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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6550 on: January 28, 2015, 11:22:58 PM »
Do people really not get it?
If you don't track your expenses, whether it's manually or through something like Mint, it's actually kind of hard to realize how much you're spending on a daily or weekly basis. It's generally not the occasional big purchase that can blow up your expenses, it's the sum of slow bleeds. (This is of course only relevant to the lunch every single day portion of Roxy's commentary). MMM alludes to this himself in his a million is made ten bucks at a time post.

Try asking any Starbucks addict that doesn't track expenses how much they think they're spending on coffee. They're going to very easily low ball it by 2x, if not closer to 4x or 5x.

Precisely.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6551 on: January 28, 2015, 11:32:07 PM »
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We've just started to plan our "gear" for our round the world trip.  It's very exciting.
(We have some previous experience, we carefully chose gear for our 2+ month Europe backpacking trip in 2009 and were very happy with it.)
Being minimalist with clothes is a necessity for fitting everything you own into a reasonable-sized backpack.

Having complete 1/2 of a RTW trip already, I've been heavily schooled in the art of CLS (Carry less shit), and the disease I call TMS (You guessed it: Too Much Shit). For example, "That guy needs to practice some CLS man, he's got TMS.

While my wife and I were in Australia in 2013, we decided to visit S.E Asia. We ended up staying in the area for 7 weeks. Checking a bag on the no frills airline was another fee, so we opted for carry on. My bag for 7 weeks was 12 liters plus a 6 liter dry bag for my camera/electronics. My wife carried a 25 liter (only bag we had, too big for her). The mild tropical climate played a large part in the fact that we didn't need cold weather gear.

We visited Ecuador this year for a month with my retired parents. Due to the difference in climate between the 13k foot mountains, the jungle and the coast, I carried 36 liters, and she carried 40.

I can go anywhere in the world (with the exception of arctic climates), and live for an indefinite period of time with a 35liter pack (Less if I don't need my size 14 boots and I don't carry a laptop and camera), and I LOVE the freedom that that involves. Too many times I've seen the young travelers suffering from TMS that walk around with 60liter packs with shit hanging off of them.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6552 on: January 29, 2015, 02:10:54 AM »
Shame on me, I am one of those with a 60l+x backpack. (2years trip) Only carry-on is quite difficult with a leatherman  in your pocket and necessary liquids. And no, haven't found those liquids outside my country.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6553 on: January 29, 2015, 06:42:42 AM »
We both hate checking bags, so we always just do carry-on. 

How come?  My sister always gives me grief for checking my bag (as long as I can do so for free), haven't been able to figure out why.

Just because your bag CAN be carried on, doesn't mean you HAVE to.  Checking a bag doesn't mean you're traveling any heavier.  Most airports have the baggage thing down to a pretty good system, assisted by the fact there are way less bags, now that everyone carries theirs on.  I'd say at least half the time, by the time I get off the plane, hit up the bathroom, and make my way through the airport to the baggage claim, the carousel is already going.  Sometimes I have to wait 5 minutes.  The only thing I carry with me is a book.  Way better that carrying a bag through two airports, more with a layover.  Makes security easier way easier, though I'm one of those people that requests the freedom grope, and they're always suspicious of me not having a bag.

Compared to having to open my bag in security to get my laptop out, which I have to put in a separate bin for some reason, then put it back in.  Since I carry a duffle not a roller suitcase, I don't like having the laptop right on top, so this can be a pain.  Now I get to lug it through the airport and stand crowded around the gate with the rest of the group because they're worried about getting on early before the overhead bins fill up, not caring that they're in the way of the elderly and disabled trying to board before them.  Their luggage is more important.  Then we get to awkwardly try to stuff our bags into a spot in the overfull bins, then awkwardly pull them back down again when we land.  Now I get to carry it through another airport.  Have a connecting flight?  Repeat until finished.

Nah, I'll walk around with my book, wait till final boarding in the relative comfort of the now-empty waiting area, walk on and sit right down, mosey back off the plane, and wait 5 minutes for my bag, thankful for all the baggage handlers that went to all that hassle for me.

Rant over ;-)

*Shrug*. To each his own.  You have your reasons.  Here are mine: 1) I like having my stuff with me, with no chance of having it lost by the airline; 2) I like the discipline of not bringing a metric crapload of stuff with me for a short trip; 3) I like being generally self-contained; 4) I'm a freeze baby, so I often need another sweater or a change from shorts to jeans when I'm in an airport; 5) I hate dicking around at baggage claim; 6) The best periods of my life have been when I was literally living out of one suitcase, and I love feeling that nothing is important to me except what I have with me.  Hey, check your small bag: you do you.  Me, I like to feel like I've got everything I will ever need, right there.

