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« Reply #19800 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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« Reply #19801 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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« Reply #19802 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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« Reply #19803 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! :-)
 I paid $11,000 for our pickup truck back in 2000, it was a '97'. (back when $11,000 was a lot of money)
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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« Reply #19804 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 #19805 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 #19806 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 #19807 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 #19808 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 #19809 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19810 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 #19811 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 #19812 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19813 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19814 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 #19815 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 #19816 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 #19817 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 #19818 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 #19819 on: February 28, 2018, 10:32:21 AM »
Just gonna drop this here...


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19820 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 didnít close. We must have different ideas of what it means to be bad-assed. ;-)

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« Reply #19821 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 #19822 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 #19823 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 ít 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 #19824 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 #19825 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 #19826 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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« Reply #19827 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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« Reply #19828 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.

Canít 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 #19829 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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« Reply #19830 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 Ä2,50 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 #19831 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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« Reply #19832 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 #19833 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 #19834 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 #19835 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.

Canít 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 #19836 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19837 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 #19838 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 #19839 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 donít eat wedges but chicken chippies was a definite oversight!

:D :D :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19840 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.

Canít 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19841 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 #19842 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.

Canít 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 #19843 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.

Canít 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.

Iím from Rand McNally so I wear my hat on my feet and call fries ďpapas yumyumsĒ

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19844 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.

Canít 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.

Iím from Rand McNally so I wear my hat on my feet and call fries ďpapas yumyumsĒ

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

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19845 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19846 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19847 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 canít gift their old cars because the parents hire a full-time chauffeur and car. They donít have old cars.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19848 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 ít 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?
« Last Edit: March 03, 2018, 06:41:10 AM by TomTX »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #19849 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).