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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2900 on: June 12, 2014, 06:54:42 AM »
Not overheard, but actually said to me by a supervisor: "Take a couple of minutes and enter the 'pronostiek' (a kind of gamble in which you have to gamble which team is going to win etc. My answer: Euhm...no." The pronostiek is organised by someone at my job who put a lot of time in it. I am sorry for that person, but honestly don't think a supervisor should tell you to participate in it during work time and pay to participate.

Overheard earlier this week: "I have to buy new groceries, there really isn't anything in the fridge left anymore. When I opened it this morning everything smelled so I had to toss it." Granted this person makes more than I do, but still not a very high wage (in Belgian standards, which are already lower than those in the US).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2901 on: June 12, 2014, 07:39:37 AM »
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I am sorry for that person, but honestly don't think a supervisor should tell you to participate in it during work time and pay to participate.

In certain parts of the US business world there are laws against precisely this.  I work in the military which falls under several US federal labor laws and urging an employee to spend money on something particularly during business hours is illegal.  Just to cover his bases the Colonel I used to work for waited until lunch time to individually ask the staff if anyone was interested in playing fantasy football* that season.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2902 on: June 12, 2014, 01:40:05 PM »
We were talking about kids who get through college early and start careers around age 18. Guy says, "They're gonna have to work forever!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2903 on: June 12, 2014, 04:14:25 PM »
Overheard 3 coworkers, (2 from Italy and 1 from England even though our office is in the USA), discussing what channels the World Cup would be broadcast on:
cw1: "I think it might be on ESPN 3. You can watch it online if you have Comcast."
cw2: "I don't have Comcast. I just got an antenna."
cw1: "What?! You're not really American if you don't have 500 channels."
cw3(joking): "I have 380 channels and just watch Netflix."
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2904 on: June 12, 2014, 04:39:44 PM »
A co-worker who turned 60 this year was talking about retirement. At his age he can take his pension without any penalty and has been with the organization 30 years so has a 60% pension (2% per year of service). His wife has a similar pension from the same organization. He doesn't think they can afford to retire just yet as the pay cut is too great and they would have to downsize the house significantly to reduce their mortgage...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2905 on: June 12, 2014, 04:41:06 PM »
I finally have an "overheard at work" story.

Context - my company has recently lost the maintenance contract for one site, and many of our long term workers are being offered contracts with the new maintenance company.  Some permanent workers are due to get a good redundancy but only if they don't resign from my company before the end date of the contract 31st July.  The new company is offering contracts that start before this so these workers (mainly older guys in their late 50s) stand to lose their redundancy or potentially miss out on a job with the new company.

CW - I don't want to miss out on the job with XXX company but I can't afford to give up the redundancy - I'm owed over $50,000!  Who could ever save that sort of money!

Mind you these guys have been working in the oil and gas industry for at least 10 years and are on minimum $120,000.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2906 on: June 12, 2014, 05:42:27 PM »
A co-worker who turned 60 this year was talking about retirement. At his age he can take his pension without any penalty and has been with the organization 30 years so has a 60% pension (2% per year of service). His wife has a similar pension from the same organization. He doesn't think they can afford to retire just yet as the pay cut is too great and they would have to downsize the house significantly to reduce their mortgage...

To be fair, assuming you will live 30 years, 2% salary at 4% SWR is like getting a 50% pay raise.  Adjust down for worse mortality

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2907 on: June 13, 2014, 12:40:00 PM »
I work for a software engineering outfit in the snowy part of the midwest. The company pays well but the cost of living is so low that most of the people who work here are always finding new and innovative ways to waste their money. Today, the topic of the GM Camero recall came up on IRC:

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<foo> yeah I saw that.  looks like i'll be taking mine to the dealer :(
<bar> that's your camaro?
<foo> the black one, yes
<bar> nice
<foo> thanks, it's been fun in the summer.  not so much when there is snow on the ground
<bar> yeah I have a winter car too
<foo> yeah i'll have to get a beater for the winter.  i bought that one back in like feb and did not realize just how bad it was in the snow
<baz> at least get snow tires
<baz> may be less expensive than a beater car
<foo> i'll look into that too. ive heard good things about camaro's winter tires
<bar> yeah winter tires are supposed to hellp a lot
<bar> i'm gonna get winter tires this year
<qux> let me know if you find some good beaters
<qux> im looking for one myself
<qux> i handled well in the winter but i don't want to keep subjecting my challenger to it.

