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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14050 on: July 17, 2016, 12:26:36 AM »
I met some one a few weeks ago at work that bought a Corvette for his 10 year old, as encouragement to get good grades so he can drive it when he's old enough. Right....it's for the kid.

I'm assuming you fly for a legacy or something, because that would be even stupider if the dude is a second-year regional FO etc!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14051 on: July 17, 2016, 09:49:23 AM »
This happened a few years ago when THE hot toy for Christmas was the latest PlayStation.    You couldn't find them in stores, but you COULD buy them on eBay if you didn't mind paying roughly double the retail price.    One of my coworkers did just that, saying "It's for my son.   He'll be so excited!"   His son was just over a year old.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14052 on: July 17, 2016, 11:27:18 AM »
I met some one a few weeks ago at work that bought a Corvette for his 10 year old, as encouragement to get good grades so he can drive it when he's old enough. Right....it's for the kid.

I'm assuming you fly for a legacy or something, because that would be even stupider if the dude is a second-year regional FO etc!

I'm a captain at a regional, trying to figure out the secret code to get an interview with a legacy.

This guy was a 20+ year regional captain from another airline, in my jumpseat heading home. He made it a point to brag about how much he was making by working the system to take advantage of junior man pay, premium pay, etc. If what he said was true he was probably around $170k. Maybe higher. But he looked like hell from all that work. I'd rather skip the Corvette and not wreck my health.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14053 on: July 17, 2016, 12:16:24 PM »
I'm a captain at a regional, trying to figure out the secret code to get an interview with a legacy.
I think it's "here, look at my prior Air Force / Navy logbooks" which is why I never seriously considered a career change to flying for a living myself. ;) Being a regional captain isn't a terrible gig, though (depending on airline...) so you're not in a bad place while you hustle to maximize your chances.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14054 on: July 17, 2016, 12:29:38 PM »
A colleague just realised she came to work in mismatched shoes (two different black heels) so she immediately walked out to buy a new pair.

I'm not sure anyone else would have realised, given that it's 11am and she only just noticed...

What a terrible waste, given that she's got another pair at home almost exactly like the ones on her feet.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14055 on: July 17, 2016, 05:03:07 PM »
A colleague just realised she came to work in mismatched shoes (two different black heels) so she immediately walked out to buy a new pair.

I'm not sure anyone else would have realised, given that it's 11am and she only just noticed...

What a terrible waste, given that she's got another pair at home almost exactly like the ones on her feet.
Okay, funny off topic mismatch story.  Years ago, before I had kids, my husband and I lived in an apartment, and we'd go to the gym together in the morning. We'd go 3x a week, but I'd also go the other 2 days by myself.

So early morning I'd get up and get dressed, then toss my work clothing in a bag (in the dark) so as not to wake up my husband.  I started work at 7-ish in those days.

Well, imagine my surprise after my workout when I pulled out...purple pants, a green shirt, blue socks and black shoes.

Luckily I'm an engineer and mostly wore a cleanroom suit.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14056 on: July 17, 2016, 10:58:11 PM »
I'm a captain at a regional, trying to figure out the secret code to get an interview with a legacy.
I think it's "here, look at my prior Air Force / Navy logbooks" which is why I never seriously considered a career change to flying for a living myself. ;) Being a regional captain isn't a terrible gig, though (depending on airline...) so you're not in a bad place while you hustle to maximize your chances.

I'd have gone military but I started wearing contact lenses in middle school. All they would let me fly is a desk.

I'm not in a bad place. On pace this year to make just over $100k, have travel benefits on two of the largest airlines on earth, and our management is pretty fair with us overall, so not much room to complain. Longer tenured captains are making ~$125k without working the system or performing extra duties. Still, the schedules, pay, and benefits are all much better at the majors, and it's the job I've wanted since Kindergarten. I'll hustle for the next few years and see if I can make the move happen. Lots of retirements, so odds aren't bad over the next several years.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14057 on: July 18, 2016, 08:08:44 AM »
When I read stories like Prospector's, I start to think that some of these stories are made up.

