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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8700 on: June 17, 2015, 08:57:34 AM »
CW: Well, I want to surprise my husband with a hunting trip for our anniversary but we don't have the money for it right now. Can you type up a letter and pretend to be my landlord, stating that I am $4000 behind on my rent? If I send in a letter like that, I can withdraw from my 401k without penalty.
Me:....*brain exploding* Um, sure I guess.
The correct answer here is "no, I am not going to commit fraud for you".  Or "no, I don't want to enable your bad decision".  Basically anything that starts with the "No" works.

Does hunting cost that much? I've never gone so I don't know how much tags and other things cost, but that seems excessive.

Well this is a hunting TRIP!  So I'm assuming possible airfare to get to a good hunting spot, 2-3 days in a high end hotel, renting an 'awesome weapon' since your normal rifle isn't good enough (or just buying a new one), you 'of course' need some ammo for target practice beforehand for the new weapon, new camo/outfit since the old one is last season (and that will scare away the deer or something), paying someone to show you where to go, paying fees to hunt on private land...

I hunt locally, and it only costs maybe $15 per trip (weapon already paid for, hunting on friends land).  Most of that is gas to get there and ammo.  The only extra costs I have is if I pay someone to help me clean/butcher a kill - and that is usually a portion of the meat rather than cash.

Where do you go hunting? I've never gone but would love to try it sometime, especially as I love venison.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8701 on: June 17, 2015, 08:59:38 AM »
CW: Well, I want to surprise my husband with a hunting trip for our anniversary but we don't have the money for it right now. Can you type up a letter and pretend to be my landlord, stating that I am $4000 behind on my rent? If I send in a letter like that, I can withdraw from my 401k without penalty.
Me:....*brain exploding* Um, sure I guess.
The correct answer here is "no, I am not going to commit fraud for you".  Or "no, I don't want to enable your bad decision".  Basically anything that starts with the "No" works.

Does hunting cost that much? I've never gone so I don't know how much tags and other things cost, but that seems excessive.

Well the trip was in Texas and with friends...not sure if she was also paying for the friends, but it seems like it. Thinking back I probably shouldn't have enabled her, but I was bored and didn't really think about at the time...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8702 on: June 17, 2015, 09:04:24 AM »
Another coworker has filed for bankruptcy, has 2 vehicles AND a motorcycle, spends upwards of $100 per month at Victoria's Secret (she must wear matching bra and panties EVERY DAY), pays $200 per month for Comcast, owns season tickets to the local NFL team, is taking out loans for school (she already has $30,000 and is only 1/3 done with her online business degree), and has numerous other store credit cards that she pays the minimum payment on. Oh did I mention that she lives at home with her mom so she doesn't have to pay much in rent? She also has no children. Every time we are going to meet up for a drink, it has to be right after payday so she can spend her money...D'oh!!!!!

So $1200/yr for VS.  assuming no sales, even with matching bra and panties every day, that's still like 20 matching sets - a year!  My wife has VA bras (and the free panties they send coupons for every few months) and they last ~2 years with care (only hand wash) and normal use (2-3 days a week per bra).  How is this girl walking around with 40-60 good VS bras.  It's it wrong that that's what I'm upset at, screw that 3 vehicles and all her other issues - how do you 'need' 60 bras while shopping for more?!?!?

Not sure if she has that many bras, but she buys lots of stuff; underwear, clothing, perfume, makeup...But yes, she wears matching bra and underwear everyday. And pays the minimum $25/month.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8703 on: June 17, 2015, 09:09:23 AM »
Another coworker has filed for bankruptcy, has 2 vehicles AND a motorcycle, spends upwards of $100 per month at Victoria's Secret (she must wear matching bra and panties EVERY DAY), pays $200 per month for Comcast, owns season tickets to the local NFL team, is taking out loans for school (she already has $30,000 and is only 1/3 done with her online business degree), and has numerous other store credit cards that she pays the minimum payment on. Oh did I mention that she lives at home with her mom so she doesn't have to pay much in rent? She also has no children. Every time we are going to meet up for a drink, it has to be right after payday so she can spend her money...D'oh!!!!!

So $1200/yr for VS.  assuming no sales, even with matching bra and panties every day, that's still like 20 matching sets - a year!  My wife has VA bras (and the free panties they send coupons for every few months) and they last ~2 years with care (only hand wash) and normal use (2-3 days a week per bra).  How is this girl walking around with 40-60 good VS bras.  It's it wrong that that's what I'm upset at, screw that 3 vehicles and all her other issues - how do you 'need' 60 bras while shopping for more?!?!?

