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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17000 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 #17001 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 #17002 on: March 04, 2017, 02:06:51 PM »
Having TA and/or RA on a resume is good too.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17003 on: March 04, 2017, 07:29:49 PM »
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« Reply #17004 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17005 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17006 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 #17007 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 #17008 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 #17009 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17010 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...

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« Reply #17011 on: March 05, 2017, 12:30:50 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...

Ditto! Same, also from the countryside :).

And no. No car. Not for lack of trying though. The poor guy lost his license due to an...incident.

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« Reply #17012 on: March 05, 2017, 07:35:32 PM »

Her: Well, at least I won't be spending $ on that every day.
Me: Yeah, that's great! How much is it?
Her: 5 something.
Me: That's over $17,000 if you invested it for 10 years.
Her: What is it if I don't invest it?... cuz that's not happening.
Me: $1,200/year, still a good chunk of $.
Her: Yeah, that's not that much...I'm sure I'll spend that on something else

how do you do that math in your head?

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« Reply #17013 on: March 05, 2017, 08:21:45 PM »

Her: Well, at least I won't be spending $ on that every day.
Me: Yeah, that's great! How much is it?
Her: 5 something.
Me: That's over $17,000 if you invested it for 10 years.
Her: What is it if I don't invest it?... cuz that's not happening.
Me: $1,200/year, still a good chunk of $.
Her: Yeah, that's not that much...I'm sure I'll spend that on something else

how do you do that math in your head?

It's probably just rough estimation. $5/day is more precisely $1,825/year (or $1,300/year for work days only), not $1,200/year.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17014 on: March 06, 2017, 01:45:10 AM »
1200$/yr corresponds to 48 working weeks. Seems like a pretty accurate calculation to me.

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« Reply #17015 on: March 06, 2017, 02:56:14 AM »

Her: Well, at least I won't be spending $ on that every day.
Me: Yeah, that's great! How much is it?
Her: 5 something.
Me: That's over $17,000 if you invested it for 10 years.
Her: What is it if I don't invest it?... cuz that's not happening.
Me: $1,200/year, still a good chunk of $.
Her: Yeah, that's not that much...I'm sure I'll spend that on something else

how do you do that math in your head?

It's probably just rough estimation. $5/day is more precisely $1,825/year (or $1,300/year for work days only), not $1,200/year.

I know how much some things are in my head not because I can work it out on the spot but because I've calculated it before for myself. Maybe Maverick44 had crunched the numbers on £5/day over a working year before.

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« Reply #17016 on: March 06, 2017, 04:27:37 AM »
I had done it using 48 working weeks for work days only. I did the $1,200/yr part in my head, but I have an app of Financial calculators that I quickly punched the investment calculation into to get the 17000+ figure. I use that app for any potential recurring purchase, large purchase or just to see where my retirement projections are versus where I am now. Love it

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17017 on: March 06, 2017, 04:47:38 AM »

Her: Well, at least I won't be spending $ on that every day.
Me: Yeah, that's great! How much is it?
Her: 5 something.
Me: That's over $17,000 if you invested it for 10 years.
Her: What is it if I don't invest it?... cuz that's not happening.
Me: $1,200/year, still a good chunk of $.
Her: Yeah, that's not that much...I'm sure I'll spend that on something else

On the plus side, "Her" understands the fungibility of money. Don't spend it on one thing, spend it on something else that brings greater joy.
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« Reply #17018 on: March 06, 2017, 09:36:28 AM »

Her: Well, at least I won't be spending $ on that every day.
Me: Yeah, that's great! How much is it?
Her: 5 something.
Me: That's over $17,000 if you invested it for 10 years.
Her: What is it if I don't invest it?... cuz that's not happening.
Me: $1,200/year, still a good chunk of $.
Her: Yeah, that's not that much...I'm sure I'll spend that on something else

On the plus side, "Her" understands the fungibility of money. Don't spend it on one thing, spend it on something else that brings greater joy.

ME: Due to the fungibility of money, I lowered my orange mochafrappucino expense to $0/year
You: How?
ME: I cut vegetables out of my grocery shopping.

