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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19700 on: February 21, 2018, 08:33:50 AM »
  This is a professional still using his parents for "free" health insurance.  I want to smack them and teach them at the same time, but I just shake my head and say how pretty the new truck is.

I'm actually going to raise a point on this, as a young professional still on my parents health insurance plan. I have the benefit of being young and healthy, and don't need much medical care besides typical women stuff. If I got health insurance through my workplace, it would be approximately 10% of my gross pay.

My parents are of course going to purchase health insurance for themselves, and they chose to pay health insurance for my younger brother who is still in college. At that point, it is basically free for me to be added to their health insurance as there is no adults + 1 child plan, it's just a family plan. And this benefit does end eventually (when I reach age 26), where I get to face the lovely choice most young healthy Americans get to face with paying buckets of money for something we don't use, or taking the risk and going uncovered.

And before someone gets upset with me, yes, I would love socialized medicine. I do understand part of me paying insurance is to cover someone who can't afford it. But we have set up our system with so much bloat and burocracy that having low cost care isn't really feasible yet. We already spend the most money out of every country in the world, and it's not like our care is that much better.

The parents in this case have only 1 child, so they are subsidizing this coworker.  I am old enough to be his mother..... 

If it truly is "free" for the parents to add more kids, then by all means go for it.  It would be nice of the kid to split the difference with the parents (or at least offer to) of what they would have to pay on their own through work.  Or tell their parents that they are putting that $ into the 401(k) or something valuable instead of a truck with tricked out 20" wheels. 

I agree that our health care costs are really high.  Since you're on this site, I'm assuming you are putting at least 10% of your gross salary into the 401(k) or your student loans. Each time you do, thank your parents. :-)  We would appreciate that.
 
Totally agree that an adult child should be chipping in. Most colleges have low cost plans for students that aren't that bad, so it would probably have been cheaper for them to do that rather than pay the family plan price.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19701 on: February 21, 2018, 09:48:02 AM »
Wow, so much hate on pick up trucks...who knew?

If you have the money, want it and can afford, it so be it! If you don't want it, can't afford it or don't have the money don't buy it.

That is why we have choices. Big cars, small cars, big trucks, little trucks, mini vans, trailers and push carts and little red wagons. Something for everyone.

I have no hate for pickups. The reason I don't own one is the same reason I have a hammer and not a jackhammer.  I have needed both a truck and a jackhammer in the past, but I will never buy either.  If your job requires you to break up concrete, or you just love doing it, I would agree a jackhammer makes sense.  If you are just going to lean on your jackhammer in the sun to show off your burliness to the ladies, then no.

Brb buying a jackhammer



hmm. Burly.

Please bring your jackhammer and your muscles over to my house this spring/summer/fall. I have some concrete I need removed. ;)


We rent a jackhammer when we need one (yes, this has happened), but the 4WD pickup truck gets regular use, nearly weekly doing something no van and trailer or delivery company can do (when we get lumber delivered, the lumber yard comes in their 4WD pickup because the regular delivery vehicle won't make it to our place).

A real mustachian would've used a jewelers hammer and chisel.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19702 on: February 21, 2018, 11:37:44 AM »
  This is a professional still using his parents for "free" health insurance.  I want to smack them and teach them at the same time, but I just shake my head and say how pretty the new truck is.

I'm actually going to raise a point on this, as a young professional still on my parents health insurance plan. I have the benefit of being young and healthy, and don't need much medical care besides typical women stuff. If I got health insurance through my workplace, it would be approximately 10% of my gross pay.

My parents are of course going to purchase health insurance for themselves, and they chose to pay health insurance for my younger brother who is still in college. At that point, it is basically free for me to be added to their health insurance as there is no adults + 1 child plan, it's just a family plan. And this benefit does end eventually (when I reach age 26), where I get to face the lovely choice most young healthy Americans get to face with paying buckets of money for something we don't use, or taking the risk and going uncovered.

And before someone gets upset with me, yes, I would love socialized medicine. I do understand part of me paying insurance is to cover someone who can't afford it. But we have set up our system with so much bloat and burocracy that having low cost care isn't really feasible yet. We already spend the most money out of every country in the world, and it's not like our care is that much better.

The parents in this case have only 1 child, so they are subsidizing this coworker.  I am old enough to be his mother..... 

If it truly is "free" for the parents to add more kids, then by all means go for it.  It would be nice of the kid to split the difference with the parents (or at least offer to) of what they would have to pay on their own through work.  Or tell their parents that they are putting that $ into the 401(k) or something valuable instead of a truck with tricked out 20" wheels. 

I agree that our health care costs are really high.  Since you're on this site, I'm assuming you are putting at least 10% of your gross salary into the 401(k) or your student loans. Each time you do, thank your parents. :-)  We would appreciate that.