But then reading through 280+ pages of this makes me realise that they aren't, and that these people commonly exist in the world.

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FWIW, I've made burgers plenty of times without buns, and have just put them on the same bread I use for toast ("Oh the horror!", I hear the typical Anti-Mustachian say)

These stories have been life altering! ;)

Never believed the country was as mixed up as I have since I started reading this forum and  - listening to the current political circus leading up to Nov 6th. The things people say and do...

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« Reply #14058 on: July 18, 2016, 12:27:15 PM »
Heard a good one from a former workplace. It isn't about an employee wasting money but the employer wasting money.

They hired a helper for a man (man #1) a few years from retirement. The helper is there b/c they are supposedly so busy, growing. Not because man #1 couldn't do his job or b/c of his age.

Everything was going along smoothly when the "Boy's Club" aka management (small, inbred company) decides they could save money by laying man #1 off saying that there just isn't enough demand and they are making cuts all across the company which is BS I'm told. Man #1 knew better and management knew he knew, etc. They apparently just thought he would go away.

The sad thing was that the guy (man #2) that actually laid man #1 off was pals with him at work. Perhaps man #2 feared losing his place in "the Boys' Club" more than standing up for his friend. Meanwhile they hired helper #2.

A few weeks go by and the "Boys' Club" decide to lay off the man #2 also. Man #2 has been there longer than just about everyone in the company and also nearing retirement. That one got some pushback from man #2 and so far he's still working, still part of the management - and likely expensive b/c of salary and benefits.

Note that the company is doing very well. Tens of millions of dollars per year. But they don't give bonuses. When I was there you might get a cheap jacket and/or a turkey for the holidays. That was after a year of working huge unpaid overtime hours.

Apparently people there with debt enough that it would be difficult to leave b/ why else would you stay for 60+ hour weeks? The money isn't THAT good unless you are in "the Boys' Club" or one of their favorites (very small group of engineers).

Company has unique circumstance that they get enough people looking for work that the company can wear out their welcome with their employees and endure the turnover. Never mind that the expertise/efficiency that the company pays to teach is lost with turnover. I guess when times are good the cost of turnover is not such a big deal. An engineer friend still there tells me he is just about done. Is taking an MMM approach so he doesn't have to work like that much longer.

Anyhow - I hear man #1 has been speaking to a lawyer. You see, they laid him off and nobody else after all. And at the same time the company is advertising that they are hiring. Looks like he might have an age-discrimination lawsuit the lawyer tells him.

That place was a good one to walk away from for alot of folks I know.

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« Reply #14059 on: July 18, 2016, 03:28:45 PM »
Heard a good one from a former workplace. It isn't about an employee wasting money but the employer wasting money.

I'm already picking up on this with my husband's new office.

His team was bought out, they've been working as contractors for seven months, and this week moved into their new offices.

Yesterday the company bought them all Subway for lunch because there was no cutlery for those who did pack lunch.

I have a spare set here I'd planned to get rid of anyway (decluttering), so I told him to take that to work. He said no, because the guy in charge of setting up and furnishing the new office is "determined to make the company pay for everything". There is barely a pen in the office because that guy hasn't had a chance to go spend a bundle on stationery yet, and "no-one is allowed to bring in anything because the company should pay".

They came pretty close to the wire in December, a couple of them barely escaped with their jobs. Some financial prudence, and perhaps not treating the company credit card like a blank cheque, would go a long way.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14060 on: July 18, 2016, 04:27:12 PM »
Heard a good one from a former workplace. It isn't about an employee wasting money but the employer wasting money.

I'm already picking up on this with my husband's new office.

His team was bought out, they've been working as contractors for seven months, and this week moved into their new offices.

Yesterday the company bought them all Subway for lunch because there was no cutlery for those who did pack lunch.