Not sure if she has that many bras, but she buys lots of stuff; underwear, clothing, perfume, makeup...But yes, she wears matching bra and underwear everyday. And pays the minimum $25/month.

Why is she telling her coworkers about her underwear? WTF?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8704 on: June 17, 2015, 09:11:54 AM »
Another coworker has filed for bankruptcy, has 2 vehicles AND a motorcycle, spends upwards of $100 per month at Victoria's Secret (she must wear matching bra and panties EVERY DAY), pays $200 per month for Comcast, owns season tickets to the local NFL team, is taking out loans for school (she already has $30,000 and is only 1/3 done with her online business degree), and has numerous other store credit cards that she pays the minimum payment on. Oh did I mention that she lives at home with her mom so she doesn't have to pay much in rent? She also has no children. Every time we are going to meet up for a drink, it has to be right after payday so she can spend her money...D'oh!!!!!

So $1200/yr for VS.  assuming no sales, even with matching bra and panties every day, that's still like 20 matching sets - a year!  My wife has VA bras (and the free panties they send coupons for every few months) and they last ~2 years with care (only hand wash) and normal use (2-3 days a week per bra).  How is this girl walking around with 40-60 good VS bras.  It's it wrong that that's what I'm upset at, screw that 3 vehicles and all her other issues - how do you 'need' 60 bras while shopping for more?!?!?

Not sure if she has that many bras, but she buys lots of stuff; underwear, clothing, perfume, makeup...But yes, she wears matching bra and underwear everyday. And pays the minimum $25/month.

Let's get to what's important here...Is she hot?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8705 on: June 17, 2015, 09:33:14 AM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8706 on: June 17, 2015, 10:08:39 AM »
Another coworker has filed for bankruptcy, has 2 vehicles AND a motorcycle, spends upwards of $100 per month at Victoria's Secret (she must wear matching bra and panties EVERY DAY), pays $200 per month for Comcast, owns season tickets to the local NFL team, is taking out loans for school (she already has $30,000 and is only 1/3 done with her online business degree), and has numerous other store credit cards that she pays the minimum payment on. Oh did I mention that she lives at home with her mom so she doesn't have to pay much in rent? She also has no children. Every time we are going to meet up for a drink, it has to be right after payday so she can spend her money...D'oh!!!!!

So $1200/yr for VS.  assuming no sales, even with matching bra and panties every day, that's still like 20 matching sets - a year!  My wife has VA bras (and the free panties they send coupons for every few months) and they last ~2 years with care (only hand wash) and normal use (2-3 days a week per bra).  How is this girl walking around with 40-60 good VS bras.  It's it wrong that that's what I'm upset at, screw that 3 vehicles and all her other issues - how do you 'need' 60 bras while shopping for more?!?!?

Not sure if she has that many bras, but she buys lots of stuff; underwear, clothing, perfume, makeup...But yes, she wears matching bra and underwear everyday. And pays the minimum $25/month.

Let's get to what's important here...Is she hot?

Lets say yes

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8707 on: June 17, 2015, 10:16:30 AM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.
You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means ;)

Even if you eat everything you shoot, this is still many times the cost of the food in question - so the rest of the $$ is recreation. The fact that many Texans are in the habit of paying high prices for this type of recreation doesn't make it cheap.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8708 on: June 17, 2015, 10:23:08 AM »

That is absolutely ridiculous. Not buying a house that size, but not recognizing it to be what it is: a large house.  I live in a house that is a similar size (I don't actually know the square footage, but I'd bet it is about that). I recognize my house is absurdly large.

Unless they are a family of 12 or more, calling that itty-bitty is absurd.
I agree - considering a house of that size to be itty bitty is more outrageous than one person living in it. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8709 on: June 17, 2015, 10:58:09 AM »
Another coworker has filed for bankruptcy, has 2 vehicles AND a motorcycle, spends upwards of $100 per month at Victoria's Secret (she must wear matching bra and panties EVERY DAY), pays $200 per month for Comcast, owns season tickets to the local NFL team, is taking out loans for school (she already has $30,000 and is only 1/3 done with her online business degree), and has numerous other store credit cards that she pays the minimum payment on. Oh did I mention that she lives at home with her mom so she doesn't have to pay much in rent? She also has no children. Every time we are going to meet up for a drink, it has to be right after payday so she can spend her money...D'oh!!!!!

