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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8850 on: June 21, 2015, 03:24:52 PM »

Well, trips to Ikea gets almost the same reactions from coworkers, but takes more like 45min by car. Ullared (yes, nailed it lemanfan) is more extreme. There is even the possibility to fly from northern Sweden to spend two days shopping before flying back. Literally nothing else to do in this godforsaken place (Ullared, not Sweden as a whole)

I was going to say Birsta is worse but no. I just looked up Ullared on the map. That is middle of nowhere! :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8851 on: June 21, 2015, 03:36:25 PM »
I know many people who will drive 3-4 hours and pay $60 one way to go to ikea. They will drive to this city only for ikea, and go with nothing in particular in mind that they want to buy. Consumerism at its finest.

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« Reply #8852 on: June 21, 2015, 10:38:05 PM »
Finally read through whole thread... Celebrating with some mockery!

Coworkers (all female) takes several trips every year to 1 (yes, one!) single shop 7 hours away round trip to buy cheap shit. Typically spends 1/2 to 1 monthly paycheck on plastic bags, cheap makeup, toys and tasteless home decoration.

The shoppers gets cheered on by the other coworkers irl and on Facebook in terms of "oh, paradise", "worth every penny" and so on.

Facepalm several times a month. Never stops.

(Had actual photo of last fb update from shopping spree, but being a rookie I don't know how to post it)

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Store is legendary in Sweden. Has its own tv-show. I must admit I have some guilty pleasure in watching it...

Ikea has its own TV show?
Not ikea. Just this one store in the middle of nowhere.

Plastic + tasteless home decoration + Sweden turned into Ikea in my mind :)
Well, trips to Ikea gets almost the same reactions from coworkers, but takes more like 45min by car. Ullared (yes, nailed it lemanfan) is more extreme. There is even the possibility to fly from northern Sweden to spend two days shopping before flying back. Literally nothing else to do in this godforsaken place (Ullared, not Sweden as a whole)

Sounds like the closest thing we have in the US is outlet stores?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8853 on: June 22, 2015, 05:36:44 AM »
A co-worker and I were talking about retirement. He was a regular complainy-pants telling me how he was never going to retire yada yada.

Another go-worker over heard us (he is usually a very quite guy never says much) and something I said must have struck him because he openly told me "yeah, my wife just told me last night we hit our goal 1.3M"

This guys makes between 40-50k and apparently for the last x-number of years his family has been living off just his income and completely banking his wife's. High fives ensued.

You never know who is a closet mustachian.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8854 on: June 22, 2015, 06:47:25 AM »
I know many people who will drive 3-4 hours and pay $60 one way to go to ikea. They will drive to this city only for ikea, and go with nothing in particular in mind that they want to buy. Consumerism at its finest.
Oh man... this takes me back to when I was an O-2 in the Air Force and we'd all drive an hour+ from Biloxi to Mobile just to walk around Best Buy, whether we needed anything or not. Good god, the dumb shit we brought home just because we could... and all the while wondering why I never seemed to get ahead. Haha...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8855 on: June 22, 2015, 08:39:30 AM »
I know many people who will drive 3-4 hours and pay $60 one way to go to ikea. They will drive to this city only for ikea, and go with nothing in particular in mind that they want to buy. Consumerism at its finest.
Oh man... this takes me back to when I was an O-2 in the Air Force and we'd all drive an hour+ from Biloxi to Mobile just to walk around Best Buy, whether we needed anything or not. Good god, the dumb shit we brought home just because we could... and all the while wondering why I never seemed to get ahead. Haha...

Yeah, I noticed that my idle purchases went way down when I stopped going to Target and Barnes and Noble and other stores for no reason, but just to wander around. Go figure...

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« Reply #8856 on: June 22, 2015, 09:01:38 AM »
Yeah, I noticed that my idle purchases went way down when I stopped going to Target and Barnes and Noble and other stores for no reason, but just to wander around. Go figure...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8857 on: June 22, 2015, 09:05:04 AM »
I know many people who will drive 3-4 hours and pay $60 one way to go to ikea. They will drive to this city only for ikea, and go with nothing in particular in mind that they want to buy. Consumerism at its finest.
Oh man... this takes me back to when I was an O-2 in the Air Force and we'd all drive an hour+ from Biloxi to Mobile just to walk around Best Buy, whether we needed anything or not. Good god, the dumb shit we brought home just because we could... and all the while wondering why I never seemed to get ahead. Haha...

