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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5900 on: December 11, 2014, 05:35:56 PM »
You're right that it's definitely not black and white. Maybe I should have said "Never talk to a cop who comes looking for you without a lawyer." I just know that false confessions happen wayyyyyy too often and from a risk perspective, the hassle outweighs the benefits for me.

Indeed. For anyone who thinks talking to cops is a good idea (even if you have nothing to hide) this is worth a watch. An law school professor and former criminal defense attorney tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc

EDIT: I'll try to steer this back on topic. I work in Korea at a public school and it is insane how many teachers have designer handbags that cost thousands each. I've found that in Korea there is a strong culture of outwardly showing your "status" in society. Everyone (not everyone, but a lot of people) continually try to one up each other. The second hand market is almost non-existent in Korea.
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« Reply #5901 on: December 11, 2014, 08:03:20 PM »
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EDIT: I'll try to steer this back on topic. I work in Korea at a public school and it is insane how many teachers have designer handbags that cost thousands each. I've found that in Korea there is a strong culture of outwardly showing your "status" in society. Everyone (not everyone, but a lot of people) continually try to one up each other. The second hand market is almost non-existent in Korea.
I assume you are referring to South Korea because my understanding is this culture does not exist in the North...

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« Reply #5902 on: December 11, 2014, 08:07:45 PM »
I assume you are referring to South Korea because my understanding is this culture does not exist in the North...

lol. yeah. South Korea. I often forget there is a North Korea.

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« Reply #5903 on: December 11, 2014, 10:05:18 PM »
For everyone asking about the cop cars idling constantly, it is mostly to keep the battery charged because of all the electronics. Laptop, various radios, radars, etc. The vehicle battery would quickly go dead if they turned it off with all that gear running. Why not turn it all off? Because the cop's radio transmits to the vehicle's radio, which (with its stronger radio output) passes it on the rest of the radio network.

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« Reply #5904 on: December 11, 2014, 10:30:44 PM »
Every rental car I have had in Europe over the last two years (or longer) stopped the engine at stop lights, all were manuals.  I think it was if you came to a stop then shifted into neutral then took your foot off the clutch it stopped, started back up when the clutch was pressed (all this is with the brake pressed).  Even after two weeks I was not accustomed to this.  Never once did it not start up before I had it in gear and wanted to accelerate.  I think the AC stayed running with the motor off - but not sure - maybe just the fan was on.

Yeah, that's creepy.  Especially when you rent a car that's nearly the same as your car at home.

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« Reply #5905 on: December 12, 2014, 08:34:32 AM »
For everyone asking about the cop cars idling constantly, it is mostly to keep the battery charged because of all the electronics. Laptop, various radios, radars, etc. The vehicle battery would quickly go dead if they turned it off with all that gear running. Why not turn it all off? Because the cop's radio transmits to the vehicle's radio, which (with its stronger radio output) passes it on the rest of the radio network.

Great point, but why not just design the car with a second battery to run all that stuff?
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« Reply #5906 on: December 12, 2014, 08:39:16 AM »
For everyone asking about the cop cars idling constantly, it is mostly to keep the battery charged because of all the electronics. Laptop, various radios, radars, etc. The vehicle battery would quickly go dead if they turned it off with all that gear running. Why not turn it all off? Because the cop's radio transmits to the vehicle's radio, which (with its stronger radio output) passes it on the rest of the radio network.

Great point, but why not just design the car with a second battery to run all that stuff?

Probably the same reason they have to put 2 cops in the car, to get a total I.Q. of 100
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5907 on: December 12, 2014, 08:54:18 AM »
If we're going denigrate a whole group of people on no evidence at all, I have a few 'jokes' about Frenchmen . . .

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5908 on: December 12, 2014, 09:09:55 AM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....


Another one, visiting from Texas office (when there's staff with nothing at all to do in the Chicago office), leaving today after a week here:
CW1: My flight doesn't leave until 9pm.
Me: Can you change it?
CW1: I don't know. It's ok.
CW2: How are you getting to the airport?
CW1: I don't want to take the Blue Line [inexpensive transit which goes directly to the airport], I'm going to take a cab.
CW2: I understand, a cab is safer.
Me: ......


Oh dear lord, I was under the impression that my coworker's were semi-decent with money.

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« Reply #5909 on: December 12, 2014, 09:21:30 AM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....


Another one, visiting from Texas office (when there's staff with nothing at all to do in the Chicago office), leaving today after a week here:
CW1: My flight doesn't leave until 9pm.
Me: Can you change it?
CW1: I don't know. It's ok.
CW2: How are you getting to the airport?
CW1: I don't want to take the Blue Line [inexpensive transit which goes directly to the airport], I'm going to take a cab.
CW2: I understand, a cab is safer.
Me: ......


Oh dear lord, I was under the impression that my coworker's were semi-decent with money.

Best thing about super expensive pups is that they poop silver and gold nuggets. So you can make your money back withing a few days ;)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5910 on: December 12, 2014, 09:24:23 AM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....