TL;DR these kids go out and buy luxury sports cars which are totally unsuitable for daily driving for 1/3 of the year. And now they talk like it's completely reasonable and sane to go out and buy a second car, just to have on hand for winter commuting when the roads aren't completely clear.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2908 on: June 13, 2014, 12:49:26 PM »
We were talking about kids who get through college early and start careers around age 18. Guy says, "They're gonna have to work forever!"

hahahahahahaha... love it!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2909 on: June 13, 2014, 03:33:31 PM »
I work at a large county government complex it has multiple buildings and takes over a couple of city blocks.  I ride my bike to the office daily, store my bike in my cubicle and usually share the elevator with somebody coming and going from work.  I'm not a subtle bike rider, I'm a helmet wearing, lights flashing, safety vest wearing even in the middle of a bright day kinda cyclist.  I also power walk the hall ways during my morning and afternoon breaks (it feels a little old lady-esque but it's fun and gets my wiggles out from sitting in my cubicle too long.)

Today I had three people that work in the building comment on my biking/walking when I passed them in the hallway. I don't really know these people because the complex is huge but I see them coming and going.

CW1: Points at me while I'm walking and exclaims "bicyclist!?!" I respond with "That's me!" :D (I think she sort of recognized me but wasn't sure without my whole bike riding get up)

CW2: "You walk too?" I responded with "haha, yup, I like to move!" (Before this encounter I had only seen this person in the elevator when I had my bike with me)

CW3: "So cycling isn't enough for you?" I responded with "Nope!"

I guess there are worse things to be known for :D.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2910 on: June 13, 2014, 04:30:45 PM »
...totally unsuitable for daily driving for 1/3 of the year. And now they talk like it's completely reasonable and sane to go out and buy a second car, just to have on hand for winter commuting when the roads aren't completely clear.

All of you are wrong :) Car guy consensus is that pretty much any car* can handle snow and icy roads with a good set of snow tires. The reason people buy winter beaters is to avoid salt damage and damage from other fools that can't drive/don't have snow tires. Yes, these guys bought silly cars, but if they just get another set of wheels with the right tires they can drive them year round.

*perhaps not super-low cars that might scrape their front air dam on the snow piles, but the vast majority of all production cars do not fall into this category -- like the Camaro and Challenger
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2911 on: June 13, 2014, 05:16:16 PM »
...totally unsuitable for daily driving for 1/3 of the year. And now they talk like it's completely reasonable and sane to go out and buy a second car, just to have on hand for winter commuting when the roads aren't completely clear.

All of you are wrong :) Car guy consensus is that pretty much any car* can handle snow and icy roads with a good set of snow tires. The reason people buy winter beaters is to avoid salt damage and damage from other fools that can't drive/don't have snow tires. Yes, these guys bought silly cars, but if they just get another set of wheels with the right tires they can drive them year round.

*perhaps not super-low cars that might scrape their front air dam on the snow piles, but the vast majority of all production cars do not fall into this category -- like the Camaro and Challenger

The whole point of buying an adorable roadster (other than the adorable part) is to be able to say the following two sentences:

"I would love to carpool everyone to the ____  but you know my car only seats two people. Perhaps someone else could drive?" 

and

"I'm going to have to work from home today. My adorable convertible doesn't like <snow, rain, hail, angry clouds, etc.>"

Of course I live in a fairly warm climate so it isn't even close to 1/3 of the year that my car prefers to stay home. And yes, I'm aware that having a bicycle as my primary vehicle would be even better but this is a profoundly unsafe environment for bicycles.
« Last Edit: June 13, 2014, 05:18:21 PM by carolyn »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2912 on: June 14, 2014, 06:19:14 PM »
...totally unsuitable for daily driving for 1/3 of the year. And now they talk like it's completely reasonable and sane to go out and buy a second car, just to have on hand for winter commuting when the roads aren't completely clear.

