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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7050 on: February 26, 2015, 06:50:48 PM »
There is a ridiculous attitude among a lot of guys about "big truck = man."
I'm pretty sure they're overcompensating for something...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7051 on: February 26, 2015, 06:53:05 PM »
There is a ridiculous attitude among a lot of guys about "big truck = man."
I'm pretty sure they're overcompensating for something...

I just assume I have a larger penis than they do, and go about with my day. I don't even like having one.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7052 on: February 26, 2015, 09:49:29 PM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7053 on: February 26, 2015, 09:51:38 PM »
One of the guys got a brand new car- but he got a good deal!  Sticker price was ~$30,000, and he haggled it down to $20-something thousand!  Fully loaded with all sorts of doodads and big engine and 4-wheel drive... all the good stuff that is soooo necessary in a car.

Also, we've been getting a "lot" of snow here lately, and yesterday the roads were a little icy.  In the parking lot at work, I saw a coworker of mine get out of this monstrous red F-series Ford (she usually drives a recent-model Honda Civic).  Upon seeing me, she exclaimed "Take that, winter!" with a big smile, like having a huge, high-off-the-ground truck was actually the safer option when driving icy roads with a max 1 inch of snow on them.  Sigh.

Yet another reason why a sports car is the practical choice. When ice closed Memphis down last week, I called in and said, "I'm sorry, my car refuses to drive in these conditions. I'm working from home."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7054 on: February 26, 2015, 09:57:52 PM »
One of the guys got a brand new car- but he got a good deal!  Sticker price was ~$30,000, and he haggled it down to $20-something thousand!  Fully loaded with all sorts of doodads and big engine and 4-wheel drive... all the good stuff that is soooo necessary in a car.

Also, we've been getting a "lot" of snow here lately, and yesterday the roads were a little icy.  In the parking lot at work, I saw a coworker of mine get out of this monstrous red F-series Ford (she usually drives a recent-model Honda Civic).  Upon seeing me, she exclaimed "Take that, winter!" with a big smile, like having a huge, high-off-the-ground truck was actually the safer option when driving icy roads with a max 1 inch of snow on them.  Sigh.

Yet another reason why a sports car is the practical choice. When ice closed Memphis down last week, I called in and said, "I'm sorry, my car refuses to drive in these conditions. I'm working from home."

A guy at work non-ironically uses a unicycle to get around places. I think he's got you beat if it ever snows here.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7055 on: February 26, 2015, 10:09:25 PM »
One of the guys got a brand new car- but he got a good deal!  Sticker price was ~$30,000, and he haggled it down to $20-something thousand!  Fully loaded with all sorts of doodads and big engine and 4-wheel drive... all the good stuff that is soooo necessary in a car.

Also, we've been getting a "lot" of snow here lately, and yesterday the roads were a little icy.  In the parking lot at work, I saw a coworker of mine get out of this monstrous red F-series Ford (she usually drives a recent-model Honda Civic).  Upon seeing me, she exclaimed "Take that, winter!" with a big smile, like having a huge, high-off-the-ground truck was actually the safer option when driving icy roads with a max 1 inch of snow on them.  Sigh.

Yet another reason why a sports car is the practical choice. When ice closed Memphis down last week, I called in and said, "I'm sorry, my car refuses to drive in these conditions. I'm working from home."

A guy at work non-ironically uses a unicycle to get around places. I think he's got you beat if it ever snows here.

I feel a unicycle gap in my little heart. It probably gets better gas mileage, too. And it's pretty badass.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7056 on: February 27, 2015, 02:45:13 AM »
One of the guys got a brand new car- but he got a good deal!  Sticker price was ~$30,000, and he haggled it down to $20-something thousand!  Fully loaded with all sorts of doodads and big engine and 4-wheel drive... all the good stuff that is soooo necessary in a car.

