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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14500 on: August 10, 2016, 03:28:38 PM »
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I lost all 4 one by one on my 2003 anti-Clownmobile and the aesthetic always bothered me. Awhile back I called a junkyard to price out replacements. They told me $40 apiece! Once I stopped laughing, I thanked them politely and said the car was just fine the way it was.

Last week I saw a used set at a yard sale and refit my car for $20 total. The price was so low I wondered if they had been pried off somebody's poor car by a desperate teen with a screwdriver.

I can't decide if this was Mustachian or not. I got a great deal, yes, but they are a totally superfluous accessory.

You did fine. I once had a small pickup with steelies. Didn't have the plastic centercap. Went to the junkyard and apparently they were made of gold when i thought they were made of black plastic! something like $20 each for less plastic than a plastic coffee cup. I told them to keep them and went on my merry way. Sold the truck later and still didn't have any center caps. I did spring for some new silver spray paint for the wheels. BIG improvement for less than $10.

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« Reply #14501 on: August 10, 2016, 03:31:46 PM »

"look honey SHE has a Louis Vuitton, why won't you buy ME one" (talking about me)


This is honestly a fear of mine for if (or when) I get married. It's not so much the money aspect (though that is a factor) but the concept that if anyone else has something, then she should get it as well.

Over the 4th I went to a friend's parent's house, they have a house on a beautiful lake. While there I paddleboarded for the first time, and it was fun. The reason I was able to paddleboard is because one of their neighbors wanted one and so two other neighbors went with her to buy them, the first neighbor is the only one that actually uses it. My friend's parents aren't anywhere close to being Mustachians, but they shook their head and said, "They spent $1200 on them."

You better test drive that subject during the dating process!!! I ditched a couple of girlfriends b/c for one reason or another they were not going to be easy people to share a budget with.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14502 on: August 10, 2016, 06:31:18 PM »
I've a 28yo coworker who I consider a closed friend and I've been trying to get him to up his 401k contribution from the preset 4% for the last few months.

Tos morning I asked just for shits and he seriously told me his mom was "looking through his bills" to see how much he could afford to go up to. By the end of the day, he was discussing buying a new Subaru WRX STi($38k).

He does not live with his parents. He owns a house..
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14503 on: August 10, 2016, 08:05:05 PM »

"look honey SHE has a Louis Vuitton, why won't you buy ME one" (talking about me)


This is honestly a fear of mine for if (or when) I get married. It's not so much the money aspect (though that is a factor) but the concept that if anyone else has something, then she should get it as well.


Don't worry, there are plenty of warning signs long before you get married.  For instance, if anyone needs YOU to pay for something for THEM, then that's a warning.  If I want something, I buy it myself and I don't as my SO to buy it for me.

A close relative started dating a year after her husband died (relative is mid-40's). There was one person she was dating for a month or two, maybe more. One day allegedly he asked her if he could borrow 20$ to buy a pack a smokes, his pay day was five days away. Dumped instantly. Super red flag.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14504 on: August 10, 2016, 08:09:30 PM »
I've a 28yo coworker who I consider a closed friend and I've been trying to get him to up his 401k contribution from the preset 4% for the last few months.

Tos morning I asked just for shits and he seriously told me his mom was "looking through his bills" to see how much he could afford to go up to. By the end of the day, he was discussing buying a new Subaru WRX STi($38k).

He does not live with his parents. He owns a house..

Wow. Just... Wow. The day I let my mother go through ANY of my bills is the day I'm legally incapacitated, in which case she's the 4th in line to be able to see to my affairs, as per my will and inaptitude mandate.

Wteverlovingf.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14505 on: August 11, 2016, 07:28:46 AM »

"look honey SHE has a Louis Vuitton, why won't you buy ME one" (talking about me)


This is honestly a fear of mine for if (or when) I get married. It's not so much the money aspect (though that is a factor) but the concept that if anyone else has something, then she should get it as well.

Over the 4th I went to a friend's parent's house, they have a house on a beautiful lake. While there I paddleboarded for the first time, and it was fun. The reason I was able to paddleboard is because one of their neighbors wanted one and so two other neighbors went with her to buy them, the first neighbor is the only one that actually uses it. My friend's parents aren't anywhere close to being Mustachians, but they shook their head and said, "They spent $1200 on them."
Date someone long enough and you can ferret this out ahead of time.

And..OMG. Really.  "Buy one at a yard sale!"  And no response huh?

