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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6300 on: January 06, 2015, 01:17:36 PM »
One of our CW had a Pandora for Christmas. All the girls were staring at it and make kind compliments.

Later this afternoon...

CW: You may buy a Pandora to your wife someday, like heu..for birthday! It's nice and she would like it.
me: ..........(facepalm in my head as usual)

wtf, I don't know where they pick idea like this one, I'm clueless

for the record, my wife buy as much stuff as she feel she need and I swear it is probably 5x the Mustachian level.

I had to google that.. I thought it was just an internet radio station.
me too.  So, it's a bracelet?
It's so much more than a bracelet!  It's a way to throw away money for years!  I'm so fascinated by the Pandora phenomenon.  I might quiz our admin about her bracelet, which isn't as ugly as the bracelet that I posted earlier.  However, the bracelet is not (what I would call) subtle or classic. 


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6301 on: January 06, 2015, 01:19:01 PM »

BITCHIN' CAMARO BITCHIN' CAMARO!  I remember that song fondly from my senior year of high school.

But I think I have you all beat this year.  My father-in-law died the day after Christmas (he'd been sick for a while, not much of a surprise).  I came back to work today, and here comes a coworker.

COWORKER:  I'm sorry about your father-in-law.
ME:  Thanks.
COWORKER:  I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things.
ME:  (blinks)  Um, he was basically in a coma for the last two weeks of his life.
COWORKER:  (have to bold this because I'm still shaking my head)  Well, then, he should have done his shopping earlier or had someone do it for him.

She said it with a completely straight face, too.  Yeah, like he was going "Wow, I think I'm gonna buy it pretty soon, better get my Christmas shopping done!"

And people ask me why I want to retire ...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Those comments show such a fundamental lack of clue about people, relationships, loss of loved ones, and the world we live in that I am just dumbfounded.  It isn't even the "should have done his shopping earlier" that got to me. It is the "I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things."  I mean, seriously?  "Yes, he died, but thank goodness I got some sweet gifts before he left us?"  SERIOUSLY?


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6302 on: January 06, 2015, 02:21:07 PM »

BITCHIN' CAMARO BITCHIN' CAMARO!  I remember that song fondly from my senior year of high school.

But I think I have you all beat this year.  My father-in-law died the day after Christmas (he'd been sick for a while, not much of a surprise).  I came back to work today, and here comes a coworker.

COWORKER:  I'm sorry about your father-in-law.
ME:  Thanks.
COWORKER:  I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things.
ME:  (blinks)  Um, he was basically in a coma for the last two weeks of his life.
COWORKER:  (have to bold this because I'm still shaking my head)  Well, then, he should have done his shopping earlier or had someone do it for him.

She said it with a completely straight face, too.  Yeah, like he was going "Wow, I think I'm gonna buy it pretty soon, better get my Christmas shopping done!"

And people ask me why I want to retire ...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Those comments show such a fundamental lack of clue about people, relationships, loss of loved ones, and the world we live in that I am just dumbfounded.  It isn't even the "should have done his shopping earlier" that got to me. It is the "I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things."  I mean, seriously?  "Yes, he died, but thank goodness I got some sweet gifts before he left us?"  SERIOUSLY?

So sad.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6303 on: January 06, 2015, 06:50:35 PM »

BITCHIN' CAMARO BITCHIN' CAMARO!  I remember that song fondly from my senior year of high school.

But I think I have you all beat this year.  My father-in-law died the day after Christmas (he'd been sick for a while, not much of a surprise).  I came back to work today, and here comes a coworker.

COWORKER:  I'm sorry about your father-in-law.
ME:  Thanks.
COWORKER:  I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things.
ME:  (blinks)  Um, he was basically in a coma for the last two weeks of his life.
COWORKER:  (have to bold this because I'm still shaking my head)  Well, then, he should have done his shopping earlier or had someone do it for him.

She said it with a completely straight face, too.  Yeah, like he was going "Wow, I think I'm gonna buy it pretty soon, better get my Christmas shopping done!"

And people ask me why I want to retire ...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Those comments show such a fundamental lack of clue about people, relationships, loss of loved ones, and the world we live in that I am just dumbfounded.  It isn't even the "should have done his shopping earlier" that got to me. It is the "I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things."  I mean, seriously?  "Yes, he died, but thank goodness I got some sweet gifts before he left us?"  SERIOUSLY?

So sad.

Wow, I'm really sorry. That's about one of the worst things I've heard someone say in a situation like this. She's obviously socially wonky!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6304 on: January 06, 2015, 10:26:32 PM »
Just came back to work after a 3 week vacation and remembered how much I want to face punch my coworkers....I've counted 5 today

Horribly anti mustachian coworker of my past stories..

