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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14200 on: July 27, 2016, 02:26:09 PM »
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?!?

By making the best butter chicken in the world.

Well then, apparently our moms need to have a butter chicken cook off and see who will really hold the belt.  :)

Btw, my mom asked me to come over after work to help with a few things. She has butter chicken ready for me to eat for dinner!!!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14201 on: July 27, 2016, 02:28:29 PM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14202 on: July 27, 2016, 03:18:02 PM »
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?!?

By making the best butter chicken in the world.
sigh.  Butter chicken.  I need to learn how to make it.  I had it at an Indian wedding over a decade ago.  It was so good.

I use the nyt butter chicken recipe and I like it.  It's easy, you just need to get the spices.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14203 on: July 27, 2016, 03:28:29 PM »
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?!?

By making the best butter chicken in the world.
sigh.  Butter chicken.  I need to learn how to make it.  I had it at an Indian wedding over a decade ago.  It was so good.

I use the nyt butter chicken recipe and I like it.  It's easy, you just need to get the spices.

Yeah it's not a terrible difficult dish to make. I haven't seen the NYT recipe, but just in case, here are some things my mom does

1. Marinate chicken in yogurt
2. take chicken out and broil
3. Then add broiled chicken to the sauce
4. Add heavy whipping cream (believe this is her last step)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14204 on: July 27, 2016, 03:36:42 PM »
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
My mum keeps on saying that our 2006 Honda Accord and Civic need to be upgraded. She says "You're an Engineer and your wife is an Accountant, so you need a Lexus or BMW or something high-end."
I always resist and ask why since the Hondas are trouble-free and I maintain them well.
Lately, she says we should have an SUV because we have two little ones and since my brother bought a used Honda Pilot for his wife, who also has 2 little ones.
So now I say I'll drive one if she and my dad will buy us one. And I want a new one since I'm the first born. No hand-me downs or used vehicles (so that they can't force me to have my dad's 2014 Mazda CX-5).
Meanwhile, the autoshop mechanics at my work place are always asking to buy our cars. Those wrenches be savvy!
My best friend had a ... 1993 Civic? Maybe 1994?  I can't remember.  Anyway: old.  She finally got rid of it when it was about 15-20 years old.  But for the last 5 years, the mechanics kept offering to buy it from her.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14205 on: July 27, 2016, 03:39:27 PM »
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?!?

By making the best butter chicken in the world.
sigh.  Butter chicken.  I need to learn how to make it.  I had it at an Indian wedding over a decade ago.  It was so good.

I use the nyt butter chicken recipe and I like it.  It's easy, you just need to get the spices.
Thanks for the tip!  I have all those spices...just need to give it a shot!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14206 on: July 27, 2016, 03:41:36 PM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers.

Bah, Land Cruisers gas mileage is atrocious. But yeah, everyone I knew who had one was wealthy but you wouldn't know it.

One of my favorite stories though is a coworker of my dads who had a 1980's Mercedes Diesel. When it cracked 300k miles she had it repainted.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14207 on: July 27, 2016, 04:52:08 PM »

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago. 

Long time ago. Exactly. And I am talking about people who worth 7 digit numbers. Who earn themselves huge amounts of money and inherited a lot from their parents and grand parents and drive cars that are more than 10 years old. And I look at people who live from paycheck to paycheck and buy cars for 60K each and upgrade every 3 years.

That is why someone is rich and will be rich all their life and someone will have only one thing - car payments till they die, lol.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14208 on: July 27, 2016, 06:45:57 PM »
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?!?

By making the best butter chicken in the world.
sigh.  Butter chicken.  I need to learn how to make it.  I had it at an Indian wedding over a decade ago.  It was so good.

I use the nyt butter chicken recipe and I like it.  It's easy, you just need to get the spices.
Thanks for the tip!  I have all those spices...just need to give it a shot!

Let us know how it turns out.

Also, please bear in mind that it won't taste the same as you'll find in restaurants and at the wedding you went to. Most restaurants I've been to use way too much butter and cream.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14209 on: July 27, 2016, 07:09:21 PM »
Former co-worker of mine had 2 cars, a ~5 year old BMW 3 series (making payments) and a late 90s or early 2000s Pontiac grand prix she owned free and clear.  The BMW was in the shop all the time and one day she mentioned that she couldn't afford it anymore and was going to get rid of it.  I replied with something along the lines of that's a good idea, sell the BMW and keep the Pontiac. 

