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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2600 on: May 09, 2014, 12:20:15 PM »
The production number aspect of that video is appropriate on so many levels . . .

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2601 on: May 13, 2014, 02:16:21 AM »
Had a nice one today in class with a fellow student:

Him: There's a great trick I found with phone contracts, actually. If you call up the provider on the 23rd month to reset your contract and upgrade your phone, they'll usually give you the last month free, since they've made their money off you. You get a whole month free, plus you can sell your old phone! You can really get one over the phone providers.
Me: Wouldn't a better way to get one over them to be just to stick with your old phone?
Him: Yeah, but then you wouldn't get a new phone!
Someone else: Do you really need to upgrade from an iPhone 4S to a 5S?
Me: Yeah, I'm rocking this iPhone 3GS still, on a prepaid plan AND I got it free second-hand.
Him: Well, it's like a fashion statement. Like the reason I buy fancy clothes.
(I put my phone away in my Target jeans and adjust my op-shop shirt)

The cheapest price for the smallest iPhone 5S on Telstra's network is $77 a month, for 23 months: $1,771. That's so much money wasted, and he thinks he's saving because everybody else is paying $1,848!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2602 on: May 13, 2014, 07:55:34 AM »
I have a friend that just received a $3500 tax bill. He has no money to pay for it. His girlfriend put it on her credit card because she has no money. These same two are heading to Vegas in a couple weeks for a weekend getaway - I declined to join. Jaw dropped, I just shake my head.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2603 on: May 13, 2014, 08:19:53 AM »
I have a friend that just received a $3500 tax bill. He has no money to pay for it. His girlfriend put it on her credit card because she has no money. These same two are heading to Vegas in a couple weeks for a weekend getaway - I declined to join. Jaw dropped, I just shake my head.
I look forward to hearing your update in a couple weeks when they come back about how much they spent and lost.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2604 on: May 13, 2014, 08:30:23 AM »
Had a nice one today in class with a fellow student:

Him: There's a great trick I found with phone contracts, actually. If you call up the provider on the 23rd month to reset your contract and upgrade your phone, they'll usually give you the last month free, since they've made their money off you. You get a whole month free, plus you can sell your old phone! You can really get one over the phone providers.
Me: Wouldn't a better way to get one over them to be just to stick with your old phone?
Him: Yeah, but then you wouldn't get a new phone!
Someone else: Do you really need to upgrade from an iPhone 4S to a 5S?
Me: Yeah, I'm rocking this iPhone 3GS still, on a prepaid plan AND I got it free second-hand.
Him: Well, it's like a fashion statement. Like the reason I buy fancy clothes.
(I put my phone away in my Target jeans and adjust my op-shop shirt)

The cheapest price for the smallest iPhone 5S on Telstra's network is $77 a month, for 23 months: $1,771. That's so much money wasted, and he thinks he's saving because everybody else is paying $1,848!

I need a sarcasm font: Boy he is really sticking it to the man!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2605 on: May 13, 2014, 08:51:24 AM »
Have to post here because the conversation I just had is so idiotic and the other person just doesn't want to hear what I have to say (I mentioned this individual in a previous post many pages ago).

I receive this message from her this morning: "I had a breakdown last night. I need to hear about this job already because I'm trying to plan my life and I'm going to be broke pretty soon. It wasn't pretty." Sounds innocent enough, right? But the reason she's going to be broke soon is because she's living in a 2 bedroom apartment (alone) that she can't afford. She had a chance to move this winter, but opted to renew the lease and not find a roommate. She actually would have gone broke already, but got a cash gift from her grandmother that has allowed her to stay in the apartment until now.

There is a lot going on in her life right now and it's been a rough few years for her, but it's no excuse for idiotic, financially ruinous behavior. This is the second time I've tried to talk her out of that damn apartment and the associated depletion of her bank account, but her response is basically "I'll figure something out." Oy vey.