Me: Hey how did your ChristmaHaunuakka/New Years go?
CW1: Ugh, it was HORRIBLE
Me: Oh no! What happened?  I'm thinking something went wrong with her very ill parents.
CW1:  My husband got me a LABEL MAKER for Christmas...A LABEL MAKER!!!! And I spent A THOUSAND DOLLARS on his gifts!!! I was so pissed I went out to West Elm and bought all new bedding (to the tune of like 800 bucks).  And to top it all off, we thought his parents were going to get us a new washer/dryer for Christmas because that's what we asked for (mind you they need a custom sized stackable to fit in their space, prices run from 4-8k on the ones she was looking at) and they got us a damn STOCK POT.  I DON'T COOK, wtf am I going to do with a HUGE pot?! 
Me: *thinking that maybe her Korean Mother in Law was hinting at something* Well, did you tell your husband what you really wanted
CW1:  NO!! he should know that by now...didn't your husband get you something AMAZING for Christmas?
Me: No, we didn't do anniversary/bday/Christmas gifts this year (we actually don't really ever do it, or if we do it's like 50 bucks or under)
CW1:  WHAT!?!?! how can you NOT want gifts
Me: We decided that instead of gifts we wanted an additional week of vacation, we don't want more "stuff", we have enough "stuff"
CW2:  Can you train my wife to think like that....she cost me 2 grand for the earrings she wanted...she only wears earrings like twice a year.
CW3:  HA! you got off cheap, mine wanted a new Mercedes, the damn bow alone cost me 300 bucks.
Me:  You bought a CAR....without your wife?
CW3:  Yea!  She TOTALLY loved it
Me:  How's she going to love those car payments?
CW3:  PSH, she doesn't care, it's not coming out of "her" money since she doesn't really work.


How do these people EXIST!?!?!, and how do they marry each other?  On an aside, I asked everyone if we had any announcements about our 401k, they were thinking of switching from our ridiculously priced funds to Vanguard when I left on vacation, I got 2 responses from coworkers that they don't even pay attention to our benefits emails so they weren't sure...


Wow, that was hilarious!  I re-enacted this conversation for my wife and she cracked up too.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6305 on: January 06, 2015, 11:24:06 PM »
Thanks for the story Gator.

But it's not a sweet Camero, it's a Bitchin' Camero!

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BITCHIN' CAMARO BITCHIN' CAMARO!  I remember that song fondly from my senior year of high school.

But I think I have you all beat this year.  My father-in-law died the day after Christmas (he'd been sick for a while, not much of a surprise).  I came back to work today, and here comes a coworker.

COWORKER:  I'm sorry about your father-in-law.
ME:  Thanks.
COWORKER:  I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things.
ME:  (blinks)  Um, he was basically in a coma for the last two weeks of his life.
COWORKER:  (have to bold this because I'm still shaking my head)  Well, then, he should have done his shopping earlier or had someone do it for him.

She said it with a completely straight face, too.  Yeah, like he was going "Wow, I think I'm gonna buy it pretty soon, better get my Christmas shopping done!"

And people ask me why I want to retire ...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6306 on: January 07, 2015, 02:07:33 AM »

But I think I have you all beat this year.  My father-in-law died the day after Christmas (he'd been sick for a while, not much of a surprise).  I came back to work today, and here comes a coworker.

COWORKER:  I'm sorry about your father-in-law.
ME:  Thanks.
COWORKER:  I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things.
ME:  (blinks)  Um, he was basically in a coma for the last two weeks of his life.
COWORKER:  (have to bold this because I'm still shaking my head)  Well, then, he should have done his shopping earlier or had someone do it for him.

She said it with a completely straight face, too.  Yeah, like he was going "Wow, I think I'm gonna buy it pretty soon, better get my Christmas shopping done!"

And people ask me why I want to retire ...

Oh my god. It would have taken everything I had not to drop kick her in the face.

honestly. this is one of the worst things i ever heard. it's almost comical in its tone deafness, except for the fact that we are talking about a real person and a real loss, something that i guess this person couldn't comprehend.

i'm sorry about your father-in-law, MandalayVA, and your dipshit coworker.

What miss madge said. I'm sorry for your loss. (which is all a coworker ever needs to say to a grieving coworker, unless they're friends or the like)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6307 on: January 07, 2015, 07:05:43 AM »
I have a Pandora knock off.  My MIL gave it to me as a 40th B'day gift.  I liked it for awhile.  I rarely bought myself charms, just received them as gifts from my kids and family.   I did buy a few, but you can get very inexpensive silver ones from websites.  I might have spend $25 on 6 charms.  In the end, I only wear it occasionally because it is too bulky to wear daily with all the charms on it.  I do enjoy wearing it when I do put it on, because I like looking at the charms my kids bought me for Christmas, Mother's day etc... 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6308 on: January 07, 2015, 08:48:26 AM »
I have TWO gems, both from the same coworker who needed to buy a 3 bedroom house because of her dog. (And no, I wasn't able to find out if the dog needed one or two rooms for itself.)

"I'm switching my 401k to a Roth, because my dad says taxes are obviously going to be higher in the future with the way this country is going." Would it be too mean of me to bring up that some "socialist" government in the future could always decide to tax Roth earnings? (Though I will give her points for actually saving for retirement.)

