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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14250 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14251 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 #14252 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14253 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 #14254 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14255 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14256 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14257 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14258 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?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14259 on: July 29, 2016, 05:52:20 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.

Ah, the marketing budgets have paid off.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14260 on: July 29, 2016, 06:01:11 AM »
I just spoke to the attorney recruiter - she was lamenting about her Treasure Island beach house got flooded in the recent rains. Her permanent residence is in Dunedin, the same county and a 30 minutes drive north -.-

I attached a map for further face palming.

More like 35 minutes drive - oh the horror :)

And to lament that your property flooded during a rain event on the flat-as-a-pancake beach/peninsula shows that they don't know that most ground elevations out there are between 4 and 6 feet above sea level. With normal high tides reaching 2.5-3 feet every day, I wonder what happens to all that rain water when it hits the high tide at all the outfall locations. We got about 5 inches of rain last Thursday in about an hour. Flooding happens on the beach regularly, and that is just from rain event. Storm tides can get much much higher (Category 1 hurricane can be 6-8 feet above the tide).


Tides for Clearwater Beach starting with July 29, 2016.

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F   29      Low   1:49 AM     1.6   6:53 AM    Rise  2:52 AM      29
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14261 on: July 29, 2016, 07:35:29 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?
Wow, did I miss a business calling! Selling a plain white kid's t-shirt for $50?! Someone is getting rich.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14262 on: July 29, 2016, 08:12:53 AM »
Here's one from my old job:
Coworker:   Do you think $50 is too much to pay for a t-shirt?

For a plain white tshirt - I'm willing to pay more if it is actually opaque.  (Likely less of an issue for a 10yr old, I agree)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14263 on: July 29, 2016, 08:23:12 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?

My guess would be yes, but I've never tested it. 

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« Reply #14264 on: July 29, 2016, 08:28:19 AM »
Here's one from my old job:
Coworker:   Do you think $50 is too much to pay for a t-shirt?

For a plain white tshirt - I'm willing to pay more if it is actually opaque.  (Likely less of an issue for a 10yr old, I agree)

Maybe on that particular issue, but I've happily spent money buying clothes for my daughter that weren't...offensive compared to the hand-me-downs we got. Not $50 t-shirts though...just a bunch of plain shirts mostly from the "boy's" section at Kohl's.

(It's astonishing what sorts of things people put young girls in.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14265 on: July 29, 2016, 08:32:38 AM »

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

My guess would be yes, but I've never tested it.

With UHT milk it goes off just the same as normal milk once opened. The only difference is you can store it at room temperature for a long time beforehand. Once opened, treat as fresh.

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« Reply #14266 on: July 29, 2016, 09:17:41 AM »
Here's one from my old job:
Coworker:   Do you think $50 is too much to pay for a t-shirt?

For a plain white tshirt - I'm willing to pay more if it is actually opaque.  (Likely less of an issue for a 10yr old, I agree)


Side benefit of switching from bras to camisole tank tops is I no longer have to think about this (sorry if TMI, but there's a long bra thread just now where it came up). My previous solution was to wear black shirts instead of white. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14267 on: July 29, 2016, 09:59:52 AM »
Here's one from my old job:
Coworker:   Do you think $50 is too much to pay for a t-shirt?

For a plain white tshirt - I'm willing to pay more if it is actually opaque.  (Likely less of an issue for a 10yr old, I agree)


Side benefit of switching from bras to camisole tank tops is I no longer have to think about this (sorry if TMI, but there's a long bra thread just now where it came up). My previous solution was to wear black shirts instead of white. :)

It's also a wonderful benefit of not giving a f***. Although camisole tops are more appropriate in public than my solution :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14268 on: July 29, 2016, 10:04:58 AM »
Last week at work: the dude who is divorcing (very beginning of the process) but decided to buy a $30,000 boat.

I have a feeling he may come to regret this decision.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14269 on: July 29, 2016, 10:07:41 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?
Wow, did I miss a business calling! Selling a plain white kid's t-shirt for $50?! Someone is getting rich.

