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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17000 on: February 24, 2017, 06:26:09 PM »
When we were young and had a small car everyone started to say we needed a mini-van. No we didn't. Most of the time all 5 of us were not in the car at the same time.  Even when the kids got to be teens the 3 boys could still fit in the back seat. Just a waste to upgrade for stupid reasons.

We used to hear a lot of the, "but what will you do if they have a friend come over and you pick them all up after school?" We've survived it thus far.

But... but what if you want to haul loads of lumber! Or full sheets of drywall? Or an entire football team! Or sleep a family in your vehicle? I mean really, one must buy a mini van for these everyday occurrences...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17001 on: February 24, 2017, 07:21:25 PM »
I am grateful for my Mother's love of the mini-van in the 2000s after all the kids had left. 

How else was I to get a high end, bought for a fraction of the price couch, a kitchen table with 5 chairs, 2 chest of drawers etc, delivered over the years to me when they visited me.  There were a couple of really awesome old time furniture stores near my parents that had great overstock/rich people didn't like what was delivered sales.  The stores would have charged a ton to deliver out of state, Mom's mini-van delivered for free.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17002 on: February 25, 2017, 05:37:48 AM »
Overheard from a friend who works at the border ...

Friend: Where are you ladies going today?
Ladies: BINGO!!!
Friend: When was the last time you were here?
Ladies: Yesterday at Bingo!
Friend: So you must have won?
Ladies: NOOOOOO ... lost $400 and $200
Friend: How much are you bringing today?
Ladies: $200 and $100
Ladies: You are going to see lots of us right now ... it tax time ! All the cheques are coming out!

Friend when she told me: OMG you want to reach out and facepunch ! I just put my tax return on my quickly dwindling debt!!! :)
Me : Hurray!!


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17003 on: February 25, 2017, 04:34:03 PM »
I don't often post here because I feel it's unnecessarily mean... but I had an experience that needs sharing.

Coworker informed me that they're looking to sell their house and upgrade to a larger one (expensive in our area), because they're considering having a second child. Without provocation, I was informed that the house they currently own is a 4 bedroom, but they want each child to have their own room, have a dedicated guest room at all times, as well as have a home office (neither parent works from home on more than a once-in-a-blue moon basis) and thus need "at least" a 5 bedroom house.

While listening to this explanation, I realized I was watching a man enslave himself in real time.
It was surreal.

... 2 kids = 5 bedroom house. Wow. Yeah, your last sentence sums it up.

Also, how many house guests do people actually HAVE? Because at a certain point, it's cheaper/more reasonable to either finish the basement and put in a wall-hung bed, or shuffle people around for a night or two to make room for guests, or, wtf, pay a few hundred a year to put guests up in a local hotel when absolutely needed.

Like, we stuck a guest room in the corner of our basement because my sister is over literally every weekend we don't have other house guests (she's my best friend, she and my husband get along super well, and she's close with our kid, so... ) but I'm assuming most people with guest rooms don't actually have them in use 1-2 nights per week?
Yup.  When we were buying our house, we were visiting with my husband's parents.  I can't remember if they were visiting us, or us them (opposite coasts).  MIL: but where will WE sleep?

Me: On the sofabed in the living room!  Or in a hotel!  For the once every 2 years you guys come, I'm not spending an extra $100,000 for the extra bedroom. Can pay for a lot of hotels!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17004 on: February 25, 2017, 05:04:19 PM »
More like some of my friends than co workers.

Friend one, inherited from his father and spent it all on heroin! (yep he did that!)

Friend two has a business thats lost money for at least 10 years but he likes his business (it's in the entertainment industry)  so he keeps the same losing business model because its fun? and makes next to zero attempt at making it into a self sufficient money maker.

He had bought some great real estate and lucked out on skyrocketing property values.......so he took out as much equity as the banks and then private lenders would possibly lend him to prop up his money losing business (he told me he had 1/4 million dollars at credit card interest rates from a break your legs lender) when they wouldn't lend him anymore he sold one property, then another made at least 1.5 million profit from the 2 sales and a month later was talking about how he didn't have enough to pay back taxes?

He didn't like the house he bought because of the bathroom layout ???    so he rented a mega mansion a few blocks away and left the house he bought empty for over 2 years until the bank made him sell it.

He also rents a cabin on an island for 6 months of the year.