"I would never stay in a rented house. Who would rent out their house? Anyone who does that is just weird", followed by a long-winded story about a VRBO that she was considering but opted for a hotel instead and it worked out well.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6309 on: January 07, 2015, 09:12:35 AM »

"I'm switching my 401k to a Roth, because my dad says taxes are obviously going to be higher in the future with the way this country is going." Would it be too mean of me to bring up that some "socialist" government in the future could always decide to tax Roth earnings? (Though I will give her points for actually saving for retirement.)



I don't know that this is really worthy of anti-mustachian. I don't think the current government (or any government we've had over the past 20 years) is socialist, but I do believe that taxes are only going to go up. Frankly, clinging to the idea that they may decide to tax Roth Earnings is a far-fetched fear, although definitely not out of the realm of possibilities.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6310 on: January 07, 2015, 09:20:57 AM »
I have a Pandora knock off.  My MIL gave it to me as a 40th B'day gift.  I liked it for awhile.  I rarely bought myself charms, just received them as gifts from my kids and family.   I did buy a few, but you can get very inexpensive silver ones from websites.  I might have spend $25 on 6 charms.  In the end, I only wear it occasionally because it is too bulky to wear daily with all the charms on it.  I do enjoy wearing it when I do put it on, because I like looking at the charms my kids bought me for Christmas, Mother's day etc...

Don't get me wrong, owning or buying Pandora bracelet is perfectly ok. The main point I wanted to bring is that out-of-nowhere remark from CW that I could buy and give it to my wife to make her happy. Through the years, I bought A LOT of gift to her and never needed outsiders to give me a clue. Over 15 years, I gave my wife a diamond ring, perfumes, necklaces and earrings. She got a pretty high budget for clothes (her and kids), winter-coats and boots (Canadian, ya know?!). If I feel she crave for a Pandora, I may find myself buy and give with no regrets*. I admit I prefer to buy high-end kitchen stuff (Kitchen-Aid appliances, quality knives or pans etc) because she is a GREAT cook and we enjoy cooking together.

*thanks for the tip of buying charms in bulk for cheap to save some couch sleep, I noted this one!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6311 on: January 07, 2015, 09:35:23 AM »

But I think I have you all beat this year.  My father-in-law died the day after Christmas (he'd been sick for a while, not much of a surprise).  I came back to work today, and here comes a coworker.

COWORKER:  I'm sorry about your father-in-law.
ME:  Thanks.
COWORKER:  I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things.
ME:  (blinks)  Um, he was basically in a coma for the last two weeks of his life.
COWORKER:  (have to bold this because I'm still shaking my head)  Well, then, he should have done his shopping earlier or had someone do it for him.

She said it with a completely straight face, too.  Yeah, like he was going "Wow, I think I'm gonna buy it pretty soon, better get my Christmas shopping done!"

And people ask me why I want to retire ...

Oh my god. It would have taken everything I had not to drop kick her in the face.

For the record, my FIL and I weren't close at all--remember, this was the guy who was totally supporting three of his five children, all of whom are in their late forties to early fifties (and the shitstorm that I predicted would happen upon his death is indeed happening).  I don't make that public knowledge though.  I thought the whole thing was more funny than anything but a couple of people overheard and saved me the job of ripping her a new one.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6312 on: January 07, 2015, 10:59:12 AM »
Not overheard but witnessed:

Yesterday i saw a couple who i know live together and both work at my company park their SUV and Sedan next to each other in the parking garage at work and proceed to wish each other a good day.  Now this being the first time i saw it b/c i arrived congruently, I'm unsure if its the norm for them, but it probably is. 

I'm sure they are justifying as having some alone time even though they work in different parts of the company.  Or b/c one has to go by the store on the way home or to the overpriced gym etc. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6313 on: January 07, 2015, 11:38:50 AM »
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I would also hestitate to recommend buying a bracelet like this for your wife.  I think the bracelet is horribly tacky.  Also, I have no idea how much it costs.  I just did an image search

Expensive. And in the UK in busy shopping centres you have to queue up to get in at Xmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day. To be fair, you need something to do while your other half queues at the Apple store.

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I think it's very similar to other things. There are different levels of "expense." My parents got one for my wife (they couldn't have spent more than $100 on it). I'll probably get a few little extra add ons over the years just with nice to remember things (right now there's a birth stone for our daughter, star/moon, and something else that I don't remember). But you can go way overboard with it if you want.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6314 on: January 08, 2015, 12:03:55 AM »
Buddy at work has two huskies. He was talking about getting a minivan (new, of course) with fold-down seats so that for the occasional long road trip, the dogs can romp around in the back and be happy, and there would still be room to haul luggage and other stuff.