Nope, she traded in the BMW for a brand new one and donated the Pontiac to charity...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14210 on: July 27, 2016, 07:44:03 PM »

Thanks for the tip!  I have all those spices...just need to give it a shot!

Let us know how it turns out.

Also, please bear in mind that it won't taste the same as you'll find in restaurants and at the wedding you went to. Most restaurants I've been to use way too much just the right amount of butter and cream.

Fixed that for you...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14211 on: July 27, 2016, 07:45:54 PM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers.

$50,000 to $75,000 is MODERATELY expensive for a new car?  Really?

If it costs 4 to 6 times the price of a perfectly good new car, it's not moderately expensive in my book.  It's insanely expensive!

A $75,000 car for 10 years averages to $7,500 per year assuming a cash or 0% interest purchase.

I could buy a perfectly good new car for just 2 years of that cost and be investing $7,500 a year for the next 8 years!

At 8% compounded annually, that's about $79,776 in savings!

Or, to make it a more fair comparison, let's assume we have $75,000 in cash to buy the car and only spend $15,000, leaving $60,000 to invest.
In ten years we could expect that to be about $129,535.   

That's a darn expensive car!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14212 on: July 27, 2016, 09:58:23 PM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers.

$50,000 to $75,000 is MODERATELY expensive for a new car?  Really?

If it costs 4 to 6 times the price of a perfectly good new car, it's not moderately expensive in my book.  It's insanely expensive!

A $75,000 car for 10 years averages to $7,500 per year assuming a cash or 0% interest purchase.

I could buy a perfectly good new car for just 2 years of that cost and be investing $7,500 a year for the next 8 years!

At 8% compounded annually, that's about $79,776 in savings!

Or, to make it a more fair comparison, let's assume we have $75,000 in cash to buy the car and only spend $15,000, leaving $60,000 to invest.
In ten years we could expect that to be about $129,535.   

That's a darn expensive car!

Yes, moderately expensive. Given that we are talking about people with 7-8-9 figure net worths, $50-75k is a moderately expensive car. For instance, many of the wealthy I knew drove E-Class Mercedes, which is halfway up the MB prestige scale, and costs about 25-50% the most expensive models.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14213 on: July 27, 2016, 11:14:32 PM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers.

$50,000 to $75,000 is MODERATELY expensive for a new car?  Really?

If it costs 4 to 6 times the price of a perfectly good new car, it's not moderately expensive in my book.  It's insanely expensive!

A $75,000 car for 10 years averages to $7,500 per year assuming a cash or 0% interest purchase.

I could buy a perfectly good new car for just 2 years of that cost and be investing $7,500 a year for the next 8 years!

At 8% compounded annually, that's about $79,776 in savings!

Or, to make it a more fair comparison, let's assume we have $75,000 in cash to buy the car and only spend $15,000, leaving $60,000 to invest.
In ten years we could expect that to be about $129,535.   

That's a darn expensive car!

Yes, moderately expensive. Given that we are talking about people with 7-8-9 figure net worths, $50-75k is a moderately expensive car. For instance, many of the wealthy I knew drove E-Class Mercedes, which is halfway up the MB prestige scale, and costs about 25-50% the most expensive models.

And when you consider you can option a Camry up to $38k.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14214 on: July 27, 2016, 11:50:42 PM »
My mum keeps on saying that our 2006 Honda Accord and Civic need to be upgraded. She says "You're an Engineer and your wife is an Accountant, so you need a Lexus or BMW or something high-end."

My go-to response when people tell me I need to do/buy something is 'what will happen if I don't?', which is hard to counter since nothing will happen.
That response is pure gold!
I refuse to let it slip away in to this wishy-washy foam of butter chicken and "reasonably priced" clown cars!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14215 on: July 28, 2016, 01:48:00 AM »

Thanks for the tip!  I have all those spices...just need to give it a shot!

Let us know how it turns out.

Also, please bear in mind that it won't taste the same as you'll find in restaurants and at the wedding you went to. Most restaurants I've been to use way too much just the right amount of butter and cream.

Fixed that for you...

I only use 1 cup cream no matter how much I'm making because I get the shelf stable cream from trader joes (cheaper per oz than a fresh pint and can have on hand at random
Moments)

I also use boneless skinless chicken breast cut into tiny cubes instead of the bone-in thighs.  Just personal preference.  Small cubes cook much faster and have greater surface area per lb to absorb marinade

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14216 on: July 28, 2016, 07:22:54 AM »
I also use boneless skinless chicken breast cut into tiny cubes instead of the bone-in thighs.  Just personal preference.  Small cubes cook much faster and have greater surface area per lb to absorb marinade

Skinned and de-boned thighs, cut into cubes. All the flavour, none of the dryness. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14217 on: July 28, 2016, 07:52:49 AM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers.