Also, we've been getting a "lot" of snow here lately, and yesterday the roads were a little icy.  In the parking lot at work, I saw a coworker of mine get out of this monstrous red F-series Ford (she usually drives a recent-model Honda Civic).  Upon seeing me, she exclaimed "Take that, winter!" with a big smile, like having a huge, high-off-the-ground truck was actually the safer option when driving icy roads with a max 1 inch of snow on them.  Sigh.

Yet another reason why a sports car is the practical choice. When ice closed Memphis down last week, I called in and said, "I'm sorry, my car refuses to drive in these conditions. I'm working from home."

A guy at work non-ironically uses a unicycle to get around places. I think he's got you beat if it ever snows here.

I feel a unicycle gap in my little heart. It probably gets better gas mileage, too. And it's pretty badass.

It defintiely makes you more manly then a truck in my eyes :D


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7057 on: February 27, 2015, 07:10:47 AM »
Not hiring someone because they are a smoker is clearly different from things like racism. Smoking is something you DO. You can stop. Try stopping being black, Welsh, disabled, a lesbian, whatever...

Apparently some of the top minds here at MMM think you can stop being disabled by changing your diet.

Well if you are disabled because you are overweight because you eat poorly and do not exercise then yes I would agree with them.  Unless we are talking legitimate medical barriers to having a healthy body weight.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7058 on: February 27, 2015, 07:35:14 AM »
There is a ridiculous attitude among a lot of guys about "big truck = man."
I'm pretty sure they're overcompensating for something...

I once had a coworker make some joke about my lack of masculinity because I was wearing a pink polo shirt. I pointed out that I rode a bicycle to work, while her husband drove an enormous truck to get there, and that I clearly have no need to overcompensate proving my manhood.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7059 on: February 27, 2015, 08:46:06 AM »

A guy at work non-ironically uses a unicycle to get around places. I think he's got you beat if it ever snows here.

I know a few unicyclists who would be more likely to get to work unicycling on a snow day than most other people would driving. Unicyclists don't make excuses.  They're too badass.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7060 on: February 27, 2015, 08:54:21 AM »
There's a "lifestyle" going on with several coworkers. Basically, they're super into fitness, and to help them achieve some goal (I think?) they take all sorts of supplements. Pre-workout, recovery, endurance, muscle support, whatever else they can think of. One guy has little containers of various powders at his desk that he mixes into the most disgusting looking drinks multiple times a day.

These people spend anywhere between 700 - 1500 a year on this crap. Yet their meals are crap - fast food, pre-processed junk, etc. If I try to suggest that a healthy, balanced diet would properly supply their bodies with everything needed, they shout me down because I don't understand.

Oh, one guy loves to play basketball but can't because he damaged his shoulder. Another coworker has severe back problems -she can't sit all day often and will stand up to work. Why are they exercising so hard they "need" these supplements?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7061 on: February 27, 2015, 08:56:00 AM »

A guy at work non-ironically uses a unicycle to get around places. I think he's got you beat if it ever snows here.

I know a few unicyclists who would be more likely to get to work unicycling on a snow day than most other people would driving. Unicyclists don't make excuses.  They're too badass.
Today at work, I'm going to try to work "unicyclists don't make excuses," into a conversation. 

Best quote of this thread!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7062 on: February 27, 2015, 09:45:38 AM »
There is a ridiculous attitude among a lot of guys about "big truck = man."
I'm pretty sure they're overcompensating for something...

I once had a coworker make some joke about my lack of masculinity because I was wearing a pink polo shirt. I pointed out that I rode a bicycle to work, while her husband drove an enormous truck to get there, and that I clearly have no need to overcompensate proving my manhood.

+1, never understood the concept of being "manly." I believe that is way more manly to be yourself, I mean if you don't wear a pink polo shirt because you think it's unmanly, that is just plain silly. It takes more courage to not drink when out with friends, than to give in to be thought to be part of the bunch.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7063 on: February 27, 2015, 10:16:53 AM »
Cruise doesn't work on steep hills.  Or rather, it does but . . . it's a little too exciting for me to suddenly have the engine blast out revs.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7064 on: February 27, 2015, 11:05:56 AM »
Cruise doesn't work on steep hills.  Or rather, it does but . . . it's a little too exciting for me to suddenly have the engine blast out revs.

