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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14150 on: July 24, 2016, 05:03:24 PM »
[I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

I am also more about value.  I'd rather starve for hours than pay money for some food items.  That doesn't mean that I won't pay $$$ for a meal.
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« Reply #14151 on: July 24, 2016, 09:24:00 PM »
I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

My personal weakness is for the poutine at the local minor league baseball stadium. I get it every time.
  I have never heard of poutine before, I looked it up and now wish I had a plate of it in front of me.

I've only had it once. It was so damn good. So good.

Love me some poutine!

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« Reply #14152 on: July 25, 2016, 02:11:43 AM »
[I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

I am also more about value.  I'd rather starve for hours than pay money for some food items.  That doesn't mean that I won't pay $$$ for a meal.

Haha!  I told my wife today that I refused to eat a tiny $5 hot dog on moral grounds.  It was like 5 pm and I hadn't eaten yet.  She was not amused.  Don't worry, I lived

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14153 on: July 25, 2016, 08:18:51 AM »
I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

My personal weakness is for the poutine at the local minor league baseball stadium. I get it every time.
  I have never heard of poutine before, I looked it up and now wish I had a plate of it in front of me.

Living in a suburb of Canada has its advantages.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14154 on: July 25, 2016, 09:19:57 AM »
[I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

I am also more about value.  I'd rather starve for hours than pay money for some food items.  That doesn't mean that I won't pay $$$ for a meal.

Haha!  I told my wife today that I refused to eat a tiny $5 hot dog on moral grounds.  It was like 5 pm and I hadn't eaten yet.  She was not amused.  Don't worry, I lived

I've learned that when people around me are insistent that I eat, regardless of the costs, it usually is because I'm HANGRY!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14155 on: July 25, 2016, 09:28:25 AM »
[I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

I am also more about value.  I'd rather starve for hours than pay money for some food items.  That doesn't mean that I won't pay $$$ for a meal.

Haha!  I told my wife today that I refused to eat a tiny $5 hot dog on moral grounds.  It was like 5 pm and I hadn't eaten yet.  She was not amused.  Don't worry, I lived

I've learned that when people around me are insistent that I eat, regardless of the costs, it usually is because I'm HANGRY!

Basically what I'd be telling my husband. 5$ for a hotdog is obscene. 5$ to not spend a few hours dealing with a cranky hangry husband is entirely reasonable. Depends what you're paying for. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14156 on: July 25, 2016, 10:46:31 AM »
[I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

I am also more about value.  I'd rather starve for hours than pay money for some food items.  That doesn't mean that I won't pay $$$ for a meal.

Haha!  I told my wife today that I refused to eat a tiny $5 hot dog on moral grounds.  It was like 5 pm and I hadn't eaten yet.  She was not amused.  Don't worry, I lived

I've learned that when people around me are insistent that I eat, regardless of the costs, it usually is because I'm HANGRY!

Basically what I'd be telling my husband. 5$ for a hotdog is obscene. 5$ to not spend a few hours dealing with a cranky hangry husband is entirely reasonable. Depends what you're paying for. ;)

Perhaps I was a bit HANGRY

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14157 on: July 25, 2016, 01:50:01 PM »
One time I went to Chik-Fil-A with my wife and a friend.  We got to the counter and my wife ordered.  Once she finished, she goes, "what do you want?"  At that moment, I just didn't feel like spending $3 on a sandwich so I said that I won't be getting anything.  She wasn't too pleased as I was the one who chose Chik-Fil-A.

Oops!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14158 on: July 25, 2016, 02:55:55 PM »
I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

My personal weakness is for the poutine at the local minor league baseball stadium. I get it every time.
  I have never heard of poutine before, I looked it up and now wish I had a plate of it in front of me.

Omg poutine!!!

Last year we hosted a potluck birthday party for our friend who is French-Canadian. The food theme was "something Canadian." I made poutine and it was disgusting, , but some people liked it.

I'm suppose it is no different than melted velveeta on top of taco chips.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14159 on: July 25, 2016, 03:02:06 PM »
Last year we hosted a potluck birthday party for our friend who is French-Canadian. The food theme was "something Canadian." I made poutine and it was disgusting, , but some people liked it.