Another one, visiting from Texas office (when there's staff with nothing at all to do in the Chicago office), leaving today after a week here:
CW1: My flight doesn't leave until 9pm.
Me: Can you change it?
CW1: I don't know. It's ok.
CW2: How are you getting to the airport?
CW1: I don't want to take the Blue Line [inexpensive transit which goes directly to the airport], I'm going to take a cab.
CW2: I understand, a cab is safer.
Me: ......


Oh dear lord, I was under the impression that my coworker's were semi-decent with money.

Wow, The dogs I think are the cutest and want are $1800, but I would never actually pay that for one, I would wait until I found a rescue, the shelters are full, FULL of pure breds. Ahhh, I love this thread for peoples pure stupidity, it's fun to read.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5911 on: December 12, 2014, 09:34:06 AM »
If we're going denigrate a whole group of people on no evidence at all, I have a few 'jokes' about Frenchmen . . .

Go ahead!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5912 on: December 12, 2014, 09:45:50 AM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....

Great thoughts right here. Purebreds never have any health problems...

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« Reply #5913 on: December 12, 2014, 10:00:17 AM »
Great thoughts right here. Purebreds never have any health problems...

Nothing like inbreeding to straighten out the good ol' mental state!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5914 on: December 12, 2014, 10:04:12 AM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....

Great thoughts right here. Purebreds never have any health problems...

Right. We have rescued every animal we have ever owned, and they have turned out to be the best pets I've ever seen.  Smart, good tempered, kind, etc.  Also, from everything I've seen... breeder dogs have had way more problems than mutts we have found.

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« Reply #5915 on: December 12, 2014, 10:41:25 AM »
New to this thread.  It's 144 pages long!

cw: I keep track of expenses and know exactly how much I spend
me: Me too!
cw: It costs us $9500 a month to live.
me: We .... umm ... are ... less than 1/3 of that (I'm ashamed - it should be much lower).
cw: Yes, but we have a higher standard of living than you do.

We have roughly the same salary.

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« Reply #5916 on: December 12, 2014, 10:51:39 AM »
New to this thread.  It's 144 pages long!

cw: I keep track of expenses and know exactly how much I spend
me: Me too!
cw: It costs us $9500 a month to live.
me: We .... umm ... are ... less than 1/3 of that (I'm ashamed - it should be much lower).
cw: Yes, but we have a higher standard of living than you do.

We have roughly the same salary.
Suppose it is true but . . .
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« Reply #5917 on: December 12, 2014, 11:08:52 AM »
New to this thread.  It's 144 pages long!

cw: I keep track of expenses and know exactly how much I spend
me: Me too!
cw: It costs us $9500 a month to live.
me: We .... umm ... are ... less than 1/3 of that (I'm ashamed - it should be much lower).
cw: Yes, but we have a higher standard of living than you do.

We have roughly the same salary.

And you have an earlier retirement date. At least your CW knows what they're spending. That's the first step.
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« Reply #5918 on: December 12, 2014, 11:12:55 AM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....

Great thoughts right here. Purebreds never have any health problems...

Right. We have rescued every animal we have ever owned, and they have turned out to be the best pets I've ever seen.  Smart, good tempered, kind, etc.  Also, from everything I've seen... breeder dogs have had way more problems than mutts we have found.
I've seen a lot of purebred animals in shelters, why would anyone believe that rescues are always mixed?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5919 on: December 12, 2014, 11:47:26 AM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....

Great thoughts right here. Purebreds never have any health problems...

Right. We have rescued every animal we have ever owned, and they have turned out to be the best pets I've ever seen.  Smart, good tempered, kind, etc.  Also, from everything I've seen... breeder dogs have had way more problems than mutts we have found.
I've seen a lot of purebred animals in shelters, why would anyone believe that rescues are always mixed?

Plus all the breed-specific rescue groups out there, who not only take in older dogs but frequently have puppies as well.  Oy. 
I'm a little ashamed to admit that I have a purebred dog, that I thought I was getting from a responsible breeder.  Years later I read an article about warning signs for "breeders" who are really front people for puppy mills, and I realized that the person I bought my puppy from fit all of those signs.  Never again, although I did end up with the kindest and most loving creature in the world.  Next time, I'm either going to the shelter or going to a rescue society, though.

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« Reply #5920 on: December 12, 2014, 11:52:48 AM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....

Great thoughts right here. Purebreds never have any health problems...

Right. We have rescued every animal we have ever owned, and they have turned out to be the best pets I've ever seen.  Smart, good tempered, kind, etc.  Also, from everything I've seen... breeder dogs have had way more problems than mutts we have found.
I've seen a lot of purebred animals in shelters, why would anyone believe that rescues are always mixed?

Because generally they are, also there are some people for whom when they state "purebred," they are referring to the dog also have a pedigree and papers. I don't know enough, but maybe that is what people are thinking about? In general when I was looking to adopt a dog, I was looking for mixed breeds as I assumed that nearly any purebred would be from a mill and that while a mixed breed dog likely is, I figured that the dog would have less of a risk of hereditary disease. Not sure if I was right in my assumptions, but that was my reasoning.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5921 on: December 12, 2014, 11:54:02 AM »
And you have an earlier retirement date. At least your CW knows what they're spending. That's the first step.