Especially when going uphill around a curve and you're trying so hard to not hit that cancel button and just hang through the turn, then it down shifts and accelerates.   Weeeee

I agree, gods willing I will never again own a car without cruise.  Without it, I watch my speed enough that it's probably a distraction.  Having cruise on makes for both a more relaxing and more aware drive for me.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7065 on: February 27, 2015, 11:24:28 AM »
Cruise doesn't work on steep hills.  Or rather, it does but . . . it's a little too exciting for me to suddenly have the engine blast out revs.

Especially when going uphill around a curve and you're trying so hard to not hit that cancel button and just hang through the turn, then it down shifts and accelerates.   Weeeee

I agree, gods willing I will never again own a car without cruise.  Without it, I watch my speed enough that it's probably a distraction.  Having cruise on makes for both a more relaxing and more aware drive for me.

I used to love attempting to hit the speed limit in a couple of over-mountain roads. Speed limit was 55, the sane speed limit was 40, but fun doing around corners and getting some air... Gotta do it once in your life.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7066 on: February 27, 2015, 11:30:16 AM »
There is a ridiculous attitude among a lot of guys about "big truck = man."
I'm pretty sure they're overcompensating for something...

I just assume I have a larger penis than they do, and go about with my day. I don't even like having one.

I assume the same thing and I don't even have a penis.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7067 on: February 27, 2015, 11:44:32 AM »
Here's a gem from a cube-neighbor...

While talking about credit cards with someone else: Yeah, I just try to pay a little bit more each month than I spend.

I'm taking this to mean that he has credit card debt.

Meanwhile he's meeting with contractors this week to put stone on the front of his house.  He's debating about putting the stone behind the shutters or not and whether the $1,700 savings is worth the worrying that when he goes to sell the home that will cause an issue.

Sigh, credit card debt is not an acceptable state of being.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7068 on: February 27, 2015, 11:52:56 AM »
So one of my bosses was complaining about having to pay $5k in extra taxes (liquidated UTMA for some house thing, not sure exactly). Apparently this means he doesn't have $5 sitting around to just pay. First thing in my head was "what, no e-fund?!" He's been to top billable hours person for the last 2 years!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7069 on: February 27, 2015, 12:00:22 PM »
So one of my bosses was complaining about having to pay $5k in extra taxes (liquidated UTMA for some house thing, not sure exactly). Apparently this means he doesn't have $5 sitting around to just pay. First thing in my head was "what, no e-fund?!" He's been to top billable hours person for the last 2 years!
You're missing a k there,... I would hope he has $5 lying around....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7070 on: February 27, 2015, 12:21:25 PM »
So one of my bosses was complaining about having to pay $5k in extra taxes (liquidated UTMA for some house thing, not sure exactly). Apparently this means he doesn't have $5 sitting around to just pay. First thing in my head was "what, no e-fund?!" He's been to top billable hours person for the last 2 years!
You're missing a k there,... I would hope he has $5 lying around....

Whoops. Yeah good catch. Still, $5k or $5. Not having one or both is bad.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7071 on: February 27, 2015, 12:33:09 PM »
People around here say "Real men don't eat quiche."

My husband responds that real men choose foods that they like, and eat them.  His favorite color is purple also, and he doesn't care who knows it!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7072 on: February 27, 2015, 12:53:50 PM »
Cruise doesn't work on steep hills.  Or rather, it does but . . . it's a little too exciting for me to suddenly have the engine blast out revs.

My car eats mountains for breakfast on cruise control. I fucking love the feeling when it downshifts and the supercharger spools up. At this point, I've driven most of the steepest parts of any interstates... RPM stays under 3000 and cruise never comes off, regardless of the corners and ascents.

It sounds silly, but it's fun as all hell.

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People around here say "Real men don't eat quiche."

