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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9750 on: August 05, 2015, 09:29:07 AM »
@miss madge, I agree, you can like it or not, your choice. I just hope it doesn't preclude you from actually working with/knowing that person. You don't need to be attracted to someone or like what they're wearing to have a positive interaction with them.

of course i don't discriminate against people who wear polo shirts. i just don't like polo shirts. it might have something to do with the fact that i work in tech and every trade show you go to is full of dudes in company polo shirts and it's ubiquitous and, to my eyes, ugly and, yes, basic.

but if i couldn't behave in a normal way with people who wear them i would pretty much just have to stay at home since like 90% of dudes seem to wear them like 90% of the time.

as a side note i'm also really not a fan of the stretched-earlobe look, especially when the stretched-earlobe person is my server at a place where i'm trying to eat. but i'm not going to be like "ugh, what is wrong with your ears, that is disgusting and you are a terrible person."

i have opinions, as do we all, but i don't normally express every opinion i have in every moment.

and, clearly, not every opinion is a life and death matter. my anti-polo-shirt stance seems kind of funny to me, actually, seeing as how i am surrounded by them. i also sometimes joke around about organizing a protest against the imperial system, because it is really fucking stupid compared to the metric system. it doesn't mean i hate america.

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Re: Overheard at Work
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9753 on: August 05, 2015, 10:14:44 AM »
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@MoonShadow are you telling me that in the U.S. we actually install heaters inside of A/C vents?
How fucked up is that?

I froze my *** off in an office in LA. I was walking to work in shorts and a t-shirt and keeping jeans and a hoodie in the office to change into.
I complained but facilities thought I was just a whining european - then after a year they found the heater had burned out.

The heater was so they could "control the humdity" - because the big problem in LA is humidity in the air!
I think the AC plant cooled the air to maximum possible and then they heated it to match the thermostat because electrcity is basically free, or at least it was in California in the 90s


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« Reply #9754 on: August 05, 2015, 10:29:06 AM »
I have lots of polos (mostly from LL Bean, good quality, $29, last forever) and wear them on days like today when I'm holed up in my office all day on phone calls, but many other days I'm in and out of meetings with senior people and on those days I dress up more as does anyone with half a brain and some aspirations. 

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« Reply #9755 on: August 05, 2015, 11:11:24 AM »
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@MoonShadow are you telling me that in the U.S. we actually install heaters inside of A/C vents?
How fucked up is that?

I froze my *** off in an office in LA. I was walking to work in shorts and a t-shirt and keeping jeans and a hoodie in the office to change into.
I complained but facilities thought I was just a whining european - then after a year they found the heater had burned out.

The heater was so they could "control the humdity" - because the big problem in LA is humidity in the air!
I think the AC plant cooled the air to maximum possible and then they heated it to match the thermostat because electrcity is basically free, or at least it was in California in the 90s

I actually just went to get a (hot) coffee and switched over to an open office in another building because it was so damn cold in my seating area. I would have just went home but I don't want to push it. I'll take a bit of fresh air and different atmosphere, but seriously, when people have to bring in hoodie's because they're so cold and it's 90+ outside, there's an issue.  I'm going to wear a bright plaid flannel tomorrow since my light hoodie isn't enough.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9756 on: August 05, 2015, 11:18:57 AM »

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@MoonShadow are you telling me that in the U.S. we actually install heaters inside of A/C vents?
How fucked up is that?

I froze my *** off in an office in LA. I was walking to work in shorts and a t-shirt and keeping jeans and a hoodie in the office to change into.
I complained but facilities thought I was just a whining european - then after a year they found the heater had burned out.

The heater was so they could "control the humdity" - because the big problem in LA is humidity in the air!
I think the AC plant cooled the air to maximum possible and then they heated it to match the thermostat because electrcity is basically free, or at least it was in California in the 90s

Wow, just wow.

By the way I started the "short sleeve shirt VS polo" thing as a lighthearted semi-joke (no, I was not serious when I wrote short sleeve shirt + tie should be a capital crime punishable with death sentence), I see that escalated pretty quickly lol.

Don't take yourselves too serious ladies and gents :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9757 on: August 05, 2015, 11:20:25 AM »
... it's ubiquitous and, to my eyes, ugly and, yes, basic.

