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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19800 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19801 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 #19802 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 #19803 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19804 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 #19805 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19806 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. ;-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19807 on: February 28, 2018, 09:53:07 AM »
GD Tapatalk and its bugginess.... sorry for the multiple posts. It isn’t letting me delete the extras today.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19808 on: February 28, 2018, 10:32:21 AM »
Just gonna drop this here...


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19809 on: February 28, 2018, 05:25:42 PM »
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 #19810 on: March 01, 2018, 01:52:18 AM »
A colleague orders Uber Eats a lot for her family.

Today she told me that even when her husband and kids are out with activities, she will order Uber Eats for dinner just for herself. $25+ a pop.

Have toast. Make a sandwich. Boil an egg. Eat cereal. Make a salad. Eat a Lean Cuisine. Or, you know, cook a meal!

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« Reply #19811 on: March 01, 2018, 03:14:57 AM »
A colleague orders Uber Eats a lot for her family.

Today she told me that even when her husband and kids are out with activities, she will order Uber Eats for dinner just for herself. $25+ a pop.

Have toast. Make a sandwich. Boil an egg. Eat cereal. Make a salad. Eat a Lean Cuisine. Or, you know, cook a meal!

I will never get that. We never order food for dinner because it just takes so much longer than making something yourself. Even if the best I can do is put a frozen pizza in the oven (which happens about once a month) it's still so much more convenient than ordering a pizza.

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« Reply #19812 on: March 01, 2018, 03:32:06 AM »
Ordered ubereats today because Amex gives me $15 free a month.  Even if I wanted to order in, I can ’t imagine paying a $5 delivery fee when I can pick up myself in 5 min.  Seriously considering becoming an ubereats driver to pick up my own orders

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« Reply #19813 on: March 01, 2018, 05:07:27 AM »
I will never get that. We never order food for dinner because it just takes so much longer than making something yourself. Even if the best I can do is put a frozen pizza in the oven (which happens about once a month) it's still so much more convenient than ordering a pizza.

I totally agree. We can either make food within half an hour or find a leftover portion in the freezer to warm up. Any alternative to get pizza or whatever delivered up on the steep hill to our house would take more time and drama. Driving to the nearest restaurant would also take a lot more time.

But I remember, in the past, we used to live very close to a shopping center. It was convenient to walk over and buy take-away french fries to go with the rest of the food that we prepared at home. That only took 5-10 minutes, depending on how many other customers. So I can imagine that it in some cases can be fast to order food, depending on how central you live.

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« Reply #19814 on: March 01, 2018, 06:22:09 AM »
A colleague orders Uber Eats a lot for her family.

Today she told me that even when her husband and kids are out with activities, she will order Uber Eats for dinner just for herself. $25+ a pop.

Have toast. Make a sandwich. Boil an egg. Eat cereal. Make a salad. Eat a Lean Cuisine. Or, you know, cook a meal!

I will never get that. We never order food for dinner because it just takes so much longer than making something yourself. Even if the best I can do is put a frozen pizza in the oven (which happens about once a month) it's still so much more convenient than ordering a pizza.

I feel the same. Just finding a restaurant I want to order from and choosing a dish takes me longer than making my simple default meal of pasta pesto. 8 min boiling pasta + 30 sec of mixing pesto through it and there's my dinner for tonight :)

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« Reply #19815 on: March 01, 2018, 08:10:50 AM »
I will never get that. We never order food for dinner because it just takes so much longer than making something yourself. Even if the best I can do is put a frozen pizza in the oven (which happens about once a month) it's still so much more convenient than ordering a pizza.

I totally agree. We can either make food within half an hour or find a leftover portion in the freezer to warm up. Any alternative to get pizza or whatever delivered up on the steep hill to our house would take more time and drama. Driving to the nearest restaurant would also take a lot more time.

