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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4450 on: October 01, 2014, 08:48:04 PM »
Snowball fight - like a water balloon fight, but you don't even need the balloons!
:O I want a snowball fight birthday! I've never made/seen a snowball :(

Don't they have mountains in Australia?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4451 on: October 01, 2014, 08:56:53 PM »
Trying to get rich by playing the lottery is like trying to commit suicide by flying on commercial airlines.

That's the best line I've heard today. I'd love to see the actual statistics. I think suicide by commercial airline flight might be more statistically probable than rich by lottery winnings.

Someone needs to dig into random statistics for odds of death and find one that as (un)likely as winning the lotto, so we can tweak that phrase for accuracy.

Maybe something like: "Trying to get rich by playing the lottery is like trying to commit suicide by riding up and down elevators"?
I looked up the numbers, and you're about 20 times more likely to die by getting on an airplane (one way) than win the Powerball jackpot.  In case anyone was curious.

I was going to come up with some way of dying with similar statistical chance, but then I spent an hour reading about various weird ways to die. Mithridates had a tough time of it.

I feel like this thread is finally heating up and gaining momentum. Only 92 pages in, so now we know.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4452 on: October 01, 2014, 09:03:12 PM »
Snowball fight - like a water balloon fight, but you don't even need the balloons!
:O I want a snowball fight birthday! I've never made/seen a snowball :(

Don't they have mountains in Australia?
They do, but they're on the other side of the continent!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4453 on: October 01, 2014, 09:25:32 PM »
Snowball fight - like a water balloon fight, but you don't even need the balloons!
:O I want a snowball fight birthday! I've never made/seen a snowball :(

Don't they have mountains in Australia?
They do, but they're on the other side of the continent!

Gosh, well, I hope you get to experience snow sometime.  It's fun!  :)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4454 on: October 01, 2014, 09:26:06 PM »
In a prior role, the group used to throw baby showers or retirement parties and have a "Money Tree" where people would tie cash to a small twiggy tree for the honoree.

One of the people that reported to me decided to throw herself a dog shower complete with a Money Tree. She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder and wanted one for herself since everyone else got to have them for babies or retiring.  She had even registered her new furry family member at Target. 

She had organized and was planning to throw the dog shower on company time.  Tragically she didn't invite her boss (but did invite some of my peers).  Interesting woman. 

My boss's boss stopped her after the invitations went out.  No Money Tree for her.

I'm a bit torn on this one. I don't see the point of a dog shower, nor do I see a point in paying a breeder. However, I love my pups, and since children aren't "in the cards" for me, my dogs get that super wonderful attention I would have provided to a kid. I think that using sick time for vet appointments kind of evens the field, though. :-)

It actually reminds me of a friend of mine at my first job. He never smoked, but insisted on taking smoke breaks, since it wasn't fair that smokers got more breaks than the non-smokers.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4455 on: October 01, 2014, 10:18:50 PM »
Non-smokers get all the breaks smokers get, but we have to wait 20 or 30 years to get them.

Children are how we move our race forward, how we survive - thank you, drive to survive and procreate, without which we wouldn't be here. Communities coming together to help the process of having and raising children is a nice thing, and again, pretty good for our survival. No need to be a dick and call people with kids breeders, there are forums where you can circlejerk about how kids are the worst thing since un-sliced bread.

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« Reply #4456 on: October 01, 2014, 10:34:13 PM »
Everything's shiny, cap'n.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4457 on: October 01, 2014, 10:49:07 PM »
Non-smokers get all the breaks smokers get, but we have to wait 20 or 30 years to get them.

Children are how we move our race forward, how we survive - thank you, drive to survive and procreate, without which we wouldn't be here. Communities coming together to help the process of having and raising children is a nice thing, and again, pretty good for our survival. No need to be a dick and call people with kids breeders, there are forums where you can circlejerk about how kids are the worst thing since un-sliced bread.
Lol, 99% sure they meant "dog breeder", not human breeder

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4458 on: October 01, 2014, 11:13:27 PM »
In a prior role, the group used to throw baby showers or retirement parties and have a "Money Tree" where people would tie cash to a small twiggy tree for the honoree.