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« Reply #17019 on: March 07, 2017, 08:18:34 AM »

Her: Well, at least I won't be spending $ on that every day.
Me: Yeah, that's great! How much is it?
Her: 5 something.
Me: That's over $17,000 if you invested it for 10 years.
Her: What is it if I don't invest it?... cuz that's not happening.
Me: $1,200/year, still a good chunk of $.
Her: Yeah, that's not that much...I'm sure I'll spend that on something else

how do you do that math in your head?

It's probably just rough estimation. $5/day is more precisely $1,825/year (or $1,300/year for work days only), not $1,200/year.

Since it was indicated that the money is invested, I think it goes more like this:

$5 a day x 20 working days/month = $100/month

Compound growth factor for monthly amount over 10 years: 177
Compound growth factor for monthly amount over 15 years: 350
Compound growth factor for monthly amount over 20 years: 530

so, $100/month x 177 = $17,700 per 10 year period if money is invested monthly. Note: compound growth factors assume 7% nominal return (inflation adjusted) which corresponds with historical performance of S&P500/VTSAX etc


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« Reply #17020 on: March 07, 2017, 09:19:55 PM »
Just overheard the guy sitting next to me pay 'the balance' of his kids birthday pay. $175 for a child under 10.

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« Reply #17021 on: March 07, 2017, 09:52:56 PM »
Just overheard the guy sitting next to me pay 'the balance' of his kids birthday pay. $175 for a child under 10.

Is that a typo?  Did you mean "birthday party" (which would still be quite the party for a 10yo)?  Or does his kid earn money by staying alive?

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« Reply #17022 on: March 07, 2017, 10:27:52 PM »
Just overheard the guy sitting next to me pay 'the balance' of his kids birthday pay. $175 for a child under 10.

Is that a typo?  Did you mean "birthday party" (which would still be quite the party for a 10yo)?  Or does his kid earn money by staying alive?

Wow I didn't even catch that. I was reading quickly and my brain automatically filled in party instead of pay (and I agree, $175 for a 10 yo's birthday party is still way too much, let alone a $175 cash birthday present).

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« Reply #17023 on: March 08, 2017, 06:44:31 AM »
So this wasn't strictly overheard at work, but in a discussion with a former colleague.

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« Reply #17024 on: March 08, 2017, 07:43:10 AM »
Heard at lunch today: I never eat food that is past the "best before" date.
Luckily there were a number of people at the same table who do eat dried food past the best before date.
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« Reply #17025 on: March 08, 2017, 07:56:26 AM »
Just overheard the guy sitting next to me pay 'the balance' of his kids birthday pay. $175 for a child under 10.

Is that a typo?  Did you mean "birthday party" (which would still be quite the party for a 10yo)?  Or does his kid earn money by staying alive?

Wow I didn't even catch that. I was reading quickly and my brain automatically filled in party instead of pay (and I agree, $175 for a 10 yo's birthday party is still way too much, let alone a $175 cash birthday present).

Paid around that for my daughter's 4th birthday party.  Couple hours at Chuck E Cheese's, it's like $12/kid including food, drink, tokens, etc.  Had ~12-15 kids.  The appeal is that all you bring is money, there's no cleaning the house before and after, no running around buying and preparing food, decorations, etc etc.  Show up, pay, leave.  Sure beats having 12-15 4-5y/os running around my house. 
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« Reply #17026 on: March 08, 2017, 09:34:44 AM »
A co-worker was asking for advise today on framing out an unfinished basement. He has a large family (wife and 6 kids) and they just had a house built last summer. It's a McMansion for sure. He's trying to do the basement work himself because they spent all their money buying the house. I heard him say there would be 3 bathrooms in the basement. That perked my ears up so I asked how many he has now. He said 5 and a half. So when the basement is finished he'll have 8.5 bathrooms for 8 people. I was so shocked that I didn't have a response.

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« Reply #17027 on: March 08, 2017, 10:13:31 AM »
A co-worker was asking for advise today on framing out an unfinished basement. He has a large family (wife and 6 kids) and they just had a house built last summer. It's a McMansion for sure. He's trying to do the basement work himself because they spent all their money buying the house. I heard him say there would be 3 bathrooms in the basement. That perked my ears up so I asked how many he has now. He said 5 and a half. So when the basement is finished he'll have 8.5 bathrooms for 8 people. I was so shocked that I didn't have a response.