So $1200/yr for VS.  assuming no sales, even with matching bra and panties every day, that's still like 20 matching sets - a year!  My wife has VA bras (and the free panties they send coupons for every few months) and they last ~2 years with care (only hand wash) and normal use (2-3 days a week per bra).  How is this girl walking around with 40-60 good VS bras.  It's it wrong that that's what I'm upset at, screw that 3 vehicles and all her other issues - how do you 'need' 60 bras while shopping for more?!?!?

Not sure if she has that many bras, but she buys lots of stuff; underwear, clothing, perfume, makeup...But yes, she wears matching bra and underwear everyday. And pays the minimum $25/month.

I like how I didn't even think people would actually pay for the low-grade/overpriced makeup and perfume there.  Their bras are worth it (especially if you are larger up top), but the rest of the stuff - really?!?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8710 on: June 17, 2015, 11:51:02 AM »
I like how I didn't even think people would actually pay for the low-grade/overpriced makeup and perfume there.  Their bras are worth it (especially if you are larger up top), but the rest of the stuff - really?!?

Actually, anyone who has tried actually quality undergarments will tell you that VS is crap. I mean, I still have some because it's cheap, but it is not well made at all.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8711 on: June 17, 2015, 11:54:22 AM »
I like how I didn't even think people would actually pay for the low-grade/overpriced makeup and perfume there.  Their bras are worth it (especially if you are larger up top), but the rest of the stuff - really?!?

Actually, anyone who has tried actually quality undergarments will tell you that VS is crap. I mean, I still have some because it's cheap, but it is not well made at all.

Ok, gotta ask. What brands do you consider quality? I've been happy with VS, so if I can find something even better I'll be in heaven. Particularly if it's cheaper.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8712 on: June 17, 2015, 12:08:30 PM »
overheard in the ladies' room at work...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8713 on: June 17, 2015, 12:19:39 PM »
I like how I didn't even think people would actually pay for the low-grade/overpriced makeup and perfume there.  Their bras are worth it (especially if you are larger up top), but the rest of the stuff - really?!?

Actually, anyone who has tried actually quality undergarments will tell you that VS is crap. I mean, I still have some because it's cheap, but it is not well made at all.

Ok, gotta ask. What brands do you consider quality? I've been happy with VS, so if I can find something even better I'll be in heaven. Particularly if it's cheaper.

I also would like to know!  I've been having good luck with Maidenform bras lately, but I purchase them for about $6 each at Ross and get at least 2 years of use out of them.  Usually the underwire wears through the fabric, so once I've been stabbed a few times, I throw it out.  ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8714 on: June 17, 2015, 12:20:55 PM »
overheard in the ladies' room at work...
You seem especially concerned with busts today.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8715 on: June 17, 2015, 12:24:18 PM »
I like how I didn't even think people would actually pay for the low-grade/overpriced makeup and perfume there.  Their bras are worth it (especially if you are larger up top), but the rest of the stuff - really?!?

Actually, anyone who has tried actually quality undergarments will tell you that VS is crap. I mean, I still have some because it's cheap, but it is not well made at all.

Ok, gotta ask. What brands do you consider quality? I've been happy with VS, so if I can find something even better I'll be in heaven. Particularly if it's cheaper.

I also would like to know!  I've been having good luck with Maidenform bras lately, but I purchase them for about $6 each at Ross and get at least 2 years of use out of them.  Usually the underwire wears through the fabric, so once I've been stabbed a few times, I throw it out.  ;)

I like Chantelle.  I stopped shopping at VS went the quality took a nosedive and the prices went up.  I would rather pay a little more for a much higher quality item.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8716 on: June 17, 2015, 12:25:57 PM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.

Texas is the 2nd biggest state with over a quarter million square miles.  Does it really have very little huntable land?  I find that mind boggling.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8717 on: June 17, 2015, 12:38:28 PM »
I like how I didn't even think people would actually pay for the low-grade/overpriced makeup and perfume there.  Their bras are worth it (especially if you are larger up top), but the rest of the stuff - really?!?

Actually, anyone who has tried actually quality undergarments will tell you that VS is crap. I mean, I still have some because it's cheap, but it is not well made at all.

Ok, gotta ask. What brands do you consider quality? I've been happy with VS, so if I can find something even better I'll be in heaven. Particularly if it's cheaper.

I also would like to know!  I've been having good luck with Maidenform bras lately, but I purchase them for about $6 each at Ross and get at least 2 years of use out of them.  Usually the underwire wears through the fabric, so once I've been stabbed a few times, I throw it out.  ;)

I like Chantelle.  I stopped shopping at VS went the quality took a nosedive and the prices went up.  I would rather pay a little more for a much higher quality item.