$50,000 to $75,000 is MODERATELY expensive for a new car?  Really?

If it costs 4 to 6 times the price of a perfectly good new car, it's not moderately expensive in my book.  It's insanely expensive!

A $75,000 car for 10 years averages to $7,500 per year assuming a cash or 0% interest purchase.

I could buy a perfectly good new car for just 2 years of that cost and be investing $7,500 a year for the next 8 years!

At 8% compounded annually, that's about $79,776 in savings!

Or, to make it a more fair comparison, let's assume we have $75,000 in cash to buy the car and only spend $15,000, leaving $60,000 to invest.
In ten years we could expect that to be about $129,535.   

That's a darn expensive car!

Moderately expensive compared to a Bugatti. Or Ferrari. ;)=

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14218 on: July 28, 2016, 08:04:27 AM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers.

$50,000 to $75,000 is MODERATELY expensive for a new car?  Really?

If it costs 4 to 6 times the price of a perfectly good new car, it's not moderately expensive in my book.  It's insanely expensive!

A $75,000 car for 10 years averages to $7,500 per year assuming a cash or 0% interest purchase.

I could buy a perfectly good new car for just 2 years of that cost and be investing $7,500 a year for the next 8 years!

At 8% compounded annually, that's about $79,776 in savings!

Or, to make it a more fair comparison, let's assume we have $75,000 in cash to buy the car and only spend $15,000, leaving $60,000 to invest.
In ten years we could expect that to be about $129,535.   

That's a darn expensive car!

Moderately expensive compared to a Bugatti. Ore Ferrari. ;)=

Or even just higher end luxury cars, doesn't even have to be something special. Examples: Audi A8 W12 - $138k, BMW 750I Xdrive - $97k, Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD Platinum - $95k, Lexus LS 600H - $120k, Mercedes S600 - $169k.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14219 on: July 28, 2016, 08:10:01 AM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers.

$50,000 to $75,000 is MODERATELY expensive for a new car?  Really?

If it costs 4 to 6 times the price of a perfectly good new car, it's not moderately expensive in my book.  It's insanely expensive!

A $75,000 car for 10 years averages to $7,500 per year assuming a cash or 0% interest purchase.

I could buy a perfectly good new car for just 2 years of that cost and be investing $7,500 a year for the next 8 years!

At 8% compounded annually, that's about $79,776 in savings!

Or, to make it a more fair comparison, let's assume we have $75,000 in cash to buy the car and only spend $15,000, leaving $60,000 to invest.
In ten years we could expect that to be about $129,535.   

That's a darn expensive car!

Moderately expensive compared to a Bugatti. Ore Ferrari. ;)=

Or even just higher end luxury cars, doesn't even have to be something special. Examples: Audi A8 W12 - $138k, BMW 750I Xdrive - $97k, Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD Platinum - $95k, Lexus LS 600H - $120k, Mercedes S600 - $169k.

Exactly.  Some dude worth high 7/low eight figures who chooses to drive an E-class Mercedes instead of an S600 or Maybach is the same, to me, as a $100k/yr "Mustachian" who choses a $12k Honda Fit instead of a $25k Accord or $35k Pilot.  No it's not the absolute cheapest option, but it's way under what they could afford to spend.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14220 on: July 28, 2016, 09:11:10 AM »
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?

No matter how many times I use that line I still get a little thrill of being a laconic badass. It has that real "Then we'll fight in the shade" ring to it.


I get similar comments about rain every time I show up on a motorcycle.  Though I get to say "You may be right." and have Billy Joel playing in my head. :D

Taking my 2 year old out of the car in the rain with my MIL and FIL in the car too.

MIL - "Oh no, it's raining... She'll get wet. " (as I start to take out my daughter)
Me - "It's okay, we got one of the water proof kids."

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« Reply #14221 on: July 28, 2016, 09:23:38 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?!?

By making the best butter chicken in the world.

Well then, apparently our moms need to have a butter chicken cook off and see who will really hold the belt.  :)

Btw, my mom asked me to come over after work to help with a few things. She has butter chicken ready for me to eat for dinner!!!