But I remember, in the past, we used to live very close to a shopping center. It was convenient to walk over and buy take-away french fries to go with the rest of the food that we prepared at home. That only took 5-10 minutes, depending on how many other customers. So I can imagine that it in some cases can be fast to order food, depending on how central you live.

Chips are one of the major reasons I ever eat out. The other major food reason is pizza, which I am slowly learning to make myself. But I'm happy to eat out with friends from time to time (as opposed to inviting them over) if only to eat chips and ketchup in unreasonable quantities.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19816 on: March 01, 2018, 08:20:35 AM »
I had a moment there and then figured it out. Regional language differences. :-)
Chips= deep fried potato wedges, not deep fried triangles of corn tortilla.

Can’t you get them in the frozen section of the grocery store and then cook them in the oven?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19817 on: March 01, 2018, 08:48:17 AM »
I had a moment there and then figured it out. Regional language differences. :-)
Chips= deep fried potato wedges, not deep fried triangles of corn tortilla.

Can’t you get them in the frozen section of the grocery store and then cook them in the oven?

Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19818 on: March 01, 2018, 08:51:00 AM »
I will never get that. We never order food for dinner because it just takes so much longer than making something yourself. Even if the best I can do is put a frozen pizza in the oven (which happens about once a month) it's still so much more convenient than ordering a pizza.

I totally agree. We can either make food within half an hour or find a leftover portion in the freezer to warm up. Any alternative to get pizza or whatever delivered up on the steep hill to our house would take more time and drama. Driving to the nearest restaurant would also take a lot more time.

But I remember, in the past, we used to live very close to a shopping center. It was convenient to walk over and buy take-away french fries to go with the rest of the food that we prepared at home. That only took 5-10 minutes, depending on how many other customers. So I can imagine that it in some cases can be fast to order food, depending on how central you live.

Chips are one of the major reasons I ever eat out. The other major food reason is pizza, which I am slowly learning to make myself. But I'm happy to eat out with friends from time to time (as opposed to inviting them over) if only to eat chips and ketchup in unreasonable quantities.
Yes, chippy shop chips are irresistible and hard to replicate at home, IMHO. Salt + Vinegar all over... great after a few pub rounds. That experience, the nearest kebab joint, curry places, oh there's so much I miss about UK drinking and eating.

It's OK to splurge on chips.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19819 on: March 01, 2018, 01:22:29 PM »
I will never get that. We never order food for dinner because it just takes so much longer than making something yourself. Even if the best I can do is put a frozen pizza in the oven (which happens about once a month) it's still so much more convenient than ordering a pizza.

I totally agree. We can either make food within half an hour or find a leftover portion in the freezer to warm up. Any alternative to get pizza or whatever delivered up on the steep hill to our house would take more time and drama. Driving to the nearest restaurant would also take a lot more time.

But I remember, in the past, we used to live very close to a shopping center. It was convenient to walk over and buy take-away french fries to go with the rest of the food that we prepared at home. That only took 5-10 minutes, depending on how many other customers. So I can imagine that it in some cases can be fast to order food, depending on how central you live.

Chips are one of the major reasons I ever eat out. The other major food reason is pizza, which I am slowly learning to make myself. But I'm happy to eat out with friends from time to time (as opposed to inviting them over) if only to eat chips and ketchup in unreasonable quantities.
Yes, chippy shop chips are irresistible and hard to replicate at home, IMHO. Salt + Vinegar all over... great after a few pub rounds. That experience, the nearest kebab joint, curry places, oh there's so much I miss about UK drinking and eating.

It's OK to splurge on chips.

Yes, me too! I take home a bottle of malt vinegar every time I go there.

I don't splurge on it too often, but that €2,50 to get freshly fried chips, from a place that cuts their own chips instead of buying them frozen, is really worth it.

Occasionally I make them myself, it's pretty quick and easy to do, but frying them in a large pot of oil on the stovetop is a hassle as well as dangerous. The entire kitche gets smelly and greasy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19820 on: March 01, 2018, 02:02:19 PM »
Bonuses from the tax bill are paid out next week.