+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "whose black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once exiting the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6554 on: January 29, 2015, 07:03:33 AM »
though I'm one of those people that requests the freedom grope

Good for you.

I opt out 100% of the time too, and though I hate the grope, if you're going to violate my 4th amendment rights via the nude body scanners, I'm going to protest in whatever small form I can, and force you to go through the uncomfortable body search.

My wife and I were returning from vacation, and we both opted out of the TSA Porno Scanners. So, as we were receiving our matching Freedom Gropes, I yelled across the screening area to her: "Hey, we finally got that couples' massage you wanted!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6555 on: January 29, 2015, 07:15:43 AM »
+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "who's black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once existing the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
For the occasions I have checked a bag (ie, I was moving from one city to another), I usually like to tie some kind of colorful ribbon to my bag so I can much more easily pick out my black bag from the crowd.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6556 on: January 29, 2015, 07:31:29 AM »
Shame on me, I am one of those with a 60l+x backpack. (2years trip) Only carry-on is quite difficult with a leatherman  in your pocket and necessary liquids. And no, haven't found those liquids outside my country.

I have a 46 litre Osprey Porter. We took it to Thailand with us. Was freaking amazing. It's not made for backpacking, but just moving around luggage was awesome. We did check one bigger suitcase but used this as our other option. So easy to either use it like a briefcase or use it like a backpack in the airport. Sold out on amazon though. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003GC12QU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Basically the best thing ever for us especially when you can cinch it down to make it smaller.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6557 on: January 29, 2015, 08:22:27 AM »
Shame on me, I am one of those with a 60l+x backpack. (2years trip) Only carry-on is quite difficult with a leatherman  in your pocket and necessary liquids. And no, haven't found those liquids outside my country.

I have a 46 litre Osprey Porter. We took it to Thailand with us. Was freaking amazing. It's not made for backpacking, but just moving around luggage was awesome. We did check one bigger suitcase but used this as our other option. So easy to either use it like a briefcase or use it like a backpack in the airport. Sold out on amazon though. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003GC12QU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Basically the best thing ever for us especially when you can cinch it down to make it smaller.

I must be TMSing. I have a Denali 5500 (90 litres!!) that I use for backpacking. Granted, I don't have a backpacking tent, so that takes up most of the space, and my SO will not go if she has to carry something, plus the food for people and dogs. If I get an actual backpacking tent (or even one that wasn't $20 on craigslist), I could downgrade. I wish I had the picture from our first attempt. I looked ridiculous. When we got back and weighed it, I was lugging around 90lbs of crap we didn't need. It was a fun experience getting that stuff dialed in, though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6558 on: January 29, 2015, 08:35:58 AM »
+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "who's black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once existing the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
For the occasions I have checked a bag (ie, I was moving from one city to another), I usually like to tie some kind of colorful ribbon to my bag so I can much more easily pick out my black bag from the crowd.

OT+Foamy, but your post gives me a good opportunity to voice a pet peeve of mine.  This is not directed at you, but again your post gave me an opp!

Anyone who stands right next to the baggage claim conveyor to wait for their bag needs to move back a few feet until they actually see their bag.  That way, when I see my bag I don't have to push my way through the other travelers, and the group of family and or friends that are visiting with them, RIGHT NEXT TO THE CONVEYOR!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6559 on: January 29, 2015, 08:45:45 AM »
+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "who's black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once existing the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
For the occasions I have checked a bag (ie, I was moving from one city to another), I usually like to tie some kind of colorful ribbon to my bag so I can much more easily pick out my black bag from the crowd.

I've given my all black bags some yellow duct tape racing stripes.  Can't miss them now. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6560 on: January 29, 2015, 08:48:46 AM »
I've given my all black bags some yellow duct tape racing stripes.  Can't miss them now.

Also a lot more safer on the street and less likely to be stolen.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6561 on: January 29, 2015, 08:56:38 AM »
My SO packs a box with clothing/essentials (a cardboard box), and ships the thing USPS to the destination (family). She brings only a backpack when flying.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6562 on: January 29, 2015, 09:46:41 AM »
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We've just started to plan our "gear" for our round the world trip.  It's very exciting.
(We have some previous experience, we carefully chose gear for our 2+ month Europe backpacking trip in 2009 and were very happy with it.)
Being minimalist with clothes is a necessity for fitting everything you own into a reasonable-sized backpack.

Having complete 1/2 of a RTW trip already, I've been heavily schooled in the art of CLS (Carry less shit), and the disease I call TMS (You guessed it: Too Much Shit). For example, "That guy needs to practice some CLS man, he's got TMS.

While my wife and I were in Australia in 2013, we decided to visit S.E Asia. We ended up staying in the area for 7 weeks. Checking a bag on the no frills airline was another fee, so we opted for carry on. My bag for 7 weeks was 12 liters plus a 6 liter dry bag for my camera/electronics. My wife carried a 25 liter (only bag we had, too big for her). The mild tropical climate played a large part in the fact that we didn't need cold weather gear.

