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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3350 on: July 16, 2014, 09:34:56 AM »

This reminds me of a commercial I saw when I was at my parents house a few weeks ago (the only time I get to see them and be reminded of how horrible they are).


What a mean thing to say about the people who raised you.

I've met "parents" for which such a comment would have been an over-the-top super-kind statement compared to the truth.  Not every person who has a child is nice, good to their children, or even takes the time to raise them.

If you don't believe me, look up your local state's sexual offender list and see how many pedophiles there are in your neighborhood.  There are hundreds within a few miles of me - and that's pretty much the way it is in any large US city.   

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3351 on: July 16, 2014, 12:19:32 PM »
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Correct, international data. This was with AT&T about a year ago before anyone in the company was really looking into what the phones were costing. Sales & execs would travel international and rack up huge international, data roamin overages. They claimed it was their "right/perk" to use the company phone as they saw fit and refused to change their behavior.

Makes me wonder what else they're wasting company money on.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3352 on: July 16, 2014, 12:47:31 PM »

This reminds me of a commercial I saw when I was at my parents house a few weeks ago (the only time I get to see them and be reminded of how horrible they are).


What a mean thing to say about the people who raised you.

Just because someone raised you doesn't mean they're good people deserving praise/respect. Some people aren't as lucky as you and me.

But I have a feeling he was talking about the commercials. I agree. Can't stand them and I'm not used to them since I basically use Netflix only.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3353 on: July 16, 2014, 12:53:17 PM »
Wife and I went to look at Prius's and CT200h's the other day. Both dealers were surprised that I had zero interest in navigation and backup cameras. Why would I want more shit that's just going to break and cause more headaches?

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I say manual windows, locks, and standard transmissions for everyone. Let people learn how to really operate a fucking car and learn how annoying it is to rubberneck and needlessly shift gears. Maybe society will come together in harmony and respect when society has a flipping clue how to actually drive in a safe manner.

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If you don't want more shit that will break and cause more headaches, why were you looking at a fancy hybrid in the first place? Go get a 20-year-old Civic VX hatch with manual everything (including steering) and no ABS instead.

(On any other forum this would be a sarcastic joke, but here it's a sincere suggestion!)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3354 on: July 16, 2014, 12:57:02 PM »

This reminds me of a commercial I saw when I was at my parents house a few weeks ago (the only time I get to see them and be reminded of how horrible they are).


What a mean thing to say about the people who raised you.

Just because someone raised you doesn't mean they're good people deserving praise/respect. Some people aren't as lucky as you and me.

But I have a feeling he was talking about the commercials. I agree. Can't stand them and I'm not used to them since I basically use Netflix only.

Yes, I was referring to the commercials ;-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3355 on: July 16, 2014, 01:23:34 PM »
Wife and I went to look at Prius's and CT200h's the other day. Both dealers were surprised that I had zero interest in navigation and backup cameras. Why would I want more shit that's just going to break and cause more headaches?

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I say manual windows, locks, and standard transmissions for everyone. Let people learn how to really operate a fucking car and learn how annoying it is to rubberneck and needlessly shift gears. Maybe society will come together in harmony and respect when society has a flipping clue how to actually drive in a safe manner.

/end rant.

If you don't want more shit that will break and cause more headaches, why were you looking at a fancy hybrid in the first place? Go get a 20-year-old Civic VX hatch with manual everything (including steering) and no ABS instead.

(On any other forum this would be a sarcastic joke, but here it's a sincere suggestion!)

For the wife and baby. Though both cars were so crappy in real life that we decided neither one is worth it. I'm trying to get her to consider the Fit in a manual now, but we will see.

As for a Civic VX - man, I wish I could find one worth buying. Any worth owning are $4500+ from what I see. I would drive the hell out of one. I'm a huge fan of the 1992-1995 Honda Civic hatchback's. I've had several of them already in my life and still have one (hobby car).


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3356 on: July 17, 2014, 12:14:36 AM »
I got 3 invitations for work Xmas parties, all >$100 a head, the most expensive one $160 a head.  Included are staff who make under 40K a year. Holy guacamole!
Guess who's being a party pooper? Man, I'm saving like nearly $500 by not going.