You are right, we've been going crazy on student loans. At least 50%+ a month. Parents are aware and are grateful they can help in that way. My mom benifited from a cheap rent arrangement with her parents when she was young and married to my dad, so she sees it as that little bit of help getting passed along. (If you're interested in following, I have a journal)

Not sure about my brothers option as he's at a different school, but my graduate school was even more expensive had less coverage than my work's options.

Oh, and any costs incurred above insurance is (obviously) our responsiblility.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19703 on: February 21, 2018, 11:38:59 AM »
Duplicate, sorry

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19704 on: February 21, 2018, 06:41:58 PM »
Wow, so much hate on pick up trucks...who knew?

If you have the money, want it and can afford, it so be it! If you don't want it, can't afford it or don't have the money don't buy it.

That is why we have choices. Big cars, small cars, big trucks, little trucks, mini vans, trailers and push carts and little red wagons. Something for everyone.

I have no hate for pickups. The reason I don't own one is the same reason I have a hammer and not a jackhammer.  I have needed both a truck and a jackhammer in the past, but I will never buy either.  If your job requires you to break up concrete, or you just love doing it, I would agree a jackhammer makes sense.  If you are just going to lean on your jackhammer in the sun to show off your burliness to the ladies, then no.

Brb buying a jackhammer



hmm. Burly.

Please bring your jackhammer and your muscles over to my house this spring/summer/fall. I have some concrete I need removed. ;)


We rent a jackhammer when we need one (yes, this has happened), but the 4WD pickup truck gets regular use, nearly weekly doing something no van and trailer or delivery company can do (when we get lumber delivered, the lumber yard comes in their 4WD pickup because the regular delivery vehicle won't make it to our place).

A real mustachian would've used a jewelers hammer and chisel.

I don't have those either. And not actually able to wield those giant hammers (sledgehammer?), at least not without killing or seriously injuring myself. Being short and weak has its disadvantages.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19705 on: February 21, 2018, 11:39:55 PM »
Wow, so much hate on pick up trucks...who knew?

If you have the money, want it and can afford, it so be it! If you don't want it, can't afford it or don't have the money don't buy it.

That is why we have choices. Big cars, small cars, big trucks, little trucks, mini vans, trailers and push carts and little red wagons. Something for everyone.

I have no hate for pickups. The reason I don't own one is the same reason I have a hammer and not a jackhammer.  I have needed both a truck and a jackhammer in the past, but I will never buy either.  If your job requires you to break up concrete, or you just love doing it, I would agree a jackhammer makes sense.  If you are just going to lean on your jackhammer in the sun to show off your burliness to the ladies, then no.

Brb buying a jackhammer



hmm. Burly.

Please bring your jackhammer and your muscles over to my house this spring/summer/fall. I have some concrete I need removed. ;)


We rent a jackhammer when we need one (yes, this has happened), but the 4WD pickup truck gets regular use, nearly weekly doing something no van and trailer or delivery company can do (when we get lumber delivered, the lumber yard comes in their 4WD pickup because the regular delivery vehicle won't make it to our place).

A real mustachian would've used a jewelers hammer and chisel.

And a poster of Rita Hayworth

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19706 on: February 22, 2018, 05:08:05 AM »
Wow, so much hate on pick up trucks...who knew?

If you have the money, want it and can afford, it so be it! If you don't want it, can't afford it or don't have the money don't buy it.

That is why we have choices. Big cars, small cars, big trucks, little trucks, mini vans, trailers and push carts and little red wagons. Something for everyone.

I have no hate for pickups. The reason I don't own one is the same reason I have a hammer and not a jackhammer.  I have needed both a truck and a jackhammer in the past, but I will never buy either.  If your job requires you to break up concrete, or you just love doing it, I would agree a jackhammer makes sense.  If you are just going to lean on your jackhammer in the sun to show off your burliness to the ladies, then no.

Brb buying a jackhammer



hmm. Burly.

Please bring your jackhammer and your muscles over to my house this spring/summer/fall. I have some concrete I need removed. ;)


We rent a jackhammer when we need one (yes, this has happened), but the 4WD pickup truck gets regular use, nearly weekly doing something no van and trailer or delivery company can do (when we get lumber delivered, the lumber yard comes in their 4WD pickup because the regular delivery vehicle won't make it to our place).

A real mustachian would've used a jewelers hammer and chisel.

And a poster of Rita Hayworth
Rita, despite her many talents, cannot do much to remove 3 inches of bedrock so you can have a level house foundation (the jackhammer application we had). Posters of Rita Hayworth are excellent for classing up the joint later. Proper tool for each task - that's Mustachian.


