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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17100 on: March 11, 2017, 11:24:29 AM »
It's "anal expulsive". Ewww....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17101 on: March 11, 2017, 06:33:34 PM »
I don't think so. Remember, it's 24 hours total driving. Roughly 1500 miles, which is close to 80 gallons of gas or $175-200. Factor in wear and tear and depreciation of a brand new 2016 truck and you've EASILY surpassed the $350 flight price.

You're right. I always forget depreciation.  Our cars are old enough that we don't include it.  ;-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17102 on: March 12, 2017, 04:37:26 AM »
It's "anal expulsive". Ewww....
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17103 on: March 12, 2017, 08:51:58 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.

Depends. If your friend is delaying getting an $80k/year job 6 months to save $14k, I can certainly see the argument to get out faster and take the loan.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17104 on: March 12, 2017, 09:05:45 AM »
Coworker was talking about how he got a pretty much brand new truck for only $44,000 and payments were only $526 per month. Which he followed up with by saying "Good thing I'm really frugal with my money and could take advantage of that deal!!"

Luckily I was so dumbfounded I couldn't say anything.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17105 on: March 12, 2017, 12:22:39 PM »
It's "anal expulsive". Ewww....
Yes, but is it black or orange?

Depends on whether there is a dress involved... (Ewwww.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17106 on: March 12, 2017, 07:36:17 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.

Depends. If your friend is delaying getting an $80k/year job 6 months to save $14k, I can certainly see the argument to get out faster and take the loan.

She has at least a year left.

Furthermore, I don't know how familiar you are with academia, but it is VERY common for PhD students to graduate later than expected.

EDIT: Clarified, PhD students
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17107 on: March 13, 2017, 12:10:16 AM »
Coworker was talking about how he got a pretty much brand new truck for only $44,000 and payments were only $526 per month. Which he followed up with by saying "Good thing I'm really frugal with my money and could take advantage of that deal!!"

Luckily I was so dumbfounded I couldn't say anything.

This is exactly why most people in society don't get ahead, they think they're hot stuff for saving 10%... so that it can be spent on a larger item.  Seriously folks, saving money to buy a car is not saving money, it's just deferred spending.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17108 on: March 13, 2017, 01:24:17 AM »
Coworker was talking about how he got a pretty much brand new truck for only $44,000 and payments were only $526 per month. Which he followed up with by saying "Good thing I'm really frugal with my money and could take advantage of that deal!!"

Luckily I was so dumbfounded I couldn't say anything.

This is exactly why most people in society don't get ahead, they think they're hot stuff for saving 10%... so that it can be spent on a larger item.  Seriously folks, saving money to buy a car is not saving money, it's just deferred spending.

Saving is delayed spending.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17109 on: March 13, 2017, 05:01:30 AM »
Saving is delayed spending.
Nope, there is an important difference. Many people think they are financially responsible because they manage to save some money each month for their summer vacation. When I save money, I don't plan to spend it ever (unless buying stocks counts as "spending").

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17110 on: March 13, 2017, 05:35:37 AM »
Saving is delayed spending.
Nope, there is an important difference. Many people think they are financially responsible because they manage to save some money each month for their summer vacation. When I save money, I don't plan to spend it ever (unless buying stocks counts as "spending").
Then why do you do "saving"?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17111 on: March 13, 2017, 07:22:37 AM »
Coworker was talking about how he got a pretty much brand new truck for only $44,000 and payments were only $526 per month. Which he followed up with by saying "Good thing I'm really frugal with my money and could take advantage of that deal!!"

Luckily I was so dumbfounded I couldn't say anything.

This is exactly why most people in society don't get ahead, they think they're hot stuff for saving 10%... so that it can be spent on a larger item.  Seriously folks, saving money to buy a car is not saving money, it's just deferred spending.

Saving is delayed spending.

How so?  Not everyone spends all their money. It's very possible to die with some left over.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17112 on: March 13, 2017, 08:34:14 AM »
Saving is delayed spending.
Nope, there is an important difference. Many people think they are financially responsible because they manage to save some money each month for their summer vacation. When I save money, I don't plan to spend it ever (unless buying stocks counts as "spending").
Then why do you do "saving"?
If you just like many zeros on your bank account, I can lend you a pen.