All of you are wrong :) Car guy consensus is that pretty much any car* can handle snow and icy roads with a good set of snow tires. The reason people buy winter beaters is to avoid salt damage and damage from other fools that can't drive/don't have snow tires. Yes, these guys bought silly cars, but if they just get another set of wheels with the right tires they can drive them year round.

*perhaps not super-low cars that might scrape their front air dam on the snow piles, but the vast majority of all production cars do not fall into this category -- like the Camaro and Challenger

The whole point of buying an adorable roadster (other than the adorable part) is to be able to say the following two sentences:

"I would love to carpool everyone to the ____  but you know my car only seats two people. Perhaps someone else could drive?" 

and

"I'm going to have to work from home today. My adorable convertible doesn't like <snow, rain, hail, angry clouds, etc.>"

Of course I live in a fairly warm climate so it isn't even close to 1/3 of the year that my car prefers to stay home. And yes, I'm aware that having a bicycle as my primary vehicle would be even better but this is a profoundly unsafe environment for bicycles.
Oh no you don't, you don't get to say the above and then not reveal what kind of adorable 2 seater you have. Humor me, I love roadsters.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2913 on: June 14, 2014, 07:07:43 PM »
...totally unsuitable for daily driving for 1/3 of the year. And now they talk like it's completely reasonable and sane to go out and buy a second car, just to have on hand for winter commuting when the roads aren't completely clear.

All of you are wrong :) Car guy consensus is that pretty much any car* can handle snow and icy roads with a good set of snow tires. The reason people buy winter beaters is to avoid salt damage and damage from other fools that can't drive/don't have snow tires. Yes, these guys bought silly cars, but if they just get another set of wheels with the right tires they can drive them year round.

*perhaps not super-low cars that might scrape their front air dam on the snow piles, but the vast majority of all production cars do not fall into this category -- like the Camaro and Challenger

The whole point of buying an adorable roadster (other than the adorable part) is to be able to say the following two sentences:

"I would love to carpool everyone to the ____  but you know my car only seats two people. Perhaps someone else could drive?" 

and

"I'm going to have to work from home today. My adorable convertible doesn't like <snow, rain, hail, angry clouds, etc.>"

Of course I live in a fairly warm climate so it isn't even close to 1/3 of the year that my car prefers to stay home. And yes, I'm aware that having a bicycle as my primary vehicle would be even better but this is a profoundly unsafe environment for bicycles.
Oh no you don't, you don't get to say the above and then not reveal what kind of adorable 2 seater you have. Humor me, I love roadsters.

I love them as well. It is a very good thing that my husband has no interest in cars and restrains me from my silly clown car desires. It is a Saturn Sky, which looks to my eyes like an adorable cartoon car. This is pretty much exactly what mine looks like (though it has a few more scratches than the one in the photo). It is ours free and clear and we do not drive much so I expect I will have it for the next 20 years. So not mustachian but not ridiculously wasteful as these things go.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2914 on: June 15, 2014, 08:18:57 PM »
Chatting with a coworker who started a new role:

CW: I miss downtown 
CW: I miss having Starbucks in my office lobby 
Me: haha... your caffeine hit 
CW: yes, now I have to resort to using a ..... coffee pot 
Me: the horror!
CW: actually, it's not so bad... they have Keurigs here.

She was mostly joking... but still... we are in finance.
I am not a coffee drinker but at my job we have Keurigs and Flavia coffee machines. I use the Keurigs for hot tea though, the Lemon Zinger is good. With that said it still amazes me that people still come to work with Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or some other coffee when you get what should be great free coffee.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2915 on: June 15, 2014, 08:45:41 PM »

I love them as well. It is a very good thing that my husband has no interest in cars and restrains me from my silly clown car desires. It is a Saturn Sky, which looks to my eyes like an adorable cartoon car. This is pretty much exactly what mine looks like (though it has a few more scratches than the one in the photo). It is ours free and clear and we do not drive much so I expect I will have it for the next 20 years. So not mustachian but not ridiculously wasteful as these things go.