CW #1: "My wife's already figured out what she's going to spend it on."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19821 on: March 01, 2018, 02:05:15 PM »
Bonuses from the tax bill are paid out next week.

CW #1: "My wife's already figured out what she's going to spend it on."

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That's where you say "Me too." while thinking about groceries and VTSAX, and feel smugly clever to yourself.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19822 on: March 01, 2018, 02:11:53 PM »
This is too rich to not post here. Scene: p/t retail gig, I (25F) make $11.50/hr, with other sales associate (21F) who makes $12/hr. Being the grandma of the store staff, I tell them about the gigs and jobs I've had over the years. When I was in high school I'd post on Craigslist looking to clean people's houses for $15/hr, got lots of takers to help out a high school kid get some cash.

21F tells me how she wants to hire someone to help her clean her place because she doesn't have time to do it and her roommate is a worthless turd. She works no more than 25 hrs per week and mostly just smokes weed and does dabs on her days off, living in her granddad's rental for $800 between her and her roommate. Not 2 days ago she was telling me how hard it is to be an adult and pay for everything. I gently mention how eating fast food every day, having a dog, getting tattoos every month, not having a full-time job (working retail, no less), and buying a brand-new car when she was 19 are all choices she made and it's never too late to change habits. I even mention how I make my own cleaners from a few household items, and how to really break down tasks so they're not too daunting.

After talking through some of these points, she still wants me to come over and help her out at her place to clean. I'm happy to help her out and take her money, but I don't want to hear about how hard it is to survive "in this economy". I took this second job in September and have paid off nearly $7k in debt in that time. Maybe one day she'll put her big girl panties on and take some initiative.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19823 on: March 01, 2018, 02:16:15 PM »
Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

Australia has chips, chips and corn chips.

Context is everything.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19824 on: March 01, 2018, 02:24:19 PM »
I had a moment there and then figured it out. Regional language differences. :-)
Chips= deep fried potato wedges, not deep fried triangles of corn tortilla.

Can’t you get them in the frozen section of the grocery store and then cook them in the oven?

A sad, dried-out, burnt-at-the-ends piece of re-formed potato is not the same as a chip.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19825 on: March 01, 2018, 04:17:56 PM »
Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

Australia has chips, chips and corn chips.

Context is everything.

I would say Australia has

Fries
Chips
Wedges
Chips and
corn chips

though I would accept basically all of them except wedges as chips

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« Reply #19826 on: March 01, 2018, 09:30:46 PM »
Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

Australia has chips, chips and corn chips.

Context is everything.

Then what do you call corn chips?  Now I am confused...  ;P

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19827 on: March 01, 2018, 10:45:42 PM »
Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

Australia has chips, chips and corn chips.

Context is everything.

I would say Australia has

Fries
Chips
Wedges
Chips and
corn chips

though I would accept basically all of them except wedges as chips
You forgot chicken chippies!
« Last Edit: March 01, 2018, 10:47:17 PM by Nudelkopf »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19828 on: March 01, 2018, 11:28:40 PM »
Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

Australia has chips, chips and corn chips.

Context is everything.

I would say Australia has

Fries
Chips
Wedges
Chips and
corn chips

though I would accept basically all of them except wedges as chips
You forgot chicken chippies!

I don’t eat wedges but chicken chippies was a definite oversight!

:D :D :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19829 on: March 02, 2018, 01:34:49 AM »
I had a moment there and then figured it out. Regional language differences. :-)
Chips= deep fried potato wedges, not deep fried triangles of corn tortilla.

Can’t you get them in the frozen section of the grocery store and then cook them in the oven?

Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

To make it more confusing, the Dutch use the word "chips" where the English use "crisps". We call the fried potato wedges for "patat friet", from French.