Lucky guy, living the good life. :)

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« Reply #14222 on: July 28, 2016, 09:25:04 AM »

Yeah it's not a terrible difficult dish to make. I haven't seen the NYT recipe, but just in case, here are some things my mom does

1. Marinate chicken in yogurt
2. take chicken out and broil
3. Then add broiled chicken to the sauce
4. Add heavy whipping cream (believe this is her last step)

Ahh, see - now I know my Mom's is better - Here is my Mom's steps -

1. Marinate chicken in yogurt
2. take chicken out and broil
3. Then add broiled chicken to the sauce
4. Add heavy whipping cream (believe this is her last step)
5. ADD LOTS OF PYAAR*!


*pyaar - hindi for love. Love is the key ingredient to a delicious meal! :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14223 on: July 28, 2016, 09:42:25 AM »
Of course, getting drenched and then going into hyper-chilled work setting in wet clothes is no comfy. But that's what raincoats and umbrellas are for - I had neither ....
This, 1000 times. I keep spare clothes at work in case of office spills. But they don't help me at all until after the hour-long freezing-cold train ride. If it's rainy enough to get through my trench coat, an umbrella won't help. On these days, I take the long way to work (2 hours) because it's better than being soaking wet and cold for 90 minutes. (The commuter train station is a 20 minute walk, but the El station is only 2 blocks so I don't get nearly as wet if I run.)

Being desert-born and bred, I used to adore taking walks in the rain--the heavier the better. But that was when I could go right back inside and change and get all the way dry.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14224 on: July 28, 2016, 09:46:14 AM »
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?

No matter how many times I use that line I still get a little thrill of being a laconic badass. It has that real "Then we'll fight in the shade" ring to it.


I get similar comments about rain every time I show up on a motorcycle.  Though I get to say "You may be right." and have Billy Joel playing in my head. :D

Taking my 2 year old out of the car in the rain with my MIL and FIL in the car too.

MIL - "Oh no, it's raining... She'll get wet. " (as I start to take out my daughter)
Me - "It's okay, we got one of the water proof kids."

Good one. I sometimes wonder why we are so averse to being out in the rain. As an adult, it has usually been about how my hair will look post-rain. Of course, getting drenched and then going into hyper-chilled work setting in wet clothes is no comfy. But that's what raincoats and umbrellas are for - I had neither ....

Wet clothes is the answer. Unless they're wool, they're uncomfortable in most settings. Raincoats make me sweat. Umbrellas are good though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14225 on: July 28, 2016, 10:06:03 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.

What a jerk!  Of course, I hope the paralegal will still have a job if her attorney is no longer there.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14226 on: July 28, 2016, 10:22:08 AM »

Thanks for the tip!  I have all those spices...just need to give it a shot!

Let us know how it turns out.

Also, please bear in mind that it won't taste the same as you'll find in restaurants and at the wedding you went to. Most restaurants I've been to use way too much just the right amount of butter and cream.

Fixed that for you...

I only use 1 cup cream no matter how much I'm making because I get the shelf stable cream from trader joes (cheaper per oz than a fresh pint and can have on hand at random
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I also use boneless skinless chicken breast cut into tiny cubes instead of the bone-in thighs.  Just personal preference.  Small cubes cook much faster and have greater surface area per lb to absorb marinade
What is this magic??

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« Reply #14227 on: July 28, 2016, 10:27:14 AM »
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Exactly.  Some dude worth high 7/low eight figures who chooses to drive an E-class Mercedes instead of an S600 or Maybach is the same, to me, as a $100k/yr "Mustachian" who choses a $12k Honda Fit instead of a $25k Accord or $35k Pilot.  No it's not the absolute cheapest option, but it's way under what they could afford to spend.

This brings up an interesting question.

What about the "$100k/yr mustachian" who is worth 7 figures?

One refers to income, the other refers to net worth.

It's interesting to see what people think you should drive, based on how old you are, how much you make, and what your net worth is.

I'm sure most people think we should be driving *much* nicer cars, and these are people who have no idea of our net worth.

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« Reply #14228 on: July 28, 2016, 10:31:35 AM »
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Exactly.  Some dude worth high 7/low eight figures who chooses to drive an E-class Mercedes instead of an S600 or Maybach is the same, to me, as a $100k/yr "Mustachian" who choses a $12k Honda Fit instead of a $25k Accord or $35k Pilot.  No it's not the absolute cheapest option, but it's way under what they could afford to spend.