One of the people that reported to me decided to throw herself a dog shower complete with a Money Tree. She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder and wanted one for herself since everyone else got to have them for babies or retiring.  She had even registered her new furry family member at Target. 

She had organized and was planning to throw the dog shower on company time.  Tragically she didn't invite her boss (but did invite some of my peers).  Interesting woman. 

My boss's boss stopped her after the invitations went out.  No Money Tree for her.

This is totally mustachian! She was trying to get free stuff! Good job, woman!

Actually, this does crack me up, because I consider showers of all types to be torturous events, so I think it was kind of great that she did something that caused people to gasp a little. Why would we give gifts to her for choosing to get a dog??? I don't know, but why the heck do we give gifts to others for choosing to get married or have babies? Showers are pretty ridiculous whether they are for dogs, infants, or spouses.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4459 on: October 02, 2014, 07:03:15 AM »
She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder...

I don't see the point of a dog shower, nor do I see a point in paying a breeder.

No need to be a dick and call people with kids breeders...

Hey over there! This is the point, I think you missed me...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4460 on: October 02, 2014, 07:18:35 AM »
She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder...

I don't see the point of a dog shower, nor do I see a point in paying a breeder.

No need to be a dick and call people with kids breeders...

Hey over there! This is the point, I think you missed me...

Heh...I was trying to decide if my online sarcasm detector was broken or not and jump in to add dog breeder, but it seems I was beaten to the punch

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« Reply #4461 on: October 02, 2014, 07:23:52 AM »
She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder...

I don't see the point of a dog shower, nor do I see a point in paying a breeder.

No need to be a dick and call people with kids breeders...

Hey over there! This is the point, I think you missed me...

Heh...I was trying to decide if my online sarcasm detector was broken or not and jump in to add dog breeder, but it seems I was beaten to the punch
Holy crap that was such an awesome series of misunderstandings.

Yeah, totally meant dog breeder. Was going to mention something about rescues, but I forgot. That made my day. I haven't gotten that confused as soon as I woke up since I used to teleport as a child.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4462 on: October 02, 2014, 07:36:01 AM »
Coworker spends $200/mo on tv just to channel surf. This coworker also has a fully paid off Kia he bought used (good) and a recently financed Mustang GT (2014, half paid off). This coworker then wants to get a 2016 model of the GT...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4463 on: October 02, 2014, 07:44:41 AM »
I used to teleport as a child.

Please share the secret. This is life long dream. Fuck riding bikes, I'll get rich with teleporting. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4464 on: October 02, 2014, 08:16:08 AM »
I used to teleport as a child.

Please share the secret.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4465 on: October 02, 2014, 08:17:03 AM »
In a prior role, the group used to throw baby showers or retirement parties and have a "Money Tree" where people would tie cash to a small twiggy tree for the honoree.

One of the people that reported to me decided to throw herself a dog shower complete with a Money Tree. She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder and wanted one for herself since everyone else got to have them for babies or retiring.  She had even registered her new furry family member at Target. 

She had organized and was planning to throw the dog shower on company time.  Tragically she didn't invite her boss (but did invite some of my peers).  Interesting woman. 

My boss's boss stopped her after the invitations went out.  No Money Tree for her.

This is totally mustachian! She was trying to get free stuff! Good job, woman!

Actually, this does crack me up, because I consider showers of all types to be torturous events, so I think it was kind of great that she did something that caused people to gasp a little. Why would we give gifts to her for choosing to get a dog??? I don't know, but why the heck do we give gifts to others for choosing to get married or have babies? Showers are pretty ridiculous whether they are for dogs, infants, or spouses.

I agree, and I think it is insane to have a baby shower on company time, with employees expected to contribute towards it. I am of the opinion that it is your kid, not the company's, if you want to have a baby shower, that is on your own time, with your own friends and family. This isn't just about company time, but the awkwardness of any co-workers feeling obligated to contribute, and I feel the same towards girl scout cookies or marathon/race fundraising, though those can be acceptable as sometimes someone will just put a sheet in the breakroom (much less pressure to give).

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« Reply #4466 on: October 02, 2014, 08:29:09 AM »
I used to teleport as a child.

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I don't think you can do it once you grow up. I've tried. I do miss it though.

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« Reply #4467 on: October 02, 2014, 08:31:57 AM »
I used to teleport as a child.