He rented a garage off an old guy I used to know... stored some stuff in it, he didn't pay the rent for months at a time, and I'd told the old guy he was OK... in the end he hadn't paid the rent for a year!!!!!!! it was due monthly... the old guy died, no one knew who the stored stuff belonged to so he lost it all.

Yet he complains constantly and I mean over and over about the stress from trying to pay the bills....

I have to vent sometimes as he drives me bonkers. I've know him for a long time, otherwise I think I'd just laugh my head off and walk away.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17005 on: February 25, 2017, 06:41:35 PM »

He didn't like the house he bought because of the bathroom layout ???    so he rented a mega mansion a few blocks away and left the house he bought empty for over 2 years until the bank made him sell it.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17006 on: February 25, 2017, 09:13:53 PM »
Yup.  When we were buying our house, we were visiting with my husband's parents.  I can't remember if they were visiting us, or us them (opposite coasts).  MIL: but where will WE sleep?

Me: On the sofabed in the living room!  Or in a hotel!  For the once every 2 years you guys come, I'm not spending an extra $100,000 for the extra bedroom. Can pay for a lot of hotels!
I have a close relative that does this.  Went from a 4,000sq ft house worth half a million to a 900 sq ft house that she bought for $15k (and then renovated it with her husband).  She's more than willing to put up guests in a hotel when they visit, if they're not comfortable on their sofa.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17007 on: February 25, 2017, 09:14:54 PM »

He didn't like the house he bought because of the bathroom layout ???    so he rented a mega mansion a few blocks away and left the house he bought empty for over 2 years until the bank made him sell it.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17008 on: March 01, 2017, 09:17:49 AM »
Glad to see this was unlocked! I haven't had too many stories to share, but this thread has provided me with hours of entertainment - keep 'em coming folks!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17009 on: March 01, 2017, 11:23:49 AM »
Yup.  When we were buying our house, we were visiting with my husband's parents.  I can't remember if they were visiting us, or us them (opposite coasts).  MIL: but where will WE sleep?

Me: On the sofabed in the living room!  Or in a hotel!  For the once every 2 years you guys come, I'm not spending an extra $100,000 for the extra bedroom. Can pay for a lot of hotels!
I have a close relative that does this.  Went from a 4,000sq ft house worth half a million to a 900 sq ft house that she bought for $15k (and then renovated it with her husband).  She's more than willing to put up guests in a hotel when they visit, if they're not comfortable on their sofa.

My brother in law has also told us that there are 2 houses with airB&B in their street and that visitors can stay there instead. Smart. Do I like it as a guest: not really. But that is not his problem.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17010 on: March 01, 2017, 12:13:27 PM »
Yup.  When we were buying our house, we were visiting with my husband's parents.  I can't remember if they were visiting us, or us them (opposite coasts).  MIL: but where will WE sleep?

Me: On the sofabed in the living room!  Or in a hotel!  For the once every 2 years you guys come, I'm not spending an extra $100,000 for the extra bedroom. Can pay for a lot of hotels!
I have a close relative that does this.  Went from a 4,000sq ft house worth half a million to a 900 sq ft house that she bought for $15k (and then renovated it with her husband).  She's more than willing to put up guests in a hotel when they visit, if they're not comfortable on their sofa.

My brother in law has also told us that there are 2 houses with airB&B in their street and that visitors can stay there instead. Smart. Do I like it as a guest: not really. But that is not his problem.
Linda what don't you like about it? We have one spare room (used as an office/storage) that we host guests in, but if there's more people than the house can hold, airbnb has been our go to. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on downsides to this.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17011 on: March 01, 2017, 12:15:24 PM »
Glad to see this was unlocked! I haven't had too many stories to share, but this thread has provided me with hours of entertainment - keep 'em coming folks!

Ha, me too! I was feeling a bit guilty when I saw that this thread had truly been locked.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17012 on: March 01, 2017, 12:56:10 PM »
Umm, yeah, me too.  I've been wondering if I should start a new one, but I don't have any good stories.  Now I can live vicariously again !

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17013 on: March 01, 2017, 01:06:48 PM »
Coworker is this =><= close to not having anything to drive to work b/c their vehicle is worn out.

However coworker is very publicly chatting around our work area about buying a $15K big boy toy (motorized but not street legal)...

Very modest income, married single income family of four.

I just kept on moving. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17014 on: March 01, 2017, 01:17:43 PM »
but I don't have any good stories.  Now I can live vicariously again !