I really like Soma.  Their underwear never shows under clothing and stays in place all day.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8718 on: June 17, 2015, 12:42:34 PM »
I like how I didn't even think people would actually pay for the low-grade/overpriced makeup and perfume there.  Their bras are worth it (especially if you are larger up top), but the rest of the stuff - really?!?

Actually, anyone who has tried actually quality undergarments will tell you that VS is crap. I mean, I still have some because it's cheap, but it is not well made at all.

Ok, gotta ask. What brands do you consider quality? I've been happy with VS, so if I can find something even better I'll be in heaven. Particularly if it's cheaper.

Me too, because a few years ago when I was pregnant with #2, I needed new underwear.  Usually I go for Hanes or FTL at Kmart, but I went to VS instead.  Bought 4-5 pair of different styles.  Anyway, I hated most of them except one style (no idea what it is though, hi-cut?)  Anyway, 3 years later, I tossed the rest and am left with Hanes/FTL that are too big or a little too small and one lonely pair of VS, which are my favorite.  Comfy and have been holding up well for once/week wear for 3 years.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8719 on: June 17, 2015, 12:45:29 PM »
CW: Well, I want to surprise my husband with a hunting trip for our anniversary but we don't have the money for it right now. Can you type up a letter and pretend to be my landlord, stating that I am $4000 behind on my rent? If I send in a letter like that, I can withdraw from my 401k without penalty.
Me:....*brain exploding* Um, sure I guess.
The correct answer here is "no, I am not going to commit fraud for you".  Or "no, I don't want to enable your bad decision".  Basically anything that starts with the "No" works.

Does hunting cost that much? I've never gone so I don't know how much tags and other things cost, but that seems excessive.

It doesn't have to cost that much if you know what you are doing, or go with someone who knows. If it becomes a hobby, like any other hobby, you can spend lots of money on new tools (My brother is planning on spending $1000 on trail cams this year). Or you can pay a guide LOTS of money to take you out and hold your hand. My other brother used to work for a guide up in northern BC. Their clients were mostly rich Americans and some rich Europeans who spent insane amounts of money to go hunting.

I always rip on a family member for the money he spends on hunting (every gadget known to man inc. ATVs and such, etc etc) BUT he once pointed out the 100 acres of hunting land he bought for about $80k is now worth almost $300k.  So he's basically getting PAID to hunt.


Not unless he sells, he isn't.


Our hunting costs are ammunition only since we do it here on the property. Butchering is unpleasant, but venison is yummy. We're now back in "wait for the season" mode since we're out.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8720 on: June 17, 2015, 01:21:51 PM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.

Texas is the 2nd biggest state with over a quarter million square miles.  Does it really have very little huntable land?  I find that mind boggling.

Yes, because it's full of people who loathe the idea of public/state/federal ownership of resources. I mean, it has a lot of park area in terms of raw hectares, but percentage wise, I think it's somewhere in the range of 5-10% of the land is accessible to the public, which puts it in the bottom 5 or 6 states in the country. Contrast that with Wisconsin (not exactly a beacon of socialism) where I grew up, which has I think has about 15-20% of its land in public ownership. Or Arizona, where I went to college, which I believe has about 40-50% public land. *Figures approximate because it's hard to find current data on it in a quick Google search.

The ironic thing is that a lot natural resource management money has traditionally come from hunting licenses and taxes, and with so little access to land to hunt, and SO MUCH MONEY required to do it consistently, numbers of next generation hunters have nose dived here, and the state is always wringing its hands over how to raise funds to manage all its parks, natural resources, etc.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8721 on: June 17, 2015, 02:52:57 PM »
Another coworker has filed for bankruptcy, has 2 vehicles AND a motorcycle, spends upwards of $100 per month at Victoria's Secret (she must wear matching bra and panties EVERY DAY), pays $200 per month for Comcast, owns season tickets to the local NFL team, is taking out loans for school (she already has $30,000 and is only 1/3 done with her online business degree), and has numerous other store credit cards that she pays the minimum payment on. Oh did I mention that she lives at home with her mom so she doesn't have to pay much in rent? She also has no children. Every time we are going to meet up for a drink, it has to be right after payday so she can spend her money...D'oh!!!!!