Criticizing people's clothing is also pretty "basic."  I judge people who purposefully use words incorrectly and, in doing so, come across as hateful. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9758 on: August 05, 2015, 11:23:26 AM »
I actually just went to get a (hot) coffee and switched over to an open office in another building because it was so damn cold in my seating area. I would have just went home but I don't want to push it. I'll take a bit of fresh air and different atmosphere, but seriously, when people have to bring in hoodie's because they're so cold and it's 90+ outside, there's an issue.  I'm going to wear a bright plaid flannel tomorrow since my light hoodie isn't enough.

I worked in an office that had horrible climate control; some areas were freezing, some were boiling.

A guy 2 rows down from me was always burning hot. To the point where he put up a thermometer and recorded the high temperature each day. I on the other hand was freezing daily. I our manager asked if he could just switch our cubes.  Nope, he was social studies, I was math; we had to stay with our teams (we worked on the same project team, just not content areas).  So I started working (in the summer) wearing a scarf, a hat with a big fluffy ball and a pair of gloves. It didn't effect my productivity, I just looked ridiculous (we had no client interaction in this area.) That caught the VPs attention, who asked my manager "why the hell don't you switch her with K, he's always complaining it is way to hot where he sits!"

It was heaven over there in that hot cube. Sadly, the whole department got moved a month or two later.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9759 on: August 05, 2015, 11:47:27 AM »
It seems like it must be a gender-based thing but on the other hand women don't complain in the winter, so it must not be about absolute temperature. Dress could be a part of it, but I never wear sweaters at work in winter and I frequently want to in summer (not to mention that covering yourself as completely and thickly as men do tends to be perceived as frumpy on a woman). Sounds like women respond differently based on humidity levels? Or maybe women's metabolisms adjust more readily to the hot weather outside?

At any rate, now that we're talking about heat again, I feel I can post this:
Can you walk around naked, as god intended, without freezing your balls off? Then you're in a place that's too god damn cold, brother.

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« Reply #9760 on: August 05, 2015, 12:00:01 PM »
I guess it's a matter of opinion. Polo shirts scream "basic fratboy" to me, regardless of the fit, color, cut, whatever.

You're not the only one.  Not so much 'basic fratboy' for me but 'generic person'.

My husband wears a polo shirt and jeans to work everyday. He works in a lab, so he needs something cheap, because invariably acid will burn tiny holes through his shirts (the lab coats they give them SUCK), but he is a high level professional in the lab, so he needs to look put together (lower level people usually just wear t-shirts, often with logos and slogans).  JC Penny has great sales on polo-style shirts.

I'm fine with it being "generic" dress, because he isn't trying to make a statement with it.

I have to admit, I'm more likely to judge someone who uses the word "basic" than someone wearing a polo (even if they have boat shoes. I've never actually SEEN a popped collar in real life.)   Maybe I'm just getting old, but the whole "basic" thing just makes no sense to me at all.

Popped collars are a prep school subculture thing; everyone popped them where I went to high school. Apparently, we are now lighting teenagers on fire for making dubious fashion choices, which seems rather cruel.

Popping your collar is a great way to keep the sun off your neck, especially if you forget the sunscreen.  Boat shoes are great when you are on a boat or near other slippery areas (beach, pool).  Shorts are good when it's hot!  I sometimes wear any of the above, I think people have a problem with things like popped collars inside, sunglasses at night, etc

Again, lighting on fire?

Pretty sure the lighting on fire thing was a joke.

I also grew up in New England, and went to a private preppy school. Lots of people wore the khakis, polo, boat shoes uniform, but in our neck of the woods, popped collar = douche. Of course it never stopped me from getting to know anyone, because I don't care what anyone wears, but in my personal experience it was true in every single case. Not including a popped collar for sun blocking purposes, I don't golf or boat.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9761 on: August 05, 2015, 12:01:17 PM »
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It seems like it must be a gender-based thing but on the other hand women don't complain in the winter, so it must not be about absolute temperature.

I'm cold at work in the winter too.  But I understand there are limits to how much you can heat a building. I expect to be cold in the winter. I shouldn't be freezing my butt off when it is 95 outside.

I dress about the same for work regardless of season though; my legs are never bare, I don't wear sleeveless shirts.  Except in the winter I will sometimes add fleece leggings under my pants; I don't do that in the summer because I'd fry on the commute.  But I wear a fleece jacket at work almost every day of the year.