This brings up an interesting question.

What about the "$100k/yr mustachian" who is worth 7 figures?

One refers to income, the other refers to net worth.

It's interesting to see what people think you should drive, based on how old you are, how much you make, and what your net worth is.

I'm sure most people think we should be driving *much* nicer cars, and these are people who have no idea of our net worth.

The used E-class?

Or more likely, the used Lexus since it is more reliable.

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« Reply #14229 on: July 28, 2016, 10:57:52 AM »
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Exactly.  Some dude worth high 7/low eight figures who chooses to drive an E-class Mercedes instead of an S600 or Maybach is the same, to me, as a $100k/yr "Mustachian" who choses a $12k Honda Fit instead of a $25k Accord or $35k Pilot.  No it's not the absolute cheapest option, but it's way under what they could afford to spend.

This brings up an interesting question.

What about the "$100k/yr mustachian" who is worth 7 figures?

One refers to income, the other refers to net worth.

It's interesting to see what people think you should drive, based on how old you are, how much you make, and what your net worth is.

I'm sure most people think we should be driving *much* nicer cars, and these are people who have no idea of our net worth.

I'm a huge car nut, so I think you should drive what makes you happy (within your reasonable means). 

I don't ascribe "good choice" or "bad choice" to cars, I ascribe it to situations and preferences.  I think an enthusiast who gets a lot of happiness from driving a $40k BMW 3-series is making a very good choice, and a person who is a status seeker and a "badge whore" who spends $40k to drive a BMW 3-series (while knowing nothing about the car beyond the badge) is making a very bad choice, even if their financial situations are identical.  The zillionaire who buys the latest Ferrari and drives it 500 miles and leaves it in his garage to collect dust is acting foolishly, while the guy who pours his heart and soul and scrimps and saves and sacrifices so he can have a ratty old Ferrari is maximizing his happiness (I see both daily on the FerrariChat web site).

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« Reply #14230 on: July 28, 2016, 11:14:35 AM »
I only use 1 cup cream no matter how much I'm making because I get the shelf stable cream from trader joes (cheaper per oz than a fresh pint and can have on hand at random
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I also use boneless skinless chicken breast cut into tiny cubes instead of the bone-in thighs.  Just personal preference.  Small cubes cook much faster and have greater surface area per lb to absorb marinade
What is this magic??

Welcome to the rest of the western world.  It's UHT. (If you are not familiar with UHT, once open, it needs to go in the fridge - which is a good reason to just use the whole container in this case.)
http://www.thekitchn.com/new-product-trader-joes-shelf-stable-whipping-cream-177946

Bringing back to the topic, UHT half&half at work is great, because then the office manager just buys in bulk and doesn't need to worry about keeping the fridge stocked on a weekly basis.

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« Reply #14231 on: July 28, 2016, 11:41:09 AM »
They don't have a website, so here's their Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/five-faces-ice-cream-shop-chicago . Hubs and I sometimes go there for lunch on Saturdays since we're in the area for the farmers market anyway.
ETA: Spoiler alert, they're not an ice cream shop.

Will be in Chicago next month so I may have to stop by this place.

Regarding cars, some people think cars have one purpose - to get you from point A to point B.  Other people feel that cars provide more.  If people don't agree on what a car's purpose is, then it is challenging for them to agree on its value.


If I was worth 8 figures with a nice yearly income, I would have a ferrari to park in my garage.  I would go in the garage and stare at it everyday just as people stare at art that hangs on the wall.  I would just personally have this artwork sitting in the garage.

Some kids like to collect (not play with) Hot Wheels.  ;)

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« Reply #14232 on: July 28, 2016, 11:46:50 AM »
Welcome to the rest of the western world.  It's UHT. (If you are not familiar with UHT, once open, it needs to go in the fridge - which is a good reason to just use the whole container in this case.)
http://www.thekitchn.com/new-product-trader-joes-shelf-stable-whipping-cream-177946

Bringing back to the topic, UHT half&half at work is great, because then the office manager just buys in bulk and doesn't need to worry about keeping the fridge stocked on a weekly basis.

Once open, does it have a longer fridge life than regular milk?

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« Reply #14233 on: July 28, 2016, 12:02:31 PM »

Some kids like to collect (not play with) Hot Wheels.  ;)

Not just kids :-).

A buddy of mine runs a retail business. His neighbor sells Hot Wheels and my friend says that it appears he's doing very well for himself.