This is true, and it's a good point.  There are many folks who don't understand what their lifestyle is costing them.  What shocked me, is that in the face of all this knowledge on spending, he doesn't see an issue.  This particular person also has ~$500K in HELOC and mortgage debt.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5922 on: December 12, 2014, 12:16:56 PM »
Here's a fun text conversation with a co-worker this morning, we have 2 companies we get paid commissions from, one is bi weekly and the other is bi monthly.  Can get a little confusing on the dollar amounts, but as for the dates, very easy.

CW: Do we get paid from SP today? Or just Q?
Me: Just Q, SP is Monday
CW:Isn't there payday the 15th?
Me: Correct
CW: My bank account balance is negative (she just got paid commissions today from Q and is still negative)
Me: We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68, they sent the statement over yesterday
CW: I wonder when it is direct deposited (REALLY?!?!?!)
Me: (being slightly a smart ass at this point) we get paid from them bi monthly
CW: Hmmm I will email Jackie (human resources)

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  She got paid TODAY from one company, is still negative.  HAS NO CLUE when the other company is paying her (even though I TOLD her in the text).  Also, this co worker has worked for the company WAY longer than me, and she can't even figure out when payday is, it's been the same since she started over a year ago!!!  OMG... I mean, I know it can be hard to remember the 1st and the 15th (sarcasm intended), especially if the 15th falls on a non business day, in which case we get paid the business day that comes before, but the 15th is a business day this month!!! AND she has a negative account balance, after probably getting a paycheck of $2500 today!!!

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« Reply #5923 on: December 12, 2014, 12:21:22 PM »
New to this thread.  It's 144 pages long!

cw: I keep track of expenses and know exactly how much I spend
me: Me too!
cw: It costs us $9500 a month to live.
me: We .... umm ... are ... less than 1/3 of that (I'm ashamed - it should be much lower).
cw: Yes, but we have a higher standard of living than you do.

We have roughly the same salary.

As long as your coworker isn't complaining about his or her expenses or retirement plans they're welcome to their lifestyle. 

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« Reply #5924 on: December 12, 2014, 12:21:30 PM »
Here's a fun text conversation with a co-worker this morning, we have 2 companies we get paid commissions from, one is bi weekly and the other is bi monthly.  Can get a little confusing on the dollar amounts, but as for the dates, very easy.

CW: Do we get paid from SP today? Or just Q?
Me: Just Q, SP is Monday
CW:Isn't there payday the 15th?
Me: Correct
CW: My bank account balance is negative (she just got paid commissions today from Q and is still negative)
Me: We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68, they sent the statement over yesterday
CW: I wonder when it is direct deposited (REALLY?!?!?!)
Me: (being slightly a smart ass at this point) we get paid from them bi monthly
CW: Hmmm I will email Jackie (human resources)

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  She got paid TODAY from one company, is still negative.  HAS NO CLUE when the other company is paying her (even though I TOLD her in the text).  Also, this co worker has worked for the company WAY longer than me, and she can't even figure out when payday is, it's been the same since she started over a year ago!!!  OMG... I mean, I know it can be hard to remember the 1st and the 15th (sarcasm intended), especially if the 15th falls on a non business day, in which case we get paid the business day that comes before, but the 15th is a business day this month!!! AND she has a negative account balance, after probably getting a paycheck of $2500 today!!!

I'm also confused.

What does "We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68" mean?

Also how do did she get paid today if you get paid on the 1st and 15th?  Today is the 12th, and the 15th is a monday.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5925 on: December 12, 2014, 12:29:25 PM »
Here's a fun text conversation with a co-worker this morning, we have 2 companies we get paid commissions from, one is bi weekly and the other is bi monthly.  Can get a little confusing on the dollar amounts, but as for the dates, very easy.

CW: Do we get paid from SP today? Or just Q?
Me: Just Q, SP is Monday
CW:Isn't there payday the 15th?
Me: Correct
CW: My bank account balance is negative (she just got paid commissions today from Q and is still negative)
Me: We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68, they sent the statement over yesterday
CW: I wonder when it is direct deposited (REALLY?!?!?!)
Me: (being slightly a smart ass at this point) we get paid from them bi monthly
CW: Hmmm I will email Jackie (human resources)

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  She got paid TODAY from one company, is still negative.  HAS NO CLUE when the other company is paying her (even though I TOLD her in the text).  Also, this co worker has worked for the company WAY longer than me, and she can't even figure out when payday is, it's been the same since she started over a year ago!!!  OMG... I mean, I know it can be hard to remember the 1st and the 15th (sarcasm intended), especially if the 15th falls on a non business day, in which case we get paid the business day that comes before, but the 15th is a business day this month!!! AND she has a negative account balance, after probably getting a paycheck of $2500 today!!!

I'm also confused.

What does "We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68" mean?