Oy.

You usually can ferret it out ahead of time but you are also correct that there seems to be a big "I had babies so I'm staying home and not working" mentality.  Sometimes, in the case of a low wage earner, it does make sense due to the cost of daycare being SO high.  This is very common in military couples, the frequent moves, and cost of daycare, do make it a bit difficult to keep solid employment so for some it makes sense.  In our case DH will be working for a number of years after I am done (probably in the 3-5 year range).  However, that is because of the cliff vesting of his pension and medical (3 years) and a personal goal he wants to attain (which he doesn't need to do but wants to and would add on another 2 years).  We will already be FI when I call it quits (and in all actuality we already are pretty much FI), but we are relying on that medical coverage in our calculations. 

 
Yup, no response to the yard sale thing zip, zilch.  I buy those damn things all the time, all the big brands for pennies on the dollar to what they sell for at the store, sometimes I even score brand new ones, still in the box/bag for under 10 bucks.  I flip them on craigslist for a tidy profit so the deals are definitely out there.  I had to try very hard to not be snarky, there is a large possibility of the two guys moving to the same station for the next PCS.  I personally found it entertaining that my husbands brain function switched off after hearing about the 50k range rover.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14506 on: August 11, 2016, 07:42:39 AM »
I've a 28yo coworker who I consider a closed friend and I've been trying to get him to up his 401k contribution from the preset 4% for the last few months.

This mornin I asked just for shits and he seriously told me his mom was "looking through his bills" to see how much he could afford to go up to. By the end of the day, he was discussing buying a new Subaru WRX STi($38k).

He does not live with his parents. He owns a house..

Wow. Just... Wow. The day I let my mother go through ANY of my bills is the day I'm legally incapacitated, in which case she's the 4th in line to be able to see to my affairs, as per my will and inaptitude mandate.

Wteverlovingf.


Annnd there's a brand new, 30 day tag'd Subaru STi sitting in our parking lot at work this morning...

Yesterday he said the monthly payments without anything down where gonna be $568. And with $3k down, they would be about $480. I'm guessing he traded his VW in with a $3.5k trade-in value,  so I'm guesstimating he's paying around $450 plus full coverage insurance. 

Fuck it. You can only take the horse to water...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14507 on: August 11, 2016, 07:52:02 AM »
I've a 28yo coworker who I consider a closed friend and I've been trying to get him to up his 401k contribution from the preset 4% for the last few months.

This mornin I asked just for shits and he seriously told me his mom was "looking through his bills" to see how much he could afford to go up to. By the end of the day, he was discussing buying a new Subaru WRX STi($38k).

He does not live with his parents. He owns a house..

Wow. Just... Wow. The day I let my mother go through ANY of my bills is the day I'm legally incapacitated, in which case she's the 4th in line to be able to see to my affairs, as per my will and inaptitude mandate.

Wteverlovingf.


Annnd there's a brand new, 30 day tag'd Subaru STi sitting in our parking lot at work this morning...

Yesterday he said the monthly payments without anything down where gonna be $568. And with $3k down, they would be about $480. I'm guessing he traded his VW in with a $3.5k trade-in value,  so I'm guesstimating he's paying around $450 plus full coverage insurance. 

Fuck it. You can only take the horse to water...

UPDATE:
Spoke with my coworker and he didn't trade in his VW because he LEASED the car for 3 years, so it would had "been stupid to lose on the trade in".

I didn't even ask how much he put down, or if he, cause I was baffled by it all. Dont get me wrong, it's a sweet car and I wouldn't mind owning it, but fuck...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14508 on: August 11, 2016, 08:21:30 AM »
I've a 28yo coworker who I consider a closed friend and I've been trying to get him to up his 401k contribution from the preset 4% for the last few months.

Tos morning I asked just for shits and he seriously told me his mom was "looking through his bills" to see how much he could afford to go up to. By the end of the day, he was discussing buying a new Subaru WRX STi($38k).

He does not live with his parents. He owns a house..

Wow. Just... Wow. The day I let my mother go through ANY of my bills is the day I'm legally incapacitated, in which case she's the 4th in line to be able to see to my affairs, as per my will and inaptitude mandate.

Wteverlovingf.

I think it depends on the parent. For example, my brother isn't great with money, so he works with our dad on budgeting (Dad being the better financial mind of our parents). If this guy's mother is good with money and he was asking for her help so he didn't get in too far over his head, I see that as commendable.

