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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15600 on: October 30, 2016, 05:11:31 PM »

At some point I started refusing. At some point you can't just keep saying "Yes, boss!" You're supposed to have a job description - you have an agreement that you will take X money to do do Y job. Is it really OK to hire someone to be a print production manager and then tell them to do accounting and insurance instead?

I agree with the above posters -- barring illegal discrimination situations, yes it's OK to ask someone to do a different job.  This thread is making me think that if I ever run a business, every job posting will say "As an employee, you will be expected to complete any business task provided by management.  Your primary tasks will be XYZ."  If someone says "that's not in my job description," I'll pull the job posting out of my desk.  I guess I'd be a crappy manager.

Funny, this reminds me of when I was a highly paid summer associate (internship) at a law firm.  Now, I was never personally asked to get a partner coffee, but some other interns were and complained about it.  I'm like, hey guys, if they want to pay me $100/hour to get them coffee, that's fine by me.*

*I would understand if it was something like "make the girl get the coffee" but it wasn't like that.  More like "the adults are talking can this guy sitting here not doing anything grab some coffee?"

Something like the bolded above has been in every job description I've ever had. 

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That is actually the statement they use on the last bullet in the job responsibilities section of every job posting in my department.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15601 on: October 30, 2016, 08:40:44 PM »
I read a tip somewhere to write the names on the top of the lids with a silver Sharpie.

I took to the lids with a label maker. Much easier to find what I'm after.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15602 on: October 31, 2016, 12:07:04 AM »
Heard at work today:

Coworker: My kid's classmates made fun of her for having the iPhone 6, which is my old phone, so I took her to the Apple Store and bought her an iPhone 7 so that the other kids won't look down on her.


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« Reply #15603 on: October 31, 2016, 01:14:19 AM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15604 on: October 31, 2016, 01:15:54 AM »
Heard at work today:

Coworker: My kid's classmates made fun of her for having the iPhone 6, which is my old phone, so I took her to the Apple Store and bought her an iPhone 7 so that the other kids won't look down on her.

My BiL has made a few comments about my husband having an iPhone 6+. Not criticising, but frequently asking if people in his industry were giving him shit for it.

His strategy became clear on his last visit. He wants my husband to upgrade to an iPhone 7 so he gets my husband's "old" iPhone.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15605 on: October 31, 2016, 05:46:28 AM »
However, she's also bought a new BMW on finance (6% interest rate) in spite of having the cash, because "the dealer threw in 12 months free insurance if you took their finance package."
I gues she doesn't know how cheap insurance is. I was surprised too when my dealer said it costs him about 50 per year. Ok, was a cheap car, but still.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15606 on: October 31, 2016, 06:23:43 AM »
One from today. 

A much older colleague (probably in his fifties) was telling me that he spent most of the weekend in the pub near his house.
He said that he saw someone else put a large amount (100+) into the fruit machine (slot machine) and not win anything.

Apparently that means that the machine was more likely to pay out, so my colleague went to the bank and got some cash out himself.  He put that into the machine and didn't win, so he went and got more cash.  He did this three times until he had put approximately 60 into this machine.

Then he won 400 and 80 on the same turn. 
He told me he was really pleased because he has some big bills (for house repairs) coming up and he needs the money.

I couldn't help but wonder how many weekends he puts the same in but doesn't win anything.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15607 on: October 31, 2016, 11:18:34 AM »

I couldn't help but wonder how many weekends he puts the same in but doesn't win anything.

Gambling/the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15608 on: October 31, 2016, 11:43:30 AM »

I couldn't help but wonder how many weekends he puts the same in but doesn't win anything.

Gambling/the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.

Not necessarily. I fully understand the odds. I have a piece of paper that states I'm at least competent in the field of Mathematics, and 3 classes that covered probability specifically. I still play the lottery, and occasionally will still gamble.

But in general, yeah, you're right.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15609 on: October 31, 2016, 11:45:48 AM »

I couldn't help but wonder how many weekends he puts the same in but doesn't win anything.

Gambling/the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.