Why do managers think employees want to spend that kind of money to eat badly prepared food with people they usually have nothing in common with other than work?

This happens A LOT being a military officer as well. You're "expected" to attend military balls and other social functions that often cost $50 or more. You're also hit up for things like "cup and flower funds." The last unit I was in made me put up $200 for that fund and I never received anything out of that fund. What a waste.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3357 on: July 17, 2014, 12:47:35 AM »
What's a cup and flower fund?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3358 on: July 17, 2014, 12:55:40 AM »
If you've never lived in a city situation where you drive around sometimes 30+ minutes to find an ultra tiny spot to parallel park in then you wouldn't understand the benefits of a back up camera.
I've parallel parked before. My car has this big transparent thing on the back so usually I try and look out that and see if I'm getting close to hitting something.



Lol!  I used to parallel park my little car into ever smaller spots by active use of the 1-2 inch built in bumper retraction..
Park by touch.  No backup camera needed, and I may have crunched it anyway...

Had to stop when they invented painted plastic bumpers.. A most non- mustachian innovation IMO.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3359 on: July 17, 2014, 01:58:04 AM »
What's a cup and flower fund?

In the Army it's a combination of "flowers for birth/death in family" and "plaque when you leave the unit" fund.  Each officer or NCO is expected to contribute a set amount. Some units can be very coercive with getting you to contribute.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3360 on: July 17, 2014, 02:36:22 AM »
If you don't believe me, look up your local state's sexual offender list and see how many pedophiles there are in your neighborhood.  There are hundreds within a few miles of me - and that's pretty much the way it is in any large US city.

I would start by looking up the criteria on how to get onto the list, because then you would realize that it might no means in a list of pedophiles. For instance, if you are a young woman of 18 years and your boy friend is 17 then kissing in public can put you onto this list for live as a "pedophile".

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3361 on: July 17, 2014, 03:32:06 AM »
A cup and flower fund is SUPPOSED to be used to pay for plaques when senior enlisted or officers leave the unit. It's also supposed to be used for buying gifts for couples having new babies or getting married. It's like a slush fund. The problem is that it gets abused. There's no accountability and then some people get left out. For instance, I never got a fancy plaque when I left the unit. I don't know what happened to my $200. Additionally I've seen people come and go and NOT pay the $200 and still leave with a plaque. It's all screwed up.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3362 on: July 17, 2014, 03:48:48 AM »
A cup and flower fund is SUPPOSED to be used to pay for plaques when senior enlisted or officers leave the unit. It's also supposed to be used for buying gifts for couples having new babies or getting married. It's like a slush fund. The problem is that it gets abused. There's no accountability and then some people get left out. For instance, I never got a fancy plaque when I left the unit. I don't know what happened to my $200. Additionally I've seen people come and go and NOT pay the $200 and still leave with a plaque. It's all screwed up.

Damn, that's awful.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3363 on: July 17, 2014, 04:08:07 AM »
A cup and flower fund is SUPPOSED to be used to pay for plaques when senior enlisted or officers leave the unit. It's also supposed to be used for buying gifts for couples having new babies or getting married. It's like a slush fund. The problem is that it gets abused. There's no accountability and then some people get left out. For instance, I never got a fancy plaque when I left the unit. I don't know what happened to my $200. Additionally I've seen people come and go and NOT pay the $200 and still leave with a plaque. It's all screwed up.

I put in at least $100 dollars to the fund when I joined the unit. I was given a flower bouquet by the unit for my mother's funeral, but nothing for when I departed the unit after two years on the job. About 18 months in the personnel NCOs changed out and they lost track of who paid in.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3364 on: July 17, 2014, 10:32:04 AM »
I guess I should probably contribute to my unit's fund then. :/ No one's ever hit me up and I'm not the type of person to volunteer that money. Especially when there's a $25 hail and farewell about once a month.