When the office manager is constantly complaining how high our AC bills are, I wonder why the heck they set the temperature so low. I'm not the only person walking around in a fleece, in July (well August now).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9762 on: August 05, 2015, 12:03:49 PM »
That's the other thing, I may "waste" (I don't consider money spent keeping the temp as I like it a waste) energy cooling in the summer, but I keep the house nice and cool in the winter, not having the heat cranked up.  So there's that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9763 on: August 05, 2015, 12:09:48 PM »
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It seems like it must be a gender-based thing but on the other hand women don't complain in the winter, so it must not be about absolute temperature.

I'm cold at work in the winter too.  But I understand there are limits to how much you can heat a building. I expect to be cold in the winter. I shouldn't be freezing my butt off when it is 95 outside.

I dress about the same for work regardless of season though; my legs are never bare, I don't wear sleeveless shirts.  Except in the winter I will sometimes add fleece leggings under my pants; I don't do that in the summer because I'd fry on the commute.  But I wear a fleece jacket at work almost every day of the year.

When the office manager is constantly complaining how high our AC bills are, I wonder why the heck they set the temperature so low. I'm not the only person walking around in a fleece, in July (well August now).

Totally, it could just be the irony of blazing outside freezing inside that causes women to speak up whereas they're just sucking it up in the winter. And seriously, my current workplace will insist on 70 degrees in the summer but has no problem heating to 75 in winter. Wha?

Still, personally I find 70 degrees in a heated building okay but 70 degrees in an air-conditioned super uncomfortable even if I bundle up so I thought others felt the same way.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9764 on: August 05, 2015, 12:11:33 PM »

A psychotic dictator who wrote sadistic crap legitimized by florid prose.

Your line was reminiscent from a different episode of the same TV series, Firefly.

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Jubal Early: You oughta be shot. Or stabbed, lose a leg. To be a surgeon, you know? Know what kind of pain you're dealing with. They make psychiatrists get psychoanalyzed before they can get certified, but they don't make a surgeon get cut on. That seem right to you?
Hehe... yeah, that is not a coincidence. <3 Firefly. I just don't remember Shan Yu.

Sounds like you should rewatch the "War Stories" episode (it's the one with Niska--the guy who hired them for the train job) torturing Mal/Wash.  :)
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« Reply #9765 on: August 05, 2015, 12:13:54 PM »
It seems like it must be a gender-based thing but on the other hand women don't complain in the winter, so it must not be about absolute temperature. Dress could be a part of it, but I never wear sweaters at work in winter and I frequently want to in summer (not to mention that covering yourself as completely and thickly as men do tends to be perceived as frumpy on a woman). Sounds like women respond differently based on humidity levels? Or maybe women's metabolisms adjust more readily to the hot weather outside?

At any rate, now that we're talking about heat again, I feel I can post this:
Can you walk around naked, as god intended, without freezing your balls off? Then you're in a place that's too god damn cold, brother.

I hate this thread so hard, but still. They really should have added a 'no' to that sentence above. Fun article, although I don't agree with it. I'm not coming from an evolutionary standpoint, since most of my stuff is based on what is illegal. I've always said that I like the cold more than the heat. In winter, one can always put on more clothes. In heat, there is only so much you can take off before you're arrested. I do love me some cold. That's why I always join the anti-AC gauntlets. It's an extreme amount of voluntary discomfort for me. Interesting article though. Also, my GF constantly complains about the AC at her job.


A psychotic dictator who wrote sadistic crap legitimized by florid prose.

Your line was reminiscent from a different episode of the same TV series, Firefly.

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Jubal Early: You ever been shot?
Simon: No.
Jubal Early: You oughta be shot. Or stabbed, lose a leg. To be a surgeon, you know? Know what kind of pain you're dealing with. They make psychiatrists get psychoanalyzed before they can get certified, but they don't make a surgeon get cut on. That seem right to you?
Hehe... yeah, that is not a coincidence. <3 Firefly. I just don't remember Shan Yu.

Sounds like you should rewatch the "War Stories" episode (it's the one with Niska--the guy who hired them for the train job) torturing Mal/Wash.  :)

I've always assumed that it was an interesting pronunciation of Sun Tzu. Still a great show!!! Also, that was a great episode.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9766 on: August 05, 2015, 12:19:59 PM »
Sounds like you should rewatch the "War Stories" episode (it's the one with Niska--the guy who hired them for the train job) torturing Mal/Wash.  :)
Just last night, I was thinking about marathonning the whole ruttin' series, no joke.