Not necessarily. I fully understand the odds. I have a piece of paper that states I'm at least competent in the field of Mathematics, and 3 classes that covered probability specifically. I still play the lottery, and occasionally will still gamble.

But in general, yeah, you're right.

I buy a Powerball ticket every few months (though it's been a few years since the last time)and while I know the chances of me winning anything significant are rare, $1 is not a bad price to pay for that brief moment of imagination that comes when the clerk hands me the ticket. I generally don't check to see if I won anything for a few weeks, mostly because by the time the numbers are announced I've forgot.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15610 on: October 31, 2016, 11:59:48 AM »

I couldn't help but wonder how many weekends he puts the same in but doesn't win anything.

Gambling/the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.

Not necessarily. I fully understand the odds. I have a piece of paper that states I'm at least competent in the field of Mathematics, and 3 classes that covered probability specifically. I still play the lottery, and occasionally will still gamble.

But in general, yeah, you're right.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15611 on: October 31, 2016, 12:12:50 PM »

I couldn't help but wonder how many weekends he puts the same in but doesn't win anything.

Gambling/the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.

Not necessarily. I fully understand the odds. I have a piece of paper that states I'm at least competent in the field of Mathematics, and 3 classes that covered probability specifically. I still play the lottery, and occasionally will still gamble.

But in general, yeah, you're right.

"A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool."

Meh. I mostly buy an MS ticket (all proceeds to to MS research) if I see they have it. I enjoy scratching the tickets, even if I'm not very good at winning. The anticipation and small adrenaline rush are worth the $1-$10 a month I spend on it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15612 on: October 31, 2016, 12:53:36 PM »

I couldn't help but wonder how many weekends he puts the same in but doesn't win anything.

Gambling/the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.

Not necessarily. I fully understand the odds. I have a piece of paper that states I'm at least competent in the field of Mathematics, and 3 classes that covered probability specifically. I still play the lottery, and occasionally will still gamble.

But in general, yeah, you're right.

"A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool."

Meh. I mostly buy an MS ticket (all proceeds to to MS research) if I see they have it. I enjoy scratching the tickets, even if I'm not very good at winning. The anticipation and small adrenaline rush are worth the $1-$10 a month I spend on it.

Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15613 on: October 31, 2016, 01:43:26 PM »
Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.

That's funny, I frequently use soda for an example the other way - "I'd rather spend $2 on a delicious, ice cold drink than on a useless scrap of paper".

I wonder if the whole "dreaming of riches" thing is way less common in Mustachians. I mean, when you already either have a big pile of money, or are making fast and measurable progress towards that pile, you're already seeing a definite finish line for needing to work.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15614 on: October 31, 2016, 02:07:44 PM »
Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.

That's funny, I frequently use soda for an example the other way - "I'd rather spend $2 on a delicious, ice cold drink than on a useless scrap of paper".

I wonder if the whole "dreaming of riches" thing is way less common in Mustachians. I mean, when you already either have a big pile of money, or are making fast and measurable progress towards that pile, you're already seeing a definite finish line for needing to work.

On the odd occasion I purchase a lottery ticket I don't find myself dreaming of yachts and champagne, but being able to implement my RE plan immediately! Perhaps it is less prevalent in Mustachians, however if you're like me and RE is still a number of years away there is still a little rush when you play.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15615 on: October 31, 2016, 02:17:41 PM »
Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.

That's funny, I frequently use soda for an example the other way - "I'd rather spend $2 on a delicious, ice cold drink than on a useless scrap of paper".

I wonder if the whole "dreaming of riches" thing is way less common in Mustachians. I mean, when you already either have a big pile of money, or are making fast and measurable progress towards that pile, you're already seeing a definite finish line for needing to work.

On the odd occasion I purchase a lottery ticket I don't find myself dreaming of yachts and champagne, but being able to implement my RE plan immediately! Perhaps it is less prevalent in Mustachians, however if you're like me and RE is still a number of years away there is still a little rush when you play.

I too have a lottery fantasy, but it's only good for the mucho-million tickets so I'm only tempted to buy a ticket when the payout is ridiculous.