I was always afraid of poutine after getting into a conversation with a group of Canadians about it. "It's got cheese curds and gravy on top!" "Gravy? Like... beef gravy?" "No, no, just...gravy." "But where does the gravy come from? Chicken? Beef? Turkey?" "It's gravy. It comes from a can. You know? Gravy!"
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14160 on: July 25, 2016, 03:05:25 PM »
One time I went to Chik-Fil-A with my wife and a friend.  We got to the counter and my wife ordered.  Once she finished, she goes, "what do you want?"  At that moment, I just didn't feel like spending $3 on a sandwich so I said that I won't be getting anything.  She wasn't too pleased as I was the one who chose Chik-Fil-A.

Oops!

Oops is right -- I'm on your wife's side for this one!
Me too.  Chik-fil-a sucks

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14161 on: July 25, 2016, 03:19:21 PM »
Last year we hosted a potluck birthday party for our friend who is French-Canadian. The food theme was "something Canadian." I made poutine and it was disgusting, , but some people liked it.

I was always afraid of poutine after getting into a conversation with a group of Canadians about it. "It's got cheese curds and gravy on top!" "Gravy? Like... beef gravy?" "No, no, just...gravy." "But where does the gravy come from? Chicken? Beef? Turkey?" "It's gravy. It comes from a can. You know? Gravy!"

As a Maritimer, I can relate but from the other side. I was late into my teens when I discovered that there were such things as beef gravy, turkey gravy, or chicken gravy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14162 on: July 25, 2016, 03:28:16 PM »
Last year we hosted a potluck birthday party for our friend who is French-Canadian. The food theme was "something Canadian." I made poutine and it was disgusting, , but some people liked it.

I was always afraid of poutine after getting into a conversation with a group of Canadians about it. "It's got cheese curds and gravy on top!" "Gravy? Like... beef gravy?" "No, no, just...gravy." "But where does the gravy come from? Chicken? Beef? Turkey?" "It's gravy. It comes from a can. You know? Gravy!"

As a Maritimer, I can relate but from the other side. I was late into my teens when I discovered that there were such things as beef gravy, turkey gravy, or chicken gravy.

So what is non-beef/turkey/chicken gravy?  That's like just 'broth'.  Broth/gravy of what?

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« Reply #14163 on: July 25, 2016, 03:40:47 PM »
Last year we hosted a potluck birthday party for our friend who is French-Canadian. The food theme was "something Canadian." I made poutine and it was disgusting, , but some people liked it.

I was always afraid of poutine after getting into a conversation with a group of Canadians about it. "It's got cheese curds and gravy on top!" "Gravy? Like... beef gravy?" "No, no, just...gravy." "But where does the gravy come from? Chicken? Beef? Turkey?" "It's gravy. It comes from a can. You know? Gravy!"

As a Maritimer, I can relate but from the other side. I was late into my teens when I discovered that there were such things as beef gravy, turkey gravy, or chicken gravy.

So what is non-beef/turkey/chicken gravy?  That's like just 'broth'.  Broth/gravy of what?

Brown gravy. Light brown if you are feeling fancy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14164 on: July 25, 2016, 04:06:26 PM »
The thing with poutine is that you need those cheese curds, not mozzarella (like I got in Toronto once) or some other cheese. Go to Banquise in Montreal and order a chili poutine, smoked meat poutine, turkey poutine, pulled pork poutine . . . well the list is endless. Gravy is the classic poutine. I loooove poutine!

Edit to add, gravy should always be beef stock based.

When I worked at McD's here in Ontario their fries were cooked in beef shortening not vegetable shortening. Tons of vegetarians had no idea, when a vegetarian would ask "what besides the fries are vegetarian?" I would give them the surprise of their life "whaaaa no one ever told me!!!". I remember at the time the US had already switched to vegetable shortening for some years.

The irony was that the chicken products were cooked in vegetable shortening. I'm pretty sure the fries have switched over now.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14165 on: July 25, 2016, 04:13:40 PM »
The thing with poutine is that you need those cheese curds, not mozzarella (like I got in Toronto once) or some other cheese. Go to Banquise in Montreal and order a chili poutine, smoked meat poutine, turkey poutine, pulled pork poutine . . . well the list is endless. Gravy is the classic poutine. I loooove poutine!