Also how do did she get paid today if you get paid on the 1st and 15th?  Today is the 12th, and the 15th is a monday.

I bolded the date thing for you... I am not sure what the deal on 68 is... I assume a job?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5926 on: December 12, 2014, 12:34:33 PM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....

Great thoughts right here. Purebreds never have any health problems...

Right. We have rescued every animal we have ever owned, and they have turned out to be the best pets I've ever seen.  Smart, good tempered, kind, etc.  Also, from everything I've seen... breeder dogs have had way more problems than mutts we have found.
I've seen a lot of purebred animals in shelters, why would anyone believe that rescues are always mixed?

Because generally they are, also there are some people for whom when they state "purebred," they are referring to the dog also have a pedigree and papers. I don't know enough, but maybe that is what people are thinking about? In general when I was looking to adopt a dog, I was looking for mixed breeds as I assumed that nearly any purebred would be from a mill and that while a mixed breed dog likely is, I figured that the dog would have less of a risk of hereditary disease. Not sure if I was right in my assumptions, but that was my reasoning.

Purebred means the "parents" share a lot of their genetics. True for dogs, cats or any other species. Even crops can be considered "pure". If there is a weakness in the line, you increase the chance to encounter this weakness. If something occurs on a very low % basis in the whole population, then you can crank this to a dangerously high % in a blink*. If I was about to get a dog, I would look for a mixed one for sure. There is plenty of good quality mixed dogs available, for decent price, if someone make his diligent research.

*If one is interested, look for the Habsburg noble family.

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« Reply #5927 on: December 12, 2014, 12:42:22 PM »
Here's a fun text conversation with a co-worker this morning, we have 2 companies we get paid commissions from, one is bi weekly and the other is bi monthly.  Can get a little confusing on the dollar amounts, but as for the dates, very easy.

CW: Do we get paid from SP today? Or just Q?
Me: Just Q, SP is Monday
CW:Isn't there payday the 15th?
Me: Correct
CW: My bank account balance is negative (she just got paid commissions today from Q and is still negative)
Me: We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68, they sent the statement over yesterday
CW: I wonder when it is direct deposited (REALLY?!?!?!)
Me: (being slightly a smart ass at this point) we get paid from them bi monthly
CW: Hmmm I will email Jackie (human resources)

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  She got paid TODAY from one company, is still negative.  HAS NO CLUE when the other company is paying her (even though I TOLD her in the text).  Also, this co worker has worked for the company WAY longer than me, and she can't even figure out when payday is, it's been the same since she started over a year ago!!!  OMG... I mean, I know it can be hard to remember the 1st and the 15th (sarcasm intended), especially if the 15th falls on a non business day, in which case we get paid the business day that comes before, but the 15th is a business day this month!!! AND she has a negative account balance, after probably getting a paycheck of $2500 today!!!

I'm also confused.

What does "We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68" mean?

Also how do did she get paid today if you get paid on the 1st and 15th?  Today is the 12th, and the 15th is a monday.

I bolded the date thing for you... I am not sure what the deal on 68 is... I assume a job?

Yes, that's correct.  We get paid 4X per month - every other Friday from one company, and bi monthly from the other company.  So we got paid today and we'll get paid again Monday.

Sorry, in my attempt at being discreet I used the job number (68) instead of using names.  So 68 is a job we'll be getting paid for on Monday. :)

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« Reply #5928 on: December 12, 2014, 12:44:42 PM »
Here's a fun text conversation with a co-worker this morning, we have 2 companies we get paid commissions from, one is bi weekly and the other is bi monthly.  Can get a little confusing on the dollar amounts, but as for the dates, very easy.

CW: Do we get paid from SP today? Or just Q?
Me: Just Q, SP is Monday
CW:Isn't there payday the 15th?
Me: Correct
CW: My bank account balance is negative (she just got paid commissions today from Q and is still negative)
Me: We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68, they sent the statement over yesterday
CW: I wonder when it is direct deposited (REALLY?!?!?!)
Me: (being slightly a smart ass at this point) we get paid from them bi monthly
CW: Hmmm I will email Jackie (human resources)

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  She got paid TODAY from one company, is still negative.  HAS NO CLUE when the other company is paying her (even though I TOLD her in the text).  Also, this co worker has worked for the company WAY longer than me, and she can't even figure out when payday is, it's been the same since she started over a year ago!!!  OMG... I mean, I know it can be hard to remember the 1st and the 15th (sarcasm intended), especially if the 15th falls on a non business day, in which case we get paid the business day that comes before, but the 15th is a business day this month!!! AND she has a negative account balance, after probably getting a paycheck of $2500 today!!!

I'm also confused.

What does "We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68" mean?

Also how do did she get paid today if you get paid on the 1st and 15th?  Today is the 12th, and the 15th is a monday.

I bolded the date thing for you... I am not sure what the deal on 68 is... I assume a job?

Yes, that's correct.  We get paid 4X per month - every other Friday from one company, and bi monthly from the other company.  So we got paid today and we'll get paid again Monday.