Yeah same here, all my coworkers tend be very frugal. There are two guys in the warehouse that eat out a lot, but as they each have at least two side gigs in addition to their job here I cannot in good conscience judge their spending choices.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17015 on: March 01, 2017, 01:18:09 PM »
When we were young and had a small car everyone started to say we needed a mini-van. No we didn't. Most of the time all 5 of us were not in the car at the same time.  Even when the kids got to be teens the 3 boys could still fit in the back seat. Just a waste to upgrade for stupid reasons.

We used to hear a lot of the, "but what will you do if they have a friend come over and you pick them all up after school?" We've survived it thus far.

But... but what if you want to haul loads of lumber! Or full sheets of drywall? Or an entire football team! Or sleep a family in your vehicle? I mean really, one must buy a mini van for these everyday occurrences...
Y'all stop with the minivan hate. I loved my old Volvo wagon, but you can't believe what you can fit in a minivan. I once fit in two huge rocking chairs at the same time. And for everyday use, it is pretty great. My 14 year old is already six feet  tall and growing and the two younger ones are well on their way, too. We fold one middle row seat into the floor and he sits in the "wayback" and can put his legs out and they reach the back of the front seat. I carry 3 tall kids, a trombone and a double bass in there all the time.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17016 on: March 01, 2017, 03:06:46 PM »
Yup.  When we were buying our house, we were visiting with my husband's parents.  I can't remember if they were visiting us, or us them (opposite coasts).  MIL: but where will WE sleep?

Me: On the sofabed in the living room!  Or in a hotel!  For the once every 2 years you guys come, I'm not spending an extra $100,000 for the extra bedroom. Can pay for a lot of hotels!
I have a close relative that does this.  Went from a 4,000sq ft house worth half a million to a 900 sq ft house that she bought for $15k (and then renovated it with her husband).  She's more than willing to put up guests in a hotel when they visit, if they're not comfortable on their sofa.

Most of my guests are staying with me for their convenience, not mine.  I have a sofa bed they are welcome to use and will share my bathroom with them, but done are my days of feeling that I have to have a bedroom just for the 1-3 times a year that I may have a guest in town. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17017 on: March 01, 2017, 04:08:07 PM »
A coworker is trying to sell a "designer's" crib for $350, paid $500 for it.

We paid $25 for our crib, used. Our kids haven't complained that it was not "design" enough for them to sleep in when they were babies. Fingers crossed that our kids don't realize how awesome of a crib they could have had, had we spent 15 times the amount we did.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17018 on: March 01, 2017, 06:11:00 PM »
A coworker is trying to sell a "designer's" crib for $350, paid $500 for it.

We paid $25 for our crib, used. Our kids haven't complained that it was not "design" enough for them to sleep in when they were babies. Fingers crossed that our kids don't realize how awesome of a crib they could have had, had we spent 15 times the amount we did.

Sounds like your kids were really deprived!! ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17019 on: March 01, 2017, 11:40:57 PM »
Yup.  When we were buying our house, we were visiting with my husband's parents.  I can't remember if they were visiting us, or us them (opposite coasts).  MIL: but where will WE sleep?

Me: On the sofabed in the living room!  Or in a hotel!  For the once every 2 years you guys come, I'm not spending an extra $100,000 for the extra bedroom. Can pay for a lot of hotels!
I have a close relative that does this.  Went from a 4,000sq ft house worth half a million to a 900 sq ft house that she bought for $15k (and then renovated it with her husband).  She's more than willing to put up guests in a hotel when they visit, if they're not comfortable on their sofa.

My brother in law has also told us that there are 2 houses with airB&B in their street and that visitors can stay there instead. Smart. Do I like it as a guest: not really. But that is not his problem.
Linda what don't you like about it? We have one spare room (used as an office/storage) that we host guests in, but if there's more people than the house can hold, airbnb has been our go to. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on downsides to this.

My purpose is visiting them, not a bunch of strangers in another house. I might end up in a house with smokers. And I would not like to pay for it. BIL did not mention who would pay.
I would rather sleep on a mattrass on the floor in their house.
Last time we ended up visiting them only during daytime on our way to another location.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17020 on: March 02, 2017, 12:23:05 AM »
You guys I have a back yard, a sleeping bag, and a sky full of stars

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17021 on: March 02, 2017, 06:50:38 AM »
You guys I have a back yard, a sleeping bag, and a sky full of stars

We actually often have people camp over. Kids especially love it. We usually limit it to summer, get a campfire going, and all have a brilliant time! They key is don't stop drinking until the tent is up :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17022 on: March 02, 2017, 08:35:04 AM »
A coworker is trying to sell a "designer's" crib for $350, paid $500 for it.