I did have to pay about $100 for my plaque when I left the line battery and never even got one, so...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3365 on: July 17, 2014, 11:53:24 AM »
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Correct, international data. This was with AT&T about a year ago before anyone in the company was really looking into what the phones were costing. Sales & execs would travel international and rack up huge international, data roamin overages. They claimed it was their "right/perk" to use the company phone as they saw fit and refused to change their behavior.

Makes me wonder what else they're wasting company money on.

Isn't that the point of Corporate America? Wasting money left and right? lol
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3366 on: July 17, 2014, 02:44:29 PM »
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Rear facing cameras, including those that automakers already offer, would save between 59 and 69 deaths a year, NHTSA said.

Any death is bad, but statistically speaking this is a miniscule amount. Too miniscule to require all drivers in the US to have cameras in their cars.

So whose kids are you volunteering to be among that 59-69 deaths a year? Your own, I hope?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3367 on: July 17, 2014, 03:04:31 PM »
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Rear facing cameras, including those that automakers already offer, would save between 59 and 69 deaths a year, NHTSA said.

Any death is bad, but statistically speaking this is a miniscule amount. Too miniscule to require all drivers in the US to have cameras in their cars.

So whose kids are you volunteering to be among that 59-69 deaths a year? Your own, I hope?

Better yet, let's ban all cars so there are no auto related deaths per year
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3368 on: July 17, 2014, 03:09:52 PM »
Better yet, let's ban all cars so there are no auto related deaths per year

And hire the unemployed as Rickshaw runners.  Win-Win.
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« Reply #3369 on: July 17, 2014, 03:12:39 PM »
Better yet, let's ban all cars so there are no auto related deaths per year

And higher the unemployed as Rickshaw runners.  Win-Win.

hahahaha, would take care of the obesity problem at the same time
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3370 on: July 17, 2014, 03:19:42 PM »
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Rear facing cameras, including those that automakers already offer, would save between 59 and 69 deaths a year, NHTSA said.

Any death is bad, but statistically speaking this is a miniscule amount. Too miniscule to require all drivers in the US to have cameras in their cars.

So whose kids are you volunteering to be among that 59-69 deaths a year? Your own, I hope?

A kid that dies is always a tragic event. But it doesn't help to demand that a poster should submit their own kids to die when all that happened was pointing out that 65 persons out of about 400 million is a really low number that is by far outnumbered by people who died riding their bike or taking a shower. None of which we are likely to ban. Also the same amount spent in orher countries on food or in the US in education might save a lot more than those 65 lives.

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« Reply #3371 on: July 17, 2014, 03:20:35 PM »
I read this one on a Yelp talk thread:

I don't care what Consumer Reports says; I think of the extended warranty as insurance. You hope you don't need to use it, but if you do, you're glad you have it.

On most cars, the sunroof is part of an assembly. You can't just replace the defective part, you have to replace the entire assembly. Parts plus the labor to drop the entire roof liner... budget $2K. Not saying it will happen, but if it does, the extended warranty just paid for itself.

Also, you're getting an SUV- why WOULDN'T you get 4WD? You never know where life will take you.

My thoughts: Life will take you right to the poorhouse with those decisions.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3372 on: July 17, 2014, 03:27:30 PM »
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Rear facing cameras, including those that automakers already offer, would save between 59 and 69 deaths a year, NHTSA said.

Any death is bad, but statistically speaking this is a miniscule amount. Too miniscule to require all drivers in the US to have cameras in their cars.

So whose kids are you volunteering to be among that 59-69 deaths a year? Your own, I hope?

My biggest beef isn’t with the camera itself, but REQUIRING all cars to have it. If you want one for your car, go for it.

Are we not all MMM blog readers here? Please re-read:
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/06/07/safety-is-an-expensive-illusion/

Additionally, as a small car driver, my biggest risk when backing out is when a huge momma truck or SUV parks next to me and totally blocks my view of the parking lot cross traffic whizzing by behind me.  A backup camera would be useless in that situation. I usually have to stop, take a deep breath, and say a quick prayer before backing out because I can’t see the traffic coming by.