Actually that's the point I was trying to make. Too many people out there apply a 4WD pickup truck to a task for which a small car is the proper tool, but that doesn't mean the pickup truck tasks don't exist.*


* It does mean I can get used ones easily, so there's that. Task-wise, there's nothing those $70K monstrosities will do that my $4.5K 1997 model won't.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19707 on: February 22, 2018, 07:36:36 AM »
You sure yours can tow one of those massive fifth wheel trailer thingies that get used for glamping once a year and get parked in a driveway the other 362 days? :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19708 on: February 22, 2018, 02:04:38 PM »
I love the word "glamping". Some brag using the word. Some tease about the bragging that other people do about glamping. Still either way - it is the perfect word.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19709 on: February 22, 2018, 07:34:55 PM »
It is pretty great. For the record, I have no problem with it as a concept. Meet people where they are comfortable. I have enjoyed everything from backpacking to tent trailering and in between.
On the work front I now know three people who are FI but not R(E). One happened suddenly with an inheritance, so I understand taking time to reflect on what he wants in life. One has a husband already retired who wants her to retire, and I don’t get why she still comes in to work, though she is a great person so I enjoy her being there. The final is currently looking into switching jobs for something that has a longer commute and the expectation of longer hours. Huh?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19710 on: February 23, 2018, 07:31:16 AM »
Oh yeah - I get it. When I was younger I would have been happy sleeping on a rock. As I've gotten older, a cot or better is welcome.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19711 on: February 24, 2018, 05:57:29 AM »
Coworker was arguing over the phone with his 18-year-old son today. Apparently, he felt that $70,000 was a reasonable amount for a new car, and the son thought there was no way he could get a decent car with so little money. Oh, and son lives on campus in college.

I bit my tongue and didnít mention the $7,000 used car I drove in college with its moon roof, leather seats, and specialty rims.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19712 on: February 24, 2018, 06:30:51 AM »
Coworker was arguing over the phone with his 18-year-old son today. Apparently, he felt that $70,000 was a reasonable amount for a new car, and the son thought there was no way he could get a decent car with so little money. Oh, and son lives on campus in college.

I bit my tongue and didnít mention the $7,000 used car I drove in college with its moon roof, leather seats, and specialty rims.

Wow.  $70k?

You must have a great job.  :) 

I honestly feel sorry for kids like that.  He is only 20 and his perspective is so warped.  This will make his life more difficult later. 

I know other people who have high income parents that don't act like this, so the parents encourage this type of behavior / thinking. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19713 on: February 24, 2018, 06:51:21 AM »
I love the word "glamping". Some brag using the word. Some tease about the bragging that other people do about glamping. Still either way - it is the perfect word.

*googles the word "Glamping" * What the F.

Why do they even bother

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19714 on: February 24, 2018, 06:53:19 AM »
Coworker was arguing over the phone with his 18-year-old son today. Apparently, he felt that $70,000 was a reasonable amount for a new car, and the son thought there was no way he could get a decent car with so little money. Oh, and son lives on campus in college.

I bit my tongue and didnít mention the $7,000 used car I drove in college with its moon roof, leather seats, and specialty rims.

Wut, I can't even. Like, I though tcars over 70k were like, Tessla's and Speciaty Rare Sports Cars. Most cars in existence don't fall into this category so how can one even think this.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19715 on: February 24, 2018, 07:21:52 AM »
Coworker was arguing over the phone with his 18-year-old son today. Apparently, he felt that $70,000 was a reasonable amount for a new car, and the son thought there was no way he could get a decent car with so little money. Oh, and son lives on campus in college.

I bit my tongue and didnít mention the $7,000 used car I drove in college with its moon roof, leather seats, and specialty rims.
...I'm driving a $4500 car right now and I'm 10 years out of college.  My college car cost $200 and required a head gasket replacement.

That kid needs a panther chassis Crown Vic.  Dead reliable, can be had dirt cheap, and will maybe give them a little perspective.
I love the word "glamping". Some brag using the word. Some tease about the bragging that other people do about glamping. Still either way - it is the perfect word.

*googles the word "Glamping" * What the F.

Why do they even bother
Social aspects mainly.  My mom has a coworker that has a 40+ foot camper that is permanently parked at a campground.  From what I can gather they don't actually enjoy camping, they just like getting together with their neighbors out there.

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« Reply #19716 on: February 24, 2018, 11:45:26 AM »
Just like the houseboat folks here I've heard about. Seldom if ever take the boat out, mostly just sit on the boat, eat/drink and visit with anyone that comes by.

I guess some of us like to get away from humanity while others want to be part of a tribe of some sort.

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« Reply #19717 on: February 24, 2018, 01:55:36 PM »
I love the word "glamping". Some brag using the word. Some tease about the bragging that other people do about glamping. Still either way - it is the perfect word.