We paid $25 for our crib, used. Our kids haven't complained that it was not "design" enough for them to sleep in when they were babies. Fingers crossed that our kids don't realize how awesome of a crib they could have had, had we spent 15 times the amount we did.

Sounds like your kids were really deprived!! ;)

LOL I had a co-worker several years back who was getting ready for the birth of his first child. He started telling me about the extremely high-end, fancypants jogging stroller he had just bought, and I shit you not, said something along the lines of how his infant child would "really know he was loved" because he had bought it such a nice stroller. I replied with "Wow, sounds pretty nice. (pause) So, what kind of stroller did you have when you were a baby?"

He looked at me like I was completely nuts and said "I don't remember!" Then, after a brief pause, said "Oh...."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17023 on: March 02, 2017, 08:47:14 AM »
I shit you not, said something along the lines of how his infant child would "really know he was loved" because he had bought it such a nice stroller.

Everybody knows how much you love your kids is directly proportional to the amount of money you spend on them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17024 on: March 02, 2017, 08:59:18 AM »
The coworker I posted about earlier is still having problems.

Over the weekend her husband had some tattoos done. They had to come up with $500 to pay for holding the house they're going to rent once their house closes. She had to borrow money from her parents in order to pay it. They've known that this would be happening for over a month. She actually told him before he had it done that he would regret it (financially) but he whined and complained because 'he never gets to do anything for him'.

Apparently her sister would only be willing to loan them the money if they all went through their last months bank statements together.

She bought me a coffee and a doughnut on her way back from pumping which was really sweet but all I could think was honey you are broke!

Yesterday she was to tired to make the grilled cheese sandwiches that she had planned for dinner so they got pizza delivered. $40. Grilled cheese!

I also found out that they're going to invest $15,000 from the sale of their house in the realtor/contractor husband and wife team that they used to sell their house. Their reasoning was that it was worth the risk because they would just spend it if it was in their account. Using it to pay off more debt didn't enter into their minds.

It all just makes be really sad for her.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17025 on: March 02, 2017, 09:01:27 AM »

LOL I had a co-worker several years back who was getting ready for the birth of his first child. He started telling me about the extremely high-end, fancypants jogging stroller he had just bought, and I shit you not, said something along the lines of how his infant child would "really know he was loved" because he had bought it such a nice stroller. I replied with "Wow, sounds pretty nice. (pause) So, what kind of stroller did you have when you were a baby?"

He looked at me like I was completely nuts and said "I don't remember!" Then, after a brief pause, said "Oh...."

This is pure comedy gold.  Well done.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17026 on: March 02, 2017, 09:24:47 AM »
You guys I have a back yard, a sleeping bag, and a sky full of stars
Did that at my granddad's with a 1 person popup tent. Woke up at 4am with a migraine and wet feet. English weather sucks!
Best tip if you do, the cold comes from the ground, not from the air! Having a 2cm airbed is not insulation and you'll wake up ice cold in mildly cold weather :s

Yup.  When we were buying our house, we were visiting with my husband's parents.  I can't remember if they were visiting us, or us them (opposite coasts).  MIL: but where will WE sleep?

Me: On the sofabed in the living room!  Or in a hotel!  For the once every 2 years you guys come, I'm not spending an extra $100,000 for the extra bedroom. Can pay for a lot of hotels!
I have a close relative that does this.  Went from a 4,000sq ft house worth half a million to a 900 sq ft house that she bought for $15k (and then renovated it with her husband).  She's more than willing to put up guests in a hotel when they visit, if they're not comfortable on their sofa.

Most of my guests are staying with me for their convenience, not mine.  I have a sofa bed they are welcome to use and will share my bathroom with them, but done are my days of feeling that I have to have a bedroom just for the 1-3 times a year that I may have a guest in town. 
My dad often sleeps over when he's visiting from England, we have a double bed in the attick. Only downside is that it doesn't have a door so open sound connection to the lower level (where our 3 bedrooms and bathroom is). Unfortenatly he also sometimes brings over his GF and they stay at a hotel, he's welcome and he knows it but appearently privacy with her exceeds our offer of free room and board :P
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17027 on: March 02, 2017, 11:51:00 AM »
Yup.  When we were buying our house, we were visiting with my husband's parents.  I can't remember if they were visiting us, or us them (opposite coasts).  MIL: but where will WE sleep?