So $1200/yr for VS.  assuming no sales, even with matching bra and panties every day, that's still like 20 matching sets - a year!  My wife has VA bras (and the free panties they send coupons for every few months) and they last ~2 years with care (only hand wash) and normal use (2-3 days a week per bra).  How is this girl walking around with 40-60 good VS bras.  It's it wrong that that's what I'm upset at, screw that 3 vehicles and all her other issues - how do you 'need' 60 bras while shopping for more?!?!?

Not sure if she has that many bras, but she buys lots of stuff; underwear, clothing, perfume, makeup...But yes, she wears matching bra and underwear everyday. And pays the minimum $25/month.

Why is she telling her coworkers about her underwear? WTF?

My question exactly.  How would one know what one's coworkers were wearing underneath their clothes?  Shades of Mad Men... 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8722 on: June 17, 2015, 03:00:41 PM »
Why is she telling her coworkers about her underwear? WTF?
My question exactly.  How would one know what one's coworkers were wearing underneath their clothes?  Shades of Mad Men...

I'm a guy but if it's just a bunch of women working in an office all day together, no men, that doesn't seem too weird of a topic.  I know a bunch of guys working together with no women around, any and every topic is game...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8723 on: June 17, 2015, 08:06:44 PM »
I like how I didn't even think people would actually pay for the low-grade/overpriced makeup and perfume there.  Their bras are worth it (especially if you are larger up top), but the rest of the stuff - really?!?

Actually, anyone who has tried actually quality undergarments will tell you that VS is crap. I mean, I still have some because it's cheap, but it is not well made at all.

Ok, gotta ask. What brands do you consider quality? I've been happy with VS, so if I can find something even better I'll be in heaven. Particularly if it's cheaper.

I also would like to know!  I've been having good luck with Maidenform bras lately, but I purchase them for about $6 each at Ross and get at least 2 years of use out of them.  Usually the underwire wears through the fabric, so once I've been stabbed a few times, I throw it out.  ;)

I like Chantelle.  I stopped shopping at VS went the quality took a nosedive and the prices went up.  I would rather pay a little more for a much higher quality item.

I really like Soma.  Their underwear never shows under clothing and stays in place all day.

I agree, Chantelle bras are great.  They are expensive and never ever go on sale, but they are just great.  I've got enough junk in the frunk that I care about bras, and these are my favorite.
I also like Wacoal, which I can often find at TJ Maxx.  They are usually less pretty than Chantelle but just as effective.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8724 on: June 17, 2015, 11:31:36 PM »
Hey guys, what kind of jock straps do you like to wear?  I prefer to freeball.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8725 on: June 18, 2015, 05:32:50 AM »
Hey guys, what kind of jock straps do you like to wear?  I prefer to freeball.

Boxer Briefs 4E - best of both worlds

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8726 on: June 18, 2015, 06:27:01 AM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.

Texas is the 2nd biggest state with over a quarter million square miles.  Does it really have very little huntable land?  I find that mind boggling.

Don't they pay people to hunt feral pigs? I heard there were millions of them creating property damage around the state.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8727 on: June 18, 2015, 06:27:22 AM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.
You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means ;)

Even if you eat everything you shoot, this is still many times the cost of the food in question - so the rest of the $$ is recreation. The fact that many Texans are in the habit of paying high prices for this type of recreation doesn't make it cheap.

Heh. Maybe we need a new word meaning, 'inexpensive relative to what things normally cost in Texas'.  Except that a lot of stuff IS cheap here...just not hunting.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8728 on: June 18, 2015, 06:33:10 AM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.

Texas is the 2nd biggest state with over a quarter million square miles.  Does it really have very little huntable land?  I find that mind boggling.

Don't they pay people to hunt feral pigs? I heard there were millions of them creating property damage around the state.

They, meaning landowners? Probably some do. The etiquette that is often practiced is that if you 'know someone' and get an in to hunt for free on their land, you shoot any feral hogs you see as a matter of courtesy. If you feel ambitious, you can butcher them for meat, but hog butchering is apparently a whole new level of gross (I've never tried, though I've helped butcher many deer and butchered various small game), so many hunters just leave the hogs and don't bother.

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« Reply #8729 on: June 18, 2015, 06:42:06 AM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.

Texas is the 2nd biggest state with over a quarter million square miles.  Does it really have very little huntable land?  I find that mind boggling.

Don't they pay people to hunt feral pigs? I heard there were millions of them creating property damage around the state.