The difference is in the planning, I don't know when or if I'll ever need the money I'm saving right now.  In other words, I don't have a plan as to what to spend it on.  So I can say I'm saving 40% of my income.  The other 60% includes money that I'm putting aside to replace my car, fund vacations etc in the next couple years, but it's A car replacement fund and vacation fund, not savings because I've already got something in my mind to spend it on. 

Do people who think all saving is deferred spending have a "savings rate" of 100% because their paychecks get "saved" in their accounts for a month before getting spent? 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17113 on: March 13, 2017, 02:37:55 PM »
Then why do you do "saving"?
If you just like many zeros on your bank account, I can lend you a pen.
Considering the forum you are currently writing in, what do you think am I saving for?

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Do people who think all saving is deferred spending have a "savings rate" of 100% because their paychecks get "saved" in their accounts for a month before getting spent? 
Very good point. I'm using YNAB and the live-off-last-month's-income rule, so technically I'm saving 100%.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17114 on: March 13, 2017, 02:54:22 PM »
Saving is delayed spending.
Nope, there is an important difference. Many people think they are financially responsible because they manage to save some money each month for their summer vacation. When I save money, I don't plan to spend it ever (unless buying stocks counts as "spending").
Then why do you do "saving"?
If you just like many zeros on your bank account, I can lend you a pen.

The difference is in the planning, I don't know when or if I'll ever need the money I'm saving right now.  In other words, I don't have a plan as to what to spend it on.  So I can say I'm saving 40% of my income.  The other 60% includes money that I'm putting aside to replace my car, fund vacations etc in the next couple years, but it's A car replacement fund and vacation fund, not savings because I've already got something in my mind to spend it on. 

Do people who think all saving is deferred spending have a "savings rate" of 100% because their paychecks get "saved" in their accounts for a month before getting spent?

I would generally consider it "saving" if I am keeping it indefinitely and don't have a clear plan on what I'll use it for later. For example, I might have an "emergency" arise and need some of it or when the un-spent money pool hanging out in my "savings" account gets large enough, I might invest it in a rental property. My ultimate goal/plan is that all of the money I earn but don't spend on a need/immediate want will eventually be invested in a property but not until I have enough (I'm not really at the point where it's snowballing quickly yet) and some of it might get spent along the way on something else that came up - so I saved it until I needed it but I didn't invest it yet.

So I guess I think savings can be medium-term for items that are too large for me to cash-flow but investment is for the long haul, and the ultimate goal for all savings to be transitioned to. However, if I have a big expense and use some of the money I had saved that would drop my savings rate for the month/year because I spent it.

I think we can think of savings in different ways and that's ok - some people might only consider invested money saved and the rest in a kind of "I will use this later" limbo.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17115 on: March 13, 2017, 06:09:29 PM »
I plan to eventually spend ALL my money...   does that mean I have a zero savings rate, only deferred spending?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17116 on: March 14, 2017, 08:19:57 AM »
A dear friend (CW) at work mentioned that he was happy that his father stopped working for the military before CW started university because if the father hadn't, CW would have not qualified for student loans.

I asked how much their father was making in the military. Hearing the amount, I said CW would have been fine either way. His father made enough to have easily cashflowed university.
I'm a military pilot (officer) and my peers are making right around the 100k level (about 40% of that is tax free!). Now that so many people are looking to transition to the airlines for the much higher pay, its a routine conversation at work trying to figure out life hacks to make do on the 60-80k that you'll make your first couple years before seniority starts to kick in. I've heard people say they will enroll as a full time student and use their GI bill just to get the accompanying housing allowance while also in their first year at a new job. This from the same people who make 30 minute commutes alone in V8 SUV's and spend more on one kid's upbringing than all of my family of five's current living expenses. I try to slip in comments about how important it is to be able to live off savings for at least a few months and they look at me like I'm crazy for having that much money. Maybe I am, but I'll be a lot less stressed about my career transition than they are!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17117 on: March 14, 2017, 08:28:00 AM »
Anyone else hear the craziest things while at work?
Oh another good one was my coworker that bragged about his 4% mortgage rate and ability to almost make double payments. The whole reason he picked the credit union for the mortgage was that they consolidated his credit card debt at a lower interest rate of 9%. When asked why not apply the extra funds to the credit card, he said that keeping the card closer to maxed out helps them not overspend, and besides having your house paid for early is an important milestone in life and as he gets older he is intentionally working towards planning for the future. SMH
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17118 on: March 14, 2017, 08:32:58 AM »
A dear friend (CW) at work mentioned that he was happy that his father stopped working for the military before CW started university because if the father hadn't, CW would have not qualified for student loans.