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« Reply #9767 on: August 05, 2015, 12:26:54 PM »
Sounds like you should rewatch the "War Stories" episode (it's the one with Niska--the guy who hired them for the train job) torturing Mal/Wash.  :)
Just last night, I was thinking about marathonning the whole ruttin' series, no joke.

My AirBnB listing is called Serenity, FFS >.<

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9768 on: August 05, 2015, 12:31:57 PM »
Sounds like you should rewatch the "War Stories" episode (it's the one with Niska--the guy who hired them for the train job) torturing Mal/Wash.  :)
Just last night, I was thinking about marathonning the whole ruttin' series, no joke.

My AirBnB listing is called Serenity, FFS >.<

Firefly keychains and all >.<

I binge the entire series at least once a year.
As should everyone!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9769 on: August 05, 2015, 12:34:50 PM »
I'm with your coworkers.  I'm sitting here in my office in a long sleeve dress shirt, undershirt, and wool dress pants.  If it's 80* in here, I'm leaving.  I came in over the weekend to prepare for a presentation this AM, and even in my t-shirt and basketball shorts it was uncomfortable at 85* with the A/C off over the weekend (news to me they did that).  I grew up in a house without central air, nothing about that is "better".
I prefer to dress in seasonally appropriate business clothing with short-sleeve dress shirts and summer-weight trousers, but most of my male coworkers seem not to understand that option is available to them.

If everyone is dressing one way at work except for you, it could be that they are not all wrong.  I work for an old, established, large company.  The culture here is you wear long sleeves and dress pants.  The temperature is set to account for that.  You can fight it, but you won't win.

Or, it could be that they are.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/07/22/europe-to-america-your-love-of-air-conditioning-is-stupid/

Over air conditioning is super wasteful and using the excuse of the long-time good old boys' culture as to why the company can't progress is a lame one.

That article is smug nonsense. Some offices overuse air conditioning, but the USA is much hotter than most of Europe (the idea that Washington and Berlin have similar climates is wrong). And when Europe has heat waves, tens of thousands of people die. The 2003 heat wave killed 70,000 people.

See this excellent rebuttal of the Washington Post article.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9770 on: August 05, 2015, 12:37:56 PM »
Eco-friendly... lmfao.
I guess you haven't been to the South, where most buildings are cooled to the upper 60s 24-7 for six months out of the year, whether occupied or not. The sheer quantity of coal we send up in smoke just to cool empty offices could probably meet the power needs of multiple third-world countries.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9771 on: August 05, 2015, 12:41:34 PM »
Seriously, thousands of office workers are not going to drop dead if the 68s or 72 were now set to 78 instead.

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« Reply #9772 on: August 05, 2015, 12:57:46 PM »
Seriously, thousands of office workers are not going to drop dead if the 68s or 72 were now set to 78 instead.

Obviously not, but vast quantities of us are not going to like it or stand for it so you don't have to put on a sweater. 


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9773 on: August 05, 2015, 01:07:28 PM »
Re the fact that women don't seem to complain as much in winter...

I suspect that the worst trigger for cold in women is actually the blowing air of an A/C unit, with the actual temperature of the A/C unit a close second. I can be perfectly comfortable in terms of air temp, but will start shivering and get goosebumps with the slightest cool breeze. In winter, I'm usually covered up and blowing breeze can't access as much bare skin.

But still, when I was growing up in Wisconsin, where it's common to have your winter heater set in the mid 60s, I would wear my winter coats, hats, AND gloves all day at school. At home, I often did the same or carried a blanket around the house to wrap around myself. (Yes, I was already wearing long pants and layered tops).

This is not that unusual among women. Other women in my family regularly wear long underwear under their regular clothes indoor in their own houses if they don't keep the thermostat above 70.