Nooooo. The one with the roasted peppers and onions and mushrooms, if you're going to La Banquise.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14166 on: July 26, 2016, 05:07:54 AM »
When I worked at McD's here in Ontario their fries were cooked in beef shortening not vegetable shortening. Tons of vegetarians had no idea, when a vegetarian would ask "what besides the fries are vegetarian?" I would give them the surprise of their life "whaaaa no one ever told me!!!". I remember at the time the US had already switched to vegetable shortening for some years.
I believe they got into lots of trouble in India for exactly that thing, what with most (or a lot of) people there not eating beef products of any kind for religious reasons. Can't remember now where I read about that but it was in something like Fast Food Nation or Supersize Me, I think. I read a whole lot of books like that around the same time nine or ten years ago.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14167 on: July 26, 2016, 06:39:38 AM »
When I worked at McD's here in Ontario their fries were cooked in beef shortening not vegetable shortening. Tons of vegetarians had no idea, when a vegetarian would ask "what besides the fries are vegetarian?" I would give them the surprise of their life "whaaaa no one ever told me!!!". I remember at the time the US had already switched to vegetable shortening for some years.
I believe they got into lots of trouble in India for exactly that thing, what with most (or a lot of) people there not eating beef products of any kind for religious reasons. Can't remember now where I read about that but it was in something like Fast Food Nation or Supersize Me, I think. I read a whole lot of books like that around the same time nine or ten years ago.

Correct. They conducted a study to show that in India they were not using beef. I know that many of my relatives were very unhappy when they found out about their beloved fries.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14168 on: July 26, 2016, 07:07:25 AM »
I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

My personal weakness is for the poutine at the local minor league baseball stadium. I get it every time.
  I have never heard of poutine before, I looked it up and now wish I had a plate of it in front of me.

I've only had it once. It was so damn good. So good.

Don't forget poutine's slutty American cousin, disco fries!  Instead of cheese curds, it's mozzarella.  Very popular at Jersey diners for after-clubbing drunk meals.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14169 on: July 26, 2016, 07:18:14 AM »
I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

My personal weakness is for the poutine at the local minor league baseball stadium. I get it every time.
  I have never heard of poutine before, I looked it up and now wish I had a plate of it in front of me.

I've only had it once. It was so damn good. So good.

Don't forget poutine's slutty American cousin, disco fries!  Instead of cheese curds, it's mozzarella.  Very popular at Jersey diners for after-clubbing drunk meals.

I just HAD to Google both types of fries after a virtuous healthy homecooked pasta salad dinner. Damn it!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14170 on: July 26, 2016, 07:53:23 AM »
Last year we hosted a potluck birthday party for our friend who is French-Canadian. The food theme was "something Canadian." I made poutine and it was disgusting, , but some people liked it.

I was always afraid of poutine after getting into a conversation with a group of Canadians about it. "It's got cheese curds and gravy on top!" "Gravy? Like... beef gravy?" "No, no, just...gravy." "But where does the gravy come from? Chicken? Beef? Turkey?" "It's gravy. It comes from a can. You know? Gravy!"

+1 Also, as an ignorant northeasterner, cheese curds sound like the part of the cheese that you skim off the top and throw away. What the heck is a curd? Yuck.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14171 on: July 26, 2016, 08:06:47 AM »
As a not so ignorant southerner (who had Wisconsin relatives), cheese curds are fresh cheese!  When cheese is made from milk, the solids form curds, and the watery stuff is whey.  Curds and whey!

The curds are pressed together and aged, but fresh (squeaky!) cheese curds are delicious. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14172 on: July 26, 2016, 08:34:37 AM »
The brilliance of using cheese curds instead of other cheese is that the curds don't melt in hot gravy, they just get soft and delicious.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14173 on: July 26, 2016, 08:40:42 AM »
I was talking to my warehosue manager, who was asking about my house. I mentioned that I'm trying to pay it off in 15 years and he mentioned that when he first buoght a house he didn't know that you could pay more than the PITI. He's a good man, but I really didn't know what to say. He's fairly smart and looks stuff up all the time (we get some goofy producs in, so he'll Youtube them to see what they do) but I think his home owning days were pre-Internet.

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« Reply #14174 on: July 26, 2016, 08:52:28 AM »
I was talking to my warehosue manager, who was asking about my house. I mentioned that I'm trying to pay it off in 15 years and he mentioned that when he first buoght a house he didn't know that you could pay more than the PITI. He's a good man, but I really didn't know what to say. He's fairly smart and looks stuff up all the time (we get some goofy producs in, so he'll Youtube them to see what they do) but I think his home owning days were pre-Internet.
He's not the first and won't be the last.
I have bought 9 properties since 2009. One is my house. Never once am I told that I can pay over the monthly PITI. Never.
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People place the PITI in their budget, so any extras are usually spent. How many (outside this and similar forums) save that little extra and put it towards mortgage, paying off their debt, or placing it in a 401k or IRA?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14175 on: July 26, 2016, 09:47:19 AM »
Poutine looks amazing!
In the UK chip shops (as in 'fish and chip' shops) serve gravy and chips which sounds similar. Also curry and chips, which is horrid.