*googles the word "Glamping" * What the F.

Why do they even bother
I think it depends on what you mean by "glamping".

For some, having a camper, fifth wheel, something you tow, is "glamping", whether it be a $5k thing or a $1M luxury RV or bus.

For others, "glamping" is camping in a cabin or tent-walled cabin, with beds and such.

Heck, our YMCA has family camping trips at a YMCA camp - food is included, but you can choose a cabin, a tent cabin, or bring your own tent.

I have a sister with a camper.  She and her husband and dogs camp a LOT in it and to me, it's luxurious.  Then again it felt luxurious to me when I upgraded to a cot.  I'm too old to sleep on the ground.


ETA: campers and such give you more flexibility.  You can camp when it's colder, so have a greater range of use. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19718 on: February 24, 2018, 02:31:08 PM »
I think satellite TV is where I draw the line.  That's just me though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19719 on: February 24, 2018, 02:56:39 PM »
Coworker was arguing over the phone with his 18-year-old son today. Apparently, he felt that $70,000 was a reasonable amount for a new car, and the son thought there was no way he could get a decent car with so little money. Oh, and son lives on campus in college.

I bit my tongue and didnít mention the $7,000 used car I drove in college with its moon roof, leather seats, and specialty rims.

$70,000?!?!?!? I still kick myself every now and then for having purchased a brand new car for $24k several years back.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19720 on: February 24, 2018, 03:14:43 PM »
Wow, so much hate on pick up trucks...who knew?

If you have the money, want it and can afford, it so be it! If you don't want it, can't afford it or don't have the money don't buy it.

That is why we have choices. Big cars, small cars, big trucks, little trucks, mini vans, trailers and push carts and little red wagons. Something for everyone.

I have no hate for pickups. The reason I don't own one is the same reason I have a hammer and not a jackhammer.  I have needed both a truck and a jackhammer in the past, but I will never buy either.  If your job requires you to break up concrete, or you just love doing it, I would agree a jackhammer makes sense.  If you are just going to lean on your jackhammer in the sun to show off your burliness to the ladies, then no.

Brb buying a jackhammer



hmm. Burly.

Please bring your jackhammer and your muscles over to my house this spring/summer/fall. I have some concrete I need removed. ;)


We rent a jackhammer when we need one (yes, this has happened), but the 4WD pickup truck gets regular use, nearly weekly doing something no van and trailer or delivery company can do (when we get lumber delivered, the lumber yard comes in their 4WD pickup because the regular delivery vehicle won't make it to our place).

A real mustachian would've used a jewelers hammer and chisel.

Most jewelers would be pissed if you used one of their hammers on a chisel.  Good hammers are not cheap and jewelers don't use them on chisels. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19721 on: February 24, 2018, 09:04:51 PM »
We did glamping once with a walled tent cabin thingie with two luxurious cots and electricity. Still had the communal camping bathrooms that necessitated a midnight walk across the grounds. Since I was rather pregnant at the time I did that trip a number of times a night. :)
As a kid we had a tent trailer that we used pretty frequently and I had a ton of fun with that. I could see myself renting a tent trailer to use with my family now. When we were pre kids I loved backpacking but with a baby now the logistics are more complicated.

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« Reply #19722 on: February 24, 2018, 09:21:27 PM »
I did the glamping thing - pretty white tent, proper mattress, fairy lights - at an event in France.

I flew to Europe with a backpack, I wasn't hauling a tent too.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19723 on: February 25, 2018, 08:02:27 AM »
Wow, so much hate on pick up trucks...who knew?

If you have the money, want it and can afford, it so be it! If you don't want it, can't afford it or don't have the money don't buy it.

That is why we have choices. Big cars, small cars, big trucks, little trucks, mini vans, trailers and push carts and little red wagons. Something for everyone.

What the fuck forum you think this is???


I always thought  it was absolutely hilarious when I went to Home Depot in my '95 Saturn. I could fit 10' long lumber in that thing and still close the trunk!. If I did a lesser load - say a dozen 8-foot 2x4s, I would only put one side of the back seat down and not even fold the front passenger seat. I typically be surrounded by all these oversized trucks (with huge cabs and short beds) spending 5x as long loading to strap down lesser loads while still projecting several feet over the end of the bed.

Personal best was probably 5 sheets of plywood (admittedly cut into thirds) - with the trunk closed.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19724 on: February 25, 2018, 10:20:04 AM »
Wow, so much hate on pick up trucks...who knew?

If you have the money, want it and can afford, it so be it! If you don't want it, can't afford it or don't have the money don't buy it.

That is why we have choices. Big cars, small cars, big trucks, little trucks, mini vans, trailers and push carts and little red wagons. Something for everyone.

What the fuck forum you think this is???