He's already got a Beemer, a huge Ford pickup, and a motorcycle... I don't think any of them are paid off, either...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6315 on: January 08, 2015, 04:22:45 AM »
Buddy at work has two huskies. He was talking about getting a minivan (new, of course) with fold-down seats so that for the occasional long road trip, the dogs can romp around in the back and be happy, and there would still be room to haul luggage and other stuff.

He's already got a Beemer, a huge Ford pickup, and a motorcycle... I don't think any of them are paid off, either...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6316 on: January 08, 2015, 07:04:15 AM »
I can understand needing room for your dogs in your car, if they travel with you frequently (though my dog is just as happy in the back of my Civic as the back of the Escape)- but dogs do not need room to romp in a car.  Just like people, they should be secured to be kept safe.  A dog gets just as hurt when they are a projectile in an accident as when a person is.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6317 on: January 08, 2015, 07:07:42 AM »
Two Great Danes fit fine in the back of a 2003 Kia Rio Cinco -that's the 'station wagon' model.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6318 on: January 08, 2015, 08:23:30 AM »
My sister does road trips with a Saint Bernard and a Golden Lab in her 2009 Matrix.  They get buckled into the backseat just like anyone else's children.  She also has occasionally camped in the car with them on these trips though that tends to take a little more space planning.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6319 on: January 08, 2015, 08:31:28 AM »
Pre MMM:  I bought a pandora bracelet.  I can tell you right now why they are so successful. 

From the guy's point of view:
I buy this stupid bracelet and a couple connectors now for Christmas.
Birthday:  $100 stupid gem
Valentines day:  $50 stupid gem
Anniversary:  $50 stupid gem
I did something stupid:  couch... or $20 stupid gem
REPEAT

Girl's point of view:
Awwww... he loves me!

This company will continue to do amazing.  I promise.  Guys can buy these stupid things without having to plan a lot and they also don't have to worry about getting the wrong present.

The girl who says she likes them so she can throw them all in a box... genius!  They are designed to be as auto pilot as gift cards but look like you put thought into it so I'm sure her family loves buying her presents now.

Bingo! We have a winner! This is what I wanted to say.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6320 on: January 08, 2015, 08:39:42 AM »
We've done three Australian Shepherds in a Geo Metro on a 2100 mile road trip, and we've done six Australian Shepherds (not all of them ours) in a Buick Roadmaster Wagon on a 2400 mile road trip with four dog crates set up in the back.  Good times.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6321 on: January 08, 2015, 08:40:19 AM »
Two Great Danes fit fine in the back of a 2003 Kia Rio Cinco -that's the 'station wagon' model.
We took a Great Dane and an Alaskan Malamute (plus 2 adults) on a 1.5 week camping road trip in a Ford Taurus sedan. We were experts at 3D tetris getting everything back in the car by the end but we all fit comfortably.
Now we take road trips back home with the Malamute, two cats (I kid you not, they travel just as well as the dog) and two adults in a Jetta station wagon

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6322 on: January 08, 2015, 09:27:16 AM »
Yesterday:

Our company made some calculation flub and had extra money to dole out in our 401ks at the end of the year.  I was discussing with two co-workers the awesomeness of $2k+ that I discovered in my account right before Christmas.  One of them high-fived me back (though he admitted he hadn't contributed much, and thus did not get anywhere near that $2k mark), but the other stared at me rather dumbfoundedly.  I don't think he's contributing to his 401k (and has a family of six or seven....).  Missing out on (LOTS OF) free money.  :(

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6323 on: January 08, 2015, 10:02:50 AM »
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We took a Great Dane and an Alaskan Malamute (plus 2 adults) on a 1.5 week camping road trip in a Ford Taurus sedan. We were experts at 3D tetris getting everything back in the car by the end but we all fit comfortably.
Now we take road trips back home with the Malamute, two cats (I kid you not, they travel just as well as the dog) and two adults in a Jetta station wagon

My cat rides with me regularly. He didn't like it at first but now he's used to it and barely makes a peap. I keep waiting for the day I get pulled over with him in the passenger seat. "Ma'am, what's in the box over there?"
Keep in mind I am a 30 something white woman driving back highways of South Carolina in a car that looks straight out of Fast and Furious.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6324 on: January 08, 2015, 11:46:36 AM »
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We took a Great Dane and an Alaskan Malamute (plus 2 adults) on a 1.5 week camping road trip in a Ford Taurus sedan. We were experts at 3D tetris getting everything back in the car by the end but we all fit comfortably.
Now we take road trips back home with the Malamute, two cats (I kid you not, they travel just as well as the dog) and two adults in a Jetta station wagon