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« Reply #14176 on: July 26, 2016, 10:51:36 AM »
So I think that I may have the best story yet.

So I'm an attorney at a mid sized law firm in the US.  Today an attorney was fired after one of the partners learned that this attorney had been borrowing money (over one thousand dollars) from his paralegal over the last six months without ever paying her back.  Mind you, this guy was making close to $200k a year.  However, he would constantly complain of not having money and resorted to ask his paralegal for cash.  After months of her trying to get paid back, she took the matter up the chain of command.

His wife was a SAHM, they drove brand new Lexus, and owned a very nice beach front condo.


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« Reply #14177 on: July 26, 2016, 11:09:59 AM »
I've found that it's all in the description. My father-in-law had no interest in Indian food, even when I invited him over for homemade curry, but he sure liked that "chicken in spicy tomato sauce" I made.
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« Reply #14178 on: July 26, 2016, 11:11:50 AM »
There is a local place that has a few different types of poutine. 

(insert drool-inducing pictures here)

I LOVE POUTINE!

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« Reply #14179 on: July 26, 2016, 01:00:00 PM »
Todays coworker comment - he makes around $60K/year and girlfriend (of 9 years) also makes around $60K....He's only about 22 years old - they've been dating since they were in Junior High.

He asked what I did over the weekend (power washing my driveway and staining my own deck).  I asked what he did over the weekend - He went shopping for a new Toyota 4Runner. OK - he said he needed it for towing things.

After more discussion it turns out his girlfriend's family has a lake cottage and they tow wave runners and boats.  Then he tells me his girlfriend is in debt to the tune of $70K in her name and another $70K in her parent's name at 7-9% interest. OUCH.  She went to a fancy name school - he has no debt of his own.  However, he has been dating her this whole time, and I'm presuming they are going to tie the knot - so THEY have a hair on fire emergency....He does not need a truck at all - they need a major repayment plan and two to three years of buckling down.

I sent him the link to MMM....He probably won't read it. (I really hope he does read it.)
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« Reply #14180 on: July 26, 2016, 01:18:37 PM »
So I think that I may have the best story yet.

So I'm an attorney at a mid sized law firm in the US.  Today an attorney was fired after one of the partners learned that this attorney had been borrowing money (over one thousand dollars) from his paralegal over the last six months without ever paying her back.  Mind you, this guy was making close to $200k a year.  However, he would constantly complain of not having money and resorted to ask his paralegal for cash.  After months of her trying to get paid back, she took the matter up the chain of command.

His wife was a SAHM, they drove brand new Lexus, and owned a very nice beach front condo.

Well he definitely won't be paying her back now that he doesn't have a job.  He sounds like a jerk either way though.

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« Reply #14181 on: July 26, 2016, 01:30:45 PM »
So I think that I may have the best story yet.

So I'm an attorney at a mid sized law firm in the US.  Today an attorney was fired after one of the partners learned that this attorney had been borrowing money (over one thousand dollars) from his paralegal over the last six months without ever paying her back.  Mind you, this guy was making close to $200k a year.  However, he would constantly complain of not having money and resorted to ask his paralegal for cash.  After months of her trying to get paid back, she took the matter up the chain of command.

His wife was a SAHM, they drove brand new Lexus, and owned a very nice beach front condo.

Well he definitely won't be paying her back now that he doesn't have a job.  He sounds like a jerk either way though.

I would hope that the partner(s) have a way to garnish his last paycheck to pay her back, or at the very least pay her directly as a reward for letting them see what a terrible person this attorney is.

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« Reply #14182 on: July 26, 2016, 03:27:31 PM »
So I think that I may have the best story yet.

So I'm an attorney at a mid sized law firm in the US.  Today an attorney was fired after one of the partners learned that this attorney had been borrowing money (over one thousand dollars) from his paralegal over the last six months without ever paying her back.  Mind you, this guy was making close to $200k a year.  However, he would constantly complain of not having money and resorted to ask his paralegal for cash.  After months of her trying to get paid back, she took the matter up the chain of command.

His wife was a SAHM, they drove brand new Lexus, and owned a very nice beach front condo.

Well he definitely won't be paying her back now that he doesn't have a job.  He sounds like a jerk either way though.

I would hope that the partner(s) have a way to garnish his last paycheck to pay her back, or at the very least pay her directly as a reward for letting them see what a terrible person this attorney is.