Me: On the sofabed in the living room!  Or in a hotel!  For the once every 2 years you guys come, I'm not spending an extra $100,000 for the extra bedroom. Can pay for a lot of hotels!
I have a close relative that does this.  Went from a 4,000sq ft house worth half a million to a 900 sq ft house that she bought for $15k (and then renovated it with her husband).  She's more than willing to put up guests in a hotel when they visit, if they're not comfortable on their sofa.

My brother in law has also told us that there are 2 houses with airB&B in their street and that visitors can stay there instead. Smart. Do I like it as a guest: not really. But that is not his problem.
Linda what don't you like about it? We have one spare room (used as an office/storage) that we host guests in, but if there's more people than the house can hold, airbnb has been our go to. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on downsides to this.

My purpose is visiting them, not a bunch of strangers in another house. I might end up in a house with smokers. And I would not like to pay for it. BIL did not mention who would pay.
I would rather sleep on a mattrass on the floor in their house.
Last time we ended up visiting them only during daytime on our way to another location.

I agree.

Also, if someone came to visit me I would be sad if they stayed in a hotel instead of at my house. Though at the moment I'd understand, because I got rid of my bed and am sleeping on the futon. There are no other bed options in my house besides an air mattress at the moment.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17028 on: March 02, 2017, 12:38:43 PM »
Yup.  When we were buying our house, we were visiting with my husband's parents.  I can't remember if they were visiting us, or us them (opposite coasts).  MIL: but where will WE sleep?

Me: On the sofabed in the living room!  Or in a hotel!  For the once every 2 years you guys come, I'm not spending an extra $100,000 for the extra bedroom. Can pay for a lot of hotels!
I have a close relative that does this.  Went from a 4,000sq ft house worth half a million to a 900 sq ft house that she bought for $15k (and then renovated it with her husband).  She's more than willing to put up guests in a hotel when they visit, if they're not comfortable on their sofa.

My brother in law has also told us that there are 2 houses with airB&B in their street and that visitors can stay there instead. Smart. Do I like it as a guest: not really. But that is not his problem.
Linda what don't you like about it? We have one spare room (used as an office/storage) that we host guests in, but if there's more people than the house can hold, airbnb has been our go to. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on downsides to this.

My purpose is visiting them, not a bunch of strangers in another house. I might end up in a house with smokers. And I would not like to pay for it. BIL did not mention who would pay.
I would rather sleep on a mattrass on the floor in their house.
Last time we ended up visiting them only during daytime on our way to another location.

I agree.

Also, if someone came to visit me I would be sad if they stayed in a hotel instead of at my house. Though at the moment I'd understand, because I got rid of my bed and am sleeping on the futon. There are no other bed options in my house besides an air mattress at the moment.
The assumption here is that you really do have extra space for them.
Then again, we've slept 4 people in our 500' studio in addition to me, husband, and cat.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17029 on: March 02, 2017, 12:53:43 PM »

I agree.

Also, if someone came to visit me I would be sad if they stayed in a hotel instead of at my house. Though at the moment I'd understand, because I got rid of my bed and am sleeping on the futon. There are no other bed options in my house besides an air mattress at the moment.
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The assumption here is that you really do have extra space for them.
Then again, we've slept 4 people in our 500' studio in addition to me, husband, and cat.
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My in-laws stay in a hotel when they come to visit.  At first, I was offended, because we have a ton of space, and this would be unheard of on my side of the family.  Now, I appreciate it because, they are lovely people, but have some peculiar habits and requirements, and I can just enjoy their company for several hours a day, but not cater to their peculiarities.  They seem to feel more comfortable this way too.  My family members know how to make themselves at home and just adapt to the environment, so it's not stressful having them stay at our house.  There is an art to being a good houseguest that has nothing to do with bringing the right bottle of wine.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17030 on: March 02, 2017, 01:35:29 PM »

LOL I had a co-worker several years back who was getting ready for the birth of his first child. He started telling me about the extremely high-end, fancypants jogging stroller he had just bought, and I shit you not, said something along the lines of how his infant child would "really know he was loved" because he had bought it such a nice stroller. I replied with "Wow, sounds pretty nice. (pause) So, what kind of stroller did you have when you were a baby?"