They, meaning landowners? Probably some do. The etiquette that is often practiced is that if you 'know someone' and get an in to hunt for free on their land, you shoot any feral hogs you see as a matter of courtesy. If you feel ambitious, you can butcher them for meat, but hog butchering is apparently a whole new level of gross (I've never tried, though I've helped butcher many deer and butchered various small game), so many hunters just leave the hogs and don't bother.

They meaning the government.  Many counties offer a tiny reward for each hog bagged.

How is butchering a hog a new level of gross above butchering a deer, or a domesticated hog?  Seems like it would be worth it for all that free pork. 

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« Reply #8730 on: June 18, 2015, 07:40:39 AM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.

Texas is the 2nd biggest state with over a quarter million square miles.  Does it really have very little huntable land?  I find that mind boggling.

Don't they pay people to hunt feral pigs? I heard there were millions of them creating property damage around the state.

They, meaning landowners? Probably some do. The etiquette that is often practiced is that if you 'know someone' and get an in to hunt for free on their land, you shoot any feral hogs you see as a matter of courtesy. If you feel ambitious, you can butcher them for meat, but hog butchering is apparently a whole new level of gross (I've never tried, though I've helped butcher many deer and butchered various small game), so many hunters just leave the hogs and don't bother.

They meaning the government.  Many counties offer a tiny reward for each hog bagged.

How is butchering a hog a new level of gross above butchering a deer, or a domesticated hog?  Seems like it would be worth it for all that free pork.

I had to Google for info, but yes apparently some Texas counties pay between 2 and 5$ per hog.  But again, you need access to land first, so I'm not sure if that applies on private and public lands, or what. I haven't been around feral hog butchering, so can't speak from first hand experience. Several people who are experienced hunters said the fat is very greasy and stinky, which makes it more unpleasant than average.

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« Reply #8731 on: June 18, 2015, 08:02:53 AM »
A coworker just spent $2400 on food and souvenirs for 4 people at Disney World last week.

An so paid $2,400 to get steamed in the Florida heat as well.  So much fun...

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« Reply #8732 on: June 18, 2015, 08:05:27 AM »
I had to Google for info, but yes apparently some Texas counties pay between 2 and 5$ per hog.  But again, you need access to land first, so I'm not sure if that applies on private and public lands, or what. I haven't been around feral hog butchering, so can't speak from first hand experience. Several people who are experienced hunters said the fat is very greasy and stinky, which makes it more unpleasant than average.

In Alabama here, and I am a relatively picky eater, but I love wild pork meat.  It really almost tastes like steak.  I have had no problems with the fat, though butchering a nursing or pregnant sow does get a bit overwhelming.  Hogs are considered an invasive species in Alabama, so there is no closed season and no bag limits.  My husband's family has private land, and we all get so excited when hogs are spotted on the game cams.  It ranks right up there with venison backstrap. 

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« Reply #8733 on: June 18, 2015, 09:16:43 AM »
If the hunting trip is in Texas, that's a pretty cheap figure. Unlike more normal parts of the United States, there is very little huntable land in TX. So the land owners can charge thousands to people even for hunting quail, turkeys, or deer. Then there are the big game ranches, where you pay sometimes in the tens of thousands to 'stalk' exotic African and Asian ungulates.

All I can say is that if you are going to kill something because you think it's feral, be absolutely certain that it is.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/18/texas-cat-killed/26004455/

Texas is the 2nd biggest state with over a quarter million square miles.  Does it really have very little huntable land?  I find that mind boggling.

Don't they pay people to hunt feral pigs? I heard there were millions of them creating property damage around the state.

They, meaning landowners? Probably some do. The etiquette that is often practiced is that if you 'know someone' and get an in to hunt for free on their land, you shoot any feral hogs you see as a matter of courtesy. If you feel ambitious, you can butcher them for meat, but hog butchering is apparently a whole new level of gross (I've never tried, though I've helped butcher many deer and butchered various small game), so many hunters just leave the hogs and don't bother.

They meaning the government.  Many counties offer a tiny reward for each hog bagged.

How is butchering a hog a new level of gross above butchering a deer, or a domesticated hog?  Seems like it would be worth it for all that free pork.

I had to Google for info, but yes apparently some Texas counties pay between 2 and 5$ per hog.  But again, you need access to land first, so I'm not sure if that applies on private and public lands, or what. I haven't been around feral hog butchering, so can't speak from first hand experience. Several people who are experienced hunters said the fat is very greasy and stinky, which makes it more unpleasant than average.

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« Reply #8734 on: June 18, 2015, 09:28:05 AM »
A coworker just spent $2400 on food and souvenirs for 4 people at Disney World last week.