My husband responds that real men choose foods that they like, and eat them.  His favorite color is purple also, and he doesn't care who knows it!

It's a joke, not something to get up in arms about. Source It's made its way into the programming world as satire, a tongue-in-cheek saying. Misinterpreting it and defending your quiche-eating and purple-loving is hilarious, and a little bit embarrassing.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7073 on: February 27, 2015, 01:07:13 PM »

A guy at work non-ironically uses a unicycle to get around places. I think he's got you beat if it ever snows here.

I know a few unicyclists who would be more likely to get to work unicycling on a snow day than most other people would driving. Unicyclists don't make excuses.  They're too badass.

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« Reply #7074 on: February 27, 2015, 01:15:34 PM »
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People around here say "Real men don't eat quiche."

My husband responds that real men choose foods that they like, and eat them.  His favorite color is purple also, and he doesn't care who knows it!

It's a joke, not something to get up in arms about. Source It's made its way into the programming world as satire, a tongue-in-cheek saying. Misinterpreting it and defending your quiche-eating and purple-loving is hilarious, and a little bit embarrassing.

Oh thank god. I totally thought I would lose yet another man card since quiche is awesome. Those come in decks of 52, right?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7075 on: February 27, 2015, 01:25:31 PM »
Cruise doesn't work on steep hills.  Or rather, it does but . . . it's a little too exciting for me to suddenly have the engine blast out revs.

My car eats mountains for breakfast on cruise control. I fucking love the feeling when it downshifts and the supercharger spools up. At this point, I've driven most of the steepest parts of any interstates... RPM stays under 3000 and cruise never comes off, regardless of the corners and ascents.

It sounds silly, but it's fun as all hell.

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People around here say "Real men don't eat quiche."

My husband responds that real men choose foods that they like, and eat them.  His favorite color is purple also, and he doesn't care who knows it!

It's a joke, not something to get up in arms about. Source It's made its way into the programming world as satire, a tongue-in-cheek saying. Misinterpreting it and defending your quiche-eating and purple-loving is hilarious, and a little bit embarrassing.

I just ate quiche for the first time last week and it was awesome.  I just made 2 quiches last night with ham, spinache, mushrooms, and onion.  It's going to be my new obsession for the next couple months.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7076 on: February 27, 2015, 01:36:20 PM »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7077 on: February 27, 2015, 01:43:31 PM »
Ha ha, I'm well aware that the "real men eat quiche" thing is satire, but it does demonstrate in a silly way how men are pushed to act certain ways to be perceived as "manly".  My DH doesn't care about all of that crap, thank goodness!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7078 on: February 27, 2015, 01:48:24 PM »
Ha ha, I'm well aware that the "real men eat quiche" thing is satire, but it does demonstrate in a silly way how men are pushed to act certain ways to be perceived as "manly".  My DH doesn't care about all of that crap, thank goodness!

If anybody needs me i'll be in the garage, hanging some sheet rock, around an engine i'm rebuilding.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7079 on: February 27, 2015, 02:14:41 PM »
Ha ha, I'm well aware that the "real men eat quiche" thing is satire, but it does demonstrate in a silly way how men are pushed to act certain ways to be perceived as "manly".  My DH doesn't care about all of that crap, thank goodness!

If anybody needs me i'll be in the garage, hanging some sheet rock, around an engine i'm rebuilding.
Taking plenty of quiche breaks?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7080 on: February 27, 2015, 03:03:09 PM »


There is a ridiculous attitude among a lot of guys about "big truck = man."


Yeah, your manhood depends on owning (or being in debt for) a couple of tons of metal that were manufactured in a factory and that anyone can buy, including wimps and females. But a couple of tons manufactured in a different shape (Prius) is wussy. And manhood is also something that you have to insure, and you can lose it completely in a car accident. Gosh, that manliness is delicate, just like testicles.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7081 on: February 27, 2015, 07:31:09 PM »
I guar-on-tee my 1996 Camry has taken me to more trailheads, adventures, and general awesome experiences than most of the lifted trucks I park between on base.