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« Reply #19830 on: March 02, 2018, 08:44:01 AM »
This is too rich to not post here. Scene: p/t retail gig, I (25F) make $11.50/hr, with other sales associate (21F) who makes $12/hr. Being the grandma of the store staff, I tell them about the gigs and jobs I've had over the years. When I was in high school I'd post on Craigslist looking to clean people's houses for $15/hr, got lots of takers to help out a high school kid get some cash.

21F tells me how she wants to hire someone to help her clean her place because she doesn't have time to do it and her roommate is a worthless turd. She works no more than 25 hrs per week and mostly just smokes weed and does dabs on her days off, living in her granddad's rental for $800 between her and her roommate. Not 2 days ago she was telling me how hard it is to be an adult and pay for everything. I gently mention how eating fast food every day, having a dog, getting tattoos every month, not having a full-time job (working retail, no less), and buying a brand-new car when she was 19 are all choices she made and it's never too late to change habits. I even mention how I make my own cleaners from a few household items, and how to really break down tasks so they're not too daunting.

After talking through some of these points, she still wants me to come over and help her out at her place to clean. I'm happy to help her out and take her money, but I don't want to hear about how hard it is to survive "in this economy". I took this second job in September and have paid off nearly $7k in debt in that time. Maybe one day she'll put her big girl panties on and take some initiative.

So basically it is hard to summon the motivation to do anything but veg out. She like many other 'youngins just don't know what hard work is - and keeping house isn't hard, just needs a bunch of baby steps strung together.

I was the same when I was about ten. By the time I was in my teens (13) I was mowing yards, babysitting, washing and detailing cars, etc. In my 20s I was in the military. All that redefined what 'hard' means. How many people these days don't do things like that? Maintenance free lifestyle.

She ought to challenge herself more. Do a room a day. Then do a room a day and then add in a walk or run. She has to peel off her sloth and train to be an adult. Give up the weed. More money left and more motivation perhaps.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19831 on: March 02, 2018, 10:38:12 AM »
I had a moment there and then figured it out. Regional language differences. :-)
Chips= deep fried potato wedges, not deep fried triangles of corn tortilla.

Can’t you get them in the frozen section of the grocery store and then cook them in the oven?

Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

To make it more confusing, the Dutch use the word "chips" where the English use "crisps". We call the fried potato wedges for "patat friet", from French.

I remember myself being completely shocked when I was in the US and "burger and chips" meant I would get actual potato chips (as in, crisps) next to my plate. Since when are chips an option for lunch/dinner?!?! That's not food! I was convinced I'd get french fries-chips. Biggest dining out disappointment ever.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19832 on: March 02, 2018, 01:30:59 PM »
I had a moment there and then figured it out. Regional language differences. :-)
Chips= deep fried potato wedges, not deep fried triangles of corn tortilla.

Can’t you get them in the frozen section of the grocery store and then cook them in the oven?

Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

To make it more confusing, the Dutch use the word "chips" where the English use "crisps". We call the fried potato wedges for "patat friet", from French.

I remember myself being completely shocked when I was in the US and "burger and chips" meant I would get actual potato chips (as in, crisps) next to my plate. Since when are chips an option for lunch/dinner?!?! That's not food! I was convinced I'd get french fries-chips. Biggest dining out disappointment ever.

I’m from Rand McNally so I wear my hat on my feet and call fries “papas yumyums”

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19833 on: March 02, 2018, 01:34:57 PM »
I had a moment there and then figured it out. Regional language differences. :-)
Chips= deep fried potato wedges, not deep fried triangles of corn tortilla.

Can’t you get them in the frozen section of the grocery store and then cook them in the oven?

Chips = french fries
Crisps = potato chips
Tortilla chips = tortilla chips

Does anyone say tortilla crisps?  I think the Brits messed up on this one.

To make it more confusing, the Dutch use the word "chips" where the English use "crisps". We call the fried potato wedges for "patat friet", from French.

I remember myself being completely shocked when I was in the US and "burger and chips" meant I would get actual potato chips (as in, crisps) next to my plate. Since when are chips an option for lunch/dinner?!?! That's not food! I was convinced I'd get french fries-chips. Biggest dining out disappointment ever.