I have a spare set here I'd planned to get rid of anyway (decluttering), so I told him to take that to work. He said no, because the guy in charge of setting up and furnishing the new office is "determined to make the company pay for everything". There is barely a pen in the office because that guy hasn't had a chance to go spend a bundle on stationery yet, and "no-one is allowed to bring in anything because the company should pay".

They came pretty close to the wire in December, a couple of them barely escaped with their jobs. Some financial prudence, and perhaps not treating the company credit card like a blank cheque, would go a long way.

I'd bring in my own fork, but I agree the company should pay for pens. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14061 on: July 18, 2016, 04:43:07 PM »
Heard a good one from a former workplace. It isn't about an employee wasting money but the employer wasting money.

I'm already picking up on this with my husband's new office.

His team was bought out, they've been working as contractors for seven months, and this week moved into their new offices.

Yesterday the company bought them all Subway for lunch because there was no cutlery for those who did pack lunch.

I have a spare set here I'd planned to get rid of anyway (decluttering), so I told him to take that to work. He said no, because the guy in charge of setting up and furnishing the new office is "determined to make the company pay for everything". There is barely a pen in the office because that guy hasn't had a chance to go spend a bundle on stationery yet, and "no-one is allowed to bring in anything because the company should pay".

They came pretty close to the wire in December, a couple of them barely escaped with their jobs. Some financial prudence, and perhaps not treating the company credit card like a blank cheque, would go a long way.

I'd bring in my own fork, but I agree the company should pay for pens.

My husband was in the habit of bringing home pens from his last job. Every time he left the office for a trip he would poke a couple of pens in his carry-on bag. I'm more than happy for them to be returned to the company just to get them out of my house. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14062 on: July 18, 2016, 06:03:45 PM »
My husband was in the habit of bringing home pens from his last job. Every time he left the office for a trip he would poke a couple of pens in his carry-on bag. I'm more than happy for them to be returned to the company just to get them out of my house. :)


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14063 on: July 19, 2016, 04:11:26 AM »
Heard a good one from a former workplace. It isn't about an employee wasting money but the employer wasting money.

I'm already picking up on this with my husband's new office.

His team was bought out, they've been working as contractors for seven months, and this week moved into their new offices.

Yesterday the company bought them all Subway for lunch because there was no cutlery for those who did pack lunch.

I have a spare set here I'd planned to get rid of anyway (decluttering), so I told him to take that to work. He said no, because the guy in charge of setting up and furnishing the new office is "determined to make the company pay for everything". There is barely a pen in the office because that guy hasn't had a chance to go spend a bundle on stationery yet, and "no-one is allowed to bring in anything because the company should pay".

They came pretty close to the wire in December, a couple of them barely escaped with their jobs. Some financial prudence, and perhaps not treating the company credit card like a blank cheque, would go a long way.

I'd bring in my own fork, but I agree the company should pay for pens.

My husband was in the habit of bringing home pens from his last job. Every time he left the office for a trip he would poke a couple of pens in his carry-on bag. I'm more than happy for them to be returned to the company just to get them out of my house. :)

My understanding, as a child who grew up watching sitcoms in the 90s, was that employees are all but obligated to steal pens at work. Is that wrong to casually forget whether this pen or that pen was one I bought or work's or one that I borrowed from someone and never returned?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14064 on: July 19, 2016, 04:42:50 AM »

I do my best to trim quotes if I'm on my computer, but it's a PITA on mobile and I don't usually do it then.

As for the subscription options, you can certainly turn off email notifications, but you cannot remove a thread from the "show new replies to your posts" section unless you have not been quoted and you go delete every single post you've made on the thread.


Thank you for this info! Off to delete my post in "Say hi and introduce yourself!"