Yeah, I noticed that my idle purchases went way down when I stopped going to Target and Barnes and Noble and other stores for no reason, but just to wander around. Go figure...
Haha!  We had a huge drop in our grocery budget when we started to get our groceries delivered.  I guess I can't resist pretty packaging and sugar right in front of me. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8858 on: June 22, 2015, 09:14:23 AM »
I know many people who will drive 3-4 hours and pay $60 one way to go to ikea. They will drive to this city only for ikea, and go with nothing in particular in mind that they want to buy. Consumerism at its finest.
Oh man... this takes me back to when I was an O-2 in the Air Force and we'd all drive an hour+ from Biloxi to Mobile just to walk around Best Buy, whether we needed anything or not. Good god, the dumb shit we brought home just because we could... and all the while wondering why I never seemed to get ahead. Haha...

Yeah, I noticed that my idle purchases went way down when I stopped going to Target and Barnes and Noble and other stores for no reason, but just to wander around. Go figure...
Haha!  We had a huge drop in our grocery budget when we started to get our groceries delivered.  I guess I can't resist pretty packaging and sugar right in front of me.

LOL! I have heard that people find it cost effective to have their grocery delivered, the lack of temptation, coupled with having to plan out what you want can be very effective!

I'm working on eliminating all crap and cooking nearly everything at home (my challenge is to only eat out when with people), and thus far it has been fun. Love me some chuck roast with red curry, YUM!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8859 on: June 22, 2015, 10:26:37 AM »
Well, trips to Ikea gets almost the same reactions from coworkers, but takes more like 45min by car. Ullared (yes, nailed it lemanfan) is more extreme. There is even the possibility to fly from northern Sweden to spend two days shopping before flying back. Literally nothing else to do in this godforsaken place (Ullared, not Sweden as a whole)

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You've got me re-thinking our summer plans to visit distant relatives in Sweden.  OMG I'm not going to be able to sleep.  Is everyone in Ullared a serial killer?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8860 on: June 22, 2015, 10:39:48 AM »
You've got me re-thinking our summer plans to visit distant relatives in Sweden.  OMG I'm not going to be able to sleep.  Is everyone in Ullared a serial killer?

:)

Short answer: yes. 

Or no.  That guy is not from Ullared, he's a local comedian from another town mocking Ullared.  But still. avoid that town.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8861 on: June 22, 2015, 12:22:40 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.

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.

I don't think butchering wild hog is any worse than any other meat. My husband and I do it all the time and I've never noticed it to be any more unpleasant than butchering deer. It's totally worth it for all the meat you get. Just this weekend we enjoyed some delicious BBQ ribs from a wild hog we got in Oklahoma last year. It was excellent.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8862 on: June 22, 2015, 12:39:08 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.

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.

I don't think butchering wild hog is any worse than any other meat. My husband and I do it all the time and I've never noticed it to be any more unpleasant than butchering deer. It's totally worth it for all the meat you get. Just this weekend we enjoyed some delicious BBQ ribs from a wild hog we got in Oklahoma last year. It was excellent.

Some fear Hep E so leave the hogs.  It was so rampant in GA when we lived there that hog hunting was primarily for population control.  I don't think it's worse then doing a deer, little stinkier then a deer, but not too bad.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8863 on: June 23, 2015, 05:27:01 AM »
I know many people who will drive 3-4 hours and pay $60 one way to go to ikea. They will drive to this city only for ikea, and go with nothing in particular in mind that they want to buy. Consumerism at its finest.
Oh man... this takes me back to when I was an O-2 in the Air Force and we'd all drive an hour+ from Biloxi to Mobile just to walk around Best Buy, whether we needed anything or not. Good god, the dumb shit we brought home just because we could... and all the while wondering why I never seemed to get ahead. Haha...

Yeah, I noticed that my idle purchases went way down when I stopped going to Target and Barnes and Noble and other stores for no reason, but just to wander around. Go figure...
Haha!  We had a huge drop in our grocery budget when we started to get our groceries delivered.  I guess I can't resist pretty packaging and sugar right in front of me.