My new pet wtf is the YETI cooler sticker. Cool, bruh, you spent $400 on a cooler. We live in Dallas; are you knocking out a five-day rafting trip on the Elm Fork? I had a college friend who, when we were on a canoe camping trip, swam to the bottom of a river, found a cold eddy, and tied our drinks in a bag with a rope, stone, and bobber attached, and cooled them off in midsummer heat. I just want a sticker that says "MIKE".


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7082 on: February 27, 2015, 07:53:33 PM »
I guar-on-tee my 1996 Camry has taken me to more trailheads, adventures, and general awesome experiences than most of the lifted trucks I park between on base.


Of course -- you need a lifted truck to get your vehicle over obstacles that real men would easily surmount using their own two feet.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7083 on: February 27, 2015, 09:16:23 PM »
I had a college friend who, when we were on a canoe camping trip, swam to the bottom of a river, found a cold eddy, and tied our drinks in a bag with a rope, stone, and bobber attached, and cooled them off in midsummer heat. I just want a sticker that says "MIKE".

I might be in the market for Mike. Is he for rent? I could do with some cold drinks.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7084 on: February 28, 2015, 04:24:29 AM »
Not hiring someone because they are a smoker is clearly different from things like racism. Smoking is something you DO. You can stop. Try stopping being black, Welsh, disabled, a lesbian, whatever...

Apparently some of the top minds here at MMM think you can stop being disabled by changing your diet.

Well if you are disabled because you are overweight because you eat poorly and do not exercise then yes I would agree with them.  Unless we are talking legitimate medical barriers to having a healthy body weight.

I so clearly meant things like being blind or having one leg.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7085 on: February 28, 2015, 09:07:01 AM »
A coworker today complaining that he was too full...

cw: Ugh, i'm way too stuffed.  I feel like i'm going to be sick.
me: I knew that place was expensive, but the portions seemed reasonable the last time I went (several years), why are you so full?
cw: Oh I brought leftovers for my lunch and I ate it about a half hour before ken rounded up everyone for lunch. 
me: So you ate two lunches?
cw: yea

And right before lunch they were looking over options and decided on a local burger place because it gets good reviews and none had ever been.  I warned them it was pricey so they wouldn't be shocked when it was like $10 for a burger, plus fries, plus a drink, plus tax and tip.  I think they got out of there for around $16 each for a burger and fries.  The coworker in question has a brand new baby though, and his wife is staying at home with the kid right now.  So not only is he making less than me, but he has a wife and new baby to support! And he spent $16 going out to lunch just 30 minutes after eating left overs for lunch! I can't even!
And his wife is stuck at home with the baby, without a nice lunch out with DH once in a while, too...   Gah, I used to be so jealous of that.. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7086 on: February 28, 2015, 10:02:41 AM »
I had a college friend who, when we were on a canoe camping trip, swam to the bottom of a river, found a cold eddy, and tied our drinks in a bag with a rope, stone, and bobber attached, and cooled them off in midsummer heat. I just want a sticker that says "MIKE".

I might be in the market for Mike. Is he for rent? I could do with some cold drinks.

Mike is happily spoken for. Made all his own furniture (he's a carpenter for fun). We all kind of chuckled at him using saws and sawhorses outside of a dormitory, but his stuff has held up for years and we are now a seeing the light.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7087 on: February 28, 2015, 12:42:05 PM »
I work at a fancy coffee shop in a high-income town. My hubby and I moved here for a sweet, permanent dream job (for him), which meant I had to leave my career behind, so I have down-graded to "barista". Whatever, its just supplemental income, so I enjoy it.

Anyways, I work with a variety of 21-35 year olds (I am 24), and it seems to me that I am the only one who GETS personal finance. Here are a few gems I have heard from my workplace.