(And I agree, snipping quotes on an ipad is next to impossible to do correctly and in a reasonable timeframe. I guess I should look into tapatalk or whatever it's called.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14065 on: July 19, 2016, 06:28:45 AM »

I do my best to trim quotes if I'm on my computer, but it's a PITA on mobile and I don't usually do it then.

As for the subscription options, you can certainly turn off email notifications, but you cannot remove a thread from the "show new replies to your posts" section unless you have not been quoted and you go delete every single post you've made on the thread.


Thank you for this info! Off to delete my post in "Say hi and introduce yourself!"

(And I agree, snipping quotes on an ipad is next to impossible to do correctly and in a reasonable timeframe. I guess I should look into tapatalk or whatever it's called.)

Not unless I go quote you first!

Haha. Jk.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14066 on: July 19, 2016, 06:29:33 AM »
Good one at work yesterday.

CW: "man, the handle snapped off of our kitchen sink faucet this weekend so we have to use pliers to turn it on and off"
Me: "Oh that's no big deal, you can pick up a new handle for a few bucks at the hardware store"
CW: "Well my wife decided we need a whole new sink so we're going that route"

Can't waste a good opportunity to spend money!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14067 on: July 19, 2016, 06:33:33 AM »
I guess I should look into tapatalk or whatever it's called.

If you do, make sure to leave the 'sent on my iPad via tapatalk' message on. That can rile up the people who would otherwise be concerned about your untrimmed quotes.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14068 on: July 19, 2016, 07:24:18 AM »

Not unless I go quote you first!

Haha. Jk.

Ha ha, that would have been pretty funny! Seriously Johnny, this knowledge has changed my life for the better. Deleted my post and now it's not in my 'unreadreplies' every single time I go there. Thank you.

Also, LOL at replacing the whole sink because of a bad tap.

Our kettle clicks off too soon, but if you jiggle it on the base it comes on again and works fine. BIL used it, and in immense frustration (disproportionate to simply having to jiggle a magic jug which boils water in seconds, the likes of which Napoleon could only have dreamt of) said, "For f8cks sake, just buy a new kettle!".

The joke is we actually have a 'spare' kettle in the loft that someone gave us as a wedding gift, just waiting for this one to give out on us. I guess we just don't consider a kettle that still produces water at a perfect 100 degrees C to be 'broken'.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14069 on: July 19, 2016, 07:53:56 AM »
Also, LOL at replacing the whole sink because of a bad tap.

It is astounding how quickly people default to BUY A NEW ONE instead of FUCKIN' FIX IT. Saw a post on Facebook of a friend who just bought a new car, financed. In the comments they had mentioned "yeah, it adds to our monthly expenses but the old one was making a weird noise." Omg, not a noise! It's inoperable, doc!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14070 on: July 19, 2016, 08:03:01 AM »
Oh I've mentioned some small issue with one of our well-aged cars and gotten a lecture about why we need to just replace the whole vehicle outright. I mean it's a $20 fix I can do myself when I have the time. Not a show stopper that will leave us on the side of the road. Its not the beginning of the end or anything.
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« Reply #14071 on: July 19, 2016, 08:22:37 AM »

Not unless I go quote you first!

Haha. Jk.

Ha ha, that would have been pretty funny! Seriously Johnny, this knowledge has changed my life for the better. Deleted my post and now it's not in my 'unreadreplies' every single time I go there. Thank you.

You're welcome.

Now if only the people who made the forum software could make it possible for us to remove threads from the show new replies section at will....


And yeah it's ridiculous how many times I've heard the replace it instead of fix it approach. I'm driving a 2002 corolla and I've had people tell me to replace it whenever I mention any little problem, such as a burnt out headlight bulb. Really? That's a $10 part.
Fortunately I don't get this lecture too often as I play the poor grad student card. Not that I'm actually poor.... but it helps to pretend sometimes.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14072 on: July 19, 2016, 08:37:33 AM »
And yeah it's ridiculous how many times I've heard the replace it instead of fix it approach. I'm driving a 2002 corolla and I've had people tell me to replace it whenever I mention any little problem, such as a burnt out headlight bulb. Really? That's a $10 part.
Fortunately I don't get this lecture too often as I play the poor grad student card. Not that I'm actually poor.... but it helps to pretend sometimes.