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« Reply #17028 on: March 08, 2017, 11:22:39 AM »
A co-worker was asking for advise today on framing out an unfinished basement. He has a large family (wife and 6 kids) and they just had a house built last summer. It's a McMansion for sure. He's trying to do the basement work himself because they spent all their money buying the house. I heard him say there would be 3 bathrooms in the basement. That perked my ears up so I asked how many he has now. He said 5 and a half. So when the basement is finished he'll have 8.5 bathrooms for 8 people. I was so shocked that I didn't have a response.

Always a good practice to have more shitters than you have butts. I mean, what if a guest is over and everyone gets food poisoning with explosive diarrhea at the EXACT SAME TIME?

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« Reply #17029 on: March 08, 2017, 12:08:34 PM »
A co-worker was asking for advise today on framing out an unfinished basement. He has a large family (wife and 6 kids) and they just had a house built last summer. It's a McMansion for sure. He's trying to do the basement work himself because they spent all their money buying the house. I heard him say there would be 3 bathrooms in the basement. That perked my ears up so I asked how many he has now. He said 5 and a half. So when the basement is finished he'll have 8.5 bathrooms for 8 people. I was so shocked that I didn't have a response.

Always a good practice to have more shitters than you have butts. I mean, what if a guest is over and everyone gets food poisoning with explosive diarrhea at the EXACT SAME TIME?

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« Reply #17030 on: March 08, 2017, 12:29:00 PM »
A co-worker was asking for advise today on framing out an unfinished basement. He has a large family (wife and 6 kids) and they just had a house built last summer. It's a McMansion for sure. He's trying to do the basement work himself because they spent all their money buying the house. I heard him say there would be 3 bathrooms in the basement. That perked my ears up so I asked how many he has now. He said 5 and a half. So when the basement is finished he'll have 8.5 bathrooms for 8 people. I was so shocked that I didn't have a response.

Always a good practice to have more shitters than you have butts. I mean, what if a guest is over and everyone gets food poisoning with explosive diarrhea at the EXACT SAME TIME?

That actually happened to my family when I was a kid--we only had one bathroom (family of six) and we had friends over for Thanksgiving.  The turkey was bad and everyone except my brother, who didn't like turkey, got sick.  Eleven people, one bathroom.  It was awful.

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« Reply #17031 on: March 08, 2017, 12:31:05 PM »
Our first house had one bathroom. A few times  as we arrived at home after a trip to Grandma's house - use guys would run for the back yard and DW would get first dibs on the bathroom. Joys of living in the near-country.

Hopefully everyone just needed to pee.

Somewhere along the way we decided that a second bathroom was a must along with some other modest expectations (garage).
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« Reply #17032 on: March 08, 2017, 12:40:36 PM »
My FIL's minimum is 3 toilets for a family of 4, basically because of what was posted above. He keeps threatening to put dueling toilets in his master bathroom.

If we ever renovate our house (instead of knocking down or buying "new"), we'll be adding a toilet somewhere. You can never have too many. I'm jealous of my aunt and uncle--they have 6 in their house, for only 4 bedrooms. One of the bathrooms is so tiny--it is shoved under a staircase--that you basically have to pull your pants up outside the bathroom--but it has come in handy many, many times.

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« Reply #17033 on: March 08, 2017, 12:59:49 PM »
I dunno... bathrooms are my least favorite to clean and having twice as many pretty much means twice as much cleaning (since bathroom usage tends to scale up in proportion to available bathrooms- or each toilet may get used half as often, but they will probably each be used sometime within the cleaning timeframe). 

If I ever build a bathroom, the number one criteria will be easy cleanability.  I am still considering  designing and patenting my ingenious new toilet design with no nooks, crannies, hinges, etc.  I'll put a drain in the floor and hose everything down with a pressure washer. Ohhh yeah

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« Reply #17034 on: March 08, 2017, 01:21:18 PM »
I dunno... bathrooms are my least favorite to clean and having twice as many pretty much means twice as much cleaning (since bathroom usage tends to scale up in proportion to available bathrooms- or each toilet may get used half as often, but they will probably each be used sometime within the cleaning timeframe). 