Sorry, in my attempt at being discreet I used the job number (68) instead of using names.  So 68 is a job we'll be getting paid for on Monday. :)

If that's confusing (which it is) then my main point is this:

Despite the fact that we got paid today, she still has a negative account balance.  And despite the fact that all of our paydays are the same and have been for years, she seems to have no clue when her next check will be direct deposited into her account, so that she has more money.  Sigh...

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« Reply #5929 on: December 12, 2014, 12:54:35 PM »
Here's a fun text conversation with a co-worker this morning, we have 2 companies we get paid commissions from, one is bi weekly and the other is bi monthly.  Can get a little confusing on the dollar amounts, but as for the dates, very easy.

CW: Do we get paid from SP today? Or just Q?
Me: Just Q, SP is Monday
CW:Isn't there payday the 15th?
Me: Correct
CW: My bank account balance is negative (she just got paid commissions today from Q and is still negative)
Me: We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68, they sent the statement over yesterday
CW: I wonder when it is direct deposited (REALLY?!?!?!)
Me: (being slightly a smart ass at this point) we get paid from them bi monthly
CW: Hmmm I will email Jackie (human resources)

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  She got paid TODAY from one company, is still negative.  HAS NO CLUE when the other company is paying her (even though I TOLD her in the text).  Also, this co worker has worked for the company WAY longer than me, and she can't even figure out when payday is, it's been the same since she started over a year ago!!!  OMG... I mean, I know it can be hard to remember the 1st and the 15th (sarcasm intended), especially if the 15th falls on a non business day, in which case we get paid the business day that comes before, but the 15th is a business day this month!!! AND she has a negative account balance, after probably getting a paycheck of $2500 today!!!

I'm also confused.

What does "We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68" mean?

Also how do did she get paid today if you get paid on the 1st and 15th?  Today is the 12th, and the 15th is a monday.

I bolded the date thing for you... I am not sure what the deal on 68 is... I assume a job?

Yes, that's correct.  We get paid 4X per month - every other Friday from one company, and bi monthly from the other company.  So we got paid today and we'll get paid again Monday.

Sorry, in my attempt at being discreet I used the job number (68) instead of using names.  So 68 is a job we'll be getting paid for on Monday. :)

If that's confusing (which it is) then my main point is this:

Despite the fact that we got paid today, she still has a negative account balance.  And despite the fact that all of our paydays are the same and have been for years, she seems to have no clue when her next check will be direct deposited into her account, so that she has more money.  Sigh...

Still confused...

Bi-weekly means every other week.
Bi-monthly means every other month.

I assumed the bi-monthly payments lined up on either the 1st or the 15th (coincidentally along with the bi-weekly payments), and fell on every other month.

I also assumed that by the 1st and the 15th you meant it was twice monthly (and not actually bi-weekly as stated - because the 1st and the 15th is not bi-weekly).

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« Reply #5930 on: December 12, 2014, 01:12:52 PM »
Here's a fun text conversation with a co-worker this morning, we have 2 companies we get paid commissions from, one is bi weekly and the other is bi monthly.  Can get a little confusing on the dollar amounts, but as for the dates, very easy.

CW: Do we get paid from SP today? Or just Q?
Me: Just Q, SP is Monday
CW:Isn't there payday the 15th?
Me: Correct
CW: My bank account balance is negative (she just got paid commissions today from Q and is still negative)
Me: We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68, they sent the statement over yesterday
CW: I wonder when it is direct deposited (REALLY?!?!?!)
Me: (being slightly a smart ass at this point) we get paid from them bi monthly
CW: Hmmm I will email Jackie (human resources)

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  She got paid TODAY from one company, is still negative.  HAS NO CLUE when the other company is paying her (even though I TOLD her in the text).  Also, this co worker has worked for the company WAY longer than me, and she can't even figure out when payday is, it's been the same since she started over a year ago!!!  OMG... I mean, I know it can be hard to remember the 1st and the 15th (sarcasm intended), especially if the 15th falls on a non business day, in which case we get paid the business day that comes before, but the 15th is a business day this month!!! AND she has a negative account balance, after probably getting a paycheck of $2500 today!!!

I'm also confused.

What does "We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68" mean?

Also how do did she get paid today if you get paid on the 1st and 15th?  Today is the 12th, and the 15th is a monday.

I bolded the date thing for you... I am not sure what the deal on 68 is... I assume a job?

Yes, that's correct.  We get paid 4X per month - every other Friday from one company, and bi monthly from the other company.  So we got paid today and we'll get paid again Monday.

Sorry, in my attempt at being discreet I used the job number (68) instead of using names.  So 68 is a job we'll be getting paid for on Monday. :)

If that's confusing (which it is) then my main point is this:

Despite the fact that we got paid today, she still has a negative account balance.  And despite the fact that all of our paydays are the same and have been for years, she seems to have no clue when her next check will be direct deposited into her account, so that she has more money.  Sigh...

Still confused...

Bi-weekly means every other week.
Bi-monthly means every other month.

