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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14100 on: July 14, 2016, 06:33:11 PM »

Or $ inside a small chicken carcass, stuffed inside of a turkey, wrapped up, and stored in the freezer. TurBuckEn.
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LOL, "TurBuckEn."

(Oh god, if I jacked up the quotes I'm going to get yelled at)

or a bag of shredded cheese. it could be your secret cheddar stash.
Or in the crisper drawer as your lettuce, or in your mixing bowl as your dough. :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14101 on: July 14, 2016, 06:34:41 PM »
SoccerLounge posted this recipe for 40 minute buns (which sounds like a workout video)...

*Slow clap.*

Yeah, I honestly LOL'd at that!  Either way, best to wear your yoga pants while engaging in this activity :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14102 on: July 14, 2016, 07:06:57 PM »
If carrying cash means it'll spend quick, fold a couple of twentys up and stick it in one of those hard to reach sections of the wallet, behind a little used ID card or some such. Just knowing I'm going to have to account for that spend means I don't touch it for regular purchases. This has saved me on multiple occasions, whether it be a random garage sale on the way home from work or avoiding an ATM fee at a retailer that won't, or can't, take a card. Same story with a couple folded blank checks, though those go in the main 'pocket'. I pretty much use cards 99% of the time, but I'd rather be ready when opportunity presents itself, then miss a deal.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14103 on: July 14, 2016, 09:13:47 PM »
If carrying cash means it'll spend quick, fold a couple of twentys up and stick it in one of those hard to reach sections of the wallet, behind a little used ID card or some such. Just knowing I'm going to have to account for that spend means I don't touch it for regular purchases. This has saved me on multiple occasions, whether it be a random garage sale on the way home from work or avoiding an ATM fee at a retailer that won't, or can't, take a card. Same story with a couple folded blank checks, though those go in the main 'pocket'. I pretty much use cards 99% of the time, but I'd rather be ready when opportunity presents itself, then miss a deal.

What I do is keep it up my ass.  It's there in an emergency, but otherwise I'm not going to pull it out.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14104 on: July 14, 2016, 10:19:39 PM »

Or $ inside a small chicken carcass, stuffed inside of a turkey, wrapped up, and stored in the freezer. TurBuckEn.
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LOL, "TurBuckEn."

(Oh god, if I jacked up the quotes I'm going to get yelled at)

or a bag of shredded cheese. it could be your secret cheddar stash.
Cheddar Stacker should get on this.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14105 on: July 15, 2016, 09:37:10 AM »
I've got one for you guys.   This happened years ago.  My co-worker friend announced at the coffee table that if his sons wanted to go to university, they'd have to either pay for it themselves or join the Army, because "I can't afford it".

His sons were 3 and 1 years old at the time.  Plus, he went out for lunch at least once a week.   If he'd stuck that $10 that he spent on lunch into an RESP for his boys, he would've had several thousand dollars by the time his sons were old enough to attend university.  It wouldn't have given them a free ride, but it would've been SOMETHING.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14106 on: July 15, 2016, 11:17:38 AM »
Okay. I'm back on page 192. I posted and was caught up and then took a rather long break and now I'm back!

I have a new job. I am a property manager for HOAs and condo associations and some maintenance provided communities. Two calls today back to back.

One person who cannot make dues payment of  $65 for the month (to cover lawn maintenance and trash service) and also fix the hole in the side of her home.  If we waive the monthly dues sh be able to fix the hole. She then explained that sge has lights in her home not working and her garage door is broken and she just does not have the funds. Her daughter is going back to school for her 2nd bachelor's degree and the cost of books, you know.

The other caller is digging out of bankruptcy and is months late on her annual dues payment and wants the late fees waived if she pays her full amount now. The board agreed since previous fees are still being paid through bankruptcy court. She has plans to get on better footing and next year shouldn't be an issue.

Earlier this week we had someone pay over $5000 in late dues and legal fees...and they paid with credit card. Doubly interesting with that one is that she had hired her own attorney to contest the amount she owed. She told him she paid in full at her court hearing...after sending our documentation for what was paid and owed she was told she had no legal standing. Still was billed for it, though, I am sure!

Then CW called today to see about moving her 401k from her previos job. "I've got $2000 in there and that's a lot of money."  She's in her mid-50s, lives paycheck to paycheck...yet was able to go to the Indy 500 this summer.

Sigh...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14107 on: July 15, 2016, 11:30:55 AM »
You do what works for you, I'll keep doing what works for me.  Keeping big bills on hand works for me.  Someday I might get screwed out of $99.  Someday.  Maybe.  Oh well.

I have the same issue as Chris. My solution is to use the small bills, but make it embarrassingly inconvenient to get to. Making it so it takes 5 minutes to get to cash is generally enough time to kick the urge to spend it. Thinking of examples like burying a firebox in attic insulation, hiding a bundle behind a water access panel, or taped to the bottom of the fridge.

Pack it in a coffee can in the bottom of the freezer under whats left of a half a hog and quarter of beef. talk about cold hard cash

Or $ inside a small chicken carcass, stuffed inside of a turkey, wrapped up, and stored in the freezer. TurBuckEn.
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That was the worst pun ever. I loved it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14108 on: July 16, 2016, 11:33:11 AM »
Manager complains about not having enough money to contribute to the company 401K (not even up to the match), but says she'd like to stop working by age 45.

This week, Manager accepts a new job that pays 40K more. These are quotes from that day:

"Now I can add mani-pedis and massages back into my budget!"

"I was going to wait for my phone upgrade in Sept, but with my new salary I'll just buy a new phone now."

"Oh we make too much for a Roth IRA."

...and she refuses to max out her new 401K even with the 40K raise.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14109 on: July 16, 2016, 02:07:36 PM »
"I was going to wait for my phone upgrade in Sept, but with my new salary I'll just buy a new phone now."

That explains her personality in  nutshell. I want a Samsung S7 and can get work to pay for it but still resist doing so because I know that it'll be more like a toy for me. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14110 on: July 16, 2016, 08:31:52 PM »
SoccerLounge posted this recipe for 40 minute buns (which sounds like a workout video) in another thread: http://www.girlversusdough.com/2015/08/10/40-minute-super-soft-hamburger-buns/

Hey, ya,  I made them the same day.  Very good recipe.   I recommend cutting the yeast in half and letting them rise for an hour, unless you have ZERO problems with yeast...and you have an hour...   :-)

Hark, the SoccerLounge signal!! Actually, goldielocks, I made my last batch that way too, and I like them about as much. Other folks seem to like them a bit more, probably because they're slightly less pretzel-tasting (caused by the lots-o-yeast).

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...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14111 on: July 16, 2016, 10:35:50 PM »
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?


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14112 on: July 16, 2016, 11:16:26 PM »
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.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14113 on: July 16, 2016, 11:42:51 PM »
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...
Holy crap!  Lowe's doesn't even sell any that expensive. I had to look at Tractor Supply to see what a $7,000 riding mower looks like.

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.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14114 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 #14115 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 #14116 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 #14117 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 #14118 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 #14119 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 #14120 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 #14121 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...

Always good to go home and unplug.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14122 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 #14123 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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« Reply #14124 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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« Reply #14125 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 #14126 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 #14127 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 #14128 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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« Reply #14129 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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« Reply #14130 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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« Reply #14131 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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« Reply #14132 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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« Reply #14133 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 #14134 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14135 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 #14136 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14137 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 #14138 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14139 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 #14140 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 #14141 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 #14142 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 #14143 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 #14144 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 #14145 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 #14146 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14147 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 #14148 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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« Reply #14149 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?