Please share the secret. This is life long dream. Fuck riding bikes, I'll get rich with teleporting. :)

The skill seems to go away with age. 

I would simply fall asleep somewhere and BAM I wake up in a completely different place. 

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« Reply #4468 on: October 02, 2014, 09:20:48 AM »
I used to teleport as a child.

Please share the secret. This is life long dream. Fuck riding bikes, I'll get rich with teleporting. :)

The skill seems to go away with age. 

I would simply fall asleep somewhere and BAM I wake up in a completely different place.

DW still teleports to bed several times a week.  If she falls asleep in the car on a trip home from her family for the weekend, or on the couch while grading homeworks, I just pick her up and carry her to bed!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4469 on: October 02, 2014, 09:24:33 AM »
Guy at work yesterday during lunch was talking about how when he was in school he got a "great deal" on a bunch of obscenely fancy auto-mechanic tools.  He got a $17,000 toolchest for only $8,500!  And not only that, we was able to roll it into his student loans!  What a deal!

He doesn't even drive an old car that needs wonky repairs or anything like that.  He drives a 2010 VW.  I just don't get it.  But he also goes out to lunch 80% of the time, and keeps telling everyone they need $1700 espresso machines.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4470 on: October 02, 2014, 09:29:56 AM »
She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder...

I don't see the point of a dog shower, nor do I see a point in paying a breeder.

No need to be a dick and call people with kids breeders...

Hey over there! This is the point, I think you missed me...

Heh...I was trying to decide if my online sarcasm detector was broken or not and jump in to add dog breeder, but it seems I was beaten to the punch
Holy crap that was such an awesome series of misunderstandings.

Yeah, totally meant dog breeder. Was going to mention something about rescues, but I forgot. That made my day. I haven't gotten that confused as soon as I woke up since I used to teleport as a child.

Yeah, but puppies are how dogs move their race forward, how they survive - thank you, drive to survive and procreate, without which they wouldn't be here. Communities coming together to help the process of having and raising dogs is a nice thing, and again, pretty good for their survival. No need to be a dick and call people who sell dogs breeders, there are forums where you can circlejerk about how pets are the worst thing since un-sliced bread.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4471 on: October 02, 2014, 09:48:27 AM »
In a prior role, the group used to throw baby showers or retirement parties and have a "Money Tree" where people would tie cash to a small twiggy tree for the honoree.

One of the people that reported to me decided to throw herself a dog shower complete with a Money Tree. She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder and wanted one for herself since everyone else got to have them for babies or retiring.  She had even registered her new furry family member at Target. 

She had organized and was planning to throw the dog shower on company time.  Tragically she didn't invite her boss (but did invite some of my peers).  Interesting woman. 

My boss's boss stopped her after the invitations went out.  No Money Tree for her.

This is totally mustachian! She was trying to get free stuff! Good job, woman!

Actually, this does crack me up, because I consider showers of all types to be torturous events, so I think it was kind of great that she did something that caused people to gasp a little. Why would we give gifts to her for choosing to get a dog??? I don't know, but why the heck do we give gifts to others for choosing to get married or have babies? Showers are pretty ridiculous whether they are for dogs, infants, or spouses.

I agree, and I think it is insane to have a baby shower on company time, with employees expected to contribute towards it. I am of the opinion that it is your kid, not the company's, if you want to have a baby shower, that is on your own time, with your own friends and family. This isn't just about company time, but the awkwardness of any co-workers feeling obligated to contribute, and I feel the same towards girl scout cookies or marathon/race fundraising, though those can be acceptable as sometimes someone will just put a sheet in the breakroom (much less pressure to give).

You're not supposed to give yourself a baby shower, though; it's bad etiquette.  Someone is supposed to put it together for you.  And sometimes that's coworkers, which I don't think is necessarily a bad thing, depending on your work environment.

Where I work, we throw a baby shower for everyone who has a baby (including guys whose wives have kids).  No one is obligated to attend to give anything, and not everyone does.  People do bring food, though, so everyone enjoys it when there is a baby shower, and everyone is welcome to attend whether they bring a gift or not.  I work at a hospital, with mostly women, so maybe it makes more sense that we'd do that.  In a more corporate or less female-dominated setting, maybe it would be weird.  I don't know.