Ok. Rant over. Glad I could post here since my friend doesn't want to hear it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2606 on: May 13, 2014, 09:10:28 AM »
Had a nice one today in class with a fellow student:

Him: There's a great trick I found with phone contracts, actually. If you call up the provider on the 23rd month to reset your contract and upgrade your phone, they'll usually give you the last month free, since they've made their money off you. You get a whole month free, plus you can sell your old phone! You can really get one over the phone providers.
Me: Wouldn't a better way to get one over them to be just to stick with your old phone?
Him: Yeah, but then you wouldn't get a new phone!
Someone else: Do you really need to upgrade from an iPhone 4S to a 5S?
Me: Yeah, I'm rocking this iPhone 3GS still, on a prepaid plan AND I got it free second-hand.
Him: Well, it's like a fashion statement. Like the reason I buy fancy clothes.
(I put my phone away in my Target jeans and adjust my op-shop shirt)

The cheapest price for the smallest iPhone 5S on Telstra's network is $77 a month, for 23 months: $1,771. That's so much money wasted, and he thinks he's saving because everybody else is paying $1,848!

Just curious here, since you're in Australia I thought i'd get some clarification.  Does $77/month include service or is that just to buy the phone...I really hope it includes the service!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2607 on: May 13, 2014, 01:51:02 PM »
[quote author=jimmymango link=topic=2540.msg290678#msg290678 But the reason she's going to be broke soon is because she's living in a 2 bedroom apartment (alone) that she can't afford.
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Sadly, not uncommon.  Many years ago, I had a coworker with this issue who wouldn't downscale from her 2-bed apt or take in a roommate for a bit.  Always paid her rent on the 5th because her landlord would let that slide.  Didn't have the money on the 1st.  Owned a car that cost her tons of money to keep running.
She was in her 50s with no retirement savings.
I was 22-24 at the time, with some Roth IRA savings, living with roommates and no car because I took public transit.
I never understood how she thought she'd eventually retire.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2608 on: May 13, 2014, 06:23:19 PM »
Had a nice one today in class with a fellow student:

Him: There's a great trick I found with phone contracts, actually. If you call up the provider on the 23rd month to reset your contract and upgrade your phone, they'll usually give you the last month free, since they've made their money off you. You get a whole month free, plus you can sell your old phone! You can really get one over the phone providers.
Me: Wouldn't a better way to get one over them to be just to stick with your old phone?
Him: Yeah, but then you wouldn't get a new phone!
Someone else: Do you really need to upgrade from an iPhone 4S to a 5S?
Me: Yeah, I'm rocking this iPhone 3GS still, on a prepaid plan AND I got it free second-hand.
Him: Well, it's like a fashion statement. Like the reason I buy fancy clothes.
(I put my phone away in my Target jeans and adjust my op-shop shirt)

The cheapest price for the smallest iPhone 5S on Telstra's network is $77 a month, for 23 months: $1,771. That's so much money wasted, and he thinks he's saving because everybody else is paying $1,848!

Just curious here, since you're in Australia I thought i'd get some clarification.  Does $77/month include service or is that just to buy the phone...I really hope it includes the service!

It includes the service.  Telstra is also not the cheapest provider for the iPhone (Or in general the cheapest provider particularly if you don't use your phone much, it does tend to have the best coverage though).  It looks like you can get one for $54 a month with Virgin Mobile, and $65 a month with Optus.

Telstra
http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/mobiles-on-a-plan/iphone-5s/index.htm

Virgin Mobile
http://www.virginmobile.com.au/Shop/ProductDetails/13272/5S-Space-Grey-16GB

Optus
http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephones/iphone/iphone5s

There are probably other perhaps cheaper plans out there.  But I can't be bothered finding them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2609 on: May 13, 2014, 06:47:00 PM »
Today.
Chatting it up with a male coworker.  He's 36, bought his first house two years ago, has a wife, a one year old and a few pets.  Not rich, he audibly complains about payments and that sort of thing.  40 mile commute each way to work. 

Him:  What kind of siding do you like on houses?
Me:   Uhh... the kind of siding they come with?  I'm more worried about insulation and air sealing.
Him:  No but seriously, don't you have a problem with Vinyl?  It looks so plastic-y and cheap.  That's what I have.
Me:  I look at the exterior of my house for perhaps thirty seconds every day, it doesn't matter much.
Him:  Not me, when I come home from work, I want to feel like I'm looking at a home I'm proud of.  I think I'm going to convert it to wood shingles.
Me:  How much will that run you?
Him:   Maybe twenty.
Me:  Thousand???
Him:  Yeah, not bad, huh.