We visited Ecuador this year for a month with my retired parents. Due to the difference in climate between the 13k foot mountains, the jungle and the coast, I carried 36 liters, and she carried 40.

I can go anywhere in the world (with the exception of arctic climates), and live for an indefinite period of time with a 35liter pack (Less if I don't need my size 14 boots and I don't carry a laptop and camera), and I LOVE the freedom that that involves. Too many times I've seen the young travelers suffering from TMS that walk around with 60liter packs with shit hanging off of them.

Yeah, we had 28L each and it was plenty.  We'll probably use those to start with, then downsize later.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6563 on: January 29, 2015, 10:11:51 AM »
though I'm one of those people that requests the freedom grope

Good for you.

I opt out 100% of the time too, and though I hate the grope, if you're going to violate my 4th amendment rights via the nude body scanners, I'm going to protest in whatever small form I can, and force you to go through the uncomfortable body search.

My wife and I were returning from vacation, and we both opted out of the TSA Porno Scanners. So, as we were receiving our matching Freedom Gropes, I yelled across the screening area to her: "Hey, we finally got that couples' massage you wanted!"

I've opted out of the scanners 90% of the time since they started putting them in (other 10% has been when we've been cutting it really close on time since it takes a lot longer). The wife likes to give me a hard time about it, but I'm happy with my meager protest against the erosion of my rights and making lots more people aware that it's happening (never ask for a private screening room so lots of people do double-takes at the tall, middle-aged white guy getting patted down...).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6564 on: January 29, 2015, 10:57:24 AM »
+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "who's black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once existing the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
For the occasions I have checked a bag (ie, I was moving from one city to another), I usually like to tie some kind of colorful ribbon to my bag so I can much more easily pick out my black bag from the crowd.

OT+Foamy, but your post gives me a good opportunity to voice a pet peeve of mine.  This is not directed at you, but again your post gave me an opp!

Anyone who stands right next to the baggage claim conveyor to wait for their bag needs to move back a few feet until they actually see their bag.  That way, when I see my bag I don't have to push my way through the other travelers, and the group of family and or friends that are visiting with them, RIGHT NEXT TO THE CONVEYOR!

OMG I want to stab those people. Especially when there's a line on the floor CLEARLY indicating "please stand behind this line." My boyfriend likes to just "accidentally" hit them with his suitcase as he pulls it off.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6565 on: January 29, 2015, 11:09:24 AM »
+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "who's black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once existing the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
For the occasions I have checked a bag (ie, I was moving from one city to another), I usually like to tie some kind of colorful ribbon to my bag so I can much more easily pick out my black bag from the crowd.

OT+Foamy, but your post gives me a good opportunity to voice a pet peeve of mine.  This is not directed at you, but again your post gave me an opp!

Anyone who stands right next to the baggage claim conveyor to wait for their bag needs to move back a few feet until they actually see their bag.  That way, when I see my bag I don't have to push my way through the other travelers, and the group of family and or friends that are visiting with them, RIGHT NEXT TO THE CONVEYOR!

OMG I want to stab those people. Especially when there's a line on the floor CLEARLY indicating "please stand behind this line." My boyfriend likes to just "accidentally" hit them with his suitcase as he pulls it off.

Stabbing is a bit much, no? But I know what you mean. Air travel seems to bring out the absolute worst qualities in people. I generally dislike flying because of the behavior of my fellow travelers. It's really quite disgusting.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6566 on: January 29, 2015, 11:32:46 AM »
+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "who's black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once existing the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
For the occasions I have checked a bag (ie, I was moving from one city to another), I usually like to tie some kind of colorful ribbon to my bag so I can much more easily pick out my black bag from the crowd.

OT+Foamy, but your post gives me a good opportunity to voice a pet peeve of mine.  This is not directed at you, but again your post gave me an opp!

Anyone who stands right next to the baggage claim conveyor to wait for their bag needs to move back a few feet until they actually see their bag.  That way, when I see my bag I don't have to push my way through the other travelers, and the group of family and or friends that are visiting with them, RIGHT NEXT TO THE CONVEYOR!

and this is why none of us are allowed to travel with anythign sharp. because of YOU!!


I agree with your thinking though.

OMG I want to stab those people. Especially when there's a line on the floor CLEARLY indicating "please stand behind this line." My boyfriend likes to just "accidentally" hit them with his suitcase as he pulls it off.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6567 on: January 29, 2015, 12:14:51 PM »
+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "who's black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once existing the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
For the occasions I have checked a bag (ie, I was moving from one city to another), I usually like to tie some kind of colorful ribbon to my bag so I can much more easily pick out my black bag from the crowd.