I work in the British Virgin Islands every year, and while it is normally extremely hot and humid (esp in the sun), I get incredibly chilled during the occasional low pressure, cloudy, rainy day where the temp drops into the high 70s....because CHILLY BREEZE. In fact,  I'm in the BVI right this second, sitting in my underwear in an un-air-conditioned-room typing this, and although our room is probably in the mid 80s, even the breeze of the cross wind and the fan above the bed is making me want to put clothes back on.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9774 on: August 05, 2015, 01:11:24 PM »
Seriously, thousands of office workers are not going to drop dead if the 68s or 72 were now set to 78 instead.

Obviously not, but vast quantities of us are not going to like it or stand for it so you don't have to put on a sweater.

No we're just going to destroy the environment so you don't have to wear shorts. (ecology being the context iowajes is responding to here)

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Re: Overheard at Work
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9776 on: August 05, 2015, 01:22:42 PM »
I believe you'll find this much tastier.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9777 on: August 05, 2015, 01:29:02 PM »
Also, since when are we defined by our clothing/style/look? Am I on the correct forum?

:-) I could care less what people wear, but what you chose to wear does reflect something about you, whether you want it to or not, even if what it says is 'i don't give a fuck'.  So you're a generic person, own it ;-P

Wait so I'm a "generic" person because I have to wear a polo / business casual for my work every day? Way not be a judgemental prick sir...

Lame conversation is lame!


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9778 on: August 05, 2015, 01:31:40 PM »
Seriously, thousands of office workers are not going to drop dead if the 68s or 72 were now set to 78 instead.

Obviously not, but vast quantities of us are not going to like it or stand for it so you don't have to put on a sweater.

I wasn't replying about comfort. I was replying to this
"That article is smug nonsense. Some offices overuse air conditioning, but the USA is much hotter than most of Europe (the idea that Washington and Berlin have similar climates is wrong). And when Europe has heat waves, tens of thousands of people die. The 2003 heat wave killed 70,000 people."

I really don't care I have to wear a fleece all summer long.  There are a few days I also add gloves.


I know our office manager cares how high the bills are, because I hear her bitch about them constantly. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9779 on: August 05, 2015, 01:47:23 PM »
Hey we're pumping pollution in the air at multiple times what still-very-first-world-wasteful Europe is doing and our AC costs are insane and hurting the bottom line, but 68 in an office in Miami during August feels so great!

Makes total sense.

Also, when I will buy a car I'll probably get this:

Yeah it's maybe a bit big and gas mileage is not great (around Zero miles per gallon), but it's so comfortable to have more storage space

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9780 on: August 05, 2015, 01:51:06 PM »
Sounds like you should rewatch the "War Stories" episode (it's the one with Niska--the guy who hired them for the train job) torturing Mal/Wash.  :)
Just last night, I was thinking about marathonning the whole ruttin' series, no joke.

My AirBnB listing is called Serenity, FFS >.<

Firefly keychains and all >.<

I binge the entire series at least once a year.
As should everyone!

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I put in my $.02 as far as the AC argument, and am not going to get sucked in even further.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9781 on: August 05, 2015, 02:37:08 PM »
I'm with your coworkers.  I'm sitting here in my office in a long sleeve dress shirt, undershirt, and wool dress pants.  If it's 80* in here, I'm leaving.  I came in over the weekend to prepare for a presentation this AM, and even in my t-shirt and basketball shorts it was uncomfortable at 85* with the A/C off over the weekend (news to me they did that).  I grew up in a house without central air, nothing about that is "better".
I prefer to dress in seasonally appropriate business clothing with short-sleeve dress shirts and summer-weight trousers, but most of my male coworkers seem not to understand that option is available to them.

If everyone is dressing one way at work except for you, it could be that they are not all wrong.  I work for an old, established, large company.  The culture here is you wear long sleeves and dress pants.  The temperature is set to account for that.  You can fight it, but you won't win.

Or, it could be that they are.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/07/22/europe-to-america-your-love-of-air-conditioning-is-stupid/

Over air conditioning is super wasteful and using the excuse of the long-time good old boys' culture as to why the company can't progress is a lame one.

That article is smug nonsense. Some offices overuse air conditioning, but the USA is much hotter than most of Europe (the idea that Washington and Berlin have similar climates is wrong). And when Europe has heat waves, tens of thousands of people die. The 2003 heat wave killed 70,000 people.

See this excellent rebuttal of the Washington Post article.

