend: guys at work calculating the depreciation on their cars/trucks that were just a few years old. In was hundreds of dollars per month. They are apparently car hoppers?

Friend couldn't decide if it was commiseration or a badge of honor.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13788 on: June 25, 2016, 07:09:19 AM »


I called to drop our cable, since we don't watch it. It was cheaper for me to keep [a lower level of] cable than to drop it. Seriously, internet alone costs more than the same internet plus cable. WTF?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13789 on: June 25, 2016, 01:35:41 PM »


I called to drop our cable, since we don't watch it. It was cheaper for me to keep [a lower level of] cable than to drop it. Seriously, internet alone costs more than the same internet plus cable. WTF?
Continue checking your bills. Every year, my rate suddenly changes again. I call the company, and they explain to me that that "special deal" was only for one year (or two if I was on contract). So then I remove e service. I'm in my fifth year here and I've had internet only, then internet with basic cable bundle, then back to Internet only, then back to the bundle.  I'm still paying the same $54 per month with or without, but I have to keep making the call once per year to keep the same rate. I hooked up the cable once, but now have my cable jacks connected to an outside antenna, so too much bother to hook up cable again. Plus the  OTA channels get a better picture than cable.

We've got two main internet providers here and I expect that when our two year contract is up ($40/month or so after taxes/fees) that they will be more than happy to find creative ways to keep our rates low. Since their competitor has comparable offers fairly often too...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13790 on: June 26, 2016, 02:01:11 PM »
Something I found out today at work, so it counts, right?

Another team in my department was supposed to have a new person start this week. Orientation Monday, then first day in the department Tuesday. He wasn't here yesterday. Today, I found out why. Monday, he emailed HR and said that he wasn't taking the job, and was going to stay with his current company. He'd accepted the job offer 2-3 weeks ago.

He's blacklisted with HR - will never even get an interview here again.

I experienced something similar to this as a grad student.  The department was interviewing for  new tenure track position and was interviewing different candidates.  As part of the process they invited the few finalists to the campus o give lectures, a general one for the undergraduates and a much more technical lecture for grad students.  As part of the process, the chair asked the grad students for input based on whom we would like to learn from.  In the end they offered the position to someone who appeared to enthusiastically want the job and did a great job interviewing.  Turns out at the last moment he turned it down because he just wanted an offer from prestigious university X to use for negotiating a position at university Y where he really wanted to work. 

That is ok and all I guess, but kind of a dick move since they had to start the whole recruiting process over again.

What a stupid process. Call up the #2 choice when #1 declines.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13791 on: June 26, 2016, 02:02:39 PM »

I almost forgot, with all of the above - he pays someone to mow his lawn.


Hey now!  I pay a service to mow my lawn too!  But that is because it would take me 3+ years to pay for a large enough lawn mower to manage my 2.2 acre of grassland in about an hour.  So, am I doing it wrong?

Yes. You should be letting a farming neighbor graze or bale on the land for $1/year, then file for an agricultural exemption on your taxes.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13792 on: June 26, 2016, 02:37:46 PM »

I almost forgot, with all of the above - he pays someone to mow his lawn.


Hey now!  I pay a service to mow my lawn too!  But that is because it would take me 3+ years to pay for a large enough lawn mower to manage my 2.2 acre of grassland in about an hour.  So, am I doing it wrong?

Yes. You should be letting a farming neighbor graze or bale on the land for $1/year, then file for an agricultural exemption on your taxes.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13793 on: June 26, 2016, 02:50:40 PM »

I almost forgot, with all of the above - he pays someone to mow his lawn.


Hey now!  I pay a service to mow my lawn too!  But that is because it would take me 3+ years to pay for a large enough lawn mower to manage my 2.2 acre of grassland in about an hour.  So, am I doing it wrong?

Yes. You should be letting a farming neighbor graze or bale on the land for $1/year, then file for an agricultural exemption on your taxes.

I have one of the last old farmhouses in the area.  I'm surrounded on 3 sides by subdivided neighborhoods, all less than 10 years old.  The last real farm is actually behind my property, and my 13 acres of woods sits between us, so any grazing that could be had would require a herd be 'herded' around the streets; which would only happen once before the newest neighbors called the city.  The guy that owns that farm is getting old, and reducing his cattle anyway.  But you did touch on an idea I had some weeks ago.  I learned about a tiny species of sheep, called a "Baby Doll".  I looked into buy a pair of non-breeding sheep (neutered males, basicly) as new household pets.  They are adorable.  Then I discovered that in order to actually reduce the need for grass cutting, I'd have to get about a dozen just for my 2 acres of cut lawn.  It would still work if I were willing to buy a young flock in spring, and then sell them for slaughter come fall, but I don't think I have the heart and I know that my family would revolt.  Still thinking about surprising my wife with a pair for her birthday though.  (They are social animals, and don't do well individually)

http://www.mylittlesheep.com/

And yes, that little black one on the front page is full grown.  The white one at the bottom of that same page is the young one.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13794 on: June 26, 2016, 03:53:27 PM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13795 on: June 26, 2016, 11:04:26 PM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13796 on: June 27, 2016, 05:48:59 AM »
He also thinks his poor situation in life is the results of us being in the EU.