OT+Foamy, but your post gives me a good opportunity to voice a pet peeve of mine.  This is not directed at you, but again your post gave me an opp!

Anyone who stands right next to the baggage claim conveyor to wait for their bag needs to move back a few feet until they actually see their bag.  That way, when I see my bag I don't have to push my way through the other travelers, and the group of family and or friends that are visiting with them, RIGHT NEXT TO THE CONVEYOR!

OMG I want to stab those people. Especially when there's a line on the floor CLEARLY indicating "please stand behind this line." My boyfriend likes to just "accidentally" hit them with his suitcase as he pulls it off.

Stabbing is a bit much, no? But I know what you mean. Air travel seems to bring out the absolute worst qualities in people. I generally dislike flying because of the behavior of my fellow travelers. It's really quite disgusting.

Haha, maybe I'm overreacting a bit. UnleashHell's comment made me LOL. It's been a rough week :) But yes, totally agree about air travel bringing out the worst in humanity (and I'm far from a misanthrope, I really like people in general and am pretty tolerant... but the level of selfishness and rudeness you see at airports is pretty gross!)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6568 on: January 29, 2015, 12:39:24 PM »
+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "who's black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once existing the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
For the occasions I have checked a bag (ie, I was moving from one city to another), I usually like to tie some kind of colorful ribbon to my bag so I can much more easily pick out my black bag from the crowd.

I've given my all black bags some yellow duct tape racing stripes.  Can't miss them now.

I recommend a 7-year-old hardsided suitcase with identifying dents and missing hardware.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6569 on: January 29, 2015, 12:46:15 PM »
Back on OT:

My DH works with a guy going through a divorce, last year he made over $200,000 and he owns a busy construction company flipping houses and selling them and his crew is kept busy on other projects, like a new roof or inside work.

He is quitting and has to quit by a specific date so he can take a loan out on his 401k to pay for his divorce, now his divorce lawyer is quite expensive, but he has nothing to show for his excellent income, nothing, last year was really good to him but he has made well over 100k for at least 4 years, they have no children. It is just so sad that he hasn't saved anything, he told my DH that if they liquidated everything they could both just walk away, they have no equity in any of the homes, not enough to cover the debt anyway. It blows my mind.

And for most of those years she was working also.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6570 on: January 29, 2015, 01:39:59 PM »
though I'm one of those people that requests the freedom grope

Good for you.

I opt out 100% of the time too, and though I hate the grope, if you're going to violate my 4th amendment rights via the nude body scanners, I'm going to protest in whatever small form I can, and force you to go through the uncomfortable body search.

My wife and I were returning from vacation, and we both opted out of the TSA Porno Scanners. So, as we were receiving our matching Freedom Gropes, I yelled across the screening area to her: "Hey, we finally got that couples' massage you wanted!"

Lol, I always opt out and refer to it as "the free massage." 

I also hate waiting for checked baggage and carry on only if possible.  Likewise sometimes I'll take a middle seat near the front vs an aisle at the back for shorter flights

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« Reply #6571 on: January 29, 2015, 01:51:25 PM »
I'm also a light packer, but on longer vacations or to more exotic destinations I do check in a bag (medium size). Not because I need a lot of clothes, but because it gives me more flexibility if I want to say buy and bring back anything not allowed in carry-on (a bottle of local wine, for example).

Oh yeah, this is a good point. I've checked a lot of wine and beer in my time (have yet to have a catastrophic failure although it's really scary watching the baggage handlers sometimes). Booze is definitely the most embarrassingly anti-mustachian indulgence in my household.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6572 on: January 29, 2015, 02:04:11 PM »
Back on OT:

My DH works with a guy going through a divorce, last year he made over $200,000 and he owns a busy construction company flipping houses and selling them and his crew is kept busy on other projects, like a new roof or inside work.

He is quitting and has to quit by a specific date so he can take a loan out on his 401k to pay for his divorce, now his divorce lawyer is quite expensive, but he has nothing to show for his excellent income, nothing, last year was really good to him but he has made well over 100k for at least 4 years, they have no children. It is just so sad that he hasn't saved anything, he told my DH that if they liquidated everything they could both just walk away, they have no equity in any of the homes, not enough to cover the debt anyway. It blows my mind.

And for most of those years she was working also.

Any reason they could like... not get divorced?  It may be less expensive to plan on outliving your spouse.

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« Reply #6573 on: January 29, 2015, 03:37:41 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.