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« Reply #14509 on: August 11, 2016, 08:56:42 AM »
I've a 28yo coworker who I consider a closed friend and I've been trying to get him to up his 401k contribution from the preset 4% for the last few months.

Tos morning I asked just for shits and he seriously told me his mom was "looking through his bills" to see how much he could afford to go up to. By the end of the day, he was discussing buying a new Subaru WRX STi($38k).

He does not live with his parents. He owns a house..

Wow. Just... Wow. The day I let my mother go through ANY of my bills is the day I'm legally incapacitated, in which case she's the 4th in line to be able to see to my affairs, as per my will and inaptitude mandate.

Wteverlovingf.

I think it depends on the parent. For example, my brother isn't great with money, so he works with our dad on budgeting (Dad being the better financial mind of our parents). If this guy's mother is good with money and he was asking for her help so he didn't get in too far over his head, I see that as commendable.

Ah. Fair. My mom is of the 'remind me of what she thinks I did wrong for years and hold it over my head' persuasion. We have an excellent relationship as long as I keep amunition far away from her. With a different relationship, it might be commendable, but I just have a stomach-squeezing gut instinct of 'omg HIDE IT' when I think of my mom reviewing my finances.

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« Reply #14510 on: August 11, 2016, 09:25:11 AM »
I've a 28yo coworker who I consider a closed friend and I've been trying to get him to up his 401k contribution from the preset 4% for the last few months.

Tos morning I asked just for shits and he seriously told me his mom was "looking through his bills" to see how much he could afford to go up to. By the end of the day, he was discussing buying a new Subaru WRX STi($38k).

He does not live with his parents. He owns a house..

Wow. Just... Wow. The day I let my mother go through ANY of my bills is the day I'm legally incapacitated, in which case she's the 4th in line to be able to see to my affairs, as per my will and inaptitude mandate.

Wteverlovingf.

I think it depends on the parent. For example, my brother isn't great with money, so he works with our dad on budgeting (Dad being the better financial mind of our parents). If this guy's mother is good with money and he was asking for her help so he didn't get in too far over his head, I see that as commendable.

she apparently advised him he could afford a $38k subaru. does not sound like sound financial advice

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« Reply #14511 on: August 11, 2016, 09:33:11 AM »
So the mom thing is weird, but that aside, is there a back story where this guy has terrible finances and in no way can afford this car, or are you just critical of a dude who apparently has different priorities than you? 


I should note that I work with plenty of, and at one time was, young single men with good incomes and little/no other financial obligations who drive cars that were a little more expensive than might be otherwise prudent, but to no ill effects because, again, no other obligations. 
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« Reply #14512 on: August 11, 2016, 09:56:41 AM »
So the mom thing is weird, but that aside, is there a back story where this guy has terrible finances and in no way can afford this car, or are you just critical of a dude who apparently has different priorities than you? 

I guess I'm critical because in the past he has commented how "easier" it's for me to save since I make more money than him. And yes, I do make more, but I also know not to waste it. 

We have also discussed plans for retirement and he keeps saying he will likely die at his desk since he only saves the minimum into his 401k and has never even logged onto the provider's site. I offered to help and that's when he said his mom needed to go through his finances.

UPDATE:
He told me a little while ago that he ended up putting $1500 down and his payments are $389. He says he "got a deal" since he worked the saleswoman. I commented how awesome the car is, which it totally is, and told him to have fun with it.

I will keep my financial advices to myself when it comes to him. Nothing else I can do ;)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14513 on: August 11, 2016, 10:09:43 AM »
I just got an email at work saying that payroll wasn't processed this week due to some sort of "technical difficulty" - Whatever, I have cash reserves specifically for random things like this, no big deal as long as I get paid eventually.

I haven't left my office yet to go up front, but I imagine that a few people are rioting. Gonna go "refill my coffee" and see if anything's on fire yet. This could get exciting.

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« Reply #14514 on: August 11, 2016, 10:12:53 AM »
I just got an email at work saying that payroll wasn't processed this week due to some sort of "technical difficulty" - Whatever, I have cash reserves specifically for random things like this, no big deal as long as I get paid eventually.

I haven't left my office yet to go up front, but I imagine that a few people are rioting. Gonna go "refill my coffee" and see if anything's on fire yet. This could get exciting.

Normally I wouldn't even notice that. But if that happened to my wife or I anytime from the end of July to the end of this month, we'd be rioting too.