Ah, the Skye and Pontiac Solstice are the two I've narrowed it down to, the convertible that I'll never get.  :) I like the front end of the Pontiac better, but love the rear end of the Skye. In red, of course!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2916 on: June 15, 2014, 10:28:12 PM »

Ah, the Skye and Pontiac Solstice are the two I've narrowed it down to, the convertible that I'll never get.  :) I like the front end of the Pontiac better, but love the rear end of the Skye. In red, of course!

So you like the more serious look of the Solstice? They are the identical car except for the styling on the front and back, I think. I feel very fortunate to have mine. I'm pretty sure she smiles at me whenever I drive her. Though if i could move back to a place where I could bicycle or walk to work (or not work and just bicycle an walk to my errands) that would be ideal. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2917 on: June 16, 2014, 09:42:14 AM »

Ah, the Skye and Pontiac Solstice are the two I've narrowed it down to, the convertible that I'll never get.  :) I like the front end of the Pontiac better, but love the rear end of the Skye. In red, of course!

So you like the more serious look of the Solstice? They are the identical car except for the styling on the front and back, I think. I feel very fortunate to have mine. I'm pretty sure she smiles at me whenever I drive her. Though if i could move back to a place where I could bicycle or walk to work (or not work and just bicycle an walk to my errands) that would be ideal. :)

I much prefer the styling of the Sky personally- but then my (usual, when it's not out of commission with a front end issue I've not gotten around to resolving but haven't had to worry about since I ride to work most days...) daily driver is a Saturn S-series. I was sorely disappointed when DMC's attempt to buy the factory and rights to the Kappa platform fell through since it would have been fun seeing what they could have done with it.

I'd considered getting a Sky down the line so I'd have a convertible for our beautiful weather here again (used to have an RX-7 convertible), but unfortunately with already having one 2-seat 'fun' car I'm looking more at restoring and rebuilding a Corvair convertible instead.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2918 on: June 16, 2014, 09:52:07 AM »

Ah, the Skye and Pontiac Solstice are the two I've narrowed it down to, the convertible that I'll never get.  :) I like the front end of the Pontiac better, but love the rear end of the Skye. In red, of course!

So you like the more serious look of the Solstice? They are the identical car except for the styling on the front and back, I think. I feel very fortunate to have mine. I'm pretty sure she smiles at me whenever I drive her. Though if i could move back to a place where I could bicycle or walk to work (or not work and just bicycle an walk to my errands) that would be ideal. :)

I much prefer the styling of the Sky personally- but then my (usual, when it's not out of commission with a front end issue I've not gotten around to resolving but haven't had to worry about since I ride to work most days...) daily driver is a Saturn S-series. I was sorely disappointed when DMC's attempt to buy the factory and rights to the Kappa platform fell through since it would have been fun seeing what they could have done with it.

I'd considered getting a Sky down the line so I'd have a convertible for our beautiful weather here again (used to have an RX-7 convertible), but unfortunately with already having one 2-seat 'fun' car I'm looking more at restoring and rebuilding a Corvair convertible instead.

I like the Solstice/Sky and I've thought about getting a Sky Redline, but I'm going to go for a Miata instead because I think it has better build quality / reliability.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2919 on: June 16, 2014, 11:45:19 AM »
Not an overheard at work but more of an observation. 

There is currently (as in I can see him out the window) a guy sleeping in his Dodge Ram 4X4 quad cab with extra large tires that appears to have never even been on a dirt road, let alone off-road in the parking lot.  He's been out there for about an hour and a half.  Windows rolled up, truck running, AC blasting. 

That's about as antimustachian as you can get. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2920 on: June 16, 2014, 01:11:52 PM »
"How do you get by with only 1,600 SF" [with three kids].

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2921 on: June 16, 2014, 02:04:43 PM »
I finally have a good work story. After lunch, a couple coworkers and I will go for a short 10-minute walk around the block if the weather is nice. For the last two weeks, we've seen a dude hanging out in his car to read the newspaper and eat his lunch... and he keeps his car running with the A/C. It's so incredibly dumb and pathetic. I don't think he works at my company since he's parked a couple streets from us, but my coworkers and I all think this guy is a complete idiot for doing this.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2922 on: June 16, 2014, 03:00:09 PM »
Not an overheard at work but more of an observation. 