He mistook the incredulity in my voice for shock the price was so "affordable."












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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2610 on: May 13, 2014, 07:14:00 PM »
Today.
Chatting it up with a male coworker.  He's 36, bought his first house two years ago, has a wife, a one year old and a few pets.  Not rich, he audibly complains about payments and that sort of thing.  40 mile commute each way to work. 

Him:  What kind of siding do you like on houses?
Me:   Uhh... the kind of siding they come with?  I'm more worried about insulation and air sealing.
Him:  No but seriously, don't you have a problem with Vinyl?  It looks so plastic-y and cheap.  That's what I have.
Me:  I look at the exterior of my house for perhaps thirty seconds every day, it doesn't matter much.
Him:  Not me, when I come home from work, I want to feel like I'm looking at a home I'm proud of.  I think I'm going to convert it to wood shingles.
Me:  How much will that run you?
Him:   Maybe twenty.
Me:  Thousand???
Him:  Yeah, not bad, huh.

He mistook the incredulity in my voice for shock the price was so "affordable."

MILLION???

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2611 on: May 14, 2014, 05:40:08 AM »
Today.
Chatting it up with a male coworker.  He's 36, bought his first house two years ago, has a wife, a one year old and a few pets.  Not rich, he audibly complains about payments and that sort of thing.  40 mile commute each way to work. 

Him:  What kind of siding do you like on houses?
Me:   Uhh... the kind of siding they come with?  I'm more worried about insulation and air sealing.
Him:  No but seriously, don't you have a problem with Vinyl?  It looks so plastic-y and cheap.  That's what I have.
Me:  I look at the exterior of my house for perhaps thirty seconds every day, it doesn't matter much.
Him:  Not me, when I come home from work, I want to feel like I'm looking at a home I'm proud of.  I think I'm going to convert it to wood shingles.
Me:  How much will that run you?
Him:   Maybe twenty.
Me:  Thousand???
Him:  Yeah, not bad, huh.

He mistook the incredulity in my voice for shock the price was so "affordable."

MILLION???

Hah!  Yeah, I'm not a conversational superpower - My little brain said thousand as a pc substitute for "holy shit," not because I wasn't sure what type of twenties he was talking about.

The same guy, FYI, is also considering buying a llama.  Not that I have anything against llamas, but damn, I just can't imagine that's inexpensive.
I would almost like to be his neighbor or something just so I can live close to a constant source of financial comedy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2612 on: May 14, 2014, 07:13:58 AM »
WTF  . . . Is the llama a pet?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2613 on: May 14, 2014, 07:52:34 AM »
WTF  . . . Is the llama a pet?

You got it.  I'm pretty grateful to be able to talk to this guy nearly every day... he's a gift that keeps on giving.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2614 on: May 14, 2014, 08:17:10 AM »
Today.
Chatting it up with a male coworker.  He's 36, bought his first house two years ago, has a wife, a one year old and a few pets.  Not rich, he audibly complains about payments and that sort of thing.  40 mile commute each way to work. 

Him:  What kind of siding do you like on houses?
Me:   Uhh... the kind of siding they come with?  I'm more worried about insulation and air sealing.
Him:  No but seriously, don't you have a problem with Vinyl?  It looks so plastic-y and cheap.  That's what I have.
Me:  I look at the exterior of my house for perhaps thirty seconds every day, it doesn't matter much.
Him:  Not me, when I come home from work, I want to feel like I'm looking at a home I'm proud of.  I think I'm going to convert it to wood shingles.
Me:  How much will that run you?
Him:   Maybe twenty.
Me:  Thousand???
Him:  Yeah, not bad, huh.

He mistook the incredulity in my voice for shock the price was so "affordable."

I'm so happy that I'm not alone in not caring a wit for the outside of my house! It's the inner sanctum that really counts :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2615 on: May 14, 2014, 08:34:39 AM »
WTF  . . . Is the llama a pet?

You got it.  I'm pretty grateful to be able to talk to this guy nearly every day... he's a gift that keeps on giving.