I always thought  it was absolutely hilarious when I went to Home Depot in my '95 Saturn. I could fit 10' long lumber in that thing and still close the trunk!. If I did a lesser load - say a dozen 8-foot 2x4s, I would only put one side of the back seat down and not even fold the front passenger seat. I typically be surrounded by all these oversized trucks (with huge cabs and short beds) spending 5x as long loading to strap down lesser loads while still projecting several feet over the end of the bed.

Personal best was probably 5 sheets of plywood (admittedly cut into thirds) - with the trunk closed.
Very nice!  My favorite truck-like accomplishments in non-trucks are probably when I packed a giant 13ft long roll of laminate floor into a Hyundai Accent, or when I loaded 600 square feet of sod into the back of a Buick Roadmaster station wagon (definitely overloaded the suspension on that one; the back made an awful scraping sound as I pulled up into my driveway).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19725 on: February 25, 2018, 03:21:27 PM »
Very nice!  My favorite truck-like accomplishments in non-trucks are probably when I packed a giant 13ft long roll of laminate floor into a Hyundai Accent, or when I loaded 600 square feet of sod into the back of a Buick Roadmaster station wagon (definitely overloaded the suspension on that one; the back made an awful scraping sound as I pulled up into my driveway).
I once put a face cord of split firewood in the back of my '91 Metro (back seat remove). Definitely overloaded, the muffler fell off, over two years later, still no muffler.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19726 on: February 25, 2018, 05:13:50 PM »

I always thought  it was absolutely hilarious when I went to Home Depot in my '95 Saturn. I could fit 10' long lumber in that thing and still close the trunk!. If I did a lesser load - say a dozen 8-foot 2x4s, I would only put one side of the back seat down and not even fold the front passenger seat. I typically be surrounded by all these oversized trucks (with huge cabs and short beds) spending 5x as long loading to strap down lesser loads while still projecting several feet over the end of the bed.

Personal best was probably 5 sheets of plywood (admittedly cut into thirds) - with the trunk closed.
Very nice!  My favorite truck-like accomplishments in non-trucks are probably when I packed a giant 13ft long roll of laminate floor into a Hyundai Accent, or when I loaded 600 square feet of sod into the back of a Buick Roadmaster station wagon (definitely overloaded the suspension on that one; the back made an awful scraping sound as I pulled up into my driveway).

Our personal best was an IKEA queen sized bed and two dressers in our chevy aveo. Hubby wasn't a huge fan (as we had that baby loaded down), but we made it home and put it all together in a weekend.

To try to pull this thread back on topic, it started snowing one day last week while I was at work. A coworker called in saying she wasn't going to drive in the snow, because she still owed $25k on her car and didn't want to wreck it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19727 on: February 25, 2018, 05:58:57 PM »

To try to pull this thread back on topic, it started snowing one day last week while I was at work. A coworker called in saying she wasn't going to drive in the snow, because she still owed $25k on her car and didn't want to wreck it.

I guess after paying for the car she has no money left for snow winter tires?

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« Reply #19728 on: February 26, 2018, 08:18:06 AM »
Most jewelers would be pissed if you used one of their hammers on a chisel.  Good hammers are not cheap and jewelers don't use them on chisels.

And a poster of Rita Hayworth
Rita, despite her many talents, cannot do much to remove 3 inches of bedrock so you can have a level house foundation (the jackhammer application we had). Posters of Rita Hayworth are excellent for classing up the joint later. Proper tool for each task - that's Mustachian.

Too many people on this forum don't have Shawshank Redemption memorized.  I count 2 so far, and that is way too many. 

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« Reply #19729 on: February 26, 2018, 08:48:32 AM »
Scandalous

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19730 on: February 26, 2018, 02:12:42 PM »
My direct report didn't come into work because he didn't have snow tires. He did have money to go party it up in Montreal the weekend before.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19731 on: February 26, 2018, 02:55:35 PM »
My direct report didn't come into work because he didn't have snow tires. He did have money to go party it up in Montreal the weekend before.


To try to pull this thread back on topic, it started snowing one day last week while I was at work. A coworker called in saying she wasn't going to drive in the snow, because she still owed $25k on her car and didn't want to wreck it.

Hey, now that I work for a company where working from home on a snow day isn't too frowned upon I damn well stay at home (worked out that heating the place to a bearable temperature is cheaper than the commute). I too don't want to wreck my car and don't have winter tyres.

The car is a 2005 Renault Clio with 115K miles on the clock and about £500 resale value. A new beater would cost at least double that! As for the winter tyres, the winters here aren't too bad on the whole - 2 inches is considered a lot of snow, but then the summers aren't warm either. Next set of tyres are going to be winter tyres (in about 10k miles I reckon) and we'll just leave them on all year round.