One of my coworkers is getting a payout from Volkswagen (like $5K) because he has one of the TDI cars affected by the emissions scandal. He said a lot of his friends keep asking him "What are you going to buy??" "VTSAX. That's what I'm going to buy."
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« Reply #14073 on: July 19, 2016, 08:45:19 AM »

Not unless I go quote you first!

Haha. Jk.

Ha ha, that would have been pretty funny! Seriously Johnny, this knowledge has changed my life for the better. Deleted my post and now it's not in my 'unreadreplies' every single time I go there. Thank you.

You're welcome.

Now if only the people who made the forum software could make it possible for us to remove threads from the show new replies section at will....


And yeah it's ridiculous how many times I've heard the replace it instead of fix it approach. I'm driving a 2002 corolla and I've had people tell me to replace it whenever I mention any little problem, such as a burnt out headlight bulb. Really? That's a $10 part.
Fortunately I don't get this lecture too often as I play the poor grad student card. Not that I'm actually poor.... but it helps to pretend sometimes.
I get that with my 2002 grand am.  The bumper's cracked and the hood is slightly dented from when a truck driver forgot how mirrors work while parallel parking.  I keep getting told to just replace the car, or at least get a new bumper.  The car works just fine, the bumper isn't coming off, and the dent doesn't prevent me from opening/closing the hood.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14074 on: July 19, 2016, 09:30:27 AM »
And yeah it's ridiculous how many times I've heard the replace it instead of fix it approach. I'm driving a 2002 corolla and I've had people tell me to replace it whenever I mention any little problem, such as a burnt out headlight bulb. Really? That's a $10 part.
Fortunately I don't get this lecture too often as I play the poor grad student card. Not that I'm actually poor.... but it helps to pretend sometimes.

This made me laugh out loud as I'm getting the same comments on my '02 corolla. I unfortunately don't have the grad student excuse... I'm an enviro engineer with 5+ years experience and most people keep asking me when I'll replace it... I always tell them the same thing - when the rust wins (most likely) or it starts becoming unreliable (not likely with less than 110k miles)

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« Reply #14075 on: July 19, 2016, 09:42:40 AM »
And yeah it's ridiculous how many times I've heard the replace it instead of fix it approach. I'm driving a 2002 corolla and I've had people tell me to replace it whenever I mention any little problem, such as a burnt out headlight bulb. Really? That's a $10 part.
Fortunately I don't get this lecture too often as I play the poor grad student card. Not that I'm actually poor.... but it helps to pretend sometimes.

This made me laugh out loud as I'm getting the same comments on my '02 corolla. I unfortunately don't have the grad student excuse... I'm an enviro engineer with 5+ years experience and most people keep asking me when I'll replace it... I always tell them the same thing - when the rust wins (most likely) or it starts becoming unreliable (not likely with less than 110k miles)

Nice. I've got 96k miles on mine. I plan on keeping for years to come.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14076 on: July 19, 2016, 09:47:34 AM »

Not unless I go quote you first!

Haha. Jk.

Ha ha, that would have been pretty funny! Seriously Johnny, this knowledge has changed my life for the better. Deleted my post and now it's not in my 'unreadreplies' every single time I go there. Thank you.

You're welcome.

Now if only the people who made the forum software could make it possible for us to remove threads from the show new replies section at will....