We don't have groceries delivered because the prices are a bit steep, but I have saved a lot by setting things up so I never have to set foot in Target. They have subscribe and save like Amazon and it's the same prices as in store. It's helped our budget so much to not have to go there for toothpaste, shampoo, etc.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8864 on: June 23, 2015, 07:57:52 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.

I don't think butchering wild hog is any worse than any other meat. My husband and I do it all the time and I've never noticed it to be any more unpleasant than butchering deer. It's totally worth it for all the meat you get. Just this weekend we enjoyed some delicious BBQ ribs from a wild hog we got in Oklahoma last year. It was excellent.

Some fear Hep E so leave the hogs.  It was so rampant in GA when we lived there that hog hunting was primarily for population control.  I don't think it's worse then doing a deer, little stinkier then a deer, but not too bad.

This is good first-hand info, you guys. I love this forum!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8865 on: June 23, 2015, 08:14:30 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.

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.

I don't think butchering wild hog is any worse than any other meat. My husband and I do it all the time and I've never noticed it to be any more unpleasant than butchering deer. It's totally worth it for all the meat you get. Just this weekend we enjoyed some delicious BBQ ribs from a wild hog we got in Oklahoma last year. It was excellent.

Some fear Hep E so leave the hogs.  It was so rampant in GA when we lived there that hog hunting was primarily for population control.  I don't think it's worse then doing a deer, little stinkier then a deer, but not too bad.

This is good first-hand info, you guys. I love this forum!

Hogs are being bought up in Texas by processors.  You have to trap them, they have to be a certain size, and right now people are getting 20-50 cents a pound.  So maybe anywhere from $30-$100 a hog.  They feed them corn in pens and then process them later. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8866 on: June 23, 2015, 03:22:33 PM »


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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« Reply #8867 on: June 23, 2015, 03:25:22 PM »
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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Why is she telling her coworkers about her underwear? WTF?
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My question exactly.  How would one know what one's coworkers were wearing underneath their clothes?  Shades of Mad Men...
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We're friendly coworkers in that we go out, get drinks, talk about life...And she's told me all about her money problems which includes her VS charge card...Which is when she "justified" it by saying she has to have matching bra/panties everyday.
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« Reply #8868 on: June 23, 2015, 03:37:54 PM »
What "industry" are you in exactly ??????

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« Reply #8869 on: June 23, 2015, 06:35:26 PM »
 come on man

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« Reply #8870 on: June 23, 2015, 06:58:05 PM »
come on man

Thanks.  (It bothered me too.
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« Reply #8871 on: June 23, 2015, 07:49:38 PM »
A co-worker and I were talking about retirement. He was a regular complainy-pants telling me how he was never going to retire yada yada.

Another go-worker over heard us (he is usually a very quite guy never says much) and something I said must have struck him because he openly told me "yeah, my wife just told me last night we hit our goal 1.3M"

This guys makes between 40-50k and apparently for the last x-number of years his family has been living off just his income and completely banking his wife's. High fives ensued.

You never know who is a closet mustachian.

I will bet the other co-worker's jaw simply dropped.

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« Reply #8874 on: June 24, 2015, 05:21:31 AM »
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« Reply #8875 on: June 24, 2015, 05:40:30 AM »
A co-worker and I were talking about retirement. He was a regular complainy-pants telling me how he was never going to retire yada yada.

Another go-worker over heard us (he is usually a very quite guy never says much) and something I said must have struck him because he openly told me "yeah, my wife just told me last night we hit our goal 1.3M"

This guys makes between 40-50k and apparently for the last x-number of years his family has been living off just his income and completely banking his wife's. High fives ensued.

You never know who is a closet mustachian.

I will bet the other co-worker's jaw simply dropped.

Yes, yes it did. Then he kind of started making fun of the guy. "What are you doing here? I would retire right now if I had that money"

I wanted to say, "Thats the point. He can do whatever the f*ck he wants"

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« Reply #8876 on: June 24, 2015, 07:42:17 AM »
come on man

Thanks.  (It bothered me too.