I propose we eliminate the small car/big car discrepancy and require everyone to drive the same sized car.

Or, perhaps, we should require that all parking lots have designated areas for small cars, another for medium cars, and one for the extravagantly sized ones. That way, no one is blocking anyone’s view. I guess you’d have to further subdivide the disabled section since there may also be car-size discrepancies occurring in that part of the parking lot as well. So multiply that by 2, you’d have to have 6 different sections in each parking lot to accommodate all kinds of drivers and cars.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3373 on: July 17, 2014, 03:33:10 PM »
With more than 15 million new cars in the US and $140 per car we are talking here about 2 BILLION dollars. There is a lot you can do with this kind of money.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3374 on: July 17, 2014, 04:48:14 PM »
Apparently, the local credit union (they have an office on site) recommends no less than a 45% total debt-to-income ratio for people buying mortgages.

Which is pretty mindblowing if you are at that percentage, not going to lie. I didn't dare ask pre/post tax income vs debt, though the slides made it seem like pretax.

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« Reply #3375 on: July 17, 2014, 04:54:49 PM »
My biggest beef isn’t with the camera itself, but REQUIRING all cars to have it. If you want one for your car, go for it.

They made the exact same arguments against seat belts.

And the comparison to shower or biking deaths isn't valid.  Showering and biking are going to happen anyway, they are unstoppable.  Banning them would have severe negative consequences to accompany the slight positive consequence of saving a few lives.  Mandating backup cameras has the same slight positive consequence of saving a few lives without any of the negative consequences.  We don't all suddenly get fat and stinky when new cars have cameras.  It's a net positive decision, unlike banning biking or showering.

Besides, if you don't like it, just don't buy a new car.  Or tape over the screen. 

And to be clear, Tesla's lobbying to allow cameras in place of mirrors is not to require all cars to have cameras, but to allow some consumers to choose cameras instead of optical mirrors.  They're asking for more consumer freedom (you libertarians) and less regulation.

Cameras are cheap.  Your cell phone camera costs like $5, and new cars already all have screens in them, so it's not like this life-saving safety feature is going to bankrupt anyone buying a new car.

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« Reply #3376 on: July 17, 2014, 05:21:35 PM »
My biggest beef isn’t with the camera itself, but REQUIRING all cars to have it. If you want one for your car, go for it.

They made the exact same arguments against seat belts.

And the comparison to shower or biking deaths isn't valid.  Showering and biking are going to happen anyway, they are unstoppable.  Banning them would have severe negative consequences to accompany the slight positive consequence of saving a few lives.  Mandating backup cameras has the same slight positive consequence of saving a few lives without any of the negative consequences.  We don't all suddenly get fat and stinky when new cars have cameras.  It's a net positive decision, unlike banning biking or showering.

Besides, if you don't like it, just don't buy a new car.  Or tape over the screen. 

And to be clear, Tesla's lobbying to allow cameras in place of mirrors is not to require all cars to have cameras, but to allow some consumers to choose cameras instead of optical mirrors.  They're asking for more consumer freedom (you libertarians) and less regulation.

Cameras are cheap.  Your cell phone camera costs like $5, and new cars already all have screens in them, so it's not like this life-saving safety feature is going to bankrupt anyone buying a new car.

But why would I want to contribute to the over-use of rare earth metals in screens and cameras in every car? That doesn't sound very green. Let's say the cost is that low and that's all they will charge for it. Will it stay that low? What if the rare earth metal situation gets worse? I'd rather those materials be used in cameras such as surgeries where they would be of more use.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3377 on: July 17, 2014, 05:44:26 PM »
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But why would I want to contribute to the over-use of rare earth metals in screens and cameras in every car? That doesn't sound very green. Let's say the cost is that low and that's all they will charge for it. Will it stay that low? What if the rare earth metal situation gets worse? I'd rather those materials be used in cameras such as surgeries where they would be of more use.