And yeah it's ridiculous how many times I've heard the replace it instead of fix it approach. I'm driving a 2002 corolla and I've had people tell me to replace it whenever I mention any little problem, such as a burnt out headlight bulb. Really? That's a $10 part.
Fortunately I don't get this lecture too often as I play the poor grad student card. Not that I'm actually poor.... but it helps to pretend sometimes.
I get that with my 2002 grand am.  The bumper's cracked and the hood is slightly dented from when a truck driver forgot how mirrors work while parallel parking.  I keep getting told to just replace the car, or at least get a new bumper.  The car works just fine, the bumper isn't coming off, and the dent doesn't prevent me from opening/closing the hood.
Newer bumpers are like motorcycle helmets, they don't work nearly as well the second time as the first.  I believe a 2002 would be new enough to fall under that category, so there is a safety reason to replace it. FYI.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14077 on: July 19, 2016, 09:53:11 AM »
And yeah it's ridiculous how many times I've heard the replace it instead of fix it approach. I'm driving a 2002 corolla and I've had people tell me to replace it whenever I mention any little problem, such as a burnt out headlight bulb. Really? That's a $10 part.
Fortunately I don't get this lecture too often as I play the poor grad student card. Not that I'm actually poor.... but it helps to pretend sometimes.

This made me laugh out loud as I'm getting the same comments on my '02 corolla. I unfortunately don't have the grad student excuse... I'm an enviro engineer with 5+ years experience and most people keep asking me when I'll replace it... I always tell them the same thing - when the rust wins (most likely) or it starts becoming unreliable (not likely with less than 110k miles)

Nice. I've got 96k miles on mine. I plan on keeping for years to come.

One of the happiest days of the past year was when I got the news from the insurance company that my wife's Corolla was going to be totaled after a very minor accident. I hated that car. What a gutless, soulless excuse for an automobile. Ive been in elevators that were more exhilarating than that appliance was. But the damn thing ran and was efficient and safe, and paid for, which meant that Id never be able to convince myself to get rid of it. Thankfully the accident took care of that problem for us.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14078 on: July 19, 2016, 10:02:38 AM »
Good one at work yesterday.

CW: "man, the handle snapped off of our kitchen sink faucet this weekend so we have to use pliers to turn it on and off"
Me: "Oh that's no big deal, you can pick up a new handle for a few bucks at the hardware store"
CW: "Well my wife decided we need a whole new sink so we're going that route"

Can't waste a good opportunity to spend money!
We used pliers to turn our shower on and off for weeks before we got around to fixing it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14079 on: July 19, 2016, 10:52:28 AM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14080 on: July 19, 2016, 10:59:13 AM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.



The no AC would be a bit much for me living in Atlanta. And even if I could learn to tolerate it, any guests in my car certainly would not.

They think a five year old car is old? Really?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14081 on: July 19, 2016, 11:30:46 AM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14082 on: July 19, 2016, 11:35:14 AM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?

My 2007 hyundai accent has AC, but not power locks and windows. They're still out there!

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« Reply #14083 on: July 19, 2016, 11:41:11 AM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats haha.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?

Nope, those are about the only thing that's automatic!! We bought the floor model at a VERY good price in late 2011, hence the weird features.

And the new model Honda Fits also have the no-AC option: 3K cheaper than the AC option (16K vs 19K).

The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Like, at that price, open the windows.

Actually, he was super pro-AC for our next car. And I was like "the cost breaks down like this. Would you pay 500$ to have AC on our current car for this summer only?" "NO!!!" Well, why do you want to pay that every year on our next car?" "Huh..." Conclusion: unless we can get it included, or at a SUPER good price, it is NOT worth 3K on a 15K car for AC in Quebec. In Atlanta? Texas? Miami? Sure. What I need is heating. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14084 on: July 19, 2016, 11:54:11 AM »
And the new model Honda Fits also have the no-AC option: 3K cheaper than the AC option (16K vs 19K).
This must be a Canada thing because the base Fit in the US comes standard with AC. At least for 2016+

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14085 on: July 19, 2016, 12:54:19 PM »
The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Yes, we love having A/C in the car in Texas summers. But I find the A/C handy during our brief winter too as the A/C's de-humidification effect stops condensation from building up on the inside of cold windows. Is that not a problem in Canada?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14086 on: July 19, 2016, 12:56:51 PM »
The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Yes, we love having A/C in the car in Texas summers. But I find the A/C handy during our brief winter too as the A/C's de-humidification effect stops condensation from building up on the inside of cold windows. Is that not a problem in Canada?