I asked how much their father was making in the military. Hearing the amount, I said CW would have been fine either way. His father made enough to have easily cashflowed university.
I'm a military pilot (officer) and my peers are making right around the 100k level (about 40% of that is tax free!). Now that so many people are looking to transition to the airlines for the much higher pay, its a routine conversation at work trying to figure out life hacks to make do on the 60-80k that you'll make your first couple years before seniority starts to kick in. I've heard people say they will enroll as a full time student and use their GI bill just to get the accompanying housing allowance while also in their first year at a new job. This from the same people who make 30 minute commutes alone in V8 SUV's and spend more on one kid's upbringing than all of my family of five's current living expenses. I try to slip in comments about how important it is to be able to live off savings for at least a few months and they look at me like I'm crazy for having that much money. Maybe I am, but I'll be a lot less stressed about my career transition than they are!
Yeesh, some people live on a whole different planet.  I guess at least they are looking "life hacks" vs "just" going into debt to support their current lifestyle...
Anyone else hear the craziest things while at work?
Oh another good one was my coworker that bragged about his 4% mortgage rate and ability to almost make double payments. The whole reason he picked the credit union for the mortgage was that they consolidated his credit card debt at a lower interest rate of 9%. When asked why not apply the extra funds to the credit card, he said that keeping the card closer to maxed out helps them not overspend, and besides having your house paid for early is an important milestone in life and as he gets older he is intentionally working towards planning for the future. SMH
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17119 on: March 14, 2017, 08:55:29 AM »
Anyone else hear the craziest things while at work?
Oh another good one was my coworker that bragged about his 4% mortgage rate and ability to almost make double payments. The whole reason he picked the credit union for the mortgage was that they consolidated his credit card debt at a lower interest rate of 9%. When asked why not apply the extra funds to the credit card, he said that keeping the card closer to maxed out helps them not overspend, and besides having your house paid for early is an important milestone in life and as he gets older he is intentionally working towards planning for the future. SMH

Its clear that he has some sense of financial acumen... He understands that paying his house off is good, but jeebers... why not just call and lower the credit limit?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17120 on: March 14, 2017, 09:28:45 AM »
There could be so much more to this story that I don't know that could make it semi-mustacian but my guess is not:

We're doing interviews at my work for an account clerk position. One person who's name came down from HR for an interview shares a last name with another employee. Just intending to see if they were married I looked up property records for their last name. Sure enough they own a house together so probably husband/wife. Happened to see that they paid $360k for the house which is very expensive in my area where you can get a nice house for under $200k and move-in ready though un-updated houses under $100k. So I looked at the pay ranges for his position and what she was applying for (I work in government, this is public information), both positions are $18-23/hour. Holy shit that's a lot of house for a combined income of under $100k/year. It's also in a town about 30 miles way from work so they're commuting quite a ways.

Maybe they paid cash for this house. Maybe they have a super efficient compact car that they carpool in. I don't know their situation. All I know is he worked at a miserable position in another department before and was very happy to get his new position last year.

Oh, and she no-call-no-showed for her interview

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17121 on: March 14, 2017, 09:34:29 AM »
Is this the right place to post about coworkers recently buying and admiring each other's cars? Recently. two co workers bought Mustangs and one bought a convertible looking Chevy. I don't know what it's called but it looks like the Mustang. Talking about how the Mustang was like only 30 something grand with some type of Engine, etc.

I'm in no place to be shaming car purchases as prior to Mustachianism, I bought a new Honda Fit, but not even sure why they bought these cars as they all had perfectly running cars before this.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17122 on: March 14, 2017, 09:52:33 AM »
Is this the right place to post about coworkers recently buying and admiring each other's cars? Recently. two co workers bought Mustangs and one bought a convertible looking Chevy. I don't know what it's called but it looks like the Mustang. Talking about how the Mustang was like only 30 something grand with some type of Engine, etc.