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« Reply #14234 on: July 28, 2016, 12:03:13 PM »
They don't have a website, so here's their Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/five-faces-ice-cream-shop-chicago . Hubs and I sometimes go there for lunch on Saturdays since we're in the area for the farmers market anyway.
ETA: Spoiler alert, they're not an ice cream shop.

I must have gone past that place a zillion times. Will try them out this weekend.

I thought the farmers' market is a joke.....minimum selection and overpriced produce.

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« Reply #14235 on: July 28, 2016, 12:07:28 PM »

Some kids like to collect (not play with) Hot Wheels.  ;)

Not just kids :-).

A buddy of mine runs a retail business. His neighbor sells Hot Wheels and my friend says that it appears he's doing very well for himself.

Yup.  No trip to the grocery or Target is complete without a glance at the Hot Wheels to see if there is something cool there.  I'm slowly corrupting my daughter and nephew as well, $.97 at a time. 


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14236 on: July 28, 2016, 12:10:58 PM »

Some kids like to collect (not play with) Hot Wheels.  ;)

Not just kids :-).

A buddy of mine runs a retail business. His neighbor sells Hot Wheels and my friend says that it appears he's doing very well for himself.

Yup.  No trip to the grocery or Target is complete without a glance at the Hot Wheels to see if there is something cool there.  I'm slowly corrupting my daughter and nephew as well, $.97 at a time. 



I think you may actually have hit on something here.  I had zero interest in hot wheels as a kid (mostly because my male cousins used them as weapons on each other), and I have more or less zero interest in cars.  I do like driving a manual and changing my own oil, and enjoy having a clean/detailed car, but am not at all a brand whore or appreciative of cars that cost more than my little manual Honda did.  Said male cousins work as mechanics.

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« Reply #14237 on: July 28, 2016, 12:15:30 PM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers.

$50,000 to $75,000 is MODERATELY expensive for a new car?  Really?

If it costs 4 to 6 times the price of a perfectly good new car, it's not moderately expensive in my book.  It's insanely expensive!

A $75,000 car for 10 years averages to $7,500 per year assuming a cash or 0% interest purchase.

I could buy a perfectly good new car for just 2 years of that cost and be investing $7,500 a year for the next 8 years!

At 8% compounded annually, that's about $79,776 in savings!

Or, to make it a more fair comparison, let's assume we have $75,000 in cash to buy the car and only spend $15,000, leaving $60,000 to invest.
In ten years we could expect that to be about $129,535.   

That's a darn expensive car!

Moderately expensive compared to a Bugatti. Ore Ferrari. ;)=

Or even just higher end luxury cars, doesn't even have to be something special. Examples: Audi A8 W12 - $138k, BMW 750I Xdrive - $97k, Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD Platinum - $95k, Lexus LS 600H - $120k, Mercedes S600 - $169k.
I can't believe people pay this much for new cars these days. You can find perfectly good A8/750/S550 that's a few years old with low miles for 30-40k.

 

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« Reply #14238 on: July 28, 2016, 12:18:54 PM »
They don't have a website, so here's their Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/five-faces-ice-cream-shop-chicago . Hubs and I sometimes go there for lunch on Saturdays since we're in the area for the farmers market anyway.
ETA: Spoiler alert, they're not an ice cream shop.

I must have gone past that place a zillion times. Will try them out this weekend.

I thought the farmers' market is a joke.....minimum selection and overpriced produce.
Where do you usually get your produce? My only other realistic options (i.e., not requiring public transportation) are WF, which is way more expensive and not as fresh. Or my local Jewel which is laughably terrible--like moldy-on-the-shelf terrible. Oh and Target, which costs almost as much as WF (convenience tax) but is almost as bad as the Jewel in quality.

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« Reply #14239 on: July 28, 2016, 12:29:15 PM »
They don't have a website, so here's their Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/five-faces-ice-cream-shop-chicago . Hubs and I sometimes go there for lunch on Saturdays since we're in the area for the farmers market anyway.
ETA: Spoiler alert, they're not an ice cream shop.

I must have gone past that place a zillion times. Will try them out this weekend.

I thought the farmers' market is a joke.....minimum selection and overpriced produce.
Where do you usually get your produce? My only other realistic options (i.e., not requiring public transportation) are WF, which is way more expensive and not as fresh. Or my local Jewel which is laughably terrible--like moldy-on-the-shelf terrible. Oh and Target, which costs almost as much as WF (convenience tax) but is almost as bad as the Jewel in quality.
Aldi and local ethnic stores - I take public transportation...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14240 on: July 28, 2016, 12:34:08 PM »
Finally, a story I can share...