Maybe they're going to sell its wool.  Personally, I would get an alpaca instead, but that's just me.  Oh, who am I fooling?!  He doesn't sound like the urban farmer type ...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2616 on: May 14, 2014, 08:41:24 AM »
Had to share this one.

I work in a government building, as a contractor.  Plenty of government folks in my office, all 55+, so they like to chatter about retirement.

This one guy is 62, and was talking to a woman next to my desk saying he was going to hold on for a few more years (he's retired military AND has 20+ years in the government, with a pension).  He then says  "It probably doesn't matter though, I won't live past 68".    I had to chime in.

Me: "What do you mean you won't live past 68?"
Him: "None of my family has ever lived past then, so I figure that's my time."
Me: "If you truly believe that, why aren't you retiring this very day?  You have 2 pensions, you can't be hurting for money."
Him: "... I don't know. I'm just going to hold on."

I just... have no words. And let me be clear, no one in this office is doing work that I could remotely consider "so enthralling that you'd want to never retire".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2617 on: May 14, 2014, 08:45:56 AM »
WTF  . . . Is the llama a pet?

You got it.  I'm pretty grateful to be able to talk to this guy nearly every day... he's a gift that keeps on giving.

Maybe they're going to sell its wool.  Personally, I would get an alpaca instead, but that's just me.  Oh, who am I fooling?!  He doesn't sound like the urban farmer type ...

Maybe you can talk him down to starting with chickens?  Less commitment, if it goes south they are easier to clean & grill (I assume).  but a llama would give better work stories... and better mmm posts.... yeah he should stick with the llama.  lets hope llamas like to eat wooden siding.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2618 on: May 14, 2014, 08:47:36 AM »
Me: "What do you mean you won't live past 68?"
Him: "None of my family has ever lived past then, so I figure that's my time."
Me: "If you truly believe that, why aren't you retiring this very day?  You have 2 pensions, you can't be hurting for money."
Him: "... I don't know. I'm just going to hold on."

Nooooooo!!! That is so sad. :(((

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2619 on: May 14, 2014, 09:32:44 AM »
Had to share this one.

I work in a government building, as a contractor.  Plenty of government folks in my office, all 55+, so they like to chatter about retirement.

This one guy is 62, and was talking to a woman next to my desk saying he was going to hold on for a few more years (he's retired military AND has 20+ years in the government, with a pension).  He then says  "It probably doesn't matter though, I won't live past 68".    I had to chime in.

Me: "What do you mean you won't live past 68?"
Him: "None of my family has ever lived past then, so I figure that's my time."
Me: "If you truly believe that, why aren't you retiring this very day?  You have 2 pensions, you can't be hurting for money."
Him: "... I don't know. I'm just going to hold on."

I just... have no words. And let me be clear, no one in this office is doing work that I could remotely consider "so enthralling that you'd want to never retire".

Oy.

He's institutionalized. Can't imagine what life is like on the "outside" because he's a lifer. He's Brooks from Shawshank Redemption: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeMux1GjA7Y

I think we all realize there are other things besides work that make us who we are, but the rest of society doesn't seem to understand your job doesn't define you. You are not your fucking khaki's.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2620 on: May 14, 2014, 10:03:44 AM »
WTF  . . . Is the llama a pet?

You got it.  I'm pretty grateful to be able to talk to this guy nearly every day... he's a gift that keeps on giving.

Maybe they're going to sell its wool.  Personally, I would get an alpaca instead, but that's just me.  Oh, who am I fooling?!  He doesn't sound like the urban farmer type ...

I would seriously consider getting some grass eating animal if I buy a property with a grassy hillside area (pretty common in these parts and homeowners hire out a herd of goats once a year to clear the grass for fire control)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2621 on: May 14, 2014, 10:20:09 AM »

I would seriously consider getting some grass eating animal if I buy a property with a grassy hillside area (pretty common in these parts and homeowners hire out a herd of goats once a year to clear the grass for fire control)

Yeah, see, that's a well-thought-out, rational reason for getting a grazing domestic.  Then, any pet-benefits are bonus icing on the wooly beast.
That's not at all what I'm dealing with in the work situation.