Or maybe I'm biased, because I'm 33 weeks pregnant and was given a shower at work a couple of weeks ago - it was a total surprise.  So maybe I'm biased.  But I appreciated it, because we don't have family in the area, and very little in the way of friends/social life, so I wouldn't have had one otherwise.  NOT that I think anyone owes me a shower/gifts, and like I said, I had no idea this was even coming, but baby stuff gets expensive when you are buying everything yourself, and we are very new to Mustachian living, so the budget and I appreciated it very much.  It was a lovely and generous gesture, and in a more tight-knit workplace like mine, I don't think it was out of place at all. 
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« Reply #4472 on: October 02, 2014, 10:45:50 AM »
Yeah, but puppies are how dogs move their race forward, how they survive - thank you, drive to survive and procreate, without which they wouldn't be here. Communities coming together to help the process of having and raising dogs is a nice thing, and again, pretty good for their survival. No need to be a dick and call people who sell dogs breeders, there are forums where you can circlejerk about how pets are the worst thing since un-sliced bread.

Okay, this is getting out of hand. Of all the places on the internet, I would never have expected to see it here. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.


Un-sliced bread is awesome, and has done nothing to deserve the scorn you've all shown.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4473 on: October 02, 2014, 12:03:27 PM »
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Man, I fucked up. My bad. Wow, pretty embarrassing.




I do think fundraisers during work are awkward because of the pressure to donate, at which point it's not a donation anymore.

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« Reply #4474 on: October 02, 2014, 12:13:23 PM »
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Man, I fucked up. My bad. Wow, pretty embarrassing.

I had the same thought as you and was saved only by coming late to the party.
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« Reply #4475 on: October 02, 2014, 12:26:55 PM »
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dog breeder

Man, I fucked up. My bad. Wow, pretty embarrassing.

It happens to the best of us. No need to be embarrassed. And I wasn't joking about it making my day. Being that befuddled that early in the morning left me with a perma-grin all the way to work.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4476 on: October 02, 2014, 12:28:19 PM »
Yeah, but puppies are how dogs move their race forward, how they survive - thank you, drive to survive and procreate, without which they wouldn't be here. Communities coming together to help the process of having and raising dogs is a nice thing, and again, pretty good for their survival. No need to be a dick and call people who sell dogs breeders, there are forums where you can circlejerk about how pets are the worst thing since un-sliced bread.

Okay, this is getting out of hand. Of all the places on the internet, I would never have expected to see it here. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.


Un-sliced bread is awesome, and has done nothing to deserve the scorn you've all shown.

+1 for un-sliced bread.  There is little more enjoyable in life than a hunk of warm bread hot from the oven with butter melted on it.  Slicing is never as enjoyable.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4477 on: October 02, 2014, 01:55:02 PM »
Nothing like off topic complaints on the last couple pages and then this beautiful page of off topic talk being so hilarious. I <3 the internet.

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« Reply #4478 on: October 02, 2014, 02:16:37 PM »
Went to the 'Health & Financial Expo' at work today, i.e., sign up for your medical/dental/vision/403(b).  There were also vendors at the expo, including several gyms/personal trainers, a co that delivers baskets of organic fruits/veggies, vision practices, Costco, etc.

Face punching moment?  The dude with the home water filtration system that removes all sorts of shit from your house water, at *only* $60/month.  How much if I paid cash?  $4K!! 

Yeah.... medical-grade home water filtration system..........*that's* the way to financial health!

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« Reply #4479 on: October 02, 2014, 02:51:11 PM »
Nothing like off topic complaints on the last couple pages and then this beautiful page of off topic talk being so hilarious. I <3 the internet.

Oh crap!! I forgot about that...um...

Everybody:

Ingrown Muskrat Foam, this is not a drill!!

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« Reply #4480 on: October 02, 2014, 03:39:33 PM »
Guy at work yesterday during lunch was talking about how when he was in school he got a "great deal" on a bunch of obscenely fancy auto-mechanic tools.  He got a $17,000 toolchest for only $8,500!  And not only that, we was able to roll it into his student loans!  What a deal!

He doesn't even drive an old car that needs wonky repairs or anything like that.  He drives a 2010 VW.