He looked at me like I was completely nuts and said "I don't remember!" Then, after a brief pause, said "Oh...."

This is pure comedy gold.  Well done.

Totally made me laugh out loud!

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« Reply #17031 on: March 02, 2017, 03:00:47 PM »

LOL I had a co-worker several years back who was getting ready for the birth of his first child. He started telling me about the extremely high-end, fancypants jogging stroller he had just bought, and I shit you not, said something along the lines of how his infant child would "really know he was loved" because he had bought it such a nice stroller. I replied with "Wow, sounds pretty nice. (pause) So, what kind of stroller did you have when you were a baby?"

He looked at me like I was completely nuts and said "I don't remember!" Then, after a brief pause, said "Oh...."

This is pure comedy gold.  Well done.

Totally made me laugh out loud!
Clearly the dude didn't have a fancy jogging stroller, or he totally would have remembered it.
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« Reply #17032 on: March 03, 2017, 08:50:38 AM »
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LOL I had a co-worker several years back who was getting ready for the birth of his first child. He started telling me about the extremely high-end, fancypants jogging stroller he had just bought, and I shit you not, said something along the lines of how his infant child would "really know he was loved" because he had bought it such a nice stroller. I replied with "Wow, sounds pretty nice. (pause) So, what kind of stroller did you have when you were a baby?"

He looked at me like I was completely nuts and said "I don't remember!" Then, after a brief pause, said "Oh...."

I wish I could think that fast on the fly. 

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« Reply #17033 on: March 03, 2017, 09:32:36 AM »
A coworker is trying to sell a "designer's" crib for $350, paid $500 for it.

We paid $25 for our crib, used. Our kids haven't complained that it was not "design" enough for them to sleep in when they were babies. Fingers crossed that our kids don't realize how awesome of a crib they could have had, had we spent 15 times the amount we did.

Sounds like your kids were really deprived!! ;)

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« Reply #17034 on: March 03, 2017, 02:28:32 PM »
My youngests "crib" was made from a piece of shelving liberated from the garage. It was in my bathroom, half in my shower. Before that he slept in our room with us but he got to the point that if he woke up and saw us it was game over for any sleep. After the move smooth sailing.
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« Reply #17035 on: March 03, 2017, 03:20:35 PM »
We actually often have people camp over. Kids especially love it. We usually limit it to summer, get a campfire going, and all have a brilliant time! They key is don't stop drinking until the tent is up :)
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« Reply #17036 on: March 03, 2017, 09:29:23 PM »
Finally have a story for this thread! (At least, I think it's my first).

I'm a grad student, so my "coworkers" are mostly grad students. Virtually all of the students in my college, engineering, are funded through a teaching assistant (TA) or research assistant (RA) position. As RAs, we get paid around $26k and have our tuition waived. This money comes out of a professor's research funds. TAs get paid somewhat less than that and also have our tuition waived, with that money coming out of the department's funds.

All professors here do their best to find funding for the students in their labs (they're hired as RAs). If a professor who is low on funding is approached by a student who wants him/her as a advisor, such a professor would simply say they don't have funding available and would instruct the student to find a different advisor. However, occasionally a professor has trouble finding funding for students after they've been hired (professors are not required to have 5 years of funding for a student on hand when they hire one).

One of my friends, unfortunately, is in that position. Her advisor wasn't able to find funding for her this semester. It happens sometimes. But here's the antimustachian part: her advisor recommended she not find a TA position, because it would slow her down from graduating, and instead just take out student loans.

Yeah. Take out student loans when a perfectly viable job is available (and my friend did disregard her advisor's advice and found a TA position). But remember, without a TA or RA position, my friend would not only have to pay for living expenses but also tuition, which is $14k a semester. Granted, TAing takes about 10-15 hours a week (though some classes will require closer to 20), so yes, it does slow her down from graduating. But seriously?

A cynic would say that the professor is being selfish. Before this incident, my friend told me several times her prof is trying to transition to an administrator role and wants to graduate her students as soon as possible.