BTW, I absolutely will not be talking him down to chickens -- have to see how this large-creature thing plays out.  Maybe I can convince him to get a gazelle instead.  They like being owned by people, right?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2622 on: May 14, 2014, 10:24:47 AM »
Me: "What do you mean you won't live past 68?"
Him: "None of my family has ever lived past then, so I figure that's my time."
Me: "If you truly believe that, why aren't you retiring this very day?  You have 2 pensions, you can't be hurting for money."
Him: "... I don't know. I'm just going to hold on."

I just... have no words.

He's institutionalized. Can't imagine what life is like on the "outside" because he's a lifer. He's Brooks from Shawshank Redemption.

So sad. I know a 60?-year-old Ms. X who could retire now and do very well but when you discuss it with her it always goes like this:
Ms. X: "Yeah at this point my going into work and running the place [self-owned business] costs me more than if I just sold the building. I could get a good price for it and retire."
Me: "So you're very lucky! You SHOULD retire and enjoy yourself."
Ms. X: "I don't know what I would do. I don't like to travel, I don't like reading that much, I don't like--" [it goes on for a while until I get tired of hearing the list again]
Me: "Um, but you could relax, try out lots of new things..." [my enthusiasm for the conversation dies].
Ms. X: "I don't know! I just can't imagine it."

I may just be lazy, but I will never never understand working for money when you don't have to. Too much to do, museums to visit, languages to study, books to read, vegetables to plant, walks to take...
My mom is retired and did more while she was working than she does now.  All she does is walk the dog, go to the dog park, walk the dog around her complex.  Gods, it is the most boring life.  She used to do road trip, went on a cruise etc.  Now, walk the bloody dog.  I've offered to keep the dog so she could go on a cruise, nope.  Finally she decided to take a road trip (with the dog) to come see my daughter in August because where is living is too hot in the summer.  Maybe that will kick start here.  Hell, she does not even want to get a passport to go visit Canada while she is here. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2623 on: May 14, 2014, 06:43:11 PM »
Talking to my mom about my contract situation (2 contracts neither are full time billing hours, but enough that I'm working till 11 at night or later).

Me: "I am hoping to convince my one client to extend the contract up to the end of the year, by doing that I should be able to negotiate a steep increase in pay"
My Mom: "Will that get you enough?"
Me: "Yes, even at the 25-30 hour mark they would like me bill at.  though they say I can bill more, I want to make sure they have funding since the current SoW isn't budgeted for the amount needed.  Of course, I'd be happy working 20 hours if the dollars were right."
My Mom: "You are too young to only work 20 hours a week."
Me: "Ummm...  No I'm not.  I could do a lot more around the house, spend time with the kids."
My Mom: "No.  you need to be working now."

Me (to myself):  "Guess I shouldn't say my plan is to stop working year round about 4 years".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2624 on: May 14, 2014, 07:17:46 PM »
Me (to myself):  "Guess I shouldn't say my plan is to stop working year round about 4 years".

Heh there are going to be some interesting conversations at enderland's family gatherings about this, someday.

My dad was joking to my younger brother about "only 35 more years to go!" the other day...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2625 on: May 14, 2014, 09:57:53 PM »
Me (to myself):  "Guess I shouldn't say my plan is to stop working year round about 4 years".

Heh there are going to be some interesting conversations at enderland's family gatherings about this, someday.

My dad was joking to my younger brother about "only 35 more years to go!" the other day...

I got that when my boss handed me my 10-year pin last year "Now just another 30 or 40 years and you'll be out of here!"

I'm thinking more like 14.

Valuing working for the sake of work over spending time with your kids that you can never get back is insane.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2626 on: May 14, 2014, 11:33:57 PM »
Talking to my mom about my contract situation (2 contracts neither are full time billing hours, but enough that I'm working till 11 at night or later).

Me: "I am hoping to convince my one client to extend the contract up to the end of the year, by doing that I should be able to negotiate a steep increase in pay"
My Mom: "Will that get you enough?"
Me: "Yes, even at the 25-30 hour mark they would like me bill at.  though they say I can bill more, I want to make sure they have funding since the current SoW isn't budgeted for the amount needed.  Of course, I'd be happy working 20 hours if the dollars were right."
My Mom: "You are too young to only work 20 hours a week."
Me: "Ummm...  No I'm not.  I could do a lot more around the house, spend time with the kids."
My Mom: "No.  you need to be working now."