Maybe our lottery fantasies, for those of us who had them, would be good in a thread of their own.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15616 on: October 31, 2016, 03:00:44 PM »
It is one thing to have a lotto fantasy and to occasionally buy tickets with excess cash.  That can be pure fun for some people.

It is another thing to obsessively buy tickets you cannot afford because that is your retirement plan. 

Unfortunately, for some people this is their only retirement plan.  In most cases, even if they win, they loose.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15617 on: October 31, 2016, 03:47:01 PM »
It is one thing to have a lotto fantasy and to occasionally buy tickets with excess cash.  That can be pure fun for some people.

It is another thing to obsessively buy tickets you cannot afford because that is your retirement plan. 

Unfortunately, for some people this is their only retirement plan.  In most cases, even if they win, they loose.

And those are the folks my joke was aimed at.  If you understand you have almost no chance of winning and want to put down a couple bucks for the fun of it, then don't let me stop you.  It's the folks who go to Vegas or drop an uncomfortable amount of money on Lotto tickets with some kind of expectation of "this time I'm gonna get it" who need to stop and think for a minute.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15618 on: October 31, 2016, 03:59:48 PM »
I had a friend who used to work at a convenience store.  He had a customer come in and buy $20 in scratch offs.  As he was ringing it up the guy said 'man I hope I win something, I really need the money'.  My buddy goes 'I can still cancel the transaction if you'd like your $20 back'.  The guy just stared at him, confused.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15619 on: October 31, 2016, 08:08:08 PM »
Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.

That's funny, I frequently use soda for an example the other way - "I'd rather spend $2 on a delicious, ice cold drink than on a useless scrap of paper".

I wonder if the whole "dreaming of riches" thing is way less common in Mustachians. I mean, when you already either have a big pile of money, or are making fast and measurable progress towards that pile, you're already seeing a definite finish line for needing to work.

From many of the threads on this site, I don't see MMM forum members dream any less of riches, they just have a slightly more realistic goal of what 'riches' are.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15620 on: October 31, 2016, 11:25:51 PM »
Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.

That's funny, I frequently use soda for an example the other way - "I'd rather spend $2 on a delicious, ice cold drink than on a useless scrap of paper".

I wonder if the whole "dreaming of riches" thing is way less common in Mustachians. I mean, when you already either have a big pile of money, or are making fast and measurable progress towards that pile, you're already seeing a definite finish line for needing to work.

From many of the threads on this site, I don't see MMM forum members dream any less of riches, they just have a slightly more realistic goal of what 'riches' are.

I definitely dream about "do whatever you want" money, which for me would be like a few hundred million or even a billion.  I'll still probably buy lottery tickets once in a while just for fun.  Of course, I recognize that you, for me, working fewer years will bring me more happiness than any reasonably attainable level of wealth (which would probably be in the tens of millions if that was indeed my primary life goal and I worked until 65, possibly even >100 million if lucky with investments).

ARS claims he already does whatever he wants, and while I don't think he's lying, I sometimes think there's a catch in there. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15621 on: November 01, 2016, 03:16:57 AM »
ARS claims he already does whatever he wants, and while I don't think he's lying, I sometimes think there's a catch in there.



The only catch is one that you put in yourself.  :)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15622 on: November 01, 2016, 04:15:11 AM »
First time contribution to the wall, I got a new co-worker whom I overheard discussing when she going to get paid for the first time (we normally get paid monthly at my work place). Anyway she then says "I've only got three dollars to my name and car with half a tank of petrol [gasoline]" and this was one week after she got the final pay check from her previous job!