Sarcasm I hope?  Without doing the math I have to think that the net r.e.m. usage of this is very small relative to total usage.  I am all for hugging a tree but lets have some perspective.  If I am wrong please explain. Yes a tree saved is a tree earned, but really this would seem much less than round off error.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3378 on: July 17, 2014, 06:03:42 PM »
If you don't believe me, look up your local state's sexual offender list and see how many pedophiles there are in your neighborhood.  There are hundreds within a few miles of me - and that's pretty much the way it is in any large US city.

I would start by looking up the criteria on how to get onto the list, because then you would realize that it might no means in a list of pedophiles. For instance, if you are a young woman of 18 years and your boy friend is 17 then kissing in public can put you onto this list for live as a "pedophile".

One can also be hit by lightning 17 times in a row, then get smashed by a crashing plane, but what are the odds?

I get an email notice whenever one of those people moves within 5 miles of my home and I check them out.  In 5 years of doing this, looking at hundreds of records, haven't seen one yet that might even remotely qualify for your example. 

The overwhelming preponderance of them are there for molesting 2 to 6 year olds, or raping 10-14 year olds, MULTIPLE TIMES, all while being in their 30s or older.  Check it out for yourself.  Facts are useful things.


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« Reply #3379 on: July 17, 2014, 06:29:52 PM »
I've met "parents" for which such a comment would have been an over-the-top super-kind statement compared to the truth.  Not every person who has a child is nice, good to their children, or even takes the time to raise them.

If you don't believe me, look up your local state's sexual offender list and see how many pedophiles there are in your neighborhood.  There are hundreds within a few miles of me - and that's pretty much the way it is in any large US city.

Is there some link between pedophilia and poor parenting that I'm not aware of?  Because it seems like a really strange assertion that better parenting would somehow cure a mental defect or illness.  Are we going to start blaming parents for mental retardation and autism too?
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« Reply #3380 on: July 17, 2014, 06:44:12 PM »
I've met "parents" for which such a comment would have been an over-the-top super-kind statement compared to the truth.  Not every person who has a child is nice, good to their children, or even takes the time to raise them.

If you don't believe me, look up your local state's sexual offender list and see how many pedophiles there are in your neighborhood.  There are hundreds within a few miles of me - and that's pretty much the way it is in any large US city.

Is there some link between pedophilia and poor parenting that I'm not aware of?  Because it seems like a really strange assertion that better parenting would somehow cure a mental defect or illness.  Are we going to start blaming parents for mental retardation and autism too?

Being a pedophile with one's children is extremely bad parenting.   That's the link.

I used that example because an earlier poster made a derogatory comment about their parents, another poster assumed it was wrong of that person to do so.  I was just providing documentable evidence that not everyone who says something bad about their parents is out of line.   Some parents are so evil that anything less than "Hang that bastard from the nearest tree!" is being nicer than they deserve.  Just sayin...

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« Reply #3381 on: July 17, 2014, 06:45:22 PM »
Are we going to start blaming parents for mental retardation and autism too?

Don't be ridiculous.  Everyone knows that autism is caused by vaccinations.

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« Reply #3382 on: July 17, 2014, 07:25:35 PM »
I used that example because an earlier poster made a derogatory comment about their parents, another poster assumed it was wrong of that person to do so.

LOL, no. An earlier poster made a derogatory comment about commercials, and then another poster made a joke that relied on the ambiguity of English sentence structure for its humor. No bad parents (or commentary thereon) were ever involved.

So now we can stop talking about kiddie-touchers and get back to things overheard at work!

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« Reply #3383 on: July 17, 2014, 08:11:19 PM »
Man you guys talk about some weird things at work.

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« Reply #3384 on: July 17, 2014, 08:24:24 PM »
Mandating backup cameras has the same slight positive consequence of saving a few lives without any of the negative consequences. 

Except for continuing the ever increasing creep of mandatory technology into a tool that some people use for simple transportation and further pricing vehicle ownership out of the reach of median income earners in the western world. 

And to be clear, Tesla's lobbying to allow cameras in place of mirrors is not to require all cars to have cameras, but to allow some consumers to choose cameras instead of optical mirrors.  They're asking for more consumer freedom (you libertarians) and less regulation.