There is currently (as in I can see him out the window) a guy sleeping in his Dodge Ram 4X4 quad cab with extra large tires that appears to have never even been on a dirt road, let alone off-road in the parking lot.  He's been out there for about an hour and a half.  Windows rolled up, truck running, AC blasting. 

That's about as antimustachian as you can get.

Maybe he lives there

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2923 on: June 16, 2014, 03:19:23 PM »
Years ago when we were able to upgrade to a 1600 sq ft house with 5 people we thought we had died & went to heaven. People have gotten so spoiled!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2924 on: June 17, 2014, 07:55:14 AM »
Not an overheard at work but more of an observation. 

There is currently (as in I can see him out the window) a guy sleeping in his Dodge Ram 4X4 quad cab with extra large tires that appears to have never even been on a dirt road, let alone off-road in the parking lot.  He's been out there for about an hour and a half.  Windows rolled up, truck running, AC blasting. 

That's about as antimustachian as you can get.

Maybe he lives there

I hope so.  That truck probably cost more than my house to buy and probably costs more per month to own than my house. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2925 on: June 17, 2014, 08:24:33 AM »
I overheard coworkers complaining today about how our low pay necessitates that we live paycheck-to-paycheck.

...rrrrrrrrrright. That must be why almost everyone is traveling internationally this summer.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2926 on: June 17, 2014, 08:32:12 AM »
To paraphrase: it's summer and if I go outside I get hot and sweaty, therefore I must by a car.  Not a bike, not a scooter, a car.  Nevermind that life has gone on for the past 8 months where she hasn't had one.  Nevermind that you really don't need one where she lives.  But, but, air conditioning!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2927 on: June 17, 2014, 01:05:05 PM »
New graduate just starting their first week, 'How can I get my overtime approved?'

Me thinking, wait - you don't know jack sh*t yet, and I can't even find enough work yet to keep you busy during regular hours, and you want me to approve overtime so you can sit around and surf the internet???

Same coworker... When do they pay out overtime?
Me - when you've banked 80 hours they will start paying out overtime above that on your next paycheck.
CW - but what if I depend on regular overtime pay?

Me thinking - don't budget based on overtime pay, we don't even get that much overtime in this line of work.

CW (later) - did you know you can get HR to wave that bank 80 hours thing and they'll pay out all overtime earned immediately?


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2928 on: June 17, 2014, 01:15:33 PM »
New graduate just starting their first week, 'How can I get my overtime approved?'

Me thinking, wait - you don't know jack sh*t yet, and I can't even find enough work yet to keep you busy during regular hours, and you want me to approve overtime so you can sit around and surf the internet???

Yeah I have a coworker that started and had a vacation within a few weeks he wanted covered with comp time.  So he basically worked bogus overtime to get it.

Did I mention we were forced to hire him?  Yay for state government (only instance I have of someone who doesn't work hard and is just graft/nepotism).  He applied, was rejected, and it came down through high up channels that we had to hire him anyway.  His dad is Someone in politics.  Luckily we were still able to hire the other (qualified) guy although it got substantially delayed.  We all know the story, I'm wondering if he knows we know - or even cares that his coworkers universally all don't think highly of him as a result.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2929 on: June 17, 2014, 01:59:30 PM »
I have a worth story though not at work. One of our neighbor is on disability. They were worried about paying for small luxuries for their 12 year son last year as the only money coming in is as i said disability amount.
But Last Saturday i saw the father go to second cup - fancy Canadian coffee shop for 2 morning cuppa of java and yesterday with more frustration i saw them running the sprinkler for 6 hours in their tiny front yard when in the morning it rained nice and wet.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2930 on: June 17, 2014, 03:33:11 PM »
I have a worth story though not at work. One of our neighbor is on disability. They were worried about paying for small luxuries for their 12 year son last year as the only money coming in is as i said disability amount.
But Last Saturday i saw the father go to second cup - fancy Canadian coffee shop for 2 morning cuppa of java and yesterday with more frustration i saw them running the sprinkler for 6 hours in their tiny front yard when in the morning it rained nice and wet.