35-year-old fella:
"I pretty much plan on working until the day I die"
"Oh yeah, I have tried the whole "6-month buffer" thing and "IRA" thing, but it never works out. They just end up getting spent."
"You shouldn't chase money. I have seen bad things happen to people who chase money"
"There is no sense in trying to invest. The stock market is going to crash again and you will lose everything anyways"

21-year-old girl:
"What? Paychecks aren't coming today? Doesn't she know that we live paycheck to paycheck!?" (I think she assumes I do too...)
"I don't have a bank account." (said proudly)
Gets trashed/high every night

22-year old fella - works 2 jobs, lives w/ parents, somehow has no money
"I just bought new tires, new headlights, and sweet new rims for my car. Ugh, I don't know how I'm gonna pay this all off..."
"I take my girlfriend out to dinner about three times a week"  (high end restaurants!)
"I think I'm going to buy a macbook with my next paycheck"


These are just the tip of the iceberg. Everyone in my workplace seriously lives from paycheck to paycheck, even though we all make $12-$15 an hour when tips are included. We might each get $20 in cash tips after a busy 6-hour shift, and most everyone will blow it on buying a fancy coffee/sandwich/dessert combo, or some beers. If only they knew how much those tips could accumulate to over a few months if deposited immediately into a jar in their closet, like I do ; )

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7088 on: February 28, 2015, 01:08:51 PM »
I work at a fancy coffee shop in a high-income town. My hubby and I moved here for a sweet, permanent dream job (for him), which meant I had to leave my career behind, so I have down-graded to "barista". Whatever, its just supplemental income, so I enjoy it.

Anyways, I work with a variety of 21-35 year olds (I am 24), and it seems to me that I am the only one who GETS personal finance. Here are a few gems I have heard from my workplace.

35-year-old fella:
"I pretty much plan on working until the day I die"
"Oh yeah, I have tried the whole "6-month buffer" thing and "IRA" thing, but it never works out. They just end up getting spent."
"You shouldn't chase money. I have seen bad things happen to people who chase money"
"There is no sense in trying to invest. The stock market is going to crash again and you will lose everything anyways"

21-year-old girl:
"What? Paychecks aren't coming today? Doesn't she know that we live paycheck to paycheck!?" (I think she assumes I do too...)
"I don't have a bank account." (said proudly)
Gets trashed/high every night

22-year old fella - works 2 jobs, lives w/ parents, somehow has no money
"I just bought new tires, new headlights, and sweet new rims for my car. Ugh, I don't know how I'm gonna pay this all off..."
"I take my girlfriend out to dinner about three times a week"  (high end restaurants!)
"I think I'm going to buy a macbook with my next paycheck"


These are just the tip of the iceberg. Everyone in my workplace seriously lives from paycheck to paycheck, even though we all make $12-$15 an hour when tips are included. We might each get $20 in cash tips after a busy 6-hour shift, and most everyone will blow it on buying a fancy coffee/sandwich/dessert combo, or some beers. If only they knew how much those tips could accumulate to over a few months if deposited immediately into a jar in their closet, like I do ; )
How does the 21 year old girl use her paychecks without a bank account? Does she go to a check cashing place or something?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7089 on: February 28, 2015, 01:11:57 PM »
How does the 21 year old girl use her paychecks without a bank account? Does she go to a check cashing place or something?
Yep. I assume so!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7090 on: February 28, 2015, 01:20:59 PM »
How does the 21 year old girl use her paychecks without a bank account? Does she go to a check cashing place or something?
Yep. I assume so!

You can go to whatever bank the business uses and cash them for free, to give her the benefit of the doubt... :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7091 on: February 28, 2015, 02:20:34 PM »
One of the guys got a brand new car- but he got a good deal!  Sticker price was ~$30,000, and he haggled it down to $20-something thousand!  Fully loaded with all sorts of doodads and big engine and 4-wheel drive... all the good stuff that is soooo necessary in a car.

Also, we've been getting a "lot" of snow here lately, and yesterday the roads were a little icy.  In the parking lot at work, I saw a coworker of mine get out of this monstrous red F-series Ford (she usually drives a recent-model Honda Civic).  Upon seeing me, she exclaimed "Take that, winter!" with a big smile, like having a huge, high-off-the-ground truck was actually the safer option when driving icy roads with a max 1 inch of snow on them.  Sigh.