She then proceeded to talk about a time where she blew something like $300 in a single weekend (she did acknowledge that was a waste of money though).
So an update on this same co-worker who today mentioned that she bought a TV, even had the box right beside her at work. She was making mention of the fact that  when she first tried to buy it that she couldn't afford to pay for it in full so she put in a deposit (which also explains why she was asking if I got paid, the pay came slightly later than she thought it would). After she finally got paid she then bought the TV outright. Good lord, I'm getting the impression that she'll be doing this every month, just running out of money right before the end of the month and anxiously awaiting the next pay day as a result. Guess I'll be back in another month telling you what she blew it all on next...
Well I thought I would have a story at the end of May but it turns out that mid-way through May I overheard my co-worker talk about how she was now on a budget and therefore had 'No Money' which I took to mean no money to spend on things out of the budget. Now here I was thinking that she had begun to take control of her tendency to run out of money before the end of the month (at my workplace we all get paid on the first business day of the calendar month) and I thought I wouldn't be back here with another story to tell about her but today this same co-worker now tells us that she ran out of money again (11 days left until payday) and that she couldn't stay at an event that one of her friends invited her to (Apparently her friend offered to help pay but my co-worker didn't want to owe her money, so I guess she is not living too far beyond her means). She mentioned nothing about a budget this time.
Another update in November, the same co-worker I discussed who started her job in April had said today: "I am used to being broke at end the end of each month" (so many months to save something!), this came up in relation to an issue she was having with her dress today (it was Dress Up Fancy and Watch Horses Run Day. AKA The Melbourne Cup), it was suggested by someone else that she buy something to fix it (can't remember what) and it was only then she remembered that we all got paid yesterday and could therefore buy it.

Well, to her credit, she didn't go out and buy anything but then I heard her go and reveal more about her finances in that she is now selling her current car, using the money to pay off her credit card bill. Sounds good right? Now she is going to buy another car, with car payments to finance it. The Sisyphean lifestyle blows my mind...

Well, a facepunch for me as well. I spent 2 dollars on a sweepstake for the Melbourne Cup (didn't win anything).
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15623 on: November 01, 2016, 06:02:48 AM »
Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.

That's funny, I frequently use soda for an example the other way - "I'd rather spend $2 on a delicious, ice cold drink than on a useless scrap of paper".

I wonder if the whole "dreaming of riches" thing is way less common in Mustachians. I mean, when you already either have a big pile of money, or are making fast and measurable progress towards that pile, you're already seeing a definite finish line for needing to work.
I think its more the difference between those people who can stick to plans and those who need immediate gratification.


Also on the lottery:
Why you buy at big jackpots?
If you win a small with 10 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.
If you win a big one with 200 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.

So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15624 on: November 01, 2016, 07:00:10 AM »

Also on the lottery:
Why you buy at big jackpots?
If you win a small with 10 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.
If you win a big one with 200 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.

So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?
For me, it's because it increases the sense of it being a very irregular, just for fun kind of experience. That's why I never play the ordinary lotto anymore, but just one of the eurowide draws when it gets ridiculously big. Last time was a few weeks ago when it was 90 million. I may never win anything but I enjoy the few days of dreaming. Only buying for the really big draws means I do it far less often (maybe once or twice a year), which is a big improvement over my every-single-week habit of years ago. I quite often play the first week after a big win as well, though, just in case. ;-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15625 on: November 01, 2016, 07:44:34 AM »
So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?
That reminds me of a story I heard about a mathematics (or was it statistics) professor who figured out that there were times when the odds on the lottery were actually in your favor.  She'd buy a bunch of tickets at those points, and made a significant, if relatively modest, profit on her winnings.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15626 on: November 01, 2016, 07:46:07 AM »
I think its more the difference between those people who can stick to plans and those who need immediate gratification.


Also on the lottery:
Why you buy at big jackpots?
If you win a small with 10 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.
If you win a big one with 200 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.

So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?

Meh, harmless 'fun I suppose.  The only time I go in is when we have a massive jackpot and everybody at work goes in together.  The best we did was get it down to 1/840,000 chance on a 645 million jackpot.  If it isn't a 'regular thing' then it very likely isn't a problem.

Of course I also found out that 20% of people don't contribute to the 401k here and 80% of the people that do contribute have loans out against it...  And that ratio has persisted through the last 7 years of bull market.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15627 on: November 01, 2016, 07:59:11 AM »
On a cool (maybe 40F) morning in New England.