Struggling former co-worker/ recent grad stopped in today. She  recently left her (part time) job at my company to take a part-time one-year grant project job which pays under 30K for the year. She brought a dozen donuts with her -- from a new gourmet bakery in town. The cost for the dozen? $35!!! She said she was surprised by the total cost of her order, but "oh well, it's payday..."

This is in a small, midwestern, not particularly HCOL city.

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« Reply #14241 on: July 28, 2016, 12:38:10 PM »
s. I know personally very rich people who drive old Mercedes or old Volvo and do not care about car brand because they are excited for their life and success, for their families and friends and they do not need to show that to others. (Others see it anyway, lol)

How do you think rich people get old Mercedes and Volvos?  By buying new ones a long time ago.  My experience with old money/wealthy people, and I grew up in a place with lots of them, is that they would buy moderately expensive cars (think $50-75k in current money) and keep them like 10 years.  Lots of Mercedes and Volvos (esp. wagons in both brands), as well as high-end American cars and large American SUVs.  And Toyota Land Cruisers, stealthy rich people LOVE Land Cruisers.

$50,000 to $75,000 is MODERATELY expensive for a new car?  Really?

If it costs 4 to 6 times the price of a perfectly good new car, it's not moderately expensive in my book.  It's insanely expensive!

A $75,000 car for 10 years averages to $7,500 per year assuming a cash or 0% interest purchase.

I could buy a perfectly good new car for just 2 years of that cost and be investing $7,500 a year for the next 8 years!

At 8% compounded annually, that's about $79,776 in savings!

Or, to make it a more fair comparison, let's assume we have $75,000 in cash to buy the car and only spend $15,000, leaving $60,000 to invest.
In ten years we could expect that to be about $129,535.   

That's a darn expensive car!

Moderately expensive compared to a Bugatti. Ore Ferrari. ;)=

Or even just higher end luxury cars, doesn't even have to be something special. Examples: Audi A8 W12 - $138k, BMW 750I Xdrive - $97k, Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD Platinum - $95k, Lexus LS 600H - $120k, Mercedes S600 - $169k.
I can't believe people pay this much for new cars these days. You can find perfectly good A8/750/S550 that's a few years old with low miles for 30-40k.

Honestly most of those cars are leased.  And really, I know you guys all don't want to hear it, but really if you want to drive a newer one of these cars all the time, leasing really is the way to go.

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« Reply #14242 on: July 28, 2016, 12:52:41 PM »
They don't have a website, so here's their Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/five-faces-ice-cream-shop-chicago . Hubs and I sometimes go there for lunch on Saturdays since we're in the area for the farmers market anyway.
ETA: Spoiler alert, they're not an ice cream shop.

I must have gone past that place a zillion times. Will try them out this weekend.

I thought the farmers' market is a joke.....minimum selection and overpriced produce.
Where do you usually get your produce? My only other realistic options (i.e., not requiring public transportation) are WF, which is way more expensive and not as fresh. Or my local Jewel which is laughably terrible--like moldy-on-the-shelf terrible. Oh and Target, which costs almost as much as WF (convenience tax) but is almost as bad as the Jewel in quality.

Are you anywhere near a Pete's, Trader Joe's, Aldi, or Ethnic Grocery? We have a car so we just go to Mariano's or Costco, both of which I love.

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« Reply #14243 on: July 28, 2016, 12:57:20 PM »
They don't have a website, so here's their Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/five-faces-ice-cream-shop-chicago . Hubs and I sometimes go there for lunch on Saturdays since we're in the area for the farmers market anyway.
ETA: Spoiler alert, they're not an ice cream shop.

I must have gone past that place a zillion times. Will try them out this weekend.

I thought the farmers' market is a joke.....minimum selection and overpriced produce.
Where do you usually get your produce? My only other realistic options (i.e., not requiring public transportation) are WF, which is way more expensive and not as fresh. Or my local Jewel which is laughably terrible--like moldy-on-the-shelf terrible. Oh and Target, which costs almost as much as WF (convenience tax) but is almost as bad as the Jewel in quality.

Are you anywhere near a Pete's, Trader Joe's, Aldi, or Ethnic Grocery? We have a car so we just go to Mariano's or Costco, both of which I love.

Or you might be better served by ordering from one of the grocery delivery services. I don't know what their prices and quality are like, but I imagine that they can't be more expensive than WF.