Do you see how advocating for consumer CHOICE is different than implementing manufacturing mandates?

Seat belts were going to happen without government intervention.  Not to mention at least one state still has it right regarding grown ass adults making their own decisions about whether or not they should wear a seatbelt.

That's ok, soon we won't be able to buy a self-driven car anyway.  Only at that point, they'll probably tell you that you can't just buy an old one either since you aren't to be trusted to operate a motor vehicle.

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« Reply #3385 on: July 17, 2014, 08:27:55 PM »
Back to things overheard at Work!

This one is not from work, but my MIL.  After all the used car threads, I need to share.

Her:  Are you still worried about needing to replace your (suddenly broken down) car? (about 2 months after the car broke down)
Me:  No!  It was really fortunate, my bonus this year was higher than expected and with this year's income tax return, we were able to pay cash.
Her: An income tax return that large is just not possible!
Me:  Well, we don't get employer sponsored pension like you used to, so our RRSP limit (aka 401k)... is quite large.

Her:  Must have been some bonus....   
Me:  I am very happy with it, but it wasn't exceptional....  (random change of topic to stop talking money..  she thinks we make way more than we do simply because we don't ask her for money)

ARGH.   She does not get it because she just helped my SIL (her daughter) buy a 60k new Honda Oddessy..

  She just can't imagine a car costing so "little" as $12k....   


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« Reply #3386 on: July 17, 2014, 08:29:29 PM »
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Seat belts were going to happen without government intervention.

Don't be thick. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsafe_at_Any_Speed. Nader's a joke now but he did a lot of good back in the day.

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« Reply #3387 on: July 17, 2014, 08:52:50 PM »
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But why would I want to contribute to the over-use of rare earth metals in screens and cameras in every car? That doesn't sound very green. Let's say the cost is that low and that's all they will charge for it. Will it stay that low? What if the rare earth metal situation gets worse? I'd rather those materials be used in cameras such as surgeries where they would be of more use.

Sarcasm I hope?  Without doing the math I have to think that the net r.e.m. usage of this is very small relative to total usage.  I am all for hugging a tree but lets have some perspective.  If I am wrong please explain. Yes a tree saved is a tree earned, but really this would seem much less than round off error.

This comment wasn't meant to be sarcasm. My previous comment about the small car/big car discrepency being dangerous was actually meant more on the sarcasm side...although seriously, I have had a lot of close calls in parking lots trying to back out while parked next to a behemoth of a gas guzzler. So, honestly, that suggestion I think will do more to increase car backing-up securities. Any other small car drivers with me?

And, yes, I can be that green. I have been made fun of more than once for being against single-use items that I think contribute to environmental waste.

And that was my point with the original comment way back when my co-worker (this did start as an overheard at work comment by me) couldn't understand why I would oppose it. Can't you respect my opinion? I'm not trying to ban backup cameras in cars, but I want to choose if I contribute to this environmental waste or not...thank you.

Well I am done talking about this topic. Carry on with the hilarious overheard at work stories. ;-)

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« Reply #3388 on: July 17, 2014, 11:58:09 PM »
And the comparison to shower or biking deaths isn't valid.  Showering and biking are going to happen Anyway, they are unstoppable.  Banning them would have severe negative consequences to accompany the slight positive consequence of saving a few lives.  Mandating backup cameras has the same slight positive consequence of saving a few lives without any of the negative consequences.  We don't all suddenly get fat and stinky when new cars have cameras.  It's a net positive decision, unlike banning biking or showering.

You are completely missing the point...

I argued that it is bad manner to pretend a poster is killing a child or should somehow kill their own child when merely pointing out that 65 death saved is a low number compared to the total population.  My examples are random activities that cause a higher number of deaths every year. I wasn't arguing against these cameras, because I frankly don't care.

$140 is what the ministry of transportation estimated as the extra cost due to this regulation, not $5. That is over two billions, most of which will be financed by credit. If you in the US decide to spend this amount of money, cool. My shares will benefit and I get cheaper cameras out of this while the inital cost is covered by US car buyers.
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« Reply #3389 on: July 18, 2014, 07:45:14 AM »
I guess I should probably contribute to my unit's fund then. :/ No one's ever hit me up and I'm not the type of person to volunteer that money. Especially when there's a $25 hail and farewell about once a month.