No way they would deduct anything from his paycheck, but I wouldn't be surprised if they paid her out of pocket

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« Reply #14183 on: July 26, 2016, 04:10:13 PM »
There is a local place that has a few different types of poutine. 

Those look amazing! Thanks for sharing!  :D
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14184 on: July 26, 2016, 05:12:23 PM »
That poutine up there looks good, but they gotta throw more cheese curds up on it! unless they are buried somewhere.

Love the lawyer borrowing money from paralegals story!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14185 on: July 26, 2016, 05:15:10 PM »
I found poutine overrated. I like fries. But pour gravy on them and they get soggy. And you can't taste the salty and fries flavors and experience the crunch.

If you go to In-N-Out you can order things "animal style" from their secret menu. Getting fries animal style is sort of like a poutine variant--they put cheese, grilled onions, and special sauce (thousand island) on it. It's like a meal in itself. I still preferred just regular fries and to get a burger (animal style is good on burgers).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14186 on: July 26, 2016, 05:21:25 PM »
No way they would deduct anything from his paycheck, but I wouldn't be surprised if they paid her out of pocket

If I was them, I'd pay her a fat bonus on top of the $1000 with the unspoken understanding that she wouldn't tell too many people about it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14187 on: July 26, 2016, 06:28:12 PM »
So I think that I may have the best story yet.

So I'm an attorney at a mid sized law firm in the US.  Today an attorney was fired after one of the partners learned that this attorney had been borrowing money (over one thousand dollars) from his paralegal over the last six months without ever paying her back.  Mind you, this guy was making close to $200k a year.  However, he would constantly complain of not having money and resorted to ask his paralegal for cash.  After months of her trying to get paid back, she took the matter up the chain of command.

His wife was a SAHM, they drove brand new Lexus, and owned a very nice beach front condo.

DH heard stories from his boss (owner and only other lawyer in the small firm) about all kinds of characters he met at a large law firm. 

One guy would always chum with the new employees the whole time dropping heavy hints about the amazing (and expensive) restaurant around the corner.  Eventually he would talk them into going there for lunch with him and, oh dang, he forgot his wallet.  After the coworker covered his meal he would simply avoid this person from then out.  He basically owed thousands of dollars in $50 increments to everyone in the office.  Eventually people started sharing stories and realized he'd pulled this con on all of them.

One of the partners went to the founder and said, "Look, you have to pay everyone back." 

"Why?  I didn't take their money."

"Because you hired him and he's basically your best friend around the office.  This looks really bad for you."

I don't know if he did pay everyone back or not but the founder did call the guy in to fire him.  Instead of being fired though, this guy works out a deal where he would keep his job if he took on the responsibility of cleaning the kitchen (the most dread alternating department chore) every week.

Apparently the office in general loved this arrangement and simply made sure word spread so that no one else would get duped by this guy again.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14188 on: July 26, 2016, 08:03:40 PM »
I'm close enough to Wisconsin to appreciate poutine and cheese curds (especially fried ones!). But I have to shout out to the New Mexican equivalent: green chile cheese fries. Fries topped with roasted Hatch green chiles and melted Colby-jack, then topped with a couple shreds of lettuce and tomato to convince yourself you're eating something healthy.

Somehow managed to find a hole-in-the wall nearby that imports green chiles from Hatch for their fries. (Image below from the local college diner in Socorro, NM.)


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14189 on: July 26, 2016, 08:16:24 PM »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14190 on: July 26, 2016, 09:42:33 PM »
I'll just leave this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGCZwpIW_dU

Please provide subtitles.  (J/k)  I have no idea what I was listening to, but that was a trip!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14191 on: July 26, 2016, 11:14:08 PM »
I'll just leave this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGCZwpIW_dU

Please provide subtitles.  (J/k)  I have no idea what I was listening to, but that was a trip!

Well, if someone's going to write a song about poutine, it should be French/French-Canadian rappers! :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14192 on: July 27, 2016, 05:26:49 AM »
Poutine looks amazing!
In the UK chip shops (as in 'fish and chip' shops) serve gravy and chips which sounds similar. Also curry and chips, which is horrid.

I quite like curry sauce and chips.:) I used to get melted cheese and chips at uni. Very healthy, haha.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14193 on: July 27, 2016, 06:28:35 AM »
French Canadian here, you have not tasted a real poutine until you come to Quebec. I tried some in the US and in BC and Aberta, and I totally understand why people are disappointed. The cheese is the key, you can't make a poutine with regular cheese you need Cheese curd.