There are times that even for the responsible that can really fuck up your current situation.

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« Reply #14515 on: August 11, 2016, 10:14:09 AM »

I will keep my financial advices to myself when it comes to him. Nothing else I can do ;)

I think that was the wisest course to take.

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« Reply #14516 on: August 11, 2016, 10:17:13 AM »
I just got an email at work saying that payroll wasn't processed this week due to some sort of "technical difficulty" - Whatever, I have cash reserves specifically for random things like this, no big deal as long as I get paid eventually.

I haven't left my office yet to go up front, but I imagine that a few people are rioting. Gonna go "refill my coffee" and see if anything's on fire yet. This could get exciting.

Normally I wouldn't even notice that. But if that happened to my wife or I anytime from the end of July to the end of this month, we'd be rioting too.

There are times that even for the responsible that can really fuck up your current situation.

Yup.  I manage my checking account cash fairly tightly, and have lots of auto withdrawals and such, it would be a PITA to have to deal with them not paying me.  It's not like they don't do the same thing every other goddamn week, how can they fuck it up?
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« Reply #14517 on: August 11, 2016, 10:19:00 AM »
I just got an email at work saying that payroll wasn't processed this week due to some sort of "technical difficulty" - Whatever, I have cash reserves specifically for random things like this, no big deal as long as I get paid eventually.

I haven't left my office yet to go up front, but I imagine that a few people are rioting. Gonna go "refill my coffee" and see if anything's on fire yet. This could get exciting.

Normally I wouldn't even notice that. But if that happened to my wife or I anytime from the end of July to the end of this month, we'd be rioting too.

There are times that even for the responsible that can really fuck up your current situation.

Yup.  I manage my checking account cash fairly tightly, and have lots of auto withdrawals and such, it would be a PITA to have to deal with them not paying me.  It's not like they don't do the same thing every other goddamn week, how can they fuck it up?

Right now it would probably cause us to lose the house that we're trying to buy. Or at least delay the process, which would require us to move in with parents and get a storage unit.

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« Reply #14518 on: August 11, 2016, 10:36:31 AM »
I just got an email at work saying that payroll wasn't processed this week due to some sort of "technical difficulty" - Whatever, I have cash reserves specifically for random things like this, no big deal as long as I get paid eventually.

I haven't left my office yet to go up front, but I imagine that a few people are rioting. Gonna go "refill my coffee" and see if anything's on fire yet. This could get exciting.

Normally I wouldn't even notice that. But if that happened to my wife or I anytime from the end of July to the end of this month, we'd be rioting too.

There are times that even for the responsible that can really fuck up your current situation.

Yup.  I manage my checking account cash fairly tightly, and have lots of auto withdrawals and such, it would be a PITA to have to deal with them not paying me.  It's not like they don't do the same thing every other goddamn week, how can they fuck it up?

Right now it would probably cause us to lose the house that we're trying to buy. Or at least delay the process, which would require us to move in with parents and get a storage unit.

Dang, that would actually be a problem.

Like Chris22, I usually keep my checking account pretty tight too - but I just moved a couple grand into checking last week with the intention of buying a motorcycle soon (I know, I know, facepunch me). I suppose I'd be more annoyed if I actually had to do a savings transfer, but I'll just delay the purchase and use it as a cash cushion for a week or two. *shrug*

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« Reply #14519 on: August 11, 2016, 11:10:00 AM »
I just got an email at work saying that payroll wasn't processed this week due to some sort of "technical difficulty" - Whatever, I have cash reserves specifically for random things like this, no big deal as long as I get paid eventually.

I haven't left my office yet to go up front, but I imagine that a few people are rioting. Gonna go "refill my coffee" and see if anything's on fire yet. This could get exciting.

Normally I wouldn't even notice that. But if that happened to my wife or I anytime from the end of July to the end of this month, we'd be rioting too.

There are times that even for the responsible that can really fuck up your current situation.

Yup.  I manage my checking account cash fairly tightly, and have lots of auto withdrawals and such, it would be a PITA to have to deal with them not paying me.  It's not like they don't do the same thing every other goddamn week, how can they fuck it up?

Right now it would probably cause us to lose the house that we're trying to buy. Or at least delay the process, which would require us to move in with parents and get a storage unit.

Dang, that would actually be a problem.