I’m from Rand McNally so I wear my hat on my feet and call fries “papas yumyums”

In fact, in Rand McNally, they wear hats on their feet and hamburgers eat people.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19834 on: March 02, 2018, 03:43:28 PM »
This is too rich to not post here. Scene: p/t retail gig, I (25F) make $11.50/hr, with other sales associate (21F) who makes $12/hr. Being the grandma of the store staff, I tell them about the gigs and jobs I've had over the years. When I was in high school I'd post on Craigslist looking to clean people's houses for $15/hr, got lots of takers to help out a high school kid get some cash.

21F tells me how she wants to hire someone to help her clean her place because she doesn't have time to do it and her roommate is a worthless turd. She works no more than 25 hrs per week and mostly just smokes weed and does dabs on her days off, living in her granddad's rental for $800 between her and her roommate.

She makes $12/hr and wants to HIRE a cleaner? I made about $12/hr back in the late 1980s, when it went a lot further, and I never thought it was enough to hire someone. I cleaned myself (or put up with my roommates' dirt, most likely).

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« Reply #19835 on: March 02, 2018, 08:50:36 PM »
Sitting at work yesterday, I overheard the Finance Director talking to the new HR Director, mostly shooing the crap and whatnot.  But this really stood out to me:

Finance: Yeah, I just got a golf cart the other day.
HR: Really? Don't they have some at the golf course?
Finance: Yeah, but they cost $5 to rent for the day.  So I got one for myself.  Think of the savings!
HR: Yeah, I guess you're right.  How much was it?
Finance: It was only (unintelligible price), and they didn't even want a down payment!  I had to ask to make sure I heard them correctly.  I just said   '...okay then!'

I tried to listen, but at points they were very quiet.  I really wish I heard how much it was for the cart, I can't envision a scenario where it would be worthwhile to FINANCE a golf cart with zero down when you can rent one for a day at $5 a pop.  Especially if he needs to tow it to his favorite (golf) clubbing spot.  Maybe if he goes every Saturday and Sunday, but then the maintenance/towing/charging would probably cost at least $5, knowing that he drives an F-250...


The HR Director is a bit Anti-Mustachian as well, judging from her choice in vehicle.  One day as I was starting into my 2004 Buick Century with 195k miles and a dent in the bumper from when my dad whacked a deer, I saw her walking out of the building.  As I was sweeping snow off of my car, I see her push a button on her key fob. I jumped as the very imposing impeccably clean red F-350 super duty diesel sparks to life right behind me and belches some diesel smoke out of the dual tailpipes.  I say hi as she walks by and she very haughtily says,

HR:"oh, hi StealthFundip, is this your car? (gesturing at the salt-sprayed tan Buick I'm dusting off)"
Stealth:"Yep, my dad gave it to me when he got a new(to him) truck.  I used to drive a '94 F-150, but when I worked at $BigJuiceCompany I spent more than half my paycheck on gas!  At least I don't have any payments for the next 50-100k miles though." 
HR:(after hearing how many miles it had)"Oh wow, if I were you I'd start looking for a new car ASAP.  I'd be amazed if you made it to 200k miles before it falls apart! Most cars are only safe until you get about 100k miles, I wouldn't believe it's got so many if it wasn't right here in front of me!" (She said this in a way that was almost patronizing, but with a dash of snootiness as well)
Stealth: "Well, it's working great for me, and I see no reason to get a new car on a part time intern's salary..."
HR: "Well, don't say I didn't warn you!  See you later."

I will be happily saving at least 25% of my intern wages while she spends a fortune on feeding her diesel beast :)

And on parents buying their kids BRAND NEW CARS for going to college, they should really consider gifting their old car with new tires and brake pads.  When I first started driving that pickup truck, it was a bit scary.  But after it got new tires and brakes, it was easily able to handle 8" of snow and otherwise dangerous slippery roads.  Felt and drove like one of those brand new trucks my truck nut friends were buying.  But it did get a lot harder to drift around particularly snowy corners... Maybe another plus for the parents, though!