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« Reply #17037 on: March 04, 2017, 08:01:12 AM »
Yeah. Take out student loans when a perfectly viable job is available (and my friend did disregard her advisor's advice and found a TA position). But remember, without a TA or RA position, my friend would not only have to pay for living expenses but also tuition, which is $14k a semester. Granted, TAing takes about 10-15 hours a week (though some classes will require closer to 20), so yes, it does slow her down from graduating. But seriously?
Good for your friend!  I found TAing to be not as demanding as it sounds.  Even with a full course load, I was able to handle the extra 15 hours/week with no problem.

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« Reply #17038 on: March 04, 2017, 10:01:20 AM »
Yeah. Take out student loans when a perfectly viable job is available (and my friend did disregard her advisor's advice and found a TA position). But remember, without a TA or RA position, my friend would not only have to pay for living expenses but also tuition, which is $14k a semester. Granted, TAing takes about 10-15 hours a week (though some classes will require closer to 20), so yes, it does slow her down from graduating. But seriously?
Good for your friend!  I found TAing to be not as demanding as it sounds.  Even with a full course load, I was able to handle the extra 15 hours/week with no problem.
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« Reply #17039 on: March 04, 2017, 12:11:47 PM »
But remember, without a TA or RA position, my friend would not only have to pay for living expenses but also tuition, which is $14k a semester. Granted, TAing takes about 10-15 hours a week (though some classes will require closer to 20), so yes, it does slow her down from graduating. But seriously?

That TA job works out to $47-$93/hour just for the waived tuition, assuming a 15 week semester... It would be insane to pass that up just to graduate a little sooner.
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« Reply #17040 on: March 04, 2017, 12:54:04 PM »
Yeah. Take out student loans when a perfectly viable job is available (and my friend did disregard her advisor's advice and found a TA position). But remember, without a TA or RA position, my friend would not only have to pay for living expenses but also tuition, which is $14k a semester. Granted, TAing takes about 10-15 hours a week (though some classes will require closer to 20), so yes, it does slow her down from graduating. But seriously?
Good for your friend!  I found TAing to be not as demanding as it sounds.  Even with a full course load, I was able to handle the extra 15 hours/week with no problem.

I agree. Just because she has to spend 15 hrs/wk on other stuff doesn't necessarily mean it's a reduction of time spent on research by 15 hrs/wk. There's only so many hours in a day one can spend on the same problem before exhausting ideas for the day.

But remember, without a TA or RA position, my friend would not only have to pay for living expenses but also tuition, which is $14k a semester. Granted, TAing takes about 10-15 hours a week (though some classes will require closer to 20), so yes, it does slow her down from graduating. But seriously?

That TA job works out to $47-$93/hour just for the waived tuition, assuming a 15 week semester... It would be insane to pass that up just to graduate a little sooner.

Yeah, which is why I was surprised to hear her professor recommended loans. Until then I had never heard of any professor doing every thing they could to find funding for their students, and if that failed, finding alternatives - e.g. one of my friends' profs got my friend a summer internship because the prof couldn't find her funding and there's fewer TA positions available in the summer.

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« Reply #17041 on: March 04, 2017, 02:06:51 PM »
Having TA and/or RA on a resume is good too.

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« Reply #17042 on: March 04, 2017, 07:29:49 PM »
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« Reply #17043 on: March 04, 2017, 08:48:55 PM »
You guys I have a back yard, a sleeping bag, and a sky full of stars

Do you really?

A sky full of stars seems so rare nowadays, with all the light pollution.

All the more wonderful for those who have it. I camped out in Moab, Utah last summer and the stars were so thick and bright I couldn't see the dark spaces between them. I truly had trouble picking out the constellations. Mosquitos ate me alive, though: I did something dumb and camped by the river the first night. Didn't make that mistake again.
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« Reply #17044 on: March 05, 2017, 05:58:15 AM »
You guys I have a back yard, a sleeping bag, and a sky full of stars

Do you really?

A sky full of stars seems so rare nowadays, with all the light pollution.


I do. :)

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« Reply #17045 on: March 05, 2017, 06:05:51 AM »
You guys I have a back yard, a sleeping bag, and a sky full of stars

Do you really?

A sky full of stars seems so rare nowadays, with all the light pollution.


I do. :)

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« Reply #17046 on: March 05, 2017, 11:08:02 AM »
My co-worker has a very high-maintenance girlfriend.