I'm in no place to be shaming car purchases as prior to Mustachianism, I bought a new Honda Fit, but not even sure why they bought these cars as they all had perfectly running cars before this.

Assume they're not Mustachian.

Reasons to buy the new cars:
1: They really liked them, and driving the cars makes them happy 
2: Their old cars were sucking the soul out of them (I HATED driving my wife's old Corolla) 
3: Perfectly running doesn't mean its right. I have a liesure suit from my dad that is in perfect condition. Still won't wear it
4: As my grandpa said, if it isn't illegal, immoral, and you can afford it, why not?
5: Maybe this was their childhood dream car 
6: They know it confuses you, so they did it to give you something to talk about 
7: They have to pick up (single) clients from time to time and wanted to impress them 
8: They just wanted something different

BTW, the Chevy was a Camaro.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17123 on: March 14, 2017, 09:54:25 AM »
Is this the right place to post about coworkers recently buying and admiring each other's cars? Recently. two co workers bought Mustangs and one bought a convertible looking Chevy. I don't know what it's called but it looks like the Mustang. Talking about how the Mustang was like only 30 something grand with some type of Engine, etc.

I'm in no place to be shaming car purchases as prior to Mustachianism, I bought a new Honda Fit, but not even sure why they bought these cars as they all had perfectly running cars before this.

To be fair, you get a lot of car for your buck with the new mustangs and camaros. Other cars cost a lot more for similar HP/torque (I'm looking at you Nissan...)
I totally get it, not everyone sees a car as something to get from A to B. Still, I'd rather buy an older sports car for 1/4 the price and add some modifications...They took the lazy way out. Not really something I'd brag about personally.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17124 on: March 14, 2017, 02:13:48 PM »
I've quit being surprised by new vehicle prices and now assume all new cars are $30K-$40K. This blows my mind but...

Meanwhile we drive much older and much, much cheaper vehicles which continue to be reliable and comfortable. Both vehicles combined cost less than a trip to Disney. ;)

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« Reply #17125 on: March 14, 2017, 03:14:08 PM »
I've quit being surprised by new vehicle prices and now assume all new cars are $30K-$40K. This blows my mind but...

Meanwhile we drive much older and much, much cheaper vehicles which continue to be reliable and comfortable. Both vehicles combined cost less than a trip to Disney. ;)
That all depends on how you do Disney. :)  Stay in a non-disney hotel, take a shuttle to the parks, pack your lunch, stay long enough to get the steep discounts...you can manage to do it fairly cheaply on a per-person-day basis!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17126 on: March 15, 2017, 09:32:25 AM »
Co-worker told me he went to a "Sneaker Con" on Saturday and bought two pairs of sneakers, along with going out to dinner at a downtown restaurant.

He follows that up by saying he went to dinner on Friday and Sunday - so him and his GF ate out all weekend at nicer places.

I responded, "Man, you probably spent over $400 for the weekend."

He kinda smiled and said, "A bit over $650."

Wow... I can't even...
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« Reply #17127 on: March 15, 2017, 09:41:09 AM »
He kinda smiled and said, "A bit over $650."


SMH! It's been a long time since I've spent that much in a weekend, and that was when I went to visit my cousin for a vacation, and the $650 included the airfare.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17128 on: March 15, 2017, 09:51:59 AM »
I've quit being surprised by new vehicle prices and now assume all new cars are $30K-$40K. This blows my mind but...

Meanwhile we drive much older and much, much cheaper vehicles which continue to be reliable and comfortable. Both vehicles combined cost less than a trip to Disney. ;)
That all depends on how you do Disney. :)  Stay in a non-disney hotel, take a shuttle to the parks, pack your lunch, stay long enough to get the steep discounts...you can manage to do it fairly cheaply on a per-person-day basis!

It's the stay long enough to get the steep discounts where they get you. Most people end up spending A LOT more because they go so many days! That way it's less per day.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17129 on: March 15, 2017, 09:54:36 AM »
He kinda smiled and said, "A bit over $650."