Not so sure that you read the whole article.
It wasn't smug.
It raises an excellent point. If we stopped with our wasteful practices, maybe, just maybe we could contribute rather than taking...all...of...the...time.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9782 on: August 05, 2015, 02:47:59 PM »
Hey we're pumping pollution in the air at multiple times what still-very-first-world-wasteful Europe is doing and our AC costs are insane and hurting the bottom line, but 68 in an office in Miami during August feels so great!

Makes total sense.

Also, when I will buy a car I'll probably get this:

Yeah it's maybe a bit big and gas mileage is not great (around Zero miles per gallon), but it's so comfortable to have more storage space

Why buy a little wimpy truck like that when you could be a powerhouse and drive this <edited for sexism - I'm working on it ladies, but I'm still a work in progress>:

Source: http://truckspicture.com/dodge-ram-3500-dually-for-sale/

NO! What you need is the Marauder, as seen on Top Gear.  http://tinyurl.com/olmx35m

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9783 on: August 05, 2015, 02:59:11 PM »
Sorry, can't resist adding to the A/C foam. I'm one of the always cold women, though I'm really lucky in my office, it's usually ok as long as I have a sweater. No extreme measures needed!

There is a thing with how women's bodies are put together vs men's. Because we have the babies, our bodies are designed to keep our cores warm, period. This is done at the expense of warming our extremities. We're more susceptible to frostbite, hypothermia, etc as a result. All else being equal, a man will feel warmer than a woman in the same environment.

Gentlemen, think of all the women you know. How many of them always or frequently have cold hands or feet, regardless of the temperature? Biology.

When you add the lighter clothing that women tend wear in the summer as compared to men, it just makes it worse. In the winter the playing field is leveled a little because we can wear multiple layers if so desired and no one will know.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9784 on: August 05, 2015, 03:05:14 PM »
Shorter Chris22: I'm comfortable at lower temperatures and you're comfortable at higher temperatures. Therefore, we should stick with lower temperatures.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9785 on: August 05, 2015, 03:09:01 PM »
Shorter Chris22: I'm comfortable at lower temperatures and you're comfortable at higher temperatures. Therefore, we should stick with lower temperatures.

Well that is pretty logical--you can put on more clothes; I can only take off so much before people start yelling at me :P


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9786 on: August 05, 2015, 03:23:21 PM »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9787 on: August 05, 2015, 03:24:57 PM »
In the next year or so, I might buy this:



Go ahead, talk shit, I can take it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9788 on: August 05, 2015, 03:34:34 PM »
Shorter Chris22: I'm comfortable at lower temperatures and you're comfortable at higher temperatures. Therefore, we should stick with lower temperatures.

Well that is pretty logical--you can put on more clothes; I can only take off so much before people start yelling at me :P

But according to Chris22 he does wear a lot of clothes he could take off.
I'm with your coworkers.  I'm sitting here in my office in a long sleeve dress shirt, undershirt, and wool dress pants.  If it's 80* in here, I'm leaving.  I came in over the weekend to prepare for a presentation this AM, and even in my t-shirt and basketball shorts it was uncomfortable at 85* with the A/C off over the weekend (news to me they did that).  I grew up in a house without central air, nothing about that is "better".
So he's arguing we should keep it cold despite the ecological impact and despite the fact that we could just change the dress code for men. (Actually I don't think that's precisely what Chris22 is saying himself, but that seems to be the archetypal argument.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9789 on: August 05, 2015, 03:37:11 PM »
In the next year or so, I might buy this:



Go ahead, talk shit, I can take it.


Dude. Seriously? FRC or Z06 is the only way to go.  Pshaw.

At least you got the color right.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9790 on: August 05, 2015, 03:41:21 PM »
In the next year or so, I might buy this:



Go ahead, talk shit, I can take it.
One day I also hope to own a picture of a sportscar

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9791 on: August 05, 2015, 04:22:26 PM »
I want either the Z06 or targa-top coupe. Don't want the non-Z FRC or convertible. Who wants an FRC, come on?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9792 on: August 05, 2015, 04:47:23 PM »
I want either the Z06 or targa-top coupe. Don't want the non-Z FRC or convertible. Who wants an FRC, come on?

Personally, I'm all about the (insert random collection of letters and/or numbers here). Because who wants that eh?

Just kidding, cars aren't my thing. I drive an '88 Sentra, and I'm totally fine with that, although I feel like I should bike anytime I drive. Now that I can get behind. I have an '02 Specialized RockHopper hardtail (redundant...I know) with an armadillo rear wheel and a stock front one.