A VW? Don't worry, he'll get his money's worth out of those tools...!

(I own a VW, so I'm allowed to make jokes like that.)

Face punching moment?  The dude with the home water filtration system that removes all sorts of shit from your house water, at *only* $60/month.  How much if I paid cash?  $4K!! 

Yeah.... medical-grade home water filtration system..........*that's* the way to financial health!

I was astonished about how bent-out-of-shape my coworkers got when we recently had supply issues with our bottled water vendor. I said something like "just drink the tap water" and they looked at me like I'd grown two heads!

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« Reply #4481 on: October 02, 2014, 04:07:59 PM »
I have a coworker who was just graduated from school about 1 year ago. He told me that he was glad that he was initially hired as a contractor initially and got paid less so he could qualify for a house loan with 0% down. ...

Wait a second.  How is it that "the banks" "let you" barrow with less money down when you earn less, right out of school, and as a contractor your job is less secure?  If he made good choices while gaming the system - great for him - but wtf system are we working in?  I hope what he did was all a misunderstanding of the system.

Well I guess him over extending himself does ensure we will keep showing up at work and feeding the system where most of us here intend to check out and live off the dividends at some point (are we even more gaming the system?).
It must be a USDA loans: they exist to encourage people to buy homes out in the sticks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USDA_home_loan

Oh not necessarily.  I am a real estate agent in WA and here you can get a state bond $0 down program.  Essentially you are borrowing the down payment from the state which becomes a 2nd mortgage.  The PMI is really high too, buyers who do this program are going to pay at least a couple hundred more per month than just doing a 3.5% FHA loan.  It is ridiculous what people will do to get a home. And a little scary... to qualify you have to make a combined household income of under $90ksomething (I can't remember the exact amount off the top of my head).  But you could be making $90K per year and do $0...

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« Reply #4482 on: October 02, 2014, 04:37:43 PM »
Oh and by the way, I just discovered this site a couple of weeks ago, and I just now completed all 93 pages of reading in this thread.  It was way more entertaining than anything else I was doing. :)  You guys are awesome.

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« Reply #4483 on: October 02, 2014, 04:46:26 PM »
Oh and by the way, I just discovered this site a couple of weeks ago, and I just now completed all 93 pages of reading in this thread.  It was way more entertaining than anything else I was doing. :)  You guys are awesome.

That's quite the accomplishment!  Cheers!
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« Reply #4484 on: October 02, 2014, 05:44:22 PM »
Oh and by the way, I just discovered this site a couple of weeks ago, and I just now completed all 93 pages of reading in this thread.  It was way more entertaining than anything else I was doing. :)  You guys are awesome.

That's quite the accomplishment!  Cheers!

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« Reply #4485 on: October 02, 2014, 05:52:49 PM »
Oh and by the way, I just discovered this site a couple of weeks ago, and I just now completed all 93 pages of reading in this thread.  It was way more entertaining than anything else I was doing. :)  You guys are awesome.

That's quite the accomplishment!  Cheers!

You are likely the only one. Welcome to the forum.

Hey!! I read it all. So you aren't the only one. ;) Welcome nonetheless!! This place is truly great.

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« Reply #4486 on: October 02, 2014, 07:24:54 PM »
Hey!! I read it all. So you aren't the only one. ;) Welcome nonetheless!! This place is truly great.

Me too!... Of course, I've been here since about Page 12.

Oh crap!! I forgot about that...um...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4487 on: October 02, 2014, 09:22:27 PM »
In a prior role, the group used to throw baby showers or retirement parties and have a "Money Tree" where people would tie cash to a small twiggy tree for the honoree.

One of the people that reported to me decided to throw herself a dog shower complete with a Money Tree. She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder and wanted one for herself since everyone else got to have them for babies or retiring.  She had even registered her new furry family member at Target. 

She had organized and was planning to throw the dog shower on company time.  Tragically she didn't invite her boss (but did invite some of my peers).  Interesting woman. 

My boss's boss stopped her after the invitations went out.  No Money Tree for her.

This is totally mustachian! She was trying to get free stuff! Good job, woman!