When the person who lives a 30 min walk away can't make it in because they're 'stuck in the snow' however...... :/
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19732 on: February 26, 2018, 07:59:09 PM »

I disagree with these "idiot without snow tires didn't want to come to work" comments.  If I crash my car, is my company going to buy me a new one?

It's better for people who are not emergency personnel to stay off the roads during inclement weather so that emergency vehicles and people with critically important jobs can get where they need to go and everyone stays safe.  Your co-workers / employees are being responsible.

As long as I'm on my soapbox, people should also not come to work sick.  It's gross. 

Anyways, isn't this blog supposed to be all about NOT working?  :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19733 on: February 26, 2018, 08:07:39 PM »

I disagree with these "idiot without snow tires didn't want to come to work" comments.  If I crash my car, is my company going to buy me a new one?

It's better for people who are not emergency personnel to stay off the roads during inclement weather so that emergency vehicles and people with critically important jobs can get where they need to go and everyone stays safe.  Your co-workers / employees are being responsible.

As long as I'm on my soapbox, people should also not come to work sick.  It's gross. 

Anyways, isn't this blog supposed to be all about NOT working?  :)

It was a situation where those around me would not consider it serious-enough-to-call-out snow.

Since I have little snow driving experience, I tend to not judge those who go "nah, I'm not gonna", but this was more she didn't want to come/was looking for an excuse and just blaming the snow. Her bringing up how much she owed on her car though as part of the reason just seemed kinda silly to me.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19734 on: February 27, 2018, 01:49:54 AM »

I disagree with these "idiot without snow tires didn't want to come to work" comments.  If I crash my car, is my company going to buy me a new one?

It's better for people who are not emergency personnel to stay off the roads during inclement weather so that emergency vehicles and people with critically important jobs can get where they need to go and everyone stays safe.  Your co-workers / employees are being responsible.


No, you company is not going to buy you a new one, as it does not when ther eis no snow. I don't see the difference.

And if you think people that are "not necessary" could stay at home just because there is a bit of snow, then you are probably not living anywhere where there is snow in any meaningful amounts.

Also no, this is not about not working. Quite contrary MMM would probably say, you should work daily!
But you should make sure ASAP that you don't need to work for money.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19735 on: February 27, 2018, 06:04:47 AM »
Coworker was arguing over the phone with his 18-year-old son today. Apparently, he felt that $70,000 was a reasonable amount for a new car, and the son thought there was no way he could get a decent car with so little money. Oh, and son lives on campus in college.

I bit my tongue and didnít mention the $7,000 used car I drove in college with its moon roof, leather seats, and specialty rims.

$70,000?!?!?!? I still kick myself every now and then for having purchased a brand new car for $24k several years back.
Well I'm not going to stop you! :-)
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I stopped kicking myself in 2013, figuring after 13 years I paid my dues, and I'm still driving it everyday.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19736 on: February 27, 2018, 07:06:15 AM »
As long as I'm on my soapbox, people should also not come to work sick.  It's gross. 
There's a difference between looking, feeling, and actually being sick.  I have allergies, there's only a handful of work days a year I don't sneeze, which makes it difficult to figure out if I actually have a cold.

On the other hand, I'm having health problems where I'm actually sick more days that I'm given paid time off for, so I've been using leave without pay.  I've just been warned that if I keep my current rate of LWOP, I'll lose benefits.  So I'm definitely going to work next time I get sick and feel up to working.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19737 on: February 27, 2018, 08:29:45 AM »
As long as I'm on my soapbox, people should also not come to work sick.  It's gross. 
There's a difference between looking, feeling, and actually being sick.  I have allergies, there's only a handful of work days a year I don't sneeze, which makes it difficult to figure out if I actually have a cold.

On the other hand, I'm having health problems where I'm actually sick more days that I'm given paid time off for, so I've been using leave without pay.  I've just been warned that if I keep my current rate of LWOP, I'll lose benefits.  So I'm definitely going to work next time I get sick and feel up to working.

Coworker wasn't feeling well Friday, came in Monday obviously still sick. He's here today, looking better. If I get whatever he had....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19738 on: February 27, 2018, 09:22:10 AM »
AnnaD
I could write a book with stories like this. I think my favorite was the employee that came into my office and spent 10 minutes telling me a tale of woe about their financial situation. Finally he said the bottom line was he needed to take out a 401k loan. My response was "you never signed up for the 401k plan!"

OMG I shouldn't laugh but I couldn't help it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19739 on: February 27, 2018, 11:42:22 AM »

I disagree with these "idiot without snow tires didn't want to come to work" comments.  If I crash my car, is my company going to buy me a new one?

It's better for people who are not emergency personnel to stay off the roads during inclement weather so that emergency vehicles and people with critically important jobs can get where they need to go and everyone stays safe.  Your co-workers / employees are being responsible.