The heater dries the air, too.  A/C defrost (defog?) is nice when it's not cold enough to need to turn on the heat, but you still need to dry out the inside of the windshield.  That's not really an issue in Canada winter though, as you'll always be using the heater :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14087 on: July 19, 2016, 01:11:03 PM »
The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Yes, we love having A/C in the car in Texas summers. But I find the A/C handy during our brief winter too as the A/C's de-humidification effect stops condensation from building up on the inside of cold windows. Is that not a problem in Canada?

The heater dries the air, too.  A/C defrost (defog?) is nice when it's not cold enough to need to turn on the heat, but you still need to dry out the inside of the windshield.  That's not really an issue in Canada winter though, as you'll always be using the heater :-)

I was about to post the AC as a dehumidifier. Being in Chicago, it is almost a necessity. I remember a couple of times when I drove a car with broken AC in the summer that my choices were to not be able to see through the windshield, pull over every 2 minutes to wipe it off, or not drive. Even with the heat on it wouldn't dry it out. And no one wants to put the heat on when it is 98* anyways.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14088 on: July 19, 2016, 01:23:40 PM »
The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Yes, we love having A/C in the car in Texas summers. But I find the A/C handy during our brief winter too as the A/C's de-humidification effect stops condensation from building up on the inside of cold windows. Is that not a problem in Canada?

The heater dries the air, too.  A/C defrost (defog?) is nice when it's not cold enough to need to turn on the heat, but you still need to dry out the inside of the windshield.  That's not really an issue in Canada winter though, as you'll always be using the heater :-)

I was about to post the AC as a dehumidifier. Being in Chicago, it is almost a necessity. I remember a couple of times when I drove a car with broken AC in the summer that my choices were to not be able to see through the windshield, pull over every 2 minutes to wipe it off, or not drive. Even with the heat on it wouldn't dry it out. And no one wants to put the heat on when it is 98* anyways.
Most heaters don't actually remove moisture.  Heaters change the temperature of the air, which increases the maximum absolute humidity, which then lowers the relative humidity.  If it's already hot out, increasing the temp isn't going to change the maximum absolute humidity much, and therefore won't lower the relative humidity much.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14089 on: July 19, 2016, 02:09:44 PM »
Lady in my office:

1) Trying to tell an amusing anecdote: "My dog is so spoiled, but I'm okay with it. She rides right in the middle on the leather eats of my $100,000 Lexus SUV on the way to the cottage and my kids are stuck in the back! Funny right?"

Later...

2) "My cottage is too much work these days. I spend all my time trying to get people to rent it so I can cover the expenses for it and for the boat."

3) "On the way home, I rear-ended somebody in the car and it's going to cost something like $5000 dollars, because Lexus has special parts. Such an inconvenience"

She also commutes 90 minutes to work every day one-way...

I don't have the heart to tell her that she is very well off and she should sell everything and retire already!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14090 on: July 19, 2016, 04:02:36 PM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?

My 2007 hyundai accent has AC, but not power locks and windows. They're still out there!

My 2002 Silverado also has manual locks and windows.

Love those manual windows.  Great exercise! :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14091 on: July 19, 2016, 04:08:43 PM »
Maybe manual windows and manual locks will become part of the new (old) security system which includes manual transmissions. These cars/trucks will be so weird nobody can/will steal them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14092 on: July 19, 2016, 06:44:21 PM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats haha.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?

The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Like, at that price, open the windows.