I assumed the bi-monthly payments lined up on either the 1st or the 15th (coincidentally along with the bi-weekly payments), and fell on every other month.

I also assumed that by the 1st and the 15th you meant it was twice monthly (and not actually bi-weekly as stated - because the 1st and the 15th is not bi-weekly).

I think what you are missing is that they get paid from two different companies... one pay semi- monthly(not bi monthly) and one is bi-weekly...  That is what I get from the explanation, but I now see what your confusion is

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« Reply #5931 on: December 12, 2014, 01:16:27 PM »
Here's a fun text conversation with a co-worker this morning, we have 2 companies we get paid commissions from, one is bi weekly and the other is bi monthly.  Can get a little confusing on the dollar amounts, but as for the dates, very easy.

CW: Do we get paid from SP today? Or just Q?
Me: Just Q, SP is Monday
CW:Isn't there payday the 15th?
Me: Correct
CW: My bank account balance is negative (she just got paid commissions today from Q and is still negative)
Me: We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68, they sent the statement over yesterday
CW: I wonder when it is direct deposited (REALLY?!?!?!)
Me: (being slightly a smart ass at this point) we get paid from them bi monthly
CW: Hmmm I will email Jackie (human resources)

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  She got paid TODAY from one company, is still negative.  HAS NO CLUE when the other company is paying her (even though I TOLD her in the text).  Also, this co worker has worked for the company WAY longer than me, and she can't even figure out when payday is, it's been the same since she started over a year ago!!!  OMG... I mean, I know it can be hard to remember the 1st and the 15th (sarcasm intended), especially if the 15th falls on a non business day, in which case we get paid the business day that comes before, but the 15th is a business day this month!!! AND she has a negative account balance, after probably getting a paycheck of $2500 today!!!

I'm also confused.

What does "We'll be getting paid for the deal on 68" mean?

Also how do did she get paid today if you get paid on the 1st and 15th?  Today is the 12th, and the 15th is a monday.

I bolded the date thing for you... I am not sure what the deal on 68 is... I assume a job?

Yes, that's correct.  We get paid 4X per month - every other Friday from one company, and bi monthly from the other company.  So we got paid today and we'll get paid again Monday.

Sorry, in my attempt at being discreet I used the job number (68) instead of using names.  So 68 is a job we'll be getting paid for on Monday. :)

If that's confusing (which it is) then my main point is this:

Despite the fact that we got paid today, she still has a negative account balance.  And despite the fact that all of our paydays are the same and have been for years, she seems to have no clue when her next check will be direct deposited into her account, so that she has more money.  Sigh...

Still confused...

Bi-weekly means every other week.
Bi-monthly means every other month.

I assumed the bi-monthly payments lined up on either the 1st or the 15th (coincidentally along with the bi-weekly payments), and fell on every other month.

I also assumed that by the 1st and the 15th you meant it was twice monthly (and not actually bi-weekly as stated - because the 1st and the 15th is not bi-weekly).

Bi monthly means twice per month OR every other month.  According to the merriam webster dictionary it can mean either one.  In this case, it means twice per month, the 1st and the 15th.

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« Reply #5932 on: December 12, 2014, 01:21:20 PM »
Two CWs, both want puppies. I'm all for rescue. We're in Chicago, Illinois.

CW1: I've been thinking of getting a puppy for a while now. I found a breeder in Arizona, the puppies are {insert very expensive breed, I have no memory} are $1250 each. But they have this adorable brother and sister pair, and if I get two then I get a discount on the 2nd.
Me: They're in Arizona, right? How do they get here safely?
CW1: Oh they'll send them on a plane. Both and travel costs are only $5k.
Me: Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to go to the shelters and find a puppy you like?
CW1: But shelter dogs have so many problems, I really want a pure bred.
CW2: I'm also getting a puppy. I found a breeder in Iowa, they have {insert very expensive breed}, and there's one that's so cute. Only $1000, and that includes transportation.
Me: [unable to process the waste and shame, there's a high probability that these are puppy mills]. ....


Another one, visiting from Texas office (when there's staff with nothing at all to do in the Chicago office), leaving today after a week here:
CW1: My flight doesn't leave until 9pm.
Me: Can you change it?
CW1: I don't know. It's ok.
CW2: How are you getting to the airport?
CW1: I don't want to take the Blue Line [inexpensive transit which goes directly to the airport], I'm going to take a cab.
CW2: I understand, a cab is safer.
Me: ......


Oh dear lord, I was under the impression that my coworker's were semi-decent with money.

I'd take a cab too if I was traveling on business.  Flying is enough of an ordeal I think it's fair for my employer to minimize inconvenience

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« Reply #5933 on: December 12, 2014, 01:29:06 PM »
Bi monthly means twice per month OR every other month.  According to the merriam webster dictionary it can mean either one.  In this case, it means twice per month, the 1st and the 15th.

Well there's the confusion.  That seems really stupid and ambiguous to have two different definitions for the same word, and no way to tell which way you mean by context.   I was always under the impression bi-time period meant every two time periods, and semi-time period meant twice within a single time period.  So being paid on the 1st and 15th would be semi-monthly.