Mechanix? :) they just put one in a strip mall by me, FWIW they are offering $10 haircuts which is pretty cheap compared to other options.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6574 on: January 29, 2015, 05:20:54 PM »
One of my co-workers who lives in a fairly new 5000+ sq. ft. house was telling me that he and his wife will only be able to use half of the house because of some work that needs to be done downstairs. The furniture has been moved upstairs into the media room and now they must live constrained in a mere 2500 sq ft or so. He describes it as a sort of hellish situation that has been visited upon them. How will they manage to survive in less than 5000 sq ft?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6575 on: January 29, 2015, 05:56:14 PM »
Back on OT:

My DH works with a guy going through a divorce, last year he made over $200,000 and he owns a busy construction company flipping houses and selling them and his crew is kept busy on other projects, like a new roof or inside work.

He is quitting and has to quit by a specific date so he can take a loan out on his 401k to pay for his divorce, now his divorce lawyer is quite expensive, but he has nothing to show for his excellent income, nothing, last year was really good to him but he has made well over 100k for at least 4 years, they have no children. It is just so sad that he hasn't saved anything, he told my DH that if they liquidated everything they could both just walk away, they have no equity in any of the homes, not enough to cover the debt anyway. It blows my mind.

And for most of those years she was working also.

Any reason they could like... not get divorced?  It may be less expensive to plan on outliving your spouse.

Well that is their choice, and they are young

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6576 on: January 29, 2015, 06:01:55 PM »
CW1 to CW2: Want to go out to lunch today?
Cw2: Sure, but let's go somewhere we cheap, I just spent $200 on shoes and my cc is almost maxed.
cw1: should we invite cw3 (me)
cw2: nah, she brought her lunch AGAIN today.
After lunch (I really had brought my lunch and didn't go out)
cw1: So are you excited for your caribbean vacation coming up in a couple weeks?
Me: yes, I can't hardly wait.
cw2: Man, you're so lucky. I wish I could afford to on vacation. How do you have enough money to go on vacation?
Me thinking to myself: Because I don't go out to lunch every.single.day, spend hundreds on shoes, and max out my cc!!

I've adopted the same approach to this as to people saying they don't have artistic talent. If they say, "Oh, I can't draw," instead of convincing them to, I say, "Well, you put a lot of time into your golf, and I can't even hit the ball." So in these situations I just say, "Well, it depends what matters to you I guess. Shoes and lunch are important to you. I'm happy to do without so I can travel." I think it makes the point without being critical - shoes and lunch genuinely bring some people a lot of happiness.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6577 on: January 29, 2015, 06:07:16 PM »
Every time I go on holidays, now, people at work say, "You're not going to try to just take carry-on luggage are you? Don't do it!"

I cannot work out what they're trying to save me from.

I don't even carry it on! I switched to carry-on size because I'm usually carting art with me in my hand luggage and need to be able to change bags around if there's a security/luggage space issue. Now I love it because you can pick things up and run. Travelling alone, too, I wouldn't do it with a larger bag because who will mind it when you have to go to the bathroom?

For three days of my trip to the States last year I was able to leave most of my luggage with a friend and travel with just a little (fashion) backpack, and it was WONDERFUL. I could go to museums and hop on and off trains...

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« Reply #6578 on: January 29, 2015, 07:52:14 PM »
+1 on this!

There are few things that I hate more than having to walk down to baggage claim and wait endlessly for the series of "who's black bag is that?". It is just easier to have everything (relative term) with you and once existing the plane go straight to your next gate or car with no worries.
For the occasions I have checked a bag (ie, I was moving from one city to another), I usually like to tie some kind of colorful ribbon to my bag so I can much more easily pick out my black bag from the crowd.

OT+Foamy, but your post gives me a good opportunity to voice a pet peeve of mine.  This is not directed at you, but again your post gave me an opp!

Anyone who stands right next to the baggage claim conveyor to wait for their bag needs to move back a few feet until they actually see their bag.  That way, when I see my bag I don't have to push my way through the other travelers, and the group of family and or friends that are visiting with them, RIGHT NEXT TO THE CONVEYOR!

OMG I want to stab those people. Especially when there's a line on the floor CLEARLY indicating "please stand behind this line." My boyfriend likes to just "accidentally" hit them with his suitcase as he pulls it off.

Stabbing is a bit much, no? But I know what you mean. Air travel seems to bring out the absolute worst qualities in people. I generally dislike flying because of the behavior of my fellow travelers. It's really quite disgusting.

Haha, maybe I'm overreacting a bit. UnleashHell's comment made me LOL. It's been a rough week :) But yes, totally agree about air travel bringing out the worst in humanity (and I'm far from a misanthrope, I really like people in general and am pretty tolerant... but the level of selfishness and rudeness you see at airports is pretty gross!)

I have an even better story. I flew yesterday, and while waiting for the checked baggage to come up the carousel a group of thugs were using the sides of the carousel to practice their skate tricks with their skateboards. And they didn't stop when the luggage started coming out. So to getyour bags you had to dodge flying skateboards and boarders.