If I ever build a bathroom, the number one criteria will be easy cleanability.  I am still considering  designing and patenting my ingenious new toilet design with no nooks, crannies, hinges, etc.  I'll put a drain in the floor and hose everything down with a pressure washer. Ohhh yeah

Don't worry, the MMM forumhas led me to a solution for that one. This amazing thread (http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/advice-for-making-your-home-interior-easier-to-clean-and-maintain) has recommended Don Aslett's 'Make Your House Do The Housework' several times. I bought it, and he advocates (to a slightly excessive degree, perhaps) suspending everything and not mixing surfaces more than you have to. So you tile your entire bathroom and buy a suspended toilet like this one: http://cdn.stylisheve.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Suspended-Toilet-Designs-for-an-Original-Bathroom-Style_3.jpg

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17035 on: March 08, 2017, 02:49:51 PM »
buy a suspended toilet like this one: http://cdn.stylisheve.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Suspended-Toilet-Designs-for-an-Original-Bathroom-Style_3.jpg

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I want that toilet.

Personally, I think the secret to domestic bliss is at least two bathrooms (no kids) we actually have 2 1/2 and it's perfect because we then have a 1/2 on our main floor and two upstairs by the bedrooms. I would scale down to 2 if we had a 1-level house but I will NOT go to 1 for two people.


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How do you not know? Moreover how are you supposed to figure out if the new plan will save you anything if you don't know what you are paying now? SMH.

She also had a leased car until last year which she had to buy because she was way over her mileage from her 40 minute daily commute.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17036 on: March 08, 2017, 02:54:09 PM »
buy a suspended toilet like this one: http://cdn.stylisheve.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Suspended-Toilet-Designs-for-an-Original-Bathroom-Style_3.jpg

This forum is the best.

I want that toilet.

Personally, I think the secret to domestic bliss is at least two bathrooms (no kids) we actually have 2 1/2 and it's perfect because we then have a 1/2 on our main floor and two upstairs by the bedrooms. I would scale down to 2 if we had a 1-level house but I will NOT go to 1 for two people.

Seriously? That is a massively luxurious overabundance of bathrooms. I think one bathroom per two people is optimal.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17037 on: March 08, 2017, 03:04:17 PM »
buy a suspended toilet like this one: http://cdn.stylisheve.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Suspended-Toilet-Designs-for-an-Original-Bathroom-Style_3.jpg

This forum is the best.

I want that toilet.

Personally, I think the secret to domestic bliss is at least two bathrooms (no kids) we actually have 2 1/2 and it's perfect because we then have a 1/2 on our main floor and two upstairs by the bedrooms. I would scale down to 2 if we had a 1-level house but I will NOT go to 1 for two people.

Seriously? That is a massively luxurious overabundance of bathrooms. I think one bathroom per two people is optimal.

Our family had Noro for Christmas years ago - after that experience, 1 1/2 baths is my minimum.  Right now we have 3 1/2 for 2 people (empty nesters), and that's too many bathrooms.   Dragoncar is right - because they're there, they get used.  DH has this thing about using every damn bathroom in the house, instead of sticking to 'his'.

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« Reply #17038 on: March 08, 2017, 03:12:05 PM »
Seriously? That is a massively luxurious overabundance of bathrooms. I think one bathroom per two people is optimal.

Clearly you've never had to take a shit while someone else is in the shower.  No, sharing is not an acceptable option in that scenario to me. 

We also have 2.5 baths, and could do without the .5, but it is nice to have the powder room on the main floor so guests don't have to go to upstairs or downstairs.  But we added the second full bath, at pretty large expense, because it is infinitely easier to have two showers for us to get ready for work, to go places, etc.  We actually passed on a number of houses with 1 or 1.5 baths, and only purchased this one with the knowledge we could add a full bath in the basement. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17039 on: March 08, 2017, 03:25:57 PM »
If I ever build a bathroom, the number one criteria will be easy cleanability.  I am still considering  designing and patenting my ingenious new toilet design with no nooks, crannies, hinges, etc.  I'll put a drain in the floor and hose everything down with a pressure washer. Ohhh yeah

For maximal efficiency, why not put in a couple bunk beds too, and make it a guest room?


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17040 on: March 08, 2017, 03:28:38 PM »
If I ever build a bathroom, the number one criteria will be easy cleanability.  I am still considering  designing and patenting my ingenious new toilet design with no nooks, crannies, hinges, etc.  I'll put a drain in the floor and hose everything down with a pressure washer. Ohhh yeah

For maximal efficiency, why not put in a couple bunk beds too, and make it a guest room?