I hate to make this thread even worse, but I've put over 10000 miles on this, and I think I win. I don't care what forum I'm on. :) I've already got my dream ride, and am 5 years away from FIRE.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9793 on: August 05, 2015, 04:56:48 PM »
In the next year or so, I might buy this:



Go ahead, talk shit, I can take it.
One day I also hope to own a picture of a sportscar

I want either the Z06 or targa-top coupe. Don't want the non-Z FRC or convertible. Who wants an FRC, come on?

Personally, I'm all about the (insert random collection of letters and/or numbers here). Because who wants that eh?

Just kidding, cars aren't my thing. I drive an '88 Sentra, and I'm totally fine with that, although I feel like I should bike anytime I drive. Now that I can get behind. I have an '02 Specialized RockHopper hardtail (redundant...I know) with an armadillo rear wheel and a stock front one.

I hate to make this thread even worse, but I've put over 10000 miles on this, and I think I win. I don't care what forum I'm on. :) I've already got my dream ride, and am 5 years away from FIRE.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9794 on: August 05, 2015, 05:14:39 PM »
We were discussing personal data security challenges and solutions when someone said, “Hey, Metta, what do you do? You have money you’re protecting, right?”

I started to explain my data security strategy when a coworker interrupted and said, “The best way to protect your financial accounts is to spend all your money each month. If you save your money your accounts will be vulnerable to hackers but if you spend it they can’t get to it.”

Me, rolling my eyes: “Seriously?”

Coworker: “It’s what I do and it works great for us.”

What can you say in response to that?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9795 on: August 05, 2015, 05:22:06 PM »
You could tell him that if for whatever reason he fails to spend it all one month you can free him from his excess cash.
For a small fee obviously

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9796 on: August 05, 2015, 05:37:50 PM »
Hehe, at my last job I was freezing all the time.  We had individual offices, and every time I moved into a new one I'd put in a facilities request for "too cold".  The guy that came would try to do some stuff with the vent, and it helped redirect the airflow a little, but it was still always freezing.  One of them commented: "The women always complain that it's too cold, and the men complain that it's too hot!"  When one of our female coworkers was pregnant the guys made a concerted effort to up the temperature in her office by altering some of the vents in the ceiling.

Now that I work in a mostly-female company, I find the temperature most of the time to be just right.  Amusingly though, the women here still think it's too cold, and we had to limit the number of space heaters allowed because it was putting a dangerous strain on our building's resources.  I guess all the years of working in freezing offices have somewhat upped my tolerance for cold!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9797 on: August 05, 2015, 07:12:05 PM »
Chatting with the boss about terrible city politics and one of my employees says that his dream is to have enough money to be able to say whatever he wanted to anyone.  Which is a fantastic dream.  I brought up the concept of FU money, and dropped my FIRE number of $600,000 invested with a 4% safe withdrawal rate.  Less, of course, if the house is paid off.  The looks I got!

Boss said something along the lines of "the more money you have, the more money it takes to live."
Me: I'm quite happy where I am.  I'm not going to start spending more just because it becomes available to me.
Boss: I guarantee that when you can walk into a store and drop $500 like it's nothing...
Me (interrupting): I can already do that.  And I don't.
Employee:  I have 10 grand in the bank right now.  I could, too.  But I don't like spending money.  (Impressive because the city pays crap... Employee makes $11/hr.)
Boss: *sheepish look*

We come back around to the FU money amount.  Employee's answer is fantastic: 4.5 billion.  Because then I could hire out a militia.  And actually say whatever I wanted to ANYONE.  :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9798 on: August 05, 2015, 07:42:35 PM »

Boss: I guarantee that when you can walk into a store and drop $500 like it's nothing...
Me (interrupting): I can already do that.  And I don't.


Could you really, though?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #9799 on: August 05, 2015, 08:55:49 PM »

Boss: I guarantee that when you can walk into a store and drop $500 like it's nothing...
Me (interrupting): I can already do that.  And I don't.


Could you really, though?

Maybe not like it's nothing, but certainly as easy as he can.  I earn around $40,000/year and only support myself.  He earns $95,000/year and supports a his wife and a grown up spawn with hoarder tendencies, and a grandchild.