Like Chris22, I usually keep my checking account pretty tight too - but I just moved a couple grand into checking last week with the intention of buying a motorcycle soon (I know, I know, facepunch me). I suppose I'd be more annoyed if I actually had to do a savings transfer, but I'll just delay the purchase and use it as a cash cushion for a week or two. *shrug*

This is the first time in a long time that it would be a problem, but it would certainly delay underwriting and we're on a tight rope in terms of our lease ending and closing. And after the close, we wouldn't notice it at all--assuming they got it fixed within 2 or 3 paychecks.

Although I would be very concerned about my employment status if they couldn't fix it within a week.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14520 on: August 11, 2016, 11:47:16 AM »
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This is the first time in a long time that it would be a problem, but it would certainly delay underwriting and we're on a tight rope in terms of our lease ending and closing. And after the close, we wouldn't notice it at all--assuming they got it fixed within 2 or 3 paychecks.

Although I would be very concerned about my employment status if they couldn't fix it within a week.

Agreed. I'm pretty sure someone just accidentally dropped the ball, but it would start to bother me on principle past a certain point.

We have an agreement - I show up and do my job, and you pay me.

To quote someone much smarter than I am: "The day that one of us stops holding up our end, the other is free to do the same."

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« Reply #14521 on: August 11, 2016, 11:56:31 AM »

I keep my house at a temp that would give MMMers fits.  68-70 all year around.  Bump up to 75 if we go away.  I have a small house and a highly efficient brand new HVAC system.  My July electric bill was $124.  Whoopty shit.  If it was $400 I'd do something different.  For $124 I'm keeping it exactly as I like it.

lol.

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« Reply #14522 on: August 11, 2016, 11:59:33 AM »

I keep my house at a temp that would give MMMers fits.  68-70 all year around.  Bump up to 75 if we go away.  I have a small house and a highly efficient brand new HVAC system.  My July electric bill was $124.  Whoopty shit.  If it was $400 I'd do something different.  For $124 I'm keeping it exactly as I like it.

lol.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14523 on: August 11, 2016, 12:13:08 PM »

I keep my house at a temp that would give MMMers fits.  68-70 all year around.  Bump up to 75 if we go away.  I have a small house and a highly efficient brand new HVAC system.  My July electric bill was $124.  Whoopty shit.  If it was $400 I'd do something different.  For $124 I'm keeping it exactly as I like it.

lol.

If I had a $124 electric bill for just one month, I believe I would shit a live canary.

124 is about average for us, but we are all electric no gas.

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« Reply #14524 on: August 11, 2016, 12:23:06 PM »

I keep my house at a temp that would give MMMers fits.  68-70 all year around.  Bump up to 75 if we go away.  I have a small house and a highly efficient brand new HVAC system.  My July electric bill was $124.  Whoopty shit.  If it was $400 I'd do something different.  For $124 I'm keeping it exactly as I like it.

lol.

If I had a $124 electric bill for just one month, I believe I would shit a live canary.

124 is about average for us, but we are all electric no gas.

As a reference, my electric bill in the winter is ~$60-80 (plus a gas bill of maybe $80; summer gas bill is like $30 but I have a gas water heater and dryer).  So as I see it, I'm paying ~$40-60/mo for 3-4 months to be the temp I want.  I am 100% okay with that. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14525 on: August 11, 2016, 12:24:56 PM »
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This is the first time in a long time that it would be a problem, but it would certainly delay underwriting and we're on a tight rope in terms of our lease ending and closing. And after the close, we wouldn't notice it at all--assuming they got it fixed within 2 or 3 paychecks.

Although I would be very concerned about my employment status if they couldn't fix it within a week.

Agreed. I'm pretty sure someone just accidentally dropped the ball, but it would start to bother me on principle past a certain point.

We have an agreement - I show up and do my job, and you pay me.

To quote someone much smarter than I am: "The day that one of us stops holding up our end, the other is free to do the same."

We've only not gotten payroll out on Friday once, and it took until the following Monday afternoon.  Our payroll is physical checks handed out every Friday.  Someone sold their check and the bank called to say duplicates had been made, our checks had been compromised.  The called about this Thursday morning.  It took until Monday to have a totally different set of checks mailed to us and for the bank to get a copy and put out an alert that the old checks could be fake.  We then had to do a bunch of "these check numbers and amounts are real, anything else is fake" and do it with the main local check cashing places.  It was chaos, a lot of people didn't like it, but there was nothing else we could do other than hand out literal cash.  Which I don't think the owners have that much cash laying around, and you couldn't withdraw that much in bills from the bank haha.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14526 on: August 11, 2016, 12:34:11 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14527 on: August 11, 2016, 12:45:14 PM »
He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month.