Is their grass drowning? I've got 8 zones combined front and back yard, and watering for six hours would kill my grass.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2931 on: June 17, 2014, 06:30:09 PM »
I overheard coworkers complaining today about how our low pay necessitates that we live paycheck-to-paycheck.

...rrrrrrrrrright. That must be why almost everyone is traveling internationally this summer.

Wait, they think they have low pay? I though English teachers in korea made more than the average wage. If it is true they are low paid, they should head over here, we make about double the average wage.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2932 on: June 17, 2014, 07:40:26 PM »
I overheard coworkers complaining today about how our low pay necessitates that we live paycheck-to-paycheck.

...rrrrrrrrrright. That must be why almost everyone is traveling internationally this summer.

Wait, they think they have low pay? I though English teachers in korea made more than the average wage. If it is true they are low paid, they should head over here, we make about double the average wage.

Most of the people involved in that conversation are married to Koreans, so they're pretty rooted in Korea. Maybe even this city specifically. My university does pay on the lower end of the scale, but I'm still saving 75%+ of my income... including two trips to America this year (excessive! Never again). I'm certainly not living paycheck-to-paycheck...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2933 on: June 17, 2014, 07:48:39 PM »
I was talking to a coworker today and joking about how expensive law school is and he told me he'll be able to retire at 55, his house will be paid off at 57 and his student loans will be paid off at 58…yikes! (He didn't go to law school late in life either)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2934 on: June 18, 2014, 02:58:07 AM »
Not heard at work, but today I had an alarm installed in my house. The installer told me that he has had people tell him they intend to cancel their insurance when they have an alarm installed!

Note: this is in Christchurch, New Zealand. A city which was half destroyed in an earthquake only 3 years ago and people lost their entire life's savings. You'd think people would then learn the importance of insurance!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2935 on: June 18, 2014, 05:54:47 AM »
Today, a co-worker from another department told me that another girl asked her:

"What is Hakuna Matata? What language is that?"

ERGHHHH ------I would not know how to respond.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2936 on: June 18, 2014, 07:25:03 AM »
Today, a co-worker from another department told me that another girl asked her:

"What is Hakuna Matata? What language is that?"

ERGHHHH ------I would not know how to respond.

1. It's Swahili.

2. That's not what this thread is for. It's for money-related shame/comedy, not pop culture ignorance.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2937 on: June 18, 2014, 07:32:39 AM »
Today, a co-worker from another department told me that another girl asked her:

"What is Hakuna Matata? What language is that?"

ERGHHHH ------I would not know how to respond.

lol wth

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2938 on: June 18, 2014, 09:09:36 AM »
Not an overheard at work but more of an observation. 

There is currently (as in I can see him out the window) a guy sleeping in his Dodge Ram 4X4 quad cab with extra large tires that appears to have never even been on a dirt road, let alone off-road in the parking lot.  He's been out there for about an hour and a half.  Windows rolled up, truck running, AC blasting. 

That's about as antimustachian as you can get.

One of my plans for retirement is to take a Bobcat and a trailer full of sand around to various parking lots, any pickup with a clean/unscratched bed is getting a bucket full.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2939 on: June 18, 2014, 09:23:22 AM »
Today, a co-worker from another department told me that another girl asked her:

"What is Hakuna Matata? What language is that?"

ERGHHHH ------I would not know how to respond.

I would!  I couldn't stop myself bursting into song - "It's a problem-free, philosophy"  :-D
« Last Edit: June 18, 2014, 09:24:57 AM by mgarl10024 »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2940 on: June 18, 2014, 09:51:22 AM »
Not an overheard at work but more of an observation. 

There is currently (as in I can see him out the window) a guy sleeping in his Dodge Ram 4X4 quad cab with extra large tires that appears to have never even been on a dirt road, let alone off-road in the parking lot.  He's been out there for about an hour and a half.  Windows rolled up, truck running, AC blasting. 

That's about as antimustachian as you can get.