I did have to pay about $100 for my plaque when I left the line battery and never even got one, so...

Gotta love Hail and Farewells. Thankfully I've only had to attend two in my unit and they were six months apart, but I've known units to hold them every month.  The first one was at a high-end pizza joint where everybody ended up with at least a $20 bill.  The second was at a Chinese buffet where the tab was $15 per person, but it's still annoying to have these events where you're pretty much compelled to show up and pay those prices.

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« Reply #3390 on: July 18, 2014, 07:56:24 AM »
Goldie, why not just tell her you bought a car that cost 1/5th of the amount she spent on her daughter's car?  Keeping that information to yourself probably perpetuates the idea you make lots more than you do.

So I feel left out by all of the stories, so I'm going to share one from my old workplace, a large law firm.

Retirement guy presents a talk and strongly encourages all of us to contribute the max to our 401ks.
Lawyer: But how can we afford to do so?!  I have private school for two kids, car payments, etc....

Keep in mind this woman earned $250K herself, and I understood had free housing (on a private campus) due to her husband's teaching job.  I worked with this lawyer, she was very smart and down-to earth, but I was appalled she wasn't in this regard.  Even in my pre-MMM days though, I was reasonably on spending and couldn't understand how she could let that sum go through her fingers without catching and keeping any of it.  It probably was due to things such as her asking me how I enjoyed the ride in the Partner's car (I am not a car person - I had no idea it was a particularly "fancy" car), and telling me she plans to buy one after she paid off her law school loans.
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« Reply #3391 on: July 18, 2014, 11:20:44 AM »
Adding another "Overheard at work", this time from my boyfriend.

We just got back from a fabulous "fancy backpacking" (carrying all our stuff in backpacks rather than suitcases, but renting private apartments rather than hostels) trip to Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, and Paris. We travel frequently, but don't spend that much since we rent cheap apartments with kitchens and cook, plan trips around sales, don't have luggage, don't buy stuff, etc.

Yesterday he was telling one of his co-workers about it, and they asked, "So, are you broke now?", and he was like "Um... no...". I guess the norm is to come back from travelling penniless? It was kind of funny because the conversation happened on the same day our net worth finally crossed the $100,000 barrier.
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« Reply #3392 on: July 18, 2014, 02:33:15 PM »
Adding another "Overheard at work", this time from my boyfriend.

We just got back from a fabulous "fancy backpacking" (carrying all our stuff in backpacks rather than suitcases, but renting private apartments rather than hostels) trip to Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, and Paris. We travel frequently, but don't spend that much since we rent cheap apartments with kitchens and cook, plan trips around sales, don't have luggage, don't buy stuff, etc.

Yesterday he was telling one of his co-workers about it, and they asked, "So, are you broke now?", and he was like "Um... no...". I guess the norm is to come back from travelling penniless? It was kind of funny because the conversation happened on the same day our net worth finally crossed the $100,000 barrier.

Maybe they have an association between "backpacking" and "penniless".  It fits all kinds of stereotypes that make people more comfortable with you having an awesome European vacation

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3393 on: July 18, 2014, 03:48:07 PM »
We just got back from a fabulous "fancy backpacking" (carrying all our stuff in backpacks rather than suitcases, but renting private apartments rather than hostels) trip to Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, and Paris. We travel frequently, but don't spend that much since we rent cheap apartments with kitchens and cook, plan trips around sales, don't have luggage, don't buy stuff, etc.

Geez... We do have electrical power and washing machines here in Europe. Our kitchens have everything you need to cook and eat, even plates, imaging this!

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« Reply #3394 on: July 18, 2014, 06:03:35 PM »
We just got back from a fabulous "fancy backpacking" (carrying all our stuff in backpacks rather than suitcases, but renting private apartments rather than hostels) trip to Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, and Paris. We travel frequently, but don't spend that much since we rent cheap apartments with kitchens and cook, plan trips around sales, don't have luggage, don't buy stuff, etc.