The AC on my '06 is functionally broken. It is a white car but with a black interior. Yeah, for those thirty days, for half an hour each, it is pretty awful. But then I discovered that I can just keep my windows cracked open two centimetres when I'm not using it and a few more while driving.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14093 on: July 19, 2016, 10:13:36 PM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats haha.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?

The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Like, at that price, open the windows.

The AC on my '06 is functionally broken. It is a white car but with a black interior. Yeah, for those thirty days, for half an hour each, it is pretty awful. But then I discovered that I can just keep my windows cracked open two centimetres when I'm not using it and a few more while driving.

It's really not that expensive to add AC to your car.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14094 on: July 19, 2016, 10:16:13 PM »

I don't have the heart to tell her that she is very well off and she should sell everything and retire already!

How dare you, how could she possibly be happy rear-ending someone with something less than a $100k Lexus?  :)

Oh and what the hell kind of Lexus costs $100k?  I mean, I know Lexus can be some damn expensive cars Toyotas, but i wow, $100k is a whole new level of stupid.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14095 on: July 20, 2016, 02:18:58 AM »
I get a remark about once a week about my phone (an iphone 5, barely 3 years old)

So far i've been able to replace the battery, screen and charger port. The charger port I was told by apple that it was impossible to replace. $10 from amazon later it's good as new. I didn't realize how easy the iphones were to fix and tear down.

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« Reply #14096 on: July 20, 2016, 03:49:12 AM »
I get a remark about once a week about my phone (an iphone 5, barely 3 years old)

So far i've been able to replace the battery, screen and charger port. The charger port I was told by apple that it was impossible to replace. $10 from amazon later it's good as new. I didn't realize how easy the iphones were to fix and tear down.

That's really good to hear. I've had my iPhone 4 screen shatter twice. Both times it was so bad I could not use the phone and it was when I was so busy I was like "I have to have this fixed RIGHT NOW, I cannot even wait a day for parts to come, let alone spend time fixing it", so I dashed to a high street repair shop. (I need emails on my phone all the time for work, and I'm self-employed.) But I'd like it to break one day when I have time to try out fixing it myself.

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« Reply #14097 on: July 20, 2016, 05:17:49 AM »
I get a remark about once a week about my phone (an iphone 5, barely 3 years old)

So far i've been able to replace the battery, screen and charger port. The charger port I was told by apple that it was impossible to replace. $10 from amazon later it's good as new. I didn't realize how easy the iphones were to fix and tear down.

I too have the same phone and it's about the same age. It was handed down to me by a friend who's contract had ended. She was paying $65 a month for it and is now paying a similar amount for her iPhone 6. Meanwhile I have a 30 day rolling contract that allows me 125 minutes, 100MB of data and 500 texts, and it costs $6.50 per month. In a year's time her new contract would have ended, so I will probably get her iPhone 6. I can then sell the iPhone 5 and that will pay my monthly bill for at least 6 months.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14098 on: July 20, 2016, 07:54:44 AM »


I too have the same phone and it's about the same age. It was handed down to me by a friend who's contract had ended. She was paying $65 a month for it and is now paying a similar amount for her iPhone 6. Meanwhile I have a 30 day rolling contract that allows me 125 minutes, 100MB of data and 500 texts, and it costs $6.50 per month. In a year's time her new contract would have ended, so I will probably get her iPhone 6. I can then sell the iPhone 5 and that will pay my monthly bill for at least 6 months.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14099 on: July 20, 2016, 10:11:22 AM »
On topic, I work with someone who bought a $7,000 riding mower the other week. He lives on half an acre. When I asked him why he bought it, he said that he wanted one that would last. Riiiight...

Have never needed one, how much should one ordinarily spend?

I lived on 2.5 acres with my ex. We paid $500 for a used fairly high end John Deere.

Back in spendypants days we bought one new off the floor for $1500 +/-. It was an MTD though - even then I wasn't willing to pay a premium for green paint. And having worked in a machine shop making parts for JD, I never felt like there was anything special about them.
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