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CW1: It has a heated steering wheel right?
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CW1: It has a heated seats right?
CW2: Yup
CW1: That must be really nice
CW2: Yeah, it's really nice on really cold mornings like today
CW1: If my car had those, I might live in my car!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15628 on: November 01, 2016, 10:07:36 AM »

Also on the lottery:
Why you buy at big jackpots?
If you win a small with 10 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.
If you win a big one with 200 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.

So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?

That's a fair point. Reminds me of the concept of "enough!" Simply put, I don't see any benefit in stressing out due to work once I have enough to live fairly comfortably (I'm planning to work until I have 50x expenses instead of 25x).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15629 on: November 01, 2016, 10:15:06 AM »
Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.

That's funny, I frequently use soda for an example the other way - "I'd rather spend $2 on a delicious, ice cold drink than on a useless scrap of paper".

I wonder if the whole "dreaming of riches" thing is way less common in Mustachians. I mean, when you already either have a big pile of money, or are making fast and measurable progress towards that pile, you're already seeing a definite finish line for needing to work.
I think its more the difference between those people who can stick to plans and those who need immediate gratification.


Also on the lottery:
Why you buy at big jackpots?
If you win a small with 10 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.
If you win a big one with 200 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.

So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?

$10M wouldn't do it for me; beachfront house on Maui is probably $5-10M itself. :-P
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15630 on: November 01, 2016, 10:26:56 AM »
Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.

That's funny, I frequently use soda for an example the other way - "I'd rather spend $2 on a delicious, ice cold drink than on a useless scrap of paper".

I wonder if the whole "dreaming of riches" thing is way less common in Mustachians. I mean, when you already either have a big pile of money, or are making fast and measurable progress towards that pile, you're already seeing a definite finish line for needing to work.
I think its more the difference between those people who can stick to plans and those who need immediate gratification.


Also on the lottery:
Why you buy at big jackpots?
If you win a small with 10 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.
If you win a big one with 200 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.

So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?

$10M wouldn't do it for me; beachfront house on Maui is probably $5-10M itself. :-P

Well played sir.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15631 on: November 01, 2016, 12:41:00 PM »




Also on the lottery:
Why you buy at big jackpots?
If you win a small with 10 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.
If you win a big one with 200 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.

So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?


I do tend to buy the 10 million state lottery for that reason.  But I only buy when I happen to have a dollar in my pocket and notice the machine and feel like playing.  Which works out to probably once or twice per year since I rarely buy anything with cash and end up with a dollar for change

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15632 on: November 01, 2016, 02:40:27 PM »
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On Friday, a certain senior manager stopped by my cube while I was finishing up a draft of our weekly report. I told him that I could add the final piece of XYZ missing information to a report via a 5-minute phone call to my counterpart in the organization that produced that section.

My organization being what it is, people thinking the way they do, he decided it was better to stand over me while dictating a phone call to a higher-ranking guy in the same shop, then give up and drag us both to his office while they debated for half an hour over how to write... a single sentence.

FTR, I called the 30-min duration in my head, in advance - that is how predictably inefficient this guy is with time.

The single sentence, which I had already proposed in concept, and which really could not have ended up much differently than it did, was something along the lines of "we are awaiting a decision by (other agency) on this proposal." Because that's what was happening at the time, and nothing else. But, the more people you get involved in these things, the longer it takes.

Because these guys are both so much higher than I am in the chain, I knew in advance that I wouldn't really be part of the conversation. This could be really frustrating on some level, but I managed to take the same approach as above. At least I wasn't under the gun for any other deadlines, the chairs up there are comfy, and I was getting about forty bucks an hour to lean back in said chair and stay just awake enough to engage, if/when invited. No need to be mad, except as a taxpayer....

In my last job, we needed information from another department for a weekly report.

It could have been emailed instantly.

Instead, my boss, who had inefficiency down to an art form, would take a pen and notebook to another floor, sit down with the PA of the manager whose info we required, have them recite it aloud, write it down, come back to our floor, summon me and another colleague to a meeting, and recite the information with the expectation that we would write it down. Then he would ask me (the only woman) to type it up for the office.

This was not decades ago, it was earlier this year.

I (barely) tolerated this twice. His fragile ego would never permit him to listen to my suggestions, so I went around him to the PA and arranged for her to email me the info each week.