Me (to myself):  "Guess I shouldn't say my plan is to stop working year round about 4 years".

I think your username fits well with the idea that we should be working more than we need to just because, especially when we have children or other significant people or interests in our lives.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2627 on: May 15, 2014, 06:15:52 AM »
I am retiring as of June 2, and I am getting a HUGE amount of pushback over the term "retire."  Since I'm 43, have a spouse who is still working, and I will continue to work about 10 hours a week on other paid work, then I am NOT retiring.  According to everyone at work and most other people.  I've started to use the word "financially independent," but what's a good verb for that?  "I'm going to become financially independent on June 2?"  That doesn't really make any sense...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2628 on: May 15, 2014, 06:21:57 AM »
I am retiring as of June 2, and I am getting a HUGE amount of pushback over the term "retire."  Since I'm 43, have a spouse who is still working, and I will continue to work about 10 hours a week on other paid work, then I am NOT retiring.  According to everyone at work and most other people.  I've started to use the word "financially independent," but what's a good verb for that?  "I'm going to become financially independent on June 2?"  That doesn't really make any sense...
Congrats on the retirement!

If your peers don't like the word retirement, you could say you are about to (pick one):
- take it easy, you deserve it
- focus on your health
- question your faith and ask the hard questions
- catch up on <insert popular TV series>
- work around the house
- do charity work

Be sure to check in once a month with your local retirement police unit, however.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2629 on: May 15, 2014, 06:31:06 AM »
I am retiring as of June 2, and I am getting a HUGE amount of pushback over the term "retire."  Since I'm 43, have a spouse who is still working, and I will continue to work about 10 hours a week on other paid work, then I am NOT retiring.  According to everyone at work and most other people.  I've started to use the word "financially independent," but what's a good verb for that?  "I'm going to become financially independent on June 2?"  That doesn't really make any sense...

Just say you need to take some time to figure things out because you've just been FIRE'd.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2630 on: May 15, 2014, 06:35:33 AM »
"downshifting" might be a good one.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2631 on: May 15, 2014, 07:34:36 AM »
Thanks, guys!  Love them all!! 

I think I'm just being stubborn.  I think to myself, "If MMM can be retired, then so can I!!"
:-)


Be sure to check in once a month with your local retirement police unit, however.


You bet!!  LOL
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2632 on: May 15, 2014, 08:02:59 AM »
Congratulations! So, now might be the time to try Frosted Flakes and see if those work better for you than the Corn Flakes did. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2633 on: May 15, 2014, 08:05:29 AM »
Congratulations! So, now might be the time to try Frosted Flakes and see if those work better for you than the Corn Flakes did. ;)

As Tori Amos said, I've always been more of a "raisin girl."  ;-)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2634 on: May 15, 2014, 08:09:03 AM »
I'm pursuing a new career [of doing whateveh the hell I want]

What I really want to say is, "I'll be enjoying not dealing with your sh*t."  ;-)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2635 on: May 15, 2014, 08:29:54 AM »
I'm pursuing a new career [of doing whateveh the hell I want]

What I really want to say is, "I'll be enjoying not dealing with your sh*t."  ;-)

hahahaha

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2636 on: May 15, 2014, 08:44:33 AM »
I am getting a HUGE amount of pushback over the term "retire."

You are not retiring.  You are sabbaticalizing your life.

BTW, big congrats, I'm really happy for you!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2637 on: May 15, 2014, 09:10:47 AM »
BTW, I absolutely will not be talking him down to chickens -- have to see how this large-creature thing plays out.  Maybe I can convince him to get a gazelle instead.  They like being owned by people, right?

LOL. This could get really good! Almost makes working a full-time job sound fun.

I am retiring as of June 2, and I am getting a HUGE amount of pushback over the term "retire."  Since I'm 43, have a spouse who is still working, and I will continue to work about 10 hours a week on other paid work, then I am NOT retiring.  According to everyone at work and most other people.  I've started to use the word "financially independent," but what's a good verb for that?  "I'm going to become financially independent on June 2?"  That doesn't really make any sense...