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« Reply #19836 on: March 03, 2018, 05:13:38 AM »
And on parents buying their kids BRAND NEW CARS for going to college, they should really consider gifting their old car with new tires and brake pads. When I first started driving that pickup truck, it was a bit scary.  But after it got new tires and brakes, it was easily able to handle 8" of snow and otherwise dangerous slippery roads.  Felt and drove like one of those brand new trucks my truck nut friends were buying.  But it did get a lot harder to drift around particularly snowy corners... Maybe another plus for the parents, though!

Where I work, they can’t gift their old cars because the parents hire a full-time chauffeur and car. They don’t have old cars.

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« Reply #19837 on: March 03, 2018, 06:36:44 AM »
Ordered ubereats today because Amex gives me $15 free a month.  Even if I wanted to order in, I can ’t imagine paying a $5 delivery fee when I can pick up myself in 5 min.  Seriously considering becoming an ubereats driver to pick up my own orders

Amex $15/month is our monthly Ubereats treat - I could stay under the $15, but that would mean McDonalds. Bleah. Instead, I spend an extra couple bucks and get an order of chicken tikka masala from the Indian place, comes with 1 piece of naan and rice.

Had a brilliant thought last time: Since it always comes with massive amounts of sauce, and that's the distinctive flavor - we just sauteed up a bunch of chicken and vegetables, then combined that with the chicken tikka masala when it arrived. Also heated up some of our own tortillas as a naan substitute. Hearty meal for 3, with leftovers.

I have a friend at work who drives for Uber/Ubereats - but I really think she doesn't do the math. Why drive around putting miles and burning gas in a new (<2 year old) SUV?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19838 on: March 03, 2018, 11:28:28 AM »
Just overheard this conversation yesterday, but first a little background.

I have a co-worker who is single and bought a home only a few minutes from work a year or two ago; it is a modest 1 acre lot with a ~900 sq/ft house, that he paid around 55k for. He also drives a used Saturn that he bought from his grandparents for ~3k when they became too old to drive. Compared to most of my co-workers he seemed pretty fiscally responsible, of course he has a few spendy-pants habits . . .

I've always know he has a (shall we say) hobby of buying and "watching" newer movies on blu-ray. I use the quotation marks because he watches most of the movie in fast forward only slowing down for what he thinks are key parts of dialogue. He then make a digital copy of them and places it on his home server for . . . later watching? (I don't really know)

Now on to the shocking overheard story:

This co-worker and another co-worker were talking about the number of movies he owns, excluding duplicates and how much he has spent on them. Apparently over the last 18 years he has accumulated three-thousand plus movies, mostly new releases, but with some older or bundle purchases. The shocking part is that many of these are where new releases and he estimates the total purchase price of his collection to be $56,700. Yes his movie collecting habit cost him about $3,000 a year and over the course of 18 years he has spent more on movies than the purchase price of his house (and more than half of his car).


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« Reply #19839 on: March 03, 2018, 12:58:56 PM »
Just overheard this conversation yesterday, but first a little background.

I have a co-worker who is single and bought a home only a few minutes from work a year or two ago; it is a modest 1 acre lot with a ~900 sq/ft house, that he paid around 55k for. He also drives a used Saturn that he bought from his grandparents for ~3k when they became too old to drive. Compared to most of my co-workers he seemed pretty fiscally responsible, of course he has a few spendy-pants habits . . .

I've always know he has a (shall we say) hobby of buying and "watching" newer movies on blu-ray. I use the quotation marks because he watches most of the movie in fast forward only slowing down for what he thinks are key parts of dialogue. He then make a digital copy of them and places it on his home server for . . . later watching? (I don't really know)

Now on to the shocking overheard story:

This co-worker and another co-worker were talking about the number of movies he owns, excluding duplicates and how much he has spent on them. Apparently over the last 18 years he has accumulated three-thousand plus movies, mostly new releases, but with some older or bundle purchases. The shocking part is that many of these are where new releases and he estimates the total purchase price of his collection to be $56,700. Yes his movie collecting habit cost him about $3,000 a year and over the course of 18 years he has spent more on movies than the purchase price of his house (and more than half of his car).

