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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4500 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 #4501 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 #4502 on: October 02, 2014, 07:44:41 AM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4503 on: October 02, 2014, 08:16:08 AM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4504 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4505 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4506 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4507 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 #4508 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 #4509 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 #4510 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4511 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.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4512 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 #4513 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4514 on: October 02, 2014, 12:26:55 PM »
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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 #4515 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.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4516 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4517 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 #4518 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...

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« Reply #4519 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4520 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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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4521 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 #4522 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.

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« Reply #4523 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.

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« Reply #4524 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 #4525 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.

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« Reply #4526 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 #4527 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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« Reply #4528 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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« Reply #4529 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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« Reply #4530 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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« Reply #4531 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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« Reply #4532 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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« Reply #4533 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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« Reply #4534 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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« Reply #4535 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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« Reply #4536 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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« Reply #4537 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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« Reply #4538 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."

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« Reply #4539 on: October 03, 2014, 09:57:48 AM »
At a diner yesterday morning.  Waitress 1 (W1) asks Waitress 2 if she got word on her car from the mechanic yet:

W2:  Ugh.
W1: Not good, huh?
W2:  He said it would start at $2500.
W1: Is that worth it to repair the car or you gonna trade it in and get a new one?
W2: Well, he said if it's my main car, it might be worth repairing.  I guess $2500 is better than another $50,000 for a new one, but if I'm just going to start having problems with it. I'm thinking of selling one of the other cars, maybe the Tahoe . . .

I almost scarfed up my coffee.

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« Reply #4540 on: October 03, 2014, 10:30:10 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.

Ya, my 2000 Volvo runs just lovely. And she's 15 years old!

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« Reply #4541 on: October 03, 2014, 10:33:31 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."

I got that line every single time I got a raise at my last job.  Apparently I was "making too much money" to be driving a 1989 f-150 that I bought for $700.  It had holes in the floor, was rusty everywhere, made awful noises but it got me to work every time. 

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« Reply #4542 on: October 03, 2014, 11:52:05 AM »
We get the line about cars too, I don't understand why family cares that we drive older vehicles? Seriously why does it matter?

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« Reply #4543 on: October 03, 2014, 12:00:49 PM »
We get the line about cars too, I don't understand why family cares that we drive older vehicles? Seriously why does it matter?

Because it's an attack on their choices (for some reason).  Or they just worry about you getting stranded in the middle of nowhere, if it's your mom or dad being concerned, in my experience ;-)

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« Reply #4544 on: October 03, 2014, 12:09:51 PM »
We get the line about cars too, I don't understand why family cares that we drive older vehicles? Seriously why does it matter?

Because it's an attack on their choices (for some reason).  Or they just worry about you getting stranded in the middle of nowhere, if it's your mom or dad being concerned, in my experience ;-)

Misery loves company and they think that everyone should suffer with crushing lease payments for a "safe & reliable" car. 

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« Reply #4545 on: October 03, 2014, 12:18:36 PM »
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."
You could have said something like clearly you don't...

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« Reply #4546 on: October 03, 2014, 12:22:12 PM »
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."
You could have said something like clearly you don't...

haha, I love it.

They'd have to pay me A LOT more for me to consider buying a new car...

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« Reply #4547 on: October 03, 2014, 12:23:25 PM »
Or they just worry about you getting stranded in the middle of nowhere, if it's your mom or dad being concerned, in my experience ;-)

You don't know stranded in the middle of nowhere until your car dies during a cross-country drive.

Turns out, as long as you have a bit of cash and a credit card, it's really not a big deal.

Unless "middle of nowhere" is something like the yukon, or the haul road up to deadhorse / prudhoe, in which case you are shit outta luck. Get your car checked very well and do preventative maintenance before you do that...

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« Reply #4548 on: October 03, 2014, 12:30:12 PM »
Or they just worry about you getting stranded in the middle of nowhere, if it's your mom or dad being concerned, in my experience ;-)
Turns out, as long as you have a bit of cash and a credit card, it's really not a big deal.

Agreed, but for some reason it seems to be a huge fear for a lot of people.  I had a car for about a year that was in such bad condition I told people that whenever I left in it, I never fully expected to get where I was going, which was completely true.  They always looked at me like I was insane for still driving the thing, but accepting and embracing the possibility of breaking down on the road was very liberating.  Every time I felt a weird bump or heard a noise from the engine or underside I'd go 'oh maybe this is finally it!'.  That car sucked in so many ways and I miss it dearly.

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« Reply #4549 on: October 03, 2014, 12:50:35 PM »
We get the line about cars too, I don't understand why family cares that we drive older vehicles? Seriously why does it matter?

Because it's an attack on their choices (for some reason).  Or they just worry about you getting stranded in the middle of nowhere, if it's your mom or dad being concerned, in my experience ;-)

Misery loves company and they think that everyone should suffer with crushing lease payments for a "safe & reliable" car.

My family pays cash, but they are much more willing to have a bunch of cash tied up in new vehicles and I think they just like having diff. cars every few years, they aren't into buying luxury at least, they have a Civic and a CR-V but still.