I think the term "financially independent" could be off-putting to people. Kind of like saying "I have a shitload of money saved up," (which you probably do, but don't go around bragging about). If you're doing paid work for 10 hours a week, you could just say that you're cutting back or that you've decided to focus on your other paid work/contracting.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2638 on: May 15, 2014, 10:45:51 AM »
Congratulations! So, now might be the time to try Frosted Flakes and see if those work better for you than the Corn Flakes did. ;)

As Tori Amos said, I've always been more of a "raisin girl."  ;-)

I've been wondering if you were a Tori fan or if Tori was referencing something with that term that I wasn't aware of.  Now I don't have to ask :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2639 on: May 15, 2014, 11:19:28 AM »
Me (to myself):  "Guess I shouldn't say my plan is to stop working year round about 4 years".

Heh there are going to be some interesting conversations at enderland's family gatherings about this, someday.

My dad was joking to my younger brother about "only 35 more years to go!" the other day...

I got that when my boss handed me my 10-year pin last year "Now just another 30 or 40 years and you'll be out of here!"

I'm thinking more like 14.

Valuing working for the sake of work over spending time with your kids that you can never get back is insane.
I enjoy my work, and my daughter enjoys playing with the other kids at daycare.  What works for one person may not work for others.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2640 on: May 15, 2014, 11:31:33 AM »
I say I am semi-retired-that may work for you.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2641 on: May 15, 2014, 11:45:57 AM »
WTF  . . . Is the llama a pet?

You got it.  I'm pretty grateful to be able to talk to this guy nearly every day... he's a gift that keeps on giving.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2642 on: May 15, 2014, 11:54:57 AM »
I enjoy my work, and my daughter enjoys playing with the other kids at daycare.  What works for one person may not work for others.

In that case I would say that you work for the sake of whatever you enjoy about your work, and because it allows you to let your daughter to have a social experience she enjoys. I would distinguish between that and working "for the sake of work", out of some misplaced sense of duty.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2643 on: May 15, 2014, 12:46:56 PM »
When I retire in my early 40's my co-workers will think I came into some money. 

Though I could easily see it being tough to walk away at that point.  I already have a good amount of freedom at work, and as my FU money pile gets big I can easily see setting up a work environment where I avoid doing almost anything I don't want to do while naturally not getting bothered by things that a person that can quit tomorrow wouldn't be bothered by.  Plus the pay will be quite nice by then.  In that situation I could see continuing to work.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2644 on: May 15, 2014, 04:03:26 PM »
I would say I was just going to fuck off for a bit but I may be a bit more crass than that majority, here.


On topic:

We hired a temp operator with no experience (literally first time in a facility that his entry level certification allows him to learn to operate was his first day at our location) to cover a night shift while we work out some programming issues over the next couple weeks.  His job entails 1-1.5 hours of actual work then monitoring some trends every so often and maybe making an adjustment on the computer (open/closing a valve a couple %).  He's working 4-5 days/week at 10 hours/shift.
And he tells me:

Temp worker:  "They're only paying my about $25/hour.  That's only $50k/year."
Me: "That's a ton of money"
TW: "I make more than that as an actuary during tax season."
Me: "Dude, you can't even do the job.  You have no experience and are getting paid to watch TV (there's a 60" TV he can watch to his heart's content).  I can't believe they're paying you that much."
TW: "Yea, I guess you're right..."

I was appalled with his attitude and shocked that he expects to get paid more to get trained! 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2645 on: May 15, 2014, 04:11:30 PM »
I would say I was just going to fuck off for a bit but I may be a bit more crass than that majority, here.


On topic:

We hired a temp operator with no experience (literally first time in a facility that his entry level certification allows him to learn to operate was his first day at our location) to cover a night shift while we work out some programming issues over the next couple weeks.  His job entails 1-1.5 hours of actual work then monitoring some trends every so often and maybe making an adjustment on the computer (open/closing a valve a couple %).  He's working 4-5 days/week at 10 hours/shift.
And he tells me:

Temp worker:  "They're only paying my about $25/hour.  That's only $50k/year."
Me: "That's a ton of money"
TW: "I make more than that as an actuary during tax season."
Me: "Dude, you can't even do the job.  You have no experience and are getting paid to watch TV (there's a 60" TV he can watch to his heart's content).  I can't believe they're paying you that much."
TW: "Yea, I guess you're right..."