SMH! It's been a long time since I've spent that much in a weekend, and that was when I went to visit my cousin for a vacation, and the $650 included the airfare.

About 15 years ago, I expensed a meal at the Steak and Lobster Co, Palm Springs CA, for 6 or 8 people, and only got to ~$500 with tip.   Still the most expensive meal/entertainment I've ever done. 
PS, I discovered that I'm not a big fan of lobster thermidor.

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« Reply #17130 on: March 15, 2017, 10:04:24 AM »
He kinda smiled and said, "A bit over $650."

SMH! It's been a long time since I've spent that much in a weekend, and that was when I went to visit my cousin for a vacation, and the $650 included the airfare.

About 15 years ago, I expensed a meal at the Steak and Lobster Co, Palm Springs CA, for 6 or 8 people, and only got to ~$500 with tip.   Still the most expensive meal/entertainment I've ever done. 
PS, I discovered that I'm not a big fan of lobster thermidor.

You know, I really don't see what the big deal about lobster is. The last time I had lobster tail was about a decade ago and I don't recall the meal being anything special and a year or so ago I had a lobster roll that was very good but imo it wasn't the lobster that made it. I'm certain that it would have been great had it been a crab meat or something else. That said, I would love to do a lobster bake with some friends this summer.

Now when I was in SF a few years ago, me and my dad got a crab roll at fisherman's wharf that while likely overpriced (he paid) was absolutely amazing! I'm glad that I didn't pay for the food on that trip because it was all very good and all likely expensive. I think my favorite meal there was at HDR (Spicy Kimchi Pork Burrito for the WIN!).


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« Reply #17131 on: March 15, 2017, 10:13:51 AM »
Scenario:  you're getting laid off.  You've been with your company for a long time, twenty-seven years, but you have money issues to the tune of talking to collection agencies every day.  Since you've been with the company so long, when everything ends you're going to walk out of here with a decent-sized five-figure check.  What are you going to do with it?

A)  Pay off those debts and get those crazy collection agencies off my back!

or

B)  I'm gonna buy me a new Escalade!  I DESERVE IT after all this time, mm-hmm!  Nice little retirement present!  The bills can wait!

Guess which one my coworker chose? 

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« Reply #17132 on: March 15, 2017, 10:59:47 AM »
Scenario:  you're getting laid off.  You've been with your company for a long time, twenty-seven years, but you have money issues to the tune of talking to collection agencies every day.  Since you've been with the company so long, when everything ends you're going to walk out of here with a decent-sized five-figure check.  What are you going to do with it?

A)  Pay off those debts and get those crazy collection agencies off my back!

or

B)  I'm gonna buy me a new Escalade!  I DESERVE IT after all this time, mm-hmm!  Nice little retirement present!  The bills can wait!

Guess which one my coworker chose? 

/headdesk

Maybe he plans to live in it? He better get the extended version :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17133 on: March 15, 2017, 12:29:26 PM »
Scenario:  you're getting laid off.  You've been with your company for a long time, twenty-seven years, but you have money issues to the tune of talking to collection agencies every day.  Since you've been with the company so long, when everything ends you're going to walk out of here with a decent-sized five-figure check.  What are you going to do with it?

A)  Pay off those debts and get those crazy collection agencies off my back!

or

B)  I'm gonna buy me a new Escalade!  I DESERVE IT after all this time, mm-hmm!  Nice little retirement present!  The bills can wait!

Guess which one my coworker chose? 

/headdesk

Maybe he plans to live in it? He better get the extended version :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17134 on: March 15, 2017, 02:09:15 PM »
He kinda smiled and said, "A bit over $650."

SMH! It's been a long time since I've spent that much in a weekend, and that was when I went to visit my cousin for a vacation, and the $650 included the airfare.

About 15 years ago, I expensed a meal at the Steak and Lobster Co, Palm Springs CA, for 6 or 8 people, and only got to ~$500 with tip.   Still the most expensive meal/entertainment I've ever done. 
PS, I discovered that I'm not a big fan of lobster thermidor.