34 years at the same place!!!!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14528 on: August 11, 2016, 01:00:34 PM »
So the mom thing is weird, but that aside, is there a back story where this guy has terrible finances and in no way can afford this car, or are you just critical of a dude who apparently has different priorities than you? 
I guess I'm critical because in the past he has commented how "easier" it's for me to save since I make more money than him.

Depending on the snarkiness of those comments, I'll sometimes reply 'and yet your monthly spending is twice mine'.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14529 on: August 11, 2016, 01:00:59 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14530 on: August 11, 2016, 01:05:35 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14531 on: August 11, 2016, 01:07:33 PM »
Quote
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This is the first time in a long time that it would be a problem, but it would certainly delay underwriting and we're on a tight rope in terms of our lease ending and closing. And after the close, we wouldn't notice it at all--assuming they got it fixed within 2 or 3 paychecks.

Although I would be very concerned about my employment status if they couldn't fix it within a week.

Agreed. I'm pretty sure someone just accidentally dropped the ball, but it would start to bother me on principle past a certain point.

We have an agreement - I show up and do my job, and you pay me.

To quote someone much smarter than I am: "The day that one of us stops holding up our end, the other is free to do the same."

Yeah I'd be angling for go home for the day (paid)... You know, to juggle my finances to accommodate the error. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14532 on: August 11, 2016, 01:08:36 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14533 on: August 11, 2016, 01:16:10 PM »
He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month.

34 years at the same place!!!!

That's right. I drive past this place from time to time and I think it hasn't had much maintenance done in that same time.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14534 on: August 11, 2016, 01:20:13 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14535 on: August 11, 2016, 01:24:12 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14536 on: August 11, 2016, 01:30:28 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

Great thing about bourbons is that you can buy great bottles for well under $50 all day long.

Try:
-Buffalo Trace
-Eagle Rare
-Knob Creek (and KC Single Barrel)
-Jim Beam Black (shockingly good for like $20)
-Maker's 46
-Four Roses
-Templton Rye is pretty good

And there are plenty more. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14537 on: August 11, 2016, 01:37:25 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

What is inexpensive? $20 or $50?

For beginners, depending on budget, I recommend (going down in price) Bakers, Mitchers, Eagle Rare, Woodford Reserve, Costco/Kirkland brand (although it appears to have changed, so I don't know how it will be), and Very Old Barton. That takes you from about $50 a bottle to $15 a bottle, and generally are pretty easy to drink. For a beginner, if you have the choice between higher and lower proof, go lower. Make sure it is on ice, and don't be afraid to cut it with water or mix it with anything (but the correct answer is Ginger Ale or an Old Fashioned).

Whiskey isn't for everyone. Same as anything. I enjoy it a lot. I hate tequila. Don't force it on yourself if you don't like it; if you need a mixer to like it, go for the mixer.

But am really not a fan of Makers myself--too sweet. Far too sweet. So my opinion may not be the best for you if you enjoyed Makers.




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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14538 on: August 11, 2016, 01:37:38 PM »
I like booze

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14539 on: August 11, 2016, 01:44:33 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

What is inexpensive? $20 or $50?

For beginners, depending on budget, I recommend (going down in price) Bakers, Mitchers, Eagle Rare, Woodford Reserve, Costco/Kirkland brand (although it appears to have changed, so I don't know how it will be), and Very Old Barton. That takes you from about $50 a bottle to $15 a bottle, and generally are pretty easy to drink. For a beginner, if you have the choice between higher and lower proof, go lower. Make sure it is on ice, and don't be afraid to cut it with water or mix it with anything (but the correct answer is Ginger Ale or an Old Fashioned).

Whiskey isn't for everyone. Same as anything. I enjoy it a lot. I hate tequila. Don't force it on yourself if you don't like it; if you need a mixer to like it, go for the mixer.

But am really not a fan of Makers myself--too sweet. Far too sweet. So my opinion may not be the best for you if you enjoyed Makers.

I think Makers is a gateway bourbon, it's what I drank until I decided I liked bourbon and now I'm not much of a Makers fan.  Knob Creek is my go-to mainstream bourbon in a bar/restaurant/etc.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14540 on: August 11, 2016, 01:55:01 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

Great thing about bourbons is that you can buy great bottles for well under $50 all day long.