By high maintenance, i mean that she demands and gets so that he pays everything for her. They are 21 (her) and 25 (him) respectively. They live in a 250 000$ apartment in sweden's second-largest city, right smack in the middle of town. He does not own the place, or the mortgage, but is paying rent to HER father (who has the loan). But it's okay - because once he's paid off 10 000$, the father is going to GIVE him the apartment. yep. 250 000$ apartment. For free. With a loan.

The financial acumen of this kid is not to be trifled with. (i say kid, though i'm 5-6 years his senior :P).

I know for a fact he pays her medication, food, dog clothes, restaurant visits, an assortment of makeups and so forth. So today he asks me.

CW: So, do you know what graphics card to get? I really want to be able to play more CS:GO, and with better FPS than i have now.
Me: Yeah, sure. Computer specs? Alright. You should go for this card. (160$ card linked).
CW: What about a screen? I'm thinking about one of those 4k screen. Is this one good.
Me: Yeah, that one's good. It's also 900$. You might wanna think that over.
CW: (Goes silent on Skype for a long time)
Me: Yo? Dude?
CW: Yeah, girlfriend wanted some new fitted bedsheets. I had to buy those. They're 700$, so now i have to wait a bit for the card and so on.
Me: Right. Yeah. Better check your financials.
CW: Wait til the 25th, then i'm gonna order sooooo much stuuuuuffffff!
Me: *Facepalming behind the computer*

That girlfriend is hot. No doubt about it. But -come on-.

Come on.

He earns, a fact i know since i'm the COO of the company, about 2200$ a month. Before taxes. Which is good for his age and the work he does, and good considering we're in sweden. (Wages are less here.)

Buuuut...i fear the dude's headed to an early financial ruin.

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« Reply #17047 on: March 05, 2017, 12:02:45 PM »
My co-worker has a very high-maintenance girlfriend.

(stuff removed)

Come on.

He earns, a fact i know since i'm the COO of the company, about 2200$ a month. Before taxes. Which is good for his age and the work he does, and good considering we're in sweden. (Wages are less here.)

lets get this right... he'll be given a morgage for a 2 MSEK apartment in central Gbg, earns less than 20 KSEK a month before Swedish taxes (which is actually not a very high salary for a white collar job in Sweden, to be fair).  OK, I see where this is going.

20 K / month gives you the low tax rate of ~25%. (Yes, americans, that is low for Sweden).

The apartment might work out now when prices rise and interest is low, but I assume that a couple that young in a big city might have a resturant and nightlife cost which is ... not small.   And to have the perfect interior and lifestyle ... oh dear.

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« Reply #17048 on: March 05, 2017, 12:09:43 PM »
My co-worker has a very high-maintenance girlfriend.

(stuff removed)

Come on.

He earns, a fact i know since i'm the COO of the company, about 2200$ a month. Before taxes. Which is good for his age and the work he does, and good considering we're in sweden. (Wages are less here.)

lets get this right... he'll be given a morgage for a 2 MSEK apartment in central Gbg, earns less than 20 KSEK a month before Swedish taxes (which is actually not a very high salary for a white collar job in Sweden, to be fair).  OK, I see where this is going.

20 K / month gives you the low tax rate of ~25%. (Yes, americans, that is low for Sweden).

The apartment might work out now when prices rise and interest is low, but I assume that a couple that young in a big city might have a resturant and nightlife cost which is ... not small.   And to have the perfect interior and lifestyle ... oh dear.

I probably should have clarified that he works 80%, not 100%. At 100% that would indeed be a salary on the low end, but given that he lacks any education above high school...well...maybe i'm conservative, but i consider that to be pretty good!

Oh - she also doesn't work, and they only shop at the central/urban grocery store that costs about 1/3rd as much as "regular", cheaper ones. Adding to the awesomeness.

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« Reply #17049 on: March 05, 2017, 12:26:11 PM »
I probably should have clarified that he works 80%, not 100%. At 100% that would indeed be a salary on the low end, but given that he lacks any education above high school...well...maybe i'm conservative, but i consider that to be pretty good!

OK, that is good then.  Most people in my company have university education, and the ones that don't have equal skills...  but on the other hand, I'm from a smaller city where salaries are usually lower.

Oh - she also doesn't work, and they only shop at the central/urban grocery store that costs about 1/3rd as much as "regular", cheaper ones. Adding to the awesomeness.

I suspected as much. Lifestyle inflation. At least no car, I hope? Just parking would be a killer if you live in the city...