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« Reply #6579 on: January 30, 2015, 06:22:39 AM »
I have an even better story. I flew yesterday, and while waiting for the checked baggage to come up the carousel a group of thugs were using the sides of the carousel to practice their skate tricks with their skateboards. And they didn't stop when the luggage started coming out. So to getyour bags you had to dodge flying skateboards and boarders.
Thats why all that silly "security" is really BS. With a nice, old-fashioned Naginata in the luggage it would not be you dodging skateboards but skateboards doging you! At least after the first 2 or 3 have been halved.

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« Reply #6580 on: January 30, 2015, 07:18:30 AM »
at least the orange black box foam was entertaining... this is just boring... my carryon is smaller than yours... who cares

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« Reply #6581 on: January 30, 2015, 07:29:03 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.

Mechanix? :) they just put one in a strip mall by me, FWIW they are offering $10 haircuts which is pretty cheap compared to other options.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6582 on: January 30, 2015, 07:56:31 AM »
Every time I go on holidays, now, people at work say, "You're not going to try to just take carry-on luggage are you? Don't do it!"

I cannot work out what they're trying to save me from.

I don't even carry it on! I switched to carry-on size because I'm usually carting art with me in my hand luggage and need to be able to change bags around if there's a security/luggage space issue. Now I love it because you can pick things up and run. Travelling alone, too, I wouldn't do it with a larger bag because who will mind it when you have to go to the bathroom?

For three days of my trip to the States last year I was able to leave most of my luggage with a friend and travel with just a little (fashion) backpack, and it was WONDERFUL. I could go to museums and hop on and off trains...

I have to brag, because I am the queen of packing.  Our family of 4 just went on a 2-week vacation with just 3 backpacks (the kind you would bring to school, not the kind for camping) and 2 small duffel bags (20 inches.) And we even brought our snorkeling gear.
For work, I have traveled to Moscow in the winter for a week with just a 20-inch carryon.
I am constantly amazed at the amount of stuff that people travel with.

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« Reply #6583 on: January 30, 2015, 08:36:51 AM »
at least the orange black box foam was entertaining... this is just boring... my carryon is smaller than yours... who cares

And a comment like this adds what?

People will ignore it and post what they want, the side conversation either way will peter out, and it'll get back on track.
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« Reply #6584 on: January 30, 2015, 08:45:33 AM »
at least the orange black box foam was entertaining... this is just boring... my carryon is smaller than yours... who cares

And a comment like this adds what?

People will ignore it and post what they want, the side conversation either way will peter out, and it'll get back on track.
Yeah because I am the only one to ever speak their mind on here...

My god can some people be ignorant on here!

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« Reply #6585 on: January 30, 2015, 09:35:50 AM »
at least the orange black box foam was entertaining... this is just boring... my carryon is smaller than yours... who cares

And a comment like this adds what?

People will ignore it and post what they want, the side conversation either way will peter out, and it'll get back on track.
Yeah because I am the only one to ever speak their mind on here...

My god can some people be ignorant on here!

You're more than welcome to not participate then, but if you do, please try to add value or at least not be a *.  Even if some of us are ignorant.  Thanks.
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« Reply #6586 on: January 30, 2015, 09:41:00 AM »
One of my co-workers who lives in a fairly new 5000+ sq. ft. house was telling me that he and his wife will only be able to use half of the house because of some work that needs to be done downstairs. The furniture has been moved upstairs into the media room and now they must live constrained in a mere 2500 sq ft or so. He describes it as a sort of hellish situation that has been visited upon them. How will they manage to survive in less than 5000 sq ft?

A good friend just bought a ~4,200 sf home and they were bemoaning all of the new furniture they would need to fill the giant space. And it IS giant! they have 3 children.

On the Anti-Anti-mustachian side my best friend is raising his 5 children in a 1,200 sf home.  The giant home trend is truly baffling to me. 

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« Reply #6587 on: January 30, 2015, 11:15:28 AM »
at least the orange black box foam was entertaining... this is just boring... my carryon is smaller than yours... who cares

And a comment like this adds what?

People will ignore it and post what they want, the side conversation either way will peter out, and it'll get back on track.
Yeah because I am the only one to ever speak their mind on here...

My god can some people be ignorant on here!

Hey! What do you mean "some people?"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6588 on: January 30, 2015, 11:57:57 AM »
One of my co-workers who lives in a fairly new 5000+ sq. ft. house was telling me that he and his wife will only be able to use half of the house because of some work that needs to be done downstairs. The furniture has been moved upstairs into the media room and now they must live constrained in a mere 2500 sq ft or so. He describes it as a sort of hellish situation that has been visited upon them. How will they manage to survive in less than 5000 sq ft?

A good friend just bought a ~4,200 sf home and they were bemoaning all of the new furniture they would need to fill the giant space. And it IS giant! they have 3 children.