Actually, this does crack me up, because I consider showers of all types to be torturous events, so I think it was kind of great that she did something that caused people to gasp a little. Why would we give gifts to her for choosing to get a dog??? I don't know, but why the heck do we give gifts to others for choosing to get married or have babies? Showers are pretty ridiculous whether they are for dogs, infants, or spouses.

I know!!! When I turned 40 I sort of joked around that I was going to register for gifts for my big 40th birthday party. People thought it was strange. I ended up not doing it, and got a bunch of wine bottles for my birthday. Which was nice, but I was having allergy issues with wine at the time. And it was a BUNCH of wine bottles. I had other things I needed.

As a single person, I think single people need more home-type gifts than married people because married people have two incomes to pay for household items. It seems unfair for a single person to have to buy all of these gifts, but I guess that's how our society has decided to treat marriages and baby arrivals. There was a funny Sex & The City episode on this.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4488 on: October 02, 2014, 11:15:01 PM »
In a prior role, the group used to throw baby showers or retirement parties and have a "Money Tree" where people would tie cash to a small twiggy tree for the honoree.

One of the people that reported to me decided to throw herself a dog shower complete with a Money Tree. She had gotten an expensive puppy from the breeder and wanted one for herself since everyone else got to have them for babies or retiring.  She had even registered her new furry family member at Target. 

She had organized and was planning to throw the dog shower on company time.  Tragically she didn't invite her boss (but did invite some of my peers).  Interesting woman. 

My boss's boss stopped her after the invitations went out.  No Money Tree for her.

That is so funny!  I bet she was confused why she had to cancel it too.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4489 on: October 02, 2014, 11:38:01 PM »
I know!!! When I turned 40 I sort of joked around that I was going to register for gifts for my big 40th birthday party.

As a single person, I think single people need more home-type gifts than married people because married people have two incomes to pay for household items. It seems unfair for a single person to have to buy all of these gifts, but I guess that's how our society has decided to treat marriages and baby arrivals. There was a funny Sex & The City episode on this.

First, I think you are on to something, the first apt/ first home "homewarming"  should replace the wedding shower.  Be moved up a bit in stature on the mythical ranking of social occasions.  Get good useful presents to start you on your way... Etc.

Second, as a singleton you have far, far more disposable income than a single income family of four.  Not at all unfair!
(Which partly explains the baby shower tradition, too).

Third, presents are not what you need,  more of what items people who love you want you to have.  At 40 most others would assume you have the basics.  But I think I misread your post so ignore if you did not mean it that way.. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4490 on: October 02, 2014, 11:56:47 PM »
Oh and by the way, I just discovered this site a couple of weeks ago, and I just now completed all 93 pages of reading in this thread.  It was way more entertaining than anything else I was doing. :)  You guys are awesome.

That's quite the accomplishment!  Cheers!

You are likely the only one. Welcome to the forum.

Hey!! I read it all. So you aren't the only one. ;) Welcome nonetheless!! This place is truly great.

I only read the off-topic portions

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4491 on: October 03, 2014, 03:09:13 AM »
A friend of mine at work has been through some tough times for the last year. Her husband has been unemployed and one of her sons have been in some trouble which has been giving her some real problems and I really feel sorry for her. BUT, her husband got a job in May, her son switched school and that situation seems to have worked out aswell.
She and her family did one smart thing, they sold their way to big house to downsize now in august. She said that they don't want to live that close to bancrupcy again and I understand her, it was a great move since their house was quite large. The deal went through and they made a good profit that equals about 2-3 times her annual NET pay. They settled in the new house, made some minor renovations, hur husband made them so I think they didn't pay to much, so far everything is smart IMHO when she says this... We are so excited, we bought a new SUV whithout financing! For the first time in our lives we could pay cash for the car.

ME: Didn't you buy a car not that long ago?
HER:Well, that was actually 2 years ago and that car starts to get old know. Since my husband don't know how to fix anything about cars we don't want the risk of me getting stranded out on the road somewhere.
ME: Do you think that a 2012 car will break down? ( I tried not to be too harsh on her her but was truly flabbergasted )
HER: It might do, it was a KIA and it doesn't seems to be of very good quality, I could her some squeaks and sounds from somewhere under the car and was just waiting for it to break down.
ME: Doesn't KIA have a 7 year warranty?
HER: I don't know about that stuff, but this new car is GREAT! Its so lovely and we can afford it.
CO-Worker3-->ME : It looks like someone is jealous... Don't you have any plans to change your old car? (I drive a paid of -06 Volvo)
ME: No, why should I? Cars don't give me satisfaction, they are just a mean of transportation for me.
CO-Worker3: sure...