That is terrible. And it totally doesn't have this value today.

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« Reply #19840 on: March 03, 2018, 05:14:27 PM »
Just overheard this conversation yesterday, but first a little background.

I have a co-worker who is single and bought a home only a few minutes from work a year or two ago; it is a modest 1 acre lot with a ~900 sq/ft house, that he paid around 55k for. He also drives a used Saturn that he bought from his grandparents for ~3k when they became too old to drive. Compared to most of my co-workers he seemed pretty fiscally responsible, of course he has a few spendy-pants habits . . .

I've always know he has a (shall we say) hobby of buying and "watching" newer movies on blu-ray. I use the quotation marks because he watches most of the movie in fast forward only slowing down for what he thinks are key parts of dialogue. He then make a digital copy of them and places it on his home server for . . . later watching? (I don't really know)

Now on to the shocking overheard story:

This co-worker and another co-worker were talking about the number of movies he owns, excluding duplicates and how much he has spent on them. Apparently over the last 18 years he has accumulated three-thousand plus movies, mostly new releases, but with some older or bundle purchases. The shocking part is that many of these are where new releases and he estimates the total purchase price of his collection to be $56,700. Yes his movie collecting habit cost him about $3,000 a year and over the course of 18 years he has spent more on movies than the purchase price of his house (and more than half of his car).

That is terrible. And it totally doesn't have this value today.

I agree and hence why I used purchase price instead of value.

He is aware of the value loss, but still thinks some that are classics and "out of print" may be worth a little extra.

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« Reply #19841 on: March 04, 2018, 12:14:33 AM »
I work at a law firm.  All of the attorneys have six-figure incomes, but some are salaried whereas others are paid based on their actual billings, depending on how their agreement is set up with the firm. 

One of our newer attorneys has decades of experience working at big firms for clients with deep pockets. She loves to talk about all the crazy-high salaries she's had over the years, in excess of $300k/year at times. She sponsors local political campaigns, wears new clothing and expensive jewelry every day, must have a weekly salon haircut. She's on the track of "paid based on actual billings."

One month when some of her bills were held up going out to a client, she confessed to her assistant that if payment weren't made quickly, she'd have to declare bankruptcy. The next month (after the bills went out after all) she's buying a designer dog.

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« Reply #19842 on: March 04, 2018, 04:25:43 AM »
One month when some of her bills were held up going out to a client, she confessed to her assistant that if payment weren't made quickly, she'd have to declare bankruptcy. The next month (after the bills went out after all) she's buying a designer dog.

I'm glad I do not know what this is.

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« Reply #19843 on: March 04, 2018, 04:55:38 AM »
One month when some of her bills were held up going out to a client, she confessed to her assistant that if payment weren't made quickly, she'd have to declare bankruptcy. The next month (after the bills went out after all) she's buying a designer dog.

I'm glad I do not know what this is.

The product of the pet equivalent of the Porsche car configurator. /s

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« Reply #19844 on: March 04, 2018, 10:20:03 AM »
This is too rich to not post here. Scene: p/t retail gig, I (25F) make $11.50/hr, with other sales associate (21F) who makes $12/hr. Being the grandma of the store staff, I tell them about the gigs and jobs I've had over the years. When I was in high school I'd post on Craigslist looking to clean people's houses for $15/hr, got lots of takers to help out a high school kid get some cash.

21F tells me how she wants to hire someone to help her clean her place because she doesn't have time to do it and her roommate is a worthless turd. She works no more than 25 hrs per week and mostly just smokes weed and does dabs
OK, I thought I was pretty aware of things, but, I had to look up dabs.
Well, maybe less material in your lungs, but probably less efficient (less mustachian), in that some THC will be left in the green material and the time and materials used to make the dab.