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« Reply #14244 on: July 28, 2016, 01:10:55 PM »
They don't have a website, so here's their Yelp page: www.yelp.com/biz/five-faces-ice-cream-shop-chicago . Hubs and I sometimes go there for lunch on Saturdays since we're in the area for the farmers market anyway.
ETA: Spoiler alert, they're not an ice cream shop.

I must have gone past that place a zillion times. Will try them out this weekend.

I thought the farmers' market is a joke.....minimum selection and overpriced produce.
Where do you usually get your produce? My only other realistic options (i.e., not requiring public transportation) are WF, which is way more expensive and not as fresh. Or my local Jewel which is laughably terrible--like moldy-on-the-shelf terrible. Oh and Target, which costs almost as much as WF (convenience tax) but is almost as bad as the Jewel in quality.
Aldi and local ethnic stores - I take public transportation...
I've never been terribly impressed with Aldi's produce. Ethnic stores are almost always worth a trip--any specific recommendations? I love Devon Market up in Roger's Park, but it's kinda way too far for any sort of regular shopping trip.

There's a TJs near us too, but it's tiny so the selection is extremely minimal. And mostly involves 5 lb bags rather than individual items (which will mostly rot before I can use it).

I adore Mariano's. The nearest one is a mile away--that's pretty much where my produce comes from November through April. Walking is really the only way to get there, so carrying capacity is limited. I haven't been in a while--I wonder if they've been affected by the Kroger buyout.

I'm pretty happy with the farmers market--which is a little under a mile from me. The produce is high quality and generally much fresher than at a store, and I can get exactly as much as I need. I get much of my beef from one of the vendors there as well--again, pricey, but better than Jewel and cheaper than WF. Plus it's in the same direction as a lot of my other weekend errands, so I can get several things done at once. Mariano's is exactly the wrong direction for anything except grocery shopping.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14245 on: July 28, 2016, 01:13:40 PM »
Where do you usually get your produce? My only other realistic options (i.e., not requiring public transportation) are WF, which is way more expensive and not as fresh. Or my local Jewel which is laughably terrible--like moldy-on-the-shelf terrible. Oh and Target, which costs almost as much as WF (convenience tax) but is almost as bad as the Jewel in quality.
Patel Brothers is my usual place, apart from the friendly farmer's market family-owned place.
http://www.patelbros.com/locations.html

House of Spices also has a few locations in major US cities.

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« Reply #14246 on: July 28, 2016, 04:25:41 PM »
Had a great one at work today. Co-worker (salary ~$160K) was bitching about how their monthly expenses were so high. I told him one thing that helped us was to identify big spending categories with the credit card annual report, and then make adjustments like making food at home instead of going to restaurants.

"Well, my wife doesn't really cook."
 
SHE STAYS HOME ALL DAY. Well, I guess she does exert some effort picking out what SUV she wants to buy to replace the current one that is a couple years old. The new one is only $65K!

I feel bad for the guy, he drives over an hour to work every day to earn a high salary so she can spend it. Sad.

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« Reply #14247 on: July 28, 2016, 05:58:20 PM »

Some kids like to collect (not play with) Hot Wheels.  ;)

Not just kids :-).

A buddy of mine runs a retail business. His neighbor sells Hot Wheels and my friend says that it appears he's doing very well for himself.

Yup.  No trip to the grocery or Target is complete without a glance at the Hot Wheels to see if there is something cool there.  I'm slowly corrupting my daughter and nephew as well, $.97 at a time. 


Funny, my 4 year old just got a box of 50 from grandpa for his birthday.
Or was that Matchbox?
Eh, one of them.

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« Reply #14248 on: July 29, 2016, 02:38:16 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.


Here you go.

Edited to add: make sure you pronounce it "pou-TEEN", not "pou-TEN". Or you might get a surprise you don't like.
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« Reply #14249 on: July 29, 2016, 02:43:28 AM »
Here's one from my old job:

Coworker:   Do you think $50 is too much to pay for a t-shirt?
Me:  Um, probably.   Who's it for?
Her:   My ten-year-old niece.
Me:  Yikes!   Is the shirt really cool-looking?
Her:  Not really - it's plain white.
Me:   In that case, yes, $50 is way too much.
Her:  But it's from The Gap!
Me:   I still think that's a really expensive shirt for a ten-year-old.
Her:   (Flouncing away) Ohhh, what do YOU know?