Sounds like she was looking for validation.

On a side note, I think it's stupid to buy white things for kids. They will likely spill on them at some point.

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« Reply #14270 on: July 29, 2016, 10:08:48 AM »
Last week at work: the dude who is divorcing (very beginning of the process) but decided to buy a $30,000 boat.

I have a feeling he may come to regret this decision.

They do say that the two happiest moments occur the day you buy a boat and the day you sell it.

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« Reply #14271 on: July 29, 2016, 10:15:47 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?
Wow, did I miss a business calling! Selling a plain white kid's t-shirt for $50?! Someone is getting rich.

It kills me walking through a mall and seeing how much an article of clothing gets marked up simply for having a brand stamped on it, or just being sold in that store.  One of my first jobs was security at a high-end mall in California.  They had Nordstroms, Hugo Boss, BCBG, three GAPs, Aberchrombie & Fitch and a dozen other big-name stores selling clothes. After my first paycheck I went to the Sears at the same mall and bought a solid green t-shirt for $10.  I felt great about it every time I thought about that mall because I'm certain I saw the same shirt in one of those stores just with their logo for at least $30.

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« Reply #14272 on: July 29, 2016, 10:49:02 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?

www.jiffyshirts.com

I think I got this from the forums here, years ago.  It's my go-to place for my boys (husband and boys 10 and 4)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14273 on: July 29, 2016, 11:48:47 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.

 Well, I fit the profile.
I don't know what people think I should drive. Probably think I should drive what I have, because they don't
know my finances.
I do drive a 97 Toyota truck, we have a 2001 Avalon that we only drive a couple times a year and a 
2007 business van, (upgraded from a 97 a year ago).
  We did have a who has the most Mustachian car contest a while back, I was far from being a winner :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14274 on: July 29, 2016, 12:00:51 PM »
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Sounds like she was looking for validation.

Yup.    Mind you, this is the same girl who once announced "If I ever have kids, they'll wear nothing but designer clothes."  I said "Okay - there are some consignment stores where you can get gently used designer clothes for babies."    Her:   "USED clothes?    Ewwww, no way!"

She also taught her then-5-year-old niece to say "I want Gucci" because she thought it was cute.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14275 on: July 29, 2016, 01:12:11 PM »
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?

www.jiffyshirts.com

I think I got this from the forums here, years ago.  It's my go-to place for my boys (husband and boys 10 and 4)

How good are the quality for men's undershirts (both black and white one)? I've been meaning to get some black undershirts but haven't pulled the trigger and some (translation, nearly all) of my white undershirts are starting to show wear and tear.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14276 on: July 29, 2016, 01:41:04 PM »
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?

www.jiffyshirts.com

I think I got this from the forums here, years ago.  It's my go-to place for my boys (husband and boys 10 and 4)

How good are the quality for men's undershirts (both black and white one)? I've been meaning to get some black undershirts but haven't pulled the trigger and some (translation, nearly all) of my white undershirts are starting to show wear and tear.

the fit on the majority of those shirts looks questionable.    YMMV


@Shalamar - yikes!  She's may be in a world of hurt when that girl becomes 12-13 and argues all day about wanting designer this and designer that to keep up with her friends and all her followers on social media.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14277 on: July 29, 2016, 09:07:14 PM »

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

My guess would be yes, but I've never tested it.

With UHT milk it goes off just the same as normal milk once opened. The only difference is you can store it at room temperature for a long time beforehand. Once opened, treat as fresh.

My experience with the TJ's shelf-stable cream has been that it'll keep for at least 2 weeks in the back of the fridge.

Oh! And always make sure to shake the carton to redistribute the butterfat.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14278 on: July 30, 2016, 04:53:39 AM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14279 on: July 30, 2016, 06:51:44 AM »
"I'm debt free!"
"You told me today you owe your mom $1000"
"That doesn't count"
"Of course it counts"
"No it doesn't, I owe her for holiday flights, they don't count"

This reminds me of a conversation a friend and I had but in reverse. Last September, my assets minus debt/liabilities was -30,000$. Recent university graduate with loans, single parent  (I was seventeen when I became a father). Poor financial and life choices.