You know, I really don't see what the big deal about lobster is. The last time I had lobster tail was about a decade ago and I don't recall the meal being anything special and a year or so ago I had a lobster roll that was very good but imo it wasn't the lobster that made it. I'm certain that it would have been great had it been a crab meat or something else. That said, I would love to do a lobster bake with some friends this summer.

Now when I was in SF a few years ago, me and my dad got a crab roll at fisherman's wharf that while likely overpriced (he paid) was absolutely amazing! I'm glad that I didn't pay for the food on that trip because it was all very good and all likely expensive. I think my favorite meal there was at HDR (Spicy Kimchi Pork Burrito for the WIN!).

You gotta get your lobster at the right place.  Usually the "right place" is a snack bar-looking hut on a pier with some picnic tables out front and there are a lot of fishing boats tied up right near it, and there's a constant train of scruffy-looking 5-gal buckets coming off of said fishing boats into the back of said snack bar hut.  This place is probably somewhere on the New England coast.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17135 on: March 15, 2017, 02:30:56 PM »
He kinda smiled and said, "A bit over $650."

SMH! It's been a long time since I've spent that much in a weekend, and that was when I went to visit my cousin for a vacation, and the $650 included the airfare.

About 15 years ago, I expensed a meal at the Steak and Lobster Co, Palm Springs CA, for 6 or 8 people, and only got to ~$500 with tip.   Still the most expensive meal/entertainment I've ever done. 
PS, I discovered that I'm not a big fan of lobster thermidor.

You know, I really don't see what the big deal about lobster is. The last time I had lobster tail was about a decade ago and I don't recall the meal being anything special and a year or so ago I had a lobster roll that was very good but imo it wasn't the lobster that made it. I'm certain that it would have been great had it been a crab meat or something else. That said, I would love to do a lobster bake with some friends this summer.

Now when I was in SF a few years ago, me and my dad got a crab roll at fisherman's wharf that while likely overpriced (he paid) was absolutely amazing! I'm glad that I didn't pay for the food on that trip because it was all very good and all likely expensive. I think my favorite meal there was at HDR (Spicy Kimchi Pork Burrito for the WIN!).

You gotta get your lobster at the right place.  Usually the "right place" is a snack bar-looking hut on a pier with some picnic tables out front and there are a lot of fishing boats tied up right near it, and there's a constant train of scruffy-looking 5-gal buckets coming off of said fishing boats into the back of said snack bar hut.  This place is probably somewhere on the New England coast.

Yeah I can definitely see the appeal of lobster straight from the fishing boats. I want to go to Maine sometime for lobster, it's just not that high up on my list of vacation destinations.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17136 on: March 15, 2017, 02:35:08 PM »
He kinda smiled and said, "A bit over $650."

SMH! It's been a long time since I've spent that much in a weekend, and that was when I went to visit my cousin for a vacation, and the $650 included the airfare.

About 15 years ago, I expensed a meal at the Steak and Lobster Co, Palm Springs CA, for 6 or 8 people, and only got to ~$500 with tip.   Still the most expensive meal/entertainment I've ever done. 
PS, I discovered that I'm not a big fan of lobster thermidor.

You know, I really don't see what the big deal about lobster is. The last time I had lobster tail was about a decade ago and I don't recall the meal being anything special and a year or so ago I had a lobster roll that was very good but imo it wasn't the lobster that made it. I'm certain that it would have been great had it been a crab meat or something else. That said, I would love to do a lobster bake with some friends this summer.

Now when I was in SF a few years ago, me and my dad got a crab roll at fisherman's wharf that while likely overpriced (he paid) was absolutely amazing! I'm glad that I didn't pay for the food on that trip because it was all very good and all likely expensive. I think my favorite meal there was at HDR (Spicy Kimchi Pork Burrito for the WIN!).

You gotta get your lobster at the right place.  Usually the "right place" is a snack bar-looking hut on a pier with some picnic tables out front and there are a lot of fishing boats tied up right near it, and there's a constant train of scruffy-looking 5-gal buckets coming off of said fishing boats into the back of said snack bar hut.  This place is probably somewhere on the New England coast.

Yeah I can definitely see the appeal of lobster straight from the fishing boats. I want to go to Maine sometime for lobster, it's just not that high up on my list of vacation destinations.