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« Reply #19845 on: March 04, 2018, 02:41:15 PM »
My coworker was telling me about a discussion  she’d had with her teenage son.   He was going on a high school outing that involved buying lunch at a restaurant.    He asked her for some money; she handed over $15.   Him:   “Mum, that won’t be enough.   I don’t want to look POOR.”   She gave him an extra $10.

Me:   “Where on earth are they going that $15 isn’t enough?  Plus, doesn’t he have his own money from his part time job?”   She just looked sheepish and didn’t answer.


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« Reply #19846 on: March 04, 2018, 03:34:36 PM »
My coworker was telling me about a discussion  she’d had with her teenage son.   He was going on a high school outing that involved buying lunch at a restaurant.    He asked her for some money; she handed over $15.   Him:   “Mum, that won’t be enough.   I don’t want to look POOR.”   She gave him an extra $10.

Me:   “Where on earth are they going that $15 isn’t enough?  Plus, doesn’t he have his own money from his part time job?”   She just looked sheepish and didn’t answer.

Kids going to order a $5 soup and blow the rest on crack

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19847 on: March 05, 2018, 01:28:28 PM »
I've always know he has a (shall we say) hobby of buying and "watching" newer movies on blu-ray. I use the quotation marks because he watches most of the movie in fast forward only slowing down for what he thinks are key parts of dialogue.

WTF? That's the most shocking part of the story to me - if you're going to disrespect the movies that much and spoil them for yourself then why even bother in the first place?

I did get into buying DVDs fairly early on (1999), it is a bit painful when the DVDs you spent £12-£15 on are now worth about £0.50. Fortunately I skipped buying Blu-rays at full price (you can get those for peanuts now too), but now I've been bitten by the 4K bug. Trying to keep it to only the best of the best new releases, though.

And I've spent nothing like the amount this guy has!

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« Reply #19848 on: March 05, 2018, 02:52:16 PM »
My coworker was always bragging about the great deals he’d gotten on blu rays or games.   When I said “You must have a blast watching/playing those”, he scoffed “Ha.   I never have time for that shit.   And even when I do, my kid is always hogging the TV.”

He finally got a bit more spare time - but his kid is still hogging the TV.   His solution?    Buy another TV, of course.

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« Reply #19849 on: March 05, 2018, 02:54:22 PM »
I recently interviewed for a Medical Imaging local job after being a Medical Imaging Contract Worker for two years. Contract working is ridiculously lucrative. A "cheap" job is netting $1700/week for 38 hours. I've gotten $2400/week for more like 44+ hours. I opted for three months of vacation the first year, and 5 months of vacation the second year, living off the excess from my contracts while doing and paying for my own house renovations during the time off. Also, omg, I hate full time work and I was mentally exhausted.

Anyway, back to the interview. The hospital has a Contract Worker in the department when we're doing our walk through. And we're doing the usual chit chat "are you social or a introverted mouth breather" back and forth thing when the contract worker asked where all I'd been.

I listed off Arkansas, Arizona, Michigan, Tennessee, and California.

"Where else?" he asks, expecting a far longer list for my two years of travel employment.

"Well, I went to the California place three times and I've had two assignments in Tennessee. But I guess my list is also short because I take at least a month off after every assignment."

This grey haired man, obviously in his 50s, makes a scoffing noise at me. Then asks, "What, got a rich husband?"

I blink at him in bewilderment for a split second, then get an edge of steel in my voice. "No. I'm the rich wife. I've always out earned every partner I've ever been with."

It strikes me later that this question didn't come just from a place of sexism. But from someone who didn' t know what the eff to be doing with the fire hose of cash that Travel Contract work provides. How is this gray haired man not rolling in it (or at least as wealthy as I am) if he's been doing it for LONGER @_@

I hope you reported this jackass to his HR department.