My cat rides with me regularly. He didn't like it at first but now he's used to it and barely makes a peap. I keep waiting for the day I get pulled over with him in the passenger seat. "Ma'am, what's in the box over there?"
Keep in mind I am a 30 something white woman driving back highways of South Carolina in a car that looks straight out of Fast and Furious.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6325 on: January 08, 2015, 01:05:37 PM »
Being in the military having fairly short hair is a job requirement and many of my coworkers will get a haircut every two weeks.  I'm usually a 3-week kind of guy, but I also cut my own hair.  Some of my coworkers scoffed at going through the trouble to save on a $10 haircut until I pointed out it's more like $200 worth of haircuts at the end of the year.  I save that much each year with an initial investment of $30 for the clippers.
I got commissioned in 2000... 6 years of active duty and another 8 in the guard, I've paid for maybe 15-20 haircuts.
I started *trying* to cut my own hair pretty early, but sort of slacked off after doing a bad job once and being criticized for it. What put me back on the DIY track were a few bad experiences - incredibly slow, AND bad quality - that made me realize I could beat the overall value if I got my act together. I got to the point after a bit of practice where I could do it myself in less time, and better than the average paid job. Now I only pay when I don't have access to my own gear.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6326 on: January 08, 2015, 01:35:01 PM »
If I'm going to "indulge" in a haircut, one of the sports "man" hair cut salons would be one of the last places I'd go.  When I want an indulgence of this nature (and it's been a couple years since I've embraced the desire) I head to a proper barber for a straight edge on the scalp and a hot shave. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6327 on: January 08, 2015, 02:28:19 PM »
I do not understand what this "sports" hair salon thing is. Is it just a hair salon with a bunch of sports memorabilia and TVs with sports games being shown? Are there men yelling "FOOTBALL" while giving or receiving hair cuts?

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« Reply #6328 on: January 08, 2015, 03:06:18 PM »
If I'm going to "indulge" in a haircut, one of the sports "man" hair cut salons would be one of the last places I'd go.  When I want an indulgence of this nature (and it's been a couple years since I've embraced the desire) I head to a proper barber for a straight edge on the scalp and a hot shave.

I am going to "induldge" in one of these this weekend... I got a coupon in the mail for a free hair cut for first time users... sound like a good deal to me :)

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« Reply #6329 on: January 08, 2015, 03:47:28 PM »
I do not understand what this "sports" hair salon thing is. Is it just a hair salon with a bunch of sports memorabilia and TVs with sports games being shown? Are there men yelling "FOOTBALL" while giving or receiving hair cuts?

It sounds like a beauty salon redecorated and renamed so that insecure men can get their hair fluffed without feeling emasculated.

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« Reply #6330 on: January 08, 2015, 04:07:11 PM »
I do not understand what this "sports" hair salon thing is. Is it just a hair salon with a bunch of sports memorabilia and TVs with sports games being shown? Are there men yelling "FOOTBALL" while giving or receiving hair cuts?

These are all the rage around here.  I can think of 4 or 5 within a couple of miles.  They give you beer when you walk in, there are sports on TVs all over the place, pictures of scantily clad women and cars on the walls, scantily clad women do the hair cutting.  There's even one that has a pool table. 

One of my clients owns one so my haircuts are free except the tip.

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« Reply #6331 on: January 08, 2015, 04:24:26 PM »
Ugh, that gives off a really pathetic faux-macho vibe like the whole "man cave" phenomenon. I have the image of a bunch of dumpy 30-somethings in there trying to relive their frat days.

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« Reply #6332 on: January 08, 2015, 04:24:34 PM »
My co-worker is so full of himself that it's amazing his head fits through the door.  Today at our staff lunch he spent ten minutes talking about this new lightbulb he has in his living room that allows him to adjust the brightness from his phone (or something like that - I was only half-listening).  The whole set up costs over $50.  Dude.  Get up and adjust the lightbulb yourself.  You need the exercise. 

After that, he spent twenty minutes talking about how his daughter was leaving tomorrow for her honeymoon in the Cook Islands.  I know more about the Cook Islands now than I ever cared to learn.

I swear, it's like I'm an alien from another planet.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6333 on: January 08, 2015, 05:29:24 PM »
Thanks for the story Gator.

But it's not a sweet Camero, it's a Bitchin' Camero!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v3CzvQ9e_w

BITCHIN' CAMARO BITCHIN' CAMARO!  I remember that song fondly from my senior year of high school.

But I think I have you all beat this year.  My father-in-law died the day after Christmas (he'd been sick for a while, not much of a surprise).  I came back to work today, and here comes a coworker.

COWORKER:  I'm sorry about your father-in-law.
ME:  Thanks.
COWORKER:  I hope you still had a nice Christmas and that he got you nice things.
ME:  (blinks)  Um, he was basically in a coma for the last two weeks of his life.
COWORKER:  (have to bold this because I'm still shaking my head)  Well, then, he should have done his shopping earlier or had someone do it for him.

She said it with a completely straight face, too.  Yeah, like he was going "Wow, I think I'm gonna buy it pretty soon, better get my Christmas shopping done!"

And people ask me why I want to retire ...
Oh my gawd I actually literally laughed out loud by myself in a room full of people upon reading this.

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« Reply #6334 on: January 08, 2015, 06:10:27 PM »
These are all the rage around here.  I can think of 4 or 5 within a couple of miles.  They give you beer when you walk in, there are sports on TVs all over the place, pictures of scantily clad women and cars on the walls, scantily clad women do the hair cutting.  There's even one that has a pool table. 