The conversation ended there but I got to talk to my friend/coworkeer later and she added that it feels so nice to have money now, they are booking a 3 week trip to Florida during Christmas and New Year just to avoid having to decide wich of their parents they need to visit...
She also said that her and her husband takes a hotelroom sometimes in their own town when they have been out on the movies or at a restaurant EVEN if there are no children at home since they have been sleeping over at relatives. She specificly says that they could never afford that OR the trip before they sold the house so I understand that there is what the money comes from.

I asked her if she had planned on investing the money since it was quite a large amount they made in profit and she said yes, in a banking account, the stock market is to risky...
We are quite close and she confides all sorts of things to me, but with this I get the impression that they behave like if they won the lottery or something regarding the house profits. I haven't asked her if she is aware that she will need to pay tax on the profits, but I wouldn't be surprised if she hasn't thought about it.

Stangely enough she is working with money at work and is very good at handling the economis there.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4492 on: October 03, 2014, 05:16:21 AM »
I could her some squeaks and sounds from somewhere under the car and was just waiting for it to break down..

Once those two year old cars start squeaking it is just a matter of time before they break down!  It may take five or ten or fifteen years, but it is just a matter of time.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4493 on: October 03, 2014, 05:21:04 AM »
The idea of taking a hotel room in your own town just blew my mind. Why?!!!!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4494 on: October 03, 2014, 05:33:28 AM »
Great thread, and my very first post.

Today during lunch time, I explained that even though my tablet pc is old, takes a while to load, I am very happy with it.

A colleague replied that I should get a new Tablet pc. I replied that maybe, one day, I would want to, but would not get more value out of a new one now.

She replied "we should send you to a boot camp, to change your mind, and that you start buying more things. You should spend more money!"

I did not comment back, and realised I should share that with you guys instead!

Have a great day

 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4495 on: October 03, 2014, 06:06:10 AM »
The idea of taking a hotel room in your own town just blew my mind. Why?!!!!

She said that they wanted to spoil themselves alittle and that they could go directly from some bar to the bed at the hotel whithout needing to get transportation home... To me it sounded just crazy, it is true that they live about 10 km outside the city but still..  I live even further from centre of the city and I never even take taxi home unless I miss the last bus in the morning and there are no other options..

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4496 on: October 03, 2014, 06:47:44 AM »
She replied "we should send you to a boot camp, to change your mind, and that you start buying more things. You should spend more money!"

You know...so you can be broke like the rest of us!

Wow

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4497 on: October 03, 2014, 06:59:24 AM »
CO-Worker3-->ME : It looks like someone is jealous... Don't you have any plans to change your old car? (I drive a paid of -06 Volvo)
ME: No, why should I? Cars don't give me satisfaction, they are just a mean of transportation for me.


You (next time): "No, I'm flabbergasted that anyone would waste so much money trading in a perfectly good, almost new car!"

Or at least that's what I would say -- but then again, I'm not always very nice...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4498 on: October 03, 2014, 08:16:47 AM »
CO-Worker3-->ME : It looks like someone is jealous... Don't you have any plans to change your old car? (I drive a paid of -06 Volvo)
ME: No, why should I? Cars don't give me satisfaction, they are just a mean of transportation for me.


You (next time): "No, I'm flabbergasted that anyone would waste so much money trading in a perfectly good, almost new car!"

Or at least that's what I would say -- but then again, I'm not always very nice...
I'm flabbergasted that anyone thinks of a 2006 Volvo as an "old car."  It's probably nicer than a 2012 Kia.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4499 on: October 03, 2014, 09:48:31 AM »
hehe, "old car" discussions at work are fun.

Three years ago, my new boss said something along the lines of "surely we pay you enough to get a new car" because my car was in the shop for like 2 days.

Three years later, and I still have that 2000 Camry. :)

It's not the most mustachian, but we also don't drive much so "eh."