One of my plans for retirement is to take a Bobcat and a trailer full of sand around to various parking lots, any pickup with a clean/unscratched bed is getting a bucket full.

Why stop at sand?  Crushed concrete might be a better choice. 

The mental image I got when reading this is a large trailer hooked behind a bobcat cruising down the road with the driver having an evil smirk the whole time.  And the occasional evil laugh too. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2941 on: June 18, 2014, 10:44:23 AM »
I'd take a free load of sand, though my pickup bed is far from pristine.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2942 on: June 18, 2014, 11:45:32 AM »
One of my plans for retirement is to take a Bobcat and a trailer full of sand around to various parking lots, any pickup with a clean/unscratched bed is getting a bucket full.

Why stop at sand?  Crushed concrete might be a better choice. 

The mental image I got when reading this is a large trailer hooked behind a bobcat cruising down the road with the driver having an evil smirk the whole time.  And the occasional evil laugh too.

Film it (including the truck owners' reactions), put it on Youtube and enable ads and you might be able to do it before retirement!

(But don't forget to plan for the insurance claims and truck bed repainting costs as business expenses...!)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2943 on: June 18, 2014, 12:54:04 PM »
Today, a co-worker from another department told me that another girl asked her:

"What is Hakuna Matata? What language is that?"

ERGHHHH ------I would not know how to respond.

1. It's Swahili.

2. That's not what this thread is for. It's for money-related shame/comedy, not pop culture ignorance.

Meh, the thread was started on the premise of...

Anyone else hear the craziest things while at work?

And as someone born in the 80's, not knowing where hakuna matata comes from or what it means fits this request spot on.

My friends uncle named his yacht Hakuna Matata, now thats crazy!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2944 on: June 18, 2014, 02:27:16 PM »
Today, a co-worker from another department told me that another girl asked her:

"What is Hakuna Matata? What language is that?"

ERGHHHH ------I would not know how to respond.

1. It's Swahili.

2. That's not what this thread is for. It's for money-related shame/comedy, not pop culture ignorance.

Meh, the thread was started on the premise of...

Anyone else hear the craziest things while at work?

And as someone born in the 80's, not knowing where hakuna matata comes from or what it means fits this request spot on.

My friends uncle named his yacht Hakuna Matata, now thats crazy!

Hakuna Matata is playing on my pandora right now...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2945 on: June 18, 2014, 07:23:44 PM »
Today, a co-worker from another department told me that another girl asked her:

"What is Hakuna Matata? What language is that?"

ERGHHHH ------I would not know how to respond.

1. It's Swahili.

2. That's not what this thread is for. It's for money-related shame/comedy, not pop culture ignorance.

Meh, the thread was started on the premise of...

Anyone else hear the craziest things while at work?

And as someone born in the 80's, not knowing where hakuna matata comes from or what it means fits this request spot on.

My friends uncle named his yacht Hakuna Matata, now thats crazy!

But there's nothing unmustachian about it, though (see forum name)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2946 on: June 18, 2014, 07:26:35 PM »
Agreed.  If anything, lack of knowledge about pop culture IS Mustachian. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2947 on: June 19, 2014, 09:59:59 AM »
Getting awfully philosophical here. If we're being strict, overhearing things at work isn't Mustachian once you're retired, since you shouldn't be working... =P
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2948 on: June 19, 2014, 10:49:34 AM »
Getting awfully philosophical here. If we're being strict, overhearing things at work isn't Mustachian once you're retired, since you shouldn't be working... =P

Mustachianism doesn't require retirement... to the extent that Mustachianism includes ER, it naturally embraces working for money to achieve FIRE.

edit: in case it's not obvious, this is true, but still tongue in cheek.  Mustachianism isn't a religion :-P

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2949 on: June 19, 2014, 11:13:06 AM »
Finally a heard at work.
Went to talk to my single CW about work, she was clutching some work lottery tickets and muttering:
I hope i win, as i only have $60 in my checking till the payday. Our payday is bi-weekly and is next week. This is IT professional, so very reasonable salary. she has to pay some gift to her new graduating nephew this week.
Not sure what she expected me to say.