An so paid $2,400 to get steamed in the Florida heat as well.  So much fun...

Me, my 2 brothers, best friend, and fiance's brother just spent 4 days in Tampa (with an unplanned adventure at the end in Philadelphia) for my bachelor party and for game 5 of the Stanley Cup. We spent a little bit more than $2,500 for that. Actually a lot a bit more. And it was totally worth it.

But I wouldn't be interested in seeing the rat.

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« Reply #8735 on: June 18, 2015, 09:37:38 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of something called a "half-birthday?" I overheard a group at work making plans for someone's "half-birthday" today so I decided to google it to see if it really is a thing: "it's a day approximately six months before or after the anniversary of a person's birth. It is sometimes marked by people whose birthday falls near major holidays." :eyeroll:



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« Reply #8736 on: June 18, 2015, 09:44:41 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of something called a "half-birthday?" I overheard a group at work making plans for someone's "half-birthday" today so I decided to google it to see if it really is a thing: "it's a day approximately six months before or after the anniversary of a person's birth. It is sometimes marked by people whose birthday falls near major holidays." :eyeroll:

My parents always celebrated that for us kids growing up.  It does make you feel special when your bday is farthest away.  My wife, who loves birthdays and celebrations, loved the idea when she joined the family.

We would only get one (small) present on that day, and maybe a cupcake.  Nothing big, just a small recognition of the day.

Regarding that last sentence: Imagine if your birthday is Christmas Eve, as is my brother-in-law's.  No present holidays for a year, and your bday is always overshadowed.  A half-birthday helps a lot in this case.
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« Reply #8737 on: June 18, 2015, 09:51:05 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of something called a "half-birthday?" I overheard a group at work making plans for someone's "half-birthday" today so I decided to google it to see if it really is a thing: "it's a day approximately six months before or after the anniversary of a person's birth. It is sometimes marked by people whose birthday falls near major holidays." :eyeroll:

My parents always celebrated that for us kids growing up.  It does make you feel special when your bday is farthest away.  My wife, who loves birthdays and celebrations, loved the idea when she joined the family.

We would only get one (small) present on that day, and maybe a cupcake.  Nothing big, just a small recognition of the day.

Regarding that last sentence: Imagine if your birthday is Christmas Eve, as is my brother-in-law's.  No present holidays for a year, and your bday is always overshadowed.  A half-birthday helps a lot in this case.

Yeah at first thought is sounds like someone celebrating a "Happy Unbirthday Day," if you've read/seen Alice in Wonderland, but I liked it in elementary school as I have an August birthday and our school celebrated birthdays, so a half-birthday made me feel like my classmates. Don't know if it would be worth doing for everyone, but I agree that for someone that has a birthday on Christmas, it can make sense.

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« Reply #8738 on: June 18, 2015, 10:00:14 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of something called a "half-birthday?" I overheard a group at work making plans for someone's "half-birthday" today so I decided to google it to see if it really is a thing: "it's a day approximately six months before or after the anniversary of a person's birth. It is sometimes marked by people whose birthday falls near major holidays." :eyeroll:

I don't see the problem. Unless you're talking about the attainment of certain rite-of-passage ages, I think it is no more or less silly to use a half-birthday as a reason to celebrate than an actual birthday. But if there's some actual un-Mustachian partying that's happening, do tell!

Heck, some retirees might see 59-1/2 as an age worth celebrating. . . .

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« Reply #8739 on: June 18, 2015, 10:19:19 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of something called a "half-birthday?" I overheard a group at work making plans for someone's "half-birthday" today so I decided to google it to see if it really is a thing: "it's a day approximately six months before or after the anniversary of a person's birth. It is sometimes marked by people whose birthday falls near major holidays." :eyeroll:

I celebrate my half birthday every year, and it always annoys the crap out of my wife (half the fun!)  My "celebration" is simply that I insist we go out somewhere that has a good cheeseburger, and that I get homemade chocolate chip cookies.  It's a bit of harmless fun, outside of the cholesterol. 

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« Reply #8740 on: June 18, 2015, 10:28:21 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of something called a "half-birthday?" I overheard a group at work making plans for someone's "half-birthday" today so I decided to google it to see if it really is a thing: "it's a day approximately six months before or after the anniversary of a person's birth. It is sometimes marked by people whose birthday falls near major holidays." :eyeroll:

My parents always celebrated that for us kids growing up.  It does make you feel special when your bday is farthest away.  My wife, who loves birthdays and celebrations, loved the idea when she joined the family.