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« Reply #8877 on: June 24, 2015, 07:49:05 AM »
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This is good first-hand info, you guys. I love this forum!
Hi, native Texas hunter myself, here. I can see why you'd feel like there's not a lot of 'huntable' land in TX if you grew up in Wisconsin and were used to hunting public land, and that the heinous expense of "ranch" hunting (big programs with glossy pamphlets and guides) would be supported by that alone. But those hunts are definitely the premium experience and frankly isn't marketed so much at just Texans but just generally rich people who want an easy harvest on trophy gamebirds/deer/nilgai (though they're happy to take anyone's money.)

My experience of hunting growing up always took place on private land - ideally you can find a friend's or friend-of-a-friend's but we also had a relatively inexpensive year-round lease on a farmer's pasture, field, and woods split with three other people who all pitched in to maintain a couple of blinds and keep some feeders going and cut trail and make sure the owner's cattle weren't where they shouldn't be. In exchange we got access to a stocked tank with some largemouth bass and perch, tons of rabbit and squirrel year round, whitewing and mourning dove, hogs when they began invading, and plenty of whitetail deer and rio grande turkey. (There were also coyotes, bobcats, skunks, rattlesnakes, and a mountain lion, but we all left each other alone as best we could.) For the cost of one of my rent payments we had a year of entertainment and time in the woods and some of the best lessons on living I could have gotten, not to mention the need for a capacious additional freezer.

Butchering is fun, if you do it indoors with friends/family and AC.

Anyone who tells you feral hog, or any wild meat, isn't any good is usually butchering it wrong after letting it sit around in the heat rather than chilling it right away - it's DELICIOUS - or, less often, they shot some older male hogs in poorer health. Targeting sows is better for population control, eating, and your nose (I won't lie; male hogs do stink like a cesspit; I don't know how they have a good sense of smell when they smell so much themselves. But they do taste delicious, especially if you like carnitas, tamales and jerk barbeque.)

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« Reply #8878 on: June 24, 2015, 08:48:59 AM »
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Probably a good idea to make sure it is very well cooked. There is a good reason that those people that survived 1000s of years cooking over campfires have rules against eating wild pigs


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8879 on: June 24, 2015, 08:57:39 AM »
Anyone who tells you feral hog, or any wild meat, isn't any good is usually butchering it wrong after letting it sit around in the heat rather than chilling it right away - it's DELICIOUS - or, less often, they shot some older male hogs in poorer health.

Meh.  I think it depends on the meat you get.  I've had deer many times.  It's always gamey, and too lean.  Hunting usually took place in November, so air temperature was typically cooler than a refrigerator.  Moose on the other hand, always tastes good.

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« Reply #8880 on: June 24, 2015, 09:30:11 AM »
OK, let's go back to stupid names for people's children.  Specifically Kaylee in all its variations.  The legitimate word is Ceilidh (Scots Gaelic) or sometimes Ceili (Irish Gaelic) and it means a party with alcohol and music and dancing and basically having a grand time.  Do the people using this as a girl's name have any clue as to the original meaning?

Okay - how about Stelmo for a little girl we heard of? Our own children have old fashioned names so I can't laugh and point fingers too much. ;) Didn't want our kids to have any of the top 50 (especially the top 10) current names. I was one of those kids way back when. When they called my name about four or five of us all jumped to attention.  :)
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« Reply #8881 on: June 24, 2015, 11:40:38 AM »
OK, I'll bite, you have me hooked - St. Elmo?

Popular names  - you never know.  In elementary school I was the only one with my name, in High School there were 4 of us, and three of the four were in the same home room.
When we named our DD, it was uncommon but not weird, not in the birth notices, etc.  She hit school and shared her name with 2 other girls in her grade. 