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« Reply #5934 on: December 12, 2014, 01:31:04 PM »
That seems really stupid and ambiguous to have two different definitions for the same word, and no way to tell which way you mean by context. 

English language... isn't it great sometimes :)

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« Reply #5935 on: December 12, 2014, 01:36:31 PM »
Best thing about super expensive pups is that they poop silver and gold nuggets. So you can make your money back withing a few days ;)

The problem is that you have to follow them around and scoop up that silver and gold before they eat it right back up.

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« Reply #5936 on: December 12, 2014, 01:38:04 PM »
Bi monthly means twice per month OR every other month.  According to the merriam webster dictionary it can mean either one.  In this case, it means twice per month, the 1st and the 15th.

Well there's the confusion.  That seems really stupid and ambiguous to have two different definitions for the same word, and no way to tell which way you mean by context.   I was always under the impression bi-time period meant every two time periods, and semi-time period meant twice within a single time period.  So being paid on the 1st and 15th would be semi-monthly.

I honestly had no idea either... I was always under the impression that bi monthly meant twice per month.  That's what we always say here (at least in my company where I'm at) and how I see it.  I didn't even realize it could mean every other month until it was mentioned and then I looked it up.  Good old English language!

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« Reply #5937 on: December 12, 2014, 01:38:52 PM »
If we're going denigrate a whole group of people on no evidence at all, I have a few 'jokes' about Frenchmen . . .

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« Reply #5938 on: December 12, 2014, 01:43:38 PM »
Bi monthly means twice per month OR every other month.  According to the merriam webster dictionary it can mean either one.  In this case, it means twice per month, the 1st and the 15th.

Well there's the confusion.  That seems really stupid and ambiguous to have two different definitions for the same word, and no way to tell which way you mean by context.   I was always under the impression bi-time period meant every two time periods, and semi-time period meant twice within a single time period.  So being paid on the 1st and 15th would be semi-monthly.

I honestly had no idea either... I was always under the impression that bi monthly meant twice per month.  That's what we always say here (at least in my company where I'm at) and how I see it.  I didn't even realize it could mean every other month until it was mentioned and then I looked it up.  Good old English language!

It didn't bother you that bi-weekly meant every other week and bi-monthly meant twice a month?  That seems very inconsistent to me.  I think if you would have framed it any other way I would I have been able to infer what you meant, but the inconsistency confused me.

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« Reply #5939 on: December 12, 2014, 01:44:59 PM »
Bi monthly means twice per month OR every other month.  According to the merriam webster dictionary it can mean either one.  In this case, it means twice per month, the 1st and the 15th.

Well there's the confusion.  That seems really stupid and ambiguous to have two different definitions for the same word, and no way to tell which way you mean by context.   I was always under the impression bi-time period meant every two time periods, and semi-time period meant twice within a single time period.  So being paid on the 1st and 15th would be semi-monthly.

I always think on it the other way around.  Bi=two, like bi-cycle.  So bi-weekly would mean twice a week.  Bi-monthly-twice a month, etc.

Semi on the other hand means half or partial as in semi-complete or semi-sweet and is really vague when talking about time. Is Semi-weekly half in a week, once every two weeks or is it half a week, twice in a week?

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« Reply #5940 on: December 12, 2014, 01:58:25 PM »
Bi monthly means twice per month OR every other month.  According to the merriam webster dictionary it can mean either one.  In this case, it means twice per month, the 1st and the 15th.

Well there's the confusion.  That seems really stupid and ambiguous to have two different definitions for the same word, and no way to tell which way you mean by context.   I was always under the impression bi-time period meant every two time periods, and semi-time period meant twice within a single time period.  So being paid on the 1st and 15th would be semi-monthly.

I always think on it the other way around.  Bi=two, like bi-cycle.  So bi-weekly would mean twice a week.  Bi-monthly-twice a month, etc.

Semi on the other hand means half or partial as in semi-complete or semi-sweet and is really vague when talking about time. Is Semi-weekly half in a week, once every two weeks or is it half a week, twice in a week?

I always thought of it as bi=two, like bicycle, so bi-weekly would mean every two weeks.  And semi-weekly would mean twice a week, just like semi-annual means twice a year.

But bi-weekly meaning twice a week AND every two weeks?  That's total anarchy.   *flips desk and walks away*

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« Reply #5941 on: December 12, 2014, 01:58:48 PM »
Bi monthly means twice per month OR every other month.  According to the merriam webster dictionary it can mean either one.  In this case, it means twice per month, the 1st and the 15th.

Well there's the confusion.  That seems really stupid and ambiguous to have two different definitions for the same word, and no way to tell which way you mean by context.   I was always under the impression bi-time period meant every two time periods, and semi-time period meant twice within a single time period.  So being paid on the 1st and 15th would be semi-monthly.

I honestly had no idea either... I was always under the impression that bi monthly meant twice per month.  That's what we always say here (at least in my company where I'm at) and how I see it.  I didn't even realize it could mean every other month until it was mentioned and then I looked it up.  Good old English language!