Yet another reason why a sports car is the practical choice. When ice closed Memphis down last week, I called in and said, "I'm sorry, my car refuses to drive in these conditions. I'm working from home."

A guy at work non-ironically uses a unicycle to get around places. I think he's got you beat if it ever snows here.

No excuses.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7092 on: February 28, 2015, 04:17:59 PM »
I had a college friend who, when we were on a canoe camping trip, swam to the bottom of a river, found a cold eddy, and tied our drinks in a bag with a rope, stone, and bobber attached, and cooled them off in midsummer heat. I just want a sticker that says "MIKE".

I might be in the market for Mike. Is he for rent? I could do with some cold drinks.

Mike is happily spoken for. Made all his own furniture (he's a carpenter for fun). We all kind of chuckled at him using saws and sawhorses outside of a dormitory, but his stuff has held up for years and we are now a seeing the light.

Mike sounds like a Bad Motherfucker. I like Mike.

One of the guys got a brand new car- but he got a good deal!  Sticker price was ~$30,000, and he haggled it down to $20-something thousand!  Fully loaded with all sorts of doodads and big engine and 4-wheel drive... all the good stuff that is soooo necessary in a car.

Also, we've been getting a "lot" of snow here lately, and yesterday the roads were a little icy.  In the parking lot at work, I saw a coworker of mine get out of this monstrous red F-series Ford (she usually drives a recent-model Honda Civic).  Upon seeing me, she exclaimed "Take that, winter!" with a big smile, like having a huge, high-off-the-ground truck was actually the safer option when driving icy roads with a max 1 inch of snow on them.  Sigh.

Yet another reason why a sports car is the practical choice. When ice closed Memphis down last week, I called in and said, "I'm sorry, my car refuses to drive in these conditions. I'm working from home."

A guy at work non-ironically uses a unicycle to get around places. I think he's got you beat if it ever snows here.

No excuses.



That is pretty fucking hardcore. Also relevant:


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7093 on: March 01, 2015, 03:27:07 PM »
On Friday at work, I ask someone how it's going. She answers she's exhausted. I'm ready to just say TGIF and be on my way, but we start chit chatting a bit more and she reminds me whe is going on a Carribean vacation on Monday so I express some excitement for her, since it sounds like she will have an opportunity to relax and not be so exhausted. But then she explains that not only is she exhausted at the point, but she is more exhausted just thinking about the Saturday she has planned. She has a manicure scheduled at 9:00 am, following by a lower leg wax and then an eye lash tint. Then, in the afternoon, she has an event to attend. She basically says she would so much rather be sleeping in than getting her nails done on Saturday morning. So I say "why don't you?" Like, really, I point out the obvious that manicures are optional. She could get one when she gets to her destination, as part of her vacation, or, you know, not get one at all. Like ever. (Which is what I do.) Her nails, admittedly, look better than mine ever have, but does it really matter? She says her nails are grubby and she wants to look her best dressing up in the evening for dinner and dancing on vacation and she can't be sure that there will be manicures on offer where she is going, etc. I just don't get the discrepancy between "I would much rather be sleeping in" (couple with already being exhausted and having, like a half dozen other commitments during the day) and the manicure being so important as to be non-negotiable. I really don't get it. It seems like such unnecessary stress and running around for so little result.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7094 on: March 01, 2015, 05:23:35 PM »

How do financial firms manage to be staffed by people with such a complete lack of financial sense?

Because that's how sales works!
Good point.  I worked with a lady who tells everyone and even believes it herself that she "used to work in finance".  From now on, I'm going to correct her every time by saying "you used to SELL financial products".  Because despite her "experience" in sales and her MBA, she has almost zero understanding of anything financial.  It astounds me every time she shares her expertise. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7095 on: March 02, 2015, 12:28:24 AM »
Several weeks ago my boss and I discovered several people who have been paying dues to an organization when they are no longer a member the group. Today two people got back to her. Person #1 has been paying since 2011, which is about 4k!! Person #2 only for two year. Both people had no clue they had been paying dues this whole time.