On the Anti-Anti-mustachian side my best friend is raising his 5 children in a 1,200 sf home.  The giant home trend is truly baffling to me.

Not to me. But Ihave a few things that make a giant (well, maybe just big) house a want for me.

1: I like a big unfinished basement--shoot hockey pucks, bows and arrows, storage for furniture (my parents currently have 2 sets of furniture for pretty much a whole house stored down there—all bought at estate sales. They’re waiting on their stuff to sell to move the new tuff up), storage for hockey gear (not something that you want in a living space, and not something you want to keep outside in the winter). You can’t have a big basement without a big footprint.

2: I like having a family room, a guitar room, a big kitchen, and laundry NOT in the basement.

3: I “need” a king sized bed, and the furniture that we have is pretty big too (sentimental—used to be my grandparents. Also very, very high quality). So while a big master is not a necessity, I get claustrophobic in a small bedroom with everything around me.

EDIT: I should note that I won't actually be in a "Big" house for at least 5 years or so, and even then it will likely "only" be about 2000 sqft depending on the amount of bedrooms.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6589 on: January 30, 2015, 01:53:37 PM »
One of my co-workers who lives in a fairly new 5000+ sq. ft. house was telling me that he and his wife will only be able to use half of the house because of some work that needs to be done downstairs. The furniture has been moved upstairs into the media room and now they must live constrained in a mere 2500 sq ft or so. He describes it as a sort of hellish situation that has been visited upon them. How will they manage to survive in less than 5000 sq ft?

A good friend just bought a ~4,200 sf home and they were bemoaning all of the new furniture they would need to fill the giant space. And it IS giant! they have 3 children.

On the Anti-Anti-mustachian side my best friend is raising his 5 children in a 1,200 sf home.  The giant home trend is truly baffling to me.

Not to me. But Ihave a few things that make a giant (well, maybe just big) house a want for me.

1: I like a big unfinished basement--shoot hockey pucks, bows and arrows, storage for furniture (my parents currently have 2 sets of furniture for pretty much a whole house stored down there—all bought at estate sales. They’re waiting on their stuff to sell to move the new tuff up), storage for hockey gear (not something that you want in a living space, and not something you want to keep outside in the winter). You can’t have a big basement without a big footprint.

2: I like having a family room, a guitar room, a big kitchen, and laundry NOT in the basement.

3: I “need” a king sized bed, and the furniture that we have is pretty big too (sentimental—used to be my grandparents. Also very, very high quality). So while a big master is not a necessity, I get claustrophobic in a small bedroom with everything around me.

EDIT: I should note that I won't actually be in a "Big" house for at least 5 years or so, and even then it will likely "only" be about 2000 sqft depending on the amount of bedrooms.

See, that's the thing. I personally feel that my husband and I are rolling around in the lap of luxury in our enormous 2500 sq ft. house (we even have a room devoted entirely to yoga and meditation) for just the two of us. I frequently wonder out loud whether we should be moving more toward minimalism and planning to downsize into 1600 sq ft, which still seems like it would be pretty comfortable to me.

My co-worker and his wife (no children) will be living in slightly more space than my luxurious home while half his 5000+ square foot home is less usable for a week. I can barely wrap my mind around the idea of 5000+ sq ft devoted to just two people, but ok, different strokes and all that. But to moan about the hellish situation of living in only 2500 sq ft for two people for a week, that seems worthy of mockery to me.

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« Reply #6590 on: January 30, 2015, 02:16:45 PM »
My co-worker and his wife (no children) will be living in slightly more space than my luxurious home while half his 5000+ square foot home is less usable for a week. I can barely wrap my mind around the idea of 5000+ sq ft devoted to just two people, but ok, different strokes and all that. But to moan about the hellish situation of living in only 2500 sq ft for two people for a week, that seems worthy of mockery to me.

Is it really a space issue or is it lack of access to the 60" TV or something? I would be irritated to be locked out of my kitchen for a week, whether I had 500SF or 5000... (though I doubt that's the issue for your coworker)

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« Reply #6591 on: January 30, 2015, 02:32:56 PM »
My co-worker and his wife (no children) will be living in slightly more space than my luxurious home while half his 5000+ square foot home is less usable for a week. I can barely wrap my mind around the idea of 5000+ sq ft devoted to just two people, but ok, different strokes and all that. But to moan about the hellish situation of living in only 2500 sq ft for two people for a week, that seems worthy of mockery to me.

Is it really a space issue or is it lack of access to the 60" TV or something? I would be irritated to be locked out of my kitchen for a week, whether I had 500SF or 5000... (though I doubt that's the issue for your coworker)

I asked that question because they do have a TV that takes up almost an entire wall along with movie theater seats. But apparently they were careful to keep the TV area clear (this was a priority). They also have access to their kitchen but no furniture. So they can cook but must eat upstairs, I suppose. They are solving this problem by eating all meals out.