If your poutine don't look like this :
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/La_Banquise_Poutine.jpg
it's not a poutine (btw I have never been to this restaurant in particular its the first pic I found)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14194 on: July 27, 2016, 06:42:39 AM »
I'll just leave this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGCZwpIW_dU

Please provide subtitles.  (J/k)  I have no idea what I was listening to, but that was a trip!
Assuming I heard it properly
They are giving instructions - first do this, then that,  etc.
ajouter la sauce = add the gravy
squeeze squeeze - well there is some English in Quebec French, just like there is some French in Quebec English - think I'll go to the depanneur now.

Moi-meme, I like the old fashioned big thick Quebec fries, from potatoes peeled and soaked in salt water, then cut and fried in beef tallow.  Can't find them any more, all the chip stands use vegetable oil.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14195 on: July 27, 2016, 08:20:52 AM »
Single Mom at work, raising her last child. Oldest graduated college and moved on to good fortune.

Next one has had trouble with police and drugs. Odd fellow. Won't lift a finger to help around the house apparently and when he does he makes juvenile mistakes. Kills the lawnmower by hitting rocks and stumps. Dishwashing liquid in the dishwasher = bubbles everywhere.

She has had come and go money woes. Does pretty good for what she is paid. Everything that happens to her is expensive though. I can't figure out if she defers maintenance so long that it becomes an expensive repair or the repair folks are taking advantage of her. I think it is the latter.

She tells a story about a porch problem. It is a basic porch. Porch supports the roof. Porch is settling. Cracks in brick, etc. Contractor comes out with an elaborate plan of jacks and concrete injection, etc. to raise the porch. Price quoted is similar to price of a nice car.

Quick numbers on a napkin shows that she could demolish the existing porch and pay someone to rebuild for much, much less.

Curious to see what she'll do. There are alot of choices made by her that could have kept more money in her pocket but she thinks she is doing the right thing to avoid expensive mistakes. She isn't a train wreck, just needs to optimize more.

Example: car more expensive than it needed to be but she hoped it would prevent the need for repairs. It hasn't. A car for half the price would have been a nice one still and probably not cost any more in repairs. 

Troubled son has been very expensive for her over the past few years. Rehab, lawyer bills, etc. He is a grown man. I'd let him pick his own destiny at this point and charge him rent or help him pack.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14196 on: July 27, 2016, 10:50:36 AM »
CW: you paid your car 4 years ago?!
Me: yes, actually I combined my credit car debt and my car and went debt free in June 2012 to be precise (smile from ear to ear)
CW: nice, so it is time to upgrade your car then, how exciting!
Me: (puzzled) no, why? My civic is perfectly fine...(?!)
CW: looks puzzled

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14197 on: July 27, 2016, 11:13:07 AM »
Troubled son has been very expensive for her over the past few years. Rehab, lawyer bills, etc. He is a grown man. I'd let him pick his own destiny at this point and charge him rent or help him pack.

The caretaking/enabling urge is so strong for some people.  I think especially women of the older generation towards their sons.  They're so much more likely to live at home and be getting financial transfusions than daughters are.  I hope that I don't engage in that level of enabling towards my kid(s) (regardless of their sex).

I have an aunt who is generally a straight shooting practical woman, whose 32 year old son has lived with her rent-free (with his now 12 year old) his entire life.  He earns enough money at his "job" to pay for his own car insurance, and that's it.  He's generally a nice enough guy, and isn't abusive or anything like that, but that is unfathomable to me!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14198 on: July 27, 2016, 11:24:50 AM »
I completely agree, after all my mom makes the best Indian food in the world and she lives in the suburbs!

Whoa, whoa, whoa --- hold the phone --- my Mom holds that same title...
..which she stole from my grandmother... how did your mom get it too?!?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14199 on: July 27, 2016, 11:27:56 AM »
CW: you paid your car 4 years ago?!
Me: yes, actually I combined my credit car debt and my car and went dead free in June 2012 to be precise (smile from ear to ear)
CW: nice, so it is time to upgrade your car then, how exciting!
Me: (puzzled) no, why? My civic is perfectly fine...(?!)
CW: looks puzzled

Yeah it's attitudes like this that help me understand why so many Americans are under water.

My parents think it's crazy for me to drive my car because it is "unsafe and unreliable." I have given up on trying to explain to them that a 12 year old Toyota Camry with 150k miles on it is insanely reliable. The car has no major repairs needed nor any accidents (knock on wood for both).

My current plan is to get this car to 300k and by then I hope to buy a Model 3 or another electric car.