Scantily-clad women cutting hair?  That seems like it would get itchy in a hurry in all sorts of uncomfortable places.

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« Reply #6335 on: January 08, 2015, 08:52:23 PM »
One of our CW had a Pandora for Christmas. All the girls were staring at it and make kind compliments.

Later this afternoon...

CW: You may buy a Pandora to your wife someday, like heu..for birthday! It's nice and she would like it.
me: ..........(facepalm in my head as usual)

wtf, I don't know where they pick idea like this one, I'm clueless

for the record, my wife buy as much stuff as she feel she need and I swear it is probably 5x the Mustachian level.

I had to google that.. I thought it was just an internet radio station.
me too.  So, it's a bracelet?
It's so much more than a bracelet!  It's a way to throw away money for years!  I'm so fascinated by the Pandora phenomenon.  I might quiz our admin about her bracelet, which isn't as ugly as the bracelet that I posted earlier.  However, the bracelet is not (what I would call) subtle or classic.

I am old. I am woman. I've seen many of these things within the overall trend of: "add a part" jewelry. When you think about it, it's actually a fabulous way for men to satisfy their woman's yen for gifts. It's so much easier to pick up a charm than it is to really think of an appropriate present she will love.

I don't mean this in a facetious way; I don't place the burden of "The Perfect Present" on my husband, I just don't have those expectations. But SO MANY women DO have those expectations, and the poor guys have to run around like chickens at gift obligation time.

These "add a thing" pieces of jewelry really help them out.  Before this Pandora thing, remember those baby shoe charms thingies? They had options that hit all markets, versions with platinum/ gold/ diamonds, or versions with gold plating/rhinestones. Then back in my day there were Add-A-Pearl necklaces. Also there were classic charm bracelets, where, again, high end and low end existed in the marketplace for all levels of spending.
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« Reply #6336 on: January 08, 2015, 09:18:44 PM »
I'm eating lunch with a bunch of co-workers. We all make fairly high salaries. Anyway, the topic of housing comes up and I say how crazy I think the prices are in Silicon Valley.

Everyone is agreeing with me. Then they start talking about their 5 or 6 bedroom places (for 3 or 4 people) in case guests come. The best part was one of them LOCKS THE DOORS of 2 of the rooms for almost the entire year so they don't have to clean it and the kids can't get in.

I also learned of a new thing... a "second kitchen" that people build in the garage or somewhere with the same fancy appliances as the real kitchen, but they use the second kitchen so the real kitchen doesn't get dirty... so their place looks good for guests i guess.

Then i asked how often guests come over to stay, and they all say a couple to a few times a year. I asked if it made more sense to get a smaller place for like... literally 500k to 1M less and use the saving to rent a hall  for big parties and pay for hotel rooms for the close friends or family who would stay over 1 or 2 times a year. I thought I was a genius and had just saved them oodles of money... but the idea was not taken well :(

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« Reply #6337 on: January 08, 2015, 09:25:55 PM »
Before this Pandora thing, remember those baby shoe charms thingies? They had options that hit all markets, versions with platinum/ gold/ diamonds, or versions with gold plating/rhinestones. Then back in my day there were Add-A-Pearl necklaces. Also there were classic charm bracelets, where, again, high end and low end existed in the marketplace for all levels of spending.

I knew about charm bracelets, but I thought charm bracelets were for children.  I had one when I was young.  My mother kept her childhood charm bracelet in her jewelry box.  I don't know if I've seen an adult wear a charm bracelet. 

I had to Google baby shoe charms and add a pearl necklaces (http://www.addapearl.com/). 

You're completely right, iris lily.  The build-a-piece-of-jewelry is definitely a trend that I had completely ignored.  This whole phenomenon is fascinating.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6338 on: January 09, 2015, 06:17:58 AM »
Quote from: iris lily
I am old. I am woman. I've seen many of these things within the overall trend of: "add a part" jewelry. When you think about it, it's actually a fabulous way for men to satisfy their woman's yen for gifts. It's so much easier to pick up a charm than it is to really think of an appropriate present she will love.

I don't mean this in a facetious way; I don't place the burden of "The Perfect Present" on my husband, I just don't have those expectations. But SO MANY women DO have those expectations, and the poor guys have to run around like chickens at gift obligation time.

These "add a thing" pieces of jewelry really help them out.  Before this Pandora thing, remember those baby shoe charms thingies? They had options that hit all markets, versions with platinum/ gold/ diamonds, or versions with gold plating/rhinestones. Then back in my day there were Add-A-Pearl necklaces. Also there were classic charm bracelets, where, again, high end and low end existed in the marketplace for all levels of spending.

Bingo.  In my pre MMM days that is exactly why I bought a pandora bracelet.  I once got yelled at because the 'diamond' earrings I bought a girl didn't have high enough quality diamonds.  Yea....    However she loved that stupid pandora bracelet and any little trinkets I got for it.  You have a cat, here is a cat charm.  Made her super excited.   So glad she is in the past.