I was appalled with his attitude and shocked that he expects to get paid more to get trained!

Can I come work with you?  What does he operate and how do I get certified?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2646 on: May 15, 2014, 04:32:54 PM »
I would say I was just going to fuck off for a bit but I may be a bit more crass than that majority, here.


On topic:

We hired a temp operator with no experience (literally first time in a facility that his entry level certification allows him to learn to operate was his first day at our location) to cover a night shift while we work out some programming issues over the next couple weeks.  His job entails 1-1.5 hours of actual work then monitoring some trends every so often and maybe making an adjustment on the computer (open/closing a valve a couple %).  He's working 4-5 days/week at 10 hours/shift.
And he tells me:

Temp worker:  "They're only paying my about $25/hour.  That's only $50k/year."
Me: "That's a ton of money"
TW: "I make more than that as an actuary during tax season."
Me: "Dude, you can't even do the job.  You have no experience and are getting paid to watch TV (there's a 60" TV he can watch to his heart's content).  I can't believe they're paying you that much."
TW: "Yea, I guess you're right..."

I was appalled with his attitude and shocked that he expects to get paid more to get trained!

Can I come work with you?  What does he operate and how do I get certified?

Awwww, I want it too!  Is there room for both of us?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2647 on: May 15, 2014, 04:35:24 PM »
I would say I was just going to fuck off for a bit but I may be a bit more crass than that majority, here.


On topic:

We hired a temp operator with no experience (literally first time in a facility that his entry level certification allows him to learn to operate was his first day at our location) to cover a night shift while we work out some programming issues over the next couple weeks.  His job entails 1-1.5 hours of actual work then monitoring some trends every so often and maybe making an adjustment on the computer (open/closing a valve a couple %).  He's working 4-5 days/week at 10 hours/shift.
And he tells me:

Temp worker:  "They're only paying my about $25/hour.  That's only $50k/year."
Me: "That's a ton of money"
TW: "I make more than that as an actuary during tax season."
Me: "Dude, you can't even do the job.  You have no experience and are getting paid to watch TV (there's a 60" TV he can watch to his heart's content).  I can't believe they're paying you that much."
TW: "Yea, I guess you're right..."

I was appalled with his attitude and shocked that he expects to get paid more to get trained!

Can I come work with you?  What does he operate and how do I get certified?

right?!? um I think my boyfriend wants this job...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2648 on: May 15, 2014, 04:38:45 PM »
He's at entry-level certification so HE doesn't operate anything. We assign him menial tasks and train him on basic aspects of the job and hope he doesn't touch anything when a journey level operator is not there. This is at/for operations of an advanced recycled water purification facility.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2649 on: May 15, 2014, 05:38:33 PM »
Had a nice one today in class with a fellow student:

Him: There's a great trick I found with phone contracts, actually. If you call up the provider on the 23rd month to reset your contract and upgrade your phone, they'll usually give you the last month free, since they've made their money off you. You get a whole month free, plus you can sell your old phone! You can really get one over the phone providers.
Me: Wouldn't a better way to get one over them to be just to stick with your old phone?
Him: Yeah, but then you wouldn't get a new phone!
Someone else: Do you really need to upgrade from an iPhone 4S to a 5S?
Me: Yeah, I'm rocking this iPhone 3GS still, on a prepaid plan AND I got it free second-hand.
Him: Well, it's like a fashion statement. Like the reason I buy fancy clothes.
(I put my phone away in my Target jeans and adjust my op-shop shirt)

The cheapest price for the smallest iPhone 5S on Telstra's network is $77 a month, for 23 months: $1,771. That's so much money wasted, and he thinks he's saving because everybody else is paying $1,848!

Ugh, I have the cheapest Telstra plan available for my Galaxy S4 then I added the $12.00 month insurance option which also allows me a cheap handset upgrade every 12 months so monthly phone bill is $82.00.  Used to pay $50 with Optus but they don't have any service where I work so had to change to Telstra.  It never bothered me before but now that I'm becoming a moustachian it is quite painful especially if I go over my 1GB data allowance.

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