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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17041 on: March 08, 2017, 03:34:21 PM »
Seriously? That is a massively luxurious overabundance of bathrooms. I think one bathroom per two people is optimal.

Clearly you've never had to take a shit while someone else is in the shower.  No, sharing is not an acceptable option in that scenario to me. 

You are right, that has never happened - and I speak as someone with intermittently malfunctioning bowels. I think there is an unspoken rule in my household that shitting takes priority above all other uses of the bathroom, and users of the bathroom for other activities are happy to make way on the understanding that the same courtesy is afford to them in turn. But seriously, the bathroom is taken up by someone else showering for fifteen minutes in the entire day. I am not having a second bathroom just in case I one day need a poop in those ten minutes. Other bathroom use occurrences take five minutes at a time max. I'm a big girl. I can hold it.

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« Reply #17042 on: March 08, 2017, 03:36:30 PM »
Have you and a loved one never had food poisening at the same time? Or the "flu"?

That was a fun night. We had a trash can on standby for... things that a trash can should never be used for.

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« Reply #17043 on: March 08, 2017, 03:45:21 PM »
Have you and a loved one never had food poisening at the same time? Or the "flu"?

That was a fun night. We had a trash can on standby for... things that a trash can should never be used for.

No. I have not vomited since last millennium and I have no plans to in the future. As for the other option, it's never happened but I guess we could take turns??

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« Reply #17044 on: March 08, 2017, 04:11:02 PM »
Huh. Hubby and I only have 1 bathroom in our house, lived there for 14 years now. We are often in there at the same time, one showering or whatever, one using the toilet... not awesome I admit, but its hardly the end of the world. It was inconvenient one time when I had food poisoning, and he happened to be pooping at the exact moment I was going to puke. So I puked in the kitchen sink, and cleaned it up when I was done. Miraculously, we have survived.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17045 on: March 08, 2017, 07:58:03 PM »
Hiking the AT has changed my perspective on the bathroom situation. Pooping au natural just isn't that difficult or as scary as we think it is.

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« Reply #17046 on: March 08, 2017, 08:08:45 PM »
Hiking the AT has changed my perspective on the bathroom situation. Pooping au natural just isn't that difficult or as scary as we think it is.

Yeah we hike and camp a lot so that may be part of the reason why we're not very squeamish about these things.

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« Reply #17047 on: March 08, 2017, 08:24:13 PM »
A neighbor lady who can't keep a job and whose husband might make 30k a year was telling my wife yesterday that they got a $4800 tax refund last week.   She is currently doing elder care for my wife's mother at 18 hours a week and 8.75 an hour and we chip in 3 bucks an hour to raise the rate a little.

  She was telling my wife this when she dropped by to get her money for the week so she could go buy groceries.  The tax refund?  Gone.  Trip to the local casino, new video games for her 2 adult sons who live at home and don't work and assorted other stupid spending.  They don't have 2 nickels to rub together, and every summer complain they don't have the money to take a vacation.   It's all I can do not to face palm her.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17048 on: March 08, 2017, 08:50:17 PM »
Seriously? That is a massively luxurious overabundance of bathrooms. I think one bathroom per two people is optimal.
Clearly you've never had to take a shit while someone else is in the shower.  No, sharing is not an acceptable option in that scenario to me. 

Sure, but I just hold it or if I know I'll be quick I just use it anyways and yell "Don't Look, I'm Poopin!" through the shower curtain.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17049 on: March 08, 2017, 09:04:25 PM »
Seriously? That is a massively luxurious overabundance of bathrooms. I think one bathroom per two people is optimal.

Clearly you've never had to take a shit while someone else is in the shower.  No, sharing is not an acceptable option in that scenario to me. 

You are right, that has never happened - and I speak as someone with intermittently malfunctioning bowels. I think there is an unspoken rule in my household that shitting takes priority above all other uses of the bathroom, and users of the bathroom for other activities are happy to make way on the understanding that the same courtesy is afford to them in turn. But seriously, the bathroom is taken up by someone else showering for fifteen minutes in the entire day. I am not having a second bathroom just in case I one day need a poop in those ten minutes. Other bathroom use occurrences take five minutes at a time max. I'm a big girl. I can hold it.

My husband spends a LOT of time in the bathroom. He seems to find it an ideal space for video games and general meditation. Sharing a bathroom, which we did for 6 years, was a nightmare. Never again.