We would only get one (small) present on that day, and maybe a cupcake.  Nothing big, just a small recognition of the day.

Regarding that last sentence: Imagine if your birthday is Christmas Eve, as is my brother-in-law's.  No present holidays for a year, and your bday is always overshadowed.  A half-birthday helps a lot in this case.

This.  My oldest great-nephew's birthday is on Christmas Eve but the celebration is the week of June 24, although he does get a birthday cake on the actual day. 

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« Reply #8741 on: June 18, 2015, 11:06:12 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of something called a "half-birthday?" I overheard a group at work making plans for someone's "half-birthday" today so I decided to google it to see if it really is a thing: "it's a day approximately six months before or after the anniversary of a person's birth. It is sometimes marked by people whose birthday falls near major holidays." :eyeroll:

My parents always celebrated that for us kids growing up.  It does make you feel special when your bday is farthest away.  My wife, who loves birthdays and celebrations, loved the idea when she joined the family.

We would only get one (small) present on that day, and maybe a cupcake.  Nothing big, just a small recognition of the day.

Regarding that last sentence: Imagine if your birthday is Christmas Eve, as is my brother-in-law's.  No present holidays for a year, and your bday is always overshadowed.  A half-birthday helps a lot in this case.

Yep. Dec 21 birthday here. Know the feels.

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« Reply #8742 on: June 18, 2015, 11:08:32 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of something called a "half-birthday?" I overheard a group at work making plans for someone's "half-birthday" today so I decided to google it to see if it really is a thing: "it's a day approximately six months before or after the anniversary of a person's birth. It is sometimes marked by people whose birthday falls near major holidays." :eyeroll:

My parents always celebrated that for us kids growing up.  It does make you feel special when your bday is farthest away.  My wife, who loves birthdays and celebrations, loved the idea when she joined the family.

We would only get one (small) present on that day, and maybe a cupcake.  Nothing big, just a small recognition of the day.

Regarding that last sentence: Imagine if your birthday is Christmas Eve, as is my brother-in-law's.  No present holidays for a year, and your bday is always overshadowed.  A half-birthday helps a lot in this case.

This.  My oldest great-nephew's birthday is on Christmas Eve but the celebration is the week of June 24, although he does get a birthday cake on the actual day.

Kids I get, adults I don't. I don't think adutls need another "special" day. It's just another pointless waste of money. 
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« Reply #8743 on: June 18, 2015, 11:16:34 AM »
Kids I get, adults I don't. It's just another useless waste of money.

Agreed, but that's the case with pretty much any "present" holiday (half birthday, real birthday, valentine's day, etc.)--the thought/gesture is nice, the waste of money is unnecessary.

The wife likes me to say "Happy Half Birthday" just as much as she likes me to say "Happy Valentine's Day" but in neither case do we need to do more than a minor thing.

People are always going to find reasons to waste money if they want to.
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« Reply #8744 on: June 18, 2015, 11:24:34 AM »
Kids I get, adults I don't. I don't think adutls need another "special" day. It's just another pointless waste of money.

That's what Scrooge said about Christmas.

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« Reply #8745 on: June 18, 2015, 11:31:46 AM »
Kids I get, adults I don't. I don't think adutls need another "special" day. It's just another pointless waste of money.

That's what Scrooge said about Christmas.

And look how well he was doing!

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« Reply #8746 on: June 18, 2015, 11:36:58 AM »
Kids I get, adults I don't. I don't think adutls need another "special" day. It's just another pointless waste of money.

That's what Scrooge said about Christmas.

And look how well he was doing!



Counterpoint:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqqfGXrX__8

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« Reply #8747 on: June 18, 2015, 11:37:37 AM »
Kids I get, adults I don't. I don't think adutls need another "special" day. It's just another pointless waste of money.

That's what Scrooge said about Christmas.

And look how well he was doing!



Swimming in gold? This is more realistic:


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« Reply #8748 on: June 18, 2015, 11:45:01 AM »
It's interesting that the video and gif are mirror images of each other.
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« Reply #8749 on: June 18, 2015, 11:48:22 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of something called a "half-birthday?" I overheard a group at work making plans for someone's "half-birthday" today so I decided to google it to see if it really is a thing: "it's a day approximately six months before or after the anniversary of a person's birth. It is sometimes marked by people whose birthday falls near major holidays." :eyeroll:
I always celebrate my half birthday!

it's called Christmas.

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