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« Reply #6339 on: January 09, 2015, 06:22:39 AM »
Quote from: iris lily
I am old. I am woman. I've seen many of these things within the overall trend of: "add a part" jewelry. When you think about it, it's actually a fabulous way for men to satisfy their woman's yen for gifts. It's so much easier to pick up a charm than it is to really think of an appropriate present she will love.

I don't mean this in a facetious way; I don't place the burden of "The Perfect Present" on my husband, I just don't have those expectations. But SO MANY women DO have those expectations, and the poor guys have to run around like chickens at gift obligation time.

These "add a thing" pieces of jewelry really help them out.  Before this Pandora thing, remember those baby shoe charms thingies? They had options that hit all markets, versions with platinum/ gold/ diamonds, or versions with gold plating/rhinestones. Then back in my day there were Add-A-Pearl necklaces. Also there were classic charm bracelets, where, again, high end and low end existed in the marketplace for all levels of spending.

Bingo.  In my pre MMM days that is exactly why I bought a pandora bracelet.  I once got yelled at because the 'diamond' earrings I bought a girl didn't have high enough quality diamonds.  Yea....    However she loved that stupid pandora bracelet and any little trinkets I got for it.  You have a cat, here is a cat charm.  Made her super excited.   So glad she is in the past.

Yelled at for diamponds. Wow. I'm so glad my wife only gets slightly annoyed when I forget which metal she's allergic to while buying her cubic zirconia studs at Claire's!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6340 on: January 09, 2015, 06:29:19 AM »
I do not understand what this "sports" hair salon thing is. Is it just a hair salon with a bunch of sports memorabilia and TVs with sports games being shown? Are there men yelling "FOOTBALL" while giving or receiving hair cuts?

These are all the rage around here.  I can think of 4 or 5 within a couple of miles.  They give you beer when you walk in, there are sports on TVs all over the place, pictures of scantily clad women and cars on the walls, scantily clad women do the hair cutting.  There's even one that has a pool table. 

One of my clients owns one so my haircuts are free except the tip.
Haha!  I'll have to ask my DH about it.  He goes to one of the sports clips (?) to get his haircut.  He used to go to Great Clips until we moved.  The sport place is closer and is the same price.  He's never mentioned beer, scantily clad women or a pool table.
He surely thought it wasnt something you are interested in so he didnt talk about it ;)

Well, same price, shorter way, a game or two and something nice to rest your eyes on instead on your own ugly face is surely an improvement. And since I dont drink beer I can give it as a present to seomone else. Sounds like a good package!

For me as a Japan fan this instantly crops up the question if there is a maid version of this, too... YES http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2005/09/07/1125772575878.html
Oh, I love Japan :D :D
And of course in Akihabara, where else lol

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« Reply #6341 on: January 09, 2015, 07:38:24 AM »
Buddy at work has two huskies. He was talking about getting a minivan (new, of course) with fold-down seats so that for the occasional long road trip, the dogs can romp around in the back and be happy, and there would still be room to haul luggage and other stuff.

He's already got a Beemer, a huge Ford pickup, and a motorcycle... I don't think any of them are paid off, either...

Dogs, like kids, will always want to sit in the front seat.  So, his new mini van will have a lot of unused space :)
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« Reply #6342 on: January 09, 2015, 08:02:27 AM »
Buddy at work has two huskies. He was talking about getting a minivan (new, of course) with fold-down seats so that for the occasional long road trip, the dogs can romp around in the back and be happy, and there would still be room to haul luggage and other stuff.

He's already got a Beemer, a huge Ford pickup, and a motorcycle... I don't think any of them are paid off, either...

Dogs, like kids, will always want to sit in the front seat.  So, his new mini van will have a lot of unused space :)
Oh no they won't. My dogs always hated the front seat. They're also not fond of the hatch and prefer to sit in the back seat

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6343 on: January 09, 2015, 08:07:13 AM »
Buddy at work has two huskies. He was talking about getting a minivan (new, of course) with fold-down seats so that for the occasional long road trip, the dogs can romp around in the back and be happy, and there would still be room to haul luggage and other stuff.

He's already got a Beemer, a huge Ford pickup, and a motorcycle... I don't think any of them are paid off, either...

Dogs, like kids, will always want to sit in the front seat.  So, his new mini van will have a lot of unused space :)
Oh no they won't. My dogs always hated the front seat. They're also not fond of the hatch and prefer to sit in the back seat


Our female Dane would very much prefer to drive, thanks. :-) Another reason to strap the dogs in.

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« Reply #6344 on: January 09, 2015, 10:00:48 AM »
Quote from: iris lily
I am old. I am woman. I've seen many of these things within the overall trend of: "add a part" jewelry. When you think about it, it's actually a fabulous way for men to satisfy their woman's yen for gifts. It's so much easier to pick up a charm than it is to really think of an appropriate present she will love.