I know not everyone pays attention to their money, but holy crap 4 grand!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7096 on: March 02, 2015, 09:26:49 AM »
There's a "lifestyle" going on with several coworkers. Basically, they're super into fitness, and to help them achieve some goal (I think?) they take all sorts of supplements. Pre-workout, recovery, endurance, muscle support, whatever else they can think of. One guy has little containers of various powders at his desk that he mixes into the most disgusting looking drinks multiple times a day.

These people spend anywhere between 700 - 1500 a year on this crap. Yet their meals are crap - fast food, pre-processed junk, etc. If I try to suggest that a healthy, balanced diet would properly supply their bodies with everything needed, they shout me down because I don't understand.

Oh, one guy loves to play basketball but can't because he damaged his shoulder. Another coworker has severe back problems -she can't sit all day often and will stand up to work. Why are they exercising so hard they "need" these supplements?

I work for a company that makes several brands of these supplements! I just started in December. Ours are 'good' i.e. science-backed and major research done, QA etc. (there are several low-quality brands out there). I would NEVER EVER pay for them. I cannot believe the prices charged for this stuff! We get it free and I do use a couple of things, like basic protein powder. Some of it is scary - like the pre-workouts always have warnings for your heart! Some of the people here have their cubicles full of products. Most of the products don't just look disgusting, they are disgusting! (shhh).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7097 on: March 02, 2015, 11:50:22 AM »
Today around lunch I hear my co-worker making a call to a nail salon to book an appointment for a gel manicure and a pedicure. She makes the appointment, hangs up, then says:

CW: Well you know, I am going to Ecuador on vacation next week, and I can't go with ugly looking nails! It just can't be done.
CW: Oh also! I just bought a new carry-on bag. The old one was way too small.

Note-This is a carry-on bag she impulse bought while traveling on a work trip last August, because she saw it and decided she needed a new one then. Apparently it's lifetime is only 6 months...although I'm sure it still looks brand new.

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« Reply #7098 on: March 02, 2015, 12:54:20 PM »
My dad's still active duty Army, and bikes to work every day.  He has sent me pictures of his bike parked in his designated parking spot, lol.  Also, they have a policy where before holiday weekends, they have their cars safety inspected.  When the guys approach my dad in a panic because they haven't inspected his car yet, he just laughs and offers to let them inspect his helmet and biking gear.

Your dad sounds awesome! 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7099 on: March 02, 2015, 03:09:31 PM »
On Friday at work, I ask someone how it's going. She answers she's exhausted. I'm ready to just say TGIF and be on my way, but we start chit chatting a bit more and she reminds me whe is going on a Carribean vacation on Monday so I express some excitement for her, since it sounds like she will have an opportunity to relax and not be so exhausted. But then she explains that not only is she exhausted at the point, but she is more exhausted just thinking about the Saturday she has planned. She has a manicure scheduled at 9:00 am, following by a lower leg wax and then an eye lash tint. Then, in the afternoon, she has an event to attend. She basically says she would so much rather be sleeping in than getting her nails done on Saturday morning. So I say "why don't you?" Like, really, I point out the obvious that manicures are optional. She could get one when she gets to her destination, as part of her vacation, or, you know, not get one at all. Like ever. (Which is what I do.) Her nails, admittedly, look better than mine ever have, but does it really matter? She says her nails are grubby and she wants to look her best dressing up in the evening for dinner and dancing on vacation and she can't be sure that there will be manicures on offer where she is going, etc. I just don't get the discrepancy between "I would much rather be sleeping in" (couple with already being exhausted and having, like a half dozen other commitments during the day) and the manicure being so important as to be non-negotiable. I really don't get it. It seems like such unnecessary stress and running around for so little result.

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