At least he doesn't have to worry about that anymore

LMAO!

Both hilarious and tragic at the same time!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13797 on: June 27, 2016, 07:28:34 AM »

I almost forgot, with all of the above - he pays someone to mow his lawn.


Hey now!  I pay a service to mow my lawn too!  But that is because it would take me 3+ years to pay for a large enough lawn mower to manage my 2.2 acre of grassland in about an hour.  So, am I doing it wrong?

Yes. You should be letting a farming neighbor graze or bale on the land for $1/year, then file for an agricultural exemption on your taxes.

I have one of the last old farmhouses in the area.  I'm surrounded on 3 sides by subdivided neighborhoods, all less than 10 years old.  The last real farm is actually behind my property, and my 13 acres of woods sits between us, so any grazing that could be had would require a herd be 'herded' around the streets; which would only happen once before the newest neighbors called the city.  The guy that owns that farm is getting old, and reducing his cattle anyway.  But you did touch on an idea I had some weeks ago.  I learned about a tiny species of sheep, called a "Baby Doll".  I looked into buy a pair of non-breeding sheep (neutered males, basicly) as new household pets.  They are adorable.  Then I discovered that in order to actually reduce the need for grass cutting, I'd have to get about a dozen just for my 2 acres of cut lawn.  It would still work if I were willing to buy a young flock in spring, and then sell them for slaughter come fall, but I don't think I have the heart and I know that my family would revolt.  Still thinking about surprising my wife with a pair for her birthday though.  (They are social animals, and don't do well individually)

http://www.mylittlesheep.com/

And yes, that little black one on the front page is full grown.  The white one at the bottom of that same page is the young one.

Oh my lord, I can't even stand the cuteness! Now I want sheep, thanks a lot Moonshadow!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13798 on: June 27, 2016, 08:22:31 AM »

I almost forgot, with all of the above - he pays someone to mow his lawn.


Hey now!  I pay a service to mow my lawn too!  But that is because it would take me 3+ years to pay for a large enough lawn mower to manage my 2.2 acre of grassland in about an hour.  So, am I doing it wrong?

Yes. You should be letting a farming neighbor graze or bale on the land for $1/year, then file for an agricultural exemption on your taxes.

I have one of the last old farmhouses in the area.  I'm surrounded on 3 sides by subdivided neighborhoods, all less than 10 years old.  The last real farm is actually behind my property, and my 13 acres of woods sits between us, so any grazing that could be had would require a herd be 'herded' around the streets; which would only happen once before the newest neighbors called the city.  The guy that owns that farm is getting old, and reducing his cattle anyway.  But you did touch on an idea I had some weeks ago.  I learned about a tiny species of sheep, called a "Baby Doll".  I looked into buy a pair of non-breeding sheep (neutered males, basicly) as new household pets.  They are adorable.  Then I discovered that in order to actually reduce the need for grass cutting, I'd have to get about a dozen just for my 2 acres of cut lawn.  It would still work if I were willing to buy a young flock in spring, and then sell them for slaughter come fall, but I don't think I have the heart and I know that my family would revolt.  Still thinking about surprising my wife with a pair for her birthday though.  (They are social animals, and don't do well individually)

http://www.mylittlesheep.com/

And yes, that little black one on the front page is full grown.  The white one at the bottom of that same page is the young one.

Oh my lord, I can't even stand the cuteness! Now I want sheep, thanks a lot Moonshadow!

We've got 4 lambs currently grazing a piece of land the size of a small city lot, and not keeping up with it. If your aim is lamb on the table, that's fine, but if you want to avoid mowing, you'll need a fair lot of them.

Also, dear lord, but they're stupid animals. Right up there with chickens.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13799 on: June 27, 2016, 09:41:11 AM »

I almost forgot, with all of the above - he pays someone to mow his lawn.


Hey now!  I pay a service to mow my lawn too!  But that is because it would take me 3+ years to pay for a large enough lawn mower to manage my 2.2 acre of grassland in about an hour.  So, am I doing it wrong?

Yes. You should be letting a farming neighbor graze or bale on the land for $1/year, then file for an agricultural exemption on your taxes.
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