Don't need to go all the way to Maine.  Suggest anywhere on the CT/RI/MA shoreline, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, etc etc etc.  I grew up in this area so I'm biased but I really think it's one of the most beautiful parts of the country.  There's all kinds of stuff to do, to, between Boston and NYC and points between.  Go before Memorial Day or after Labor Day to avoid the crowds.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17137 on: March 15, 2017, 03:26:41 PM »
He kinda smiled and said, "A bit over $650."

SMH! It's been a long time since I've spent that much in a weekend, and that was when I went to visit my cousin for a vacation, and the $650 included the airfare.

About 15 years ago, I expensed a meal at the Steak and Lobster Co, Palm Springs CA, for 6 or 8 people, and only got to ~$500 with tip.   Still the most expensive meal/entertainment I've ever done. 
PS, I discovered that I'm not a big fan of lobster thermidor.

You know, I really don't see what the big deal about lobster is. The last time I had lobster tail was about a decade ago and I don't recall the meal being anything special and a year or so ago I had a lobster roll that was very good but imo it wasn't the lobster that made it. I'm certain that it would have been great had it been a crab meat or something else. That said, I would love to do a lobster bake with some friends this summer.

Now when I was in SF a few years ago, me and my dad got a crab roll at fisherman's wharf that while likely overpriced (he paid) was absolutely amazing! I'm glad that I didn't pay for the food on that trip because it was all very good and all likely expensive. I think my favorite meal there was at HDR (Spicy Kimchi Pork Burrito for the WIN!).

You gotta get your lobster at the right place.  Usually the "right place" is a snack bar-looking hut on a pier with some picnic tables out front and there are a lot of fishing boats tied up right near it, and there's a constant train of scruffy-looking 5-gal buckets coming off of said fishing boats into the back of said snack bar hut.  This place is probably somewhere on the New England coast.

Yeah I can definitely see the appeal of lobster straight from the fishing boats. I want to go to Maine sometime for lobster, it's just not that high up on my list of vacation destinations.

Don't need to go all the way to Maine.  Suggest anywhere on the CT/RI/MA shoreline, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, etc etc etc.  I grew up in this area so I'm biased but I really think it's one of the most beautiful parts of the country.  There's all kinds of stuff to do, to, between Boston and NYC and points between.  Go before Memorial Day or after Labor Day to avoid the crowds.

Good to know! I've been to Martha's Vineyard and didn't think it was anything special, but that likely is due to the people I was with. There is so much of this country and world I need to explore.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17138 on: March 15, 2017, 07:06:54 PM »
Talking about sea food - back in Puerto Rico, I remember going to the river across the street from my home as a 8yo+ and catching freshwater catfish and crabs, along with other fish, and taking them back to my grandma's who lived next to us and her frying everything up for us.   

While she cleaned and cooked the seafood. My brothers and I would walk a down the street, knock some coconuts, mangoes, and chiranjas(grapefruit/orange mix) and we would make fresh juices and drink fresh coconut water.

Annnnnd I considered myself dirt poor back then. Ha!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17139 on: March 16, 2017, 03:05:44 AM »
All this talk about lobster reminds me of a law we have on the books. The prisons aren't allowed to feed inmates lobster more than three times a week. Until very recent decades, lobster was considered poor man's food. Lobsters are bottom feeders but great marketing has ensured that maritime lobsters are a high-demand luxury food.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17140 on: March 16, 2017, 03:23:57 AM »
All this talk about lobster reminds me of a law we have on the books. The prisons aren't allowed to feed inmates lobster more than three times a week. Until very recent decades, lobster was considered poor man's food. Lobsters are bottom feeders but great marketing has ensured that maritime lobsters are a high-demand luxury food.

Funny.
I guess the same marketing trick has been done with eel, also a fish that eats cadavers and is considered luxury food in some countries, at least when smoked.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17141 on: March 16, 2017, 03:25:15 AM »
Then why do you do "saving"?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17142 on: March 16, 2017, 03:38:50 AM »
Talking about sea food - back in Puerto Rico, I remember going to the river across the street from my home as a 8yo+ and catching freshwater catfish and crabs, along with other fish, and taking them back to my grandma's who lived next to us and her frying everything up for us.   