Geez... We do have electrical power and washing machines here in Europe. Our kitchens have everything you need to cook and eat, even plates, imaging this!

Wut?! Europe is wired with electricity nowadays? THIS IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION!

Re: your earlier comment about non-rapists making it onto the registered offender list, many states have laws where relationships between people 1-3 years apart in age aren't illegal even if one person is underage. So, if I was 16 & sleeping with an 18 year old, it would be legal in many states. I'm sure that the vast majority of those on the registered offender list deserve to be on it.

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« Reply #3395 on: July 18, 2014, 08:25:42 PM »
We just got back from a fabulous "fancy backpacking" (carrying all our stuff in backpacks rather than suitcases, but renting private apartments rather than hostels) trip to Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, and Paris. We travel frequently, but don't spend that much since we rent cheap apartments with kitchens and cook, plan trips around sales, don't have luggage, don't buy stuff, etc.

Geez... We do have electrical power and washing machines here in Europe. Our kitchens have everything you need to cook and eat, even plates, imaging this!
Is it antimustachian if you really have to go to the bathroom to pay 0.5 EUR?

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« Reply #3396 on: July 18, 2014, 08:51:34 PM »
We just got back from a fabulous "fancy backpacking" (carrying all our stuff in backpacks rather than suitcases, but renting private apartments rather than hostels) trip to Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, and Paris. We travel frequently, but don't spend that much since we rent cheap apartments with kitchens and cook, plan trips around sales, don't have luggage, don't buy stuff, etc.

Geez... We do have electrical power and washing machines here in Europe. Our kitchens have everything you need to cook and eat, even plates, imaging this!

From what I hear it depends on where in Europe you are talking about.  For example smaller poorer villages in say Greece may not have electricity.  I think an ex-workmate said some of his relatives in Greece didn't have electricity (they certainly didn't have airconditioning as the conversation was about how they keep cool in summer with water in a pot and rotating the household sticking their feet in there).

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« Reply #3397 on: July 18, 2014, 09:06:23 PM »
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Is it antimustachian if you really have to go to the bathroom to pay 0.5 EUR?

One of the things about Europe that irritates us the most. We've gotten better at it over the years, and now typically only end up paying two or three times a trip in genuine emergencies. We've been known to dig through the trash cans in McDonalds to find the bathroom code on receipts, or just walk in if there's no code (note - don't try this in Guatemala, where they have heavily armed guards posted outside the bathrooms). In Paris, the Japanese cultural center is right next to the Eiffel tower and has free bathrooms, if you want to go through a scanner and pretend to look at art for a bit. Zurich was nice though - public toilets everywhere that only have a suggested donation amount, but let you in free (and look like some sort of engineering marvel when they flush, like a combination of a roller coaster and a vortex).
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« Reply #3398 on: July 19, 2014, 12:30:51 PM »
Are there actually public toilets in big American cities (other than airports and railway stations)? I've traveled quite a bit there, but can't really remember…

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« Reply #3399 on: July 19, 2014, 02:15:35 PM »
Back to things overheard at Work!

This one is not from work, but my MIL.  After all the used car threads, I need to share.

Her:  Are you still worried about needing to replace your (suddenly broken down) car? (about 2 months after the car broke down)
Me:  No!  It was really fortunate, my bonus this year was higher than expected and with this year's income tax return, we were able to pay cash.
Her: An income tax return that large is just not possible!
Me:  Well, we don't get employer sponsored pension like you used to, so our RRSP limit (aka 401k)... is quite large.

Her:  Must have been some bonus....   
Me:  I am very happy with it, but it wasn't exceptional....  (random change of topic to stop talking money..  she thinks we make way more than we do simply because we don't ask her for money)

ARGH.   She does not get it because she just helped my SIL (her daughter) buy a 60k new Honda Oddessy..

  She just can't imagine a car costing so "little" as $12k....

She Helped her daughter buy a 60k mini van? Their is so much wrong with that statement I can't even begin.