In March, I told my dear friend: "I'm excited. I'm up to -15,000 networth."
DF: "Shouldn't the number be higher?" (A smaller negative.)
Me: "Why?"
DF: "For that -30,000 you included car debt but now your car is paid off and you could consider it an asset. So -10,000$?"
Me: "Oh :O. You make a good point."

I am at approximately -3,000 now.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14280 on: July 30, 2016, 07:42:09 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.

Sounds like someone might have a gambling or drug addiction???

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14281 on: July 30, 2016, 11:06:37 PM »


"Well, my wife doesn't really cook."

I'm serious curious, when they met did she cook on occasion? I'm a guy and I cook well enough to make 80+% of my meals and simply cannot understand two adults living together and neither of them cooking or bothering to learn how to cook.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14282 on: July 30, 2016, 11:41:01 PM »
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.

There's a reason they're so cheap after only a few years - "perfectly good" isn't how I would describe them.

Apart from dozens of small things that like to fail randomly which each cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to fix, the big ticket items are essentially considered unrepairable by any dealer, and you're highly unlikely to find affordable reman options or remanufacturers who will reman the parts for a reasonable cost. A $30k car that has a 12-cylinder engine in it will cost more to fix a relatively simple engine or transmission issue than an outright replacement of the corresponding engine or transmission on a fast-as-fuck american v8 for the same used price. Eg, if your S550 with only 20k miles on it develops a misfire or leaking rear seal or failing timing chain, your total bill will likely be more than a newly re-machined, built, and installed LS engine.

"Ticking timebomb" is what I would call them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14283 on: July 31, 2016, 12:23:13 PM »

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

My guess would be yes, but I've never tested it.

With UHT milk it goes off just the same as normal milk once opened. The only difference is you can store it at room temperature for a long time beforehand. Once opened, treat as fresh.

There is research that suggests that UHT milk actually goes off slightly faster once it is opened than fresh milk.  Natural fermentation in the fresh milk provides a degree of protection against the spoilage bugs.  Whereas the lactobacilli that cause the fermentation have been killed by the UHT process, leaving the milk more vulnerable to other bacteria.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14284 on: July 31, 2016, 02:51:01 PM »

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

My guess would be yes, but I've never tested it.


With UHT milk it goes off just the same as normal milk once opened. The only difference is you can store it at room temperature for a long time beforehand. Once opened, treat as fresh.

There is research that suggests that UHT milk actually goes off slightly faster once it is opened than fresh milk.  Natural fermentation in the fresh milk provides a degree of protection against the spoilage bugs.  Whereas the lactobacilli that cause the fermentation have been killed by the UHT process, leaving the milk more vulnerable to other bacteria.
But the advantage of UHT is that it tastes the same when it has gone off.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14285 on: July 31, 2016, 03:04:36 PM »


Is it weird that at first glance I thought this was a condom meme?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14286 on: July 31, 2016, 04:09:26 PM »


Is it weird that at first glance I thought this was a condom meme?


Ha!  I thought the same thing.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14287 on: July 31, 2016, 04:34:40 PM »


Is it weird that at first glance I thought this was a condom meme?


Ha!  I thought the same thing.

 As did I!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14288 on: July 31, 2016, 05:28:03 PM »
Notwithstanding having a box of hot wheels cars and several different tracks (some with loop-de-loops) I managed to avoid the whole car tinkering hobby thing that afflicts boys later in life.

Some do grow out of it :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14289 on: August 01, 2016, 07:13:45 AM »
Notwithstanding having a box of hot wheels cars and several different tracks (some with loop-de-loops) I managed to avoid the whole car tinkering hobby thing that afflicts boys later in life.