While she cleaned and cooked the seafood. My brothers and I would walk a down the street, knock some coconuts, mangoes, and chiranjas(grapefruit/orange mix) and we would make fresh juices and drink fresh coconut water.

Annnnnd I considered myself dirt poor back then. Ha!

Love this :) I remember wanting to go blackberrying as a child and being told that if we wanted fruit we could just buy it from the supermarket.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17143 on: March 16, 2017, 07:48:26 AM »
All this talk about lobster reminds me of a law we have on the books. The prisons aren't allowed to feed inmates lobster more than three times a week. Until very recent decades, lobster was considered poor man's food. Lobsters are bottom feeders but great marketing has ensured that maritime lobsters are a high-demand luxury food.
Funny.
I guess the same marketing trick has been done with eel, also a fish that eats cadavers and is considered luxury food in some countries, at least when smoked.

Yeah, but eel actually tastes good.  I love unagi.

It's funny, I remember liking lobster as a child, but didn't enjoy it as an adult (most times were in Montauk NY, probably once in PEI).  Maybe I just liked the melted butter?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17144 on: March 16, 2017, 08:54:42 AM »
The car hopping is apparently from a desire to have a nice car that is repair free. Why pay for a $800 repair when you can trade up? Except that it means perpetual payments. Buy something, fix what needs to be fixed and drive it for the next decade. ALL of my used cars need a few repairs at the beginning it seems but then they are reliable for a long, long time.
Aren't most new cars under warranty for a few years? 

Buying a new car (or even a new to you car) every year sounds miserable.  I hope to have my car for at least another 5-10 years.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17145 on: March 16, 2017, 09:58:12 AM »

On a side note I also did another house call for a retired lady who lives in a very nice house and we got to talking cars. She motioned to her late 90s Pontiac Vibe and said its been a wonderful car. Clearly a Moustachian lady from way back enjoying the benefits of careful choices earlier in life. I know enough about her indirectly to know she is well off and generous with her charities.

Vibe didn't come out until 2003

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17146 on: March 16, 2017, 10:19:20 AM »
HA! I learned something. Done. I'm calling it a day. j/k

All the exterior plastic had turned grey so I assumed it was older than it was. 

Just had a DUH moment. Coworker is probably trading in and upgrading each time a car has a significant problem that is "unaffordable". Some creative financing magic and newer car, similar payment, problem gone, debt extended...

Not sharing here so much to ridicule just SMH, would like to help but I'm not the voice of reason that has the power to break expensive habits in other people.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17147 on: March 16, 2017, 11:31:48 AM »
DH came home one day and told me his coworkers asked him to join a new group they were creating.

There was going to be 10 members in the group. Each week, every member would contribute $50.
At the end of the week, the group would hold a drawing, and the winner would take home that week's money.
They would continue this for 10 weeks, and each person could win only once.

My husband politely declined to join, and his coworker's rebuttal was "But you're guaranteed to win $500!!"

Sadly, DH has no further knowledge on how this turned out.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17148 on: March 16, 2017, 11:44:28 AM »
DH came home one day and told me his coworkers asked him to join a new group they were creating.

There was going to be 10 members in the group. Each week, every member would contribute $50.
At the end of the week, the group would hold a drawing, and the winner would take home that week's money.
They would continue this for 10 weeks, and each person could win only once.

My husband politely declined to join, and his coworker's rebuttal was "But you're guaranteed to win $500!!"

Sadly, DH has no further knowledge on how this turned out.

lol, while not the most unmustachian thing in this thread, since everyone is going to break even, that's definitely the most pointless.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #17149 on: March 16, 2017, 11:50:41 AM »
DH came home one day and told me his coworkers asked him to join a new group they were creating.

There was going to be 10 members in the group. Each week, every member would contribute $50.
At the end of the week, the group would hold a drawing, and the winner would take home that week's money.
They would continue this for 10 weeks, and each person could win only once.

My husband politely declined to join, and his coworker's rebuttal was "But you're guaranteed to win $500!!"

Sadly, DH has no further knowledge on how this turned out.

lol, while not the most unmustachian thing in this thread, since everyone is going to break even, that's definitely the most pointless.

Unless somebody drops out once they win...