It didn't bother you that bi-weekly meant every other week and bi-monthly meant twice a month?  That seems very inconsistent to me.  I think if you would have framed it any other way I would I have been able to infer what you meant, but the inconsistency confused me.

Why would it bother me when that's how we say it around here?  If you said "semi monthly" I would have had to look it up.  Just like I eventually looked up bi monthly because you were saying it meant something different than what I know.  I think you're the confusing one.  It's just what I'm used to and how it is, never really had to think about it before.

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« Reply #5942 on: December 12, 2014, 02:23:29 PM »
If we're going denigrate a whole group of people on no evidence at all, I have a few 'jokes' about Frenchmen . . .

...says the Canadian.


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The fact is even in Canada, people from Québec (90% French) make a lot of jokes at the rest of the country and refer them as "Canadians". As an example "The reason why Joe Sakic as one of the best wrist shot of the NHL is because his wife is Canadian"

The "Canadians" (Canada citizens outside Québec) are making A LOT of jokes over us (Frenchmen from Québec) and our nickname is Frog! Nice for the little batracian…

That said, I did not attempt to denigrate a whole group of people. I mean, what about someone saying about cops earlier on this thread "you should NEVER EVER EVER speak to them without a lawyer. Really, it will never help you. They are always building a case against you even if they don't know it." Sorry, I don’t think it's true and I don’t think it's a joke neither. Sometime, joking can hurt some people but, this whole thread is about making fun of clueless coworkers!
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« Reply #5943 on: December 12, 2014, 03:20:53 PM »
If we're going denigrate a whole group of people on no evidence at all, I have a few 'jokes' about Frenchmen . . .

...says the Canadian.


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« Reply #5944 on: December 12, 2014, 03:37:27 PM »
If we're going denigrate a whole group of people on no evidence at all, I have a few 'jokes' about Frenchmen . . .

...says the Canadian.


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« Reply #5945 on: December 12, 2014, 06:14:28 PM »
If we're going denigrate a whole group of people on no evidence at all, I have a few 'jokes' about Frenchmen . . .

...says the Canadian.


;)

Hey buddy, I'm sorry aboot that eh?

And the Frenchmen's joke?

;)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5946 on: December 12, 2014, 08:29:58 PM »
Another one, visiting from Texas office (when there's staff with nothing at all to do in the Chicago office), leaving today after a week here:
CW1: My flight doesn't leave until 9pm.
Me: Can you change it?
CW1: I don't know. It's ok.
CW2: How are you getting to the airport?
CW1: I don't want to take the Blue Line [inexpensive transit which goes directly to the airport], I'm going to take a cab.
CW2: I understand, a cab is safer.
Me: ......

Oh dear lord, I was under the impression that my coworker's were semi-decent with money.
Wouldn't this story be on the company dime anyway?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5947 on: December 12, 2014, 08:49:28 PM »
Bi monthly means twice per month OR every other month.  According to the merriam webster dictionary it can mean either one.  In this case, it means twice per month, the 1st and the 15th.

Well there's the confusion.  That seems really stupid and ambiguous to have two different definitions for the same word, and no way to tell which way you mean by context.   I was always under the impression bi-time period meant every two time periods, and semi-time period meant twice within a single time period.  So being paid on the 1st and 15th would be semi-monthly.

I honestly had no idea either... I was always under the impression that bi monthly meant twice per month.  That's what we always say here (at least in my company where I'm at) and how I see it.  I didn't even realize it could mean every other month until it was mentioned and then I looked it up.  Good old English language!

It didn't bother you that bi-weekly meant every other week and bi-monthly meant twice a month?  That seems very inconsistent to me.  I think if you would have framed it any other way I would I have been able to infer what you meant, but the inconsistency confused me.

Why would it bother me when that's how we say it around here?  If you said "semi monthly" I would have had to look it up.  Just like I eventually looked up bi monthly because you were saying it meant something different than what I know.  I think you're the confusing one.  It's just what I'm used to and how it is, never really had to think about it before.

Because you are using the exact same prefix to mean opposite things.  And because you aren't talking to people within your company, you are talking to people across the world and using ambiguous terms.

EDIT:  After googling around and seeing so much confusion and inconsistency in the use of the word I am abandoning it all together.  It's not a normal part of my vocabulary, but I will be going out of my way to avoid using bi or semi to describe any time period and instead will be using more specific language so it cannot be mistaken. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5948 on: December 12, 2014, 10:26:15 PM »
Because you are using the exact same prefix to mean opposite things. 

What's worse than using the same prefix to mean opposite things?  Use an opposite prefix to mean the same thing. 

See flammable/inflammable, and remember English doesn't like rules.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5949 on: December 12, 2014, 10:42:58 PM »
Because you are using the exact same prefix to mean opposite things. 

What's worse than using the same prefix to mean opposite things?  Use an opposite prefix to mean the same thing. 

See flammable/inflammable, and remember English doesn't like rules.

There are more words that break the 'I before E' rule than follow it, because screw logic.