Okay - how about Stelmo for a little girl we know of? Our own children have old fashioned names so I can't laugh and point fingers. ;) Didn't want our kids to have any of the top 50 (especially the top 10) current names. I was one of those kids way back when. When they called my name about four or five of us all jumped to attention.  :)
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« Reply #8882 on: June 24, 2015, 11:47:34 AM »
In elementary school I was the only one with my name, in High School there were 4 of us

I guess more people were retired in high school than elementary
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« Reply #8883 on: June 24, 2015, 12:16:48 PM »
I am sure we all wished we could retire that early!  ;-)

In elementary school I was the only one with my name, in High School there were 4 of us
I guess more people were retired in high school than elementary
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« Reply #8884 on: June 24, 2015, 12:26:30 PM »

Popular names  - you never know.  In elementary school I was the only one with my name, in High School there were 4 of us, and three of the four were in the same home room.
When we named our DD, it was uncommon but not weird, not in the birth notices, etc.  She hit school and shared her name with 2 other girls in her grade. 


Our son's name was in the -75-100 range of top 100.  His 5 kid daycare has 2, one of the dad's of another kid has the same name, there were 2 more kids who were trying to find a spot with the same name.  I've known 1 person in my life (prior to this) with the name. 

You just never know with names outside of the annoying top 10.

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« Reply #8885 on: June 24, 2015, 01:32:47 PM »
As a person with a SUPER common first name (#1 or 2 the year I was born??) the small amount of annoyance of having 10 peers with the same name (guys think that's cool and use it as a reason to be friends) is vastly outweighed by the complete lack of chance that my name will be used to pull my resume out of a pile, keep me out of a job, or otherwise used against me in any way. 
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« Reply #8886 on: June 24, 2015, 01:54:42 PM »
As a person with a SUPER common first name (#1 or 2 the year I was born??) the small amount of annoyance of having 10 peers with the same name (guys think that's cool and use it as a reason to be friends) is vastly outweighed by the complete lack of chance that my name will be used to pull my resume out of a pile, keep me out of a job, or otherwise used against me in any way.

My name was in the top 10 the year I was born, but is not even represented in 2014's top 100. Interesting.

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« Reply #8887 on: June 24, 2015, 02:38:51 PM »
As a person with a SUPER common first name (#1 or 2 the year I was born??) the small amount of annoyance of having 10 peers with the same name (guys think that's cool and use it as a reason to be friends) is vastly outweighed by the complete lack of chance that my name will be used to pull my resume out of a pile, keep me out of a job, or otherwise used against me in any way.

My name was in the top 10 the year I was born, but is not even represented in 2014's top 100. Interesting.
I've met maybe two people in my life who share my first name.  Nobody pronounces it correctly the first time.  Last year (when I was 33), my mom told me that they gave me a common middle name so that I could use that if I wanted to.

Seriously?  You waited until I was 33 to tell me this!?

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« Reply #8888 on: June 24, 2015, 02:47:18 PM »
I think I had to go back 2 years to find someone in MS/HS with my name (granted small school), but at my current company of 35 employees, 5 of us are Ryans.

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« Reply #8889 on: June 24, 2015, 03:21:47 PM »
I have still never met anyone with my first name.  Zaga is not my name, but oddly enough I DO know someone by that name.

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« Reply #8890 on: June 24, 2015, 03:30:32 PM »
his coworker is an older guy (not sure how old... 40s or 50s?), some kind of quality engineer I think. he only recently started at this company. he moved here from St. Louis because he got laid off at his previous job and had been unemployed for a while. he STILL RENTS A HOUSE IN ST. LOUIS FOR HIS WIFE simply because she "doesn't want to move to Tulsa." not because she has an awesome job there... hell I don't even think she has a job. so he also rents a house here for himself. we actually found out about this a while ago, but it has escalated recently and my bf has heard the guy on the phone with his wife trying to negotiate a move.

I've got one similar. Fellow I've known for a long time in his late 60s. Works and lives in one high COL state with his wife and until recently their grown son who is in his late-30s.

Son never had a job, never went to school until recently. Parents paid for a new car, and provided everything since he still lived at home. Recently got a job in an intern level job now that he's had some training of some sort (associate degree maybe?). I don't think it is paid position... And it looks like (last I heard) he might lose that "job" b/c he is a lousy employee.

Father can't retire b/c of their lifestyle costs. Meanwhile they are maintaining their original residence in another state. The internship is local to the original residence and now the son is living there rent free. Son is not really doing any of the maintenance or chores around the place so father must drive hundreds of miles occasionally to do those chores. Meanwhile the maintenance on the formerly nice home is behind and the house has some problems (roof, siding, etc).