Try:
-Buffalo Trace
-Eagle Rare
-Knob Creek (and KC Single Barrel)
-Jim Beam Black (shockingly good for like $20)
-Maker's 46
-Four Roses
-Templton Rye is pretty good

And there are plenty more.

Don't forget about Wild Turkey.  Its about $20 for a bottle of the 101.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14541 on: August 11, 2016, 02:16:41 PM »
I hate tequila. Don't force it on yourself if you don't like it; if you need a mixer to like it, go for the mixer.


That's a good point, my entire life I would drink tequila with a mix or other things, never straight. That is until I tried a Guatemalan tequila that completely blew my mind. I'm somewhat tempted to buy a bottle, it's like $40.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14542 on: August 11, 2016, 02:25:15 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

Great thing about bourbons is that you can buy great bottles for well under $50 all day long.

Try:
-Buffalo Trace
-Eagle Rare
-Knob Creek (and KC Single Barrel)
-Jim Beam Black (shockingly good for like $20)
-Maker's 46
-Four Roses
-Templton Rye is pretty good

And there are plenty more.

Don't forget about Wild Turkey.  Its about $20 for a bottle of the 101.

Thanks for the advice, I would like to stay around $30 and under for the time being because I'm newish to bourbon and I fundamentally believe that as you upgrade the level of your poison your enjoyment doesn't change, it's just the cost and snobbish factor that does. I regret being a beer snob as it costs me more to get the same enjoyment as my warehouse manger gets off a Coors Light.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14543 on: August 11, 2016, 03:06:19 PM »
MGO

Eagle rare...hands down, it's about 35 a bottle here, it's our go to, a great quality for the price for a beginner bottle.

In regards to Buffalo Trace vs Pappy.   WORLDS and WORLDS and WORLDS apart, you'd never know they were from the same place.  Pappy is hands down the best bourbon I've had in my life, both the 20 and the 23 year are great (and thanks to best friends hobby I've now had several hundred brands, I bring the food, he does a tasting party).  However it's next to impossible to get without paying the highly inflated online price of about 2k.  Seriously, our liquor store got robbed last year on Pappy delivery day, dude didn't take money, he stuck them up for their 2 bottles they were alloted.  Best friend got it in some back woods liquor store that had been stiffed on their initial allotment, he had to help unload an entire truck to get it at liquor store price. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14544 on: August 11, 2016, 05:46:47 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

Blanton's.  Not the cheapest but at around $55 a bottle it's not super high end.  And boy is it good!

Whistle Pig also makes a great rye.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14545 on: August 12, 2016, 09:07:52 AM »
Why the hell is everyone talking about bottles?

buy a handle of the stuff it's not like bourbon goes bad...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14546 on: August 12, 2016, 10:02:14 AM »
Why the hell is everyone talking about bottles?

buy a handle of the stuff it's not like bourbon goes bad...

1: The handle isn't always the best deal 
2: I like to experiment with a lot of it. I am not willing to buy a handle if I don't know if I'll like it
3: My favorite bottom shelf brand doesn't come in a handle, at least around me
4: I don't drink it that fast. I've moved with one particular handle 3 times now (College, landlord sold place, new job)
5: It is a pain to pour from some handles. This was a big issue for my grandpa in his old age; we'd buy him the little flask sized ones and pour from the handle into that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14547 on: August 12, 2016, 01:51:10 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

Blanton's.  Not the cheapest but at around $55 a bottle it's not super high end.  And boy is it good!

Whistle Pig also makes a great rye.

Damn, I didn't mean to turn this thread over to the drunks. :)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14548 on: August 12, 2016, 04:16:25 PM »
Man, I need a drink.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14549 on: August 12, 2016, 04:57:29 PM »
Why the hell is everyone talking about bottles?

buy a handle of the stuff it's not like bourbon goes bad...

1: The handle isn't always the best deal 
2: I like to experiment with a lot of it. I am not willing to buy a handle if I don't know if I'll like it
3: My favorite bottom shelf brand doesn't come in a handle, at least around me
4: I don't drink it that fast. I've moved with one particular handle 3 times now (College, landlord sold place, new job)
5: It is a pain to pour from some handles. This was a big issue for my grandpa in his old age; we'd buy him the little flask sized ones and pour from the handle into that.