Some do grow out of it :)

I'm sorry for your loss.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14290 on: August 01, 2016, 11:26:48 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?

www.jiffyshirts.com

I think I got this from the forums here, years ago.  It's my go-to place for my boys (husband and boys 10 and 4)

How good are the quality for men's undershirts (both black and white one)? I've been meaning to get some black undershirts but haven't pulled the trigger and some (translation, nearly all) of my white undershirts are starting to show wear and tear.
Hm. I don't know.  Thus far I've purchased the Gildan cotton shirts for my husband and boys.  I have purchased the solid colors for outerwear, not the undershirts.  And they fit just fine.  But we aren't looking for fitted, we are looking for just regular shirts.  My husband is tall, (and long waisted), and the XL's are fine as long as he doesn't put them in the dryer.  (Or they will shrink to be too short).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14291 on: August 01, 2016, 12:45:37 PM »
Notwithstanding having a box of hot wheels cars and several different tracks (some with loop-de-loops) I managed to avoid the whole car tinkering hobby thing that afflicts boys later in life.

Some do grow out of it :)

I'm sorry for your loss.

As am I, sorry for your loss.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14292 on: August 02, 2016, 01:13:51 AM »
Notwithstanding having a box of hot wheels cars and several different tracks (some with loop-de-loops) I managed to avoid the whole car tinkering hobby thing that afflicts boys later in life.

Some do grow out of it :)

I'm sorry for your loss.

As am I, sorry for your loss.

Hehehehehehehehehehe....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14293 on: August 02, 2016, 08:27:35 PM »
Boss is a pack a day smoker.

His wife is on him to give up smoking for budget reasons (I estimate it's costing him more than $7k per year), and for his health.

Boss doesn't want to quit, so instead has taken to brushing his teeth before leaving work in the hope that his wife won't notice he's still smoking.

She would have to be blind and anosmic to not notice.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14294 on: August 02, 2016, 08:34:27 PM »
Wow, did I miss a business calling! Selling a plain white kid's t-shirt for $50?! Someone is getting rich.

I hope it was merino wool.

I'm tempted to spend quite a bit of money to get more of those shirts. I got one long sleeved one... and man. I have drank. the. cool. aid.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14295 on: August 03, 2016, 07:17:56 AM »
She would have to be blind and anosmic to not notice.

I think this is a real disconnect for a lot of smokers.  They are so accustomed to the smell that they literally don't notice it.  When my wife explained to my MIL that the reason we don't bring coats into her home is because anything we bring into her home smells like smoke when we leave, my MIL refused to believe it and tried to pass it off as my wife being dramatic.  I had to jump in and confirm that, yes, everything we bring into the home smells like smoke when we leave, even if it is just a few hours and even if MIL opened the windows and sprayed air freshener before we arrived.  It's much easier and less expensive to bring as little as possible into her home than to wash or dry-clean everything after the fact.  I'm pretty sure MIL still chooses not to believe it. 

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« Reply #14296 on: August 03, 2016, 08:12:43 AM »
She would have to be blind and anosmic to not notice.

I think this is a real disconnect for a lot of smokers.  They are so accustomed to the smell that they literally don't notice it.  When my wife explained to my MIL that the reason we don't bring coats into her home is because anything we bring into her home smells like smoke when we leave, my MIL refused to believe it and tried to pass it off as my wife being dramatic.  I had to jump in and confirm that, yes, everything we bring into the home smells like smoke when we leave, even if it is just a few hours and even if MIL opened the windows and sprayed air freshener before we arrived.  It's much easier and less expensive to bring as little as possible into her home than to wash or dry-clean everything after the fact.  I'm pretty sure MIL still chooses not to believe it.

Pet smells can be just as bad if the owner doesn't clean. Adding just one indoor cat or a dog (that sheds) to a household creates a good hour a day of extra cleaning.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14297 on: August 03, 2016, 08:18:03 AM »
She would have to be blind and anosmic to not notice.