Wife has never worked and for years now has wandered around the country visiting relatives and checking on a modest piece of property (think starter house) in a third state which sits empty and also not receiving any maintenance. Until the internship - the son drove her all over.  At one time she had a weekly or bi-weekly commute to the place where they live now splitting her time between the original residence and the current residence. Burning gasoline and wearing out cars.

Last time I saw the father, he had just bought a $35K 4WD pickup. Well, he said he paid north of $35K but I see them priced about $5K to $7.5K below that so the dealer got their piece of his pie too. 

Great guy. I wish he could retire and enjoy himself. We share mutual friends and some of them have comfortably retired. Wonder if he looks at them and says "I wish I did spent my money differently". Can't be sure but I think the wife and the spoiled son made it impossible for him to do much differently. We I in his shoes I would have quit the wife just so I didn't have to work to my dying day. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8891 on: June 24, 2015, 03:34:36 PM »
Funny story: my friend (EE/CE) sold his bike to a roommate (EE/CE) who didn't take care of it as instructed, and the battery ran flat. Jumped it with a car. Yep, jumped a bike battery with a car. No google, no research, just straight up connected the two. Hilarious.

Motorcycle battery? Sure you can do it. You can also jumpstart a lawn tractor this way. Have done both. My motorcycle was hard to start in wet weather (cracked coil). Rode it year 'round this way for a year or so. Eventually sold it. Learned to live with the hard start and how to get around that (how to tease the carbs so it would start and run on two cylinders until the other two dried out and fired).

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« Reply #8892 on: June 24, 2015, 03:57:59 PM »
Funny story: my friend (EE/CE) sold his bike to a roommate (EE/CE) who didn't take care of it as instructed, and the battery ran flat. Jumped it with a car. Yep, jumped a bike battery with a car. No google, no research, just straight up connected the two. Hilarious.

Motorcycle battery? Sure you can do it. You can also jumpstart a lawn tractor this way. Have done both. My motorcycle was hard to start in wet weather (cracked coil). Rode it year 'round this way for a year or so. Eventually sold it. Learned to live with the hard start and how to get around that (how to tease the carbs so it would start and run on two cylinders until the other two dried out and fired).

I've done it, too.  But EEs will generally be aware that automotive batteries are basically all 12v.

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« Reply #8893 on: June 24, 2015, 04:16:04 PM »
I don't go to work, so I'm reporting third-hand neighborhood gossip.

A 40-year-old married his fourth spouse in December 2011.  None of his previous marriages lasted longer than four years, mostly due to his own misconduct. 

The divorce betting pool started shortly after the honeymoon, and I picked this coming December because it's the four-year point.  No money is changing hands-- we're only comparing our skills at judging human behavioral psychology.

I've just learned that this couple financed their wedding and they're still paying it off nearly four years later.  Let me be clear on the vocabulary:  they didn't just finance their honeymoon, but they also financed the wedding (and he financed the rings) and they're still paying off all of that.  This is in addition to the first mortgage, the second mortgage, the student loan, and the car payments.  She also has a habit of buying high-end clothing for their 18-month-old daughter... I've heard estimates as high as 50 outfits (which are soon outgrown and replaced).  But although they're dual-working parents, they still manage to eat out and bar-hop with friends and "have fun".  You know, just living a typical life with debt up to their eyeballs.

It was pointed out to me that not only do they not have enough money to pay a divorce lawyer, but they're so enabling of each other's dysfunctional behavior that they may feel trapped in their marriage out of fear that they'd never survive on their own.  Because, after all, it takes two full-time incomes to handle this much debt.  It's simply not possible for them to break up the payments.

I'm going to have to re-think my divorce pool entry.  This marriage might be "until debt death do you part". 
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« Reply #8894 on: June 24, 2015, 04:44:24 PM »
Funny story: my friend (EE/CE) sold his bike to a roommate (EE/CE) who didn't take care of it as instructed, and the battery ran flat. Jumped it with a car. Yep, jumped a bike battery with a car. No google, no research, just straight up connected the two. Hilarious.