No, you company is not going to buy you a new one, as it does not when ther eis no snow. I don't see the difference.

And if you think people that are "not necessary" could stay at home just because there is a bit of snow, then you are probably not living anywhere where there is snow in any meaningful amounts.

Also no, this is not about not working. Quite contrary MMM would probably say, you should work daily!
But you should make sure ASAP that you don't need to work for money.

6 months off a year? Sign me up! /s

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« Reply #19740 on: February 27, 2018, 01:58:58 PM »
This isn't strictly finance related...

A colleague of mine has a daughter in Year 4, and all my colleague has talked about since school started back is where her daughter will go to high school. In 2021.

She is going to high school open nights then coming to work and talking about them in excruciating detail.

Maybe her daughter should go to a selective school. Or a sports high school. Or a creative arts school. Or a performing arts school. Or a mainstream school with a selective stream. Or a mainstream school with an enrichment stream. Or a mainstream school with a gifted and talented program.

It can be Catholic but not with a tunic or kilt for a uniform because her daughter won't wear it. And it can't be the same school that a certain friend of her daughter is attending.

And it must have the right facilities. And lots of playgrounds and lawns. But the fees can't be too much. And it must be close to home because they'll need to drive her, because couldn't possibly catch public transport.

The daughter is prone to anxiety and is already telling her mother that she doesn't want to go to high school. It's three years away!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19741 on: February 27, 2018, 02:09:03 PM »
This isn't strictly finance related...

A colleague of mine has a daughter in Year 4, and all my colleague has talked about since school started back is where her daughter will go to high school. In 2021.

She is going to high school open nights then coming to work and talking about them in excruciating detail.

Maybe her daughter should go to a selective school. Or a sports high school. Or a creative arts school. Or a performing arts school. Or a mainstream school with a selective stream. Or a mainstream school with an enrichment stream. Or a mainstream school with a gifted and talented program.

It can be Catholic but not with a tunic or kilt for a uniform because her daughter won't wear it. And it can't be the same school that a certain friend of her daughter is attending.

And it must have the right facilities. And lots of playgrounds and lawns. But the fees can't be too much. And it must be close to home because they'll need to drive her, because couldn't possibly catch public transport.

The daughter is prone to anxiety and is already telling her mother that she doesn't want to go to high school. It's three years away!

I was going to really laugh until I translated that your Year 4 does not mean 4 years old....I think the mom is at least being proactive in looking at schools 3 years away because in 1 1/2 years they will have the applications due for those schools.  The private school application thing is crazy....


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« Reply #19742 on: February 27, 2018, 02:16:55 PM »
The daughter is prone to anxiety and is already telling her mother that she doesn't want to go to high school. It's three years away!

Hearing even 3rd hand about the parent talking about high school so much gives ME anxiety.  I don't blame her.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19743 on: February 27, 2018, 03:13:18 PM »
This isn't strictly finance related...

A colleague of mine has a daughter in Year 4, and all my colleague has talked about since school started back is where her daughter will go to high school. In 2021.

She is going to high school open nights then coming to work and talking about them in excruciating detail.

Maybe her daughter should go to a selective school. Or a sports high school. Or a creative arts school. Or a performing arts school. Or a mainstream school with a selective stream. Or a mainstream school with an enrichment stream. Or a mainstream school with a gifted and talented program.

It can be Catholic but not with a tunic or kilt for a uniform because her daughter won't wear it. And it can't be the same school that a certain friend of her daughter is attending.

And it must have the right facilities. And lots of playgrounds and lawns. But the fees can't be too much. And it must be close to home because they'll need to drive her, because couldn't possibly catch public transport.

The daughter is prone to anxiety and is already telling her mother that she doesn't want to go to high school. It's three years away!

In her defense, my son is in year 4 and I have been thinking about high school since he was in junior kindy.  Pre MMM of course. I'm still horrified at the thought of sending him to the public high school we are zoned for. I saw one of the schools we're considering for him has an open day this week. Hubby is busy with work so I said "oh well. They'll have another one". He'll need to be enrolled sometime next year though. Our area has a bit of excess capacity so it's not too urgent. I've heard some schools in some areas have waiting lists from birth!  I don't talk about it with my son yet though nor I talk about it in general unless someone brings it up first. If she talks to her daughter like that is not surprising she has anxiety. Poor girl.

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« Reply #19744 on: February 27, 2018, 03:31:39 PM »
This isn't strictly finance related...

A colleague of mine has a daughter in Year 4, and all my colleague has talked about since school started back is where her daughter will go to high school. In 2021.

She is going to high school open nights then coming to work and talking about them in excruciating detail.