I think this is a real disconnect for a lot of smokers.  They are so accustomed to the smell that they literally don't notice it.  When my wife explained to my MIL that the reason we don't bring coats into her home is because anything we bring into her home smells like smoke when we leave, my MIL refused to believe it and tried to pass it off as my wife being dramatic.  I had to jump in and confirm that, yes, everything we bring into the home smells like smoke when we leave, even if it is just a few hours and even if MIL opened the windows and sprayed air freshener before we arrived.  It's much easier and less expensive to bring as little as possible into her home than to wash or dry-clean everything after the fact.  I'm pretty sure MIL still chooses not to believe it.

Pet smells can be just as bad if the owner doesn't clean. Adding just one indoor cat or a dog (that sheds) to a household creates a good hour a day of extra cleaning.

Cleaning makes it better, but doesn't get rid of the smell.  If you own a dog you have a smelly dog house. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14298 on: August 03, 2016, 08:29:34 AM »
She would have to be blind and anosmic to not notice.

I think this is a real disconnect for a lot of smokers.  They are so accustomed to the smell that they literally don't notice it.  When my wife explained to my MIL that the reason we don't bring coats into her home is because anything we bring into her home smells like smoke when we leave, my MIL refused to believe it and tried to pass it off as my wife being dramatic.  I had to jump in and confirm that, yes, everything we bring into the home smells like smoke when we leave, even if it is just a few hours and even if MIL opened the windows and sprayed air freshener before we arrived.  It's much easier and less expensive to bring as little as possible into her home than to wash or dry-clean everything after the fact.  I'm pretty sure MIL still chooses not to believe it.

Pet smells can be just as bad if the owner doesn't clean. Adding just one indoor cat or a dog (that sheds) to a household creates a good hour a day of extra cleaning.

Cleaning makes it better, but doesn't get rid of the smell.  If you own a dog you have a smelly dog house.

There are some enzymatic cleaners that really go after the urine stench. I've used them to clean up rentals after a pet owner moves out. They're expensive but they work, and it beats using a steam cleaner which really just spreads the stink around. I find I'm far happier without indoor animals.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14299 on: August 03, 2016, 08:44:49 AM »
She would have to be blind and anosmic to not notice.

I think this is a real disconnect for a lot of smokers.  They are so accustomed to the smell that they literally don't notice it.  When my wife explained to my MIL that the reason we don't bring coats into her home is because anything we bring into her home smells like smoke when we leave, my MIL refused to believe it and tried to pass it off as my wife being dramatic.  I had to jump in and confirm that, yes, everything we bring into the home smells like smoke when we leave, even if it is just a few hours and even if MIL opened the windows and sprayed air freshener before we arrived.  It's much easier and less expensive to bring as little as possible into her home than to wash or dry-clean everything after the fact.  I'm pretty sure MIL still chooses not to believe it.

Pet smells can be just as bad if the owner doesn't clean. Adding just one indoor cat or a dog (that sheds) to a household creates a good hour a day of extra cleaning.

Cleaning makes it better, but doesn't get rid of the smell.  If you own a dog you have a smelly dog house.

Not unless you have a lot of shag-type carpet. My parents house does not smell like dog unless you're sitting next to Ralph's (RIP) bed. But we brushed the dogs outside in the summer every day, and in the winter once a week, and both never had accidents unless they were sick. The house has a lot of tile and thin carpet; my parents vacuum twice a week, swiffer once a week, and shampoo the carpets about twice a year. And this was with Golden Retrievers. And no, it isn't my nose that is accustomed to it (though it is), we've heard from multiple people that if they didn't see the dog bowl and the large furry head that materialized beneath their elbow, they'd not have known a dog lived there.

If you have a cat, probably a better chance of it smelling bad. Cause they pee inside. My parents go to a lot of estate sales--they don't buy nearly anything if it was from a smokers house or a cat-house.

On the other hand, we looked at a house with 3 non-shedding dogs. That house smelled like dog. I just don't understand not cleaning up dirty things--I'm ok with messy, but dirty is gross.