What I wonder (but am not asking) is whether there is some sort of marital issue that requires lots and lots of space to keep under control. But if that were the problem, wouldn't 2500 sq ft be enough? I can completely ignore my husband in my enormous house, if I want.

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« Reply #6592 on: January 30, 2015, 02:49:02 PM »
I wish that if someone posts a "too foamy" type of complaint to this thread, he/she should feel obligated to also contribute a post about something else to pull it "back on track." And so. . . .

Former co-worker came by to visit briefly today and mentioned that her new job would be re-locating soon to a new suburban office campus, doubling the distance she would be away from her home. But she's actually looking forward to her hour-and-a-half toll-road commute to the new place "because it's so beautiful."

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« Reply #6593 on: January 30, 2015, 04:40:41 PM »
  • Manager 1 [to other manager who has season tickets to the Seahawks]: Are you going to Arizona [i.e. for the Super Bowl]?
  • Manager 2: No.
  • Coworker 1: Hey, did you know Coworker 2 is there right now?
  • Manager 1: Oh, that's right. She doesn't have Super Bowl tickets, though - she's just there because she wanted to be in the same city as the game.
  • Me: [headdesk]

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« Reply #6594 on: January 30, 2015, 06:41:03 PM »
Overheard at "work drinks"... The graduates at our work haven't been paid yet, because we get paid next week. One of the new girls: "I'm so poor! I owe so much debt to so many people, and I'm so far in overdraft, like, sooo bad".... drinking a cocktail....

BUT! Another girl next to me: "I'm so poor because I put all my money into my home loan". Fuck yeah.

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« Reply #6595 on: January 30, 2015, 06:59:06 PM »
  • Manager 1 [to other manager who has season tickets to the Seahawks]: Are you going to Arizona [i.e. for the Super Bowl]?
  • Manager 2: No.
  • Coworker 1: Hey, did you know Coworker 2 is there right now?
  • Manager 1: Oh, that's right. She doesn't have Super Bowl tickets, though - she's just there because she wanted to be in the same city as the game.
  • Me: [headdesk]
I love me some football these days and I may have spent more than I should have seeing my team's bowl game this year, but I cannot fathom why you would travel across the country to not even go to the game.

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« Reply #6596 on: January 30, 2015, 07:11:24 PM »
Anti-mustachian: bunch of coworkers talking about tax returns being large so they can save it (some of them anyways, others will spend it).

Anti-anti-mustachian: one coworker will reduce his withholding and up his automatic draw to savings proportionally so he gets little/no refund this year. He's also going to buy a ??-plex near where he used to live (upstate NY) while working remotely in the spring. He's using mint and working on cutting back expenses too. He'll do just fine :).

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« Reply #6597 on: January 30, 2015, 10:50:41 PM »
Anti-mustachian: bunch of coworkers talking about tax returns being large so they can save it (some of them anyways, others will spend it).

Anti-anti-mustachian: one coworker will reduce his withholding and up his automatic draw to savings proportionally so he gets little/no refund this year. He's also going to buy a ??-plex near where he used to live (upstate NY) while working remotely in the spring. He's using mint and working on cutting back expenses too. He'll do just fine :).

You can go as high as a 4-plex, with a conventional mortgage. Any more units, and you must go with a commercial loan.

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« Reply #6598 on: January 31, 2015, 01:45:02 AM »
OK, I get one.  Coworker and me discuss that we're both planning vacations in the US this year:

CW: So, how does your planning go? 
Me:  Well, still searching for a good deal on a hotel that seems not to run down
CW: Wow, we're different.  I'm trying to figure out how expensive hotel I can afford!

At least she consider what she can afford... :)

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« Reply #6599 on: January 31, 2015, 02:34:32 AM »
One of my co-workers who lives in a fairly new 5000+ sq. ft. house was telling me that he and his wife will only be able to use half of the house because of some work that needs to be done downstairs. The furniture has been moved upstairs into the media room and now they must live constrained in a mere 2500 sq ft or so. He describes it as a sort of hellish situation that has been visited upon them. How will they manage to survive in less than 5000 sq ft?

A good friend just bought a ~4,200 sf home and they were bemoaning all of the new furniture they would need to fill the giant space. And it IS giant! they have 3 children.

On the Anti-Anti-mustachian side my best friend is raising his 5 children in a 1,200 sf home.  The giant home trend is truly baffling to me.

If you think 4200 sf is gigantic, just compare it to one of Mitt Romeys houses! (hint: nearly as big as the ground floor)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/01/28/how-big-is-mitt-romneys-california-house-here-compare-it-to-yours/