Maybe her daughter should go to a selective school. Or a sports high school. Or a creative arts school. Or a performing arts school. Or a mainstream school with a selective stream. Or a mainstream school with an enrichment stream. Or a mainstream school with a gifted and talented program.

It can be Catholic but not with a tunic or kilt for a uniform because her daughter won't wear it. And it can't be the same school that a certain friend of her daughter is attending.

And it must have the right facilities. And lots of playgrounds and lawns. But the fees can't be too much. And it must be close to home because they'll need to drive her, because couldn't possibly catch public transport.

The daughter is prone to anxiety and is already telling her mother that she doesn't want to go to high school. It's three years away!

In her defense, my son is in year 4 and I have been thinking about high school since he was in junior kindy.  Pre MMM of course. I'm still horrified at the thought of sending him to the public high school we are zoned for. I saw one of the schools we're considering for him has an open day this week. Hubby is busy with work so I said "oh well. They'll have another one". He'll need to be enrolled sometime next year though. Our area has a bit of excess capacity so it's not too urgent. I've heard some schools in some areas have waiting lists from birth!  I don't talk about it with my son yet though nor I talk about it in general unless someone brings it up first. If she talks to her daughter like that is not surprising she has anxiety. Poor girl.

It's not so much the "thinking about high school already" that bugs me, it's talking about these selective schools as if her daughter genuinely has a shot at all of them.

The daughter doesn't play rep sport. She doesn't do drama or dance in or out of school.

She draws a bit and her grades are ok (not amazing).

I think my colleague should be looking at what suits her daughter's abilities, not what suits her fantasy of having a child at a selective school.

(And yes, all the ranking and comparing of schools is happening in front of the daughter as well. She's already taking the daughter to open days.)

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« Reply #19745 on: February 28, 2018, 02:11:35 AM »
WOW!  I finally made it to the end!  After many months of reading, I've read just about every post in this thread (I skipped some political and gun stuff, and a few other odd foam posts that got too long for me to care here and there). 


I always thought  it was absolutely hilarious when I went to Home Depot in my '95 Saturn. I could fit 10' long lumber in that thing and still close the trunk!. If I did a lesser load - say a dozen 8-foot 2x4s, I would only put one side of the back seat down and not even fold the front passenger seat. I typically be surrounded by all these oversized trucks (with huge cabs and short beds) spending 5x as long loading to strap down lesser loads while still projecting several feet over the end of the bed.

Personal best was probably 5 sheets of plywood (admittedly cut into thirds) - with the trunk closed.
Very nice!  My favorite truck-like accomplishments in non-trucks are probably when I packed a giant 13ft long roll of laminate floor into a Hyundai Accent, or when I loaded 600 square feet of sod into the back of a Buick Roadmaster station wagon (definitely overloaded the suspension on that one; the back made an awful scraping sound as I pulled up into my driveway).

Our personal best was an IKEA queen sized bed and two dressers in our chevy aveo. Hubby wasn't a huge fan (as we had that baby loaded down), but we made it home and put it all together in a weekend.

To try to pull this thread back on topic, it started snowing one day last week while I was at work. A coworker called in saying she wasn't going to drive in the snow, because she still owed $25k on her car and didn't want to wreck it.

I've hauled so much stuff home from IKEA or Lowe's/Home Depot by putting the top down on my Mustang convertible.  Get a few funny looks sometimes, but it works pretty well. 

I don't have any on topic stories to share that I can think of right now, but now that this topic will forever be in my "new replies to your posts" list, I'll post them when I overhear them.

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« Reply #19746 on: February 28, 2018, 09:40:01 AM »
But - but - but - the coolness factor! You can't drive a small car and haul a bunch of stuff home and be cool like the big p/u dudes!

You can't load up a top-down convertible with renovation supplies and be cool....

Geez, people.... Get your priorities straight! ;)

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« Reply #19747 on: February 28, 2018, 09:49:10 AM »
I felt pretty damn cool filling up my hatchback to the brim with Ikea stuff, boxes hanging off the back bumper. The only bummer was having to drive slowly to get home because the back door didn’t close. We must have different ideas of what it means to be bad-assed. ;-)

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« Reply #19748 on: February 28, 2018, 09:49:42 AM »
I felt pretty damn cool filling up my hatchback to the brim with Ikea stuff, boxes hanging off the back bumper. The only bummer was having to drive slowly to get home because the back door didn’t close. We must have different ideas of what it means to be bad-assed. ;-)

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« Reply #19749 on: February 28, 2018, 09:51:21 AM »
I felt pretty damn cool filling up my hatchback to the brim with Ikea stuff, boxes hanging off the back bumper. The only bummer was having to drive slowly to get home because the back door didn’t close. We must have different ideas of what it means to be bad-assed. ;-)