I don't mean this in a facetious way; I don't place the burden of "The Perfect Present" on my husband, I just don't have those expectations. But SO MANY women DO have those expectations, and the poor guys have to run around like chickens at gift obligation time.

These "add a thing" pieces of jewelry really help them out.  Before this Pandora thing, remember those baby shoe charms thingies? They had options that hit all markets, versions with platinum/ gold/ diamonds, or versions with gold plating/rhinestones. Then back in my day there were Add-A-Pearl necklaces. Also there were classic charm bracelets, where, again, high end and low end existed in the marketplace for all levels of spending.

Bingo.  In my pre MMM days that is exactly why I bought a pandora bracelet.  I once got yelled at because the 'diamond' earrings I bought a girl didn't have high enough quality diamonds.  Yea....    However she loved that stupid pandora bracelet and any little trinkets I got for it.  You have a cat, here is a cat charm.  Made her super excited.   So glad she is in the past.
Yah, well, I might have yelled at you too, if you got me diamonds instead of the new coffee mug or garden shovel I wanted....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6345 on: January 09, 2015, 10:02:42 AM »
Buddy at work has two huskies. He was talking about getting a minivan (new, of course) with fold-down seats so that for the occasional long road trip, the dogs can romp around in the back and be happy, and there would still be room to haul luggage and other stuff.

He's already got a Beemer, a huge Ford pickup, and a motorcycle... I don't think any of them are paid off, either...

Dogs, like kids, will always want to sit in the front seat.  So, his new mini van will have a lot of unused space :)
Oh no they won't. My dogs always hated the front seat. They're also not fond of the hatch and prefer to sit in the back seat


Our female Dane would very much prefer to drive, thanks. :-) Another reason to strap the dogs in.
Our boxer/pit mix prefers to spend the better part of the trip standing with his front paws on the center console and his head between SWMBO's and mine, or lying with his head resting on my arm (when I'm trying to drive).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6346 on: January 09, 2015, 10:02:55 AM »
I do not understand what this "sports" hair salon thing is. Is it just a hair salon with a bunch of sports memorabilia and TVs with sports games being shown? Are there men yelling "FOOTBALL" while giving or receiving hair cuts?

These are all the rage around here.  I can think of 4 or 5 within a couple of miles.  They give you beer when you walk in, there are sports on TVs all over the place, pictures of scantily clad women and cars on the walls, scantily clad women do the hair cutting.  There's even one that has a pool table. 

One of my clients owns one so my haircuts are free except the tip.
Haha!  I'll have to ask my DH about it.  He goes to one of the sports clips (?) to get his haircut.  He used to go to Great Clips until we moved.  The sport place is closer and is the same price.  He's never mentioned beer, scantily clad women or a pool table.

I've been there a couple times in a pinch. They are dressed like referees, kinda. No beer, pool, or missing clothing. Just some sports decorations and tvs.

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« Reply #6347 on: January 09, 2015, 10:44:26 AM »
I do not understand what this "sports" hair salon thing is. Is it just a hair salon with a bunch of sports memorabilia and TVs with sports games being shown? Are there men yelling "FOOTBALL" while giving or receiving hair cuts?

These are all the rage around here.  I can think of 4 or 5 within a couple of miles.  They give you beer when you walk in, there are sports on TVs all over the place, pictures of scantily clad women and cars on the walls, scantily clad women do the hair cutting.  There's even one that has a pool table. 

One of my clients owns one so my haircuts are free except the tip.
Haha!  I'll have to ask my DH about it.  He goes to one of the sports clips (?) to get his haircut.  He used to go to Great Clips until we moved.  The sport place is closer and is the same price.  He's never mentioned beer, scantily clad women or a pool table.

I've been there a couple times in a pinch. They are dressed like referees, kinda. No beer, pool, or missing clothing. Just some sports decorations and tvs.

I haven't been to one, but that's the impression I have. I usually go to Fantastic Sam's, but growing up we always went to Great Clips. I prefer Sam's as they will shampoo my hair and the stylists there appear to be more professional, and with coupons it oftentimes is the same price.

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« Reply #6348 on: January 09, 2015, 12:26:47 PM »
I went to one of those places last week. They have $1 beers (which I didn't want early on a Saturday morning) but I didn't think the price was terrible for the big city.

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« Reply #6349 on: January 09, 2015, 03:40:45 PM »
So things are pretty slow at my job. We are union and due to all the rules, they can't just fire people which is kind of nice. However, they can shave people's schedules. My co-workers are making in the low 100K/yr. I'm pretty excited to work a few fewer hours per week which just means more free time which I am all for.

However, there is one woman in particular who is having a meltdown over this. She is a single parent with 2 teenage kids so that's not all cheap I understand. BUT she drives a new Volvo SUV, goes new clothes shopping all the time, and is having a lavish second wedding. It sounds as if just working 2 hours a week fewer is going to put her in the poor house.
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