That freed up a couple of hours a week for him to smoke, get coffee and monologue.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15633 on: November 01, 2016, 03:38:18 PM »

I couldn't help but wonder how many weekends he puts the same in but doesn't win anything.

Gambling/the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.

I have to disagree. Listening to the people I know who have bought lottery tickets, there is a entertainment or communal aspect to it. Watching the tube for the results live and then reading news stories of the lucky winner derives them benefit. Casinos are a clearer example of this phenomon. There are people who will go to a casino with twenty or one hundred dollars without the expectation to win but with the thought that they'll play on the dime slot machines or cheap tables and be entertained for the evening with free pop, free snacks, bright lights, and the buzz of lots of people laughing and having a good time.

And even though I'd never buy a lottery ticket, I'd contend that its not mathematically/economically insensible to buy a lottery ticket. For most people, what will they spend that 5$ bill on? Some useless tchotchke that will be thrown in the back of a closet. So the cost of a lottery ticket is functionally zero (that 5$ was going to be wasted anyway) and the potential payout is infinite. By infinite I mean that my big-name local lottery has an aftertax payout of 800x the average yearly aftertax salary in the area.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15634 on: November 01, 2016, 03:44:00 PM »
And even though I'd never buy a lottery ticket, I'd contend that its not mathematically/economically insensible to buy a lottery ticket. For most people, what will they spend that 5$ bill on? Some useless tchotchke that will be thrown in the back of a closet. So the cost of a lottery ticket is functionally zero (that 5$ was going to be wasted anyway) and the potential payout is infinite with reasonable unreasonable spending.
I don't know.  Perhaps you could make a similar argument about eating out or buying tchotchkes, but gambling can be a real addiction that people need to seek out therapy and treatment for. It seems like it's playing with fire to start gambling, even in small amounts, disposable income aside. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15635 on: November 01, 2016, 04:13:50 PM »
Yeah, the smugness from the "I'm way too smart to play the lotto" crowd is tedious when it's directed towards the "buy 3 tickets a year when Powerball goes over $500M" players. You want to yell at the $50/wk people, absolutely, but the whole drop $2 on a whim for a big jackpot, who cares?  I used to joke that back when I drank soda, I'd occasionally go in to the gas station and get a Coke and ticket, and the ticket was the much more responsible purchase.

That's funny, I frequently use soda for an example the other way - "I'd rather spend $2 on a delicious, ice cold drink than on a useless scrap of paper".

I wonder if the whole "dreaming of riches" thing is way less common in Mustachians. I mean, when you already either have a big pile of money, or are making fast and measurable progress towards that pile, you're already seeing a definite finish line for needing to work.
I think its more the difference between those people who can stick to plans and those who need immediate gratification.


Also on the lottery:
Why you buy at big jackpots?
If you win a small with 10 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.
If you win a big one with 200 million, you have made it and can live in luxury for the rest of your life.

So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?

$10M wouldn't do it for me; beachfront house on Maui is probably $5-10M itself. :-P

Well played sir.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15636 on: November 01, 2016, 05:21:28 PM »
I'll admit that I actually enjoy going to the Casino once a year on my birthday. It may be contrary to most views on the forums, but I enjoy giving myself 200-300 to enjoy on the blackjack tables. I never spend more than that, and I typically go home with 1k or so more than I started with by the end of the night. Then again, I grew up playing cards with friends and family.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15637 on: November 01, 2016, 05:55:35 PM »
I typically go home with 1k or so more than I started with by the end of the night.

...

Can't let that one slide, sorry.  :)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15638 on: November 01, 2016, 08:03:42 PM »

I couldn't help but wonder how many weekends he puts the same in but doesn't win anything.

Gambling/the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.

Casinos are a clearer example of this phenomon. There are people who will go to a casino with twenty or one hundred dollars without the expectation to win but with the thought that they'll play on the dime slot machines or cheap tables and be entertained for the evening with free pop, free snacks, bright lights, and the buzz of lots of people laughing and having a good time.