Motorcycle battery? Sure you can do it. You can also jumpstart a lawn tractor this way. Have done both. My motorcycle was hard to start in wet weather (cracked coil). Rode it year 'round this way for a year or so. Eventually sold it. Learned to live with the hard start and how to get around that (how to tease the carbs so it would start and run on two cylinders until the other two dried out and fired).

I've done it, too.  But EEs will generally be aware that automotive batteries are basically all 12v.

Yea it's fine, 12v all around (unless you have a really old/weird bike w/ 6v, but never seen one).  What you don't want to do is have the car running.  Car alternators can put out a lot more than 12v, which the bike might not like.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8895 on: June 24, 2015, 11:32:18 PM »
OK, let's go back to stupid names for people's children.  Specifically Kaylee in all its variations.  The legitimate word is Ceilidh (Scots Gaelic) or sometimes Ceili (Irish Gaelic) and it means a party with alcohol and music and dancing and basically having a grand time.  Do the people using this as a girl's name have any clue as to the original meaning?

Okay - how about Stelmo for a little girl we know of? Our own children have old fashioned names so I can't laugh and point fingers. ;) Didn't want our kids to have any of the top 50 (especially the top 10) current names. I was one of those kids way back when. When they called my name about four or five of us all jumped to attention.  :)
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« Reply #8896 on: June 25, 2015, 01:18:04 AM »
My pastor met a lady who named her kid Fudgesicle! The lady saw it in the grocery store one day and thought it was the prettiest name she ever. Its pronouced foodge sciliy.

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« Reply #8897 on: June 25, 2015, 01:44:25 AM »
OK, let's go back to stupid names for people's children.  Specifically Kaylee in all its variations.  The legitimate word is Ceilidh (Scots Gaelic) or sometimes Ceili (Irish Gaelic) and it means a party with alcohol and music and dancing and basically having a grand time.  Do the people using this as a girl's name have any clue as to the original meaning?

Okay - how about Stelmo for a little girl we know of? Our own children have old fashioned names so I can't laugh and point fingers. ;) Didn't want our kids to have any of the top 50 (especially the top 10) current names. I was one of those kids way back when. When they called my name about four or five of us all jumped to attention.  :)
Oooh! I'm a school teacher, I've taught some doozies!

My favourites:
  • Doobie (female)
  • Shoushan (female)
  • Dorsey ('door-see')(male)
  • Jacqualee ('ja-kah-lee') & Jamarlee (they're brothers)
  • Teniqua, Tanika, & Tamika (all in the same class)
  • Shonkiqua & Shaniqua (in the same class)
  • Tyreke and Tireek (again, in the same class)(and then I got a 'Tyreece' this year)
  • Phyia ('fire')(male)

There's lots more, but they get less funny.

Bloody Queenslanders. Can't even name their kids properly :)

I may have posted this before but friend of a friend knows a poor girl out there named "Abcde" (ab-see-de)

Didn't have the heart to ask if the surname was "Fghij"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #8898 on: June 25, 2015, 02:29:51 AM »
Can't be sure but I think the wife and the spoiled son made it impossible for him to do much differently.

I think you've got the chicken and the egg the wrong way round there.

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« Reply #8899 on: June 25, 2015, 07:02:20 AM »
Funny story: my friend (EE/CE) sold his bike to a roommate (EE/CE) who didn't take care of it as instructed, and the battery ran flat. Jumped it with a car. Yep, jumped a bike battery with a car. No google, no research, just straight up connected the two. Hilarious.

Motorcycle battery? Sure you can do it. You can also jumpstart a lawn tractor this way. Have done both. My motorcycle was hard to start in wet weather (cracked coil). Rode it year 'round this way for a year or so. Eventually sold it. Learned to live with the hard start and how to get around that (how to tease the carbs so it would start and run on two cylinders until the other two dried out and fired).

I've done it, too.  But EEs will generally be aware that automotive batteries are basically all 12v.

Yea it's fine, 12v all around (unless you have a really old/weird bike w/ 6v, but never seen one).  What you don't want to do is have the car running.  Car alternators can put out a lot more than 12v, which the bike might not like.

Cars don't put out any more voltage than motorcycles.  Excepting if you have an old 6v bike that is actually still running at 6v.  Most I've seen have been converted to run as a 12v system.