Exactly what the wife and I do! We go to the boat 2-3 times a year, each with $100 with the expectation that we will spend it all. We rarely do (usually one of us will do alright and we leave when the other runs out), and we have a great night out. Occasionally we will leave while we're ahead - this last time I hit a $1200 slot jackpot - which is great, but we'd have been fine leaving with nothing. It's occasional entertainment, no worse than going out to dinner and a movie - at least for us.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15639 on: November 01, 2016, 09:18:08 PM »
I typically go home with 1k or so more than I started with by the end of the night.

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Can't let that one slide, sorry.  :)

I'm still sad you never did bet half a year's salary on Black.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15640 on: November 02, 2016, 03:15:42 AM »
I typically go home with 1k or so more than I started with by the end of the night.

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Can't let that one slide, sorry.  :)

Lol, typically, but not always :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15641 on: November 02, 2016, 05:16:48 AM »


I typically go home with 1k or so more than I started with by the end of the night.

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Can't let that one slide, sorry.  :)

Lol, typically, but not always :)

I admit it's dumb, but we all have something dumb we enjoy.

Sure, I wasn't criticising the gambling, but the idea that you "typically" make money on it. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15642 on: November 02, 2016, 05:21:18 AM »


I typically go home with 1k or so more than I started with by the end of the night.

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Can't let that one slide, sorry.  :)

Lol, typically, but not always :)

I admit it's dumb, but we all have something dumb we enjoy.

Sure, I wasn't criticising the gambling, but the idea that you "typically" make money on it. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15643 on: November 02, 2016, 06:10:11 AM »
BAHAHA! Nice work! That reminds me....

We have another senior manager who loves to call my director up into meetings to talk about products (which already exist in electronic form) and rattle off a bunch of changes while D struggles to keep up taking notes. Then D comes down, drags me off to a conference room, and tries to decipher everything he wrote down, usually with about a 50-75% success rate, and I have to make best guesses in MY notes, which I then take back to my desk and implement.

But usually, things are wrong and end up feeding back into another cycle of meetings.

Because a guy doesn't want to edit a file.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15644 on: November 02, 2016, 09:52:11 AM »
Some of us actually do make a side hustle out of gambling.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15645 on: November 02, 2016, 11:14:56 AM »
So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?

I don't think that is how math works. 


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15646 on: November 02, 2016, 11:19:44 AM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15647 on: November 02, 2016, 11:27:28 AM »
So if both are the same, why play when the competition is fiercest?

I don't think that is how math works.

In theory the more people that play, the more likely you are to split a jackpot than win it outright.

That said, I'd rather split $500M 3 ways than win $10M outright...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15648 on: November 02, 2016, 11:48:29 AM »


I typically go home with 1k or so more than I started with by the end of the night.

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Can't let that one slide, sorry.  :)

Lol, typically, but not always :)

I admit it's dumb, but we all have something dumb we enjoy.

Sure, I wasn't criticising the gambling, but the idea that you "typically" make money on it. :)

Depending on the type of gambling.  I've heard people claim they typically make money, or are able to somehow beat the house at craps, roulette, and slots.  Those people are liars, or are delusional.  Playing poker has been very profitable to me over the years though.  I've made a lot of money in basement games, and also playing online.  I've played at the casino too, but it's too high stakes and too much competition, and I make far less on a per hour basis so it's not worth it for me to pursue playing at a casino for profit.  I don't have a long enough track record of playing in casinos to be able to claim I could personally make money doing that either.  I stopped playing online when it was outlawed, and though I've heard of loopholes of being able to get back online and play on certain sites I have never bothered trying.  I don't play basement games anymore because the group of guys I used to play with slowly disbanded as everyone grew up.  I definitely paid a chunk of my tuition with poker profits though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15649 on: November 02, 2016, 01:03:46 PM »
My car died recently--it was a 2010 Hyundai Accent. Right now it's just me and my wife, with a baby on the way. I'm replacing it with a used hatchback (actually, another 2010 Hyundai Accent) with about 38k miles.

I've had multiple people ask me, when I was looking for cars, if I was getting an SUV because of the baby. Um, we're only having one.